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Written by Wes Lavergne - Let's Talk Fishing   
Monday, 01 January 1996
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Proper Boat Positioning Pays Off for Smallmouths
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Smallmouth anglers spend all kinds of time experimenting with their equipment, but they often forget to make the most of their biggest piece of gear, their boat. Yet proper boat positioning can make or break a day on the water.

I can remembers time and time again watching other anglers come up empty at bona-fide hotspots where current, wind, or sun played a factor. Yet when I moved in and worked the area using slightly different boat positioning, I started to reel in fish after fish.

If you're fishing a river system, it's essential to position your boat into the current. That way you can cast up past your target so your offering drifts naturally downstream. Smallmouth bass always face upstream, waiting for lunch to come by the rock or boulder they're hiding behind. If they see something swimming up behind them, they're likely to hightail it first and ask questions later.

If you make the mistake of fishing with the current at your back, you'll move over your intended fishing area much too quickly to fish effectively, and you'll miss other areas that could be holding fish. And if your boat actually passes over your lure, a percentage of smallmouth will definitely spook.

The best way to get perfect positioning in current is to use an electric motor. These little motors can holf you in one spot in almost any current and they're also quiet -- guaranteed not to scare off fish. I sometimes think we should really call them electric positioning motors.

Boat location is also important on windy days. Wind creates the same kind of water movement as river current, thogh the movement is usually restricted to the upper portion of the water column. Fish usually face into the wind, so it's always a good idea to point your boat into the wind when casting.

As with current, fishing with the wind in your face gives you more time to fish an area and also means you'll hit more targets. And it's easier to control you boat's direction, especially with an electric motor.

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