SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (WDBJ) – “Well, being a professional bass fisherman, I can’t choose what weather I fish in, so I’ve fished in every condition you can think of,” says John Crews, a bass fisherman. professional from Salem who has fished professionally for 22 years.
Crews talks about how strategic you have to be with what Mother Nature throws in the forecast service, because the weather doesn’t always cooperate with her fishing derbies. “The first day was overcast and calm, and during the tournament we had sun, rain, wind. We had different conditions and I had to adapt throughout the tournament .
He states that his ideal conditions for catching bass are when it is sunny but windy. “The bass is the most important member of the sunfish family and I think that’s why it has something to do with the sun, kind of helping these fish, making them more aggressive it seems. .”
Crews says it’s not just rain or shine that plays a role in catching largemouth bass. “Barometric pressure plays a huge role in how the fish bite… If they feel like they’re out in the open with calm, sunny conditions, which we get under high barometric pressure, they’re going to be tight in the blanket. They’ll come back to try and hide. If it’s dark and windy, they feel like they’re camouflaged, so they’re ready to get out of the blanket a bit more and they’ll be a bit more aggressive, as they can somehow ambush their prayer a bit easier.
When I asked him what his favorite place to fish was, his response came as no surprise: “Smith Mountain Lake is one of my favorite lakes in the whole country to fish. It’s a good catch. There’s clear water, there’s speckled water, there’s big bass in it, there’s a little mouth in it. It is a kind of diversified fishing.
Now Smith Mountain Lake is leaving some people without fish to fry. Crews recommends knowing what you’re catching and using certain techniques to your advantage. “It’s not one of those places like a farm pond, where you throw anything in there and they’ll eat it. You kind of have to know what you’re doing. So fishing at Smith Mountain Lake makes you a better angler.
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