By Terry Battisti
Special to BassFan
Springtime meets every angler with grandiose thoughts of catching their personal best. Warming weather and longer daylight hours increases the water temperature, which, in turn, makes the fish begin their yearly pilgrimage to the shallows in order to reproduce. It’s the time of year when big egg-laden females are most vulnerable.
What sounds like easy pickings, though, a lot of the time turns into frustrating days on the water. A cold front can move in and drop the surface temperature by five or 10 degrees overnight, followed by a few days of bright skies and even colder temperatures. These spring weather situations can drive even the best anglers nuts as the fish move up and seemingly, within hours, move back out.
In this, the first installment of Tour Tips, we discuss how to find and track fish in the spring with Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Josh Bertrand. The Arizona residen has made a living at fishing for the past 6 years as a guide on the Salt River chain. He was also the 2012 Bassmaster Central Opens Angler of the Year. His experience guiding and fishing all over the U.S. has taught him how to quickly find fish in all seasons, including the fickle spring months.
Here’s what he had to say.