Johnny Jenkins here from Peak Performance Fishing to talk to you about the difference between pattern fishing and spot or location fishing.
Being Able To Pattern Fish To Get Bass To Bite
What you want to do is be able to catch fish consistently all day long right. You want it to be more catching than it is fishing. Well this is where the science and the strategize; the strategic part of fishing comes into play – understanding what bass do and the fact that there are patterns.
Patterns that fish do throughout a day and there’s gonna be multiple ones on a day and then locations the difference between the two. Now what happens is I see a lot of guys go fishing and they don’t understand pattern fishing.
(To get another good definition of what it means to pattern bass, check out this article from Carlton “Doc” Holliday from BassResource.com.)
They, you know, a lot of weekend guys that go out you know couple times a year maybe. And they’re just kind of out for fun but they’d like to catch a fish you know. They want to catch a lot of fish maybe they entered some fun tournaments right.
Well if you don’t understand pattern fishing what it means and on top of that the basic seasonal patterns of the bass throughout the year you’re really, really missing out because you’re not able to duplicate bites. And that’s what pattern fishing is all about.
When you get a bite 90% of the times; 9 times out of 10 it means something, you can learn something from that that’s gonna help you get that next bite. Maybe it’s a lure; maybe it’s a specific spot; maybe it’s the type of cover or structure that the fish are relating to; the depth range.
All those types of things – time of day; water color; all those just different variables – you can learn something from almost all fish catches. Some will misguide you, some will. But most of them are gonna tell you something.
What Is Location Or Spot Fishing?
What I like to kind of relate this to is – you have basically community halls – parts of the lake; maybe certain pockets; or coves; or certain types of creeks on lakes; and you know you can even have little stretches on ponds and stuff that just hold fish year round pretty much.
The fish might change a little bit in general in one you know. You might have fish that are up shallow and then you have fish that drop off throughout the year, throughout the day.
But just all year long almost all year long a specific spot; or area whether it’s a point; or 1 cove; 1 pocket; 1 drain which is basically a pocket that is real narrow – it has a channel going through it. You know maybe its 1 canal down in Florida versus other ones. Those are spot and locations.
Those places that just hold fish people talk about them; people come up with nicknames for them. They mark them on their maps and that’s what they refer to ’em as nicknames.
It’s kind of a local type deal for the most part and you know a lot of these local guys just figure it out. Well that’s great and that’s all good but so many people figure that out if you want to be good in tournaments it’s not always the best way to go.
Fishing A Fish Pattern
What you wanna do is pattern fish. You want to get out there, you have many different tools. You have all these lures and you go out there. You put your head down. You work hard you try a bunch of different things, you get frustrated. And you keep trying; you keep working hard.
And you just try and mix it up different; more than anything it’s just different techniques, and different types of lures, and different depth ranges, different parts of the lake, different water clarities, different water colors. You try and just mix it up.
You are just kind of floating around all day until you get that bite. And then when you get that bite then you slow down and maybe you figure out if I slow down I get more bites in this area. Okay it’s just a spot or an area location; there’s just a lot of fish here.
And maybe you can’t duplicate that. If you catch a fish on a point; and you go in and you catch fish on a point and then you go into the pocket and you catch fish in the pocket. Okay well shoot I mean – maybe this is just a good area.
So you go to another point and another creek or something; or on the main lake and you don’t get a bite. You go in the pocket of another creek you don’t get a bite. And you do this all day and you can’t; I’m fishing the same thing that I got bites but it’s not necessarily a pattern.
A Pattern Is Something That You Can Duplicate
You get a bite on a point with some wood and rock. You go find another point that has wood and or rock and you go fish it. Or you fish a point that has wood and you go fish it. And you go fish one that has rock and you go fishing.
And you fish ones that have similar topography
– what’s on the bottom;
– the structure;
– the different depths.
Different things like that.
– is it a flat point;
– is it a really deep point;
– is it one that is real flat and then just drops right off into the river channel or creek channel.
All those different things make a big, big difference.
They’re highways. The different cover and structure options. That’s how you dictate you know and you differentiate what’s a pattern. And there’s multiple patterns that can go on in a day; especially certain times of year like in the spring, summer and even fall really. I mean a lot of times there’s just different patterns going on in different parts of the lake.
One part of the lake might have a really strong shallow bite and then there’s some fish deep. And then one part of the lake has a little bit of both; both are kind of happening. And then the other part of the lake it’s a really good deep bite but the shallow bite’s really not that good.
And that really comes down to water clarities. That’s one of the things we’ve been talking about. Up-lake you might have dirtier water; typically you’re gonna have dirtier water. So the fish are generically generally going to be shallower.
So the deeper bite is not going to be near as good up there in general. You may be able to fish offshore but it’s not going to be deep okay. And then you go mid-lake. It’s little bit clearer. It’s stained. It’s not clear though. It’s in between. That’s where you might have a little bit of a shallow and a little bit of a deep bite.
And you go down towards the dam where the water’s the clearest on the entire lake and the fish are generally deeper and they’re going to be a little bit harder to catch in general with the clear water. But that is not an absolute trust me.
So that’s how you differentiate. Try and figure that out. If you’re wanting to go out there and figure out fish for a tournament try and get into that pattern fishing. Pick out all these different lures, all these different techniques.
Fly around until you get a bite and then try and figure out:
– was this fish relating to the wood?
– was it relating to the point?
– was it relating to a point that had rock and wood?
– or is the wood important?
– or is it the rock?
And sometimes you can’t really figure it all out but you just do the best you can. You put your head down and you fish and you try and figure out the best you can. And if you keep an open mind with it and you try a bunch of different things; you have a lot of tools at your disposal; a lot of rods; you’re gonna have success out there on the water.
And just remember the spot and location fishing that’s just where you have a good area. You have a good pocket. You have a good cove where a lot of people go in and catch fish and it’s dependable a lot of times that time of the year or throughout the entire year type deal.
So this has been Johnny Jenkins. I hope you enjoyed this video. Please comment below and tell me what you think, some tips you use to pattern bass.