Posted February 24 2012 - 04:12 PM
I would love to hear everyone's opinions, experiences, and tips to fishing strip mines/pits. I have searched a lot on the internet, and there just isn't a whole lot of good info on pit fishing.
I know these pits host big, big bass in them, and I am shooting for an 8, 9, or 10 lber this year.
Posted February 24 2012 - 05:01 PM
Posted February 24 2012 - 05:29 PM
Pits are not that different than other lakes. Like most lakes, transition spots where grass, rock, wood, etc meet, esp close to relativity deep water, and bottom irregularities are always gold. Fishing your strengths is most often a good plan IMO. I primarily use jigs and plastics and I tend to fish off the bank more than some. It works for me, but a friend has taught over the last couple of years that pitching tight to isolated cover, even in very shallow water can kill. Wacky rigged Senkos/knock-offs pitched to cover is my secret weapon. Moving baits can be effective, though I prefer something slower when conditions allow.
While I have caught a few in the 5-6 lb range, I have not yet connected with any thing over 6 lb in my So. IL. pits. I know they're in there. Maybe this year. Good luck.
Posted February 24 2012 - 06:10 PM
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
Posted February 24 2012 - 08:40 PM
Posted February 24 2012 - 10:14 PM
we fish old coal strip mine pits in southern ohio. some are very secluded and not readily accessed which of course makes the fishin better. Ya got it covered with a jitterbug, spinner bait & 8 or 10 inch plastic worm. The most fun is to cast a jitterbug along the highwalls. the freaks come out at night...
In the daytime of course it is a different game because of the clear water fish live minnows or crawdads.
Posted February 24 2012 - 10:34 PM
Posted February 25 2012 - 12:36 AM
If i spot a little shelf that sits in deep water, ill throw the kitchen sink at it. I have found it fun to look for structure,shelves, and bottom irregularities. I can cast jigs and rage craws all day long at the bank an catch dinks. But theres no better feeling than finding a little spot and throwing at it for 20 minutes and then you catch a 5 lber.
I was fishing a members tourney at the pits im a member at and everyone was bank beating. I headed out to a little shelf flat that sits in 35 feet of water, but the shelf tops out at 22 feet. Its only about 20 sq ft. In 12 casts i had a 3 fish limit that weighed 12 lbs 4 ounces. To the other guys it looked like i was fishing in the middle of nowhere. Its all about finding a spot you think holds fish, and working it until there is no doubts. Then work it again the next outing, and the next, and the next. Sorry for ranting, cabin fever has gotten the best of me.
Posted February 25 2012 - 06:58 PM
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