The past week has been awesome! It’s been real cold and nasty around here but lucky for us the ice gave in just before the cold arrived so it’s business as usual for a guy like me. I’ve been without a boat for the last couple weeks as I’m awaiting the arrival of my engine, which I’m happy to announce my brand new Evinrude ETEC 225 H.O. will be strapped on first thing next week! Lucky for me I got some good buddies who have as equally good boats and even better they all share that overwhelming sick desire to withstand the cold temps, 30 mile an hour winds and sideways rains for the chance to jack up on a fat ass dandy!
I’m not kidding either when I say we’ve been dealing with some unseasonable weather. A week and a half ago it was pushing 70 outside, since then we’ve been dealing with highs in the low 40’s and snow. Then take in factor that I’ve been rolling shotgun behind some pretty damn good sticks and you could guess that getting good bites are few and far between when in reality the getting has been good! Real good!
The fish aren’t aggressive at all but lucky for me I found a bait that serves ’em up when the bite is rough and tough. Biovex has a bait perfect for facing these types of conditions, the Amp Jr. crankbait, a micro style crank that runs less then a foot under the surface. It runs similar to the Strike King Pro 1XS but a bit more seductively and blows away all the competition with it’s top of line components and hand crafted good looks. I’ve been throwing this bait with very light 6 lb. monofilament line and the slowest of retrieves produces the biggest bites. I’m mean painstakingly slow, all you feel is the weight and your hooked into a giant.
I recall a tournament I had a couple years ago down on Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee. It was late fall and the lake was drawn down for the winter, all the bass were in the way backs of the creeks pushing balls of shad up into the super shallow coves. For the life of me I couldn’t find the right crankbait that would perfectly imitate the size forage yet still run shallow enough to produce. Since it was fall, the leaves had mostly shed from the trees and sunk to the bottom of the cove making a crankbait that ran more than a foot completely useless as snagging leaves would immediately foul the retrieve. The Biovex Amp Jr. would be perfect in this exact situation as the bait runs terrific at about 6 to 8 inches. A quick stop and go retrieve when the bass are blowing up the shad will fill a limit in no time.
This time of year up in these neck of the woods I’m required to slow up my presentation considerably. The bass are moving shallow by the day but the cold water has got them turned off. A slow dragging presentation works fantastic and a lot of the times the fish will take it on the stop. One major bonus of the Biovex Amp Jr. is that no matter how fast or how slow you work the bait it maintains it’s seductive wiggle.
Biovex baits will be available to the U.S. in the near future, please feel free to contact me for more information about any of their products.
See you on the water!