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Five for 5 | Davy Hite's Favorite Prespawn Bass Lures
Posted by Walker Smith on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:00 AM
By Walker Smith
Prespawn bass fishing is something that every bass angler looks forward to. After battling cold temperatures and slow fishing throughout the winter, anglers nationwide are chomping at the bit to get back on the water. Believe it or not, great bass fishing isn’t very far away. As you ride out the last bit of winter weather this year, now is a great time to start gearing up for big, prespawn bass.
Phoenix Boats pro and former Bassmaster Classic champion Davy Hite looks forward to prespawn fishing every year. When he hits the water, you can be sure he’ll have these five prespawn baits rigged up.
Jig to catch the big females
Buckeye Mop Jig
will catch monster bass all year long, but Hite most o
ften turns to it during the prespawn. When the bass begin their migration toward stag
ng areas, such as primary and secondary points, he targets several different types of cov
er and structure with it.
“I’ve won more money with the Mop Jig than any other bait,” Hite said. “During
the prespawn, I like to use it anywhere around
deep water. I’ll hop it around chunk rocks and pea gravel, drag it around wood structure and grass lines and even ca
st it on points to interce
pt transitioning bass.”
For his trailer, Hite primarily uses a
Trigger X Aggression Flappin Craw
. While at rest, the bait’s pinchers rise to emulate a threatened crawfish and kick when retrieved, making it hard for a big bass to resist.
Spinnerbait to cover water
When the water temperature is below 70-degrees, Hite uses a
as a search bait for prespawn bass. Not only does it allow him to efficiently cover water, but it also catches a lot of big bass.
“Whether I’m fishing rock, grass or laydowns, this spinnerbait is a big player in my prespawn arsenal,” Hite said. “Terminator designed the head to rip free of grass and roll over cover without breaking or getting snagged.”
Hard jerkbait to fool cruisers
espawn, bass don’t always position tightly to cover, or to anything at all for that m
ter. As they suspend and roam the shallows in search of
suitable bedding areas, Hite gets on their level with a
Rapala Husky Jerk
hing about a Husky Jerk that bass can’t stand,” Hite said. “
I retrieve it with a ‘jerk, j
erk, pause’ retrieve and when it gets close to a cruis
ing bass, I let it
sit right in front of its face. More times than not, these wary prespawners will crush it.”
Soft jerkbait for cooler water
In colder prespawn conditions, Hite uses a
Trigger X Drop Dead Min
o target the same cruising bass he would
normally fool with a jerkbait. This slow-falli
ng soft jerkbait perfectly imitates a dying shad, which are often prevalent in
the very beginning of spring.
“I fish this bait very slow in the prespawn,” Hite said. “It has a very uniqu
e, quivering fall to it and it shakes side-to-side as it falls in a big circle. If you give it a few soft twitches and let it settle, you’ll notice that it’s not your average soft jerk
While many anglers watch the bait to detect strikes, Hite keeps a close eye on his line when looking for bites. If he notices even the slightest movement or twitch, he immediately sets the hook.
Crankbait for rocky areas
Rocky areas have long been known to be extremely productive areas th
roughout the prespawn, and to effectively fish these rocks, Hite relies heavily on
. Similar to the spinnerbait, he is able to both cover water and fool monster bass with this crankbait.
“Rip rap, rocky points and shallow gravel bars are all prime areas for th
e DT10,” Hite said. “Adjacent deep water is very important to this technique. Channel swings near shallow flats give prespawners easy access to both deep and shallow water, and this crankbait will catch them.”
Before you know it, spring will arrive and it’s always best to be prepared so you can make the most out of the good fishing. As the bass start moving shallow, these five baits will help you catch more fish.
Like his choices.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:08 PM by Bob E Perry
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