|This Dock or That?
Searching out productive looking docks that attract bass is the most important key to dock success. Docks are not created equally, although there are certain characteristics that will create an ideal habitat and lure fish in. The most important factor is lead-in cover. Finding a dock with weeds leading up to it, or surrounding it in some way, will create an optimum ambush point, cover and safety. Floating weeds that have blown into the dock are also a tremendous asset as they cut down on light penetration and attract bait fish - which in turn attract hungry bass. My most consistent area that I concentrate on are docks with a sand/weed bottom, with a mixture of wood and weeds in and around the dock itself. Find an area like this and get ready for superb action.
Another consideration when searching for docks is the material they are made of. Wooden docks that are old and weathered are the number one choice as these are as close to a "natural" structure that bass will find. Docks in this state will usually have a build-up of algae on them, which is extremely attractive to plankton and small organisms, which in turn will draw the baitfish and bass in. Look for docks of this kind as low to the waters surface as possible as they will be your best bet. Metal and aluminum docks may hold fish on occasion but will not be as consistent at holding bass as a wooden one will. If there is a boat tied up to the dock, all the more better, as this will provide an added area for largemouth to congregate under and will offer more shade and security for the light-sensitive bass.
When To Hit Them
Knowing when to fish docks is quite a simple formula for the angler. I usually turn to docks during periods of bright sunlight and hot temperatures. In most instances, a quick check of docks around 11 am is a good starting point - if the fish are present then you are on the right pattern. If the action is slow under these prime conditions then the fish are probably in a transition mode and your best bet is to try back in an hours time to see if they have moved up by then. Docks are an easy and quick structure to check for action - finding, or not finding fish, will often clue you in to where they will be.
Another prime time to fish docks is during cold front conditions, or when the bass are inactive. During these days that a fisherman dreads, fish will push tight into docks and stay stationary. Repeated casts with precise presentations will trigger these sluggish fish to hit.
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