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    I realize that most anglers prefer the warmer winter day; I certainly understand the more comfortable feeling of a better day when the temperature has warmed in the middle of winter. The problem is if youíre after a trophy size bass, they are now in the feeding mod and as we constantly change weather as the spring always presents the chance of that trophy fish is very high. Sure, some days a are a challenge in North Alabama as the temperature changes and weather pattern swings are constant for at least another month.

    The downside is, itís hard to stay focused and continually work the proper depths and structure to find that trophy fish. The elements fight against you, your hands are cold, itís hard to feel a bite , the wind challenges you many days in a row in this constant change and steadying the boat enough to feel those slow methodically bites during this late pre spawn is not easy.

    Donít waste time, fish where the big fish should be in this type of weather, in my opinion this is extended off the long deeper points. I find that in a bad cold winter day the bigger fish extend themselves off under water points from the first break extending down to 10 feet or more of water. The reason being is there is generally still grass near the shallow top and stumps with muscle beds off the deeper points. This is all ideal locations for that big trophy bass and with some patience and hard fishing you just might find it. It also true that many of the big fish are in the shallows already moving up to the hard bottom areas of the lake. Look for red clay banks, and work them thoroughly.

    Lastly fish small baits, work them slowly and make very precise casts. Use your Lowrance structure scan to find the structure where the big fish have the best chance to hide. Work those pieces of structure very thoroughly; make several casts so you cover every angle. You wonít feel big bites youíll just feel a twitch or heavy rod tip, make a good hook set because it could be the fish you have been waiting for!

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