Cooling water makes fish active and temperatures in the south obviously lag behind the more northern states.
“Fishing down home is pretty good in November and December,” says John Godwin. “We do a lot of longlining and it’s a matter of using electronics. It’s possible to see the shad balled up down there, usually around 14-feet where we fish. We put the bait right over the ball of shad and catch fish. A 1/4-ounce jig will get down to 13 feet. We go 1.0 mph. We are down south so the water stays warmer longer so the pattern works most of the winter.”
John Godwin is best known as a Duck Commander but is an avid fishermen. He and partner Jay Stone won the D’Arbonne Crappie Master tournament in the spring.