While many anglers like covering water quickly, there’s something to be said for methodically picking an area apart. If you’re searching for fish, covering water can be incredibly important, but once you’ve found them, sometimes slowing down is the best way to get them in the boat. “No two situations are the same,” said Mark Davis. “A lot of slowing down is really instinct. It's intuition that tells you there's probably some more fish around here, and maybe I need to slow down.” In this seminar, Davis explains the importance of slowing down and ‘soaking’ an area. Davis stresses the importance of listening to the fish when deciding the speed you should fish. If you can generate strikes fishing quickly, it can often serve you better to do so. However, if you’re having trouble getting bites – and you know there are fish in the area – slowing down can often help. Davis reaches for two techniques when picking apart a spot: Carolina rig and Texas rig. When it comes to structure – ledges, humps, points, etc. – Davis opts for a Carolina rig to feel for changes in the bottom, such as rock piles or shell beds. The Carolina rig, however, doesn’t excel in cover, like brush piles. This is where he recommends switching to a Texas rig to work through the brush more effectively. Davis covers all of this and more, including the importance of boat positioning.

  • 3:30 Listen To The Fish
  • 6:00 Why You Should Slow Down
  • 7:20 How To Fish A Carolina Rig
  • 13:00 How To Fish A Texas Rig
  • 21:00 On The Water With Mark Davis
  • 24:35 How To Position Your Boat Correctly

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