Chang­ing tac­tics

Adam Clancey finds the key to con­sis­tent suc­cess of­ten in­volves the abil­ity to adapt in re­sponse to chang­ing fac­tors.

NZ Fishing News - - Reader's Story -

One of the things that make fish­ing so ad­dic­tive – and of­ten frus­trat­ing – is the fact you may go out one day, have a good catch and think you’ve got it wired, only to miss out on the very next trip!

There­fore, the abil­ity to achieve con­sis­tent fish­ing re­sults of­ten re­lies on your abil­ity to change tac­tics, which can be minute by minute, day by day, or month by month.

Some tac­ti­cal changes can be pretty ob­vi­ous, but re­quire hav­ing con­fi­dence in your tackle and rig­ging skills. For ex­am­ple, you may be snap­per fish­ing when a school of ka­hawai starts busting up on the sur­face. There are quite a few things that can be done tac­ti­cally to take ad­van­tage of this. Firstly, if you have a light cast­ing setup rigged with a small metal jig and the ac­tion isn’t too far away, you can sim­ply whip out a cast to the feed­ing fish and crank the lure quickly back to the boat. Al­ter­na­tively, you might get the an­chor in and put the boat into a po­si­tion where you can get close enough to cast over to the work­ing fish. Bust-ups of­ten hap­pen very quickly and can end just as quickly, so speed is es­sen­tial to get a re­sult – a great rea­son to have mul­ti­ple rods set up and ready to go for a va­ri­ety of tech­niques.

Sub­tle changes can make a huge dif­fer­ence to fish­ing suc­cess or fail­ure. These in­clude changes in the wind and cur­rent speed and di­rec­tion. Many times I have been in the mid­dle of a hot bite when the wind changes or the cur­rent shifts and the fish go off the bite. Slack tides tend to af­fect how fish bite – and can be in pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive ways. While there are no hard-and-fast rules, it pays to have an aware­ness of what the wind and cur­rent are do­ing.

A cou­ple of very sim­ple tac­tics can be used to deal with these sorts of changes. If the cur­rent or wind is dy­ing out, try us­ing lighter sinkers or even pull the an­chor and try drift fish­ing. Or, if the wind changes di­rec­tion and op­poses the cur­rent, cre­at­ing a sit­u­a­tion where your rig ends up un­der­neath the boat, try ty­ing your an­chor off in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion, or even dou­ble an­chor­ing if con­di­tions al­low. Other­wise, try at­tach­ing a bucket or a drogue out the back while still an­chored – much more of the cur­rent is har­nessed, so the ef­fects of the wind are negated.

When us­ing soft-baits, you can try us­ing a drag­ging tech­nique or cast­ing at a dif­fer­ent an­gle to achieve bet­ter lure con­tact and con­trol.

Sea­sonal tac­ti­cal changes play a big part in be­ing able to en­joy year-round fish­ing suc­cess. In many ar­eas cer­tain species be­come more com­mon at cer­tain times than at oth­ers. It is there­fore

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