Deep byu fishing
November 27, 2012 at 4:35pm
It is not that simple if you want to be real good at fishing deep water up to about 18-20ft.
Below is mainly for live bait fishing but in general in applies to plastic also.
First you need a good 7-7.5 ft pole with a sensitive tip(fast or extra fast) so that you can 'feel' the bite.A pole you use for cork fishing may not be suitable for 'bottom' fishing.
When you 'bottom' fish it really does not mean you always fish the bottom.The fish could be suspended anywhere in the water column.I use 1/8,1/4,and no heavier than 3/8oz sliding egg sinkers.Depending on how hard the tide is flowing,depth of the water and where the fish are suspended that day or that hour.
I use 10lb mono and a real good quality spinning reel for speck fishing and this type of fishing so that the line has a good steady sink rate and you can cast further using a sliding sinker rig(1/8,1/4 oz).Heavier lines don't cast as far.Distance in your cast greatly increases your chances of catching.
The length of your leader material is also a factor on hard running tides(longer is better).I make my leader(20-25lb) 24' and longer to let the bait swim more freely.To short of a leader and your bait sometimes does not act right or swim correctly like a live bait should.
Hooking your live bait and rigging your plastic correctly so that it 'swims'correctly is just as important.A bad 'rig job'will hurt your chances of catching.Always check the 'action'of your bait(plastic)and if your live bait is alive a kicking(not on life support).
There are many different techniques i use to fish this way and it more of a 'feel' to it opposed to watching your cork go out of sight.You can simply cast out and let it hit the bottom and do nothing.Cast out and 'work'the bait as it falls in different depths.This all depends on what the 'fish' want not the angler.Keeping the proper line tension so you can 'feel' the bite is important.when you cast don't click the bail(a big NO NO),let line out so the bait can freely falls through the water column.This is one of the BIGGEST MISTAKES ANGLERS MAKE WHEN FISHING DEEP WATER.It may take a while to put the combo of current rate,sinker weight(fall rate of bait),and technique together in order to catch the fish.Trout are very finicky in ther ways(just like a woman).If you get a strike or catch one repeat what you just did and cast exactly in the same spot.Casting accurately is also important once you find the 'strike zone'.What worked yesterday or 1/2 hour ago may not work now.
What to look for in finding a spot to fish.In general in the middle of a turn is a good starting point.The end of the turn also.Look for tide lines or current lines this usually indicates a drop off.Some spots 'look great' and do not produce and some spots don't 'look like anything' and produce fish.Basically it all trial and error and a learn as you go process. I usually stick my boat on the shore to fish the turns but that all depends on the spot you are fishing.That is another learning curve.Some spots are only good on an incoming tide or falling tide.Also it depends on the time of year water temp,water depth, tide strength and wind direction and speed,water clarity to mention a few things and most importantly the 'mood' of the trout at that time.
Hope this helps.Like i said it ain't that simple as 'just fishing the BOTTOM'.i have doing it for over 40 years.