So I had F&S Senior Editor Colin Kearns in the boat yesterday during a massive cold front that locked down the bass bite tighter than a bank vault. A stiff north wind with falling temperatures under clear blue skies made conditions really difficult. Despite this, he did manage a couple of adolescent largemouths on deeply fished soft plastics, which was two more than I caught.


Note in the photo that even this young editor has already learned to hold a small bass at arm’s length so the wide-angle lens I was using would make the fish look much bigger!

Kidding aside, I was happy to see even small fish under those conditions. Can anyone out there tell me why bass fishing so often shuts down during a cold front? I’ve asked many people over many
years and still haven’t heard what I think is a good explanation.