I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year! Mine was great and got to spend some quality time with family. I was also able to get out on the water a couple times, so that made the holiday season even better!
Did you get any new fishing gear as a gift? I was fortunate to get a couple gift cards, a new spinning rod, and a new 6th Sense tackle bag! The gift cards are burning a hole in my pocket for sure! Ha
This fall and early winter fishing has been very tough, and maybe tougher than normal. I've struggled to catch fish consistently, and had a couple trips where I really thought I might blank, but was fortunate to put one or 2 fish in the boat.
The fish seemed to be much shallower than they have been in previous years. I have traditionally caught fish all the down ion 50 foot of water on a regular basis this time of year. This year in particular, I have been catching fish from the bank, and out to 20 foot of water. Very few fish have come from really deep.
I've also caught a number of spinnerbait fish, which in years past I wouldn't have even thrown the bait. I think the main reason I decided to throw the lure was due to a tip from someone at the tackle shop that they caught a fish on one back in October. Since then, I have been able to consistent catch spinnerbait fish. I have also been able to catch some jig fish semi-regularly. Then as usual the drop shot have played a roll in some fish catches as well.
I bring all this up to relay the following to you: Don't be afraid to think outside the box, and fish differently than you're accustomed to for a given season. Like I said above, normally I get bit deep in this time of year, but fish have been shallow! If I wouldn't have at least tried fishing shallow I would not have caught these fish. Don't be afraid to mix it up, and try baits that you don't normally throw!
If you always go to the lake and fish the same spots and locations, how do you expect to get better at fishing? You always fish the same points, or always fish the same techniques, but you may be missing out on finding that new favorite spot or that new favorite bait. One thing I know I need to get better on is reaction bait fishing. I know this a weakness of mine, and through this process that I have shared with you, I know I have increased my abilities with a spinnerbait specifically. One of the next baits I need to improve upon are crank baits.
I hope you enjoyed this read, and got some value out of it!
Take care, and go catch some fish! Matt