The Best Seasonal Bass Fishing Tips | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com
and I’m here with Hank Parker. We’ve been out on the water fishing today
for a while, and it’s getting kind of warmout so we thought we’d take a break and answer
some of your questions here on another episodeof “Hank Parker’s Fishing Tips”. So, Hank, this week’s question comes from
Chris from Charleston, Indiana, and he wantsto know what is your seasonal approach to
catching bass year-round?Hank: Well, you know, different parts of the
country have different seasons and some placesare not affected as much as others. You know you go to Lake Okeechobee in Florida,
for example, you don’t have a real slow, coldwinter bite like you do in North Carolina
where I live so. . . Where I started fishing, you know, I stayed
basically North and South Carolina and inthe wintertime, it’s really, really important
to slow down. And I learned, early on, fish aren’t nearly
as deep as I used to think they would be inthe wintertime. On those real cold days, I would think that
the fish would be really, really deep, andthat’s not the case at all. Most of the fish that I caught in the cold
wintertime when the water temperature was50 degrees or right around that 50-degree
mark, and I didn’t catch very many fish whenthe water was under 50 degrees in North Carolina
or South Carolina. So that’s kind of a make-or-break temperature
for North and South Carolina, that 50-degreemark. But fish were always in that 8, 9, 10-foot
rather than at 20 and 30-foot water for me. And the watercolor where I lived, Lake Wylie,
Lake Norman, Lake Gaston, Buggs Island, youknow, we didn’t have super clear water. So wintertime fishing, slow down. Spring, be as aggressive as you feel like,
be in pre-spawn. Every season is a little bit different, but
I wanna say I break it down in the everyday. Days are different, hours are different. My son Ben in fishing tournaments for a long
time and he would find fish and practice andexpect them to be the same the next day when
the tournament started. It never is. It’s a changing process. So even though you got a season and you can
say, “Rule of thumb, fish are gonna be onthe backs of the coves in October and November,”
and that’s pretty much a rule of thumb. April, May they’re gonna be spawning, they’re
gonna be in the shallows, they’re gonna bein the bushes, they’re gonna be on flanks,
March, April, May. And I’m talking North and South Carolina here,
so that varies. Summertime, as soon as the May spawn is over,
they’re gonna move out and get on the ledgesfor summertime fishing. So you’ve got a system that you have but it
changes every day. You get a good, cloudy day and those fish
may be out there on the ledges, but they maycome around the shoreline and you catch one
with topwater bait, even though there area lot of fish still on the ledges. So even though there are seasons and seasonal
patterns, I approach a lake on a daily basis. Glenn: That’s probably the best way to do
it, let the fish tell you what to throw andhow to catch ’em. Hank: I’m telling you, it just changes and
there is a rule of thumb, but, boy, that rulegets broken a lot. You know, the weather varies, temperature,
wind blows, the bait comes in on a point andall of a sudden, here it is, July and you’re
catching fish out of a foot of water. Glenn: Yeah, that’s gonna happen. Hank: So you’ve gotta be able to adapt. Glenn: Yeah. They don’t read the same books we do, do they?Hank: They don’t. They don’t. Glenn: Well, Chris, I hope that answers your
questions. For more tips and tricks, visit “Hank Parker
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