Fun in the sun

Interesting thought came from yesterday’s post-weigh in press conference at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: The first two hours on Lake Hartwell would be bonus time, with the more predictable action to come once the sun reached its mid-morning angle. More light certainly helps and anglers ability to pick out subsurface hints like grass lines and wood, but that’s actually of minimal concern, compared to the essential benefit.

“It’s a unique situation at Lake Hartwell; it seems that the first couple of hours, you have fish feeding on those herring really hard, but then those docks become the key,” said Elite Series newcomer Wesley Strader. “In the morning, those largemouth get down under those docks and they don’t bite very well. And then, as the sun warms up, they come closer to those black floats, which radiate the sun’s heat. That’s a big thing for the females for warming their eggs.

“You’ll see from, like 11 o’clock on — sometimes, 1 o’clock on — those largemouth start biting really good. It’s just all a matter of them positioning under those docks the way they need to be.”

Strader said this principle may prove particularly relevant following a dim day two.

“Yesterday, everybody thought they would knock their lights out with it being cloudy like it was, but it didn’t materialize,” Strader said. “We’re in that time of year when they like the sun. A bass is a cold-blooded creature; the warmer the water, the more his metabolism increases. They’re feeding up; getting ready for the spawn and that sun is what triggers them.”