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Foggy morning breakdown

Elite Series pro Shaw Grigsby says safety should be every angler’s first concern on foggy mornings. Photos by Mark Hicks

Chill autumn nights often result in foggy fishing mornings. Some anglers view casting in a cloud as enchanting and mysterious, while others may see it as unnerving. The upside to fog is that the bass are usually more apt to bite. The downside is that it can make for hazardous boating.

Although it isn’t wise to venture away from the bank in a dense fog, anglers who are not in a tournament may fish the shoreline close to the ramp in relative safety. In a tournament, the fog may subside enough for you to take off only to run into a fog patch elsewhere. What do you do then?