Here are a couple of things that might help you out next time you go fishing BassTracker.
1. Learn and understand your electronics, which I‘m sure you do. Then trust what you see on it and go from there. No fish on the screen, then move till you do locate some. Once you find some fish, make a mental note of what depth the fish are staged at and what kind of cover they are staged on.
2. Now grab up the rod with the bait on it that you have the most confidence in and use it. Look around at your environment while you are fishing; think about what your bait is doing under the water with the type of retrieve that you are using. Change it up from time to time and see what happens. You must come up with the right presentation that the fish will react to. Heck, even two exact same baits will run through the water different, therefore you have to keep playing around till you find what the fish want. I’m not trying to bust no bubbles here, but the sad part is, once you have found something that works, it can and will change before the day is over.
A lot of anglers, including myself, attack the water way to fast when we first get on the water looking for fish. We get into what I call the frantic mode. We start out fishing fast looking for some fish. And some times we just can not find a bite to save our life. Therefore we slip into this frantic mode where we start fishing even faster. We cast with one pole a couple of times, drop it down and pick up another one to cast out, and then another, etc. etc. Now an hour or so has slipped by us and we still haven’t gotten a bite. We get more excited and we can’t believe this happening to us. We also see other anglers catching a few fish here and there and it bothers us that much more, which only increases our frustration level and we seem to fish even faster. After you have reached this mental state of mind, you will not catch any fish. Your brain is all fogged up with frustration and disbelief. When you get to this point, I believe your body language can actually be detected by the fish and they will not strike at your bait no matter what you are throwing. This is when you need to STOP everything that you are doing and start all over. Pull up your T/M, grab a drink, a snack, sit down, and crank up the big motor so you can begin a slow cruse around the lake while you enjoy your snack, drink and the cool breeze in your face. Now that you have calmed down a little, go a head and pick your brain about all the stuff that you think you were doing wrong, process it, and then think in a positive way about what you can change to make things happen. Once you have established this, you are now ready to start all over with a different approach and attitude. Now go find some fish, rip some lips and have a great day on the water.