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本日は海外サイトより、”How to Catch Bass on Swimbaits Through the Spring”という記事を引用してご紹介いたします。

引用先:gameandfishmag.com ”How to Catch Bass on Swimbaits Through the Spring”By Ken Duke|May 15, 2020


えっ、四季じゃないですって?もっと細かく分けるって!? ははあー、あなたさては、バスアングラーですね!?













この記事は、アメリカのハンティングとフィッシングの専門メディア「GAME & FISH」のコラム記事で、プリ・ミッド・アフターの状態のバスに対してスイムベイトのアプローチをどのようにしていけばいいかの解説をしてくれています。



In a lot of western bass waters, state fisheries departments plant rainbow trout in the fall. Bill Siemantel, co-author with Michael Jones of Big Bass Zone (2005), refers to them as “Vitamin T,” and he kicks off his pre-spawn swimbait pattern early in the year. “Bass focus on shad during the summer and fall,” Siemantel says. “But after the first of the year in the southern part of the country—later as you move north—they change over to bigger forage.” It’s a great time to tie on a big lure, like his 6- or 8-inch SPRO BBZ-1 or a big boot-tail swimbait in a trout pattern. Siemantel throws the baits with an 8-foot, heavy-action Daiwa DX Swimbait rod and Lexa 300 or 400 casting reel spooled with 18- to 25-pound-test Maxima Ultragreen monofilament. “By changing from floating to slow-sinking to fast-sinking baits and adjusting my retrieve, I can cover the water column top to bottom,” Siemantel says. The big bass specialist targets points—first on the main lake, but progressively shallower and toward the backs of coves, creeks and other likely spawning areas as temperatures rise. He looks for channels that lead to these points and spawning flats—the closer, the better—and he focuses on clear water, where swimbaits have their greatest drawing power. Not putting a lot of stock in moon phases, weather patterns or other things he can’t control, Siemantel is serious about where he fishes and how he works his baits. “Every good big-bass area has a spot on the spot,” he says. “I’m looking for a different piece of cover, an irregularity or the sharpest break. When you locate the spot on the spot, you’ve found the exact location where you’ll get the most consistent action with the biggest fish, and where it will require the fewest presentations to cover it. Your goal should be to create a milk-run of such places.” Siemantel’s last word on swimbait fishing is good advice for any method. “It’s easy to think like a predator when hunting big bass,” he says. “But that’s the wrong approach. We should think like prey. That’s what our baits represent.”

アメリカ西部のバスが生息する多くの地域では、州の水産局が秋にニジマスを放流しています。「Big Bass Zone(2005)」の著者ビル・シーマンテルらによると、それらを「ビタミンT(トラウトのT)」と呼び、シーズン初めのプリスポーンのスイムベイトパターンになります。



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スイムベイトの釣りに関するシーマンテルの最後の言葉は、釣り方に関わらず良いアドバイスでした。 「ビッグバスを釣るなら、ビッグバスの気持ちになる。これは簡単です。」と彼は言います。 「しかしこれだけでは間違ったアプローチだと思います。私たちは、襲われる獲物の気持ちになる必要があります。それを自分のルアーで表現するのです。」

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Most anglers put away big baits when bass are relating to their spawning beds. Not Byron Velvick. The spawn is his favorite time to pick up a 6- to 10-inch Huddleston, Livingston Venom or Viper or Optimum Thumper Tail and start casting around the bays and pockets where big females lay their eggs. Velvick stoked the swimbait craze in the spring of 2000 when he won a national tournament on California’s Clear Lake with a three-day limit of 15 bass weighing more than 80 pounds. Today, the area where he caught those fish is known as “Byron’s Corner,” and Velvick’s last will and testament calls for his cremated ashes to be scattered there after he’s gone. “During the spawn, I use a big bait to fire up the big females,” Velvick says. “Nothing gets their attention quite like it, but you need at least three or four feet of visibility and a sunny day for it to work.” With a big swimbait, 7 1/2- to 8-foot heavy-action rod, stout casting reel and 20- to 25-pound-test Trilene Big Game monofilament, Velvick uses the lure as a search tool. Rather than target specific bedding fish, he fan-casts bedding areas, free-swimming the lure and watching closely as it nears his boat. “Sometimes they attack the bait,” he says. “But more often they just bump it or follow it away from the nest. If I see a fish following, I’ll keep an eye on her and track her back to her bed. It’s a great way to find deeper nests or locate beds without stumbling over them and spooking the fish.” Once a big bass shows herself, Velvick reevaluates the situation. “I may stick with the swimbait, but change the retrieve to make it look like a threat to the nest,” he says. “Or I might pick up a jig or tube and try to antagonize the fish into hitting. “The power of this swimbait pattern is in the size of the lure. A big bait can intimidate a male bass during the spawn, but it will often trigger a giant female and cause her to reveal her location.”




