How To Fish Bridges?
Posted April 08 2012 - 05:17 PM
Posted April 08 2012 - 07:57 PM
The only time I graph an area like this is in deeper water. I never drive over it to graph it, I use side scan to look for laydowns or structure not visible above the surface. Most of the time I'll just start flipping it without looking for structure. In my area there aren't a lot of good fishable bridges so it doesn't take too much time to just canvass the area with a jig, crankbait, or spinnerbait. Always pull the lure with the current into the current breaks.
The FLW tour event at Guntersville was won using the a-rig around the bridge pilings.
Posted April 08 2012 - 08:03 PM
Posted April 09 2012 - 06:32 AM
Most of the bridges I've fished had some kind of current associated with them. The current can be the result of the natural flow of a river, it could be generated by wind, or by water being released through a downstream dam. Regardless of the cause, I have found that bass will use bridges as ambush points waiting for forage to swing by them. In some cases, current is going to push logs/brush up against the upstream side of pilings which offer the bass even more cover. If there is enough current will undercut the aprons of the bridge too.
If current is present, I always try to fish on the downstream side of the bridge so that my bait of choice naturally washes into the cover. On shorter bridges, I fish from side to side to cover the entire width of the bridge prior to moving father up and under it.
Posted April 09 2012 - 07:01 AM
Posted April 11 2012 - 06:09 PM