Fishing Square Bill Crankbaits in 20 feet of water

hey guys we’re out here at Bartlett lake
again we’re practicing techniques and Ifinally come to realize I’m gonna show
you something I’ve been doing for 25years and I’m gonna put it on on the
video so you can see what it isyou all know that this is a square bill right
and then when he goes like one or twofeet under the water how would you like
to throw this square bill and 25 feet ofwater
all right let me turn the boat a little bit. and I’ll explain to you in detail
how we do it then we’ll throw some ofthese it’s in the afternoon it’s the
middle of the winterI got a 5/8 ounce tungsten I’ve got two
bobber Stoppers three bobber Stoppershold in that tungstenand I have nothing
on the top okay I usually have about 15inches between the bait
and this so that this takes this baitright down to the bottomnow you can
fish a shad pattern or a crawdad I’mfishing a crawdad because I’ve been
catching on about it because rememberthis bait is going to be crawling down
there and 15 to 25 feet of water andthere they’re eaten crawdads right now
it’s wintertime the jig bites on sothey’re gonna eat this bait
too when they’re eating more shad in thespring or the summer or whatever like
thatyou can use different colors sometimes
I mix it up you know I got a whole boxof these you don’t lose very many baits
at all so basically I keep it short tooso that I can alsoalso throw italright
so I’m gonna just throw this out I’mjust gonna lob it out there I’m out
about I threw it out about a hundredfeet I’m sitting in 26 feet of water
right now this bait has hit the bottomI’m got slackline so during the winter
time I like to fish this real steeprocky bank this is this is where I get a
lot of my bitesright through this area like this so
once it gets down the bottom I’m justthrowing it swimming it real slow like
this that’s all I’m doingit’s real slow if you can fill the rocks
that’s even betterI let that that tungsten just go right
in the trick is the one of the maintricks is guys is graphing an area where
you’re at and find it out what whatdepth are the fish in you know
today they’ve been in 15 to 18, 19, 20feet of water so I’m not throwing it
right on the bank I’m throwing it outabout 10, 12 feet on the outside of it
and on a steep shoreline like this likethis you can see that it doesn’t ten
feet out it’s going to be like 15 feet deepwe got a little wind today so we’re
just gonna adjust for thatso I’m just reeling this in real slow like this I
figured out that there’s two ways to dothis sometimes you know and everybody
has their little secrets of you knowcrank baiting or spinner baiting or
whatever but I’ve been like you knowI’ve been thinking and I’ve been trying
this a little bit too about instead ofthis slow rolling it and reeling so let
me show you I’m gonna make a cast like thisall right so I’m about ten feet 12
feet off the bank you know 50. . . 50 to 100feet back so all right I’m on the bottom
so sometimes I can just sit here andpull this like this and just fill that
tungsten going down racking into some ofthese you know big ol rocks here I’m
getting out too deep that’s the secretyou got to keep your boat you know if
you’re if there’s a little bit of windkeep it in the same depth that the fish
are in you don’t want to be I don’t wantto have my boat in 35 feet of water and
then see the fish that I’ve seen in 18feet of water you’ve got to keep them
you got to keep the boat in the samedepth for this to work so I’m gonna
throw that way out there now I’m rightI’m right in 15, 18 feet of water so I’m
gonna let that go all the way down theycome in just a little bit my line slack
I’m not completely yet it’s gettingthere all right so I’ll just pull this
along like thisand then I’ll just wind up to it and then I’ll just hold it down
to the water so that thing stays downbecause you want this you want this
actually ticking some of these rocksit’s what you want I’m in 20 foot of
water right now and look how close I amto the bank I’m quite I’m pretty close
so you can remember that this worksreally good we got really windy
conditions out here on the lake that’swhy we’re tucked into this Bank but I
like these steep rocky banks but on themain Lake a lot of times I’ll I’ll just
use my big motor and I’ll find out wherethere’s fish on a point and I’ll do that
I’ll just I’ll just go out cast over thepoint as far as I can and I’ll just
bring this right across I used to doonline my crankbaits now I don’t have to
it used to take so much time to longlong line some of these crankbaits of
course with a square bill it doesn’t doany good you know so that wind just
keeps knocking me further and furtherapart out let me get out where the fish
are againall right so we’re just gonna letting
this hit the bottom so these rockslet it tick these rocksoknow I am ether stuck or. . . Nope! I got a fish on it is comingsometimes you can hang up
on these rocks but right now I do have afish he’s coming up with you if you want
