Jerkbait Fishing Ditch Edges for Early Prespawn Bass

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Major League Fishing pro, Stephen Browning, provides a detailed lesson in jerkbait fishing winter bass relating to deep water ditches that connect to spawning flats. Ditches are to bass what highways are to people — a means of congregating and routing traffic. On otherwise featureless lakes, a ditch is a defined structural corridor that gathers and routes bass between wintering and spawning flats. Looking for fat prespawners? Find a ditch.

TACKLE USED
• JERKBAIT - Jackall Rerange 110 Jerkbait, color - Secret Shad 2: https://wired2.fish/JackallRerangeJerkbait
• ROD - St. Croix Legend Elite Casting Rod 6'8" Med Hvy: https://wired2.fish/LegendEliteCastingRod
• REEL - Team Lew's Pro TI Baitcast Reel, 7.5:1: https://wired2.fish/Lews-Pro-Ti-SLP-SpeedSpoolCastingReel
• LINE - Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon Line, 10-pound: https://wired2.fish/GammaEdgeFluoro

Browning defines what ditches look like on 2D sonar and where active bass position so you can make high-percentage casts. Browning uses jerkbaits to mimic baitfish in appearance and action. On this day, mid-40-degree water temps exposed a winter pattern, with bass eating on the pause. Browning walks us through his cadence with an emphasis on the importance of pauses to trigger bites.

His go-to rod setup is built around a short and sensitive medium-heavy casting rod, high-speed reel, and light fluorocarbon fishing line. A casting reel in the 7.5:1 range supports quick line pickup, a must for getting tight on fish on long casts, and the light 10-pound fluorocarbon fostering the best jerkbait action possible.

FISH FINDERS and BOAT CONTROL
• GRAPH - Lowrance HDS LIVE 12 - https://wired2.fish/LowranceHDS-LIVE
• TROLLING MOTOR - Minn Kota Ultrex MEGA DI i-Pilot Link Trolling Motor: https://wired2.fish/MinnKotaUltrexDI-iPilot


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