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Do I Suck At This?!?


fishing user avatar---=Martin=--- reply : 

OK, so I went out on a larger canal today (one I went to with LgMouthGambler before) and I know where are fish there! I saw a ton of bass, and even two other fish, that were huge, about 2' each easily.

 

Anyways, I was casting a red 10" xoom worm with a 1/16 weight, then black worm, then 4" zoom lizard, then humping frog, then out of desperation I even ran the frog top water, then back to black 10" worm. NOTHING! Well, I did have one tiny bite when this stupid 5" bass nibbled on the end of my worm. But no real strikes/bites, nothing!

 

So, do I suck at this? Or is it the time of year/weather/time of day (i was there from 2-4pm). I've also been practicing my presentation, I try to wiggle and pull the worms so they look somewhat natural. Nothing helps!

 

Anyways, just venting I guess, I really hoped to catch SOMETHING! OH well.

 

BTW, the very large fish I saw looked kind of like a bass, but had wider gill fins and appeared a bit more silver'ish. What could it be? I know it was not snake head nor gar, but what else lives in those water?


fishing user avatargripnrip reply : 

Just when you think you are going slow,  slooooooooow down some more.  They will bite but not all will.


fishing user avatarTrapperJ reply : 

This time of year will make you frustrated, it's hard for me to fish slow, on that note I'm going fishing tomorrow 72 degrees here in Okie land, 60 and cloudy today. So maybe that might wake a few more up.


fishing user avatarfstr385 reply : 

I tried burning spinners this weekend and ended up slowin way down before grabbing one in a kvd bluegill crank, went to change to a better color for clear water broke it on my troller, down to weightless senkos before I got good consistant bites. Slow bites.


fishing user avatarCaylub reply : 

Dude I completely feel your pain. I was asking myself the same thing today.


fishing user avatarwar-eagle reply : 

THATS BASS FISHING FOR YA!

Sometimes your just gonna have those days.


fishing user avatar---=Martin=--- reply : 
  On 1/28/2013 at 8:26 AM, Caylub said:
Dude I completely feel your pain. I was asking myself the same thing today.

 

yea i saw your post, looks like we're in the same boat :-(


fishing user avatarNitrofreak reply : 

First things first, you got a strike on a worm, there was your first clue, whatever you were doing with that worm should have given you something else to go on, instead of changing all those baits you should have just played with the color of your worm, you telling us you were trying all those baits means you lost patience, I dont know how well a Jerk Bait works down there but either that or a drop shot with a 4 or 3" robo worm will get their attention.

 

Be solid in what you are trying to accomplish here and show a ton of patience, like everyone has already stated SLOW is where it's at, be prepaired to have your bait in the water for a long time before you cast again and stop changing those baits.


fishing user avatarpiscicidal reply : 
  On 1/28/2013 at 6:41 AM, mvorbrodt said:
OK, so I went out on a larger canal today (one I went to with LgMouthGambler before) and I know where are fish there! I saw a ton of bass, and even two other fish, that were huge, about 2' each easily.

 

Anyways, I was casting a red 10" xoom worm with a 1/16 weight, then black worm, then 4" zoom lizard, then humping frog, then out of desperation I even ran the frog top water, then back to black 10" worm. NOTHING! Well, I did have one tiny bite when this stupid 5" bass nibbled on the end of my worm. But no real strikes/bites, nothing!

 

So, do I suck at this? Or is it the time of year/weather/time of day (i was there from 2-4pm). I've also been practicing my presentation, I try to wiggle and pull the worms so they look somewhat natural. Nothing helps!

 

Anyways, just venting I guess, I really hoped to catch SOMETHING! OH well.

 

BTW, the very large fish I saw looked kind of like a bass, but had wider gill fins and appeared a bit more silver'ish. What could it be? I know it was not snake head nor gar, but what else lives in those water?

 

Welcome to fishing man...those stupid little green fish will drive you crazy sometimes.  

 

It's part of the challenge....finding out what they want to hit.  I was out with my Dad today at the everglades and we were doing pretty well.  However, you had to give them EXACTLY what they wanted...they wanted a very slow falling bait.  They would not touch the moving baits nor would they hit a bait that was falling too fast.

 

The large silver fish that kind of looked like a bass...probably a snook!  They do look a lot like bass in the water and there's a bunch of land-locked snook around here....  They may look like a bass, but when he hits your lure you'll know he isn't.   Holy smokes, do those things fight. 


fishing user avatarGotfishyfingers? reply : 

I think the Full moon could of played a role in no bites.


fishing user avatarGotfishyfingers? reply : 

Probably a Blue Tilapia. There everywhere down here.


fishing user avatarfstr385 reply : 

hmm..  I thought full moon/new moon phases where the prime fishing days.


fishing user avatarfl_bass reply : 
  On 1/28/2013 at 9:17 AM, fstr385 said:
hmm.. I thought full moon/new moon phases where the prime fishing days.

