Even for December in Mississippi, the weather’s been great and last weekend was certainly no exception. Saturday was a beautiful day and even with the approaching weather on Sunday, you couldn’t ask for a better day to be outside. Having made a dent in the honey-do list on Saturday, I couldn’t resist an invitation to head to out to a private lake in Mendenhall to catch some pre-front, windy day bass. I’m certainly glad I did.
Approaching cold fronts are always a mixed blessing in bass fishing. The high winds make it hard to handle and position the boat; but they break up the water’s surface, so the shallow bass aren’t nearly as skittish. More importantly, the front’s approach always triggers the bass to feed. Because we’d had very warm temperatures all week, the water temps had jumped up about 3-4 degrees from the previous weekend and pushed the bass shallow. This made for the perfect opportunity to have a great day on the water.
I’m one of those fishermen who pretty much go out regardless of the weather. I’ve fished in snow, rain, thunderstorms and just about any other miserable conditions you can imagine. Sometimes those days are hard, but days like last Sunday make up for a year’s worth of hard days on the water. The bass were aggressive, hungry and perfectly positioned to catch, and catch we did. Those 3 hours on the water will carry me thorough a bunch of the cold, winter days ahead and remind me of what’s to come next spring. Check out the video and you’ll see what I mean. That’s just a dozen or so of the 40+ we caught, but it’ll give you a feel for what you can happen when the perfect conditions come along.