The Three C's Of Bass Fishing
By Bob Popp
I have been fishing for quite some time now and have found out that after the physical aspect of the sport is learned (casting, flipping and pitching) that bass fishing is 80% mental. I often hear fishermen say they did or did not have any luck today. Well my definition of luck is: When preparation meets opportunity. It seems like the harder I work at bass fishing the "luckier" I become. It would be like Michael Jordan saying I hope I have good luck tonight.
To rule out the luck factor I follow what I call the three C's of bass fishing, which are Confidence, Concentration, and Contact.
covers a whole range of items. To be a successful fisherman you must have confidence in your equipment (your boat, rod/reel etc.) but most important, you must have confidence in yourself. If you don't have confidence in your abilities, no one else will either. Along those same lines you must have confidence in the bait you are using. The more confident you are using a particular bait the better you are going to fish that bait.
If you don't have confidence in those three things you may as well go home.
You may ask "How do I gain confidence?" I can sum that up in one word, experience. Go fishing as often as you possibly can. Pick three or four different baits and master them. I suggest the following: 1. topwater 2. spinnerbait 3. plastic worm 4. jig. You can become very confused when you walk into a sporting goods store and see the huge selection of tackle. My advice is to keep lure selection as simple as possible. Topwater-white/baitfish color, spinnerbait-white, white/white/chartreuse, plastic worm- purple/blue/black/green pumpkin, jig-black/blue. This should put you on the track to be a more confident angler.
Concentration means no matter what bait you are using, under any conditions, you must give 100% concentration. Easier said then done. Its real easy to daydream when fishing is slow, but you have to concentrate on what your bait is doing at all times. This is very difficult to master. If you are thinking about something else (home, work etc) you could miss a bass picking up your bait. You have to envision and expect a bass eating your bait on every cast.
Contact goes along with concentration, you must maintain contact with your bait at all times. For example: If you're fishing a plastic worm with a 1/8-ounce weight and you lift up your rod to move the worm and you no longer feel the weight, SET THE HOOK! This takes complete concentration to maintain contact with your bait. A topwater bait is the easiest of all to maintain contact with (sight and feel contact)
Following the 3 C's of bass fishing takes time and effort but by practicing these every time you go fishing you will find yourself getting better and better.
Good Fishing and Good Luck