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Bill Dance Saltwater keeps you on the edge...the edge of America’s coastal waters fishing for some of the best inshore, and offshore saltwater species there are! Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Bonefish, Trout and Sheephead along with many other species, fill the shows with lots of fun and you can even gain a little knowledge from some of the area's best guides. With a new episode added weekly to Bill Dance Outdoors and Bill Dance Fishing YouTube Channel, tag along as Bill, and the occasional guest, try and land some of your favorite game fish. And best of all, as the show's slogan says..."Yes! YOU can do this"! So climb aboard and check out Bill Dance Saltwater!

The Bottom Line (Literally)

Posted: January 28th, 2015 by Bill Dance

OK, so today I’m going to talk about hard and soft bottoms.

And here’s where I better note this is about fishing and not some exercise program that we’ve all long since abandoned (despite New Year’s resolutions). What do I know about exercise, anyway? Heck, it was only recently that I learned “Buns of Steel” had nothing to do with the stale bread left out too long on the all-you-can eat buffet!

Nope, this is about bass fishing, and specifically the bottom—or the bottoms of the surfaces we fish.

I have found that bass will most often seek out a lake’s hardpan surfaces of clay, sand, gravel, etc. They simply relate more to these firmer types of bottom surfaces. Now note, if soft surfaces are all that’s present within a lake, well, bass do what they always do—they adapt. But if given a choice, they prefer firmer surfaces on the lake bed, even to spawn.

As an example, I used to wade-fish for bass in Wapanocca Lake at a National Wildlife Refuge near Turrell, Arkansas. A cypress-swamp type area, I would catch bass while wading along, some in water that was ankle to knee deep. Of course, while wading, I could feel the surface I was standing on, and routinely, whenever I was in soft muck, I would not catch bass. But when I would find an area where my footing became firm, I was always apt to get bit.

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