Try live crawfish for catching bass

By Don Ingram   
   Catching bass on live crawfish is at its best during July, August and September.
   Bass begin congregating in schools in July when shad becomes the primary forage. Once a school is located several fish can be taken from a single school without moving the boat.
   Look for bass to congregate on points and at the end of bluff tailings where the old river or creek channel turns and leaves the bank.
   When searching for bass with live bait, I use a 6’0 to 6’6 medium heavy action G-Loomis spinning rod and Shimano reel rigged with 8 pound P-Line Floro Clear line specifically designed for spinning reels. I like the P-Line because of its strength, limited stretch, and small diameter, which is crucial when fishing extremely clear water.
   I use a size 2 or 3 Mustad hook and a small BB sinker. Place the BB sinker about 10 inches above the hook. Hook a live crawfish through the tail and you’re ready to start fishing.
   Crawfish can be purchased at some bait and tackle stores near the lake or you can catch your own with an old-fashioned minnow seine. The best method is to stretch the net across a fairly swift riffle.
   Once the net is stationary, begin kicking and turning over rock in the riffle above the net. The current will wash the crawfish downstream into the net. After a few minutes, pick up the net and empty the crawfish into a bucket and start the process all over again until you have enough for a day’s fishing.
   There is nothing more exciting than catching huge largemouth, smallmouth, and Kentucky bass on live crawfish with light line and spinning tackle.
   I have caught several fish in the 4 to 6 pound category using the live crawfish technique and can remember each one vividly.
   On your next outing, take a few crawfish along and give the technique a try. I guarantee you you’ll catch some fish and may have memory for a lifetime.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article titled “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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