Bait School Bite Spec
Lure: The Bandit 200 in Ember
When: Early Spring/Winter
Where: Highland Reservoirs, River Systems (Lake Norman, Buggs Island)
Why? With this being a Bandit 200, there really doesn’t have to be too much of a why because it’s the workhorse all anglers know about when it comes to mid depth cranking. It’s small size imitates all sorts of prey and it runs true right out of the package every single time. The color Ember is a very special one to add to the why. This little dude has some serious crawdad and even dirty water shad tones with the bright oranges and blacks mixed in with the pearl belly. This one will be perfect for early season tournament fishing crashing up against shallow rock.
How to Fish: Chunk and wind, baby! This is the name of the game with the Bandit 200 crankbait. Begin on large rocky banks or banks covered with scattered structure in the 4-8 foot range. Burn it over the top, crank it into cover, or rip through grass. When this bait is moving it’s doing the work to attract bites. It’s also best to throw this lure with a parabolic crankbait rod with a slow action.
Look for obvious fish holding structure for this time of year, such as: flooded trees, rip rap banks, stumps, laydowns, and submergent grass.
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