Okay, you've been out a few times, or if lucky, a bunch of times, but the weather wasn't right. Global warming seems to have become Global Cooling. The baits you bought that the manufacturers almost swore would catch more fish than did those lures you bought in the past never even attracted a hungry fish. Your new fish locater has yet to locate the big fish you've dreamt about for years. Before Opening Day, you went to a fishing club meeting as a guest, but you haven't caught bigger or more fish. You'd practice catch-and-release, but you first have to "catch."
Don't fret. Better days are coming. You didn't drive up onto your drive-on trailer and end up in the back of your SUV, did you?
It's tune-up time! I don't mean for your outboard motor, but this might be a solution too. Nothing is worse than getting onto the water and you've either drained your battery while trying to start the motor, or your arm feels like it's not ever going to pull the starter rope again, let alone have the pain free strength to drive your vehicle home. Worse yet, you don't think you can lift a cold one after your embarrassing fishing trip.
Spend an evening making a list. You can check it twice, if you like. Keep the spectrum wide, and start listing things that require immediate action. By immediate, I'm suggesting things needing fixing so that you are again on the watery road to catching more and hopefully bigger fish. It doesn't pay to drag the problems into the summer followed by a droopy fall.
If you're favorite crankbait is running crooked, fix the problem. A little bend or turn of the lure connection can have you back on the straight and narrow. If the lure has a bendable lip, carefully bend the lip to guide your bait the way you want it to retrieve. Some anglers bend the line screw eyelets or the lips to make the baits curve around piers, rafts, and other obstructions that often attract fish.
Have you found that your tackle box is not tuned to the seasonal “tastes” of your chosen species? For example, is your walleye box set-up for minnow fishing but the walleyes are into hitting nightcrawlers and leeches?
Update it, if you want to catch more fish, or switch to another tackle box that is set up for the warmer water walleye bite. An investment in a second tackle box is not as ridiculous as some people tell us. We know the difference when we catch fish and they don’t. Besides, we have more toys to play with.
Grab a coffee and sit down to think what you can tweak to improve you fishing. Not all of these things cost money. Stop using the heavy line that comes with spincast reels and switch to 4# line you might already have. Keep the slack out of you line when using bobbers. It’s hard enough to get a good hook set when the line has a 90 degree bend in it. The added line bow means more line to straighten out before the hook gets pulled into the mouth of the fish.
It’s time to go fishing.
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