Tapping into that potential by moving away from the bank.
by: Ronny Cast 2/15/2013
One thing that had become very clear after guiding for a few years is that most anglers start to feel a little out of their comfort zone when they’re not casting at the bank. Sure, a lot of fish can be caught on structure or cover located near the shore. No big secret that fish like to live and feed near the bank so as a result most anglers you see who are casting a presentation are doing so near or at the shore. But what do you do when a lake has fluctuating water levels like many of our lakes here in Colorado and thus all the shore line cover and structure is lost once that water drops out? This sort of scenario is often when offshore structure can really shine.
This past year Chad and myself filmed a Fishful Thinker episode on the latest lake we are offering guided trips upon, Boyd Lake. Located in northern Colorado between Loveland and Fort Collins, this is a very popular destination for both anglers as well as recreational boaters. Now its no secret amongst the local anglers that Boyd holds some big fish but at times this lake can stump people. Much like Horsetooth it’s an often changing body of water. Water comes in, water goes out and thus the fish have to move. Doing some homework by walking the lake when its low, trolling the lake and studying your electronics or closely studying things like Google maps is IMO time extremely well spent. Having an accurate database to draw from when your out on a lake, i.e. waypoints, trail and photographs, can often be a huge advantage for the prepared angler. This is especially true when the visible cover and structure is high and dry.
“Offshore Bassin“, a day filmed on Boyd Lake is set to air this weekend. This is a show a little different than Chad has filmed before as we have the boat out from the bank looking for bass holding or relating to gravel patches and rock piles. This show is just a small sample of the quality fish Boyd Lake holds. I am very much looking forward to putting clients on these fish this year. Guiding on a lake like Boyd opens up an opportunity to teach some different techniques and utilize some different presentations and that can only be a good thing for myself as well as my clients.
Hope you all find time to tune in this week. We had a good time filming it and i hope you all enjoy viewing it.
One of several 5 lbs fish from Boyd this past year.
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Fishful Thinker, CO 2/16/2013 8:53:04 AM
Fun to have a new lake to guide on...especially one with Boyd's potential! Hope folks will tune in to the show and see what brutes live near Boyd's minimal bottom structure. CL
ol Uncle Marty, CO 2/16/2013 2:03:39 PM
Saw the show this morning. good stuff.
takeakidfishing, CO 2/16/2013 4:05:53 PM
Outstanding show..Offshore fishing has always been a problem for me and what I learned from todays show answered a lot of questions..Thanks Guys
fishfever, CO 2/17/2013 9:06:27 AM
Terrific show this weekend. Boyd has always been one of my preferred lakes for a variety of fish species.
JKaboom, CO 2/17/2013 7:11:07 PM
I don't have a boat but always enjoy your shows and learn a lot thank you :)