Any fisherman who is “water wise” can sometimes, somehow, feel the depressions, structures and variations of sand and grass that partially make up the bottom surface of inshore waters could be considered advanced.
But we’re not all advanced, and to be able to do so seems it would require meditation. Fortunately, there are other ways.
We’ve been having some super low tides early in the morning, and various anglers have been capitalizing on redfish and trout that have been stacked up in pot holes.
Before attempting to peer through the water to determine the locations of these pot holes put on the polarized glasses. Without them, as any experienced angler knows, you’re bound to be blinded by a brilliant sheen that prevents seeing the bottom.
When the sun is out and the wind isn’t shredding the surface, anglers can find deeper holes by their dark green appearance. As water gets shallower it takes on a general pattern of color changes: First a chartreuse green, then light green and finally, in very shallow water, almost a yellow.
A tower can be helpful to spot a deep hole from far away, but remember that if you can see the fish, they no doubt can see you.
While not everyone has the experience to “feel the fish,” nor does every angler have the where-with-all for G.P.S. devices, there is, fortunately, the concept of triangulation.
Say you do have the dough for a computer, with enough scraps left to carry an Internet provider, you might whip to the World Wide Web and check out earth.google.com.
On this site, it’s possible to zoom in on pot holes. Unfortunately, the sites are not always up to date. Still, some anglers swear by it. Those with a G.P.S. can simply get the coordinates of the pot hole.
Those without can go by “triangulation.” For the purpose of brevity, it’s not worthy explaining this complex concept in a column. For a proper explanation of triangulation, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangulation.
Once on the water, an angler who stumbles across a pot hole can use a similar method of triangulation, marking three distant spots — a radio tower, fallen pine, bridge piling, etc. — that meet at the center of your desired spot. Remember to write them down, just as you would mark a G.P.S. coordinate.
In addition, some anglers will take advantage of a Vexilar to read a bottom. FLW bass professional Jim Moynagh gives a tip on how the Vexilar can be used to determine the difference between a hard and soft bottom by determining, among other things, observing the signal strength on the flasher. The entire tip is part of a Vexilar newsletter at www.vexilar.com/pages/extras/extras_news.html.
Many anglers already have been taking advantage of these pot holes with our super low tides. Of course, with yet another cold front rolling through, the bulk of the good fishing could come in canals.
But the ability to spot and mark a pot hole, or any bottom structure for that matter, is a skill that can advance an angler — no meditation required.