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of us just cannot wait to see what is new for the next year. Tackle,
Electronics, Rods, Reels, Boats Motors, and the list goes on and on
not very often that a new bait comes out that really stands out to me.
I may really like the looks of some newer baits but where would I use
it and how would I use it. More often than not I buy several colors
and use them maybe a couple of times. Then guess what, into the
cupboard they go, possibly never to see light again.
guess over the years I have tried to cut back somewhat on buying all
sorts of different lures and have tried to stick with some of the
lures I am confident in. These include Tubes, Yum and Chompers are
probably my favorite. Finesse worms like Zoom,
I could condense my tackle a little more, maybe the boat would even go
faster. Over loaded with gear can also be a mental problem. Open the
tackle storage area and all the baits seem to call “use me, use
me”. I know I have taken around 40 pounds of unused plastics and
tackle out of my boat every year and I have made a decision not to
overload this year.
it comes right down to it, you should only have in your tackle box
what you have confidence in. What would you use when fishing gets
tough? What is your “Go To” bait or baits? All of us have our own
liking to certain baits. If fishing is tough or they are on fire, we
still have those baits that we really have confidence in. I know at
times, I can pick up a certain rod with a certain bait and in my mind,
I CAN catch a fish where I am fishing. We all know that is does not
always happen but the confidence is there.
have learned to slow down which is extremely hard for me to do and
concentrate. I am usually a “Cover the water” type of guy. Slowing
down and working an area with my confidence baits have paid off in the
past and hopefully will in the future.
cannot stress enough that to fish any area, you must have confidence
in your fishing ability and lure choice. In most circumstances, it is
not the lure that catches the fish, but it is the presentation of the
my opinion, presentation has more to do with putting fish in the boat
than does lure choice. I have stated in other articles that you must
visualize what you are fishing, structure, and fish the structure.
can be anything from a log to a lay down, rock point, rock pile, or
rip rap bank, to weeds and sand drops. Contour of any kind that you
can imagine is structure in my book. You still need to picture what
you are fishing. Pick a point and concentrate on it. When you cast,
try to picture what your bait is doing on the fall whether it is going
straight down, over a log or swinging back toward you. If you can do
this, you will be more confident in your lure of choice and know what
it is doing when a fish hits it.
hope this will help, I know it has helped me.