Time to Make the Doughnuts

I have always thought the less noise emanating from a boat the better. And I’ve strived for stealth, or at least minimal kid squabbling. Recently, I was surprised to hear Bassmaster Elite tournament pro Dustin Wilks share that sometimes boat traffic is “not a bad thing” when you’re fishing.

During a Bass Fishing Techniques class Jeff Kriet, another Bassmaster Elite Pro, echoed the sentiment. Kriet has the most fun looking for bass way “out” (deep water, away from shore). These bass often are in large, loose schools. Rather than grumble when another boat races nearby, Kriet has noticed that sometimes boat activity can “wake up” (sorry) a school of bass.

“It scatters bait fish, gets the bass moving. Soon they return and are more eager to bite.”

He is so convinced of this, that he has even made boat noise himself while targeting sluggish schools.

“I’ve done doughnuts over them.”

As we share our water resources with other boats being used for various recreational activities, you may not hear me yell, “Hey, ski over here!” However, if a fellow boater buzzes by, I am going to be more patient because the bite just might pick up after a doughnut.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.