Stranger In My Bed By Sean Ostruszka, Page 2

Stranger In My Bed
By Sean Ostruszka, Page 2


ut fishing with a friend, guide and tournament

angler Michael Murphy got into a debate

about the intricacies of bed fishing. After all, bed fishing, like many techniques, has become ultra-

refined in recent years, especially as fishing pressure has


And anglers have started to get a little, um,

overzealous about what will and won’t work to trick fish on


Murphy’s friend was in that group. So, having

a fisheries biology degree, he decided to show him


“The old G.I. Joes used to have these hooks on them

when you took the arms off,” says Murphy. “So, I tied my

line to one of the hooks and put a hook on the other. And

sure enough, it bothered that bass enough for him to hit it,

and I caught him.

“If a fish has eggs in the bed, they’ll hit anything.

They’re not looking to eat; they’re just being territorial. So,

it’s all about efficiency when picking lures. What will bother

the fish fastest to get a reaction. A G.I. Joe is probably not

the most efficient, but sometimes, those off-the-wall lures


Years of covering tournaments and talking with pros,

you hear and see some

pretty unique patterns. Here’s a few for bed fishing you may want to try, be it to finally trick that big girl or just prove a point to a friend.


Whether it’s to get a bedding bass to chase it and reveal a bed or to actually get the fish to bite, big swimbaits, particularly bluegill-shaped ones, get reactions. Many now come in the forms of bluegill-shaped jigs designed to be tossed into beds and mimic bluegills eating eggs. Otherwise, many pros swim the lures around spawning areas to try and locate fish, who will often chase them off. This way the pros see where the bed is without ever getting too close.


Jigs are a top choice for bed fishing. But what about vibrating jigs? Many pros secretly will use these to agitate a bass, as the vibration and flash of the blade will often drive a bass far crazier than just a normal jig. And at the very least, it’s so aggressive you’ll learn quickly if the bass

wants to stick around or if it’s

just going to leave.


Few lures are more aggressive than crankbaits. So, what better way to agitate a bass? Tossing a shallow- running crankbait in and around a bed and twitching it

at just the right moment can

make it “deflect” and prompt

a reaction strike. Otherwise,

a slightly deeper running

one can actually be run into

the bed to stir it up, and

stopping it will allow it to

float up, offering a perfect

opportunity for the bass to

hit the intruder. The one

risk is snagging. So, you

have to be extra careful

when trying this technique.


You know something is a secret when even Google can’t find it, but I promise, this one is real. Back in the early 2000s, Bass Pro Tour pro Shin

Fukae used to bedfish

with a rig that can best


Spring 2021