I really feel like I may need completely made up this time period. I don’t know the way else to explain it, so I suppose I’ll simply keep it up. However right here’s the deal about secondary cowl.
As I discussed, spring fishing strain actually jacks up the bass. Others could disagree with me however I’m a giant believer that they’ll bolt if a bunch of parents are divebombing baits round ‘em all day lengthy. As a substitute of fishing the apparent stuff you possibly can see together with your eyes equivalent to boat docks, shoreline vegetation and the like, I prefer to fish the stuff in entrance of these issues in only a bit deeper water—the sort of cowl you possibly can’t actually see with the bare eye. I name that secondary cowl.
Whether or not it’s a brush pile in entrance of a dock, a stump row 10 ft in entrance of a grass mattress or a laydown that has rotted away from its stump and basically slid down into deeper water, these hidden items of canopy have an almost-unbelievable means to draw and maintain large feminine bass all through this time of yr.
I began figuring this deal out after I was fishing tournaments a bunch a number of years in the past. We’ve some enormous tournaments round right here and as you possibly can think about, it turns right into a maddening recreation of “musical boats” after an hour or two. I’d trip into the creek I’d be eager to fish and there could be bass boats on each single piece of handsome shoreline cowl; that’s completely no exaggeration. It felt like regardless of the place I fished, I used to be fishing behind somebody and it drove me nuts.
Over time, I began to understand that each one these bass boats have been driving quite a lot of the bass nuts, too. So as to carry out value a crap in these tournaments, I felt like I wanted to vary up my gameplan.
The place most boats could be casting to the financial institution, I began searching for cowl beneath the place most boats have been sitting, if that is smart. So as an alternative of fishing 2 to 4 ft of water like most people have been, I’d goal stuff within the 6- to 10-foot zone.
This was lengthy earlier than the forward-looking sonar stuff on the market today, so I ended up discovering most of my favourite secondary cowl with both a medium-diving crankbait or a Carolina rig (gross, I do know). And certain sufficient, I’ve most likely caught 90 p.c of the largest bass of my life on these sorts of areas.