Fishing Brush for Bass

Whenever you fish brush piles I always like
to number one; either get them in a specificlocation on a piece of structure, whether
it be a ledge, a point, or a bank. Then youalso want to try to get a good line up or
reference. That’s two things; two objects,two trees, or two something’s where you
can make cast over them. Whenever you’re fishing brush piles fish relate
to them differently. Sometimes the fish willbe down in them, sometimes they’ll be up above
them, and sometimes they’ll actually be offto the side of them. One thing I’ll do is I’ll usually always use
a Texas-Rigged Worm, which is usually a goodbrush pile bait and also crankbaits, jigs,
worms, and different things. I always like to when I very first come into
a brush pile a lot of times I may throw acrankbait or something to come over the top of that brush
to try to catch any fish that are either onthe edge of it or up above it. Then I may
go pick up my plastic worm or my jig and tryto get the bait down into the brush. Sometimes you’ll find that say a brush pile
in 14 ft. of water everybody thinks that they’vegot to hit the brush. But what you’ll find
sometimes is a DT16 or a DT20 something thatdives real deep and gets under the brush.
A lot of times I’m caught them on a DT 10. Something I can just barely tick the top of
the limbs of that brush pile. I think you’ll find it wise to kind of play
with your crankbaits and learn the specificdepths that those baits will run on 10 pound,
12 pound, and 14 pound. A lot of times youcan take a 10-foot running bait and put it
on 15-pound line and cause that bait to runonly 7- 8 feet. So if you kind of know how deep the top of
your brush is you can kind of work that baitover the top of it. Get my boat turned around here. That’s another big thing when your fishing
brush you know is your line size can vary. I’ve seen times where say you’re fishing for
say spotted bass in Georgia you may be usingspinning tackle and 6 or 8 pound line. If you’re in more dirty
water you may go up to 20-25 pound line becausea lot of times you can get your line broke
pretty easy fishing brush. What you want to do is pull it up into the
brush, feel the cover, and a lot of timesdon’t be in a real big hurry to drag it out
of there. A lot of time I’ll take it and hopit over a limb, watch my line as it falls,
and I’ll actually try to get it over a limbespecially when you get into the late summer
say July or August. A lot of times those fishthey’ll be in this brush piles and a lot of
times you have to get it over a limb and see-sawit. Just up and down. Get over a limb and
pull it up until you feel the limb and letit back down. Now every now and then you’ll get your feelings
hurt because you’ll get ahold of somethingand it will grab it and run back over the
limb and break your line. But a lot of timesdon’t be in a big hurry to pull it out of
there. Leave it in the brush awhile, seesawit up and down maybe 5-6-7-8 times. I’ve seen
a lot of times especially ledge fishing insummer when the longer you let that bait in
there that jig or worm the more bites youwould get. People a lot of times feel a piece of brush
and I don’t want to get hung so they try topull it up over that limb real quick and get
it away from it and a lot of times that’snot the thing to do in brush. You want to
leave it in there as long as you can. It’s kind of like we were talking about earlier
about making multiple casts to a piece ofshallow cover. A lot of times that bass is
in there and the longer you leave it in thereand see-saw it up and down will aggravate
him into biting or you get him interestedin it. Got him on the Flutter Worm. He was up in
the top of the brush right there just kindof hanging out. When I pulled the worm out
all I did was felt a little pressure and hejust started pulling down. I’m going to let
him go and a lot of times I’m going to throwback in there and see if I can get another
bite. Whenever you’re using a marker on brush when
you idle over it or troll over it with yourtrolling motor always throw it off to the
side and don’t drop it just straight down. What will happen is you’ll put it right on
top of the brush, you’ll get a bite, andthen the fish will get into the marker buoy.
So always try to get the buoy off to the sideof the piece of cover that you want to mark.
You’re just kind of using that marker as aguide to know the general vicinity of where
that brush is. That way it will keep your bait from getting
hung. There’s some of that brush right there. There’s one! Come out of that brush pile right there! Now as soon as I felt that fish
thump it I got on him as fast as I could right therebecause I don’t want to give that fish much
time to get back down in that cover and eitherbreak my line or hang me up in it. If you
noticed as soon as I felt that thump I reeleddown and set the hook on that bass as fast
as I could. That’s another thing that’ssometimes fishing brush pile you will get
your feelings hurt. That’s a nice bas right there!Fishing brush a lot of times is relative
to the part of the country you live in andthe clarity of water. If you live on a lake
that’s got a lot dirty water and low visibilityit’s very possible that your brush piles may
not be very deep. They might be 2-3-4-5-6-7 foot deep. In other
parts of the country where you have 10-12feet of visibility your brush piles might
be 15-20-25 foot deep. So it’s the same nomatter where you go. A lot of times your line
size, the size of your worms, and the sizeof your weight may vary. But it’s all relatively
all the same thing no matter where you live.

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