True Bass Swimbait fishing on Lake Guntersville, lets get caught up! Basically from the beginning of January we were in a normal weather pattern based on historic averages. Then mother nature said, lets make Alabama into Florida! Highs have been into the 70s for weeks with periods of rain. Raising the water temp into the mid 50s and higher in parts. I am sure more than a few fish thought about spawning. Fishing was slow after the warm up because I think it sent them moving. Then the past few days fishing has been pretty phenomenal.
Expect a shift once again with this blast of cold air about to blast into the Tennessee Valley. It will scatter fish out, but I think they will continue to chew. If it keeps going this way it could take some big weights for the FLW tournament. Long range forecast puts a HARD cold front around tournament time. That could put a damper on fish, or as many of us have experienced they could chew like crazy... No telling on the Big G!
Best lures for us have been by far the Perfect Head 5.5 & Little Head 4.5 True Bass Swimbait (available on www.trueswimbaits.com ). Rigged on various True Lock Head sizes for various fishing depths. Best colors have been 99 Problems, Green Bean, Hot Sauce, R2D2, and True Blue. If water is super clear Cream Pie will work wonders.
What you want to target with the swimbaits is literally anywhere you normally fish. If you are fishing shallow you want to rig the baits on 3/16 to 1/2 ounce belly weighted hooks. My favorite way to rig swimbaits is with the True Lock Swimbait Head... I chunk and wind! The best way to learn is to make yourself throw it. You will be surprised!
When they don't want a swimbait you can pick up the faithful trap and get to slinging. I recommend using whatever color you have confidence in. Grass is different this year than the past 3 years. There is more of it! Not a bad thing. Fish like it, so should we! If it has a cold snap like predicted jerkbaits and jigs could play into the equation. I hope everyone has had a good year so far.
Alabama Bass Guide, Ryan Salzman
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