Sight fishing, bedding spawners,.. boy , this is a hot topic on the web!
Lately, I have seen a lot of conversation regarding bed fishing, on this and many other boards. It is a hot topic because of the ethical conflict some fisherman have about pursuing bass at their most vulnerable time of the year, and the issue of possibly adversely affecting the spawn. I personally don't take much issue,... but,..
If you are going to bed fish let's try and keep things in perspective....
If you are going to bed fish, realize that you have a responsibility to try and cause the least amount of adverse affect to the spawner (whether male or female, but especially the females) as is possible.,... So...
1) I used to bed fish with barbless SINGLE hooks. ( NO TREBLES!) I would file my barbs and then bend them down, (toward the gap) even offset them. Something like a barbless circle hook.
2) If you hook and capture the fish, try and limit the amount of time you handle the fish. Take your pix quickly, don't lift the fish out of the water if you can, and handle them gently, DON'T grab them by the lower jaw and hold them up!
3) resuscitate if necessary and gently return them to the same area you caught them in.
Spawning time is a great opportunity for fisherman to capture LMBs that they (fisherman) would not normally encounter in such an opportune situation. So don't abuse this opportunity. Treat it as a gift and try and affect the situation with respect and appreciation.
Tubinferbass, Damn! I love your enthusiasm!! but just a little tip, in my humble opinion,
Big swim baits are not the best bed bait. They are difficult to deliver quietly, (crucial to good bed fishing) They tend to be difficult to make occupy the nest for any length of time, (also crucial for stimulating that aggressive reaction bite you want) and they have a VERY low hook ratio in very shallow water. (lot's of technical reasons for this). Jeffcpr has it right, Dropshot a small wiggly bait on the nest, that will stay there and irritate !!