Bass fishing technology continues to advance, with lighter, stronger rods, smoother reels, and enhanced line that is extremely tough yet nearly invisible. Even lures, which used to be wood, metal, or plastic, are becoming wonders of 21st-century engineering.
While you can debate the effectiveness and importance of certain fishing technologies (after all, a worm and a hook still catch fish), you can’t argue with the importance of a digital fish finder.
Bass fishing is one of the most popular sports in the country, so if you want to reel in more fish, win tournaments, and be a better bass angler, you need to have a fish finder, and you need to know how to use it.
Today’s fish finders come with dozens, if not hundreds, of settings, applications, and tools. With so many combinations and a seemingly-infinite stream of information, they can be overwhelming. The best practice, at least when starting out, is to keep your fish finder to the most basic settings. Master how to judge depth, spot fish, locate weeds and structure, and find drop-offs. Then you can start trying the advanced settings.
While you want to keep things simple, you should adjust the sensitivity of the fish finder so it hits on fish, but doesn’t go off on every small spec in the water. For a typical fish finder, you’ll need to turn off automatic mode, then manually increase the sensitivity to 100%. Next, slowly dial it down until you get distinct arches from fish along with detailed information on the bottom.
If you use your fish finder to spot changes, irregularities, and structure, you’ll be on the right track. Areas that have points, turns, and changes in the bottom terrain are often loaded with bass, and these spots are not always located near the shoreline.
You can also use it to find artificial fish cribs, which are essentially man-made underwater structure, like sunken pallets or logs structures designed to give bait fish a spawning area. Predators like bass love to hang out in these locations.
Steep drop-offs or ledges are areas that will hold numerous fish. To find these locations, move slowly away from shore, paying attention to the depth and bottom structure as you go. If you see the bottom sloping down, fish the area by casting deep-diving crank baits or heavy spinners that will swim along the ledge.
Water temperature is a major factor in the behavior of fish, so if your fish finder is equipped with this feature, as most modern products are, pay attention. This will be especially useful in the spring, when bass often congregate in warm waters, usually near shallow areas.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.