Tactics & Techniques

Versatility – Key to Success

Bass Angling Tools

You may be able to loosen a nut with a pair of pliers, but a socket wrench is probably a better choice. The same principle applies to fishing. In the past, you may have caught good numbers of bass on a plastic worm, but what happens when the fish aren’t in the mood for worms and that is the only tool you know how to use.

Kevin Springer - Bassin' USA Prodatff - KYMy fishing partner and I found ourselves is this situation a few years ago. We were very confident in our abilities to flip and pitch worms and jigs to shallow water cover and had a lot of success. But when fishing conditions began to change, and others were bringing in big stringers of fish by throwing crankbaits on deep-water ledges, we were left standing around for the door prizes. We had a decision to make, stay with what we knew, or get a different tool (lure) and learn how to use it. For us the choice was easy, we pulled some crankbaits out of our tackle boxes, changed out the rusty hooks and spent hours and hours on the water learning how to fish these baits (new tools). It wasn’t easy, and it didn’t happen the first trip out, but in the end we were able to add another dimension or tool to our fishing.

Now it seems every year another technique or lure makes its way onto the fishing scene. I’m not saying every one will work for you on your home water, but I would at least get familiar with them and experiment to see how they work, and if it makes sense, incorporate them into your fishing.

It doesn’t just stop with techniques and lures, now most companies have rods and reels designed specifically for baits and techniques as well. Many fishermen may think these products don’t make a difference, but they definitely can. So don’t be afraid to experiment with new techniques, lures or equipment, because versatility is definitely the key to success!!!