Friday, January 21, 2011

Boat Control Around Docks

One of the most important things to consider when fishing docks is boat control. It is absolutely essential to move around the dock quietly, while giving yourself the best possible casting angles to get your bailts under and around the dock. Even though it may seem obvious a foot control trolling motor is critical. Another thing that is important is to approach the dock slowly. If you go in too fast you will either hit the dock with your boat, miss potential targets where fish might be or have to slow yourself down by reversing your trolling motor, all of which will usually spook fish. Remember that a bass boat has no brakes! When you hit the trolling motor just bump the power button to get the boat moving, then just bump it left or right to glide into position to make your cast and get the most out of every dock. It may take a little longer to fish each dock this way, but the results can be dramatic.

Clark Wendlandt

3 time FLW Tour Champion 
3 time Ranger Cup Champion
3 time FLW Angler of the Year
11 time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier