Up north, the Binsky early spring bass bite is unparalleled when it’s right, and it’s also fairly untapped. From February thru April, many anglers start pursuing pre-spawn bass, and the weather deters others. The weather is simply too dicey. All that adds up to unpressured largemouth and smallmouth that are about as fat and healthy as they’ll ever be and willing to eat if targeted correctly. There’s no better time to catch a big limit, and on places throughout the New England area, you can be looking at 50-fish days.
Steven Carey is as good at targeting early spring bass as anyone, particularly in big waters of the Northeast, and he’s been on the forefront of the Binsky movement for bass. However, one of Carey’s favorite cold-weather baits is far from new – the Binsky blade bait. In fact, it’s one of the best LM & SM bass baits around.
You can catch both species on a lot of baits in the early spring, but one of the most consistent producers thru winter into early spring is the blade bait, and Carey is an expert with it. His go-to is the Binsky.
The Binsky early spring bass bite is fantastic in the Northeast, largemouths and smallmouths looking to feed can group up in pretty predictable places. Once the water temperature reaches the low 40’s it’s game on, and the fish usually stay pretty aggressive until the water temp. rises into the mid to high 50’s.
“The whole system has somewhat of a current-related aspect to it, and when the water warms the fish move into more current-related areas and places they can ambush baitfish,” says Carey. “There seems to be a migration of shad and alewives to places with any type of current – whether it’s shallow current at the mouth of any river feeding the lake. It’s a natural progression for the bass to follow the bait, and they like eating shad in the in the spring.”