Run and gun fishing.

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Run and gun. That is the mantra of many anglers. They may fish five-minutes and run to greener pastures. That may be okay for tournament anglers and the gas companies. We used to chuckle when we witnessed this technique. We have quit laughing.

During trip one on Lake Jordan, we caught fish on points. We would continue down the shore. Nothing. Then we would reach the next point and catch a crappie or a spot. This scenario repeated itself for another four hours.

The second trip was short. We were on a mission to catch a few fish, shoot a video, run home. You guessed it. The soon-to-be famous fish were on points. These points only gave us just one or two fish each.

Was the third trip the charm? Yes, we learned our lesson. We started the day fishing a point that gave up a spot and a crappie. An inner point produced a zero return. We fished an outer point and bagged another spot. We killed an hour fishing a cove for another zero. A small cove with three points within produced two more spots. The Road Runner pro series head combined with a white profile body did the trick on all three trips. We did not vary beyond this combination.

About mid-morning, we took a gamble. Referring to the Humminbird GPS, we figured it was 12-miles to a likely point with several eddies and points. This was a good excuse to run through the three-month old fuel in the boat. The G3 handled the chop pretty well. Our headwinds were easily 10 to 15 miles per hour.

The first cast resulted in a solid two-pound crappie. This point needed a five-minute rest before it would fess up another crappie or spot. Twenty-five minutes later, five more fish visited our boat.

What did we learn?
1. The fish are clinging to the points because they want deep water nearby. It is summertime after all.
2. Miss a fish or catch a couple and the other fish would shut down. Something about the caught or missed fish lighting up turned their neighbors off. (We have witnessed this on other impoundments before.)
3. Running and gunning is not so bad after all.

Do we beat a theory to death before we confirm it? Indeed.


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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