Fishing the Points
Sometimes bass fishing
in a big lake can be overwhelming. Do you fish deep? Fish the banks? Are they
out in open water? What?
This will depend on the
lake, the time of year, the time of day and many other factors such as air and
water temperature. There is no short answer; no hard and fast rule. But mostly,
to put yourself on fish, you are going to be looking for cover and structure.
Cover is vegetation and things like that where bass can hide. Structure is
things like drop offs, roadbeds, creeks, stumps and such.
There is a good way to
combine these and that is to look for points on the lake; especially points near
quick drop offs and creek channels.
Points are areas of the
shore that come to a 'point' in the lake. Often these will be on the outside of,
or the entrance to, coves, but not always. That's just to give you an idea of
how one might look. It simply sticks out from the rest of the shoreline.
Quick drop offs are
important because bass will hang around these point
s and depend on the drop
offs as an escape route in case trouble comes calling. So if you see a point in
just a few feet of water, and see that not too far from the point the water
quickly gets deep, this point might be a good prospect for holding fish.
The point itself should
be fished thoroughly, but you should also seek bass along the sides of points,
especially if there is cover like grass, weeds, reeds, etc. If the point is off
of a cove, very early morning or the evening might be a good time to fish the
cove. But, as the day progresses hit the points.
If you don't find the
bass on the point, try the deeper water next to the point. They may have
retreated to it as the daylight and the heat came. Bass try to avoid sunlight
because it hurts their eyes.
I prefer to use plastics
on points; worms, crawfish and lizards. I like to Texas Rig these to be weedless.
I also like to use a Carolina Rig, which helps to keep the bait in the strike
zone longer and gives it a little more action. You could also do well using a
spinnerbait or crankbait.
So, very early in the
morning hit the coves. As the bite slows, you will want to move out to the
points where the fish have gone. Then, as that bite slows, try fishing plastics
in the deeper waters next to the points. As evening comes on, you will reverse
this process, heading back to the points, then into the coves.
It's important to
understand the movement of the fish and keep up with them. Certainly, you will
find a lone drifter now and then, but using this method you will be much more
likely to be consistent in your catch.
After all, you are out
there to catch bass, right? Good luck.
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