Warmer temperatures provide “fishing at its best” with the help of tube baits

By Don Ingram
   As the temperature creeps into the 60’s and 70’s, look for fishing to be at its best.
   All species of fish will become more active as the water temperatures continue to warm.
   Concentrate on shallow pockets and flats adjacent to the river and creek channels.
   One technique that works well during the early summer for Largemouth Bass is flipping a Prowler tube bait.
   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 is the natural prey of all species of bass.
   The proper equipment is essential for flipping tube baits.
   I use a 7’6 G-Loomis GLX flipping stick with a Shimano Castaic reel rigged with 20 to 25 pound P-Line CXX line. 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.
   The smaller profile of the tube bait makes it an excellent choice during spring and early summer 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 and early summer 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 and try flipping a Prowler 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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