Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 53

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 53

matter as long, as the bait is natural-colored.

Woods targets the smallmouth by throwing small swimbaits such as 3.5 and 4-inch Basstrix Paddle Tail swimbaits. He rigs up his swimbaits with a ¼- ounce lead head tied to 12-pound Hi- Seas fluorocarbon line. Woods opts for natural shad colors such as Alewife and Anchovy. He rigs the swimbaits on a Daiwa Tatula rod with a matching Tatula 100H 6.3:1 gear ratio reel.


The sheer size of Mead lends itself to power fishing to catch actively feeding bass. It is nearly impossible to cover the amount of water necessary to catch winning sacks of bass employing slow moving baits, such as jigs or dropshots.

Even at the current water level, there is simply too much water in the lake to cover.

Power fishing allows anglers to target aggressive fish by running and gunning the lakes expansive flats, reefs and coves. Both anglers use practice to determine the style of retrieve or style of reaction baits that is necessary to induce strikes. Each angler suggests NOT hooking bass during practice! Each angler fishes baits with rolled over hooks on their reaction baits.

Both Lain and Uribe will either cut off the hooks from their baits

FALL 2016

or use needle nose

pliers to cut off hook

points, so they won’t

actually hook the bass

that explode on their

topwater baits.

Not hooking bass

during practice becomes

very important during

multi-day events, as

Mead can be notorious

for being challenging

as tournaments days

progress. But, with more than 290 square miles of shoreline, anglers have a lot of space to cover in search of landing a five-fish limit.


Mead covers two states and each has their own specific fishing license requirements.

Anglers should not be afraid to beat the bank with the trolling motor on high chucking and winding their favorite reaction bait; Mead is a power fisherman’s lake. That being said, the bite can vary so much that anglers have to decide whether to employ power fishing methods or adjust to slow moving baits.

There is a lot of fishable water and it is important

to let the fish determine the style

of bait and speed in which they

want to chase.

There is growing debate

over targeting actively feeding

smallmouth bass during the

morning hours or opting for

largemouth bass later in the

day once the sun comes up.

Basically, it can be very hard to

decide if an angler should stick

to one species when catching

a five-fish limit.

The name of the game for

doing well on Mead is covering

a lot of water and fishing new

water every day.

Good luck on the water

and stay safe!