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#1 CPBassFishing

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Posted January 13 2013 - 04:55 PM

Hey everyone I just got skunked again today. I know there are fish in the ponds I fish because I have caught them before. Yesterday, I went to a small drain pond, and my friend caught 1 fish on a weightless space monkey. it was really warm, about 65-70 degrees. I got skunked. I threw a jig, a wacky senko, a shaky head, a small crank......everything. today, I went to a different pond. My friend had caught 3 fish yesterday on a tube. It was down to 50 degrees and extremely overcast and misting rain. I fished for 2 hours with 1 bite (using a small tube), and no fish. He caught a fish right after I left. I had thrown everything at them again. Is it me or do I just have awful luck? I'm sick of getting skunked and I'm starting to think that I'm just a bad fisherman. :( I have gotten skunked at least 5 times in a row, and when I do catch fish, I never catch more than 2.
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#2 Big Bassman

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Posted January 13 2013 - 06:49 PM

From your post I assume you have bass angling background. Therefore just hang in there and maintain patience. Keep fishing and reflect back on previous fishing trips. Don't tense up and worry about catching fish and most important stay confident. I don't care how good you are or think you are, we all have bad days. If you allow those days to affect your thinking it will effect your fishing. Relax, keep pitchin, and put the "Gone Fishin" sign on your door. Bass fishing is like everyother sport, Practice makes perfect! If that is you in the pic, you have your whole life ahead of you young man, and you have chosen a great sport to put your free time into! Good Luck!



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Posted January 13 2013 - 06:54 PM

Don't get discouraged.  This time of year can be brutal.  Think more in terms of presentations then lures.  Even with warming, the water temp would remain pretty consistently cool... throw in the rain and fog..... and it was much more "winter" in VA then the air would have felt.  

 

Keep slowing it down and see what that does.  Change up how long you pause baits and see what draws the strikes.  The shakey head is a fine idea.... if you have located fish.  If not, hard to search water with that technique.  Also two hours is not long to be out there... so don't be upset if a quick trip like that (from shore right?) does not produce fish.  If when you do locate fish your catching two in such a short period of time, well that is a great job.  

 

Think, like all seasons, now is about locating fish.  Then it will be about putting something in front of them that can stay in front of them and make them react or annoy them into a strike, because there will not be that much feeding going on compared to pre spawn.  

 

Your getting out ...... that means your ahead of 99% of fishermen right now.  Seems to me your doing well.  


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#4 CPBassFishing

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Posted January 13 2013 - 07:19 PM

Thanks guys you made me feel a lot better haha. Yes that's me in the picture. I have been fishing for about 3 years, I was out of it for one spring and summer when I got into flying rc planes. I will try to cover more water and find fish, but that is really hard on a 6 acre pond with almost a mile of shoreline. What should I use as a search bait?
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Posted January 13 2013 - 07:39 PM

I have been fishing for 15 years on and off and get skunked all the time. Including the last three times out, just keep on it, be methodical, wrote down what did and didn't work, can't cover all the shoreline, start in one place and work in one direction the next time start where you left off. Slow and methodical

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Posted January 13 2013 - 08:34 PM

Everything said is great advice. Just remember it is January and exponentially harder. While you know that, that alone should lessen your self-criticism. I'm no expert by any means with a jerk bait, and quanjig could pitch in a little more, but i would try that out with long pauses out in those ponds. Good luck. I'm going to have to join you eventually on those ponds!!! Get em. Like Broke Bass Fisherman said, you will stick one unexpectedly. It's going to happen. Just keep spending time out there. 



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Posted January 13 2013 - 08:44 PM

Most importantly KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND SHAKE IT OFF. Bass fishing is the most popular fishing sport because it is a challenge, it is not easy. Everybody here had great advice for you. IMO, the best was to continue to go fishing every chance you get. And when you feel down and like the bass got the best of you, get on here and we will be here to pick you up again. Remember keep your head up.

#8 Big Bassman

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Posted January 13 2013 - 09:00 PM

Hey Cp, considering the time of year and your location, small crank, spinner bait or jig. My understanding is your weather is gonna turn cold and blistery soon, so make sure you fish these real slow. You might even want to try a drop shot but that's a little more difficult if you're fishing from shore. Slow is the key in cold weather, hard to do, but works. Also, if you see you have a couple of nice warm days comin up, try and go on the second day, around noon give or take.



#9 Jay Ell Gee

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Posted January 13 2013 - 10:33 PM

Don't get discouraged.  This time of year can be brutal.  Think more in terms of presentations then lures.  Even with warming, the water temp would remain pretty consistently cool... throw in the rain and fog..... and it was much more "winter" in VA then the air would have felt.  

