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Scuba diving into fish territory


When hunting, it's good to get a bird's eye view to see the lay of the land and exactly where your target game is.

But when fishing it's hard to get that kind of view, but I went out to get an up close look at where these fish are hiding out.

Just about every time I'm fishing I say "I wish I could just see where they're at underwater."

So I decided to put my scuba certification to good use and do exactly that. Timber Bay Sport and Dive owners Bill and Linda Nichols say I'm not the first.

"We have had big competitive fisherman come take dive classes so they can learn how to dive so they can figure out where all the fish are," Linda says.

We dropped down into sparkling lake in Vilas County to scope out where and how deep the fish hang out.

"Last time were were out here we saw muskies."

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It was only a matter of minutes before the bass and walleye came out to play.

"The bass are out all the time, they follow us around and see what we're kicking up. The musky will come in before dusk and tehy'll hang out on the outdside of the weed beds."

While enjoying the company in their territory, I was keeping in mind my location above the weed beds at a depth of about 15 to 20 feet.

"The fish have personalities, I know it sounds wierd but the fish with the best personality is the bass. Large and small mouth bass. they follow us around, they lead us when we're diving."

If you're like me and want to scope out first hand with your own eyes where the biggest fish hang out you may want to look into getting certified.

"A lot of people are surprised when they come into the dive shop and are like 'where do you dive?' And I'm like 'where don't you dive up here' it's great."

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