In this episode of GO Angling, Gander Outdoors teamed up with InDepth Outdoors to bring you James Holst and Pat McSharry fishing largemouth bass just outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area.
Gear Guide: West Metro Bass on Yamamoto Stick Worms
When it comes to what you want to have in terms of bait, you should get a Ned rig, Pat says. It’s a jig worm with a Z-Man Finesse TRD worm with a 1/8th ounce VMC half moon finesse head. The other setup used is a weightless Texas rig. It’s a Yamamoto Senko worm and hook which is a very simple presentation.
When it comes to rods and reels, you can use whatever you feel most comfortable with. James uesed a baitcaster reel and Pat used a spinning reel.
How to Fish West Metro Bass on Yamamoto Stick Worms
James and Pat go out in the middle of the day when it’s just starting to get hot to catch these largemouth bass with Yamamoto stick worms. The guys decide to fish a shoreline break and try to coax the fish out of the weeds they’re hiding in.
Pat and James say that what you want to do in a lake that has stirred up, somewhat dirty-looking water is cast your bait right near the edge of the weeds or even in the weeds and take things slow as you fish back towards the boat.
What you want to do with the bait is let it sink and settle and then pull it back up and let it sink and settle again. Time your movement ever three to four seconds, and don’t be scared to slow down more if you’re having trouble.
Location Guide: West Metro Bass on Yamamoto Stick Worms
Where Pat and James are fishing these largmouth bass is on a lake with low visibility in the water, very little off-shore structure, and the sides of the lake taper in very slowly. James calls it a “dishpan lake.”
This means the guys have to approach fishing the lake differently than they would otherwise. The fish will be looking for cover, and that means Pat and James started with weed cover. From there, it was about looking for the shoreline break that goes to the deepest water. That’s generally where you’ll find the best bass in the lake under these conditions.
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