 

Keep slowing it down and see what that does.  Change up how long you pause baits and see what draws the strikes.  The shakey head is a fine idea.... if you have located fish.  If not, hard to search water with that technique.  Also two hours is not long to be out there... so don't be upset if a quick trip like that (from shore right?) does not produce fish.  If when you do locate fish your catching two in such a short period of time, well that is a great job.  

 

Think, like all seasons, now is about locating fish.  Then it will be about putting something in front of them that can stay in front of them and make them react or annoy them into a strike, because there will not be that much feeding going on compared to pre spawn.  

 

Your getting out ...... that means your ahead of 99% of fishermen right now.  Seems to me your doing well.  

 

Agreed. You need to fish the water temperature, not the air temperature. In the last few days of warm weather here is south La, I have been catching 4 or more bass a day on my 35 minutes of lunch left from eating and socializing in the pond outside my work. The back end is incredibly shallow (less than two feet) and is covered in sunken vegetation from the summer (think mats of moss). With water that shallow and some direct sunlight in 75 degree weather, those shallows warmed up quickly. Even thought it was only a few degrees, it was enough to send bass flocking to it. Here I am mid January picking up bass left and right on a white super fluke with a twitch twitch pause retrieve. Not typical winter patterns.

 

It's difficult to describe the way I locate fish when it is cold this time of year... Tossing a flick shake setup, let it rest on the bottom, and slowly twitch it. I then pop it up a good two feet or more, and then let it fall as I take up slack. Let it sit, pop it up a few feet, and allow the pop to be your retrieve.

 

If that doesn't work, try dragging a jig n' pig. Scent is a huge plus. It may make the difference. Use trailers that can imitate both bluegill and crawfish. I was given one rage claw a while back and still have it on my jig. It's action doesn't seem to be too fast for what I do, which is dragging bottom. I really enjoy the mini and normal size mop jig this time of year. Awesome jig to drag bottom with.

 

Parallel your drop offs from shallow water with a suspending jerkbait while throwing as faaaaaar as you can. I'm looking to really get some of these soon, as it seems to be a good way to try and hook some winter bass. I know guys that are tossing them in Louisiana (notoriously known for stained water) and hooking a respectable amount of bass on them.

 

Large swimbaits can be a good choice to hungry bass. Not talking skinny 6" paddle tails, more like bulky swimbaits or long ones. Big meals can tempt some husky bass into striking.

 

Keep us updated and if you have any questions, shoot me a PM! I'll keep you updated on what's working for me!



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Posted January 14 2013 - 01:19 AM

If the sun is out try a suspending jerkbait in the shallows. If not try a drop shot deeper.

 

I recently have been catching a couple here or there in deep water on the DS. I just watched Ikes vid on drop shotting where he said to let the bait sit and impart less action on it. I did much better today with that method.

 

Fish also turned off about 2 pm so you just never know when they will bite. Frustrating when you are marking fish and know they are there.



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Posted January 14 2013 - 02:20 AM

Dude, I got skunked 6 trips in a row before I decided to switch to trolling for a day and then caught some nice trout (great dinners for me and wifey). I'm going back for bass when I find the time again (and the sun is shining better).

 

Hang in there. These skunkings are why bass fishing never gets repetitive. That next one you catch will feel like winning the lotto!



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Posted January 14 2013 - 08:28 AM

Everything said is great advice. Just remember it is January and exponentially harder. While you know that, that alone should lessen your self-criticism. I'm no expert by any means with a jerk bait, and quanjig could pitch in a little more, but i would try that out with long pauses out in those ponds. Good luck. I'm going to have to join you eventually on those ponds!!! Get em. Like Broke Bass Fisherman said, you will stick one unexpectedly. It's going to happen. Just keep spending time out there. 

yeah shimmy my friend had an 80 fish day on that pond. So they are definitely in there. :)
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Posted January 14 2013 - 08:29 AM

Thanks for the help everyone, I'll throw a small X-rap around and see if I get any followers.
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Posted January 14 2013 - 09:14 AM

try a spinnerbait for a search bait and we all get skunked thats why is called fishing and not catching watch all the vidoes you can fishing shows and read all you can and spend all the time you can on the water and when you do catch a fish take notes where when how deep and you will soon see a pattern



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Posted January 14 2013 - 06:46 PM

I rigged up a carolina rig with a 1/2 tungsten bullet weight and a small floating livetarget bluegill crank. I'll twitch it along the bottom and see if I get any takers. I'll also try the spinnerbait.
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