Slow Down, Think to Find Early Spring Lunkers
In case you haven't noticed, March Madness has come to a close and early spring is here. Ditto for the fishing world as one of the year's most exciting times arrives at many good bass waters around the country.
Like a coach looking for a weakness to exploit in his team's opponent, Major League Fishing co-founder Gary Klein has a game plan for his bass fishing in early spring.
“What I'm going to try to do is to establish a pattern,” Klein once told me about spring fishing. “The only way a pattern can be established is when an angler starts receiving strikes.”
“Early in the day, I'm more prone to fish more and more stuff, but once I get the bite isolated, then I'm good about going from target to target without wasting time,” he added.
“I’m trying to increase my efficiency as an angler.”
In other words, make sure that your shots count as an angler.
Over the years, the Weatherford, Texas, pro has been pretty good at doing that as his eight B.A.S.S. wins, 30 Bassmaster Classic appearances and more than $2 million in career earnings can attest.
But keep in mind that there is more to fishing a springtime pattern than just flinging lures at similar looking water.
“The biggest difference between a weekend angler and our level of fishermen (in the pros) is that we just don't see a tree in a pocket (of water), but we see where the fish will be positioned on that tree,” said Klein.
“In other words, we become very precise with our lure presentation,” he added.
“That's what we call establishing a pattern, and then while you're doing that, establishing a pattern within a pattern.”
Once he isolates the primary and secondary patterns in a given situation, Klein then works hard to slow down the tempo of his angling game.
“Probably the most important thing I can encourage anglers to do is to fish (slowly),” Klein said.
“Don't fish at a fast pace, but instead, really fish an area very thoroughly.”
Do that, and you could be well on your way to a winning day on your favorite bass water this spring.