TIP OF THE WEEK – Getting You On The Spot

Tip of the week – Getting You On The Spot
When we last talked it was a lot about you putting together a bunch of new spots. Now that you have all those new spots, it’s time to learn how to fish them.

One of the hardest things to master is the art of anchoring on the spot. If you want to be successful you’ll need to learn this skill. I know, you caught a big halibut or sea bass drifting – that was an accident – you went by their house and they were home!

You have got to learn how to anchor properly to fish your new spots. I think one of the best ways to figure out how your boat will lay on anchor is to look at the lobster trap buoys. The way the apex of the buoy is pointing (usually) is the direction your bow will point.

OK, so drive over the rock in the direction that the buoy is pointing. When you see the rock on your fathometer, it’s already a little behind you. Keep driving that direction until you see no more rock, structure or hard bottom. This is were it gets tricky – you have to get far enough past it so as you drop the anchor it is on the bottom before you have drifted back, past the spot. You want the anchor to hang so the spot is behind you. If you see the rock on the Fathometer while you’re anchored up, it’s going to be hard to fish it. Reason is, fish face into current. If your boat is on top of the rock, when you cast your bait or lure it will be behind or down current of the spot … no fish, as your bait is now behind them.

When the traps are gone, it gets a little tougher, but when that happens you can also observe any other boats that may be anchored nearby to help you judge the way your boat will lay.

If there are no floats or boats on or near the spot, you will have to pay close attention to the way the wind is blowing and which way (you think) the current is going. Make an educated guess as to how your boat will lay on anchor – some times it works, most of the time it does not.

This is how I do it – I look at the compass, let’s say it reads (in the direction I think my boat will lay) 175 degrees. Relocate the rock, hard bottom, kelp, boiler rock what ever you are trying to fish. Now make sure you are headed 175 deg when you go over the spot, or are facing 175 deg when you set up to fish the spot. Make sure (and this is REALLY important) you help the boat stay that way (on the 175) the whole time you drop the hook. The reason for this is that if you stray from your 175 heading and drop the hook, once it sticks to the bottom you are going to swing to a 175 deg heading, but will be off the spot.

Might sound difficult or tricky, but it gets easier with practice. You have got to practice. You’ll have epic failures and spectacular victories, but you have got to get out there to learn the skill if you want to catch more and better fish.

Next tip will be rigging your rods to catch more fish now that you are On The Spot!!!!!!!

Don’t forget the gift certificates for the holidays. I am offering gift certificates for 10 hours of instruction and guiding for only $400. Buy it as a gift or buy it for yourself….heck, do both!!

If you have questions or want to book a trip, give me a call.

Captain Dave Hansen
Your Saltwater Guide

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