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#61 Bend your mind and think like a BIG fish!
Posted by Megan MerchantOctober 03, 2014, 12:03 PM
-Matt Magnone

Going back to when I first started throwing "swimbaits" in the late '90's I can always remember gravitating to baits that were over 8" to 10". It had to be huge, it had to be the size of the trout I saw swimming down the shorelines and it had to be realistic. Like many anglers, I've had my times where I was bit, but there were plenty of times where it seemed like I was just casting for hours wasting time while I could have been shaking worms catching fish. It was a hard struggle but what it taught me was perfection. Perfect casts, perfect angles and perfect presentation. Like most anglers throwing the swimmer, we often seem to get lucky from time to time and "luck" into a fish. Sitting down analyzing how things laid out that day, an angler can decipher that it really wasn't luck at all but rather predictive.



Over the years I've kept and open mind listening to the "greats" talk about their experiences with the swimbait. While some advice has gone in one ear and out the other, other pieces have stuck with me and have helped me in my pursuit for giant bass. Above everything I've experiencd for myself, spending countless hours on the water, and everything I've heard and studied, I've learned that LOCATION is the absolute biggest key to landing above average sized bass. It's not entirely about what you're throwing. Yes you have to be realistic and be able to have that uncanny way of understanding your fisheries dynamics, but always remember:

Even if you're throwing the right bait, you may never see a fish over 5 pounds simply because you're not fishing areas that are condusive to holding big bass.

It sounds simplistic because in reality; It is.



You have to think like an old wise fish. You have to be able to transform your thought process and bend everything that you've known 180degrees and be able to think like both predator and prey. I will warn you though, in doing so, you'll find that you will be on a totally different wavelength from those around you almost turning into a loner. You're going to want to fish by yourself, study by yourself and overall become individual.

Thinking in terms of that "old wise fish". The transformation that you'll make will be the same trasnformation a fish of greater size makes. The whole natural world around us works in unison. An angler can parallel their individual lives to the life of a bass. The older we grow the more we want to move away from the hustle and bustle of life. We want to be off on our own not having to deal with inner city life or even traffic on the streets. While that "want and need" to get out is very strong, we're still going to want to be close enough where we're not too secluded where we can't enjoy the certain comforts of city life. Think in terms of what we consistently hear from many legends of the sport. The most common term you'll hear is "deep water access". Think about that statement for a second. "Deep water access". What "Deep water access" means is an area where a fish is able to move both up or down from their deeper water sanctuaries to a prime location to rest, spawn, hunt or feed whether it be from weather change, stress or hunger. Now think back in terms of the older we get as individuals. Let's recap a statement I made previously.

"The older we grow the more we want to move away from the hustle and bustle of life. We want to be off on our own not having to deal with inner city life or even traffic on the streets. While that "want and need" to get out is very strong, we're still going to want to be close enough where we're not too secluded where we can't enjoy the certain comforts of city life."

See how above and below the waterline we both parallel each other?
 
Pretty trippy right?

I'm not going to outline the details on what I look for in my search for big fish location, but I will tell you that the more time on the water you spend unlocking your fishery; The better you'll be at understanding what it takes to catch above average sized fish.

 
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James M.  10/4/2014 07:25:45 AM
Great write up Matt !! I completely agree with what you are saying.
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