Deep Water Strategies

How do you set up to catch fish off of ledges in the hot days of summer? The first thing I do is make sure I have about six or seven baits rigged up – football jigs, a few deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rig, and a flutter spoon – something I can jerk up off the bottom and it will flutter down slowly. I rig these on fluorocarbon line. I like Sunline Sniper fluorocarbon. It’s a dense line that cuts through the water well, and gets the bait down into the strike zone. Then I need to know how deep to get. In Texas it is generally 15-25 feet. This is where my electronics are crucial. The Garmin Panoptix is an amazing tool for this type of fishing in that you can actually SEE schools of fish when you get close to them. To be competitive anymore on the professional tour, this technology is essential, but for the weekend angler, it can make for a much more fun and productive day on the water. So rig up a lot of rods on fluorocarbon line, determine the depth, use your electronics to find schools if possible, and get out there and have fun catching.