Started using a new technique and it paid off big time. Looking forward to the coming season because this new bait should put a major beat down on ice out smallies!
Logan and I got to the lake and headed to a bunch of shallow water areas that usually are loaded with fish. After trying a half dozen spots and not having much luck, we started driving around and watching the Humminbird screens. We noticed a giant flock of seagulls landing out in the middle of this lake. From past scanning I've done, I knew it was over 20 plus feet of water and on top of sunken rocks and wood. We ran over there and scanned one pass over the heart of it. The screens were LIT up with sunfish and baitfish. We made a loop and pulled up with the Minn Kota Ultrex. One press of the button and we were locked on the spot, within casting distance of all the activity. We didn't have to move the rest of the afternoon!
When that water temp starts to dip into the high 40's, it's time to be on the water and chasing tank browns! Once you find them they don't usually move far, but in typical smallie fashion they can pull a fast one on you at any time. I love to check out lots of structure at different depths and once you stick a couple of fish you can usually pattern them the rest of the day. Using the Humminbird 360 lets you figure out pretty quickly if the structure you are fishing is active or void of fish.