For most bass anglers, warming trends in the spring provides much needed relief and even flat-out excitement after tough fishing conditions during the long winter months.
As the slow warming conditions of spring start to rev-up the bass’ metabolism, they typically start making their way to shallow water cover and structures and put on the feed bag. When the bass start the spring chomp, most of us start probing transition areas and the shallows with a variety of horizontal baits like lipless cranks, jerkbaits, square bills, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. As long as the water temp increase remain steady, so does the springtime feeding ritual as the bass getting ready for the spawn.
We anglers get even more excited when Mother Nature really turns up the thermostat thinking the bass feed will go into hyper-drive. Trouble is the ultra rapid warm-up often triggers just the opposite and the bass bite almost comes to a screeching halt.
When the bite turns tough, a much slower, subtle and unique presentation might be just what Mother Nature ordered.
Take a few moments to watch the following video and see what I mean…
The next time you find yourself facing a tough spring bite, break out the Tokyo rig with your favorite flipping-style soft plastic bait and pitch the shallow cover; you may be glad you did!