At some point in the history of bass fishing, someone had to figure out when bass were going to spawn. They’d see the bass in their beds and before they knew it, they were gone. If they were Northeastern bass, anglers had to wait another year to see the spawn again. So year after year, anglers would have to gather some fishing data.
Where would they keep this fishing data?
In their fishing logbook! They factored in the month, season, water temperature, barometric pressure and even moon phases! If they were using water temperature to determine the spawn, they probably took several readings from ice off until the water reached the low 60’s. With this info they could pinpoint when the bass were going to come out of the deep water and into the shallows to do their mating dance. This trend would help anglers catch big bass every spring.
We Still Use the Same Fishing Data Today!
It’s 2019 and we still use that same fishing data to figure out when to hit the spawning beds. We also gather all kinds of other fishing data with our technology and eyes to determine how to catch more fish.
Every pro angler has a practice period where they can learn whatever new lake they are fishing on. They use this time to find brush piles, rocks, transitions and lay downs. After they scan the lake and place waypoints and other marks, they have a pretty picture of where they need to target fish. If a lake has clear water and lots of rocks, you can bet you’ll find smallmouth hanging around those rock piles. If there are reeds and hydrilla, you’ll probably find largemouth bass waiting to ambush.
How Do You Use Your Fishing Data?
Once you find the fish, what do you catch them? One of the biggest trends in fishing is homing in on what the fish are biting on any particular day. On one day they might be onto crawfish. This means that you’ll need to fish the bottom and use soft-plastic colors and jigs that resemble the crawfish that the bass are targeting.
The hot color could be red with black or black and blue. It might even be something even more natural with a greenish color like green pumpkin and black flake. By tracking your catches and fishing data, you will be able to scientifically break down exactly what bait and color the fish were after!
Fishing the different colors will help you determine that particular trend. If they are biting more on black and blue, that’s the trend of the day. What if they aren’t going after craws at all and are feasting on spawning shad? That might mean a topwater or mid-water column bite. That also means you need something flashy that can cover distance. You’ve heard of matching the hatch right?
Find a crankbait, jerkbait, topwater bait, or swimbait that matches the bait that the bass are keying on.
Bass feed at different times of the day and they tend to target bait in different ways depending on what the bait is. So when the trends change throughout the day, you have to change with them. You might have a heavy topwater bite in the morning, but by late afternoon when it’s sunny, you might be better off with a jig or a punching rig. Again, by tracking your fishing data, you don’t have to guess if this is the case, you can just analyze the data and know for a fact!
So head to your favorite lake or pond and fish it for an entire week. Try different baits, locations and times of the day. Track all of your fishing data in the ANGLR app and then look at the big picture. You’ll find that you’ll become an expert on your own lake and start to catch more fish by analyzing your data!
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