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what is your fav. structure to fish and why?

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I mainly pitch and flip,most of the lakes in n. fl. are conducive to that.frogs have been a another bait i like in these grass filled shallow lakes,but there is one lake a reclaimed phosphate mine across from Bienville plantation that is totally different from anything i've ever fished.its a underwater rollercoaster of 4' to 30' humps, holes,ledges, points,and no grass.i've been able to somewhat develop structure fishing techniques. reading breaks and contours .i find it is a very rewarding type of fishing.being able to use my depthfinder to set up on a point or hump and fish a jig or crankbait and get bit .

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Points and Humps.

Other my young friend,

Weeds, Wood, and Rocks are cover not structure.

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I like pitching to laydowns and docks the best.I also like fishing heavy grass and stumps.My 3rd favorite cover/structure would be dropoffs in deeper water that must be found with a depth finder.

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I like to fish isolated cover on big flats. I've just caught so many larger fish on the flats that I can't pass them by. I also love to fish headwaters to a reservoir and the backs of creeks. Mainly because of the abundance of cover and main structural features so close to one another. I can be sitting in a creek up on the middle of a flat working a laydown and turn around and fish the deep water edge of the flat. If you want to talk river fishing then I would rather fish the tailraces below a hydroelectric dam than anywhere else in the world! Lots of giant smallies and quality largemouth. Not to mention the stripers, hybrids, white bass, muskie, walleye and the occasional catfish on a crank or jig. I'm a bass fisherman at heart but I'm not the least bit upset when I catch another species. Caught a big snappin turtle once flipping the shallow side of a boathouse with a pig and jig. AWESOME! I wish my waters had drum in them. It's all good on bass tackle!

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I like fishing channel points and ledges, Its easy to develop a pattern off of these.  But give me a couple docks and/or overhanging, submergered woods and its like showing a kid a shiny object.

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Fishing around curves, a few feet out from shore in weed beds, right where its calm in one spot then wavey near by cast out near there and theres stuff there, around fallen tree parts (logs, branches, etc), In rocky areas near where it starts to turn dirt. Theres quite a few others..

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I like blow downs and stumpy type structure, and almost any sort of cover that boarders moving water ie;weed lines ,points, rocks,docks,etc..

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Points and Humps.

Other my young friend,

Weeds, Wood, and Rocks are cover not structure.

Yeah I am noticing that a lot of people on this topic are confused between the two.

Structure = Natural shape of the bottom. (e.g. points, humps, flats, ledges, creek channels, etc.)

Cover = Anything a bass can ambush from, in or around. (e.g. wood, mademade objects, grass, rocks, etc.)

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Either i'm crazy, or most people are confusing structure with cover?

I always veiwed structure as like an underwater hump or irregularity.

And then cover are things that can actually "cover" the bass. Like a laydown- the bass can hide or be out of view from predators/ baitfish/ the sun.......therefore its cover.

am I wrong here?

BEN

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I like fishing pea gravel banks. I like doing this because there always seems to be a keeper bass or two when I'm fishing pea gravel ;D.

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Either i'm crazy, or most people are confusing structure with cover?

I always veiwed structure as like an underwater hump or irregularity.

And then cover are things that can actually "cover" the bass. Like a laydown- the bass can hide or be out of view from predators/ baitfish/ the sun.......therefore its cover.

am I wrong here?

BEN

Ben,

You are axactly right. These are two fishing terms that are often confused by even the most experienced fishermen.

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Channel bends, long sloping points, and on one lake I fished alot when I lived in West Virginia, a sunken mill on a channel bend.

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My experience with electronics and big lakes is quite limited. But what I enjoy on the small lake I fish as far as STRUCTURE is concerned is what I call the "mud flats". I target COVER in those areas which are sunken trees and limbs. We've had great success with these areas. I also enjoy very sharp dropoffs, especially during the summer months.

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I'm going to show my ignorance here, but what is a "laydown"? Never heard of it. Thanks. Sorry I forgot to ask that in the last post.

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a laydown is typically wood( tree tops ,branches, etc. that has blown down or fallen or placed in the water that is usually visible so you can cast to it.

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Thanks gatr52. That's a term that's not used around here. I appreciate the info. So technically a laydown is cover, not actual structure.

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I prefer pitching jigs to shallow wood cover, like stumps, laydowns, and cypress trees. I also like fishing long mainlake points and creek channels.

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i think why there is a difference in responses is alot of bass fisherman are'nt structure fishermen. as i stated in orig. post i dont have many oportunities to structure fish.most of the lakes i fish structure would be a 1' slope at best in 6' of water.most bass fishermen concentrate there efforts facing toward the bank,which i do also, but alot of BIG fish are in deeper water on structure especially in the summer.to find them requires looking under the water which is difficult to learn.fishing in eagle which is teaching me how to look for structure and how to fish it when i find it.in fla. some bass will always be in the shallows, but because of the extremely low water conditions the shallows in many n.fl. lakes is just about unfishable.thats why i have turned around and am trying to find fish in deeper water and was hoping to pick up some ideas and techniques from the true structure fishermen  

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Hmmm....I was about to say shallow grass and weeds...but that's cover. I like crankbaiting creek channels. Does that count?

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Transition banks in late winter-prespawn for smallies.

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