Mike Gerry

Advantage of Vertical Fishing

As the heat and lack of rain becomes the norm going into the month of September many times the best approach is to attack the bite vertically. All summer long we have been fortunate to continue to see unusual amounts of rain but if history repeats itself, we will see September as a dry, and sticky month; it will form a thermocline at the bottom of the lake and vertical fishing will be you best presentation until it starts to cool, understanding this as a key element and how they affect what the fish are doing seemingly will be key!

When the days get hot and sticky and the water temperature hits the mid to upper 80’s generally the fish suspend especially during the late morning and mid afternoon, when this happens versatility as an angler is key. There are certain elements that you have to be aware of to overcome the lethargic feeding patterns during this time. One very important key is the position the bass are in and the only way to see it is to scan the bottom with your Lowrance Structure scan.  In doing this I believe that there are two kinds of suspending fish those that positioned under the bait fish and those that are not.

When you see them positioned under the bait, you have found what I believe are catchable fish, this is when vertical presentations become a killer presentation. The good news is that there are many ways to fish vertically; the first one I like is a big jigging spoon; something in the 4 to 5 inch with a weight of at least an ounce. I also like to take a ¾ oz. Tight-Line football jig with a small paddling trailer like the Missile Bait D-Bomb and get it to drop under the bait fish. Many times, just leaving the jig on the bottom to spider out from the current will catch a fish. A drop shot rigged with small finesse worms, gobies, leeches or senko’s are killers for the drop shot enthusiast.

The elements are always key to catching fish and understanding  them by making yourself aware of the elements can lead you to a very productive day on the water; combine your awareness with good vertical techniques catches fish!

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Captain Mike Gerry

Mike Gerry

About The Author: Captain Mike Gerry

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Area Reporting: Lake Guntersville

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