With a few hours of freedom from the grind, we got out on the water for an eventful evening. The lake was calm with the exception of boaters. We had high sun with temps in the mid 70’s and best of all, tonight we had our first opportunity to test out a Humminbird 998c SI. With no prior experience with the unit the learning curve was steep.
We started off the evening by motoring around a good portion of the perimeter looking for structure previously unknown to us. We thought if there was any, the perch roaming the deep basin might relate to it. Unfortunately this was not the case. We struck out twice with our hopes. We found no perch relating to structure mainly because there was no structure!
Using the side imaging and down imaging simultaneously, we were able to locate a good pod of fish in an area that we have had success recently. After noting what fish, as well as other features, looked like on the unit, we dropped a line.
It didn’t take long for us to start catching fish. We were using two different presentations. The first was a 1/4 ounce jig head from 2 Jerk Baits tipped with a piece of night crawler and the second was the same jig head tipped with a “star light black blue/chartreuse tail” Charlie Brewer Crappie Slider. At times we would tip the slider with a smaller piece of crawler but I don’t think it made much of a difference either way. For a jig color we found bright was best. Blaze orange, hot pink, and yellow chartreuse were the main colors.
With the wind not moving us around, we fought with the waves from other motor boats in hopes to stay true on our drift over the school. It became apparent quickly if we missed or hit the school. We didn’t have to jig much. Mainly, the slight drift as well as attention to slack in our line kept us off the bottom and in the feeding zone for these perch. We found them to be between 6″ to 2 feet off the bottom. We caught the majority of our fish between 20 – 25′ and we knew our drift was over when we hit the green slime line. Our jigs would start “pulling” not “thumping”and you could barely see your jig when you got it to the boat!
Our day ended as the sun hit the trees. We couldn’t buy a bite so we packed up and hit the road.
Check out Deep Water Perch on our YouTube page. We will work on getting some images off the Humminbird as soon as we get a better grasp on it!