Fishing in Thick Weed Beds

I fish a local reservoir, Quincy Reservoir, in Aurora, Colorado. Its a good bass fishing lake with a lot of vegetation. During the summer months, the vegetation is in full bloom. It causes havoc with the boats and fishing these weed beds can be very frustrating. I have noticed a big drop-off in fisherman coming out to fish during this time. Most anglers are discouraged when they see all this thick vegetation and don’t come back to the lake until fall when the vegetation has tapered off. However, you can have some great days out at the lake if you have the right technique for fishing these weed beds.

First of all, get out there early when the bass are most active. Bass love weed beds, especially milfoil weeds, these weed beds provide great cover for ambushing pray; weeds also provide oxygen for the bass, and believe it or not, the temperature is cooler in the weed beds. Early morning, try fishing with top water lures. Their are two I strongly recommend backpack boyz. The first one is a buzz bait. I like the chartreuse green. Buss baits are perfect for dense weed beds as they ride right along the top. I real them in at a fast steady pace. The second lure I use is a weedless spoon. I use the gold are silver color. Both of these lures work great during the morning and evening times. I like to use these lures in the evening as well.

Later when the sun is starting to bare down on the lake and the fishing slows, I switch over to a ” Gary Yamamoto plastic grub. ” You will want to rig this, Texas rig style. All you need is a bullet weight that you will slide on your line before you tie on your hook. I like to use a half ounce sinker with a 1/0 straight shank hook. I also use a plastic bead as a buffer between my hook and sinker: this also makes a clinking noise when the sinker clashes up against it, it’s just another way to catch the fishes attention.

You will want to make sure your hook is weedless, I just stick the hook back into the grub to make it weedless instead of leaving it exposed. This works well later on in the day when the bass are not as active and they will be even deeper in the weed beds and tend not to be eating off the top. You will want to use short casts. This is a vertical bait and shorter casts will get better results. Use heavy pound test ( 14 to 25 pound ) so you can muscle the fish out of the heavy weed beds. Quit weed today. I always used to tell myself I’d do it, but within a few days, I would be smoking again, and just as much as ever. Even though weed is not as destructive or addictive as drugs like cocaine, speed, or meth, it is still very capable of controlling a user’s life and affecting them negatively in many areas.

Number one, you have to realize what it is to be addicted to weed. Unlike tobacco products, pot has no nicotine or other substances in it that will cause extreme chemical dependence or physical cravings. However, as marijuana’s THC (the intoxicating agent) levels have increased over the years, weed can create somewhat of an addictive chemical effect in the body. Drug tests measured through fat can show the presence of THC for months after a user has last smoked. That means there is a physical/chemical factor in why you feel the need to smoke and get high. However, the need to get high is still largely a mental habit you have formed, making it a psychological addiction.

Once you understand and accept that the source of your addiction is largely psychological need, that is, it’s all in your head, you can begin to analyze why you feel you need to smoke and then go on to control your behavior and thoughts in a way that will help you quit. Does getting high help you escape from a reality you don’t like? Do you do it to avoid being bored? Is it a social drug that you need to do to feel comfortable with your friends? There are many reasons that people become addicted, and understanding your own particular reasons on a deeper level will allow you to make new patterns and break your cycle of addiction.

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