Use your clock to catch more fish.

Jeff Samsel

Jeff Samsel follows
the fish that will bite.

Last week’s blog was about appealing to more of the fish’s senses. This week’s tip is about you. The more techniques you pack into a trip, the more fish you will catch.

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.

Blessings, tj

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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2 Responses to Use your clock to catch more fish.

  1. Jerry says:

    Love the tips, however, Mrs. Canon won’t allow me to but too much for fishing. However, do you have an article on catching crappie? I need to catch some…getting hungry. 😉

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