Old 07-11-2019, 03:15 PM
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I don't know if the boat traffic is affecting the bite in the western basin, but here in the central basin when there's a lot of boat traffic, you can actually watch fish heading for the bottom on the sounder as you pass over them. I'll have to take a picture the next time I'm out in a heavy traffic area.
The solution we've found is to go with the smaller jets and divers and going with 2-6X out on the line. This gets the baits waaaay away from the boat and the undisturbed fish will usually hit. We got 12 in about 45 minutes the other night when the regulars were sticking with their regular program catching zilch.