Posts Tagged Anchor

Shallow Water Fishing

Largemouth from the Dock

Shallow water fishing can mean many things to different guys. Depending on the body of water, area of the country, species or fish, or fishing style determines what is shallow water fishing. In this article I am considering shallow water to be under 8 feet of water. Throughout this article I will discuss the importance of stealth, methods of anchoring, and times of year to fish shallow. This article is not so much a lure selection or species specific based article, but more of a general why you should try fishing this depth and what will make you more successful.

First, let us talk about the importance of being stealthy. One of the problems most shallow water fisherman have is that they make too much noise and spook the fish. Some of you are saying fish down have ears. You are correct in assuming that, however, what you need to know is that every noise sends out vibration. There are good vibration and bad otherwise none of our lures would have rattles built-in or attached. Let’s start with out outboard motor. As a rule of thumb, I recommend not running your outboard motor in shallow water that you intend to fish. Shut the motor down 50-100 yards before the area you intend to fish. From there use your electric motor to approach the spot. These motors are essential in shallow water fishing. These motors are relatively inexpensive and can be found in most sporting goods shops. Boat noise is another issue. This is a bigger issue if your boat doesn’t have carpeting. Remember your noise you make will transmit through the hull of the boat. Some other noise makers are anchors, radios, depth finders, and talking loud.

Next, we should discuss the options that we have when it comes to anchoring your boat. When you get onto a school of fish in shallow water often the best thing you can do to ensure you keep catching fish without disturbing them is to anchor the boat in place. By doing this you will eliminate the need to use both the electric motor or your outboard motor. First, there is the convention anchor and rope. This method will work at almost any depth depending on the length of your rope. Anchors can be bought in various sizes and shapes. Anchors can be made easily by using a coffee can and pouring concrete into it. This system is probably the most inexpensive method of anchoring your boat. Simple and easy as this method seems you should consider a few negatives. Depending on the bottom type the anchor may never hold. If the anchor doesn’t hold you in place then it will drag acrossed the bottom creating noise and muddy water conditions. If you are using an anchor set it in the water slowly by lowering the anchor straight now. That is the quietest and most subtle way to use an anchor.

Another anchoring method is to use a hydralic or electronic anchoring system. Multiple companies now make a system that pushes a fiberglass rod down into the ground. These systems are very efficient and stealthy ways to anchor. With the push of a buttom or flip of a switch the anchor will lower to the bottom. Most of these systems will anchor boats in water up to 8 feet. The most common area to mount this system is by the outboard motor. If the water is shallow enough waves will not effect the effectiveness of the product because it will constantly adjust to hold you in place. Obviously, there is only so much one of the products can take in the wind and rain, but in those cases shallow water typically isn’t your best fishing option. The only downfalls of these products is that you pay a premium price for the product and they are big and bulky.

Dig-In Bow Mount

My favorite way to anchor my boat is with a Dig IN Shallow Water Anchor. This is a very simple but effective system that has recently been release to the market. The aluminum bracket comes in a bow or transum mount. The bow mount works well with the bow mounted trolling motor because once you position the boat you slide the 8-12′ fiberglass rod through the bracket and push it into the ground. The stren mount works better if you have two people on the boat, or if you have a transum mounted trolling motor or no trolling motor. Both of these mounts are very quiet and inexpensive when compared to the hydralic anchors. The other advantage of the Dig-In system is that the fiberglass rod also doubles as a push pole.

