One of my favorite things to do is fish brushpiles. Any lake that has docks on it a lotof the dock owners actually put brush in sothey can fish right off their dock and catchsome fish. A good rule of thumb is just kindof look at the dock and see if it’s got anyrod holders. This particular dock here hastwo rod holders on the end of it and that’sa pretty good indication that there’s probablygoing to be something sunk out here probablya brush pile. You could also just ride withyour Lowrance’s and see if you can see thebrush pile. The jig is definitely my numberone bait. This is just a 1/2 ounce StructureJig, which is designed to come through brushbecause of the viper shaped head that kindof rolls through the brush and don’t get hungup. I’ve got a Strike King Rage Bug on it. One of the simplest tips I can give you aboutbrush fishing, but it’s also probably themost important tip is always keep your rodcoming up. Don’t drag sideways like maybeyou see some guys doing with a Carolina Rigor 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 littlebit, but you’re not going to get hung nearas much as you would if you pulled the baitsideways. I’m basically going to throw it out lettingit go to the bottom and you typically wantto throw past the brush. If you throw deadin and it goes right down into the brush that’sa good way to get hung too. If you can throwpast the brush and kind of work your way up,see how I’m coming straight up with my rodand I’m at a limb right now. So if I come straightup, just kind of work it, I just came overthat 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 mushypulling 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 hardto mushy drop your slack and let it fall backin the brush pile. Basically you just crawlit through. I’m coming up on another pieceof brush here straight up. Kind of the lastthing is when the fish bites. When he bitesin a brush pile you’re going to jerk prettyfast 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 windingdown fast and jerking so I can get him outof that brush pile before he gets hung. ThenI can get him in the live-well and get himto the weigh in. You may catch multiple fish when you pullup to a brush pile that’s big like this oneright here. One key deal is a small brushpile if it’s just one little tree sittingbeside a pole on a dock. Those little piecesof brush or one little tree is a lot of timeswhere I can catch a big fish. You aren’t goingto catch multiple fish, but you may catchone big fish. So there’s two types of brush piles; there’sreal big ones, and there’s real isolated treesthat your typically going to catch biggerfish. The big brush piles you still catchbig fish, but you can catch multiple fishout of them. One reason the fish actually stay in and hangaround the brush, stumps, and lay-downs isthe bream, baitfish, and crappie like to hangaround. Bass actually eat crappie. When Icrappie fish a lot of bass come up and eatthe crappie when I’m fighting them. Therewill be a lot of bream, crappie, and algaefor 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 hewants such as bream, crappie, or baitfishhe can pounce on it and get back in the brushpile, crush it up, and enjoy his meal.