Fishing humps

Discussion in 'Mac Byrum's Catfish University' started by Mac-b, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    North Caro
    Some of you probably have not heard the term 'humps' relating to fishing. A hump can be a high area under water surrounded by deeper water and a high percentage of the time they are found in lakes and reservoirs that are man made. Humps can also be found in rivers where some type of debris has been deposited and covered with silt over the years.

    A hump can be small (less than 1,000 sq.ft. or as large as 1/2 acre or more). You can find humps in your lake, reservoir or river by scouting or accidentally going across one or you can get a topo. map which will depicts these humps. If you happen to run across one, you will know it by the fact that you were in, say 50 feet of water and all of a sudden you are in 20 feet of water for a short distance and then you are back in 50 some feet of water again. The topo. map will show you the same thing and the map makers have assigned a different color to humps to assist you in locating them.

    Bait fish are attracted to humps in their travels and catfish and other game fish will gather in the deeper water and slowly make their way to the top of the hump to feed. You could consider a hump to be like a deer feeder. The deer don't stay around the feeder all the time, but when they want to eat and the conditions are right, they come back to the feeder. Same goes for the species that you want to catch. When fishing a hump you need to also fish the deep water adjacent to the hump.

    There are three ways to fish a hump and they are by anchoring down within casting distance of the hump or hovering over the hump using your trolling motor using a combination of down lines or drift rigs out the back of the boat or by doing a power drift with your trolling motor pulling your Santee or Carolina type rigs across the hump in several different directions.

    Be sure and hit your man over board button, way point button or whatever button you have on your fish finder (sonar/GPS unit) to denote all humps that you fish and those that you travel over going here and there.

    On my home lake, Lake Norman, we find that humps will attract blues, channels and flatheads, plus some of those trash fish, like bass.

    Please feel free to PM me if you want or need additional information or clarification.