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what is a breakline?

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A breakline is a change in the structure. Could be the edge of a channel. Could be  drop-off. Could also be where the rip-rap stops and the smooth bottom begins. Anything that breaks up the contour of the bottom is a potential fish holding spot. Learn to find and fish structure instead of weeds and wood, and you're on your way to better things. Just my opinion, of course.

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GK

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The term breakline applies where two or more different elements meet, like Ghoti mentioned, STRUCTURAL breakline: rock/mud or silt, big rocks/small rocks, mud or silt/sand, etc.; COVER breakline: reeds/hydrilla, brush/ hydrilla, sunny side/shady side, weedbed/open water. Others types of breaklines include those many don 't think about as breakline: air/water surface, bank/water.

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Raul, You are right on the money with your answer. After reading your reply, I'm going to refer to my male pattern baldness as *******drum roll******* "my breakline"!

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Raul, You are right on the money with your answer. After reading your reply, I'm going to refer to my male pattern baldness as *******drum roll******* "my breakline"!

;D ;D ;D that was great

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In topography (those of us who produce topo maps for a living) generally refer to breaklines as any significant change in elevation, usually a ledge, berm, swale or where a flat area begins to taper up or down. All the above answers (posts) are better suited to fishing, this is just my surveyor's point of view.

Ronnie

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Another term associated with breaklines is "edges".

I viewed a great program a few months ago. For the life of me I can't remember what show it was but the subject still sticks with me and makes a ton of sense. Most animals, prey, etc.. use the edges of brush, fields, fencelines to hide or to ambush it's food. IMO bass seem to be similar if not exactly like that. They seem to congragate toward these edges to feed, hide, or simply rest.

When fishing breaklines or edges don't forget that the bass will use different areas of the breaklines depending on thier feeding status or mood. They may be on the break or flat leading to it, they may be on the downside or bottom of the break if inactive. They also could be suspended above the break.

In fishing breaks or edges, examine the day, seasonal movements, feeding habits, then fish whatever area of the break dictates you to do so. Example, heavy weed cover on a depth change of 4 foot on top dropping to maybe 10 or 12 feet. If it's bright and sunny, look in the thickest part of the weeds. If no luck, try the outer edges closest to deep water. No luck there, try where the drop bottoms out. On a cloudy or windy day the bass may be above on in the tops of the weeds ambushing bait.

Just my .02

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LMAO!!  ;D

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OHHHHHHHHHHH, I dawt it was when da fishy, she too big and breakline

HAHA, you're not right.   :D

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