Spring is finally here and that means it’s time to dust off the fishing rod.
Now all you have to do is get away for a weekend and find a destination. Well the biggest bass are caught in calm waters — like Loughborough Lake! To help you catch the big one, here are some tips for fishing in calm waters.
Fishing in calm water can be challenging because even with patience, there’s no guarantee you will catch anything. That’s right, there’s something about too much calm that puts fish on-guard.
Professional bass fisherman Gerald Swindle agrees. In his 20-year career as a professional, he’s gone in every condition, but the toughest he says is calm water — this is when fish are the most elusive.
“Rain, brutal heat, wind, those are things that primarily affect the fishermen,” Swindle said. “If you can suck it up, the fish will probably still be biting. One of the toughest ones from a fishing perspective is what I call ‘battling the calm.’ When it slicks off smoother than a baby’s you-know-what, that’s when it can get tough.”
Here are some of Swindle’s fishing tips when the water is calm:
- Keep it quiet
- Stay at a distance
- Speed it up
- Stay Natural
- Be like the waters
When the water is calm, fish will usually stay closer to the bottom where they can see everything — including you. This is why you need to be quiet, keep your distance, and be calm like the water.
What it means to “speed it up” is to reel fast. Make sure that you crank everything up by dropping your lines faster, letting the bait hang for less time, and if you’re flipping, add heavier weights.
Ultimately, in order for you to improve your chances of catching a bass, you need to be calm like the water and make the most of every bite. Eventually, your patience will pay off.
Are you looking for a great place to go bass fishing this summer? Check out Loughborough Lake! Call Loughborough Inn at 1-833-317-0063 or contact us here.