#21 – Practicing Persistence, The One Lure Method
By Charles Waldorf, Commercial and Editorial Photographer from Buffalo, NY
I believe, confidence in a particular lure/style of fishing, plays a big part in being a successful angler. So over the past few years I’ve made it my goal to “learn” one or two lures a summer. There will be many days, when you go out with only one lure and you will strike out, as a matter of fact it might happen a lot. However, some days you go out and slam them. I don’t choose my lures willy nilly, there are a lot of resources now that share tips on seasonal patterns that work the best. I signed up for a tournament, as a co-angler, on Chautauqua Lake. I got whooped. If I remember correctly I caught 1 short fish. My boater was flipping jigs in the grass and whacking them. From that point forward I started my 1 lure only plan. I would fill a box with only one style of baits, even if I knew people were catching them right next to me on Senkos, I’d stick to my one bait. I keep a notebook full of notes on the weather, the wind, the sun, if it has rained recently… so on and so forth. Recently I started to learn a swim jig. There are many resources with great tips on how to fish these baits. The first few times I went out I would fish them like a flipping jig, but a little faster, in a somewhat hopping fashion without it hitting the bottom. Then I read an article on fishing them as fast as you could. Recently the stars aligned and while burning an All-Terran Tackle Swim Jig w/Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad as a trailer, over some grass on the shoreline of Lake Erie, I whacked them.