I struggled and skunked Saturday. I'm not ashamed of it. Winter....... water under 55 degrees per my transducer tends to lower my numbers a BUNCH. In my previous fishing life I never fished during the Winter. When I bought my boat (Dec 2021) I struggled until March. I blamed it on not having a spot lock trolling motor.(I got one in March, and started catching Bass) Last Winter I struggled. My (spot lock) trolling motor was noisy, so I blamed my struggles on that. I changed to a trolling motor that wasn't noisy in March, and started catching more. This year it's just me....but at least I've learned enough to realize that. I need to get better in colder water. I struggle, but the Bass I catch are usually decent size. There were 2 tournaments Saturday (that I know of) at the lake I fished. One tournament, with 15 boats had a winner with a 19 pound bag. Only 4 boats out of 15 weighed in. That's not an excuse for me. A boat had 19 pounds, there were Bass to be caught. The other tournament was a club tournament out of the landing I launched at. I'd guess 10 to 15 boats in it. When I was loading my boat I saw a guy carrying a HEAVY bag of Bass back to the lake. I said "That looks like a heavy bag". He said "It's everyones fish in one bag". I don't know how many caught Bass or what the weights were. However, some of them caught Bass, I feel like I should have.
I didn't go Sunday. I've been having really sore legs after a couple days of fishing. I finally took the time to install a recessed tray for my trolling motor pedal. Basically hopping around on one foot while operating the trolling motor wasn't keeping me from catching fish, but I believe the level pedal will make me feel better while and after I catch some Bass. I'll be back out this weekend, probably struggling, but I'll have fun, and learn things.