Vibra-Bug Spinnerbaits: A Springtime Favorite

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Vibrabug-Alewife-smallA Vibra-Bug spinnerbait by Rocky Ledge Tackle is a fantastic shallow to medium depth, single-bladed lure perfect for targeting cover as bass prep for their spawning rituals.

With its unique vibrating action and wide-range of color patterns, the Vibra-Bug does an excellent job imitating both injured baitfish darting about and crawdads scurrying along the bottom. Something most hungry springtime bass can’t resist.

These spectacular spinnerbaits are definitely my preferred bait in the spring (though they work all season long actually) and here’s an example of the creator, Jim Migliozzi of Rocky Ledge Tackle showing us why 🙂

Want a little more proof?

Here’s a picture on a nice 21.5″ largemouth caught from a small Lakes Region (NH) pond right after sunset in May of 2017 on a black Rocky Ledge spinnerbait,,,

Rocky Ledge Tackle vibra-bug bass

They not only catch lots of bass but pretty nice ones as well too!

Check out Rocky Ledge Tackle’s selection of baits by clicking on their logo image below:

Rocky Ledge Tackle vibra bug

You will be glad you did!

Bass Fishing Through The Mid-Fall Period

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When they refer to fall bass fishing the “Mid-Fall” period is the one they are talking about. By this time, water temperatures have fallen to the low sixties/upper fifties and the bass have really strapped on the old feed bags. The techniques will be similar in nature to the early fall period but the location of your quest shifts further into the back of creek arms and bays.

fall bass fishing spots

The reason for this is the fact that the bass are following the schools of baitfish which are searching out their primary forage plankton. Plankton tend to thrive Continue reading

Using Spinnerbaits in Clear Water

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Many bass anglers shy away from using spinnerbaits when fishing clear water lakes and rivers. Part of the reason is that we are taught to use baits resembling natural forage. Just take a quick look in any spinnerbait and it is plain to see it has little resemblance to any bass forage. Even when selecting baits with color patterns mimicking different types of bait, spinnerbaits may look similar in color but lack the size and shape of the actual forage.

clear water spinnerbait

Nonetheless spinnerbaits can be highly effective when finished in clear water systems under the right conditions.

Best Conditions to Use Spinnerbaits in Clear Water

Though you can use a spinnerbait any time in clear water, Continue reading

Early Fall and the Baitfish Factor

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Fall Bass & baitfishDuring the summer, baitfish such as shad and herring reside in deepwater, main lake areas just as many bass do. Once the water temperatures start to slowly decrease, baitfish start to migrate to the shallower bays and flats in the lower portions of creek arms in search of forage (plankton) as they prepare for the coming winter period.

It should be of little surprise that the bass will be “hot on their tails” as the bass also start to strap on the proverbial “feed-bag” to prepare for the winter doldrums.

Both the baitfish and bass tend to remain near sections of major creek arms and bays closest to the main lake during this early fall period. As a result, bass are somewhat scattered and are sometimes hard to pinpoint while in a pseudo-transition state. Structure and weed beds located near the entrance to creek arms and bays as well as deep weed-laden flats are typical haunts used by early fall bass and baitfish. Continue reading