As spring S L O W L Y approaches my thoughts drift off to a cold overcast day in March twelve years ago. I was the only one on the lake and growing tired of reeling in black crappie on every cast. Just for the hell of it I tie on an old baby bass pattern model A for a break in the monotony. Content to hold and cast my bass outfit just to practice my casting technique something pleasantly unexpected happened. The water was a cold 45*F. Certainly not the ideal condition for a warm water species such as the largemouth bass. After throwing to the same spot numerous times the end of my rod loads up with dead weight. What seemed like a water logged tree surged upward and jumped out of the water in the form of a seven-pound largemouth. I was astonished to say the least. Little did I know that the possibilty of catching a trophy size bass increases substantially in the early spring. What's even more astonishing is that she crunched on a faded old crankbait retrieved at a high rate of speed in that cold of water. Surely another presentation will be more effective for this years cold-water-pig season. Weeks away from this once a year opportunity ideas of slow falling jig and pigs or carolina rigged lizards appear to be the right choice. Maybe those of you with more experience in targeting seven pound plus largemouth could share your knowledge? What's an effective pattern for this type of fishing? By the way, here is a picture of the old girl. Some of you may have already seen it. Unfortunately for her I was a young buck and had to show it to my family. Since then I have learned the importance of catch and release.