Hi AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog is about how to identify a good weed fishing area.
I have been asked by fellow anglers on how to know if a weed area you are fishing is a good area to fish or not and the answer is quite simple. When it comes to weed areas being productive areas or not the key is observing how healthy the weed growth is in that specific spot.
Good lush healthy bright green weeds means there are very high levels of oxygen in that areas waters which is the biggest sign of a good spot. If you notice lots of bait fish and forage activity in an area like this it is also another clear sign that the area is an active area which makes it a good spot to fish.
As you can see in this video, the bright green weeds I am holding up were from a great spot that always flourishes and has become one of my honey hole fishing spots over the years! The dead weeds I had snatched up from a spot several yards away from my honey hole, that has always been a dead spot when it comes to fishing and that is the key to avoid fishing dead spots without even knowing they are dead spots.
On the other hand if you see nothing but dead dark brown weeds in an area, the quick answer to whether or not this is a good spot is no and the lack of activity in this same area will confirm this for you are well. Fish do rely heavily on high oxygen levels and will gravitate to those areas, in most cases actually seeking them out.
By using a good pair of polarized fishing sunglasses you will be able to observe the weed condition as you move into a spot and if visibility is not very good the next best thing to do is actually snag some weeds with your bait and bring them up for a look. If you are not observant you could end up fishing in a totally dead fishing spot that results in not catching fish the entire day, so it is critical to observe the weeds in every area you try to fish.
This is the first thing I check at every spot on new lakes and regular lakes I fish as weed lifespan transitions do occur throughout the season and are also impacted by currents/storm activity. In the later part of the year many of these same weed areas the growth starts to die off which is why fish will quickly move to other areas like rock drop offs and sandy bottoms, where they once again follow the freshest highest oxygen levels and their food sources.
There is nothing worse for an angler than not catching fish, which is why it is important for us to focus on our surroundings especially when it comes to fishing spots. If you dedicate some time to observing an areas you are fishing and I mean to continuously observe the area while you fish through it, your success on the water will drastically increase!
Taking those few minutes to snag some weeds and have a close look at them, maybe even a smell to see how fresh they actually are will go a long way when it comes to productive fishing days.
I hope you found some value in this post everyone…tight lines!
The AMFisH guy…
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