Winter is in full swing and fishing officially sucks! Josh’s pep talks are wearing off and the thought of soaking scent impregnated baits or hopping vibes resembles torture more than anything else. I’m in a slump and the fishing on the weekend reminded me of that.
The last 6 outings have resulted in less than a handful of fish, with more than a fair share of fishless sessions attributed to my name, I’m starting to think that I can’t crack this winter fishing thing.
Although I got to test the new Tournament Specialist Bream rods on the weekend, I couldn’t help but think I am in for a long winter. The freezing cold mornings leads to dexterity issues, the mind numbing “blading” sessions scare me and the thought of partaking in the “lucky dip” as Russell Babekuhl describes it makes me wonder why anyone would consider fishing in winter, let alone running a bream tournament.
The weekend of fishing resulted in several conclusions:
- I enjoy fishing in water depths where I could possibly stand if I wanted to i.e. 5ft or less
- I enjoy fishing in water temperatures where I could comfortably stand if I wanted to i.e. 23-24 degrees or higher
- I without a doubt subscribe to the “power fishing” philosophy
I have resigned to the fact that I may have to join in the “lucky dip” over the next few weekends. Throwing metal blades is something that I have been chipping away at and using scent impregnated soft baits is something that I used to do before I matured into fishing crank baits. Keeping my attention focused on small hops with blades in big expanses of water failed to challenge me and I wasn’t able to maintain my concentration.
My battle over the next few weeks is going to be staying focussed but also ensuring I don’t lose touch with my limited casting ability, because I know that I’ll be fishing boat hulls, snags and structure very soon.
Winter is necessary, it is needed to make me fully appreciate the rush of accurately casting into structure, hooking fish, extracting fish from hairy situations and doing it all under a baking hot sun. Bring on the longer days and warmer weather because winter fishing is no fun at all!