No Pattern at All

Finding a successful pattern could be considered the basis for all bass fishing but what if there is no pattern at all? This doesn’t happen often and when it does it would be easy to think that we just didn’t find the bait they wanted today. When just getting started in bass fishing a day like this can really shake your confidence. Experienced anglers know this can happen but are still hard-wired to find a solution. Either way, knowing that the playing field is leveled (as in wrecked) helps to keep things in perspective. To experience any success at all on a day like this is the result of a lot of hard work and that may be a pattern of its own.

It helps to diagnose the symptoms early. A light bite is one INDICATOR but look for more. Seeing bass swimming around but not being able to get them interested almost seals the deal. The issue is pretty much settled when a single bait or presentation only works once or twice on the same group of fish then doesn’t work at all. If you are fishing by yourself the next step to take is to change baits and presentations often. When you have more folks on the boat it’s helpful to keep everyone on different baits until something works. Switching others quickly to the bait that worked may result in another bass or two being caught but watch for the bite to die quickly and be ready to go back to presenting multiple baits and presentations.

Bringing in an average sized catch on a day like this is an INDICATOR that as an angler, your work ethic and skill sets are well developed and can stand up to the toughest conditions…no pattern at all.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

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