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is shallow cover worth fishing even when its not in the spring? in the lake i fish there are some places with fallen tree branches, over hanging trees, isolated weedpatches, weedlines and isolated rocks, but there all in shallow water. im guessing that the water isnt more than 5ft maybe a little less. should i still take the time to fish this cover? what experiences have you guys had with catching fish in shallow water?

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Shallow & deep are relevant to the body of water you are fishing; for instance on Toledo Bend shallow water is anything 15' or less, were as 15' on many lakes is considered deep water.  

To answer your question yea you can bet on the bank and do well; I just prefer off shore where there is less pressure.

Tommy T.

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I as well chose to fish deep most of the time, and as was said, thats relative to where you are fishing. That being said, if I am at a body of water and the crowd is down I love flippin shallow cover like wood, trees, and isolated weed beds. I have caught some real hogs fishing like this, plus its a blast, at least for me. A flippin stick, #20 test line, along with a Jig, worm or tube is one of my favorite ways to fish for green bass. My first choice is a 1/2oz jig, usually black, and a Zoom Flippin Blue or Sapphire Pro Chunk as a trailer. :)

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Of course fish the area.

Flip and pitch your plastic worms and Senkos both Texas and Wacky rigged; throw your crankbaits and spinnerbaits; use a jig and pig; and just fish the area.

Run a trick worm above and through the grass, without any weights.  Use bubble gum (pink), white or yellow so you can see the strikes.  Make the worm swim like a snake.

Fish the grass lines, too.  And don't forget the buzzbaits, topwaters and the various frogs that you can throw.

I fished a friend's pond this past Monday and caught 7 on a buzzbait between 1 PM and 3 PM.  The pond was very shallow and the fish were not interested in anything plastic on the bottom.

Remember, a largemouth bass does not need a lot of water to cruise in search of food.

I caught a 19 inch female at a pond in less than a foot of water.

Your five foot shoreline sounds like a great place to fish and then move off the bank into deeper water to try to find where they are staging.

I would love to have a place like you described around where I live.

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the lake that i fish (santa fe lake ) because of the rec. boaters and fishing pressure is known to be a structure lake in the summer,and for the most part i structure fish.but consistently catch good numbers and size from 2' or less water

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I normally fish 20-50' deep but have found good fish on main lake points in very shallow water at night.  They are especially liking a black single spin.

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For the last four weeks I've been loading-up on largemouth in four to six feet of water. It's been a blast!!

Normally I travel further in the lake for smallmouth, but I've been going through sooo much fuel that I decided to try a spot about 100 yards away from the mouth of my canal. What a good decision. I've been getting them on Senkos, shallow crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Water temp is 81 degrees.

By all means, fish the shallow water.

Falcon

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I would kill for wood in the water right now.  My water is so low it has taken that away from me.  Also, the overhanging stuff is nice.  Skip right back underneath it, especially when its hot and there is good shade.

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thanks guys i appriciate the advice. i have a couple more questions. my rod is a 6ft gloomis medium action. ive tried pitching and flipping with it but i cant get my lures out very far. i loosened the freespool and still i can only get my lure out about 10yards. the onlt way i can get the lure farther is if i dont keep the lure close to the water, but than it makes a loud entrance into the water. is my pole too short, or am i doing something wrong?

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thanks guys i appriciate the advice. i have a couple more questions. my rod is a 6ft gloomis medium action. ive tried pitching and flipping with it but i cant get my lures out very far. i loosened the freespool and still i can only get my lure out about 10yards. the onlt way i can get the lure farther is if i dont keep the lure close to the water, but than it makes a loud entrance into the water. is my pole too short, or am i doing something wrong?

For pitching and flippin' I'd suggest a 7,6" MH or H fast tip. This will extend your range considerably and give you the added leverage to get a good hookset and to turn their head in order to get them up out of the cover quickly before they wrap you up. A 6' M action rod just doesn't have the backbone for that, I'd make that your spinnerbait rod. JMO

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