Today I have decided to put the rods and boat away until next spring. 2013 was an awesome season in many ways, and we can’t wait to grow and develop our project during the off season. First off, we would like to thank everyone for both their interest and support in our endeavors. We are dedicated to bringing you new and better footage during our off season. This includes fishing footage, bait reviews, boat tips and storage suggestions and many more. We also hope to get our website up soon, and hopefully begin to introduce the beginning stages of our line of custom apparel.
With that being said, I wish to maybe spark a conversation about the dynamics of bass fishing – especially the ones that frustrate us. This past fall has been one of the more challenging periods of time I have ever encountered. Once the consistent temps and conditions of the summer time dissipated, developing a solid pattern and staying on a good bite became very difficult. We all know at that consistent conditions will always help us develop a pattern to catching more bass. But the question that arises is what to do when weather patterns reflect those of all four seasons, over the span of a few days.
We always hear people talk about the “turnover.” Well, this year, that period of thermocline shift stretched over the span of several weeks, maybe even months. Even into the second week of November, the fall bite is still stagnant – at least for a few of us 🙂 Last year at this time, in the same conditions and water temps, I was targeting schooled largemouth producing 18-20lb bags every time I fished. This year, that pattern (and many others) have not been producing the bags that I anticipated.
I have learned that during these periods of drastic transition, that finesse fishing may not be the best approach. Fishing hard and covering water may be the best way to put five in the box, without wasting your whole day drop shotting on a grass line or hump. This is exactly what happened yesterday on Lake Wequaquet. I was able to put five in the box, but I worked for them for sure. I had to abandon any preconceived patterns I had developed, and just fish. When approaching crisis mode to obtain a limit, discarding your previous knowledge of patterns and locations can allow you to stay open minded – which might be the difference between getting skunked and going home with a check.
Thanks again to our fans and supporters for the continued dedication to our project. Stay tuned for some awesome footage coming up soon. And as always, Tight Lines – Keep Fishing!