The patterns of patterns


With all the constant change that occurs on our lakes during the spring, it’s good to have a pattern that addresses all the confusion that the fish go through. It will take some of the guess work out of this constant change.
I know it’s not easy to adapt, as I often struggle with it myself, but if you look to some basic principles of fishing and location change when the water levels change, the current stops, or the temperature takes a plunge, there is one constant: that being the main points that open up to the original river on your lake. These areas have it all...you can work every possible pattern by taking different angles and depths around points. The biggest example of this is the pure fact of depth. It is a common fact that bass like to hang on the edges in the pre-spawn. That said, main points offer all the change needed to allow the bass to re-locate without moving far as the natural elements change the fish locations.  
If the bass are laying in the shallowest part of a main point they are going to be very aggressive, and fishing from the deeper edge to the top is a great way to find those aggressive fish. However, changes in the daily obstacles, many times, move the bass as cold nights, current, lack of current, or bait position can easily change where the bass are on this point. You must try the many angles and positions the main point offers you if you’re going to find the fish. The good news is main points allow the bass to move short distances and you are able to explore all the possibilities without moving a lot.  
You can explore all the possibilities just by moving around the point from the top to the bottom; you can fish deep to shallow, shallow to the deep, work the edges for the depth change or fish across. Additionally, you can fish with the current, making an easy move around the point. Making these moves around a point gives you a pattern as soon as you catch your first fish. It allows you to determine where the fish are located as it relates to current, depth and the aggressiveness of the fish. Many times this gives you a pattern for the day to guide you to more fish.

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