Finesse those fish this month
Anglers bass fishing on South Carolina’s Lake Murray can catch fish in several different ways. But when Christmas carols are beginning to fill the airwaves, pro angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria, S.C., fishes the deeper, clear water with a Fish Head Spin.
“Depending on the situation, when the water temperature drops to 58 degrees and below, I will rig a small, plastic, finesse swimbait or a Zoom Fluke on the Fish Head Spin,” said Wicker. He grew up fishing Lake Murray with his father, Steve Wicker, also a tournament angler.
“The swimbait is usually a 3.3 to 3.8 Keitech in shad color. I throw it on a medium to medium heavy rod with 10-pound or 12-pound line,” he said. “I lost a bunch of Fish Head Spins fishing the lighter line, so I buy them in bulk.
“My favorite way to fish this is to slow-roll the bait on or near the bottom in 25 to 35 feet of water near sharp breaks. It always helps to have brush nearby.”
Wicker said the bass fishing on Lake Murray is definitely better with a little wind to ruffle the surface, and it normally will last all day. Sunny, slick days are always the worst, he added.
“This pattern is typically better on the lower end of the lake in the clearer water there. And it usually lasts right on through February,” he said.