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4 Ways To Catch More Post-Spawn Bass

After working his way to the top of local and regional tournaments close to home, Shane Lineberger took his show on the road. Finally, the Lincolnton, North Carolina, bass angler made it to the big time, competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series and Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. But the 2023 season may bring his biggest challenge yet — the Bassmaster Opens Elite Qualifiers. The carrot for this bass-fishing stick is one of nine Elite Series invitations that go to the top finishers in the season-ending standings.

The Opens EQ is nine tournaments spread across the eastern half of the United States and nearly a full calendar year. “It’s a very diverse schedule,” Lineberger said. There are bodies of water that he’s never seen and some that are familiar. It starts on the Alabama-Georgia line at Lake Eufaula, which he fished just once before, a 2020 Elite Series tournament.

Designed to test competitors’ skills, Lineberger and the rest will fish for bass in almost every conceivable water depth, cover, and structure combination. But for at least the beginning of the schedule, they’re guaranteed to encounter post-spawn bass.

Moody, solitary, and exhausted post-spawn bass have earned the bad rap of being difficult to catch. And while it’s deserved to a degree, it doesn’t mean you should avoid them. Lineberger can’t — tournaments are scheduled when they are scheduled — and you shouldn’t either. So while other anglers target pre-spawn and spawning bass, you’ll have most of them to yourself. And by using Lineberger’s four-prong approach, you’ll catch plenty, including big ones.

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