Honing in on the big girls
Not many big bass can escape undetected when Grigsby is at bow of his bass boat.
He is known for his excellent eye for picking up bass movement.
“I think some of it has to do with me being blessed with excellent eyesight,” Grigsby said. “But I’ve picked up little tricks along the way. For example, I like amber, yellowish sunglass lenses because they collect light and make it easier to see a fish moving or a shadow.”
Grigsby often finds those spawning bass in holes in the vegetation or along weed edges.
He tries not to get too close so that he doesn’t alert the bass that he is there.
“When something moves into their environment, they’re very cautious,” Grigsby said. “If you can stay away and make a long cast, you generally have a better chance of catching that bass quickly.”
Grigsby’s tried and true method for catching bedding bass is to cast beyond the nest, let the bait sit for a while, then slowly drag it toward the bed.
“That way, they turn and face that bait coming toward them and they get madder and madder as it approaches,” Grigsby said.
“I want that light color so I can see it,” he said. “I’ve had times when a bass will pick a bait up five times and move it from her nest. When I saw that white disappear, I knew she had it and I set the hook.
Spring isn’t the only time of the year when Grigsby uses his eyes to target bass.
As long as water clarity is good and the fish are in the shallows, they won’t go undetected by Grigsby.
"Especially in the fall, you can see them swimming along the bank, chasing shad,” he said. “I’ll cast a bait like a Red-Eye Shad up in front of them and sometimes get them to hit.”
That’s it for now. Be sure to check out Wednesday’s newsletter for a look at Grigsby’s experiences on the pro bass tour and a fish story about the big bass that bit two lures at the same time.