As the weather warms and the water temperatures rise, bass and crappies come into the shallows to spawn. When this happens, a technique called "sight fishing" comes into play, which will last for about one month.
This is best accomplished by a fisherman using his trolling motor and cruising a cove, looking into the shallows for the small circular bed made by a spawning bass. The goal is to actually see a dark shadow of a fish that is on the bed.
This takes a great deal of concentration by the fisherman, as well as the proper equipment to catch the fish.
The most important fishing gear is not the rod and reel, but it is certainly a good pair of polarized sunglasses to peer into the depths of the water. On clear sunny days, an amber lens works best and allows the angler to see many more fish. On a cloudy day or in reduced light at sunrise and sunset, a yellow lens works best.
Cocoon makes a good pair of polarized sunglasses that are affordable for less than $40 and are very efficient in all light conditions.
For the highest level of effectiveness and least amount of eyestrain, Costa Del Mar sunglasses are hard to beat. The amber or yellow lens can beurchased in plastic or glass in a variety of styles to fit all fishermen.
Seeing the fish before it sees you is critical and a good pair of polarized sunglasses will give you the edge.
The other key tool for successful sight fishing is a hat that reduces glare and shadows by shading the face. A wide brim with a dark underside shades the face and reduces shadows.
The adventure hat made by Sunday Afternoon has all these qualities, plus it is light and has a UV index of 50 against the harsh Arizona sun.
I wouldn't call it stylish, but it is the perfect addition for a fisherman's attire and effective against the intense spring and summer sun of Arizona.
Once a fish is located, bait presentation is critical with very little splash or noise accompanying the pitch or cast.
For bass, a 3-inch tube bait, lizard or fluke in a light color may make that bass aggressive enough to strike.
If sight fishing for crappies, a smaller soft bait will work better. Try a 2-inch Kalins or Berkley power grub with a very light jig head.
I might add, if you catch that bass of a lifetime, take some quick pictures and return that fish to the water to be caught again by another lucky angler.
This weekend, enjoy the outdoors, God's creation.