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Building Confidence with New Baits
I feel that as anglers we sometimes get "hooked" on our go to confidence baits. I know that I have spent the whole day throwing the same baits without success...because I feel comfortable with them. My New Year resolution was to use more baits that I lack confidence in...and grow my techniques and presentations. I was rewarded on this trip with a chunky 5+ pound bass.

5+ Pound Bass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8OM3WHTF34
(This post was edited by 1Cast1Fish on Jan 28, 2018, 10:42 AM)
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Re: [1Cast1Fish] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
I think of lures as tools, tools to attract and then provoke strikes.

The tools should be designed to meet specific conditions, i.e., proper depth, proper action, proper size, proper color.

Once you think of lures this way, you will find that the only confidence you need is that you know the location of the fish and their mood.

Good luck and well done in expanding your knowledge base.
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Re: [Anglinarcher] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Are the fish learning our lures?

I seem to be expert at enticing fish to follow my lures up to me before they turn away almost as if they want to see what fool thinks they can fool us fish with that thing!

I got some new lures to try when that happens. They are huge and very realistic and look and swim just like a fish. Having neutral buoyancy and a clever design that has them turn 180° and suspend to face the larger fish that is following.

That becomes another sort of trigger for the fish to attack it instead of just watching it and following it in.

Ronald :)

Let's go fishing! I prefer to fish with others. I'm well equipped with plenty to share and have a vehicle with amazing off road capabilities to get us to even hard to reach fishing destinations. Let's team up! Private Message me to suggest I come to where you're fishing or plan a trip with me! Now that it will soon be ice fishing season, let's become a team and enter tournaments!

be prepared, be very prepared

Don't become a Zombie in The Great Collapse!

I'm using my BFT profile as my personal dating website and posting my latest date invitations to *single young BFT fisherladies with courage enough to put a worm on a hook. Dinner date proposal: BFT Dinner and Catfish Contest Awards and planning our fishing trip.
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Re: [1Cast1Fish] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Guilty as charged! I have at times become so insistant on using my go-to marabou jigs on chasing trout that I can’t pull myself away from it to try other methods. Lately I have become more open to different methods (ie) flies., scented jigs etc. and have realized that the fish are not going to respond to what I want them to but will make up their own minds. Be open minded and let go of stubbornness and catch more fish!
Just one more brookie........
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Re: [1Cast1Fish] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
It is a rare fishing trip that I don't try something new that I have either never or rarely used. Sometimes it is the ticket and often it is not. Another thing I like to do is to pay attention to those who are having success at catching fish to determine if they are doing something different that I can learn from.


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
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Re: [brookieguy1] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Seems most of us are somewhat guilty of limiting ourselves to what we are already confident in. I plan on continuing to focus on my weaker presentations and techniques this year so that I can add a few more tools to the tool bag.
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Re: [1Cast1Fish] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Exactly my way!

Not only do I change lures when I'm not catching, I'll change when I am to see what else works.

Not only that, but I'll become good at one fishing style and start all over again. I really got into fly fishing and more extreme into fly tying than any might imagine, but put it all away and got spinning and conventional rods and reels of all sorts starting with catching big fish with big lures.

But, I'm already getting ready for my first surf fishing vacation.

I haven't truly abandoned any style -- just focused on the present and future ones.

I'll be diverse in my fishing. It's one of the reasons I enjoy fishing with others -- it's opportunity to learn something new!

Ronald :)

Let's go fishing! I prefer to fish with others. I'm well equipped with plenty to share and have a vehicle with amazing off road capabilities to get us to even hard to reach fishing destinations. Let's team up! Private Message me to suggest I come to where you're fishing or plan a trip with me! Now that it will soon be ice fishing season, let's become a team and enter tournaments!

be prepared, be very prepared

Don't become a Zombie in The Great Collapse!

I'm using my BFT profile as my personal dating website and posting my latest date invitations to *single young BFT fisherladies with courage enough to put a worm on a hook. Dinner date proposal: BFT Dinner and Catfish Contest Awards and planning our fishing trip.
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Re: [RonPaulFan] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Nightcrawlers are my go to bait.
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Re: [Cessna150] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Cessna150 wrote:
Nightcrawlers are my go to bait.

