Every fisherman who's ever sat on the bank or in a boat has wondered what's going on out there under the waves.
Are there fish below? What are they doing? Is there a better place? All good questions, and there are answers if you become a scuba or skin diver. Then you can go down and look. I've looked myself a number of times, and that world below the waves can be an eye opener.
Like the time I was going to OSU's Stone Lab on South Bass Island and took some time out to do a little smallmouth bass fishing along Peach Point. I knew it was a good spot, but I couldn't buy a bite and the question was "Is anything down there?" I had a face mask and snorkel lying in the bottom of the boat, so I anchored and went down to see. It was amazing! There must have been dozens of bass in various sizes lying along the little reef, and one of at least four pounds came right up to me and goggled into my face plate. I could hardly wait to get back up to the boat, grab my rod and start fishing again. I still couldn't buy a bite.
A friend of mine who loves his Lake Erie fishing and is a veteran scuba diver told me of a day when he was fishing among a pack of boats around Gull Reef and catching very little. So, he gave it up, motored over to Kelleys Island and put on his gear in a long bay, then went over the side to look for anchors or anything else of interest. "Dick, you wouldn't believe what I found down there in about 15 feet of water." he said. "There were smallmouth bass and walleyes just stacked up on the bottom. I swam back up to the boat, grabbed a rod and limited out on both species. There wasn't another boat in sight."