Claire Corlett

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Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol. 6 | Bass Fishing

Glenn: He’s right here at the point. See him? Throw to him. Take it. Let him take it. He doesn’t have the hook. There he goes! Yeah! Keri: That was awesome. Glenn: That worked. Keri: Come here little guy, come here. Glenn: He’s not so little, he’s not bad. Keri: Yeah, he’s not. He’s the biggest one I’ve caught here. Come say hi to Glenn. Say hi. Hi. Here. Come on. Come here. Yeah, I had to wait for you to eat it, and
then you ate it. Are you wore out? He’s a good size. Glenn: There you go. Keri: Yeah. Glenn: That worked. Keri: That worked. All right, thank you, dude. Thank you. Go have fun now. Glenn: Hey, folks, Glenn May here at And today’s show, I hope you’re gonna enjoy. It’s gonna be a lot of fun because I’m gonna
answer a bunch of questions that have been sent in from our viewers throughout the year. And I hope that this will answer some of your
questions as well. Starting off with this one. Can you elaborate a little bit about how well
bass can see? Yeah, that’s a really good question. It would be great if we can ask them, but
bass can’t talk, they really can’t tell us. So instead, what we need to rely upon is what
biologists have found and what the scientists have discovered is that roughly bass can see
four to five times more light than humans. What that means is that they can see better
and further distances underwater than humans can see. So, for example, in really clear water conditions,
bass can see, say about 40 to 50 feet, whereas a human, if they were underwater, and they
had on, you know, diving goggles, they would only be able to see say 10 to 15 feet. And then as the water gets more and more murky,
more dingy, the distances become, you know, less and less. But, the point of the matter is, is you can
use this information when you’re choosing what kind of lures to fish based upon the
water clarity. So before you make that first cast, if you
know the water is really clear, the bass have a better…can see further and scrutinize
baits better, then you use more natural-looking baits with more natural colors such as the
browns and the greens. Whereas, if it’s really murky and dirty, then
you can use lures that have a lot more vibration, and a lot more flash for the bass be able
to see them. It also helps position the bass as well. Usually, if the bass is deeper, if the water
is clear, then the bass will be deeper and they’ll hide a little bit better from the
baitfish, whereas if the water’s really murky, then the bass are gonna be up shallower so
they can see further and ambush their prey. So here’s another great question about fishing
out of aluminum boats. What engine do you think I should use to get
those type of speeds that those fiberglass boats get, but I don’t want to spend the kind
of money that they do on those big outboards that they have? Well, you know, I had several aluminum boats
when I was fishing tournaments and I found that a 75 horse, you would get…it would
scoot. It would get the boat up and going around
45, sometimes close to 50 miles an hour in ideal conditions, but I’d still get passed
up by all those fiberglass boats. What I discovered is an engine around that
115 horse mark, that gets that boat up and moving to around 60 miles an hour or so and
you can…that’s plenty fast an aluminum boat. You don’t need to go 80 miles an hour in aluminum
boat but 60, 65 is plenty fast to keep up with those big guys and the fiberglass boats. Keri: Still on? Glenn: Yeah, he’s got me wrapped. There we go. Come here you. Had a little bit of a backlash. I was picking it out and he grabbed it. There we go. That will work. Let you go buddy. Come on. Have a nice day. Here’s a great question from a pond owner. Can bass be caught in a 200 acre lake that’s
loaded with cover, like stumps and logs and bushes, and it stays muddy throughout the
year? Yeah, certainly, you can catch a lot of fish
in those conditions. But, because there’s full of snags, you need
to focus on fishing weedless type lures or lures that aren’t going to get snagged as
much. So I would focus on spinnerbaits and on things
such as square bill crankbaits. I’d also like to fish a lot of top waters
like buzz baits, as well as frogs and toads. Those are the things I’d really focus on. And to catch those big bass, I would fish
really slow. I’d throw jigs on there as well. You know, fish it nice and slow, as slow as
I could for the conditions, and those type of baits kick off a lot of vibration, a lot
of noise, a lot of flash that enables those bass to find and locate and hone in on that
lure, and you’re gonna catch a lot of fish that way. Okay, here’s a question I get a lot about. Glenn, do you think the pings from your transducers
spook the bass or turn them off? No, I don’t. I’ve been fishing long before we even had
transducers. You know, back in the ’60s and ’70s, we didn’t
have that. And yeah, noise, it can spook bass, but I
think with a transducer, what you have is, it’s a steady sound. It’s such a tick, tick, tick, tick, tick,
it’s constant. And I think a more constant sound as it gets
closer to the bass and moves away from them is less startling than a sudden sound. So if you drop something in the bottom of
your boat. I think for this reason, I’ve caught plenty
