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Off Shore Largemouth

By Nic DiGravio

largemouth bassOff shore fishing for large mouth Bass has recently renewed its ability to fill the live well!

Many Largemouth anglers limit themselves to the lake’s shore to pursue bucket mouth. But limiting ourselves to shoreline structures alone can also limit the live well numbers.

By off shore, I’m not saying deep structure. I’m simply saying that certain off shore structure should not be overlooked. Weeds found off shore are 'prime' if you know what to look for as far as characteristics go. A good six to ten foot cap on a shoal littered with weed growth is good terrain. If surrounded by depths of thirty to forty feet then it might just hold Smallmouth Bass. But with surrounding depths staying relatively shallow, say fifteen feet, or better yet, gradually sloping rather than dropping off quickly, its chances of holding Largemouth Bass are higher.

When fishing such areas I am convinced that Bass are present when baitfish are spotted or detected on the end of my line. Good structure and baitfish verification gets my Bass instincts ‘tingling’. Determination now plays a roll! Basically, off shore angling for Largemouth should be considered a possibility and we know that exploring as many possibilities in our search for the fish is just good Bass sense!

Looking for areas like these to fish has its advantages (See diagram). For example, when warmer water temperatures are present or lack of good cover Bass will relate to off shore structure.

Boating a Largemouth on a mid lake hump is unheard of, or is it! If off shore structure, hump or not, is able to sustain bucket mouth then why not fish it! Shallow weeds, deep weeds, boulders all combined with deep and shallow water and enough food to sustain them comfortably; why would they not be there? In three separate occasions during this years tournaments off shore Largemouth have been put in the live well. One particular mid lake hump produced a five fish limit alone and it couldn’t be more than half a tennis court in fishable area!

Lake bottom peninsulas are a Largemouth magnet. Gems like these (See diagram) are difficult to find with all the right characteristics to house the Bass. But when you do find one, it can surprise even the novice Bass angler with its fish producing abilities.

Off shore islands in relatively shallow lakes will also hold Largemouth Bass. One Particular island in the Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, still to this day, produces both bucket and Smallmouth. And yet rarely do I have angler traffic around me. Find weeds and work them thoroughly! You too will be rewarded as I was in this photo with the Island in the foreground. Bass like this have been a common occurrence!

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass don’t just limit themselves to shoreline lily pads, docks or lumber. They can be found off shore as well. We Bass anglers cannot limit ourselves with only certain structure. If we are versatile with our offerings to the Bass, then why not be equally versatile with the type of fishable structure? After all, off shore Largemouth angling is just as much fun. Let’s limit our catch not the possibilities!

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