Many people both in the past and present have asked on how we have achieved success both in tournament and general fishing. Basically I have suggested to them it is just about spending time on the water.
Believe me we don’t catch fish absolutely every time we go out or if we do, sometimes it is nothing to brag about. It is a bit like the local guy you know gambling at the pub you will hear about all his wins but not about how much money it took to achieve that.
Don’t get me wrong though that time on the water was not spent wasting the day away. There is something you can always learn from each and every trip. Whether it is not what to do or perhaps trying to work out a pattern, different locations etc;
It doesn’t matter what you are targeting it always pays to be alert. Register feeding birds on bait schools, drop off’s on the sounder, weed beds, structure, moon phase, tide changes, wind directions, barometer, water temperatures etc; they can all have an effect one way or another in either fresh or saltwater species. Either register this in a diary or in your head. Note when you had your best fishing sessions and try to replicate this.
Most of you probably see regular facebook posts from Chris Cleaver. From what I know of Chris this hasn’t come easy. He has spent a lot of time of the water to get to where he is now. He is at a stage where he can read the water and know what is happening so well no matter what the species. A legend he is, but he for one will tell you to spend more time on the water.
Spending as much time on the water whether it is for different species will just switch you on with what is happening under the water and will eventually give you more success.
Goodluck and I hope to see you on the water more often.