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Since 2017 is over, does anyone here have any resolutions for 2018 related to bass fishing?

 

I guess I will start as I have a couple. My first one will certainly happen which is to improve my finesse fishing, focusing largely on the drop shot. The second one is to get a canoe, but seeing as I can't seem to get a trailer hitch on my car I might have to buy a truck.

 

EDIT: I thought of a couple more. Take my 3 year old nice fishing, that should be fun. And fish a jerkbait more.

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i vow to fish 365 days of the year.

 

My wife vows to not kill me.

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1 hour ago, FordsnFishin said:

i vow to fish 365 days of the year.

 

My wife vows to not kill me.

This is a vow I wish I could keep. Good luck with the wife :)

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2017 was a extremely good year for me for bass fishing and new species of fish, so it will be hard to beat. My new years bass resolution is to catch more big bass, catch new species of bass, and to catch other new species of fish in 2018.

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I have three things on my 2018 list: catch fish in New England in all 12 months, catch more bass than ‘other’ species with jigs, and locate fish better with my Lowrance.

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Hmmmmm....the closer I get to 70 I realize I realize I don't really set to many goals anymore.  Unless hopes and dreams count.  I'm thankful for this day to be sure (I get to go fish).  My resolution I guess would be to be a good grandfather to my grandkids and people around me.  

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My goals for the winter are to finish reading spoon plugging. my goals for the spring are to get a striker plus and map my lake. Finally my goals for the fishing season is to try and get more comfortable with jerkbaits, drop shots and tubes while still getting out on the water as much as possible 

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I'll be happy if I can make it through the year without strangling a millennial or yaker.

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12 hours ago, Boomstick said:

Since 2017 is over, does anyone here have any resolutions for 2018 related to bass fishing?

 

I guess I will start as I have a couple. My first one will certainly happen which is to improve my finesse fishing, focusing largely on the drop shot. The second one is to get a canoe, but seeing as I can't seem to get a trailer hitch on my car I might have to buy a truck.

I'm getting a canoe for sure - my wife says it's my Christmas and birthday present for the next 2 years.  Then she says it has to be big enough so she can ride along... not sure how that makes it MY present, but I'm okay with that.  What I'm getting is an Old Town Discovery 133 - small enough to solo, but big enough for her to come along.

 

You can cartop a canoe - I did it for years with my last canoe, even on a Toyota Corolla wagon (I even piled as many as 5 whitewater kayaks on that little car in my risk-taking days in the early 80's).  Although I have an F-150 now, I still plan on carrying the canoe on top using a Yakima or Thule rack.  I have to keep the hitch clear for my camper.

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I vow to fish  in my boat more  . I have such a good time and luck fishing from the conservation dept jon boats on a small lake that  I dont get out  on the big lake much . 

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Consider this is gonna be 2nd year on Canyon Lake. I'll try to learn more on main lake (went out only 4-5 times) and fish with other lures like jig, lipless and crank bait.

I already plan to call sick on some Saturday since the tournament here always hold on Saturday (6 times a year).

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Mine is to simply go more. I have been fishing more and more salt water the past few years and need to get back on the lake more!

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for this year 2 things, 1- just to wake up everyday and two- top my PB. gotta big a big girl......

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First and foremost I want to learn a lot more, I bought a few of the classic books like spoonplugging, in pursuit of giant bass, and the infisherman series and I need to dedicate to reading all of them at least once and applying what I can to my fishing. Secondly, and hopefully as a result of what I learn, is to break my PB, and accomplish what was my (failed) goal of this year, which is to catch multiple fish over 6 lbs in MA. 

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Improve my drop shot and jig skills. 

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I am going big this year.  I started using the swaiver at the end of the fall and had two fish over 5 in one outing witch for me is outstanding.  I will make this my year of the swimbait.  Then after a year next year i will make an attempt to put the big bait and the regular baits together.  

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19 hours ago, reason said:

I'll be happy if I can make it through the year without strangling a millennial or yaker.

I guess one of my goals should be not getting strangled!

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2 hours ago, thinkingredneck said:

I guess one of my goals should be not getting strangled!

Me too ..... 

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Use a suspending jerkbait more.

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Learn my home lake better and start fishing some of the lakes around me. I live within 80 miles of a ton of good lakes. Work on fishing SLOW!!!! Hope all yall have a great new year and may 2018 be the best. 

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So I’m gonna turn 70 in October. I set the bar about knee high for my resolutions.

 

1. Stay in good enough shape to get in and out of my kayak without requiring a medical team to be in hot standby.

2. Learn to seriously fish with jigs, not just wash ‘em and put ‘em back in my tackle box while I go back to my old standby worms, creatures, and flukes.

3. Kick the Bait Monkey’s fanny once and for all!

 

(Shameless plug for @Siebert Outdoors here!) As motivation for resolution #2, I made a small order of half a dozen tungsten Arkie style jigs along with a few tungsten shakey heads.  Man, what a difference in quality from the tin clunkers and another brand of tungsten I have tried. My only disappointment was when I cast them and they didn’t skip worth a hoot through the snow, or punch through the several inches of ice covering the local lakes. Anyway, besides the high quality jigs, the service was amazing and my jigs arrived a day earlier than was quoted.  Having experienced the product quality and superb service, I am now trying to decide on colors and styles of Fogies along with some more Arkies in swimjig-suitable colors, all of which threaten my chances of sticking to resolution #3.

 

So for all who are interested, there are my New Year’s resolutions. And for all who are NOT interested, there they are anyway.

 

May all of you have a safe and happy new year and may all of you catch a new personal best! (That “personal best” thing was gonna be resolution #4 but then I’m pretty sure the local bass have a New Year’s resolution not to be someone’s personal best.)

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my bass fishing resolution is pretty simple.

spend more free time on the water and start fishing a few local tournaments.

I retired from tournament fishing 20 years ago, because it consumed all of my free time.

this time around I plan to keep it much more laid back.

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