Learn how to fish for big bass in the weeds
The dense aquatic vegetation in late summer and during the transition to early fall can present some boating and fishing challenges in lakes and rivers. Some boaters avoid these areas or choose to “sit this out” until the vegetation begins to die with a cold snapshot. But those who don’t learn how to fish in the weeds may miss a great bass fishing action.
Here are a few ways to deal with dense aquatic vegetation:
Boating in aquatic vegetation
1. Watch out for the electric trolling motor. If it is stuck, stop immediately and carefully clean the propeller. Continuing to operate with a large piece of “weed” will drain the battery and possibly blow a fuse or damage the engine. Also, set the engine as high as possible without chopping the water loudly.
2. If you can’t run the trolling motor, don’t give up. Lift the trolling motor out of the water and paddle or row. If the ground is firm enough, you may even be able to polish.
3. It is difficult to hit a fishing kayak or canoe for better access. Boating in aquatic vegetation is not a challenge as you glide over some of the thickest vegetation in just inches of water.
How to fish in the weeds
1. Spinnerbait. Probably one of the best ways to land fish in weeds. It’s amazing what vegetation you can take these big baits through with the hook on top and the wire bend that clears the path like a snow plow. If it’s stuck, give it a few jerks and see if you can make the blade wobble again.
2. Topwater bait. When a little water shows up, a buzzbait will get through the water and grab attention. When fishing in really heavy weeds, it’s hard to hit a plastic frog. Just wait a second before ticking the box. If you can!
3. Soft plastics, “weed-free hooks”. This means that you will have to put the tip of the hook back into the bait to avoid over-engaging the vegetation while you deal with weed fishing. When you feel a hit, stop, let it run for a second or two, and then set the weed-free hook in place as the hook needs to come through part of the bait body as well.
Compare boat types to find out which are best for boating in aquatic vegetation. A heavier line can be helpful for landing fish in weeds and other dense vegetation. With a little more work and patience, there is great bass in these weeds.
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Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.