Bass fishing is a simple process that involves locating fish on edges along structure, with current, structure, grass, and the edge of a hump or drop being key factors. Even beginners can become experts with a Lowrance fish finder and mapping. Understanding the type of edge and where bass hide can help determine the best fishing location. Whether using cranking baits or perpendicular baits, mastering edge fishing is essential for successful bass fishing.
Edge Fishing Largemouth Bass
Bass Love Edges and Current
As we progress into the post spawn largemouth bass bite nothing can be simpler than locating fish on edges along structure. It is a pattern that has held up for many years; once the bass come off the bed your knowledge of where to fish and what type of structure can be limited to just finding edges. Doing this gives you a chance on every cast to catch a bass, it puts you in position to find bass feeding, combine edges with a little current and you can have a great day on the water. The most inexperienced bass fisherman can become an expert with just a Lowrance fish finder maybe a little mapping by just locating fish on the edges or finding drops and ledges. Mapping can be key to fishing edges, as contour lines on today’s maps especially one foot lines are great indicators of where the edge of a drop is located. If you can read the contour breaks you can find the edges.
When you have current, structure, grass and the edge of a hump or drop you have the best opportunity to catch bass and put some really good fish in the boat. It is easy bass fishing. You do not have to search much. Decent electronics with sonar showing drops and the edges will pay dividends that will put you on the fish. It is bass fishing 101 and the most inexperienced bass fisherman can have some fun, catch some fish, and leave the lake with some great memories of their day on the water. Regardless of age, fishing experience or time on the water, you can be a successful bass fisherman by just locating edges and looking for bass. Sometimes the type of edge makes a difference. Become a master of edge fishing for bass. With just a little knowledge you can easily understand the different edges and where the bass hide when you observe them along the edge of a drop. If the current is strong, they are generally tucked under the edge away from the current or hiding behind a piece of structure. You will see them on your electronics; giving you a good idea of how far to back off the edge or whether to fish it parallel by pulling some sort of cranking type bait along the edge. I like to pull a crank bait when paralleling the edge, it digs along the structure and moves just erratically enough to cause a reaction. If I am fishing it perpendicular, there are several baits I like to use; dropping a football jig or helicoptering a spinner bait is always a good way to get a strike.
The one bass fishing tip I can give you is be observant when you catch a fish on an edge; is the edge a steep drop, a gradual drop, does it drop into deep water or into a flat? These are keys to look for that determine what type of edge you should look for in order to get your next bite. On lakes like Guntersville, many times the type of grass edge is also a good indicator for you to get the next bite. Guntersville bass fishing has several types of grass, milfoil, hydrilla, coon-tail, eel grass, star grass and many times bass prefer one over the other, especially this post spawn time of year. It also should be noted that this preference can change daily so don’t be stuck on one grass type for long periods of time, or many days in a row as bass will relocate with pressure and change the structure they adhere too. Edges, structure, current are all parts of an easy way to locate bass. Of course, they are just part of the puzzle. For the inexperienced fisherman, it is a start to enhancing your understanding of the favorite areas that bass relate to; the edges.
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