CRUISING KENTUCKY – DAY 4   Leave a comment


The purpose of this trip down the Cumberland River from Eddy Creek Marina is to get a handle on fishing the new square billed crankbaits of Pradco. They are a hot item on the market due to Kevin Van Dam using them to aid in his victory at the BASS Masters Classic.

Guide Brad Wiegmann (WWW.BRADWIEGMANN.COM) represents Pradco ( at the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Spring Cast & Blast event. He is my guide for the afternoon and has promised to also teach me how to fish boat docks.

Wiegmann lives on Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas. That lake has many boat docks and he knows them well.

The square billed crankbaits we are using are in the 100, 200, and 300 series. The different size baits work at different depths. The cove in which we are fishing contains a variety of structure in combination with some boat docks. We throw the crankbaits at submerged wood and rip rap.

One of the nice features of these crankbaits is that the hooks ride up against the body to reduce the number of snags. As we cast out and begin the retrieve, I can feel the bait bouncing off the rocks and vegetation. Brad explains that once I feel the bait hit something, I should pause to mimic a wounded baitfish.

The theory is that the square bill on the bait allows the angler to make a “bump and run” retrieve though fall timber and other cover.

With a couple of nice 2 pounders landed, photographed and release, the discussion turns to the boat docks. The sun has come out after several days of nothing but cold, rain, drizzle and cloudiness.

Brad explains that fishing boat docks is his favorite bass pattern during the summer months. In summer he likes a boat dock with lots of water under it. In the spring he looks for one with brush.

In summer the bait forage will move under boat docks to get in the shade and little cooler water. The bass follow them. In spring the forage seek out the brush to avoid being eaten by the bass.

Brad recommends throwing something small like a wacky worm or tube bait on a 5/16 ounce jig. The worm can be skipped under the dock and the jig can be used around the edges and in the front. He seeks out docks with ramps and decks with cables. He finds that the cables appear like a tree limb to the bass and they will actually spawn beneath them.

By fishing the areas around docks that people ignore because they are difficult to reach, he is able to find fish.

For those that may not have confidence in their skipping and pitching ability, Brad recommends practicing anywhere you might find a bluff or cliff that comes into the water. Practice casting to a specific spot close to the rock. That way if you miss your spot it will hit the rock and bounce off but not get tangled up.

In muddy or stained water, Brad recommends moving closer to the dock. While in clear water he likes to stay out from it.

If your lure gets entangled, retrieve it in the least intrusive way. Be careful not to bump their dock or any boats attached. If you have to, most people do not mind if you walk up on their dock to remove your lure and then immediately get back in your boat. People usually do not mind fishermen casting to their docks. But, if they do complain or have a sign posted them stay out away from it.


Posted 06/06/2011 by Donald Gasaway in Freshwater Fishing

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