by Dan O'Sullivan
It’s early spring and the bass should be spawning, but they aren’t quite in the areas you’d expect them to be. You think you know where they live; but, it’s spring, and your gut tells you they should be near the spawn. But, the conditions aren’t quite right, the water’s not quite warm enough, you’re on the tail end of a front, and the full moon is a little more than a week away with a forecasted warming trend coming.
While practicing for your upcoming tournament, you follow you textbook learning, and you backtrack until you find the fish staging in an area outside of the spawning cove. They are good ones, the kind that make you bite your lip when someone asks about your practice for the team tournament you’re fishing next week. You’re absolutely dialed in – you think.