Color them caught

Now that summer is here, many fish are leaving the bank, heading for offshore structure. And that’s when skills with your electronics come into play.

Whether it’s brushpiles, stump rows, muscle beds or open water grass, black bass will search out the best available cover away from the bank, on any given body of water — particularly as it relates to key structural features. That’s true for manmade reservoirs and natural lakes alike.

The key is finding the right cover and depth. Once you have that, then it’s only a matter of searching for similar areas at that same depth zone to develop a pattern.

There’s a way of narrowing the search, too … through a few simple touches of the keypad on your electronics. And we will get to that. First, let’s consider where to start looking.