Dock Fishing Positioning Lesson [NEW Mini-Course]
In this video, you get to see a sneak peek of the Dock Fishing Positioning Lesson that is just a part of the Docks Fishing Mini-Course!!
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If you want to catch fish all year round, then you’ve got to start fishing underneath docks.
Learn more below!
Dock Fishing Positioning Lesson [VIDEO]
For this lesson, I am fishing with the Power Prawn U.S.A. and the objective is to have it just slowly bounce along the bottom underneath docks.
You want to first position yourself down current from the dock.
This is so your lure is retrieved with the current to appear natural and that is where the fish are expecting bait to come from.
If you are unable to tell the current direction, you can look over at a dock piling and the location of a current eddie will tell you its direction.
Approaching The Dock
First, I position my vessel to face into the current and then aim for the dock I want to fish at about a 30-degree angle.
That way I can cast passed the dock and get a measure of how close my line will drift towards that piling.
Then, you can let the current start swinging your lure over and begin to lightly jig the lure.
You want to get right up against that first piling.
Most of the bigger fish are going to sit right in front of that first piling.
The fish may not always hit your offering the first time so make a few casts at the first piling.
Remember not all docks are the same and things can always be different in specific scenarios.
Moving on to the second piling requires a skip cast underneath the dock.
Make sure you are letting your lure sink all the way to the bottom for at least a few seconds.
Once I feel that I’ve exhausted all the opportunistic pilings on one dock, I’ll move on to the next one I see making some casts in between docks to check for crusing fish.
But odds are, most of the bites will happen right next to the pilings.
Additionally, in many cases, if you catch one under a dock, there are more under there.
Mimic the same casting pattern and try again for those fish that might be hiding underneath the dock.
Furthermore, there may be older docks that are just pilings now without any dock cover.
These still can be advantageous to fish but aren’t as preferred as fully assembled docks.
Before trying to skip a cast underneath docks, make sure you practice and feel comfortable enough to do so.
The absolute last thing you would want to do is hit someone else’s boat.
Treat it as if it were your own and if you wouldn’t cast underneath that boat if it was yours, then don’t.
Also, never launch a cast over a dock with birds sitting on it.
The bird’s instinct is to get up and fly away and you do not want them flying right into your line.
Moreover, there can also be ropes and lines hanging off other people’s docks which more often than not are crab traps.
Try not to cast near them or it will be a headache for you trying to get your hook loose.
Sometimes it’s best to just completely skip those docks and move on to the next.
Leader Line & Knot Importance
When fishing around docks, you need to use strong leader line to protect against fray and rubbing on the pilings.
A fish’s first instinct after they feel hooked is to dart right back underneath the dock which can wrap your line around the dock’s pilings.
This is why I use nothing less than 30lb monofilament leader line.
Snook have a tendency to cut through fluorocarbon easier than monofilament.
Anytime you are not confident in your line, knots, or it is frayed, cut it and retie.
Some docks are longer than others which means the water is deeper beneath the front pilings than other docks.
The same premise of casting holds true you just have to wait slightly longer for your lure to reach the desired depth.
Structure Underneath Docks
If you know for a fact there are rocks or intrusive structures underneath a dock that can be avoided using a weedless presentation, then go for it.
Personally, I prefer to use the Z-Man Weedless Eye Jighead in these scenarios.
This jighead skips very well, has a great hook-up ratio, and it doesn’t snag unwanted grass as often as other jigheads.
Also, when you switch over to a weedless setup like this, you can get way more aggressive with your casts.
Tackle & Gear
You cannot get away with using lighter tackle around docks because the fish are strong and you need the strength in your gear to sometimes pull some really big fish out from the cover of docks.
And we certainly do not want to lose lures and hooks stuck in a fish’s mouth.
At a minimum, you should be using a 20lb braided line or higher but keep in mind casting performance decreases with heavier lines on spinning reels.
In most cases, I would recommend a 3000-sized reel but a strong 2500 can get by.
The Daiwa BG 2500 matches up to most other manufacturers’ 3000-sized reels.
As far as rods go, you need a sturdy rod with strength in the backbone.
Go Medium-Heavy for any rod brand rated 10-20 lbs.
Lately, I have become more and more of a baitcasting fan for dock fishing because of the power behind these outfits.
With baitcasting reels, you can bump up to heavier lines and the casting distance is not affected much at all.
I specifically use the Daiwa Tatula SV spooled with 30lb braided line.
It is a mistake to use open flats fishing gear for fishing around docks.
Although not as appealing as other types of fishing spots, docks can hold any species at any time of the year all year round.
Make sure you think about your approach and positioning when fishing with artificial lures because it is different when fishing with live bait.
Just remember if you are out on the water and struggling to find fish based off of your pre-trip plan, go find some docks and use these techniques to pull out some fish!!
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