Catch of the Day
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It was a nice sunny August day on Independence Lake. I started the day out by fishing crankbaits and spinnerbaits over and along some deep weedlines and weed flats on the western shoreline. This lake has many large weed flats, and there was just enough of a breeze today to fish a spinnerbait.
The first fish I caught was a nice northern pike on a shallow diving crankbait. Then I caught a small bass on a spinnerbait. The next bass was a little bit bigger. I caught that on a Rat-L-Trap. I was basically trying any lure that would work well over the top of the weeds that grow on these shallow weed flats. Because of the stained water the weeds only grow in water six feet deep or less.
The next bass was a pretty good one that I caught when I came to an underwater point. I decided to slow down a little bit and fish it thoroughly with a Texas rigged worm. Bass tend to spread out on flats and bunch up on points, so I wanted to change from search mode with the crankbaits, to concentration mode with the Texas rigged worm. I accomplished that by making several well targeted casts to the point with the worm.
I only caught that one nice bass on the point, but I caught several more bass as I continued down the weedline with the crankbaits again. This was a typical example of how a larger bass will occupy the prime location while the rest of the bass need to use whatever secondary locations they can find to ambush their prey. The bigger fish usually get their choice of the best feeding locations.
in the video below i'll show you how to follow the weed line to a successful day of fishing.
Lures Used: Spinnerbait, crankbaits, Texas rigged worm. Water Clarity: Stained. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Points, weeds, and, weed line. Type of fish caught: Bass, northern Pike. Topics of discussion: Fishing a Texas rigged worm, altering the buoyancy of a crankbait.