Bottom Fishing

In some instances, fish can be found on the bottom, so the best way to catch them is to put your bait down there as well. This is called bottom fishing.

Bottom Bouncing

Bottom Bouncing is done from a drifting or trolling boat, and it’s a great way to attract or locate fish during most seasons and times of day. Use a buck tail jig or live bait and drag it along the bottom. The dragging motion causes the lure to bounce along stirring up small clouds of sand or mud. After a few strikes with bottom bouncing, you can drop anchor and apply other methods to hook the particular kind of species you’ve attracted.

  1. You’ll need a weight or sinker on your line, rigged below your hook to get your bait down to the bottom and hold it there (try using a 3-way rig) If there is a lot of current, you’ll need a heavier weight.
  2. If you rig your weight above your bait in strong current the bait will drift back the distance between the two. Once you have dropped your lure or bait, let the bait rest and float along until you get a bite.
  3. Check your bait periodically to ensure its still on your hook.

Learn more about other fishing techniques using live bait in our next section.