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Hawk Talk – Video Game Fishing – Getting the Drop on Suspended Fish

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A couple of average keepers caught in 1997 out of San Vicente Lake in San Diego County probably doesn’t sound significant to you, but to Kevin Hawk, they stand out vividly amid a career of bass catches and tournament weigh-ins. The fish were significant to Hawk because they were the first ones he caught drop shotting, something that has formed a cornerstone in his fishing and dominated in his career-changing win at the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier.

It’s important to note that Hawk isn’t some one-trick pony with the drop shot. He can catch them any way they need catching, but if you put a spinning rod in his hand on a lake with suspended fish, he becomes a maestro conducting an orchestra.

In the crescendo that resulted from Hawk’s Cup win, there was a lot of attention paid to his drop shotting technique, the baits he relied upon (fishing world, meet the color morning dawn), and his rod, reel and line. One thing that seems to have gotten lost in the wash is the actual way he caught his fish, by getting on top of them and looking at them on his locator, dropping on them, and watching them eat the bait.

Catching individual fish that he sees on his sonar screen is something that happens to Hawk a lot more than you would probably think, and it’s something that he thinks every angler should learn. “I am always on the lookout for individual fish on my locator. Sometimes it is my predominant pattern, and sometimes it is just a random fish you see while moving from spot to spot, but you’d be surprised how catchable those fish can be.”

Read the rest of the article Originally published over on the InsideLine online magazine >