The right equipment helps

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Using the right fishing line and a sensitive rod for each of these presentations makes deciphering what you feel on the bottom much easier. I purposely throw lighter than usual Seaguar InvisX fluorocarbon line when I’m trying to learn spots. I fish the deep crankbait on 12-pound line, the football jig on 12 to 15-pound line and the heavy wobble-head jig on 15-pound line.

The light line helps in two ways. One, the lighter line allows your lure to sink faster and helps you maintain bottom contact with you lure, which is imperative. Also, lighter line is more sensitive. It will more clearly translate what you feel on the bottom, giving you a better understanding of the spot.

Similarly, using a fishing rod with enough backbone to make long casts but still has plenty of sensitivity in the tip assists you greatly. Long casts help you cover an area more efficiently while the sensitive tip allows you to truly feel every rock, brush pile or rubble patch you bring the lure through.

Finding key areas and catching bass offshore doesn’t have to be intimidating. While it might not be as easy as putting the trolling motor down and fishing the bank, the extra effort you spend finding a prime offshore location is worth it. You’re liable to find a few offshore hidey holes that’ll be home to schools of unpressured bass and become a better angler in the process.

Use these tips to help you find a few offshore holes this summer. You may not be able to go out and find 30 schools of bass in one day like an expert using high-end electronics could; but you can find a handful of spots, while learning new offshore areas that’ll ensure you keep your line tight this summer.