The seven keys to catching largemouth are: approach, depth, presentation, experiment, concentration, learning and confidence.
Invasive species are nothing new. A non-native creature gets introduced to the environment, throwing the natural system out of whack and causes a lot of problems.
Of course, trends come and go in all things, even with fishing rods.But really, as for bass rods, the long and short of it is even in this forest of fish catchers, each rod design can have its place when it comes to a specific way of catching fish.
There's plenty of evidence that indicates the sense of smell plays a major role in the life of a bass. It should be obvious that you can improve your catches by using a lure impregnated with scents.
Having confidence makes you stick with it. And we'll all agree the more time you spend in the boat, the better angler you will become.
What I am talking about is "re-discovering" an old lure, one that might have got buried in the tacklebox or that is hanging out in the garage.
I have found that bass will most often seek out a lake's hardpan surfaces of clay, sand, gravel, etc. They simply relate more to these firmer types of bottom surfaces.
Personally, I don't buy a lot of what has been preached on the behavior of winter bass. And evidently, the fish on this trip (and many others I have taken) didn't either.
There is no doubt that fine-tuning the pattern fishing technique is the real key to success, and you must be alert to recognize patterns within patterns.
"There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong choice in clothes." I've fished in the worst of all extremes. Even the basic choice of whether to go or not is paramount.