Time and time again, I have watched fishermen approach the bank moving from one piece of cover to the next. They rarely attempt a cast into the middle or even approach a prime piece of cover, perhaps making a few casts around the outside edge, and occasionally take a fish. They never even make one cast into the very back of the cover. Why…? “For fear they will lose a lure, or worse, lose a big fish.” Stop for a second and read that sentence again… I would bet my favorite flippin’ stick that you’ve heard people say that before. Heck, I’d bet that you may have even said it yourself.
In today’s highly pressured and competitive bass fishing world, you can no longer just master one type of fishing technique or lure. If you do, when the checks are handed out at the end of a long day, your name will not be called. You need to be skilled in as many techniques as you can learn. If you have noticed over the past few years, some of the biggest names in Professional Bass Fishing who once where known for fishing specific baits such as jigs, crankbaits or topwaters have started winning tournaments by fishing other baits. You have to look at your tackle box the way a mechanic looks at his toolbox.
So what is a ditch and how do I find them? Ditches to put it simply are depressions in the bottom. Some people also call them a “hole”. Ditches can be natural, or created by water entering a body of water. For example, if you have a creek that pours into a lake, there will be a ditch near the mouth of the creek. These ditches are created from erosion due to current. You can find ditches in other areas as well. They can be found on flats, humps and even points.