Once we have a lay of the water and an understanding of these periods of time for success, we make calculated guesses on angles and presentations.
Another major part of orientating is finding what lure selection has the highest probability of being bit. During this time, we will cycle through colors, rigging methods to try to eliminate offerings that are not getting response. That’s right! It is not always about what to throw, sometimes it is about what not to throw.
The appropriately timed decisions on the water each day are quite possible the most important aspect of the equation. If you zig when you are supposed to zag, stay too long in an area, or leave too early, it will drastically affect the outcome of the day.
This is a step that becomes apparent far too often when time is up. Most
tournaments are won, and great days are made by a timely decision accompanied by a little good fortune.
The final of the four steps is to act upon
the information that is presented. Often times
it is not a part of any kind of game plan, it is
just a feeling based on years of time on the
Our brains are file cabinets of information
and if you can dig deep and find the correct
file, your actions will be supported by accurate
There are never two days alike;
however, there are situations that setup in
a similar manner year after year. My best
recommendation would be to stick to your
guns and make confident moves while
applying techniques that best suit your style
of fishing. In addition, try to avoid being
rigid or dead set on an approach. Being able
to bend and adjust will help you fluently
navigate through the day.
This realization of the OODA LOOP
comes recent; however, the basics of this
principle I’ve been practicing for years.
Whether it’s swimbait fishing/trophy hunting, guiding, tournament fishing or fun fishing, this is a system that will help you eliminate the nonproductive and determine the productive, resulting in more fish, bigger fish, and a higher level of success. •