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Byron Velvick's Guide's Eyes

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Good show, I watched the video. Nice whites. has it been on air yet? I did see the Eric Prey one and it was good too. What kind of guy is Velvick to fish with? Seems like a good guy.

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I enjoyed the video. I'd love to hear your opinion on water temps that the A rig works best in and water temps as they affect White Bass behavior immediately pre-run and during the run.

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From my experience, the A rig seems to work best during pre spawn and spawn for the whites. We catch fish on em all winter and early spring, as soon as the water hits the mid 50s the bite really slows down. I think when the water hits that temp, the schools of shad spread out and the fish key on single shad.

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That's sort of been my experience that the water temp needs to be < 60 degrees.

What overall water temps do you see before there is a good pre-spawn bite (on any lure)?

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Usually when the water gets in the mid to upper 40s and we get several days of nice weather, this will make the fish get in a feeding mode. Late March to early April is about the time everything is in prespawn.

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So if I understand correctly, you feel like a warming trend is more important than an absolute temperature. Like other fish, they can be caught on smaller subtle baits fished slower in the cooler water. they get going really good when the water temps are in the mid 50's and I can fish some larger search baits to find them and switch to clean up lures once located.

I moved up a few years ago and I'm still trying to figure them out up here. I always try to make it happen before it's time.

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The warming trend makes the whites bite a lot better for sure. The A rig is definitely a great search bait and a reaction bite. When you find them, you can catch a boatload on the A rig. Always keep other baits on hand like the swimmin minnow and a smaller stickbait if the A rig is not producing. White bass change like the weather around here, they will turn on and off several times during the day. In the spring, always look for them in the backs of the major creeks or at the headwaters of bull shoals at river run. If you are having trouble this next spring, just stay in contact with me and I will help you out all I can.

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