Johnny Jenkins here from Peak Performance Fishing and today I want to talk to you about schooling fish.
Now we’ve gone in depth and hopefully there’s gonna be a link or somewhere where you can check that other video out where I go really in-depth on schooling fish and go into all the nuances and pretty much everything.
But this is the number 1 tip one of the things that I mentioned in that previous video and it was really long, this one hopefully will be a little bit shorter.
But in that video I mentioned where if they’re not actively schooling on surface a lot of the times it’s really hard to buy a bite. Even if there’s an area; even if there’s a spot where there’s a school of bass and stripers and stuff like that. And they’re suspended.
They don’t want to bite anything but maybe a drop shot or a worm. Try and go through there with your baits when they’re not actively busting on the surface you can’t buy a bite. It’s so much at a time you cannot get those fish to bite.
I’m gonna give you a tip that I almost don’t want to give away. And I had to pay money to learn this tip. I don’t think I would have learned it; I don’t know; I’m not sure if I would have learned this otherwise. I learned it from another BASS Elite series pro. And this is a tip that it doesn’t work all the time but when it does it will; it can literally win your tournaments because no one else is doing it probably. No one else is hardly even thinking about doing this.
Do You Want To Disturb A School Of Fish?
You would think when there’s a school of fish you don’t want to disturb them right. You don’t want to go in there and get off your boat and you know you have your motor running and stuff like that. You would think it would scare them away; it would stop them from feeding.
Well there are lot of the times, it actually fires them up. And it’s not even just in the summer time. There’s a lot of times in the summer where they’re schooled up and they’re schooled up on the bottom. And they’re not schooling like on the surface but they’re in a big school, a big wad of fish on a particular spot maybe a rock pile or something. But they’re concentrated pretty much on the bottom. Maybe some fish are suspended but they’re more on the bottom. They’re relating to the thermocline more than anything.
And those fish in the summer you can. I go over them sometimes and get them excited or you can do donuts in a circle. You can just get on your motor and you do donuts. And you can fire them up. Or you can kill the school where they won’t bite anything. And they’re done like pretty much all day. They’re pretty much done. Its toast; the spot is done.
Or what I like to do; and this is an amazing technique. I’m actually amazed sometimes how well this works. What I’ll do is; and I don’t have down to an exact science. What I’ll do is I’ll go to a specific spot; a specific underwater point, rock pile. Whatever I think there or knows there’s a school of fish. And I will actually get as close to the spot. And I will jump off the plane.
I’ll get off the motor. I’ll cut it off and let the boat glide to a stop or I’ll get off the gas really close to the spot and have just a little bit of gas in there. What I’m doing is I’m pushing the bow of the boat in it’s; especially in this herring lakes. Like Clarkes Hill, Hartwell, Russell, Lake Murray.
Bass Go Wild
What it does is it pushes these herring, they get real nervous; they’re real skittish type of fish and they relate more to the surface so it just scares them and they just go crazy. They go wild. They just dart everywhere and it pushes those fish oftentimes shallower. And the bass says, “Mmm-mm”. He’s gonna; they’re gonna go.
Big, big schools of them are gonna go up and just bust ’em. You check in our footage here this is absolutely incredible where I will literally cut the boat off as I am about to stand up to the front of the boat and it’s gliding to a stop. I’m walking up and the fish start schooling before the boat even stops.
And here’s the really funny thing. As I watch one of these spots from maybe another location, maybe a hundred yards away. I’m not seeing any schooling action at all. I’m waiting to see if I see any and where I know there’s a school of fish. I’ll wait 10 or 20 minutes. I’ll fish another spot and catch some fish.
And I’ll watch a spot right, and I won’t see anything happen. It’s like a dead zone okay. There’s nothing going on. Maybe some of the really good spots where those big schools of fish you’d occasionally seen come up and bust or something like that. But generally there’s nothing going on. And then I will drive over there and I will do this little trick. And I tell you what it’s just amazing, you checking out this footage. And it’s just amazing how awesome it is; how well it works. If you use this in your tournament fishing use this in the right situations.
Sometimes it doesn’t work though. Sometimes it actually turns them off. Experiment with it. Remember schooling action a lot of times in the fall and then again in the spring after the bass barn there’s going to be some schooling action going on, on the shad and herring that are spawning.
And like that late April through May and sometimes the end of June depending on where you’re at. So keep that in mind, this is an awesome tip. You don’t want to forget this.
If you have some bass fishing tournament in the fall and you’ve got schooling fish on your local lakes. Or you’re in the Carolinas or you’re in the South, man probably even Oklahoma and Texas. This is a really killer technique that’s gonna catch you a lot of big fish and it’s going catch you a lot of really. You’re just gonna have awesome fun days out there catching fish until you’re sore.
So this has been Johnny Jenkins I hope you enjoyed this video, bye-bye.