Im­pro­vise, Adapt and Over­come

SA Bass - - Sa Bass / Strate­gies -

We fight, end­ing up fish­ing so fast that not even a sail­fish that jumps at 68mph will catch your lure. Or we flee; we start run­ning around on the lake look­ing for “bet­ter” spots. The hard part is to find out what type of an­gler you are. Do you fight, or flee? Take control of that - re­flect on past events and find out whether you fought or fled. Take that part of your per­son­al­ity and evolve it, but never be over­con­fi­dent.

Im­pro­vise

Be­fore you fight or flee, use what is avail­able. Don’t go look­ing for some­thing you don’t know or don’t re­ally know where it is. Cast and re­lax; let your lure set­tle; don’t fo­cus on your bait; look around you. Use what is avail­able be­cause you went to this spot for a rea­son. If the fish aren’t there then they could be close. I’ve iden­ti­fied sev­eral good fish­ing spots be­fore, ar­rived and then boom - no one is home. Mov­ing 100 me­ter away and then find them on a tree or a rock pile I didn’t fish dur­ing the pre-fish.

Adapt

So you’ve found fish on a slightly dif­fer­ent pat­tern to what you orig­i­nally pre­pared for. Now ad­just to the new con­di­tions and don’t waste time. This rarely means fish­ing a dif­fer­ent lure colour but of­ten the dif­fer­ence be­tween a weight­less, or a Mojo rig. If you’re tar­get­ing fish on rocks with plas­tics then some­times it works to change tac­tics and crank the spot. Go back on to the plas­tics and you might be very sur­prised with what hap­pens.

Over­come

All you have to do now is suc­ceed. Go to the places you know and fish sim­i­lar struc­ture.

So you did all the above and you didn’t win! That sucks! But let’s get real for a minute; if you show up for na­tion­als, you’ve al­ready won the num­bers game in your re­gion. But can you deal with that kind of level of pres­sure. Yes, no, maybe? Let’s be real the hu­man race doesn’t do well un­der pres­sure; never have and never will. Yes, you get those oaks that be­lieve they do su­per well un­der pres­sure, but at some point they crash.

So in­stead of adding pres­sure to your life en­joy the mo­ment and en­joy the fish­ing. Iden­tify your weak­nesses and fix them. Ac­cept that you will not al­ways win; and you can’t al­ways loose. By the time this ar­ti­cle hits the shelves I will be in Texas for the B.A.S.S. Na­tion Cham­pi­onships and I am su­per ex­cited.

See you on the wa­ter soon.

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