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Seeing that he works during the days we had to make it a night trip and just my luck it was a Full Moon that night.

 

We loaded up everything and went to Mississippi Lake "Enid". We got there about 6pm and got the boat in the water and went to a spot that I knew very well. It has about four sunken brush piles in about 12 feet of water, and I know just where they are.

 

 

Anyway I am up front rigging my rods and explaining to this guy what to expect and do not leave your rod unattended because they will rip the rod either out of your hands or off the inside of the boat.

 

I have fished this spot many of times and knew they really don't start hitting until about 8:30pm. I am not real sure about what I am about to say but it makes sense to me.

 

Right after sunset if you are fishing a worm I think the fish can not see it, because I have never done real good at that time.

 

Well to make a story short when 8:30pm hit, I moved up to the brush piles and told him where to cast.

 

Nothing happened and I was getting concerned about midnight when all of a sudden the Moon came over head and it was like someone turned on the light switch.

 

We were catching Bass after Bass almost every cast. I am talking Hogs and it lasted for about two hours. The guy I took could not believe it. We only fished about a 75 yard space and he had the time of his life.

 

I wanted to make sure this was not a fluke and I have been back many times and repeated the same thing. So you can see the Moon Phase does play a part.

 

Back To Selecting the Best Bass Spawning Period:

 

You have to really study your area. The Wildlife can also help you figure what is the best time to go.

 

You will have approximately two weeks max to catch the big ones when spawning, and some big lakes you will find out the Bass Spawning Season takes place at different times.

 

A good example is Lake Fork Texas. I divide spawning periods in that lake into three sections: down by the dam they start late Feb early March then in Mid-March they will be spawning by the two Mustangs (coves off the main lake) and finally the north end is in hot action from about the third week of March until the end of the first week of April.

Do your Homework and see if you can't figure your lake out, and by the way what I have given you is for big lakes.

 

Keep in mind bass spawning in your smaller lakes and ponds will happen sooner. Look for the water temp getting close to 65 degrees, I say this because I have been out real early in the morning and did not see one Bass.

 

As it warmed up and the water temp got to 68 degrees, there were Bass everywhere.

 

Good Luck and get that Hog.

 

Please practice catch, weigh, picture, and RELEASE bass fishing.

 

Keep the Hooks Wet

 

Steve McGoldrick 

 

 

 

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