Flipping or pitching tube bait works well when fishing for those largemouth bass

By Don Ingram
   As the temperature creeps into the 50’s and remains constant, look for spring fishing to be at its best. Concentrate on shallow pockets and flats adjacent to the river and creek channels. All species of fish will become more active as the water warms and their metabolism increases.
   One technique that works well during the spring for largemouth bass is flipping or pitching a Prowler tube bait. I like Prowler tubes because they are thicker they most on the market and dart through the water when they are worked along the bottom on a retrieve. Tube baits have become extremely popular with anglers the last few years and are very productive during spring. They come in a variety of colors and sizes resembling crawfish and shad which are natural prey of all species of bass.
   The proper equipment is essential for flipping tube baits. I use a 7’6 foot G Loomis GL2 flipping stick with a Shimano Castaic reel rigged with 25lb P-Line CXX. Texas rig the tube bait with a 1/8 ounce sinker. To increase your chances of landing bass on a tube bait, use a 4/0 Mustad Mega Bite tube hook specifically designed for tube baits. The angle of the hook point in relation to the hook eye will increase your chances of getting a good hook-up when a bass bites the tube bait.
   When I begin fishing in early Spring, I utilize my Hummingbird electronics and idle up and down a bluff bank to see how deep the fish a positioned. Once I determine how deep the fish are positioned, I start searching for structure to fish in that depth range.
   The smaller profile of the tube bait makes it an excellent choice during spring when weather conditions change every couple of days. Concentrate on stumps and brush piles on the flats when the temperatures are warm and stable for a few days. During cold front conditions, look for bass on lay-down trees close to the old river and creek channels.
   Fishing tube baits during spring offers and angler two chances of enticing a strike. The strike generated by a feeding fish or a reaction strike generated by the erratic action of the lure as its being flipped. Double your chances of catching bass in the spring and try flipping a tube bait.

 Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article entitled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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