Hunter Miles’ May bass fishing mindset

Hunter Miles pulled this 61/2-pound Okatibbee Lake bass off a brush top along a creek channel.

Rising bass pro Hunter Miles’ game plan for May bass trips includes:

Start shallow: “If you’re looking to catch big bass in May then you probably want to start shallow and work any shallow pockets and flats close to deep water. Finding shad spawns and Mayfly hatches are added delights and will be short-lived, but provide fantastic bass catching opportunities with lunker bass always a possibility.”

Ledge fishing: “After the shad spawn and Mayfly hatches are over, or the sun comes out bright, the bass relate to the offshore ledges and structure and it takes a different approach. Hit the ledges with crankbaits, Carolina rigs, big spoons and Shaky Head rigs. Pinpoint ledges with structure and baitfish and concentrate on the sweet spots on each ledge and you can spend the day catching bass instead of looking for them.”

Electronics: “Study your electronics and keep an eye on the screen when fishing and running around the lake. Sometimes a shallow ledge or small depth change in the bottom located offshore could mean an opportunity to find a honey hole that might go overlooked. If there’s baitfish or shad present, then you might punch your ticket to a live well full of a bass or a tournament win.”

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Mike Giles of Meridian has been hunting and fishing Mississippi since 1965. He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, writer, seminar speaker and guide.

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