We just finished shooting a couple of TV shows in some of the harshest conditions. Winds up to 25km/hr from the north-east and temperatures that dipped down to 0C.
With the help of our Raymarine Dragonfly we still managed to locate late-summer transition areas and feeding bass! Above you can see healthy weeds still growing in the shallows, they are single-strands and continue to produce oxygen and attract panfish, crayfish and ultimately feeding bass.
Thanks to the CHIRP technology and Raymarine DownVision, you can clearly see the state of the weeds. These weeds have started to die and you can see that they have collapsed and are clumping up on the bottom. Dying weeds use up oxyen and fish avoid them.
This screen grab shows the perfect mix of weeds that are healthy and continuing to grow along with rock structure. This is what you want to fish when bass have left the shorelines and are moving to shallow off-shore structure.
This image shows you in-active fish that are hanging in the deeper water just off the weedlines. They can be hard to catch, but if you intercept them in the “transition” are shown in the 3rd screen-shot, they feed aggressively, even in cold-front conditions!
When you have a fishfinder this accurate, it makes it a lot easier to catch trophy smallmouth like this 21″ fish that was in the 5 lb. range!