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July 5, 2014

Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

Targeting bass around around heavy cover

JACKSONVILLE —

The best lakes to fish and to learn how to fish are the ones with a broad field of aquatic plants and other cover. The more diversified the cover the more bass a lake will hold.

I prefer fishing lakes with a lot of vegetation like Lake Nacogdoches. This lake not only has a lot of shoreline vegetation but three well defined creeks.

To learn how to fish any lake you must explore a lot. One big mistake a lot of fishermen make is to locate an area that holds bass and continue to pound the area to death. If I find a large group of fish I will continue to fish it for a while and then try to locate other areas holding bass.

About a month ago I found several bass relating to creek bends on the upper end of Lake Nacogdoches. This lake is blessed with a lot of hydrilla, lily pads, reeds and American pond weed plus other grasses.

After three trips I chose to target areas on the main lake that were covered with a variety of aquatic plants. Lake Nacogdoches has a lot of shore line vegetation and hydrilla that runs out to about nine feet and stops.

The problem with fishing a lake with lots of vegetation is deciding where to fish. It all looks real good. Not all good looking areas hold bass.

One area that I look for is where you find three or four different plants grouped together. Then I look for irregular features like points, cuts or holes in the grass. Two weeks ago I found an area like this. For some reason the larger bass (over three pounds) like to feed in this area.

Last week I began to target the mouth of coves around points and cuts and mainly targeted the edge of hydrilla in nine feet deep. I found a secondary point that held a group of bass that would readily take a six inch black and blue Power worm. Some of these bass were very big.

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