BIG TIME BASSIN! Largemouth bass are pre-spawn right now, which means some of the best fishing for the biggest lunkers of the year is at hand. Get insight on how these fish react to the world around them in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: DEO’s Nick Simonson with an 18-inch largemouth caught on a Texas-rigged 4” watermelon tube. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 5/13 – Warmin’ Up! Hi 73, Lo 45, Winds W@7.
Tomorrow: Mon 5/14 – Call in sick. Hi 78, Lo 48, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:11AM Sunset: 9:09PM
Moonrise: 5:39AM Moonset 7:01PM
Overhead: 12:14PM Underfoot: Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (4% Full)
EDGE HOUR 5:15 – 6:15AM – Moonrise and sunrise with the growing power of the new moon will help you start your perfect day on the water in the Edge Hour.
NICE LATS. All along that famous black stripe on a largemouth bass runs the fish’s lateral line. This collection of nerves and other sense receptors helps bass pick up movement of prey and predators in the water and cues them in on where to go in relation to both. This is what helps pick up the clatter raised from a chatterbait or whir of a spinnerbait.
BIG BUCKETS! The largemouth’s…um…large mouth…is an evolutionary marvel. Capable of taking in large quantities of water, the jaws are opened in rapid fashion, creating a vacuum that pulls in prey like crayfish, bluegills, minnows and more. This is why sometimes it might feel like a bass picked up a soft plastic with a subtle take and you don’t notice anything until the line starts swimming off.
SEE WHAT I MEAN. Largemouth bass have excellent sight and can see everywhere except behind and below their bodies. In clear waters, these fish can pick up movement up to 30 feet away, including your favorite tube or crankbait. Key in on this sense and give them what they want!