texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
tharsh, Gabby M.C., schtj5, Just joking, RexLund
114119 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 98,660
Pilothawk 80,531
John175☮ 77,894
Bigbob_FTW 69,033
JDavis7873 67,400
Derek 🐝 65,539
Mark Perry 61,384
Tritonman 59,010
facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums62
Topics1,135,677
Posts15,482,781
Members139,119
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Need a confidence boost #13641158 07/23/20 01:59 PM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 491
N
New_Guy Offline OP
Angler
OP Offline
Angler
N
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 491
This year has probably been my worst year as far as just fun fishing and tournament fishing has gone. Coincidentally I always bought a new boat. So far did way better out of my ragged old one lol. I live a little East of Paris and was thinking about going somewhere I’ve never been within a two hour drive like Holbrook. This is the first year I’ve tried to fish out deep and it’s been a struggle for me. I like shallow fishing, flipping docks and that kind of stuff. Any lake suggestions, advice, or encouragement lol? I go every week and love fishing, but as bad as it’s been for me this year it’s starting burn me out a little. What do you guys do when y’all get in a slump

Last edited by New_Guy; 07/23/20 02:15 PM.

2019 Skeeter ZX190 with a 150 SHO
Moritz Chevrolet - 9101 Camp Bowie W Blvd, Fort Worth, TX - Monte Coon (817) 696-2003
Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641189 07/23/20 02:10 PM
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 5,081
S
SC-001 Offline
TFF Celebrity
Offline
TFF Celebrity
S
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 5,081
Go find some private water its a nice breathe of fresh air, the public lakes have been hammered this year with the shut down and the fishing has been noticeably tougher. Tpwd has even taken notice and believes this year could have ripple effect for years to come not unlike drought years, many more fish harvested this year.

Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641194 07/23/20 02:14 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,711
C
Chris G Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
C
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,711
I've been fortunate enough to have several good "teachers" in my bass fishing "life". One of the biggest things that helped me become the weekend hack I am is them showing me several deep fishing techniques. Best advise I can give if you are truly trying to learn how to fish 15-25' of water is to look at a map of whatever lake you are thinking about heading to. I took a quick glance at Holbrook as I have never been there and that lake has numerous points with great contour that appear to have flooded timber on them. I would head out there and have a carolina rig, football jig and a drop shot and drag every one of those points with your boat sitting in whatever depth it takes for you to make casts to 10' and drag it out deeper. I'll bet money you find a decent school of fish somewhere if you stick with it.


[Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image]
Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641227 07/23/20 02:27 PM
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 11,571
Chris B Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 11,571
Go fish the river running into Hugo lake. Fun shallow jig fishing in the summer.



I hate photobucket.
Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641327 07/23/20 03:34 PM
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 542
T
texasAUtiger Offline
Pro Angler
Offline
Pro Angler
T
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 542
Originally Posted by New_Guy
This year has probably been my worst year as far as just fun fishing and tournament fishing has gone. Coincidentally I always bought a new boat. So far did way better out of my ragged old one lol. I live a little East of Paris and was thinking about going somewhere I’ve never been within a two hour drive like Holbrook. This is the first year I’ve tried to fish out deep and it’s been a struggle for me. I like shallow fishing, flipping docks and that kind of stuff. Any lake suggestions, advice, or encouragement lol? I go every week and love fishing, but as bad as it’s been for me this year it’s starting burn me out a little. What do you guys do when y’all get in a slump


If it offers any consolation, the fishing has been noticeably tougher for me this year than the the previous ones, especially as we've gotten into the dog days of summer. I know my local lakes have been hammered, even on weekdays, so that's probably a factor. But I also want to use these tougher times as an opportunity to get better and diversify the techniques that I am good at.

All that to say, maybe take a break then come back refreshed. Regardless, keep grinding and experimenting.

And if you want to come to my neck of the woods and beat our brains out together, come on!

Last edited by texasAUtiger; 07/23/20 03:35 PM.

Ranger z21
Mercury 250 ProXS
Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641342 07/23/20 03:47 PM
Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 304
C
Cuervo Jones Offline
Angler
Offline
Angler
C
Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 304
You’re good enough.
You’re smart enough.
And dog gone it, people like you.


“Slide”
Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641365 07/23/20 04:07 PM
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 26,029
senko9S Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 26,029
more tow. thats the real truth.


David Short

[Linked Image]

Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641400 07/23/20 04:24 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 10,587
S
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
S
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 10,587
How ragged could the old one be, if you usually buy a new one each year! roflmao

I believe a boat has “mojo”. Maybe when you find the boat with the magic, keep it a while. JK.

