JeffD Posted September 21, 2009 Report Share Posted September 21, 2009 Let's say you have 4 hours to fish and far too many miles of river to possibly wade in that time. One question I face is how fast I should be fishing. One extreme is to exhaustively fish each and every promising cubic inch of water, leaving no stone unturned. Another extreme is to set out walking, possibly throwing a buzzbait or spinner, and only stop to fight a fish. Each time I go out, I'm faced with deciding just where in the middle of these two extremes I should be. I think the answer depends on your objective. Some objectives I pursue, though not simultaneously, are as follows: 1. catch as many fish as possible 2. optimize the chance of landing a real lunker-say an 18-20 incher 3. explore some new stretch of a river 4. maximize enjoyment 5. get a cardio workout. It makes sense to go very fast if you are pursuing either #3 and #5, and this is when Brendan's (an old blog article of his) "Power March" with a buzzbait can make some sense. I'm mostly interested in #4, which is usually a compromise between the first three objectives. The aim is to catch several fish, hopefully some large ones, possibly explore some new water and learn something about smallie fishing that will make you better the next trip. However, knowing this doesn't entirely solve the problem. I recently started using a snap, following the advice of a frequent fishing partner, Phil Fiscella. This has helped define the pace, because I can alternate between slow and fast in my lure selection. My current system, which is always evolving, is to keep a steady pace through poor and marginal water, throwing a fast moving bait that makes sense for the conditions. Upon approaching a nice pool, logjam, or other interesting feature, I'll fan cast with a topwater, spinner, or crankbait, and then slow down to thoroughly dissect the area with a tube jig. One issue is deciding which features are interesting enough to merit such a thorough dissection. Well, there are so many variables involved in making fishing decisions that this can never be solved. Nevertheless, I'd be interested in knowing what others think about finding the right pace, either when wading or fishing from a kayak or canoe. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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