This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – tips for finding good fishing spots!

Hi AMFisHers! This AMFisH(LEARN more here: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is about some tips to follow for finding good spots to fish:

This is a question I get asked quite a bit while fishing the lakes I do and I enjoy those conversations with fellow AMFisHers a lot. When it comes to finding some good spots to fish there are a lot of things to consider, BUT don’t make it too difficult on yourself follow some of these tips!

Let’s say you are fishing a new lake for largemouth bass and are at the dock ready to head out or are shore fishing, where to start can seem difficult but it does not have to be. First while at the dock or shoreline engage with other people fishing, by sparking up a conversation about the nice day. From there ask a few questions about the lake, even talk about how it’s your first time fishing there. Many anglers will always pass along some details about a lake, they will pretty much NEVER share their secret spots but the few details you get from that conversation can go a long way.

Once you are out on the water cruise along the shoreline to see what the structure is like, example very shallow weedy areas leading to deeper water, or tall reed bulges that run the entire shoreline. Once you find a spot that looks like it may be holding fish, cast a line out to test the water.

This is the same for pretty much any species of fish you are looking for, example if you are pike fishing you will also look for weedy areas leading to deeper water, if you are smallmouth bass fishing you will look for rocky sandy flats with drop offs. The key to finding good spots on lakes is actually learning where each fish species lives and hangs out.

A simple first and second step like the above can quickly make that monumental task look quite simple after all! When I am on the water I follow these steps to find good spots:

1) fish the immediate shoreline and start branching off into slightly deeper water.

2) keep an eye on where people are fishing and check those spots out after they leave that area.

3) Observe where groups of birds are floating on the water, where the birds are will be the bait and where the bait is will be the fish!

4) if you have electronics use them, if not use a fishing app on your phone, can be very helpful at locating structure you can’t see.

5) have polarized fishing glasses on, as they will allow you to see various details in and around the water in much more detail.

By following some of these steps or even all of them, you can cut down the amount of time it takes finding a good spot to fish. You will actually find a lot more good spots that much quicker which you can log for future outings.

So the next time you are on a new body of water don’t allow yourself to get stumped, follow these tips and you should end up on more fish faster which will allow more time for fishing instead of paddling or driving the boat around searching.

Hope this vlog helped and if you have any questions about this topic feel free to ask!

The AMFisH guy…

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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – dealing with missed top water strikes – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers! This AMFisH(LEARN more: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is about how to deal with a lot of top water fish strikes that are missed:

If a fish strikes your top water bait and misses, it will usually chase it down for one more attack on the next cast, BUT if you start getting miss after miss all the signs start pointing to casting out a slow presentation bait right after the missed strikes in that area.  There are various slow presentations baits you can try in this type of situation, with the key thing being casting out a bait that will just sit there allowing the fish to gobble it right up.

A flipping jig with a soft plastic scented trailer is a good choice, something that will sink and sit up off the bottom in the same area, making it hard for that fish that missed your bait mere seconds ago to pass it up!

Bass for the most part will almost instantly gobble up a soft plastic just sitting there in the area where they missed catching something on the surface, so it’s a good presentation to use when you encounter a lot of top water misses.  You can also add trailer hooks to baits that get missed strikes, whether they are top water missed strikes or just missed strikes in general.

Below is a picture of a spinnerbait with a trailer hook added to it and what this does is once a fish miss strikes the bait, meaning hit it but either short strikes or bumps it and does not get hooked, this added hook on the back end covers a small bites worth of space, which usually gets the chasing fish hooked the next time around.

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Using a drop shot rigged soft plastic is another great choice, as this presentation allows you to keep the bait in that strike zone that much longer with very subtle pops in that same missed strike area.
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In this vlog I use a wacky rigged senko as the slow bait presentation, which is another great choice to follow up on top water missed strikes. Have this rigged up on a spinning rod as it appears in the image below and cast it right back out to the area the fish missed the top water bait. This wacky rigged bait will slowly wobble down allowing the roaming fish plenty of time to see it before it hammers it!

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A Texas rigged bait is also another option, as it can trigger that same missed strike very quickly due to the bait sitting up off the bottom. I follow up on any missed strike with one of these 5 options and I usually go with the one I have the most confidence with when it comes to catching fish on it.

 

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When the fish strike and miss have that slow bait ready to cast out there right after those misses and you are sure to hook into a lot more fish by doing so!

Hope you found this vlog helpful!

The AMFish guy…

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