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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: Punch through slop for excellent bass bite

Locating dense stands of vegetation is key to locating lunker bass during much of the year. This is especially true for largemouth bass. Yes, you can find rotund smallies taking up residence in forests of cabbage in 14 to 18 feet of water, but it’s largemouths that really take a shine to weeds. (Photo provided)
Tip by Hays Baldwin

Years of guiding experience: 5


Favorite waters: Gull Lake, Lake Independence and Gull River


Slop fishing for bass has been very productive as of late – punching heavy weights with a compact creature bait in shallow, matted weeds.


Go with a heavy bullet sinker, like 3/4-ounch to an ounce and a half. The heavier you go, the more bites you get. It’s a reaction bite. A lot of it has to do with the drop rate.


I look for the highest spot in the weeds, or where they are thickest, the densest spot you may see in a stretch of say 10 feet of matted vegetation. They are sometimes schooled up under those spots. It’s the opposite of fishing the edge, but it can be very effective. The bass are in there, in teh coontail and milfoil, eating bluegills and crayfish and whatever else they find. I had a bass spit up a bullhead the other day.


But with this technique, you are basicaly hiting the bass on the head.


Baldwin runs Fishing 217 Guide Service, a multi-species guide service based in the Brainerd Lakes area. He can be reached at (612) 419-4828.

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