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This time of year is when a good depth finder is almost as important as a good boat. A boat can get you out on the water but if you don't know where to go after you are out there you're in trouble. With summertime temperatures, the bass move to deeper and cooler water. When they get out in the open water, you don't have a visual reference to go by. That is where the fish locator becomes a necessity. With a good flasher such as the hot new Big Foot, you can literally see what is below you. This includes fish that are holding on drop-offs and humps.

This ability to see where the fish are holding and at what depth is the most important information that you can have on the water. Once you know the depth and what kind of structure they are holding on, you can decide what type of lure to use for a proper presentation. For example if the fish were holding on a drop off about 20 feet deep but were suspended at 10 feet deep, it would probably not be a good time to fish a bottom type bait. Rather it would be better to try a top water or crank bait that will allow the fish to see it better.

Lures are simply tools to allow you to make a presentation whereby the fish can find what they think is something to eat. In order to make this decision on what lure to use, you first have to know where the fish are. In open water fishing, such as this, is where the flasher like the Big Foot becomes your eye under the surface.

Anytime you are moving about the lake you should pay attention to the depth and in particular, any sudden changes to the depth as these are the areas that fish will hold. If you make it a habit to watch your flasher, you will start to notice an increase in the number of successful trips you have.

To all a good bite ......

Walt Reynolds, Touring Pro

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