The Nostradamus of Catfishing

If you follow this blog and my YouTube channel, you know that I am currently dong a year long experiment where I change my approach to catfishing. Historically, I have always been a fisherman who was on the move. Even when I was anchor fishing, I rarely lasted more than 30 minutes in a spot before moving on the next location. While the "keep my baits on good structure and keep moving" philosophy has served me well through the years, I have always wondered how that strategy would compare to simply parking myself on good structure and waiting. 2019 is the year we will find out as I am anchoring on one to two spots for the duration of my trips this year instead of constantly moving to hit as many spots as possible.

Before embarking on this experiment, I made a few predictions as to how it would all play out in the end.

1. I will catch less fish in overall numbers this year.
2. I will catch more trophy class fish.
3. I will catch more flatheads.

While it is still too early to tell if the first two predictions will come true, the third prediction has already proven correct. I have caught more flatheads in the first four months of 2019 than I have caught total for the last several years. Part of this is due to me targeting locations where I expect to find flatheads which is something I haven't historically spent very much time doing. I also believe the "park myself of good structure and wait" strategy has played a big role too though as many of the flatheads I have landed were caught long after I would have typically moved on from a spot.
Regardless of the reason behind the increase in flatheads being caught, I have had a blast these first four months of 2019. Before starting this experiment, I had never had the patience to sit in one spot very long especially if the bite was slow. With the success I have had this year, I find myself becoming more and more patient and having less of a desire to change spots even when there are long lulls in between the action. I can't wait to see what unfolds the rest of the year.

6 comments:

  1. Have you found that you new found patience on the water has spilled over into your everyday life? I’m trying to come up with an angle to convince my wife that if I sit out on the river long enough, I will develop the patience of Ghandi or something and in turn have the ability to tolerate stupid people for more than 2 minutes.

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    1. Haha!!! Unfortunately, I still have no patience in real life. Seems like the older I get, the less tolerance I have for stupid people.

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  2. Are you still fishing with your bait suspended a couple feet off the bottom or are you trying a new approach?

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  3. How do you keep your baits under your kayak while being anchored in strong current,an what speed have you noticed being a great current speed.

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  4. Love your vids had the best night fishing sunday night i ever had. 5 fish 140 pounds.

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