Fish Shell Bars for Largemouth Bass

Most Florida bass lakes offer a mind-boggling array of casting targets in the form of emergent vegetation and shoreline cover, places that just shout bass. Thus it’s easy for the novice angler to overlook another excellent but much-less obvious category of fish-attracting structure: Shell bars.

Colonies of freshwater mussels and clams are scattered around many Florida lakes and rivers. Charts occasionally indicate their whereabouts, as do periods of low water, when you might spot iridescent bits of shell on bottom or along nearby shores. But mostly these biologically rich areas are hidden from view. Minnows, panfish, crawfish and freshwater shrimp are often associated with the bars, and largemouth bass know that—as do savvy anglers like Mike Surman, of Boca Raton.

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