Steez--what do you consider early? We were on the lake before daylight throwing that Biffle bug, not even a nibble. We have tried it the last few times out and have yet to get a bite on it. I just don't understand!
Ha. Man....I don't know what to tell ya.
Let's start anyways though
Early to me is 3:30-4:00am. Monday was obviously later since it was a lightning show for hours. Lol.
I use a Biffle bug in green pumpkin on a 3/0 flipping hook and a small (size) 3/8 tungsten weight. Pegged. I flip and drag the bait VERY slowly at stumps, sticks, bushes, beach washouts, etc that are as shallow as 4" of water. Literally no stump along the bank goes un tested. Lol. I can always catch a few in Loyd park area. Especially at the end of the cove where the super shallow water is right along a 10ft drop off. I use green pumpkin colors.
When I say shallow......I mean S H A L L O W. Inches of water....not feet. Trust me. It sounds retarded. It isn't. The fish are there before the sun, air temps, and water temps are up. May not be the biggest fish, but I can say I have lost two VERY LARGE bass lately in inches deep water. One was a 10+ pound bass.
After the sun comes up a tiny bit....the bass will move out to a little deeper water. Only to move right back up to the shaded water by 11:00 or 11:30am.
I am there most every weekend. I have an old POS Nitro...white with black and a little red on it. My truck is a 2016 Black Tundra 4x4 the trailer is a small single axle with red bunk boards. I am usually parked in the first parking spot. If it's there....find me. I will be glad show you what I am doing.
Saturday and Monday both were very good days. Caught between 20-25 each day. Before 1pm. Most were on the Biffle bug. Second most were on the spinner, then drop shot and c rig. I like to throw jigs too....but, when I'm flipping this shallow, I use Biffle bugs. They get hung up way less. If it's deep enough, I will use a jig. Both work. Just when I hang up a jig in 1 ft of water, it's a pain in the [censored] getting out of the boat and walking up to the bait to un hang it. Lol.