St. Croix Rod: Monster Bass Time

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It's monster bass time on the west coast.

PARK FALLS, Wisc. (March 30, 2021) – Good morning West Coast! Temperatures should be in the upper 70s this week with lows in the 60s. Do you know what time it is?

Dang right: It’s monster bass time, and that means California dreams of double-digit largemouths are about to become reality. With waters warming quickly now, the big girls are sliding up shallow, which – in the case of the bigger, deeper, clear-water lakes and reservoirs of central and southern California – might be anywhere from two to ten feet deep. At no other time throughout the year will it be easier to spot that trophy of a lifetime, but catching one can be an altogether different story. These fish didn’t grow to massive proportions by being suckers, and heavy pressure from trophy hunters across the region are continually sharpening their senses.

Still, there are a few anglers who have a solid handle on this game.

Take St. Croix pro-staffer, Matt Frazier, for example. The 39-year-old Denair, California, angler has already caught, photographed and released more than 50 bigmouths weighing over 10 pounds, including a half-dozen topping the 12-pound mark. That’s several life-time achievements, even for most top-tier anglers weighing over 10 pounds, including a half-dozen topping the 12-pound mark. That’s several life-time achievements, even for most top-tier anglers.