This week I’m going to talk about something that’s been bugging me for a while. It’s the fact that some anglers refuse to open their minds to new lures and to new approaches in smallmouth fishing. I see it every day in the tackle store. It bugs me because I know these guys could be catching more fish if they’d just do something different.
If you’re going to catch smallies on a regular basis you’re going to have to change your approach to find them and make them bite from time to time. I don’t care how much you like to fish a tequila sunrise plastic worm rigged Texas style on rocks. It won’t catch fish all the time. Saying things like, “That’s my lure.”, or “That’s my color.”, or “That’s my spot.” is silly. Why limit yourself?
I’m guessing that if you’re reading this column you probably read most of the others as well. The first thing that you notice is that the anglers who write those columns, and who are successful at the Elite Series and Open levels, throw whatever it takes to catch them. They may, or may not, have a favorite lure or place to fish but they never let that get in the way of catching fish.