I love nightcrawlers...caught plently of fish with nothing more than a worm and bobber.
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Re: [RonPaulFan] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
I can't wait to hear about your surf fishing vacation. I have been wanting to go catch surf perch for a long time. I want to make sure I can catch a lot of them before I go because it is going to be pricier in time and money than my typical FG fishing trip. I want to try Washington because Washington honors my concealed carry license. ;-)
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Re: [Cessna150] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Washington makes sense for that reason to me, too. I'm ultra conservative and don't want to give California my dollars.

I also considered the expense of all the surf fishing equipment, vehicle and long trip expenses regarding productivity. But, the productivity I'm looking at is the learning experience. IF I were to live on the beach and could fish every day for almost no cost, then there would be no problem with slowly learning over a long amount of time by trial and error.

But, with a short window of opportunity to learn, I decided it would be cost effective to add hiring an expert surf fishing guide / distance casting coach to also pick the beach that I can drive on and time it with expected fish migration to have a productive surf fishing vacation.

I haven't had success at learning surfcasting with my practice and stopped practicing because it's not beneficial to develop bad habits, so I look to learn it from an expert when I find that expert.

So far, I spent considerable time mostly watching an internet surf fishing group that is mostly on the East coast. If you found a surf fishing group on the West coast or specific to Washington, then please let me know. I also still haven't found that guide / distance casting coach preferably in Washington for the reasons you gave or perhaps even further north in Canada or Alaska.

I like the idea of Alaska. It's a lot more distant, but it is our United States of America and they aren't trying to vote that away there and gun rights are excellent there!

Ronald :)

Let's go fishing! I prefer to fish with others. I'm well equipped with plenty to share and have a vehicle with amazing off road capabilities to get us to even hard to reach fishing destinations. Let's team up! Private Message me to suggest I come to where you're fishing or plan a trip with me! Now that it will soon be ice fishing season, let's become a team and enter tournaments!

be prepared, be very prepared

Don't become a Zombie in The Great Collapse!

I'm using my BFT profile as my personal dating website and posting my latest date invitations to *single young BFT fisherladies with courage enough to put a worm on a hook. Dinner date proposal: BFT Dinner and Catfish Contest Awards and planning our fishing trip.
(This post was edited by RonPaulFan on Jan 29, 2018, 11:45 AM)
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Re: [RonPaulFan] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Good luck on your surf trip and planning. I have only surf fished on the East Coast and Texas. I get out on the East Coast surf fishing once or twice a year normally. I think my best surf fishing moment was this last year in NC when I got ahold of about a 8-10ft Sand Tiger Shark from the fishing pier. It ended up wrapping me around the pier and snapped off. It was a epic 1hour plus battle. You can check it out if interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z2Jv7jS3QU
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Re: [RonPaulFan] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
RonPaulFan wrote:
Exactly my way!

Not only do I change lures when I'm not catching, I'll change when I am to see what else works.

Not only that, but I'll become good at one fishing style and start all over again. I really got into fly fishing and more extreme into fly tying than any might imagine, but put it all away and got spinning and conventional rods and reels of all sorts starting with catching big fish with big lures.

But, I'm already getting ready for my first surf fishing vacation.

I haven't truly abandoned any style -- just focused on the present and future ones.

I'll be diverse in my fishing. It's one of the reasons I enjoy fishing with others -- it's opportunity to learn something new!

Problem with Alaska is, if you drive, you have to go through Canada. Unfortunately, they don't respect our God given right to bear arms. Maybe you can put your car on a ferry and avoid communist Canada, but I don't know.
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Re: [Cessna150] Building Confidence with New Baits In reply to
Alaska by boat sounds fun and fits with me thinking about setting up my portable cabin there. I also have a lifetime membership in Front Sight including their Alaska facility. If I did drive, I could send some guns there. Too bad about Canada because they have some excellent fishing.

Ronald :)