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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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