Bank Fishing: How to Catch Every Bass Under a Dock

Tim explains what you need to do to catch as many fish as possible when fishing a dock. Instead of walking up and simply casting to the dock, take a tactical approach, work your angles and systematically catch all the fish.

Equipment Used…

Rod- 7’4″ 3 power:
Reel- Lew’s BB1 Pro:
Line- 15 lb AbrazX Fluorocarbon:

Weight- 1/4 oz. Tungsten Bullet:
Hook- 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline:
Bait- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:

Tim explains that the first step to dock fishing from shore is to approach the dock from the down shadow side. Meaning, don’t let your shadow cross the dock, instead keep your shadow behind you. Next, start fishing the structure that is closest to shore and farthest from the center of the dock first.

Slowly cast to each piling of the dock, shadow corner, or other structure. As you fish each piece of cover slowly work out to deeper water. This way any fish you catch will be pulled up into the shallows without crossing over the other fish.

The last cast should be to the very center and darkest part of the shadow under the dock. By the time you’ve reached this cast you should have caught every other fish under the dock.

If you use this method for all of your bank fishing you’re absolutely going to catch more bass! It doesn’t matter if you’re on a big lake like Clearlake (where Tim shot this fishing video) or walking the bank doing some pond fishing. Big lake and small pond bass will all position themselves the same under docks and shadows.

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