How To Catch Fish In Heavy Current (Best Spots, Rigs & More)

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Is there ever a point in which the current is too strong for fish to eat?

When it’s really ripping through the passes and inlets it can certainly feel like it.

But with heavy current comes lots of food, so it’s actually an ideal time for fish to feed, and therefore, an ideal time for you to catch them!

In this video, I’m going to show you how to catch fish even in really strong current.

You’ll learn:

  • The 2 types of spots that hold fish in strong current
  • How to get your bait or lure into the feeding zone (to get more strikes)
  • And much more

Check it out below.

How To Catch Fish In Strong Current [VIDEO]

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Where To Find Fish In Heavy Current

Although a current might be ripping through an inlet, there are always places where the current is not so strong, and that’s where you’ll find fish.

There are essentially two types of structure that block the current and provide ambush spots for predator fish:

  1. Visible structure (above the surface)
  2. Underwater structure

An example of visible structure is a point.

Current may be tearing around a point, but there will be an area of calmer water right around the corner.

This is where the fish will be holding, waiting for a baitfish to come tumbling by.

Examples of underwater structure are ledges or rock piles.

Behind these structures are also calm areas where fish will hold.

How To Catch Fish In Heavy Current

Now that you know where to find fish in strong current, you need to know how to get your bait or lure to those spots.

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It’s easy to access the areas of calm water created by visible structure by driving your boat to them or walking along the point, so I’m just going to cover how to get your lure down to the fish near the underwater structure.

The big problem is presenting your bait or lure in a way that reaches the strike zone and entices fish to strike.

Fish don’t want to swim far for a meal when the current is strong because it costs a lot of energy, so you need to get it right to them.

Here are three tips to do that:

  1. Use heavier lures or weights to get your bait or lure down to the bottom
  2. Use pyramid sinkers if using live bait (egg sinkers roll and move too fast along the bottom)
  3. Cast farther up current so that your bait or lure has enough time to get to the bottom

To see one of my favorite rigs for fishing live or cut bait in heavy current, check out this post.

Conclusion

When the current is ripping through a pass or inlet it can be a great time to fish, as long as you can find areas where the current is blocked and the fish are waiting in ambush.

If you can get your bait or lure down there you can catch some really nice fish.

Have any questions about catching fish in strong current?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>