Post By: Toad Wrangler Posted: 2/19/2012 7:24:47 PMPoints: 190
The bite has been hard to come by lately. Ive only been fishing lake hodges for about a month. And i cant seem to pull any fish in. Ive seen other anglers around dragging a few in on mostly that same things im trying.
Anyone got any advice. Ive been using ikas, senkos, jigs with trailers. Much appreciated!
"Hodgie" is a fickle beast, especially this time of year. When I was working in tackle shops in San Diego, one of the local secrets to nailing largemouth during the colder months was to use an 1/8 ounce Kastmaster (like you would use for trout). I remember one guy who said he would get them just casting and retrieving it in the area around the boat dock, but also jigging them in deeper water. This was done with spinning tackle and 6-pound test.
The baits you mentioned are typically effective at Hodges, but this time of year, the key is slowing everything down, sometimes to the point that it's so slow you can't stand it.
Try to get away from classic, near shoreline cover bass fishing that you do at other times of the year. Focus on deeper water, points, and if you are using a fish finder, look for suspending fish offshore and drop that Kastmaster on them.
Reply by: flybasser Posted: 2/20/2012 7:09:30 AM Points: 21
Just an observation on hard bites. So often I read where folks are all doing the same thing. I like visiting and finding out what others are using and how they're doing before fishing. Many times I find doing something different is key to success, especially on heavily fished waters.