AFTER COLD FRONTS: FISHING/britannica.com

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ADVICE TO REMAIN SUCCESSFUL

Let me start by saying that, as a fisherman, I am aware of how annoying it can be to go bass fishing following a cold front. Cold fronts can be all the justification you need to park the boat, head to a deer stand, or stay inside and watch football, especially if you fish in locations where largemouth bass are native to Florida.

However, for the majority of the nation, cold fronts are an annual occurrence from around October to April. That’s a long time to give up on bass fishing all together. Somebody has to catch fish someplace over this six-month period since those fish must eat at some point. That might as well be me, I think. The first step in ensuring that my days on the lake are successful when everyone else has packed up for the year—leaving you on the water with cool air temps and bluebird skies—is to understand how to deal with the effects of cold fronts as they apply to bass fishing.

The water’s surface temperature will start to drop as a cold front cools the surrounding air. Because of this, bass in shallower water will be compelled to look for warmer holding regions in deeper water. To locate brush piles in deep water or deep-water ledges close to channel swings or secondary points, I use my gadgets. Once I’ve located them, I do enjoy using a vertically presented jig or drop shot. When drawn gently through these locations, a ¾-ounce football jig tipped with a Berkley Power Bait Chigger Craw can work wonders. Gulping down a Berkley Gulp! Additionally, Sinking Minnow can work well. Try not to move the bait too far by just shaking the tip of the rod.

Occasionally, smaller lures may also be the key. Try a 7-inch worm if you often catch fish with a 10-inch Berkley PowerBait Power Worm; the same is true for stick-and creature-style baits. Because bass are cold-blooded animals, their environment controls their body temperature. Their metabolism slows and they become sleepy when the water cools. Simple meals that don’t demand much effort to prepare or eat always receive appreciation, rendering large meals unnecessary.

Additionally, don’t ignore tight cover. Large schools of bass can occasionally be attracted to stumps, root balls, dock pilings, logs, and rock. In these sheltered spots where the water temperature is steady, they will gather together. Try rigging soft plastics like a Power Bait Fat Dover Crawler or pitching jigs in these spots and letting them sink. You can capture these fish, but it may take some time.

More than anything, fishermen must calm down when fishing following a cold front. The bass will be moving and responding slowly, so you don’t want to rush your presentation. Slow presentations work well with bait like Gulp! since the bait’s natural flavor and aroma enhance the fishing experience. The aroma clouds covering the region will draw in fish, even the lazy ones, providing them with a simple meal.

Although it’s not ideal to fish just after a cold front, don’t let the cool air discourage you from going fishing. During this time of year, you can catch large fish that have been feasting on the shad spawning in the backs of coves.Moreover, there won’t be a lot of boat traffic. Simply modify your strategies and go after some large bass when everyone else is lounging around the house.

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