Ohio Game Fishing



Go Back  Ohio Game Fishing Community > Ohio Fishing Reports > Central Ohio Fishing Reports >

Winter Bass

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
streamstalker
not waving...drowning
 
streamstalker's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,092
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default Winter Bass

Article from today's Columbus Dispatch

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stor...-big-bass.html

Quote:
Angler goes extra step to land big bass Cold-weather catches can come down to desire

By Dave Golowenski
For The Columbus DispatchSunday January 20, 2013 8:24 AM

Success, as motivation speakers seminars insist, is granted to those who will do what others won’t, can’t or didn’t.

Corneilus Harris has advanced to a separate place in the highly populated realm of bass fishing, partly because the Zanesville resident was shrewd enough to heed his stepfather, and partly because he does what most people don’t or won’t.


When the 41-year-old Harris was in his teens, his stepdad, Lonnie Hampton, “first introduced me to the AEP ReCreation Land,” he said. “He told me about catching big fish during the colder months. Yeah, he caught some nice bass.”

Not nice enough, though, to convince a 15-year-old to make a habit of shivering over a bass. Bitten by a bug nonetheless, by the mid-1990s and grown in age, Harris found himself fishing those familiar lakes later into the season than most and occasionally being rewarded by uncommonly large largemouths.

The discovery of a fishy cache cannot be dismissed under any circumstances by an avid angler, particularly one with above-average curiosity and a built-in need to get outdoors even during the least friendly months.

“I started out using plastic or rubber worms, and I caught a fair share of decent bass,” Harris said. “I spent a lot of time, mostly trial-and-error, trying to find out what works.”

The common wisdom would suggest, “Not much.” The largemouth essentially is a warm-water sunfish that in places such as Florida, Mexico and Japan can grow to 20-plus pounds. The Ohio record, which has stood since May 1976, is 13.13 pounds, a 251/16-inch largemouth taken from a farm pond.

Largemouths remain somewhat stunted in northern reaches, where the growing season is relatively short. Cold-blooded, warm-water species typically are forced to do little more than tread water during the frigid months while waiting for the spring warm-up and an increase in metabolism.

During his many forays over a course of late autumns, mid-winters and early springs whenever ice was absent and casting possible, Harris discovered that he would seldom hook a small or medium-size bass. However, the right lure, presented properly and retrieved slowly, sometimes connected with a big fish that didn’t have to work especially hard or fast to mouth it.

“It’s what I would call an opportunistic bite,” Harris said.

The response from an opportunistic fisherman was to work on perfecting technique, observing conditions that most readily coax fish into taking bait, and figuring out which was best.

Having discovered, Harris isn’t shy about sharing.

“My bread and butter bait is the 4-inch Salt Series tubes by Venom Lures,” he said. “My favorite tube is the Black Blue-G,” which comprises a black body flecked blue and silver.

The rod choice is a 7-foot medium-heavy model whether he’s using a baitcaster or a spinning reel. The tube is Texas-rigged on 12-pound test Trilene XL line that stays limber enough in the cold to be useful on the ultraslow, stop-and-drag, twitching retrieves that require a lot of patience to master.

Harris, though, figures that quality supersedes quantity at a time of year when most people mistakenly figure bass won’t take a bait. In early November, Harris landed an 8-pound, 8-ounce largemouth, his biggest ever. A month later, he netted a pair, both topping 5 pounds.

Big fish often get their picture taken before being returned to the pond.

Despite their cold-water lethargy, big bass “do fight,” Harris said. “They don’t jump out of the water, but they will rise and boil the surface. Most of the time, they head down.”

Ideal fishing weather typically includes a 10 to 15 mph wind that creates a ripple on the water surface that hides fisherman from fish in the clear ponds. Afternoons on which the sun moves in and out of the clouds are optimal. And fish tend to be more active after the sun has warmed the water — late morning until sunset.

Harris is not reticent about sharing lore, but he’s a little more close-mouthed regarding location. The lakes he mines rest on AEP ReCreation Land in Guernsey and Noble counties, but he’ll get no more specific than to confide he has found lakes that most people haven’t.

