This weekend, I was able to spend some quality time with my brother&wife on a local metro lake. Since the bass season has not officially opened, we targeted large pike. Pike&Bass often share the same types of structures&hideouts. They also have a liking for similar baits. (spinnerbaits, crankbaits, chatterbaits&even topwater this time of year).  It is an excellent way to get out on the water and work out bugs out of the reels before the tournaments start.

I was able to find 4 large pike roaming flats along with over 20 largemouths. We also targeted panfish using small grub jigs on shallow flats. Again, more bass.

With such great action in the prespawn period of the largemouth, why is it that we wait ? If it was catch&release, would that be ok ?? Also, Tim Pawlenty: If you read this, how can I help you move the opener off of mothers day weekend ?? Might I suggest a week earlier ??


John Moore

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