As an OHIO angler trying to establish himself
in the pro ranks, I have had the opportunity to learn some neat
tricks and techniques from some of the best fisherman.
These tricks and techniques have allowed partner, Mike Toht
and myself, to catch fish in situations that many other anglers have
zeroed. Not that we don’t have bad days.
In fact, the fishing we have in OHIO is some of the toughest
in the country. I hope you learn something from my monthly columns.
My goal is to share my knowledge and experiences with you and
improve your success on the water.
After fishing a BASS CHAMPIONS Pro Team Tour
Event on Table Rock last year, many local anglers were curious to
here how we Ohio boys did so well.
Someone always seems to catch those finicky bass.
Where and Why are often simple adjustments to your standard
bassin tactics. My partner Mike Toht and I depend on nature’s
clues to help us bag more bass.
Even with heavy fishing pressure, there are a few factors
that bass must do to react to in every lake or river in America.
First, running/rising water. This should be a no brainier.
Fish the foam. We had 5 inches of rain before and during the
Table Rock Event. This pattern worked for all the first day leaders
who milked it. Second,
wind. No matter how much fishing pressure a lake receives the windy
banks will produce. There was only a little breeze on the second day
of the tournament. No
matter where you are in the country bass will stack up on the windy
side of the lake. Wind
current is critical in understanding one of nature’s biggest
clues. Wind generates
current along the top of the water column. BASS can sense this and
position themselves in the windblown areas to intercept baitfish and
other forage. What’s
great is many times you will have these areas all you yourself
because beginning and average fisherman hate to battle the wind.
Even a breeze. This means more activity and less pressure.
You’re bound to catch them.
The wind tactic will work on any body of water, especially
ones you are not familiar with. Have confidence, pick the right lure and get on the trolling
motor and start casting. Pick
lures more closely mimicking baitfish and shad.
I use a worm in clearer water conditions. The worm works best when you can see about 6 to 8 feet down.
Cover the entire water column.
Spinnerbaits and cranks work best in stained to dirty water.
The flash and vibration of the blades help bass hone onto the
lure in the wash of waves. A
fact that most people neglect is how shallow bass will move with
rising water or in windy conditions, even under bright sunny skies.
Bass position themselves just under the wave breaks where
they can intercept disoriented bait.
You must adjust your boat positioning to bring the lure with
or parallel to the wind direction.
I try to set the boat so we can cast into the wind and bring
the lure back with it. When
that’s not possible, position the boat to make long casts parallel
to the windy bank. Either
way you’re not pulling the lures from behind the bass, which are
always facing the wind. That
often spooks them instead of making them bite.
Learning more about bass and their habitats will increase
your creels. Just remember, bass are not necessarily getting smarter, they
simply adjust to factors presented to them.
All nature’s creatures do.
Now adjust your tactics to suit the fish’s behavior and
locate, catch and win.
Brent “Brody” Broderick