I recently took a trip to a local lake here in Washington State that just opened on the 27th of April. We have had a very early Spring this year and the water temperature is already 60 degrees! I have never seen the water temp get this warm this fast here! The weather was very nice, sunny with no clouds, no wind and 70 degrees!
I started fishing shallow docks with a 3/8-ounce V&M Pacemaker Adrenaline flipping jig. I used a V&M Twin Tail Trailer to give it more action. Five minutes into the day I caught a nice 4-pound largemouth under a dock.
I then proceeded to catch 2 and 3-pound fish for the next five hours straight off of the docks!
I fished one stretch of 10 docks that had at lest one 3-pound fish if not multiple fish under each one! The fish are not spawning, but they are very close and they are holding around the boat docks.
The Adrenaline Flipping jig is my favorite tool that I have to fish docks. I can cast it, flip it, pitch it and skip it. I can get the bait in the hard to reach sections of the docks that I couldn’t get any other bait.
Having the right equipment is very important when you are fishing docks.
I use a 7’2″ MH Lews Custom Speed Stick with a 7.1:1 Lews Tournament Pro reel spooled with 20-pound Sunline Super FC Sniper fluorocarbon. This is not your normal flipping and pitching set up. I use the shorter rod because I can skip the jig better with a 7’2″ then with a 7’6″ rod. I actually skip the jig about 90% of the time. I don’t flip and pitch it much at all unless I’m fishing around thick vegetation or wood. I can get the jig to skip way back underneath the dock if there is an opening on the front or sides of them.
It takes a lot of practice to be able to skip the jig with accuracy into the small openings of the docks. But it is worth the time it takes to learn this technique because being able to present the jig under the dock is critical to catching fish. Learning how to skip the jig both right and left handed is very important as well because it wont matter what angle your boat is to the dock. If you can only skip right handed your boat will have to be positioned at the right angle for you to make a cast. Being ambidextrous with this technique will help you make more casts under the docks throughout the day and it wont matter what angle your boat is sitting.
Making more casts in a day means more bites, and I’m all about that!
I am already making plans to go back to that lake in a few days to see if the fish will be on the beds. And if they are, I will be throwing the same V&M Adrenaline Flipping jig at them!
“Do Whatever It Takes”