A typical spring or summer pattern we fish follows.
1. We start the predawn with soft, twitch-baits like the Shad Assassin or Skippy Fish lures for spots and bass. The waters have had all night to cool. This means the fish will be shallow. As the sun rises, it heats the atmosphere. This pushes cool air down too.
2. The water starts to warm and fish begin to move deeper. We break out the Road Runners in the 1/8th oz. size and pick up more fish.
3. This bite may slow by 10 o’clock, so we have some choices to make.
a. We can switch to Texas rigs to fish deep for more bass.
b. Switch to ultra-lights and cast Road Runners on the bluegill beds.
c. We could spider-rig crappie on the deeper brush-piles.
d. Take a nap and return to night fish for cats.
Do you see a pattern? We are versatile. Because we are not married to a certain technique, we can adapt as fish move. Since we love to catch any fish, we can move to fish that are more responsive.
Ron and I call it “Fishing by the clock”.
Obviously, a versatile boat with plenty of storage for all these techniques and tackle is handy.