of bass where I’ve had two transducers going. I’ve had the trolling motor going and the
radio, and I’ve caught lots of fish even with all that noise going. It’s because it’s constant, it’s a steady
drone. I’ve been in shallow water, where I’ve watched
bass and I see them come right up to the transducer to check it out. They want to know what it is. I’ve also seen a case where I’m sitting there
in shallow water, I can see it’s super clear water. I’ve seen the bass around and then I hit my
trolling motor, boom, they scatter. So it’s that sudden change of sound. That, I think is what sets them off and turns
them off from biting but a consistent sound like the pinging that continually goes from
your transducer, that is not gonna set them off in my opinion. There we go, finally. Keri: Buzz bait. You’re gonna make me throw a buzz bait, aren’t
you? He is gonna make me throw a buzz bait. Glenn: I am. Keri: Hey, look at that, finally. Look at that. Glenn: Look at that, 2:30 in the afternoon
on a bright sunny day. Keri: Yeah. Glenn: You can’t beat that. Don’t ever let them fool you into thinking
that, oh, you can only do it in the early morning hours or in the evening. Proof positive. All right, here’s a question I hear quite
often. I fish a lake that’s really small. It’s a small pond. It has really murky muddy water and it has
a lot of big fish in it. Do you have any tips for me to help me catch
those big bass? Well, yeah, what I would do in those conditions
is fish large lures, big profile baits like large jigs with a trailer on it that’s got
a large trailer, say, for example, the Rage Tail Space Monkey, something like that, that
gives a lot of bulk and vibration. And I would choose dark colors, like a June
bug or a black, so it can stand out sort of the silhouette against the colors, against
the water when, especially when there’s a lot of sunlight out, it will actually have
more contrast in the water and stand out more. Plus, big bass especially like to go after
slower moving baits. So a slow presentation with a large bait,
maybe it’s a swimbait or a large spinnerbait like a three quarter ounce spinnerbait, the
slower you move it, the better chances you are of catching those large bass, it’s got
to put out a little bit of vibration. So a spinnerbait or a large profile jig with
a trailer on it and a lot of appendages, those are the type of things I’d be fishing in those
conditions. Okay, here’s a great question from a viewer. Does the pre-spawn always happen at the same
time every year? Well, that’s a really good question. You know, for me, it really depends upon a
couple of things. First of all, I think the pre-spawn is triggered
by the lunar periods. And what I mean by that is not so much the
full moon, or anything like that. What I mean by is the days are getting longer
and longer in the spring. Really, towards the end of winter, the beginning
of spring, there’s a trigger point at which the length of day, that sort of is a point
in which the fish say, “Okay, now I need to start thinking about moving to shallow or
start feeding up and getting ready for the spawn.” So there’s…basically I think that’s the
only one point that is true to form that happens the same year in year out. In my neck of the woods, I’m northern climate. I’m up in Washington State. That tends to happen towards the middle of
late February. I’ve noticed it’s…to me, that’s when the
fish are really predictable in the wintertime, you know where they’re gonna be. And right about that time of year, that’s
when the fish vacate those areas. I know they’ve moved a little bit shallower
and I start to catch them a little bit shallower. That may be different from where you live,
because water temperature and the weather play big roles and especially in the region
that you’re at, you may have warmer conditions, that may happen a lot earlier. Say in Florida, pre-spawn actually kind of
begins in November actually or December. Whereas, if you’re way up north in a lot colder
temperatures, say up in northern Michigan, they may not happen til March, right? April. So it really depends on the location that
you’re at. And even then, fish are influenced by the
current conditions. So when you have lots of fronts coming through,
the water temperature drops rapidly, you have major storms, that affects the fish, they’ll
pull off from, you know, they may be into pre-spawn mode, but then they’ll go deeper
and they hibernate basically for a while until conditions get better. So it can be a real challenge. And you know, there’s no real answer like,
“Hey, mark on your calendar, this is when pre-spawn begins.” It’s not that easy, it’s not that simple. But don’t get frustrated by it. Instead, see that as a challenge, and it’s
yet another piece of the puzzle in figuring out the bass fishing puzzle. When you figure that out, it gets that much
more rewarding because then you’re catching fish and you’ve figured it out, and that is
more exhilarating sometimes than actually catching fish. So stick with it, and you’re gonna catch a
lot of fish. I hope those questions help guys. You know, that’s the whole point of this is
answering your questions. You can email me right down here. I’ve got it listed here, or you can hit me
up on our Facebook channel, Bass Resource Channel, or on the forums, and I’ll try to
get to your questions next time. In the meantime, for more tips and tricks
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