Post Spawn Sand Pit Bass

Post Spawn Sand Pit Bass

Apr 12, 2012

Iaconelli, Duckett shake up post-spawn sand pit bass

By Mike Pehanich

“It’s a post-spawn junk fish bite,” explained Mike Iaconelli, releasing a sand pit bass caught at VIP Adventures’ Lake #1.

Ike was dead-on! We caught bass, including a number of four- to six-pound post-spawn fish, on a variety of presentations. But, with the possible exception of the shaky head, no “killer” pattern emerged. That, folks, is junk fishing! Even the shaky head bite wasn’t red hot except for a 20-minute period. Ike got onto an intense crankbait bite on the first day, but it was short-lived as well.

Don’t miss our exclusive videos with Mike Iaconelli on this page!



VIDEO: Iaconelli shakes up post-spawn sand pit bass


Contact Marc Deschenes at VIP Adventures 1-843-708-5473, and tell him you read about his sand pits in Small Waters Fishing.

Post-spawn junk fishing

Bass can be tough to pattern after the spawn, even on the bass-filled lakes managed by VIP Adventures. The post-spawn period practically invites you to empty out your tackle box and try the baits you like to fish. Our advice? Pick several, but slow down and have a finesse technique or two ready to work. The odds are pretty good that you will pick up at least a fish here and a fish there.


We experimented with new baits from the Berkley Havoc line, including three designed by Iaconell, Lane, and Klein.


Sand Pit Notes: Sand pits often are featureless craters following the mining operation. That leaves a blank slate for any would-be lake designer, whether he’s a licensed professional assigned to the task or 

 just a guy who simply wants to create his own secret honey hole. Look for bush piles and rock piles. Any vegetation that takes root in, grows over, or falls in the lake can provide shelter for bass, too. 

The scorecard

Boyd Duckett found bass gathered off the planted brush piles, and we caught them on shaky head worms fished off the edges.

Later, a jig bite around overhanging shoreline trees, deadfall and vegetation got me several good bass. That bite resumed later in the afternoon when I hopped in the boat with Iaconelli.

VIDEO: Mike Iaconelli lures bre’r bass from the briar patch in this exclusive Small Waters Fishing video (below) shot at the South Carolina sand pits during the post-spawn period.




Ike alternated between fishing prototypes of the new Havoc Bottom Hopper shaky head worm (see video on this page), the new Devil’s Spear that he designed for the Berkley Havoc line (Texas rigged and as a trailer to a swimming jig), and Rapala crankbaits that he bounced through fallen limbs.

Behind us came Bobby Lane who prompted a topwater bite on both a hollow-bodied frog and a dual-propeller topwater bait.

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NEW PRODUCT! Berkley Havoc Devil’s Spear. The Devil’s Spear is the most original lure design in the Havoc Line-up. Ike designed it as a flippin’ bait to work in heavy cover but fellow Havoc pros discovered other uses for it, including as a trailer on swimming jigs. See Video at bottom of this post.

Learn how Bassmaster Elite Series pros Gary Klein and Bobby Lane unlocked the secrets of the South Carolina sand pits bass! CLICK HERE

 VIDEO: Let Mike Iaconelli guide you to fishing the Berkley Havoc Devil’s Spear bait he designed, in exclusive Small Waters Fishing video at the bottom of this post.


New Product!

Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper is a soft plastic worm designed for shaky head fishing.

Small Waters Fishing post-spawn tips

On waters big or small, the key to post-spawn fishing is to find spots adjacent to spawning areas where the bass will hold as they recover.

They may hold beneath shallow deadfall, mid-depth  clumps of vegetation, in a nearby creek channel or a primary beak line. Examine the water, and imagine yourself in mama bass’s fins. Where would I go to rest after the most exhausting ritual of the year?

I’m partial to finesse techniques during this recovery period. Fishing unweighted wacky-style stickworms like the Senko can be excellent, but I like the versatility of the Flick Shake and Shaky Head techniques for covering more water or straining more of the water column. The jig weight also makes them them easier to fish in the wind.

Arm yourself, too, with a jig and  pork or plastic trailer for bass holed up in heavy cover or positioned on structure near spawning grounds.

Try silent lipless crankbaits, which can be particularly effective on bass holding in patches of grass, or square-billed crankbaits for bass holding in cover.

— Mike Pehanich

Exclusive Small Waters video: Mike Iaconelli on the Havoc Devil’s Spear


 See Klein and Lane Unlock Secrets of the Carolina Sand Pits with two more exclusive videos from Small Waters Fishing featuring Bassmaster Elite Series anglers Bobby Lane and Gary Klein.

For insights into the management practices of VIP Adventures, read  The VIP Art of Lake and Bass Management






One comment

  1. Lynn Pehanich /

    Mike Iaconelli is the best! He truly loves what he does and is genuinely a great guy. He has a bad boy reputation, but he is always willing to help any angler and share his passion and knowledge.


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