I have always thought the less noise emanating from a boat the better. And Iâ€™ve strived for stealth, or at least minimal kid squabbling. Recently, I was surprised to hear Bassmaster Elite tournament pro Dustin Wilks share that sometimes boat traffic is â€śnot a bad thingâ€ť when youâ€™re fishing.
During a Bass Fishing Techniques class Jeff Kriet, another Bassmaster Elite Pro, echoed the sentiment. Kriet has the most fun looking for bass way â€śoutâ€ť (deep water, away from shore). These bass often are in large, loose schools. Rather than grumble when another boat races nearby, Kriet has noticed that sometimes boat activity can â€śwake upâ€ť (sorry) a school of bass.
â€śIt scatters bait fish, gets the bass moving. Soon they return and are more eager to bite.â€ť
He is so convinced of this, that he has even made boat noise himself while targeting sluggish schools.
â€śIâ€™ve done doughnuts over them.â€ť
As we share our water resources with other boats being used for various recreational activities, you may not hear me yell, â€śHey, ski over here!â€ť However, if a fellow boater buzzes by, I am going to be more patient because the bite just might pick up after a doughnut.