to keep your fish down put your rod downin the water like this try to hold them
down because in the crank bait or a jig or something. OH Gosh!!it’s a big fish! it’s a big oneI was trying
to do just what I didn’t want him to doyou know I real slow
keep my crank bait down he’s a good fishtwo and a half or three pounder here he
comeswe got color there oh my gosh there’s
only one hook in there I’m gonna get himup in case he comes off so you can get a
good look at himcome on don’t jump nopedon’t jump, don’t jump. oh whoa! look look how I had him hooked
I had one little hook stuck in his mouthwhoo that’s a good fish guys that’s a
nice, nice Bartlett Lake bass look atthat that’s a beautiful fish boy we’re
on those fish for me in the tournamentmy gosh all right let’s let this beauty
go no crawdads down there what a bite ohmy gosh oh yeah these color is really
really prettysee if he goes back down yep he came out
of about 20 feet of water 21 feet ofwater so you know sometimes if they
don’t go down I have to get the needleout and re-needle them and let a little
air out but you can see you can see mypoint can’t you how many times do those
fish ever see anything that that’s small20, 21 feet down that looks just
like a little crawdad just inching along the bottom you know
was a gimme because my seeker hit thebottom and I just started to real and I
thought man am I stuck or do I have afish keep reeling
till that line gets really tight to youknow if you’ve got a fish or notthat’s
my advice to you shall we make a fewmore casts see if we can get another one
all right let me let me adjust this thisa little bit more there we go all right
here we go I’m gonna throw it way wayback there Wow! whew! boy I tell you when
you catch when you catch a fish likethat it Bartlett it’s it’s nice I’ll
tell youalright there we goalright whoo look at all the fish here in
12 feet maybe they’re moving upI just threw it back in 20 feet all right
next cast will be all right I’m down 20feet I’m Way away from the bank you know
sometimes you catch a dink and sometimesyou catch a good fish that was just a
kind of a luck out that I you don’tcatch a lot of them like that you know
guys on most lakes, Saguaro that’sthat’s nothing compared to Bartlett but
on Bartlett lake that’s a nice fishThis lake has so many one one one one and two
pounders one one and a half pounders andit’s not funny
it’s a good Lake to come to and gofishing but I’m gonna try some shallow
stuff all right I’m downall right I’m gonna hold my line down towards the
water because I want it down as far aspossible and another thing too I did
this in the swimming pool I’ve beendoing this for like 25 years I have won a
number of tournaments different lakesbut I’ve used bigger crank baits with
lips on them I’ve never used a squarebill I just started using that just a
while back and there’s days you guysknow there’s there’s days when
when when the fishings excellent itdoesn’t matter what you throw they bite
on everything then there’s days you cancome back the next day and strike out
all right that was close to the bank allright let’s see if we can catch onewell
the winds dying down that’s goodI look over my shoulder yo see my graph sometimes
you can stop cranking because theweights gonna take it back down and that little crank bait. . . . it’s gonna go right downto the bottom againall right I’m gonna
let that go down I made a really longcast this the longer you can make the
cast the better it is so I’m watching myline I’m letting line out it’s still
going down still going down 19 feet hereperfect that’s just where I want to be
that’s a good depth all the fish they’vebeen seeing today I’ve been in 19 feet
ok so we’re just going to get that downstart reeling slowlet that thing go down it bump the
bottom bump, bump, bump, bump, bumpThere! oh shoot he’s on the bottom. oh he’s stuck!
in something the tree or something whatin the world I didn’t think there was
any trees here oh shootthough he came out came out of the tree
he’s out of the tree what a luck outhe’s not big but he’s a fish oh look at
that crank beat in his mouth look at thisooooH! that ain’t a bad one you know that’s
a good pound and a half fish again onehook man that scared me I didn’t know
there was any trees along here couldhave been a big old rockaw!My goshI only had one hook in there but by the timetime I get done with it he’s got a
couple dozen hooks in thereanywayjust a nice fat one it must be a female
it’s got a big old bulge there so we’regonna just let this one go soon as I get
away from the away from the rocks withmy motor alright ready here we go
let’s set this baby go okay little guygoing downalrightOkayalrightI hope you got the gist of thisum you could fish this all day long and do this we don’t
have much time the winds kind of gustingand not gusting so we got to get things
done while we can all this does is addanother tool for you to use that’s all
it is for you knowsquare billing and 25 feet of water
gotta love it

About the author

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: