Mind Your Ps And Qs: Swimbait Fishing & General Tactics By John Liechty , Page 3

Mind Your Ps And Qs: Swimbait Fishing & General Tactics By John Liechty	, Page 3

Spring 2021


The same applies to the water. A slow a methodical approach is best. If they can’t hear or see you, that is best. Also, fishing a different angle could be the difference between many bites and none. If throwing inside out (shallow to deep) is not working, try outside in (deep to shallow). Just a slight change in direction can make all the difference.


When all the other P’s are in place this one might be hardest to execute. Everything is right, why aren’t they biting?

Keep casting and know that if you do, your time will come. This applies mainly to big bait fishing. If I’m not getting bites on smaller baits after X amount of time, I’m going to switch colors sizes depths or structure types. But with big swimbaits we must know we are fishing for a small percentage of fish.

Looking for followers or getting a bite or two is considered a success on many days. Just rinse, lather, and repeat, remain persistent and that one bite you have practiced for, had the patience for and presented for, will come.

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There is only one Q in my P’s and Q’s approach and that is question every tiny little bit of information that the fish give you. I learned this from my dad who is one of the greatest fishermen that I’ve ever known.

Since I was a kid, I would tell him about all these catches, great days, and mounds of success. I would also talk of missed opportunities and times of struggle.

Throughout each scenario he would only ask one thing… “why”?

As I’ve grown as an angler, I’ve begun to really understand this, and use it to my advantage. The simple ability to ask “why” under every circumstance will train your brain to come up with a series of answers.

Right or wrong an answer or slight understanding of the conditions is better than nothing. And more often than not, you will begin to correct mistakes and build on success.


So, as we can determine obvious variables such as seasonal patterns, weather conditions and lure selection. We can also take a moment or two each day and focus on ourselves, our systems, and our mental approach. This simple variable is often overlooked but can be a great tool once we learn to harness it to its fullest potential. •