Daily Archives: 12/29/2013

Heavy Smallmouth Rig

Here’s a rig I ran across to be fished in heavy current for both smallmouth or largemouth bass. Give it a try and see if it works for you. Make sure to use a pencil weight with the clip on line attachment so the line will pull out instead of losing the entire rig.


To The Point

I’ll briefly touch on fishing points again since this is a good time to be fishing this type of structure. Some think that structure is tops, brush piles, etc. but actually structure is the formation of the land under the water and one of these is the point. These include creek or main lake channels, humps, points, rip-rap along a road bed or dam to name a few. One of the best is a shell mound located next to deep water. As Buck Perry says these are the homes or sanctuary of the fish and must lead all the way to shallow water to be effective.

During late winter and early spring flat points that lead off into deep water or creek or main lake channels are better. Deep steep points are better in mid-summer and winter as they give the fish quick access to deep water which is their home most of the time. Movements are when the fish move out of their deep water homes up to breaks on the structure, breaks are tops, stumps, man-made objects, etc.

Now lets talk about how and what to fish on points this time of the year, I won’t get into lures as there are a lot of different ones to use this time of year. One of the most popular one that is the rage now is The Alabama Rig. Another one is the suspending jerk-bait for suspended fish. For bottom feeding fish then the jig and pig, tubes and shaky-heads are great lures this time of the year. Swim-baits, flukes, 4 to 5 inch grubs.as well as the Drop-Shot rig.

Water Color and points: 

In clear to gin clear water you need to stay way off the points, if I have the room I actually like to get up very near the shore and cast out into the deep water and work the lure back to the boat shallower. Fish in clear water especially when the sun is up in the sky and very bright are usually very spooky so long cast and noise reduction is critical. Another trick is to not use the ON or OFF switch on the trolling motor but instead a very slow constant speed like a 2 or 3 on your trolling motor speed setting.

Dingy to stained water use jigs, spinnerbaits slow rolled on the bottom. SLOW is the key now as the fish will not be very active and sometimes you will not feel the bite at all so you must be alert to the lure. Some fish bites will be as if there is a leaf or a mushy feel to the lure. It’s better to set the hook and there be nothing there than not setting the hook and missing a fish. Now is the time get some of the largest fish of the year. So get out there and get to the point!


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