Here is a unconventional concept that has also worked for me. I was ask by one of my older friend 35 years ago if I had noticed how many bass I caught on the first cast then wore the paint of of that bait and never get another bite. If you think about it, this has happened many times especially in colder water. I had caught many Bass on my spinner bait on the first cast then never get another bite and changing baits seemed to work really well. I usually kept at least 5 spinner baits tied on back in those days; laying on the deck ready to go in different blades and skirt colors.
His reasoning was that your bait was hot laying in the sun on the deck and the Bass is cold blooded there for uses that 4th sense to seek pray with a different body temperature than their own. It represents a critter in a bush, sunning on a rock or even bait fish sunning in the shallows and all becoming hotter than the water temperature at a deeper depth. When they start the move back to deep water they are ambushed and eaten.
My first experience of really doing well and dealing with this concept was in 1983 on Twin Butts in San Angelo. I built a hot box out of a 6 cell flash light with 12 notches cut in it to hang a doz. spinner baits with the blades inside. The blades would get hot enough to be really noticeable to the touch. I used the tail light of a car and turned it upside down to shine inside the flash light, lined the light with cork and aluminium foil for reflection and insulation; then plugged it into a cigarette lighter plug on the boat.
This was in Feb. but a very sunny day with water temp. at about 55 degrees. I had all 12 spinner baits already died own and in the HOT BOX. I would unscrew the lins cover and take one out, quickly but the cover back on then make the cast through the shallow bushes. The results was 12 Bass on 12 cast with 12 different spinner baits. To let you know how great this experience was; there was 40 boats in this tournament and one other bass was caught that was over 5 lbs. which took big bass.
I was only able to reproduce that kind of action one more time during that year. It became a real chore to open, close, hold the boat in the wind and deal with this contraption; so I have developed a hot capsule to take its place. I can run two of them on most any bait with a skirt. The capsule gets hot to 120 degrees for 10 minutes depending on the depth you are fishing. The deeper the shorter the time of heat. The capsules can be changed out in seconds.
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