First I know it hasn't been an every week thing like I said I would aim for (yet). Having said that, I am excited for some upgrades coming which will allow me to post videos and images on the blog here soon so that might make it easy to do more of these.
I've got some good pictures I took recently of a re-organization of my tackle and boat so I'm going to put off going back to organization until we can add the photos. This weeks topic will instead be about education.
Here in our area of the country to bass have spawned several weeks back and we're now finding shad spawning and bream spawning. As an avid bass angler, I feel like I know more than the average person about the bass spawn; however I couldn't say the same for shad, bream, or crayfish - 3 of the bass'es main staples. A few years back I started down the food chain - trying to read articles and learn about the behaviors of those 3 types of bass prey. To me, if I could better understand how the prey act, why they do what they do, and when they do it, it should increase my ability to locate the predators chasing them (the bass).
It has been truly fascinating what I've learned over the past few years with regards to crayfish. I now know what to look for in coloring and activity of crayfish, what type of water temps and seasonal changes affect their spawns, and what they feed on. I've read a ton of articles online, found several scientific studies done by universities and published online, and have spent time "on the water" researching. Let me tell you - I understand much more today why crayfish imitating lures work so well in part because I understand their life cycle much better.
I started doing the same kind of research on shad and bream over the past couple years and have learned a lot about them as well. The interesting thing (especially on the shad) is if you read enough articles (especially those who quote or are written by pros) there is a lot of conflicting information out there. The best thing I've found is to take all of the information in, absorb it, and then it apply it to your situation on the water. Just because Pro X says Shad spawn in 70 degree water yet you see them doing it in 65 degree water, don't dismiss what you're observing. The same holds true for bream spawns.
Here's the deal, I could go into great detail on all 3 types of prey and what habitats they prefer at what times of year, when and how they typically spawn, periods of inactivity versus activity etc. I can do that because I've spent years now reading, studying, and asking questions. My advice if you want to be a better fisherman, do the same. Learn about the prey to better understand the predator.
Until next time,
Josh "Ogdog" Ogden