How to fish a Crosswind Point with Topwaters
By: Nick Albano
Points naturally draw both bass and bass fishermen. Turn any bass angler loose on an unfamiliar lake and quite normally he will start fishing or will soon be working obvious points. Since points are known to attract aggressive bass, they need to be worked slowly and "milked" for all they are worth. One common mistake in working a point is to approach the area from the wrong angle . The worst scenario is approaching a point from upwind and cast your bait, with the wind onto the point. You get a strike and catch a bass, but before you can say "Get the Net!', the wind has blown you on top of the "hot area". Then you turn up the trolling motor to high to get back out to deeper water. You make forty more casts without a strike and decide "This must just be a one fish spot." The fact of the matter is you may have spooked all the bass in the area and alerted them to your presence.
A better approach is to start downwind, below the point. Cast to the lower cut from a parallel angle. Both anglers will have a shot at bass in this area. The lower area may harbor the biggest bass waiting to ambush any baitfish blowing down across the point by the current. Also, if this area is producing, it is quite easy to maintain your position. The next area would be the point itself. The point actually consists of many targets...close to the point (right, center and left) and off the deep end of the point (right, center, left). Always position the boat downwind, but parallel to the area being fished. Work the offshore, deeper end first, fan casting to cover a number of depth ranges. If you catch some fish, don't move until the action dies, you may be into one of those schools! Once it slows, move in and fish the shallower part of the point.
After thoroughly working the downwind cut and the point itself, you can move out a little but do not parallel the upper cut. You can easily be blown right onto the productive area. Simply keep the nose of the boat into the wind as you work the upper cut.
This approach to fishing a point is fair for both anglers in the boat, and is suited for any type of lure presentation. Bass frequenting these points are usually active and are aggressively seeking food. It is therefore a good idea to work your topwater baits in a fast, splashy and erratic manner. Make sure that you are using quality hooks with feathers on the rear treble. To bass, feathers look like torn baitfish tails. After correctly working a point and catching a few bass, it may pay to return after a few hours. Good points, if left alone for a while, may become active again! Remember, if the bass are chasing baitfish, a Pop-R may work all day. Do not put those topwaters away just because the sun comes out. Good Luck and Good Bassin'!
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