Bottom Fishing

Bottom fishing, called legering in the United Kingdom , is fishing the bottom of a body of water. Bottom fishing targets groundfish such as sucker fish, bream, catfish, and crappie. Specialized fishing rods called “donkas” are also commonly used for bottom fishing.
You need to fish for bottom fish at slack tide. If you try to fish while the tide is flooding or ebbing, you will not be able to reach the bottom as your line will be so far out from your vessel that it is sometimes impossible to hit bottom. Slack tide enables you to have a relatively straight up-and-down arrangement so you can easily hit bottom without wasting too much time. Make sure to plan your fishing trip around the tides. Use the Tide Guide as a prediction for slack tide times. Use the Washburn’s Tables and accompanying Current Atlas to get a more accurate prediction as to when exactly the tide changes from a flood to ebb or vise-versa.