Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 340: Bed Time

A chunk bass pulled from a bed.
When: Monday, April 16th, from 12:30pm to 1pm
What: Bass fishing
Weather: Fair skies, 85 degrees, variable wind at 3mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.98in and slowly falling
Relative Humidity: 30%
Moon: Waning, 3 days before new
Water Conditions: Clear

Well, it's that time of year.

The water temperatures have obviously reached 62 degrees and the bass are spawning. This was very apparent from the second I approached a pond near my work today, as I could see dozens of sunfish and about ten huge bass guarding their territory in the shallows, i.e. sitting on their beds.

Bass do not feed when they're spawning, but they are very protective of their nests. When I was younger, I used to think these fish were impossible to catch. Years later, Travis showed me exactly how it's done on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

There is a little concern as to whether this is ethical or not, as an unprotected nest is prone to having its contents eaten. It is, however, perfectly legal, as long as you quickly return the bass to the water. The way I see it, the one or two bass I attempt to catch from a bed every year has zero impact on their numbers. I would never make a habit of it, but it is a challenge worth undertaking and can result in some phenomenal pictures.

This bass above was by far NOT the biggest one I saw today, as there was a big female in the area that had to be close to, if not over 8 pounds.

I'll settle for a fish this size any day.

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