Stop 2 For King of the Glades 12
A lot of time goes into practicing and learning the behavior of the bass in the given environment where we are hunting them. Travel to a Largemouth Bass paradise like the Florida Everglades and it’s no different. For this last KOTG Series event I started practicing out in the canal on usual ledges the bass hold on this time of year. Knowing the full moon was upon us with a combination of some of the best weather we’ve had this winter, I knew the fish were going to be getting ready to spawn. That occurs in the flats of the Everglades every year.
I could see fish moving around, but there were very little bites…
My first day of practice I spent time on both sides of the canal. What I found were quality fish holding near an entrance to the flats, but on the levy side (far side from the flats). The fish holding on the levy side were of very good quality up to five in a half pounds. While I was bit on the flats side of the canal, the bites were few and far between. I made a small entry into the flats to see what was up there. I could see fish moving around, but there were very little bites and they simply weren’t committing.
…we could tell they were getting the beds ready for the spawn.
The second day of practice came with slightly different conditions, it was rainy and overcast, but essentially the same environmental factors. We practiced on the levy side of the canal and didn’t get bite one. One of our guests was tossing a jig across the canal and getting bit by small keepers off the first ledge there. Then we went up into the flats. Once on the flats we found a number of locations with some really good bottom composition. Those areas were loaded with buck bass and we could tell they were getting the beds ready for the spawn.
…we ended up with over 18 pounds of solid fish.
On tournament day we started on the levy side of the canal and had two short fish, but no other catches. We shifted sides, and still the same, short fish with no keepers. So we put our flag up and went into the flats. With a flag visible on the location we found the day prior we adjusted and went about ¼ mile away. We found some of the same bottom content and began fishing. This time we were actually seeing fish on beds, and getting them to come up on swimbaits, like the Bass Addiction Gear PP Tracer, over the beds. It usually took one of us taking the buck off of the bed before the larger fish would bite, but we ended up with over 18 pounds of solid fish.
The key take away from this is to understand where the fish are and where they want to be
given the prevailing conditions and the time of year. In a three day span I was able to find fish staged to spawn, moving up to spawn, and finally spawning. It took some analytical thought to stay on the fish. What you should take away from this is to understand that finding them in practice is simply and indicator of things to come. Pay close attention to what the fish are doing when you find them. It could tell you where they’re going to be the very next day when everything counts. We caught fish in areas we had never fished before, but it made sense to do so because the attention to detail when we were practicing.