Thoughts On This Technique?
Posted May 24 2012 - 12:39 AM
My thinking is that, with little to no offshore structure, the bass have to go somewhere to hide from the sun's rays. I haven't hit this lake in a long time and I'm already planning on hitting some docks and a brushpile or two that I know about but I wanted to try something out of the box as well. My only concern, besides the obvious issue of extracting a fish from deep within a stand of reeds, is that the water back in there will see little to no current and not hold as much oxygen...thus negating any shade benefit.
Thoughts? Anyone tried something like this before? I suppose I may have been inspired by the recent "tule dipper" article in Bassmaster magazine.
Posted May 24 2012 - 04:37 AM
Posted May 24 2012 - 05:54 AM
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Posted May 24 2012 - 03:36 PM
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Posted May 24 2012 - 04:33 PM
Pretty much a standard practice for me in the heat of the summer. A booyah swim jigs works but you get hung up a lot. My normal setup is 65 lb braid on a 7-11 swimbait rod. You need the extra height and leverage to get them out. A bobber stop, 1 oz tungsten penetrator weight, 3/0 gamu EWG superline hook and an ugly otter or similar beaver style bait. This is a heavy, yet compact presentation that you can get back in as deep as you dare. If you get a fish hung up in the back, pull your trolling motor, and either push pole or grab a handful of bull rushes and pull your way in. It can be a frustrating technique but the rewards are worth it if you stick to it.
Glad to see it's worked for you since I'm sure you've fished the lake in question. My actual setup, besides the swimjig, was going to be a 1oz tungsten weight with a bobber stopper, 6/0 trokar flipping hook and a black/blue flk Pit Boss...fairly close to your suggestion with an 8ft flipping stick. I'm really hoping the swimjig will work since I think I can cover water quicker that way. Getting them out will be fun for sure. I think I'll be alright if I make sure to at least get them to the surface.
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