“Ninety percent of the ponds I fish, you have to hike to,” Harris said. “I have put a tremendous amount of time searching out the lakes that hold the bigger fish.”
Picture from the article:
Attached Thumbnails
Central Ohio Fishing Reports - Click for larger version  
__________________
Use good sense. Don't include creek and small river names in your fishing report.

Last edited by streamstalker; 01-20-2013 at 01:50 PM. Reason: add picture
streamstalker is offline   Reply With Quote

Register today to remove this advertisement IT'S FREE



Old 01-20-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
Mushijobah
Urban Angler
 
Mushijobah's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2004
Location: The 614
Posts: 5,976
iTrader: 2 / 100%
Send a message via AIM to Mushijobah
Default

I see photos of that gentleman all over the place. He sure knows how to slay em!
Mushijobah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
nitefisher
Senior Member
 
nitefisher's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: north columbus
Posts: 100
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Talking big cold bass

I second what Mr Harris says about the big cold weather bass. I have been bass fishing really late into the winter the last few years and have been rewarded with the largest ones I caught all year. With the late starting winter last year I fished till and caught my last bass on Dec. 30th. I caught my PB 23" 6.25 lber on the Sat after thanksgiving and got a 20.5" on Dec 17th. This year I caught a 21" FO in mid Nov. before I hurt my knee and had to quit earlier than I planned. Like Harris, I use a 7' med heavy with 12 lb Trilene XL only I use a weightless 5" senko purple w blue fleck fished with the painfully slow stop & drag method. The main difference is, like my nickname, I catch mine at night. You gotta love those cold weather bass... I get so pumped when I get one I have to peel a few layers of clothes for a few hours. Try it... you'll like it!
nitefisher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
Bad Bub
Pushin' Tin
 
Bad Bub's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: toronto
Posts: 3,381
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mushijobah View Post
I see photos of that gentleman all over the place. He sure knows how to slay em!
He's a regular on www.ohiobassblog.com, he's put some giants on camera!

posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
__________________
Take a fish boating...
Bad Bub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
Bubbagon
Who?
 
Bubbagon's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Dublin
Posts: 2,894
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Rock on!!!
I love the fact the he fishes with artificials. I know plenty of guys that go the shiner route in the early spring ay AEP.
Hats off to Mr. Harris!! Actually, keep the hat on....20 degrees with 15mph winds....BRRRRRR!!!
Bubbagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 10:12 PM   #6
Ronnie Mund
limo driver
 
Ronnie Mund's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Columbus
Posts: 29
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mushijobah View Post
I see photos of that gentleman all over the place. He sure knows how to slay em!
duuuudddde's a fishing machine
__________________
whoa whoa whoa! Stop the clock!!!!
Ronnie Mund is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 09:49 AM   #7
Bubbagon
Who?
 
Bubbagon's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Dublin
Posts: 2,894
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

T-O-P-L-E-S-S....

Oquar tangin wan, my fellow Howard fan.
Bubbagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
Deazl666
A one-man wolfpack...
 
Deazl666's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Grove City, OH
Posts: 1,675
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Can someone clarify if he is fishing from a boat? Or is he fishing vertically from the shore? I haven't been to AEP in almost 20 years. I dragged similar tubes through bass ponds in December and couldn't get anything to hit. (They wouldn't hit bass minnows either.)
__________________

Haul, 2014...Smallmouth (104) LMB (163) White sucker (1) Brown trout (2) Channel cat (7) White crappie (11) Saugeye (9) Walleye (1) Musky (1) White bass (1) Rock bass (9) Drum (4) Sunfish, noteworthy (17)
Deazl666 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 09:10 PM   #9
Ronnie Mund
limo driver
 
Ronnie Mund's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Columbus
Posts: 29
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bubbagon View Post
T-O-P-L-E-S-S....
what are you talkin' 'bout??? You'll do it when you get down here.
__________________
whoa whoa whoa! Stop the clock!!!!
Ronnie Mund is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #10
The Tator Tot
Just Hangin' around...
 
The Tator Tot's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 75
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default From shore

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deazl666 View Post
Can someone clarify if he is fishing from a boat? Or is he fishing vertically from the shore? I haven't been to AEP in almost 20 years. I dragged similar tubes through bass ponds in December and couldn't get anything to hit. (They wouldn't hit bass minnows either.)
This be from shore...
The Tator Tot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:04 AM.












Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2014, Game Fishing LLC