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How long will you work a lure without success?  15,30, 45 min etc.?  How often do you switch nonperformers throughout the day?

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I try several confidence baits on each spot I fish throughout the day based on the bait needed for what I am fishing.  After a while, I usually have refined baits/presentations down to only two or three that are catching the most fish, the others go back in the box.

Of course, there are still those days when nothing works ???, but they are becoming less and less the more I fish  ;D

Brad

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If it's a confidence bait ,I'll stay with it off and on all day.A bait that I'm not really sold on yet will get switched a lot quicker.

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Well if its at a pond I tend to fish the pond really good with the bait i am confident in then if I don't get a bite after working the whole pond i'll switch to another type.....lake is kinda different cause you can catch fish in some spots other you can't.

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I have 3-4 baits rigged up and fish them all throughout the day.

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If its a bait I know will produce I'd guess maybe 45 min. with nothing until I would switch.  If it's something I'm not sure about it can range from 5 min. to 30 min.

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::)When I'm fishing I usally have up to 10 different baits tied on and when I fish a place that I know there are fish or bait in, I'lll slow up even more and really work  it hard until I can pattern them. :P

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For me this is a hard queston to answer. I will give you an example. I fished a lake last monday with a bomber crankbait. After fishing the bait for 2 hours I got one bite. As I continued to covering water conditions changed. I found water that was a little more clear. I changed to a bait that ran the same depth but changed style and color and started catching fish. When I got back to the dirtier water I changed again to a spinnerbait then caught more fish. When I made another loop around the lake I changed again to a crankbait that had a different vibration. A general answer would be change and let the fish tell you what they want. What you need to do is change to keep up with conditions your faced with. Some days are tough and you might be using the right bait but not at the right time.

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I will have to keep a closer eye on conditions, and change as needed.  Using clips, as I asked in a previous post makes it easy too.

THX

Ric

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Great question because I caught myself wanting to try too many new colors in too many bait types.  The water is a little muddy, so I've been catchin' a few hear and there on new fat bodied chartruese or crawdad colored crankbaits which I don't use much because the shad colored slimmer(like rapala's) cranks seem to work much better on the water I fish.  But, when I switched to a shallow shad rap(the old standby), I started catching 'em right away! I agree that you should always have your "old standby" ready at a moments notice, even if it isn't working for say the first half hour or so.

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