My weekend was actually pretty enjoyable despite the fact that I spent it doing all the things that don’t really inspire me on the fishing front. Fortunately I had 2 great non boaters, and the social aspect of the tournaments didn’t disappoint.
Renowned for it’s deep bite, and given I couldn’t find a bite in less than 2 m of water (except for the “close to a meter flatty” I hooked on the first morning), I spent the weekend doing what everyone else was doing – fishing the deep water in “The Basin”.
This year, I’ve taken the attitude that I will do what I need to – technique wise, to get my limit each tournament. That is, rather than take the attitude that I’m going to tell the fish what I want them to do, or which lures I want them to bite. I love fishing the structure and the edge bite, but this weekend I used and honed a whole different skill set.
I spent a lot more time looking at my sounder this weekend, and this was probably the first time that I have really appreciated the upgrade to the Humminbird 998. In fact my pre fish day was predominantly spent cruising around, sounding out bottom structure and schools of bait. I could only catch a couple of small fish, but I identified areas that I was going to fish that were holding bait.
The things I learnt? The Basin holds some great by catch! Snapper, massive Flatties and elbow slapping Whiting! And, it’s great to have a couple of good non boaters for the conversation in those long “biteless” periods (thanks John & Joffa).
It was certainly an exercise in patience, but I came very close to my goal of catching my full limit in unfamiliar territory.