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for Hawg Water
You often hear anglers talking about covering
as much water as possible to find fish or patterns. While many anglers
look for a pattern within the pattern once they find a few fish.
Others may find that covering a lot of water is the pattern. As with
any style or strategy to fishing, conditions will always play a major role
in the choice of baits and techniques used when “fishing fast”. I think the
key is finding away to thoroughly, fish while covering as much water
and quality cover as possible.
In a perfect world we would all love to find that spot
on a spot that produces quality bass all day long. Never cranking up
the big motor and using as little gas and time as possible to find
more fish is perfect; however this situation rarely presents itself
throughout a lifetime of fishing. Therefore we are constantly on the
hunt for the next spot. I often hear the phrase “don’t leave fish
to find fish”; this phrase is applicable if the fish you have found
are the fish you are looking for. However sometimes I think we get
hung up on catching fish, instead of catching good fish. Knowing I’m
probably going to sacrifice the number of fish I catch, I would rather
search for larger bites. This is why my favorite “pattern” on some
days resembles a good hunt as much as another day on the lake.
As the day moves on I typically take a slower approach
to fishing a particular spot. Jigs and plastics typically are my go to
baits once the sun gets up and the fish hunker back in to their
layers. I will jump from spot to spot hunting for large or small areas
that I think have a better chance of holding hawgs. While I may be
fishing slowly, I still like to cover water and fish as many spots
This style fishing really forces you to concentrate
and take advantage of every bite. Catching fish after fish all day long
typically isn't the case when I'm employing this technique. Rather I'm
hoping for two or three really good fish throughout the day. This can
make for some rather long stretches of time without a bite, followed up
by a five minute period of heart pounding battle with some of lakes
Reservoirs present the opportunities to fish random
rocks, stumps and other timber. If it looks like a "bassy"
area and I can flip a jig, tube or creature bait to it, it makes a
great piece of cover.
There is no doubt "hunting for hawgs" is not
the most efficient way to dissect a body of water, but it can be
extremely productive. I don't believe in the old saying "where there
are little ones, there are big ones"; with Largemouth especially.
believe they are a much different fish than the smaller specimens.
Every once in a while you'll find a pattern within a pattern that
produces in numerous areas. Hunting down big fish and
finding that pattern can make for an extremely fun day on the