Editor’s note: Mark Rose of Marion, Arkansas, who has won more than $1.5 million, is a professional bass fisherman, a member of War Eagle Boats’ and Strike King’s Pro Staffs and the winner of six FLW tournaments.
Boathouses provide plenty of shade and cover for bass. Most bass fishermen fish the outside corners of the boathouses and flip to all the pilings that support them. Remember, at this time of the year in August and September, shade is a major key for finding bass. When you’re looking at a boathouse, you say to yourself, “There’s a lot of shade in there.” The next question you should ask is, “Where is the most shade that is the hardest to fish, and where most bass fishermen won’t ever try to fish?”
You’ll see that the most shade is often at the very back of the boathouse, especially if the boathouse is low to the water. Most bass fishermen don’t want to lie on their stomachs on the casting decks of their War Eagle boats, take spinning rods with shaky-head worms or KVD Plastic Frogs and try to skip those baits as far back under the boathouse as they can. Those dark, hard-to-reach places far back under the boathouses are where the most bluegill and other baitfish will be holding, and also where the most bass will be holding. Remember, you usually will find the most bass in the most shade under a boat dock, and the most shade always will be where the boat dock comes closest to touching the water. That’s why the skipping-lure tactic is so deadly for hot weather fishing.
When I’m casting a KVD Plastic Frog on a cloudy day and fishing really dark shade, I use a black frog. If I’m fishing on a bright sunny day, and there’s not much shade in the boathouse, I’ll fish a white frog. Remember most bass fishermen will be pitching and flipping soft-plastic lures in and around that boathouse, and very rarely will you see an angler fishing a frog in a boathouse. So, I present the bass with a lure they rarely see in boathouses and present the bait on top of the water, which is quite different from the underwater presentations when anglers cast soft-plastic lures.
I fish the frog with 50-pound test braided line because there are many types of structures around which the bass can get. Once a bass takes the frog, I want the power in the line to either get the bass away from the structure or pull it out of the boathouse, before the bass can get into the structure. If I have to resort to fishing the shaky head worm, I’ll cast on 8-pound test fluorocarbon line, knowing if the bass gets around the pilings or underwater structure I’ll have to use my War Eagle boat to go get him.
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