Don’t overlook the obvious

Keeping your fishing simple can sometimes mean not overlooking the obvious.

Take West Monroe angler Kenny Covington, for instance. While recently practicing for a frog-only tournament to be held at Bayou DeSiard in Monroe, Covington felt like he was beating his head against a wall making more frog tracks over matted duck weed that already looked like a New York City road map.

“We fished from 7 in the morning to noon without a bite,” Covington recalled. “My buddy was ready to throw in the towel, but I was bound and determined to figure out what was going on.”

Realizing that he wasn’t getting any bites fishing the matted duck weed, Covington decided to eliminate that choice entirely.

“I decided to cut that clutter and made a long cast out to a cypress tree in the middle of the bayou,” he said. “A fish blew up on my frog, but I didn’t hook it.

“But that blow-up simplified my fishing because it showed me where the fish were.”

He immediately moved his boat away from the bank, and over the next hour Covington and his buddy got eight bites fishing trees in open water with no grass or duck weed around them.

“Sometimes keeping it simple means fishing where the fish are rather than where you think they should be,” Covington concluded. “All the fishing pressure over the duckweed had moved the bass to the trees.

“If I had not moved, too, we never would have caught a fish.”

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Chris Ginn has been covering hunting and fishing in Louisiana since 1998. He lives with his wife Jennifer and children Matthew and Rebecca along the Bogue Chitto River in rural Washington Parish. His blog can be found at

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