March and April offer fishermen best opportunities for trophy largemouth bass

By Don Ingram
   Anglers wanting to catch a trophy largemouth bass have the best opportunity in the months of March and April. The chances are greater because the majority of big largemouth are primarily positioned in water 8 feet deep or less.
   As bass begin to migrate from deep water to shallow areas in early spring, flipping or pitching is an excellent technique to catch huge springtime bass. Flipping involves the use of a 7’6 heavy action rod rigged with 25 to 30 pound line. I use a G-Loomis GLX heavy action rod and Shimano Castaic reel rigged with 25 pound P-Line fluorocarbon line specifically designed for pitching and flipping.
   The best lures to use are 3/8 or 1/2 Lunker Lure Ulitmate jigs tipped with a Prowler plastic trailer. Brushhogs, Creatures, Bacon Rinds, and Craw Worms are also excellent plastic lures to Texas rig and flip into heavy cover.
   Key areas to concentrate your fishing efforts are 45 degree banks running from the river and creek channels toward the flats. Bass will migrate from the safety of the river and creek channels toward the shallower gravel banks. Treetops, stumps, and brush piles located along the 45 degree banks are prime areas to flip a jig or creature.
   Banks with cover are prime locations but not an absolute necessity. Some of the best 45 degree banks may not have any cover other than chunky rocks. Rocks absorb sunlight and give off heat, which in turn warms the water surrounding the rock. Bass are drawn to warmer water during the spring months.
   The only way to determine which banks produce the most bites or biggest largemouth are through trial and error. If you see a red and white Skeeter ZX-20 and Yamaha SHO motor flipping a 45 degree bank in March or April, you can bet I am catching some big largemouth. Give pitching or flipping s try and guarantee you’ll catch bigger bass.

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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