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August 12, 2017

Bottom Composition Matters, Underwater Cameras Can Help

As a pro angler, I use my Lowrance electronics every single time I am on the water. They are great at locating fish and structure, but when combined with my FishSens SondeCAM HD Underwater Camera they can show everything. A camera is a great tool for someone who wants to better understand what they are seeing on their electronics and for me, it helps get a clear picture of one of the most important things in bass fishing: bottom composition.

Hard Spots

Hard bottoms are usually the best, and bass will relate to hard bottoms of different types depending on the region. My Lowrance StructureScan will show hard bottoms as bright, white areas on the screen where softer bottoms will be more grayish. This is helpful and what I look for as I am idling, but the SondeCam will let me know exactly what it is. It could be shell beds, clay, rocks or something different. Dropping the camera down after catching a fish will show me what the fish were holding to and then I can duplicate that across the lake and look for more areas with that same bottom composition.

The ideal bottom composition varies by region. Down south, in places like Florida and Alabama, it is all about finding a harder bottom when most of the lakes down there have a soft mucky bottom. It is really important around the spawn to find a hard bottom, but it makes a difference throughout the year. I use my camera to tell the difference because there may be a large area of softer bottom and then one hard spot like a rock, brush pile or something else and that is where the bass will be positioned.

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