How To Find Fish & Develop A Pattern | Bass Fishing

Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com, and
one of the questions I receive is, “Hey, youknow, how do I find fish on a lake?How do I put together a pattern?”So I’m gonna take you through the steps I
go through, the methodology, and hopefully,you can incorporate that into your style of
fishing. First off, I really can’t tell you where to
start fishing on your lake or how to do it,but if I were gonna start on a lake that I
don’t even know anything about, first thingI would do is just start fishing everything. I know that sounds obvious, but let me walk
you through that. Say, for example, I come across the dock. I’m gonna fish the front of the dock, the
corners of the dock. I’m gonna cast midway, on the side of the
dock, all the way to the back and run a baitalongside the dock. If it has anything like a ladder on it or
a slide, or perhaps a boatlift, anything likethat, I’m gonna fish that, and fish it very
thoroughly, both with fast-moving baits andslow-moving baits. And move on down the line, I’m gonna – same
with the weeds, any weeds that are pockets,points, anything – fish it very thoroughly. Once I get a bite, I stop and analyze that. First, where on the lake itself is that dock?Is it on the main lake?Is it on a steep incline?Is it on a flat?Is it really shallow?Does it have muddy bottom underneath it or
a hard bottom?Is it a rocky bottom?Are there weeds in there?What kind of weeds are they?Is it milfoil, hydrilla?Is it lily pads?That sort of thing. Think about like where is that dock?And also, think a little bit more of like,
is it on a point?Is it back in a cove, perhaps?Is it along a creek channel?Is it near deep water?Now, think about those things. Where is that dock positioned in that lake?And then, think about it even further. Where did that fish hit?Did he hit it on the sunny side or on the
shady side of the dock?Did he hit it on the deep side or on the real
shallow side of the dock?You know, pretty soon, you’ll start to pick
this up. As you go from dock to dock to dock, pretty
soon you might figure out, “Hey, it’s onlyon floating docks” that you’re getting bit,
not on docks that are on piers, and therehas to be weeds around that dock. Then take it a little bit further. How was that fish biting it?Is he hitting it right when the lure hits
the water?Is he hitting it as it’s falling?Or do you have to jig it up and down on the
bottom and maybe drag your lure on the bottoma little bit before the fish will bite?Again, if you’re always getting hit while
the bait’s falling, then why waste time jiggingit and dragging it back?You know, reel it in, cast back out there. Get your lure back in the strike zone, and
get another fish. After a while, in paying attention to this,
pretty soon you’re gonna figure that, “Hey,the dock’s that are on points, that are near
creek channels, or deeper water, that havemilfoil on there, and they’re only floating
docks, and I’m only getting hit on the shadyside of them. “Now you can target. You can go down a bank and you know where
to cast, and you can skip all the unproductiveareas. And I know, as a tournament angler, I’m gonna
catch more fish than my competitor who hasn’tfigured that out yet. So pay very close attention, be observant,
to what kind of cover the fish was on, howhe was positioned on it, and how he struck
that bait. And that’s gonna put together a pattern for
you. You’re gonna be a lot more productive, and
you’re gonna put together a pattern whereyou can catch a lot more fish. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like that, and for
the answers to all your questions about bassfishing, leave a comment down below or visit
BassResource. com.

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