I'm not one to be overflowing with pride, ego, or bragging. But I do consider myself to be an observant and meticulous fisherman. I have been working hard, as hard as I ever have, to tease apart the factors that are important for identifying patterns and successful strategies for catching bass. I, like some others, am really fishing for patterns. If I just wanted to catch, I'd buy a boat, or at least be out in my kayak.
Or fish the canal.
So last weekend was that much harder. I fished what I thought were the right patterns. And I was rewarded with nothing but a good amount of sleep deprivation, and a $30 tab in gas for my car.
And it seems everyone's been tied into fish yet, but me. My ego has been pretty bruised, I admit it.
I fished my local honey hole Friday night, knowing the conditions just weren't right. It was cold. The water was cold. I never got "that feeling" and had no strikes despite what looked like great conditions- it was just too cold! Back to the estuary I guess? I bopped along the shore for a while half heatedly, and gave up around 2am. A lot of weed in the water, but not as much as I thought honestly, and I was able to work darters and swimming plugs about 1/3 of casts with 0 weed among rock and sand. Sluggos went weed free.
Saturday I skipped. Way too tired this early in the season.
Sunday night I went down to RI for some day time scouting. Found a new and great area filled with potential. But just no fish. I threw a lot of buck-tails Sunday during the afternoon and evening. I took a break to eat and get another coffee, and then fished from about 7 through 10pm at the normal haunts. Starting out, I just didn't have that feeling, and it felt like I was fishing into an empty sea. Until all of a sudden at about 8pm, just as it was really getting dark, I saw bunker jumping out of the water and big splashes. I was all fired up, but I just couldn't casts even 1/2 the distance to the fish- not even with a needle plug and a "try and break it off" power cast. It was frustrating, and I walked away feeling pretty irritated.
I'm dying for Friday. VENGENANCE