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  • Line Watching in the Winter

    There is definitely-no-better time to develop line watching skills than in the winter; bites are generally light, the bass are slow reacting and generally feed very slowly during the winter, they donít attack they slowly inhale. Developing good line watching skills is a must during this time of year and coupled with that rigging correctly so you can feel the bite better is a good practice to enhance your line watching skills.

    Many anglers feel that using a spinning rod in the winter enhances your ability to feel the bite and if youíre a finesse fisherman there is a very good argument for that. Spinning gear allows you to leave good slack in the line and watch and feel for twitches or movement in your slack line. Many times, bass pick up finesse baits and come to you giving you a sense that you have lost contact or the feel that nothing is on the line. This is a good indication that a fish has picked up your bait and starting-moving toward you; spinning gear allows you to easily reel up some line and feel the finesse bait easier during the winter months. It is also very important to have a small size line diameter like 8 lb. test, this gives your bait more action in the cold water than heavy weighted line allowing you to get more slack quickly as your bait works down the water column while finesse fishing. I also like to make sure I am rigged with fluorocarbon line, where there is little to no stretch in a clear color so the line canít easily be seen by the fish. Itís also true that fluorocarbon is much more sensitive than normal mono-filament line.

    Boat position is also important in the winter, if you position your boat so you work at an angle off the deep to the shallow; this allows you to force the bass to bite and come across your boat instead of directly back to you. This boat position changes the instinct of a bass which is to feed near the top of a hump and work deep. If the bite is moving to your right or left it is much easier to detect. Watch the line, and get a good sense of your bite and you will miss less fish.

    Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service
    Email: bassguide@comcast.net
    Call: 256 759 2270
    Capt. Mike Gerry