I want to talk to you about what every football team employs—every good football team—and that’s the “hurry-up two-minute offense”. Only when you’re fishing it’s the “hurry up 20-25 minute offense”. If we pull into a piece of structure or cover or good fishing location and we don’t catch a fish in 20 minutes, we’re gone. You should do the same thing. Don’t sit on one spot all day long hoping the fish are going to come to you—you go looking for the fish.
I’ll tell you something else we’ve discovered over the years: generally, the biggest fish you’re going to catch is going to be the first one when you pull in. So if you get a three-pound Smallmouth or a four-pound Largemouth on a spot and then all of a sudden you start catching pounders or pound-and-a-half fish, it’s unlikely you’re going to get any bigger fish. Again, that first fish is generally always the big one, so it’s time to leave again.
What I always like to say to folks is: When Elvis has left the building, you leave the building too.
Happy Fish’n,Gord “The Doc” Pyzer