Original Caption: Professional angler Jimmy Houston catches a bass in shallow water on a spinner bait. “When the temperatures are ranging from about 45 to 62 degrees, big bass tend to position in front of potential spawn sites,” Houston says. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 1998. Photo credit: Jimmy Houston

In today’s Throwback Thursday historical photo, ‘April showers’ and ‘May flowers’ mean one thing throughout much of the country – bass spawning time.  Going back to 1998 today, we feature one of the original “blade” men, Jimmy Houston, who recommended a spinnerbait in this article for fishing during the late pre-spawn/spawn time.  What else would Jimmy recommend?

This was 25 years ago, back when covering water with a spinnerbait in spring was a potential big bass technique.  Long before the FFS ‘jiggle-minnow’ chunkers would dominate spring tournaments some two-and-a-half decades later.

The article states, “As professional angler Jimmy Houston says, ‘When the water temperatures are ranging from about 45 to 62 degrees, big bass tend to position in front of potential spawn sites.’

“Houston said his favorite spring lure is a tandem willow-bladed spinner bait.

“‘When bass do finally move onto a spawning bed, contrary to popular belief, they are not impossible to catch,’ he said. ‘The key is to cast right at the bed instead оf раst it…An erratic movement of the bait just above the bed will many times force the fish to snatch the lure more out of frustration and defense of the eggs than in an effort to eat.'”