Fishing Tips


Posted 5/14/2009

Throughout his 12-year career as an FLW® tournament competitor, Yamaha pro Randy Blaukat's "to do" list for summer fishing has always included one particular item for any lake he's fishing: check the points.

"I prefer long, flat, rocky points that are fairly close to deep water but which don't have any sharp drops," explains Blaukat, a nine-time qualifier for the Forrest Wood Cup® world championship. "I'm generally fishing less than 10 feet deep, even in the heat of the summer."

It's a pattern Blaukat has used successfully on lakes from Oklahoma to South Carolina. Water clarity is one of the most important keys, because the more off-colored the water is, the shallower the bass will be.

Rocks are also important because they help support the entire food chain, and the longer a point extends into the lake the more opportunities bass will have to find that food. Blaukat often locates six or seven such points on a lake during a tournament and rotates through them several times each day of competition.

"You can frequently begin your early morning fishing with a topwater lure," the Yamaha pro continues, "then change to a plastic worm once the sun gets a little higher. In shallow water less than five feet deep, I'll normally use a shaky head worm, but if it's deeper, I'll use a Texas rig. Then, if it's windy, I'll probably fish a small, shad-colored crankbait.

"There are a lot of choices, and it's easy because you're staying in shallow water where you can feel and control your lures much better, and you locate bass by fishing."

Blaukat likes to stay out away from the shoreline and cast toward the shallow water, and he emphasizes the importance of changing lures and presentations until bass start biting.

"Most of the time, bass will strike a lure within the first 10 feet of your retrieve when you're fishing points like this, but you still need to cover the point thoroughly," the Yamaha angler explains. "The types of points I'm fishing are big so there are a lot of places for fish to be, and the only way you're going to find them is by getting a lure to them.

"A lot of points will have some small but important feature that does attract fish, and once you do find it you can return to it several times throughout the day and usually catch fish each time. It's hard to believe, but a good point will hold bass shallow throughout the summer even though the water temperature will be over 80 degrees."