Some of the absolute biggest bass I’ve ever caught have bit while I’m cranking shallow offshore humps or shoals. My boat might be sitting in 20 feet of water but my 6-foot diving crankbait is dredging bottom in 4 feet of water. I think those big largemouth like to “own” a particular piece of cover or structure and they essentially dare something small and tasty looking to get anywhere near it.
On the water, however, it can take a really long time to find these humps and when you do run across them, you’ve probably put your boat too close to them and spooked the fish. Sure, you can make a mental note to check ’em again on your next fishing trip but what’s the fun in that? I want to find a good-looking area and catch fish off of it at the same time.
Researching this satellite imagery makes it easy to scope out some good-looking humps or shoals before your fishing trip. This allows you to have a game plan and mark ’em on your GPS system ahead of time so you know where they are and can approach them with stealth and long casts. If you want to catch your biggest fish of the year, I can’t imagine a more high-percentage strategy… in my neck of the woods, at least.
Whenever it’s miserably hot or way too cold to bass fish, I strongly encourage you to spend some time looking at satellite imagery. Like I said, my friends and I have been using onXmaps a bunch but whatever you choose is up to you. Just find some satellite shots of your favorite fisheries and I guarantee your jaw will drop. You’ll be able to spend the entire weekend exploring new bass fishing spots you previously didn’t know about.