Go ahead. Second-guess the fish to find them.

Sure enough, this fish was in deeper water.

Sure enough, this fish was in deeper water.

The wind gusted. Leaves fluttered down like snow. Ron looked at me and we both said the same thing, “Oh crap”. I eased the boat down to cruising speed. “Are we going to the river?” Ron asked. “Nope, it’ll be easier to fight the wind in the creek.” I replied. (Funny thing about a Yamaha 4-stroke, you can actually talk while running.) “Great, we’re 300-yards from the dock and we’re already on plan-B.” Ron chuckled.

We stopped near some stumps in 9-feet of water. Then we eased to the deeper side and bagged two small fish. A repeat of that pass had no results. The water temperature was 66-degrees. I had to try the shallower side. “The fish should be here.” Nothing. Water depths of seven to ten feet were not producing crappie.

It was time to second-guess their depth.

We pressed on to one of our GPS spots. This location features a 16 to 12-foot ledge. The crappie began to bite voraciously. The frenzy lasted about a half-hour. We moved to similar waters and picked up a few more fish. 20-24 crappies visited our boat. (We need to get a fish-counter.)

Today was a reminder to second-guess what you think. The fish “should” have been in shallower water. They had other plans.

Keep an open mind. Sometimes, a little guesswork goes a long way.

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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4 Responses to Go ahead. Second-guess the fish to find them.

  1. richardmax22 says:

    Such is the life of a serious fishermen. I know so many guys that fish the day away using what worked yesterday, last week, or last month, and won’t change. Successful fishing requires thinking. In bass fishing, a good example of that is watching fishermen pounding the shoreline all day long without success, never thinking to fish off shore. I see that in smallmouth fishing all the time.

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Too true. Too true. Change is should be on our minds all day.
      Those smallmouth may come to the shallows to feed for an hour and spend the rest of the day, on the the next ledge. Why not fish where they live the other 23-hours? 🙂

  2. Well said, TJ. I guess that is what keeps fishing interesting.

    My grand father landed a 5 foot sturgeon this summer, up near the Canadian border. They were fishing for walleyes, doing walleye tactics, and doing a good job of it too, until his rod tip hooped over something fierce. Took him 50 minutes to finally see what it was. That’s fishing. You can just never be sure what sort of adventure you may run in to.

    Tight lines, TJ!

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