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Old 03-19-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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Went out Solo Sat and found two new spots .. covered about 9-10 miles current was ripping West to East about 1.5-2.0 MPH.





Both showed only a couple fish but circle around and presto coup or old boat or plane whatever it holds fish.

Get your spots before the tourney...

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I have zero experience bottom fishing but gonna start trying to mark some spots in my yak. Do you just look for relief or is finding fish suspended off the bottom key?
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I have zero experience bottom fishing but gonna start trying to mark some spots in my yak. Do you just look for relief or is finding fish suspended off the bottom key?
Amen, this is my question as well. My guess is you need both to make a bottom spot. Suspended fish without relief may just be pelagics moving through, right?
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IMO and limited experience, you want to find both. Obviously if you have fish from the bottom up its great, but just suspended you never know. Plenty of great spots dont show many fish on the screen til you drop down. But my favorite thing is to take a 2 hook rig with frozen bait and small hooks. If all you catch is squirrel fish or trash I move on.
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I set my upper limit a tad more then half the depth and set the lower limit to show a bout 10' below the bottom. That way you get a real good feel for what the bottom looks like - a natural bottom area - like where JD fishes shows different then sand - just pay attention when you are in 30' that is SAND - when it doesn't look like that AND you mark some fish it's either a natural bottom spot holding fish or a school moving through. Mark it - check 5 bmins later - fish + different bottom (under the surface = good spot)

For structure I almost always see fish before finding the bottom structure holding them. Note the second pic -

- Was trolling along SW about 4mph
- saw fish in the FF marked S000117
- turned about 90d to the Southwest no more fish so went back WSW
- went back my trail and then looped 100' south of the S00117
- continued my loop around the first spot I saw fish now heading NE
- ran over some more fish marked S00118 continued on NE
- Structure showed that is the second my FF makes a JPG when I mark

Bam - I have a "Private" spot that is only about 8x8 ft with relief and holds fish. I'm sure it's a chicken coop - I'll drop a GoPro on it next time and see for sure.

Hope this helps.
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That's good info stressless. I'm still learning my way around my fish finder and what things mean. I'll give your technique a try over some structure I know is there and see if I can get a feel for it.
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