How to Fish in the Sun-Dappled Spots

by James Clark
Light patterns on the water create a dappled effect.

Light patterns on the water create a dappled effect.

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Sun-dappled spots occur on the water when rays from the sun strike the surface through tree branches, bushes and other obstacles that cause shadows and light to play across the surface. The shimmering effect can be hypnotizing and also challenging for an angler trying to cast a line to a precise spot where fish may be lurking. Exploit the dazzling sunlight by fishing with reflective lures that command attention as they flash through the water.

Items you will need

  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Net with handle
  • Rod and reel
  • Reflective lures with a metallic surface
Step 1

Wear polarized sunglasses to cut glare and improve your view of the water surface.

Step 2

Dip a net into the water near bait fish to catch and examine at least one of the small fry. Select an artificial lure that best resembles the bait fish in shape, size and coloration. Lures with a metallic back, such as spoons, work well on dappled water because the mirrored surface reflects the light, causing flashes underwater that attract game fish.

Step 3

Tie the lure to the end of your line a few inches below the rod tip.

Step 4

Cast the lure beyond the spot of dappled water you wish to fish. The splash as the lure strikes the water creates less of a disturbance than if dropped directly on your chosen spot.

Step 5

Retrieve the lure quickly to pull it through the dappled spot of water. Pause for a second after every three to four cranks on the reel handle to let the lure descend through the water in imitation of a wounded or distressed bait fish.

Tips & Warnings

  • These dappled-water fishing techniques apply to catching virtually all species of freshwater game fish.

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