Fish Points For More Bass
Want to know an easy way to catch more smallmouth and largemouth bass this season? Fish points.
Put simply, points are some of the best fishing spots out there. No matter what bass fishery you’re on, odds are high there will be some catchable fish relating to prominent points within the system.
Types Of Points
A point is a narrow piece of structure pushing out into deeper water. This includes a rocky point extending from the mainland as well as a point off an island shoreline.
In fishing-speak, points also refer to extensions off of humps and other offshore structures. Likewise for long, slender sand bars.
A push-out in aquatic vegetation growth is another type of point often attractive for bass. A classic example is a long finger of vegetation branching off of the main grass bed into deep water.
Points Are Great Fishing Spots Because They Concentrate Fish
Smallmouth and largemouth travel along points to go between shallow and deep areas. Thus, fishing points can put your bait in front of a lot of bass.
Another reality is certain points check all the boxes as bass habitat. These areas are likely to contain a mix of resident fish as well as more transient bass using points as pathways. The result, again, is a concentration of catchable fish.
There’s another reason you need to fish points — they often attract big bass. We’ll save exploring the reasons why for another blog, but just know points are often the home turf of big predators.
Another perk with points is they’re easy to find, leaving you more time for fishing. Shoreline points jump off the bank and plunge into the water. Points in vegetation growth are simple to locate while cruising along and peering into the water with a pair of polarized sunglasses on a sunny day.
Offshore points take a bit more time. These appear as narrow, long depth contours when looking at a hard-copy fishing map or navigation chart fishing app. Side-scanning and 2D sonar are other useful tools for finding offshore points.
Tips For Fishing Points
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for catching bass off points. Fish position and mood can change throughout the day, and season to season. Perhaps the best approach is keeping an open mind and being prepared with a range of presentations to fish the top, tip and sides of various types of points. With this in mind, here are a few tactical tips.
Walking Frogs and Poppin’ Trash Pandas are excellent picks for lily pad push-outs and for calling bass up from points in submerged vegetation. When fishing open water around shorelines points, Super Stainless Buzzbaits, Motor Boats and Skitter Vs are potent presentations in lowlight or when there’s a light chop on the water.
If power fishing in heavy grass is more your style, a Ninja Craw, Wobble Craw, Lizzy or Invader Texas-rigged will pull in plenty of bass from points. These same baits pair well with a Tokyo Rig are also well suited for working in and along weed beds, as well as along the top and edges of hard-bottom points.
Bass also can’t resist a swimbait slow-rolled near bottom. This technique works well on rock and sand points. Good swimbait offerings include the 360GT Searchbait or a Churro or Pleasure Shad rigged on a Hybrid Swimbait Jig.
Baits For “In Between”
Various lures can be used for fishing in between the surface and the floor. Suggestions include: Terminator Shuddering Baits and spinnerbaits, Rap-Vs, crankbaits like BX Brats, DTs, Wiggle Warts and Jabber Jaws, jerkbaits like RipStops and X-Raps, and swimbaits. These baits are good for covering water to determine which points are holding bass. All of these are also versatile presentations, capable of appealing to aggressive bass as well as triggering reaction strikes from more neutral fish.
Tools Of The Trade
If you’re in the market for a new rod combo, here are some suggestions for fishing points using the above baits. Jigs and other presentations between 3/16- to 5/8-ounces pair well with the 7’1” medium Blackout Spinning rod and a Kalon O reel spooled with 8- to 10-pound Sufix Advance Monofilament. For lighter baits, look to the 7’2” Omen Gold or 7’1” Omen Black medium-light rods.
Texas-rigs, Tokyo rigs, swimbaits and other heavier presentations weighing 3/8 ounces or more are better fished on a medium-heavy 7’3” Blackout Casting rod outfitted with an Origin O1 reel spooled with Sufix Advance Monofilament or Advance Fluorocarbon of at least 12 pound test. You can then expand you collection as needed by adding a 7’1” to 7’4” Omen Black technique-specific rod for crankbaits (along with bladed swim jigs and spinnerbaits) and a heavy power casting rod for power-fishing largemouth tactics around points.
From small streams to massive rivers, from backcountry ponds to the Great Lakes, points are prime real estate for smallmouth and largemouth bass. There will be nuances causing certain points to produce bass better than others, but for the most part it’s hard to go wrong fishing points to catch bass all season long.