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Fishing Report February 7, 2019

All fish are in the end of winter holding areas. This period really lasts till about mid-February then many bass will move shallower even relating to banks. My favorite way to catch bass this time of year is fishing the right type of drop off my favorites are offshore and preferably a location that other fisherman aren’t fishing. This is the time of year where secrets still apply as there just aren’t as many people out fishing.

Water temperatures this time of year range from 40 to 55 degrees and bass pick what time they want to feed. You can fish a ledge methodically and not get a bite then come back a few hours later and catch a heavy limit. Being patient and timing is everything this time of year. As a rule of thumb afternoons and evenings are the best times to fish however I have caught many big limits in the early morning.

My favorite types of ledges this time of year have a hard bottom rocky is best and have stumps or brush. Rock piles and foundations are good in the winter. I heard a recent report on a radio station saying that bass were being caught in the bays because of the strong current. That information is not correct as I have had some of my best days fishing in heavy current near big stumps, rockpiles, and any other current breaks. When bass get in heavy current they will bite that’s why they get in it to feed.

I have fished 4 or 5 days during the last week or so and have excellent results catching some heavy limits. All my fish came off a 1.56 Arkie jig from Walmart Black and Blue with a black or blue chunk also known as a jig and pig. Be sure to trim the weed guard otherwise the weed guard will be to heavy and become a fish guard. My other favorite baits this time of year are a Manns 20+ crankbait, a one once single bladed spinnerbait, and even a junebug finesse worm rigged texas style. I learned to ledge fish a long time ago before HDS electronics, before all the customs baits, and before GPS. The old ways of ledge fishing will be lost forever one day. I still use the old ways of methodically covering the water and compliment them with the use of my live mapping and side imaging. Some of the best lessons I have learned were from spending 4 years diving for mussel shells and being underwater where the fish were for thousands of hours. You can feel the bottom with your football head and braided line, you can see structure and fish with electronics, but there is nothing like diving the places you fish to see how it really is!


This time of year I use my electronics more for finding the right drop offs and locating the stumps, rocks, and brush. If I see a few fish around that’s a bonus. The schools of shad look different this time of year as the signal is more faint. Many of the big fish I have been catching have had gizzard shad in their gullet.

Please check out and like my Shelldivers Guide Service Facebook page. I will have additional pictures posted there some of which are underwater photos of fish and shellbeds.

If you just want to enjoy a day of catching quality bass or are wanting to learn how to effectively fish offshore I am as good as it gets! I had excellent results in my career as a baseball and wrestling coach and use the same skills to help my clients learn bass fishing.

I have 29 years of ledge fishing experience and would like nothing more than to take all of my readers out fishing! If you want to book a trip with me please try to call me as the communication over the phone is much more effective and consumes less time than emails. I do respond to all forms of communication as quick as I can. ease remove my monthly extra add. I do plan to keep my annual add.



Scott McGlinchey
Shelldivers Guide Service
48 Walnut St
Dexter, KY 42036