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Breaking down an unfamiliar body of water to catch more fish

In this episode of Northland Outdoors, host Chad Koel heads out to a body of water he hasn’t fished before. By using visual cues, such as points, bulrush, islands and rocks, he narrows down likely locations of where fish are likely congregating.

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Northland Outdoors host Chad Koel describes what to look for on an unfamiliar body of water to begin your fishing day.
Contributed / Chad Koel
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Anglers don’t need fancy equipment to begin navigating a new body of water to fish in. The process can easily begin with your own eyes.

In this episode of Northland Outdoors, host Chad Koel heads out to a body of water he hasn’t fished before. By using visual cues, such as points, bulrush, islands and rocks, he narrows down likely locations of where fish are likely congregating.

“Fish will be around food. It boils down to that,” Koel says. “If you can find the food. You're gonna find the fish.”

Koel starts out with swimbait, then spinnerbait to help cover a lot of ground.

Upon that first good catch, stop, Koel says. Take note of the conditions, depth and location.

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“Now we start thinking about those things hitting similar areas and see if we can get similar results,” he says.

“Breaking down new water is what fishing is all about, people. Using your eyes, using your tools like your electronics, your sonar, understanding that fish are predators. So find their prey, find the bait and you’ll find the fish.”

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Chad Koel reels in a largemouth bass, which verified his premise he's in a good fishing location.
Contributed / Chad Koel

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