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I'm noticing lately I'm starting to understand how to figure out patterns,locating fish and using the proper lure for those situations and getting bigger fish more often instead of just throwing at bank with the lure I enjoyed/ had confidence with and hope to get lucky it's pretty cool feeling just wanted to share.

 

PS also reading alot more about bass and there environments 

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Think like a bass,,,,,,lol. Your starting to get the hang of it. It only gets better the more we learn.  Remember once we learn how to fish at one place, it applies everywhere we fish, that goes with baits and different presentations too. I find it a challenge to figure out what pattern will work  today. I also like to take one bait and see how many different presentations I can do with it.

 

its not luck that catches fish it’s skill.

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It's really changed once I got my own boat last year plus spending alot of time on water at least 2x a week I've always fished since I was kid but now it's more like hunting 😎

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You’re in a great location. Time on the water is the key. Staying on the fish, then staying  ahead of them. I don’t remember who I heard it from in an interview but the phrase stuck with me, that the key to catching big fish is being where they’re coming in to you, not where they’re leaving. 

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That's great your studying, reading, and spending time on the water.  It will make you a better fisherman.  One of the great tools is to fish with as many of the best fisherman you can find, and watch what their doing.  They all have different skills that anyone can learn from.  I fish 6 days a week, read, and view all forms of fishing information and have for over fifty years.  One thing I have learned a long time ago, is that this sport will humble you quickly.  Just when you think your ready to quit your real job, and try to join the real professionals, squeaking out a living living as one of the best, it brings you back to reality!  Learn something new every trip, but don't limit it to just personal experience, learn from those around you as much as possible.  Join a local club with the goal to learn from other members.  While you fish, watch what they are doing.  Good luck!

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11 hours ago, bigbill said:

Think like a bass,,,,,,lol. Your starting to get the hang of it. It only gets better the more we learn.  Remember once we learn how to fish at one place, it applies everywhere we fish, that goes with baits and different presentations too. I find it a challenge to figure out what pattern will work  today. I also like to take one bait and see how many different presentations I can do with it.

 

its not luck that catches fish it’s skill.

 

Very true, but my biggest last year came on a dink that was pinned to my lipless.  Now that's luck.

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A lot of fish hang out under or on the non-bank side of your boat too...

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In the dark I find the big gals are feeding at the shoreline. There easily spooked. I cast past them parallel to shore and bring my bait slowly by them. If their working the pads I use the open water near the pads and again cast past the pads in the open water and slow up my presentation just before the pads. Every situation can be different. Choosing the correct pattern along with the right presentation is the key to success. 

When I first look at the water, what are the fish doing? Topwater or below the surface? A shallow crankbait near the shoreline is a good place to start. As the sun gets higher the bass move to their deeper haunts. My casts get longer to stay moving with them.

 

bass fishing “from shore” is like saltwater fishing. The tide comes in and out with saltwater fishing, the fish follow the tide. With bass fishing the lighter it gets the deeper the bass go to cover to hide. The bass come close to shore in the dark conditions, they move deeper in the light conditions. My point is your in a boat you can follow them. From shore we’re limited as they go farther away.

 

nothing beats the experience we get from the time we spend fishing.

watch the videos here, read every article, often, then go out and apply it.

you will become a better fisherman.

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There's a certain irony to "hunting" for bass.   Before, I (or, perhaps, you too) might just cast somewhat randomly anywhere and everywhere.  The options were infinite-even though we might not catch much.  NOW, as we increase in knowledge, those options narrow considerably-as we narrow down a pattern.  This is a good thing, of course, but it does cause me to look at everything much differently and, sometimes, can almost paralyze me.  But like at work when the paperwork is piling up, when I get anxious, I just pick something up (anything) and start working it.  Things usually falls into place.  The fun is in figuring them out (and then catching them).

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19 hours ago, geo g said:

That's great your studying, reading, and spending time on the water.  It will make you a better fisherman.  One of the great tools is to fish with as many of the best fisherman you can find, and watch what their doing.  They all have different skills that anyone can learn from.  I fish 6 days a week, read, and view all forms of fishing information and have for over fifty years.  One thing I have learned a long time ago, is that this sport will humble you quickly.  Just when you think your ready to quit your real job, and try to join the real professionals, squeaking out a living living as one of the best, it brings you back to reality!  Learn something new every trip, but don't limit it to just personal experience, learn from those around you as much as possible.  Join a local club with the goal to learn from other members.  While you fish, watch what they are doing.  Good luck!

I think one of the main things I've changed about my fishing style is being more diverse,slowing down and being more patient giving myself a chance to figure out what the bass are telling me what they want instead of just throwing what I like .Also I have totally fallen in love with Lox's rawness and wild life I'm really just enjoying being part of that instead of obsessing over getting a 100 bag.

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