Don't miss out on some good fishing

Friday, February 16, 2001 at 1:00am

I've said it before and I'll say it again: "A lot of fishermen wait for the water temperatures to warm considerably, along with the weather and most of the time they miss out on some mighty good fishing."

By mighty good I'm talking about numbers and size. Big crappie and heavy bass are about to make their moves from deep water to the more shallow water.

In other words, right now is the time to be "sandpapering long shallow points with a fast moving crankbait like the Spot."

Fan these shallow points from outside, casting into the shoreline, then crisscross these points and last move inside and cast out into deeper water. You'll be surprised as to what you might tangle into.

Both crappie and bass start their moves into shallow water by suspending themselves off fishy habitat. Both species more or less just begin to cruise around; they aren't easy to catch when they're in this mode.

That's why I said to fish points from all directions, not from just angle like we normally do later in the spring season because as I mentioned crappie and bass are suspended and cruising about.

Shallow points are areas where the points slowly taper down from, let's say, 5 to 15 feet of water. It takes a sort of finesse type fishing to catch them.

Positioning your boat in shallow water and then making casts out into drop-off areas will pay off. I enjoy fishing jigs, with plastic grubs and also pork rind when I fish this style.

Another good bait is the Texas rigged worm, using a short 4-6 inch plastic worm. Here my choice is a Charlie Brewer Slider.

My jigs are usually the lightweight 1/8 ounce size, and I use the same weight in the Slider.

You can fish both lures from the bottom upward in a slow cranking motion or you can let it bump the bottom occasionally. At times I will begin my retrieval three or four seconds after the lure strikes the water, fishing it in probably four to five feet of water back to the boat.

Try all these methods and once you've discovered the right movement for the lure and a definite pattern as to where the strikes will occur (depth), you'll be wearing a bit of a smile.

I do a lot of "point hopping." This way I hope to find the most aggressive feeding fish. Most of the time three or four casts in the positions I mentioned will tell you whether or not there's any fish around.

Don't sit around home just because the weather is still down in the low 30's

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