The question that I get the most about shallow water fishing is, when can or when should I fish shallow? My answer to that question is answered by asking more questions. What species, what area of the country are you in, what type of fishery are you fishing, and what is the water clearity and lake conditions. The spawn is the time of year for any species that they majority of the fish will be shallow. During the prespawn fish will be feeding in shallow and during the spawn they will be positioned on their nests in shallow water. However, there are always some amount of fish in shallow water. Typically, these fish are feeding and active so catching them can be easier than finding deep structure. However, the size of the fish isn’t always that great. Targeting shallow weeds, laydowns, docks, and rocks and be effective areas to look for fish any time of year. The two worst times of year to fish shallow are in the dead heat of summer, and the winter months. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t fish shallow, but more productive water can be found. The type of fishery will make a difference as well. River fish tend to stay in shallow current for most of the year. Only in the winter will they retreat. Ponds and smaller lakes often don’t offer deep water so your best bet is to fish in the early morning or late evening. Lake conditions tell me whether I am going to focus on shallow water or not. The water temperature will help you determine if the fish will be shallow. That being said evening is 40 degree and 90 degree water temperatures I have caught fish in less that 1 foot of water.

Success in fishing is all about getting out there on any given day and finding where the fish are located. Too many times have I determined before I went to the lake that the fish will be acting one way and they are in a completely different depth or feeding pattern. Since that is the case more often than not I usually start shallow covering water, flipping and pitching until I have exhausted those options. Typically, I will always find some concentration of shallow fish.

, ,

No Comments

Dig-In Shallow Water Anchor

Dig-In Bow Mount

Mounting Type: Bow Mount
MSRP: $236 which includes shipping, pole, mount, & e-z release bracket.

.
First Impression: The mount seemed to be well constructed and very strong. The 8′ fiberglass pole has a decent amount of flex, but seemed to be very strong. The bow mount appeared small enough to be out of the way, but strong enough to withstand the pressure of high winds.

FishPittsburgh Scorecard – Dig-In Shallow Water Anchor
Durabilitywww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
I have put the mount and pole through a series of strength tests which include strong river current, putting the pole down while the boat is moving 5 mph, and using the pole as a push pole and the result is that they both hold up incredible well.
Mountingwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
This category depends on the type of boat in which you are mounting too. I have a flat deck that has no lip and made mounting the product very easy.
Availibilitywww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Currently, the only way for guys in our area to get one of these products online. Click on our affiliate link and it will take you to Dig-In's website. You will soon find this product in Bass Pro Shops as well.
Diversitywww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Not only does this mount hold you in position, but it is a stealthy way to move around in shallow water. No matter the water type the mount system is usable.
Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Dig-In Shallow Water Anchors have produced a product that is a must for any level of angler.
Pros Cons
Extremely quiet. Not sold locally.
Works in all bodies of water.
Mounts easily.
Very durable.
Availibe in multiple colors.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Here are a few recommendations that you should consider before purchasing a Dig-In Shallow Water Anchor system. First, knowing the style of fishing that you prefer to use makes a difference. If you are fishing less than 6 feet of water at specific spots then keeping the boat still makes a difference in your success rate. Some guys will argue that keeping their boat in place with a trolling motor is the same. In some instances when the fish are feeding heavily they may be correct. However, if the fish are spawning, over pressured, or short striking then any extra noise or motion can hinder your ability to catch fish. This anchoring system has helped me catch many fish over the last year. Whatever pole length you purchase you should figure that you will be able to hold in water 2 feet shallower than the pole. For example, I have an 8 foot pole and I am able to hold in water up to 6 feet deep. Now depending on your boat/front deck that depth may vary. This system works best in mud or gravel bottoms. Although, I have been able to get my boat to stay in place in the rapids on the Allegheny River by wedging the pole into the rocks. The pole was no worse for wear. In closing every fisherman should consider getting rid of there old anchor and rope and purchasing this great product. I am extremely happy with my system and look forward to using it next year.

You can find more information about the Dig IN Shallow Water Anchors visit their website by clicking on any of their icons or links on the fish pittsburgh website.

ABOUT THE CRITIC : You must know that I am very critical of my lures and fishing products. I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them. Accessories have to prove to me that they are worth keeping on the boat taking up valuable storage space. I consider any lure over 8 great and any lure over 6 good. Anything less than 6 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box. Acessories are a little different because if I only value them for certain bodies of water or conditions they may or may not be in the boat no matter what the rating.

.

.

, ,

No Comments