Sweet Home Guntersville

2. JERKBAITS FOR SUSPENDERS

If the fish are suspending around these staging areas, Lane opts for a jerkbait. “I never fish a jerkbait with a particular cadence in mind. I let the fish tell me if they want aggressive jerks, or long sits with twitches. Try all types of retrieves until you get bit,” he says.

Lane really likes the jerkbait when there’s a lot of baitfish working the drop. His color selection mimics his crankbait choices.

3. THINK PLASTIC

When he thinks his jerkbait is too deep for suspending fish, or his crankbait doesn’t dive deep enough for lethargic bottom-huggers, Lane opts for plastics.

“I really like a weightless stickworm, rigged either wacky style or Texas, when the fish are coming up to feed. I let that worm slowly wiggle through the water column. If I see that the fish are on the bottom, I Texas rig the same lure with a 1/4-ounce weight and do a superslow drag.”

Lane opts for green pumpkin in clear water and black-and-blue when it is stained.

“One of these techniques will work, I promise,” Lane said. “And you can’t come at a better time than February through April. This is when the 25- to 30-pound bags are caught. I expect the 2014 Classic to break every Classic record that exists. Every bass angler needs to experience this place.”

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Before paying a visit to Guntersville, go online and visit the following websites. Here’s why:

www.alabamabasstrail.org: This site offers a lake map, fishing reports, lodging, local guides and TVA dam water release info. You can plan your whole trip, plus buy a fishing license.

www.chrislaneresort.com: Chris Lane’s tackle shop carries everything you need to be successful on the water and has anglers in-the-know willing to share fish-catching tips.

www.facebook.com/AlabamaBassTrail: Once you are a fan, you will get fishing updates on all the best lakes in Alabama.

For more information, visit AlabamaBassTrail.org.

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