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I was looking at some old posts, and came across some great information as to what people could do to up their game in the bass fishing world. At the risk of being ridiculed, I will re-post these ideas, because I think they are pretty solid. So, without further adieu, here are some suggestions, circa mid-decade...

buy good hooks. (they come from Japan)

buy good line. (it comes from Japan)

buy good reels. (Japan)

buy good rods (these can be obtained from Japan, Washington, and to a lesser degree, from Wisconson)

tie palomar knots.

change line more often (like every couple trips)

fish up hill more.

slow down!

observe the area carefully.

react to fishing pressure with radical presentations.

anchor! (see "slow down!")

don't rule out bait.

be comfortable with all types of gear... (spinning, casting, fly)

troll.

build tackle.

have raingear.

cary raingear!

be on good terms with the spouse.

use very large lures.

use very small lures.

do not read fishing reports, they cloud the mind.

trust your gut.

you probobly have enough tackle already.

i struggle with that last one.

cheers!

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Interesting - I tried to see how my current bass-fishing gear/mindset/approach matches up.



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buy good hooks. (they come from Japan)
Yup - good hooks, no matter where they come from, definitely help.


buy good line. (it comes from Japan)
I'm mixed on this one. Some of my mono and fluoro comes from overseas, but my braid (PowerPro) does not.


buy good reels. (Japan)
Can't disagree with this one too much. Still, I wonder where ABU reels are made...is it still Sweden?


buy good rods (these can be obtained from Japan, Washington, and to a lesser degree, from Wisconsin)
True, true...


tie palomar knots.
Don't always do this. I do spend a lot of time tying and re-tying good knots though.


change line more often (like every couple trips)
I should do this, but I don't. No good excuse either, at least with the mono.


fish up hill more
Shhhhh!


slow down!
When I grow up, I want to be like TMC with his multi-minute retrieves!


observe the area carefully.
Very true!


react to fishing pressure with radical presentations.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Does throwing swimbaits 80% or more of the time count as radical or is it stubborn or stupid or silly?


anchor! (see "slow down!")
Not yet, but I may start doing this.


don't rule out bait.
It took fishing with my kids to "remember" how effective this can be.


be comfortable with all types of gear... (spinning, casting, fly)
spinning - comfortable; casting - comfortable; fly - working on it.


troll.
Are you calling me names? Since my transit speed is trolling speed, I do this a lot. There've been some surprising results, too.


build tackle.
I'm trying. First step will be to tie up some float 'n' fly jigs; then I might work on the jerkbait flies.


have raingear.
Got it.


carry raingear!
Whenever there's a chance of rain, it goes in the 'toon.


be on good terms with the spouse.
X2!


use very large lures
Is a 12" lure large enough?


use very small lures.
A big jig for the float 'n' fly is 1.5" long.


do not read fishing reports, they cloud the mind.
But what else am I supposed to do when I can't get on the water?


trust your gut
My gut generally say, "go ahead, throw a swimbait or the Punker...so what if it's 40F water and the middle of the day, the fish will eat it!" Sometimes my gut worries me.


you probably have enough tackle already.
Shhhhh! Don't tell my wife!


i struggle with that last one.
Who doesn't?



Looks like more work is needed!
 

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Yep....

In other words, be flexible, have an open mind, and don't turn up your nose at anything. It will make you a successful angler. Hit all areas of the spectrum. No truer words have been spoken. I try to do all of the above. I even fish for filthy trout! And troll for them to boot! :D :D :eek:
 
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