Every year anglers are always looking to upgrade or add something new and hi-tech to their boats. The electronics on boats now were unheard of and just dreamt about years ago. One of the newest items and commonly sought after accessory that anglers, especially bass fisherman want on their boat is a shallow water anchoring system.
The weather patterns have not changed in months. A quick look at the forecast—Hot with little chance of rain has been the script for the weathermen. The second Professional Anglers Association (PAA) event was held in the Alabama at Lake Neely Henry. I knew the forecast before I left my home. I made adjustments on my tournament strategy.
Big water isn’t a requirement for catching trophy pike, not by a long shot. Smaller lakes and rivers will produce trophies every year. But, what I’m talking about is water with the potential of catching a trophy on EVERY cast.
Slop as it is referred to by anglers, is when vegetation forms a large blanket like coating over the water. There are several forms of vegetation that can create these vast regions of slop fields. Lily pads that were once scattered across the water have taken an area by storm and now have other forms of vegetation filling in the open water pockets that once existed. Duck wart is another example of vegetation that can make up some prime areas for slop fishing. These areas look like a sea of green floating a top the water. Duck wart can either be very thin or thick, based on how much vegetation is bunched up below. The other forms of slop are either grass lines that been folded over and are now lying across the top of the water and the last sloppy area are areas where the wind blows any form of debris into a secluded pocket or corner.