Keep 'em in suspense

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Of all the weird things that bass do, not much confounds, confuses and frustrates anglers more than suspending.

Of all the weird things that bass do, not much confounds, confuses and frustrates us more than suspending. Usually a deep-water thing, hovering out there in random land, the fish seem to thumb their noses at grumbling anglers.

Jason Christie calls suspended fish the biggest thorn in the sides of anglers everywhere. Many would likely agree, but it’s not a lost cause.

Know their moves

While fishing pressure and weather changes may prompt fish to suspend pretty much anytime but the spawn, Christie notes that winter tends to see the most predictable suspending. A lot of the bait is deeper, and the typically clear water bodes well for sight feeding.

“For fish to suspend, in most cases, you have to have a reason for them to get there,” Christie said. “They may suspend around standing timber or boat docks, but mainly what you see across the country is they’ll suspend around bait.”