Bass are on the move from their winter haunts to more shallow water during spring migration.
The warming waters speed up fish's metabolism, so the bass have more energy to chase prey while searching for spawning areas. It also activates baitfish and crawfish, making them more elusive to predators, so bass need to increase their speed to catch up to their prey.
As a result, you can rely on fast-moving lures such as crankbaits and spinnerbaits to catch bass in a chasing mood. However, the slower presentation will still produce better results because fish are a bit sluggish. Slow and constant retrieve of a Lady Bandit on a Corkscrew Rig can be the deadliest presentation you will ever use.
Running RED Baits In the Spring
We already wrote about red lures and this color in general, so please spend some time on this post. Long story short, the red-colored baits will match the emerging crawfish. So slowly dragging or jigging your lures will produce excellent results in shallow waters.
Slow Down Your Stickbaits
The slow presentation of twitching and pausing a suspending stickbait will do fantastic on early spring bass. My favorite lure for this twitching presentation is a Texas Rigged or Weedless 4-inch X-Larva. The last time we were in Florida, it was freezing, and we couldn't make them bite anything until we tried this presentation. After that, we were catching one after another for the excellent rest of the day.
Weather and fishing pressure are two factors that can force you to slow down your presentation. Cold fronts in the spring are notorious for shutting down the bass bit, but you can still make them bite by slowing things down. The last time we were in Florida, it was freezing, and we couldn't make them bite anything until we tried this presentation. After that, we were catching one after another for the excellent rest of the day.
Slowing Down + Finesse = More Bass
This formula always works, but it is especially true during spring. My favorite finesse tactics are drop shot and finesse jigs like our Demountable Jigs in smaller sizes paired with small lures. It would be best to choose the jig when you want to go after bass, hiding in the cover closer to the bottom. The drop shot is an excellent all-around rig, but it requires a boat and vertical presentation to shine. So, switching to a lighter Lollypop Rig might be a more versatile presentation that will get you more bites.
Another time to slow down your presentation for spring bass is after you have caught some while working some reaction baits. It would help if you switched to a slower, more finesse presentation when you stop getting the bites. This tactic lets me get the most out of the spots where nothing else worked or when you think fish moved somewhere.