If you are someone who loves to fish, but you usually fish in deep water, one thing that you should know is that a fishing trip in shallow water is a lot different. Below are 5 tips that you can use for fishing in shallow water to increase your chances of success.
When you’re fishing in shallow water, the bait that you use should be selected based on the water’s clarity. If it’s murky and muddy, chances are that you are going to do better with using darker colored bait like black plastic worms. If the water is clearer, something that’s translucent such as see-through blues are going to work a lot better. Along with being the right color, you want to choose something that is lightweight so there aren’t big splashes.
It’s a good idea to cast sidearm or underhand and pull back as your lure strikes the water. This is going to reduce the amount of the splash. A cast that’s powerful is going to disrupt the surface of the water and cause a huge splash, which can cause the fish to become spooked so they swim away.
When you pitch cast, you are going to give the lure around 3 to 4 feet worth of slack and keep it in one hand. Point your rod straight where the lure should land, and then put some tension on your rod so your line’s taut. Toss your lure in the water, and then repeat the pullback motion so that the splash is reduced.
Fish that are living in the shallow water love hanging out close to fallen branches or vegetation. If you’re seeing areas that that are like this, you should approach them carefully. If you can, drift rather than using your motor and leave the electronics of your boat off. Otherwise the fish may be spooked, and they’ll swim away.
If you’re trying to catch bass, the wacky rig is going to let both of the sides to move inside the water. If you’ve used a worm for bait, this will cause kicking and resistance in the water. The rig isn’t going to move a few feet from the place that you cast and your chances of catching a fish will increase.
These are five tips that you can use to help you be successful when it comes to fishing in shallow water. Remember that you will be more visible to fish in shallow water, so you want to make sure that you are as invisible and quiet as possible.