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Bass Fishing in Shallow Water

By Nic DiGravio

Bass fishing in shallow waterWe all know that in shallow water, stealth is the best approach for weary Bass, but have you turned off your sonar lately?

Your sonar sends and receives sound waves. That is how it reads the bottom and the fish. However, why have it on when cruising the clear shallow weed beds. Surely, you do not need to see if there are bass on a screen!

On a quiet approach I get the boat into position, glance at my temperature reading and then shut down the sonar unit completely! Now, at this point I am able to see bottom, therefore the sonar is irrelevant to me. Even in clear water depths of 6 to 8 feet my sonar is shut down at times. The only exception is murky water. If I can't see bottom then my sonar is on for monitoring depth while fishing, stealth or not!

Sometimes, the slightest sound in clear shallow water will deter Bass from hitting your bait and your sonar is no exception. Next time you hit your favorite weed bed turn off the sonar! You have nothing to loose!

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