There are definitely certain truisms to fishing: Fish look up; fish face the current… If you are knowledgeable of the various truisms and let them guide your fishing, you’ll generally benefit from the percentages and catch more fish. However, just as you’ll always have a friend marching to the beat of their own drum, so it is with fish.
Good anglers don’t just accept the truisms, they challenge and adapt to them for their particular fishery. Jason Sealock of Wired2Fish decided to challenge the idea that bass aren’t to be found in shallow water. Jason talked to professional anglers and kept a log of his own experiences. What he discovered will make you rethink your notion of shallow.
I learned a lesson this year that there is no such thing as too shallow in bass fishing. Bass go where they need to in order to survive. We as anglers believe that bass only do certain things at certain times based on conditions. We read something or watch something related to bass fishing and believe it is a hard fast truth.
I talked with Gerald Swindle and Kevin VanDam after the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Table Rock Lake this spring. What I realized after visiting with both of them was that there are definitely guidelines to bass fishing related to seasons and temperatures, but that those are just guidelines. They are not hard fast rules and the guidelines never apply to all the bass in a fishery. They are both convinced that anglers miss a lot of bass because they are so locked in on rules of bass fishing that just aren’t always true.
What I’ve learned this year is bass are shallow. A lot. And at a lot more times of the year than we think as anglers. Sure there are times where if you’re fishing shallow, you’re missing the boat load of bass in deep water. But that’s not the point of this. The point is to not let preconceived notions cause anglers to miss out on catchable bass.