Learning to fish deep is an essential skill that every angler must learn if they are to even think about going pro. Sure you can make a good career out of pounding the bank. Guys, like Tommy Biffle and Denny Brauer are deadly when it comes to shallow water fishing. However, if you want to excel to levels of success like Kevin Van Dam (or somewhere close to his level), you’re going to have to learn deep-water fishing!
Don’t let fishing deep scare you! Conquer the beast like David dominated Goliath. Use what works for you. Bring your flipping attire out to deeper water. Using the same concepts you would along the bank apply it to the deeper depths of the lake. Look for those irregularities on your electronics like drop-offs and humps. Subtle changes will hold fish and depending on the lake, the slightest change in consistency will hold fish. It is without question that electronics are vital to your success in deeper water, but polarized sunglass will make all the difference!
Polarized sunglasses will cut the glare of the water like a birthday kid cutting into their birthday cake. The polarized sunglasses allow one to see any vegetation pockets and holes. The bass are waiting there in order to ambush their prey. In this case, flip your bait into it and pull the fish up like it’s their rapture.
Heavy weight is a must when fishing deep. Add some weight like you’re a sumo wrestler. I am not saying throw back the fast food burgers like you have a coupon book! Use between 1/2oz. to a 1oz. weight to get your bait down deep and fast. If you’re in a weight class as Steve Urkel, you’re in trouble! You need that extra weight for bottom contact! Stay in contact with the bottom, not your ex and you will peg a lot more fish!
A Crankbait is a fantastic deep-water bait. Crankbaits can cover a lot of water fast and efficiently. Once again contact with structure and the bait will get you more fish. There are more selections of crankbaits on the market then there are on “eHarmony.” So finding a crankbait to get to the depth you desire should not be a problem.
‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!