Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 46

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 46

Siemantel generally believes that “colors don’t mean


“It’s the last thing they think of,” he said. “The

bottom is white. Depending on the depth of the water,

it’s just not that important. In darker skies, dark colors

create a better silhouette. If it’s clear, use gray or


Despite that, he fought hard to get Morning Dawn

made and said that it’s often his go-to choice if

smallmouths or spotted bass are present.

Even when largemouths are

around, it helps


to see


what the bait is

doing. “It’s all visual

for me,” he explained.

“I make long,

Au Rat Bait set up

accurate casts

includes the Dobyns 765 Flippin’ Stick Photo Credit Vu Au

and you can still see it approach


the inside of a J-hook of grass or make it wake on a shadow line.”

While he doesn’t believe that color is always a critical element, he does believe that the three different sizes of his lure have different applications, comparing them to “a lion, a house cat and a mouse.”

“When you drop down from the big bait to the

40, mechanically it works the same,” he said.

“But with the big bait, if they like it you stick

it. You feel a hiccup, sweep the rod and the

hook up rate is phenomenal. The 40 is more like a mid-sized crankbait. When they hit it, reel into them. It’s more of a crankbait style of hit. With the 30, I use a spinning rod. When they hit it, I count to three and let them hook themselves. If you rear back and just lay into him, you’ll miss. Wait until the rod loads up. They pretty much hook themselves.”

As a result of that strategy, his tackle choices vary, too. With the biggest model, he’ll use a beefy XXH Cousins swimbait rod paired with a Shimano 300 sized reel spooled with 50 pound Maxima braid or no less than 18 pound mono. With the 40, he’ll go


Photo Credit Woodrow Rat Lures