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Candid with Greg Gutierrez and Spotted Bass

Nice quality Spotted Bass

Bass Angler Headquarters would like to welcome you to the first in a series of exclusive candid discussions with Greg Gutierrez.  Greg is a former Bassmaster Elite Series competitor, two-time Bass Master Classic Qualifier and Bass Open Champion.  Today Greg competes on the FLW Everstart Tour Western Division and the WON Bass Tour.

So join us as Greg provides his insight on how to catch magnum spotted bass.

BHQ:    Where do you begin your search for the larger spotted bass during the winter?

Greg: I like to target larger spotted bass on ambush points that have definition changes.  What I mean by this is that I look for areas where the bank or structure will make a transition from mud to gravel or from   red clay to chunk rock or granite to sand.

These are the areas that I believe attracts the forage.  Bluegills, Crawdads, Scuplins, Shad and at Oroville the pond smelt.  Sculpins are a key forage that big spots can really key in on this time of year.  On Shasta the trout will come into these areas to eat the bait and you can be sure that the bass will be there as well.  The same thing happens on Oroville but with the salmon.

One key point is that when I find an area that has some moss growing,  I will be sure to explore the area thoroughly.   The presence of moss usually will draw the bait into the area and the where the forage is the bass will be nearby.

BHQ:    I have heard many spotted bass experts say that if they are fishing a new lake, they will always start on the main body.  What is the rational to this?

Greg:  For the most part this is a true statement.  I believe that the better spots live primarily on the main body but when the bite gets really super tough and the fish get small, often times the best thing to do head up the lake and fish in the arms.  The fish in the arms can be easier to catch but generally are smaller.  You can get on a current break or a nice piece of structure and put a bunch of keepers in the boat, thinking that you’ve had a good day at the office.  On the other hand if the fish on main lake turn on you can end up being 3 plus pounds out of the hunt.

The right rod is critical

BHQ:    I have often heard of anglers struggling to locate spots on the main body.  Can you give some insight on how you approach this task?

Greg:  I spend a lot of time using my electronics.

Lowrance HDS® High-Def System

My Lowrance HDS® High-Def System units are invaluable. I’ll graph an area with the big motor running using my Structure Scan.  This way I can cover a lot of water quickly and much more efficiently than with traditional downward looking sonar.  Structure Scan is really an important tool.  For example, when I am out graphing a large flat I am really looking for the key spots.  Irregularities, rock piles, subtle humps or maybe a saddle.  This is where the fish will be, the spot on the spot.  To fish thru the entire area would be highly inefficient.  Once I find the key locations I can quickly add a GPS way point.

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About Mark Fong

Mark is a tournament angler, outdoor writer and seminar speaker. He is sponsored by: Blade Runner Tackle, Gamakatsu, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Pepper Custom Baits, Rainbow Worms, Rat-l-Trap, Rayjus Outdoors, St. Croix Rods, and Sunline.