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I suck at fishing #12447363
09/30/17 01:27 AM
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Hello All,

This is my first post. I am posting because it is apparent that I suck at freshwater fishing and I canít seem to figure out why. ( I have no problem saltwater fishing)

I spend 12 hours on the lake and I get a few bites or none at all and come home with nothing. I am using worms, dead shad, shrimp, crankbait. For the longest time I am like well I guess they are just not biting, I am in the wrong spots. But over the last few days I started paying more attention to people around me and saw people pulling in fish. This frustrates me when I am out there all those hours and donít catch anything.

So here is what I have. A regal 18ft ski boat. Lowrance Fish Finder with down scan and side imaging. $800 model nothing real fancy. I go to where I see a lot of fish. I anchor and drop a bunch of lines in the water. Each one with a different bait. Shrimp, chad, worms and catfish bait. 12 hours and all I got was a perch or whatever it is on a jig. I spend 15m to 1 hr at each spot. If I donít get anything I move. I move either a few 100 yards or move across the lake. I fish where I see other fisherman as well and I get nothing.

I donít know what I am doing wrong. I mean when I used to fish as a kid anything would bite on a worm. I canít get anything to bite on a worm.

So what could I be doing so wrong that would cause me to not catch any fish? I am starting to think it is my sonar or something causing fish to just not bite but I know that is pretty far fetched and most likely something that I am doing.

I live in the Dallas area and mostly fish Lake Lewisville.

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447410
09/30/17 02:09 AM
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Don't feel too bad, I suck too.

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447492
09/30/17 03:19 AM
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what sonar if its cheap garmin I feel your pain.

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447495
09/30/17 03:22 AM
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Maybe you and a friend could hire a guide in your area to help you learn faster how to set up your rigs and what to look for to catch the species you want to target.

I forgot. welcome

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Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447628
09/30/17 12:31 PM
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Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447649
09/30/17 01:12 PM
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Try using minnows.


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Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447651
09/30/17 01:16 PM
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Don't anchor, drift until you get bit then drop an anchor.

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447658
09/30/17 01:38 PM
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There is a reason it's called fishing and not catching.
Next time go catching and not fishing.
Sorry, that's all I got.


From Genesis: "And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth."

Then He made the earth round...and He laughed and laughed and laughed!

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447661
09/30/17 01:42 PM
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When i wake up in the morning if it's laying over to the left I fish from the bank. If it's laying to the right I take my boat out. If it's standing straight up, well it ain't no day for fishing anyways.


From Genesis: "And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth."

Then He made the earth round...and He laughed and laughed and laughed!

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: Huckleberry] #12447777
09/30/17 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted By: Huckleberry
Don't anchor, drift until you get bit then drop an anchor.

Originally Posted By: slim1
Try using minnows.


Yes to both of these. It might be helpful if you mentioned what type of fish you're after. Lewisville has good populations of black bass, white bass, and is well stocked with hybrids, so drifting with minnows can be very productive if you're after any of these.

Watch for the three B's - birds, boats, and bait.



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Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447828
09/30/17 05:47 PM
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Me too but I don't worry about it. I go out, have fun and try to learn a little here and there.

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12447914
09/30/17 07:45 PM
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There's someone always on them. Unfortunately, it never seems to be me.

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12448188
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Go up cottonwood. Find a tree in 15-20 feet of water. Throw out soured grain. Catch channel catfish. Bait a few spots before starting. Shad should work very well. Avoid heavy weights.

Throw 1/4 oz rattle traps along main dam rip rap. Let it sink a few feet befor starting retrieve. Catch white bass and the occasional black bass. Watch out for wake boats.

Fish around bridge pilings with 1/8 oz crappie jig(crappie nibbles help). Straight down and try to figure out depth they are hanging. They should be there soon. Keep moving looking far active fish.

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12448214
10/01/17 01:01 AM
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Donít feel bad. Some days I feel like I couldnít catch water if I fell out of the boat

Re: I suck at fishing [Re: 39Jason] #12448640
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Good luck, even when you are in the right place sometimes they just do not bite. But then when you hit the right spot and the right time .............

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