This year has been a little tougher for a lot of anglers. The lakes have been getting pounded over and over. The lack of fishing tackle isn’t only due to Covid 19, as I read (somewhere) that fishing license sales are up almost 40% this year alone. That’s 40% more people trying to buy what they think will work. Also, up to 40% more folks trying to catch the fish you are after.

It’s gonna impact a lot of anglers successes.

Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641432 07/23/20 04:41 PM
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,268
R
Ranger1 Offline
TFF Celebrity
Offline
TFF Celebrity
R
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,268
Go to Athens, I hear if you can't catch em there you might as well sell it all

Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641440 07/23/20 04:42 PM
Joined: Jan 2018
Posts: 2,027
J
Jeff From Iowa Online Content
Extreme Angler
Online Content
Extreme Angler
J
Joined: Jan 2018
Posts: 2,027
throw a black trick worm on a shakey head you cant not get bit with that


Dont try and take someones shine away..... Doing so just shows YOUR weak character.
Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641447 07/23/20 04:44 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 187
M
mhall1986 Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
M
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 187
Go fishing at night

Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641559 07/23/20 05:51 PM
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,251
T
Tx Tree Grower Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
T
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,251
I think everyone gets in a rut every now and then. It's just human nature to rely on techniques and locations that have worked in the past. When I struggle it always goes back to a few things. Not covering enough water and getting stuck using the same few baits that "usually work". The other thing I always try to do when I am struggling is fish a few places on a given lake that I have never fished before. Some docks I never stop at, some points that I have never graphed, or even a section of the lake that for whatever reason I just don't go to much. Change it up and do some different things. It will pay off for you.

Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: Tx Tree Grower] #13641603 07/23/20 06:14 PM
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 542
T
texasAUtiger Offline
Pro Angler
Offline
Pro Angler
T
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 542
Originally Posted by Tx Tree Grower
I think everyone gets in a rut every now and then. It's just human nature to rely on techniques and locations that have worked in the past. When I struggle it always goes back to a few things. Not covering enough water and getting stuck using the same few baits that "usually work". The other thing I always try to do when I am struggling is fish a few places on a given lake that I have never fished before. Some docks I never stop at, some points that I have never graphed, or even a section of the lake that for whatever reason I just don't go to much. Change it up and do some different things. It will pay off for you.


I amaze myself at how close minded I can be on a lake, in terms of areas to fish or techniques to use. And this happens DESPITE the fact that I tell myself to have an open mind.

I like your tip about fishing new water almost every time out. It can really help expand our mind even if it doesn't find us fish.


Ranger z21
Mercury 250 ProXS
Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: New_Guy] #13641723 07/23/20 07:22 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 24,125
Okie Poke Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 24,125
You may want to downsize your baits and stay with the regulars......small beaver, baby brush hog, small power worm, Zoom centipede, grande small rattlesnakes, etc.... Downsize your line, too, and try and concentrate in depths around 6-10ft. You will be targeting smaller fish in doing so, but I’d bet that it will help you catch more fish and build the confidence needed to go after the biggens. Stay with plastics in this extreme heat and fish them rather slow with lighter tungsten weights, too. These fish aren’t wanting to chase a meal right now cause it’s too frickin’ hot. GL2U!


2018 Skeeter FX20LE w/ Yamaha 250 SHO 😎




Re: Need a confidence boost [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13641944 07/23/20 09:55 PM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 491
N
New_Guy Offline OP
Angler
OP Offline
Angler
N
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 491
Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
How ragged could the old one be, if you usually buy a new one each year! roflmao

I believe a boat has “mojo”. Maybe when you find the boat with the magic, keep it a while. JK.

This year has been a little tougher for a lot of anglers. The lakes have been getting pounded over and over. The lack of fishing tackle isn’t only due to Covid 19, as I read (somewhere) that fishing license sales are up almost 40% this year alone. That’s 40% more people trying to buy what they think will work. Also, up to 40% more folks trying to catch the fish you are after.

It’s gonna impact a lot of anglers successes.



I’m a younger guy this is only my 2nd boat. My first was actually bought by my parents a 5 years ago as I was graduating high school it was a 94 17ft ranger and I was having to put a lot of money into every month to keep the darn thing running. So I saved up the money and put a down payment on this one. That ranger needed a lot of things lol and no where to store the rods I needed the room, and stability of a bigger boat cause I take my wife with me a lot. She was not a fan of how rough it was lol. But you’re right maybe I should’ve kept that sucker lol


Last edited by New_Guy; 07/23/20 09:57 PM.

2019 Skeeter ZX190 with a 150 SHO
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 1998-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3