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How to Find Your Fishing Style and Put it to Work for You

How do you find the best fishing style to fit who you are as an angler? I’ve been asked this question quite a few times from younger anglers as well as anglers who are new to tournament bass fishing. My answer to them is that quite frankly, when I first started tournament fishing, I was all over the board as far as technique is concerned. It takes many years on the water to dial in what techniques and style you like the most!

I use power fishing techniques as well as finesse techniques, both are great at certain times of the year as well as at certain fisheries. Before long I found myself using finesse techniques but combining it with a power fishing speed. There are quite a few professional bass anglers who do this very thing, they have coined it as a “Power Finesse” technique.

How Do You Combine Two Fishing Styles That Are Different?

A finesse technique is a fishing style that is typically fished painfully slow with light tackle and line. A power technique is typically fished fast with heavier tackle and line.

So how do you combine two techniques that are completely different?

I recommend starting with the finesse side. For me, this was my background. I’ve always loved throwing a drop shot when bass fishing because I know it’s a great way to put fish in the boat. They might not always be giants, but I’d rather catch some than non!

A typical drop shot setup is a 7’, medium-light spinning rod with 6-8 pound fluorocarbon line as either a leader from braid or as the mainline. This type of setup is usually used in deep water where there may be rock piles, laydowns, deeper grass lines, roadbeds, or ledges that the fish are staging on.

Now, remember the term, “Power Finesse”?

My setup is a 7’2” medium power Abu Garcia Veritas spinning rod with a fast action tip. Paired with 20 pound Hi-Vis PowerPro braid and a 10 or even 12 pound Sunline Super FC fluorocarbon leader. Throw on an Abu Garcia Orra S size 40 spinning reel to take up as much line as possible, as fast as possible. It might seem like overkill, but it’s effective.

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It allows me to fish closer to the cover and structure with more confidence and in the case I get wrapped up after a bite, my gear will hang in there for the fight. Now, as I said, when I started fishing a drop shot, I did well with the “normal” gear, but once I was ready to expand my style, I pushed over to more of a power fishing style with beefed up gear to get different results!

How Do You Put The Fishing Style to Work for You?

I’m someone who really likes to flip and pitch to high percentage targets. I have caught loads bass using the above technique while fishing behind guys throwing a spinnerbait, crankbait, or bladed jig over laydowns, through grass and around rock piles.

When I rig my bait on the hook, it’s usually texas rigged. Most people prefer to nose hook the bait, but I don’t want to limit myself on where I can fish my dropshot. I use a #1 Owner Down Shot Offset Worm hook when using small baits such as a 3” to 4” Berkley PowerBait Drop Shot Minnow or a River Rock Custom Baits Solid Head Finesse Tube.

When fishing bigger baits, using a 1/0 Owner Down Shot Offset Worm hook for a 6” Roboworm Straight Tail Worm or a 4” River Rock Custom Baits Elite Tube is recommended. With this technique I flip or pitch to a high percentage target area and let it drop to the bottom on semi-slack line, if I do not get a bite I shake the rod tip on that semi-slack line to entice the fish. Do that for about 30 seconds, then move on to the next target area.

As I said, “Power Finesse”. By combining these two tactics, I’m giving the fish in my local waters a presentation they are less likely to have seen before.

Sometimes, this is what it takes to bring in the winning bag of fish. Since I love to flip and pitch to my targets, the “normal” way to throw a drop shot simply didn’t levy up to the challenge. So, I improvised and used more appropriate tackle and gear to allow for pitching and flipping my drop shot to those target areas.

By giving myself the opportunity to combine the two techniques, I also found ways to fish other finesse style baits with that power fishing feel. You can also apply this theory to your power fishing techniques and find ways to fish those baits and techniques with lighter line to give it a more subtle presentation. Either way, finding your fishing style and putting it to work for you can change the outcome of this coming season. Good luck and tight lines!

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Kevin Cole


I have been tournament bass fishing since 2011 as a Co-Angler. Competing as a Co-Angler I have learned a lot of techniques and how to adapt to conditions outside of my control. I currently am on Pro/Field Staff for Liquid Mayhem, The Hook Pal, Cal Coast Fishing, Sublimewear USA, ALX rods, and WOO! Tungsten.

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