Yeah me too. Got skunked today. Oh we'll next time I'll get em lol


fishing user avataraceofspades reply : 

Went out in Coral Springs myself today around 3pm. Saw some good sized bedding bass, but they wouldn't hit. 

 

Bounced around to some spots and caught some small guys. Then right before dark caught several decent fish on a zoom frog. Steady retrieve through grass.

 

Yesterday caught 20 peacocks and 7 large mouths (biggest was 22", no scale). Live minnows and x-raps. 


fishing user avatarSirSnookalot reply : 

Even though you're in Florida and it's Bass time doesn't mean you're not going to hit an off period.  I've been doing well this season but that last few days have been harder.  I thought I might get skunked yesterday, but caught 3 on the 11th hour to get off the schneid.

Most likely was a snook, too bad we have no freshies near where I live.  You think bass fishing might be a little slow, I've caught exactly 4 snook and 2 barracuda inshore in the last 5 weeks, no other fish at all.  We call it the winter doldrums and happens every year, this year seems worse than normal.  This is why I bass fish Dec, Jan and Feb, gotta have a rod bending everyday.


fishing user avatarGotfishyfingers? reply : 
  On 1/28/2013 at 9:17 AM, fstr385 said:
hmm..  I thought full moon/new moon phases where the prime fishing days.

My understanding is not the day of but a few days leading up to and a few after the full moon is when to go fishing. Saturday night was the Full moon. In the same aspect a full moon during spawning season brings the BIG mommas from the depths into shallow water.


fishing user avatarflyfisher reply : 

I read somewhere that 70% of all state record LM bass catches were within 3 days either before or after a full moon.  After reading hte article i created a spreadsheet for all of the citation reported bass here in VA and cross referenced them to the lunar tables and my data supported the article so i am a believer.

 

One thing i have noticed is that during the full moon and if it si a relatively clear night the morning bite usually isn't there since the fish were feeding more at night than normal.


fishing user avatarLgMouthGambler reply : 

Afternoon to nights are key times. Shallow water bites down here are killer with the spawning.


fishing user avatarTeal reply : 

I have noticed that too. On full moons i always do better if go around 3pmthe and fish till dark or later than i do if i go at first light. I have caught them just before the sun came over the trees and then bite shuts down for a while unless its a bunch of stragglers.


fishing user avatarBrettD reply : 

When fishing a full moon I always do best in the late afternoon or the first thirty minutes of daylight in the morning before the sun is even all the way up. By the time the sun is all the way up its time to go home. This is in the local neighborhood pond.


fishing user avatarDarren. reply : 

Following solunar calendars has not been a fishing boon for me. And I've got several apps on my iPhone for just that. There have been blue-bird days with a high pressure system which were supposed to awful, but were productive.

 

So I try not to rely on them as much anymore...but I'll still check.

 

That said, no, you don't suck at it. It is what it is. Sometimes it's hit or miss.


fishing user avatarquanjig reply : 

Don't be so hard on yourself. This is something that everyone has encountered in fishing soooooo many times that you stop getting frustrated by it and try to determine what you did learn from the outing as well as knowing that any day you can get after them is a good day!! You got outside, you enjoyed all that nature had to offer. Did you catch any fish? No, but it was a heck of a day none the less!! Always remember, those of us that have been chasing the little green trout for a great many years started out as a beginner, we are all here to help you make the transition into a successful angler. Ask questions, put time in on the water whenever possible and don't get frustrated and quit or give up, it's all a process, learn to enjoy it!!!


fishing user avatarBigbarge50 reply : 

Did I see a mention of a jig?  You saw fish, so dragging a jig with a trailer right by them might be a good idea.  Just keep at it.  


fishing user avatarLgMouthGambler reply : 

Its called FISHING, not CATCHING, lol. It happens.


fishing user avatar---=Martin=--- reply : 
  On 1/29/2013 at 6:34 PM, LgMouthGambler said:
Its called FISHING, not CATCHING, lol. It happens.

 

It sure is! I was fishing in the canal behind my house today, and yet again, I got skunked! Tried jitterbug, which got caught on some weeds, that's -$5 for me, as well as top water frog, and 10" pumpkin seed zoom worm. Not a single bite :-( Also, this time I didn't see any fish in the canal, I think the problem may be that the water level is about 2' below what it will be in the summer, looked like the deepest point was about 3'. Oh well, waiting for spring and rains to start...


fishing user avatarfl_bass reply : 
  On 1/29/2013 at 6:34 PM, LgMouthGambler said:
Its called FISHING, not CATCHING, lol. It happens.

That's what I tell my boys on those off days. lol




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