We're getting into that time of year when instead of setting my alarm for 5 or 6 a.m., the buzzer goes off closer to 3 or 3:30. That's because the water temps in my local lakes are creeping into the mid 60s, so any day now, shad are going to start pushing to the shallows and concentrating around hard cover like rock or wood to spawn. If you've cashed in on this annual phenomenon, you know that action typically occurs at first light, though on occasion you'll see it happening all day. Female shad jump, flutter, and flicker around the cover to deposit their eggs, which are immediately fertilized by the male shad. To a big bass, all this ruckus sounds like the breakfast bell ringing.