Winter Fishing – Lake Guntersville
Alabama Bass Guide – Ryan Salzman
Lake Guntersville fished great this past December! We caught fish all month, and tons of numbers. The health and wealth of Lake Guntersville is very promising… Several days over 22lbs. The best baits were the True Bass Swimbait 4.5 in R2D2 rigged on a 1/2 and 3/4 ounce True Lock Head. If you haven’t tried the baits yet use the TRYUS20 for 20% your first order on www.trueswimbaits.com . Or if you love our stuff take advantage of a limited time free shipping code “lastcast”. The first Alabama Bass Trail is only a month away…
The fall bite lasted all the way through December. The fish were really shallow prior to the arctic blast we had at the beginning of the New Year. I always tell me clients everyday to have an open mind and lets go fishing! That was the key to our success throughout December. Some days we caught them on main lake channel swings in 15-20 foot of water and other days we caught them in the shallow flats chasing bait fish like it was October. On grass lakes this pattern usually holds on longer than non-grass lakes due to the shallow vegetation. The grass gives the bait a great source of food, and in turn the bass have a great source of food!
Key bait for us were the True Bass Swimbait, Jerkbaits, The Alabama Rig outfitted with little dippers with a True Bass Little Head 4.5 in the center. Always rig the 4.5 on the 1/4 ounce 4/0 True Lock Swimbait Head. I had some that lasted me two weeks fishing every other day. The baits are extremely durable, and when paired with the True Lock it becomes like a hard bait almost… If you have to chance one you’re wrecking em. The best jerkbait color was a Clear AYU or Chartreuse Shad color. Use the Guntersville Shad, Bad Sexy, Bad Shad Green, and Sexy Shad with the Reaction Innovations Little Dippers. We did catch fish each day on a Tightline Football Jig in 1/2 and 3/4 ounce in Guntersville Special Tipped with a Sweet Beaver 4.20 in Green Pumpkin! Killer setup.
SWIMBAITS – Alabama Rigs – FOOTBALL JIGS – JERKBAITS
- Jerkbait Cadence: Get it to depth, 1-3 jerks, pause 3-8 seconds
- True Bass 4.5 Retrieve: 6.8:1 Lews Reel, 15lb fluoro, 1/2 ounce – Steady retrieve
- True Bass 5.5 Retrieve: 6.8:1 Lews Reel, 17/20lb fluoro, 3/4 ounce – Intermitant
- Alabama Rig Retrieve: 6.8:1 Lews Reel, 65lb braid, 1/8 ounce 3/0 true locks – Intermitant
- Football Jig: 7.5:1 Lews Reel, 17lb Fluoro, drag reeeeeeeeeaaaallly slow. Count rocks.
If you want to learn new techniques and learn how to find fish better give me a call! I can help with your tournament and fun fish needs. I look forward to fishing with you! I will be doing a forecast video and long blog here soon about what this New Year holds for us with all of this cold air we’ve had at the beginning of 2018.
Take care and tight lines! Lets go fishing.
Captain Ryan Salzman USCG/ARMY