Finding and Fishing Bass in Brush Piles

One of my favorite things to do is fish brush
piles. Any lake that has docks on it a lotof the dock owners actually put brush in so
they can fish right off their dock and catchsome fish. A good rule of thumb is just kind
of look at the dock and see if it’s got anyrod holders. This particular dock here has
two rod holders on the end of it and that’sa pretty good indication that there’s probably
going to be something sunk out here probablya brush pile. You could also just ride with
your Lowrance’s and see if you can see thebrush pile. The jig is definitely my number
one bait. This is just a 1/2 ounce StructureJig, which is designed to come through brush
because of the viper shaped head that kindof rolls through the brush and don’t get hung
up. I’ve got a Strike King Rage Bug on it. One of the simplest tips I can give you about
brush fishing, but it’s also probably themost important tip is always keep your rod
coming up. Don’t drag sideways like maybeyou see some guys doing with a Carolina Rig
or maybe even a big worm out on a ledge. Youalways want to lift your rod straight up.
That is going to let that bait come over thatbrush. You’re still going to get hung a little
bit, but you’re not going to get hung nearas much as you would if you pulled the bait
sideways. I’m basically going to throw it out letting
it go to the bottom and you typically wantto throw past the brush. If you throw dead
in and it goes right down into the brush that’sa good way to get hung too. If you can throw
past the brush and kind of work your way up,see how I’m coming straight up with my rod
and I’m at a limb right now. So if I come straightup, just kind of work it, I just came over
that limb, and it just fell back down. Thatis when you’re going to get a lot of bites. You can feel it. You’ll feel it kind of mushy
pulling up and then you’ll hit something hardand that’s when you’ve actually hit the limb.
Then keep pulling straight up and when youfeel it come over the limb it goes from hard
to mushy drop your slack and let it fall backin the brush pile. Basically you just crawl
it through. I’m coming up on another pieceof brush here straight up. Kind of the last
thing is when the fish bites. When he bitesin a brush pile you’re going to jerk pretty
fast because you don’t want to give him timeto swim up underneath another limb or something.
As soon as he bites using a high speed reel I’m winding
down fast and jerking so I can get him outof that brush pile before he gets hung. Then
I can get him in the live-well and get himto the weigh in. You may catch multiple fish when you pull
up to a brush pile that’s big like this oneright here. One key deal is a small brush
pile if it’s just one little tree sittingbeside a pole on a dock. Those little pieces
of brush or one little tree is a lot of timeswhere I can catch a big fish. You aren’t going
to catch multiple fish, but you may catchone big fish. So there’s two types of brush piles; there’s
real big ones, and there’s real isolated treesthat your typically going to catch bigger
fish. The big brush piles you still catchbig fish, but you can catch multiple fish
out of them. One reason the fish actually stay in and hang
around the brush, stumps, and lay-downs isthe bream, baitfish, and crappie like to hang
around. Bass actually eat crappie. When Icrappie fish a lot of bass come up and eat
the crappie when I’m fighting them. Therewill be a lot of bream, crappie, and algae
for the baitfish to eat in these brush piles. It’s a good ambush point whether it’s a stump,
a lay-down, standing timber, or a brush pilefor a bass to lay underneath there. When that specific forage comes by that he
wants such as bream, crappie, or baitfishhe can pounce on it and get back in the brush
pile, crush it up, and enjoy his meal.

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