「ミッドスポーニングの期間、私はビッグベイトを使って大きなメスのバスを狙います。 これほど目立つルアーは他にありませんが、それでもより有効になるのは、少なくとも1メートルの視界と晴れた日がほしいです。」


「バスは時々ルアーにアタックしてきます。 しかし多くの場合、バスは体当たりしたり、ネストから遠ざけようとするだけです。バスがルアーにチェイスしてくるのを見つけたら、私はそのバスを見ながら追いかけます。ディープにあるベッドを見つけたり、ベッドの上に乗ってしまったりバスを怯えさせずにベッドを見つけるのに良い方法です。」


「そのままスイムベイトにこだわるかもしれませんが、リトリーブの方法は変更します」と彼は言います。 「あるいは、ラバージグやチューブを手に取って、バスに敵として攻撃させるように仕向けるかもしれません。」



Tim Little is a California lunker hunter, co-host (with Matt Allen) of the TacticalBassin channel on YouTube and a former world record holder in the spotted bass category. In 2015, Little caught a 10-pound, 6-ounce spot from New Bullards Bar in California that stood as the all-tackle record for more than two years. “Fishing for bass after the spawn is a lot like fishing for bass before the spawn—but in reverse,” Little explains. “Secondary points near the backs of creeks and coves are the first area where bass stop after spawning,” he says. “From there, they gradually move out to main lake points and ultimately to their summertime holding areas. As they move out from the spawning grounds, they’re recovering from the exertion of spawning and starting to feed more.” Targeting these recuperating fish, Little opts for swimbaits like the Huddleston Deluxe, River2Sea S-Waver and Storm Arashi Glide. He likes natural trout and baitfish patterns and lures that measure 6- to 8-inches long. His favored combo is a G.Loomis IMX-Pro 966 heavy-action swimbait rod and Shimano Tranx 300- series casting reel spooled with 20- to 25-pound-test Maxima Ultragreen mono. “The big swim and glide baits represent a big meal to post-spawn bass—a chance to fill up in one efficient bite,” he says. Little cautions that post-spawn bass can be more wary than they are at other times of the year. They were heavily targeted during the spawn, saw lots of baits and can be skittish. For that reason, he recommends long casts that cover lots of water. He believes most would-be swimbait anglers fall short in their mental approach. They want to try swimbaits but give up on them too quickly. “Unless you leave all your other gear at home and go fishing with only your swimbait rods and a few baits, you’re not going to give the technique a fair shot,” he says. “Most anglers will fish a big swimbait for a little while, then give up. They see other lures they have more confidence in and fish them instead. But you need to commit to the swimbait to develop the confidence needed to be successful.”

ティム・リトルはカリフォルニアのランカーハンターであり、YouTubeチャンネル「TacticalBassin」でのマット・アレンとの共同ホストでもあり、スポッテッドバスの元世界記録保持者です。 2015年、リトルはカリフォルニアのニューブラードバーから10ポンド6オンスのスポッテッドバスを釣りました。これは2年以上にわたって世界記録となっていました。



これらの回復する魚を狙うべく、リトルはハドルストンデラックス、River2SeaのS-Waver、ストーム・アラシ グライドなどのスイムベイトを使います。彼は6~8インチのナチュラルなトラウトカラーやベイトフィッシュ系カラーやルアーが好きです。





「他のすべてのタックルを家に置いて、ビッグベイトロッドとルアーだけ持って釣りに行かなければ、なかなか他のテクニックのように上達することはできません。 多くのアングラーは、しばらくビッグベイトを投げたところで諦めます。次は自分が自信を持っているルアーを取り出し、それで釣ります。しかし、成功するために必要な自信を作るには、ビッグベイトをやり切る必要があるでしょう。」


Ask bass fishermen—even serious swimbait aficionados—about the earliest swimbait, and they’ll likely point to the A.C. Plug (mid 1980s) or Castaic Trout (early ’90s). Those baits started the modern swimbait craze and produced personal best bass for hundreds of western anglers, but they came about 80 years too late to qualify as the first swimbait. That distinction belongs to a jointed wooden plug made by John D. Kreisser. He started making lures with the same basic design features as today’s hard-bodied swimbaits in 1905. In 1906, he applied for a patent on his design and got it a year later, by which time the K&K Manufacturing Company of Toledo, Ohio, was producing the “Animated Minnow.” Most of Kreisser’s baits were single-jointed, but his patent referenced double- and even triple-jointed models. Advertising billed the lure as “The Minnow That Swims.” While some of today’s swimbaits sell for hundreds of dollars, an original K&K Animated Minnow in good condition fetches many multiples of that. Original boxes are equally prized, but beware worthless reproductions of both.
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その名誉は、ジョンD.クライサーによって作られたウッドのジョイントプラグにあります。彼は1905年に今日のハードボディのビッグベイトと基本的には同じデザインと機能を備えたルアーを作りました。1906年にはデザインの特許を申請し、1年後に取得しました。 その間、オハイオ州トレドにある彼のK&Kカンパニーは「アニメイテッドミノー」を作っています。

クライサーの作るルアーの多くはシングルジョイントでしたが、彼の特許はダブルジョイントモデル、さらにはトリプルジョイントモデルにまで及びました。その広告には「The Minnow That Swims.(こんなもん魚そのものじゃないか)」とうたわれていました。