How Do You Get Good At Bass Fishing? | Bass Fishing

Glenn: I got one more question for you. And this is pretty universal regardless of
what your skill level you’re at, whether you’rejust starting out or say if you’ve been in
tournaments for a while and you still tryingto getting better. And that question is, how do I get better
at bass fishing?What kind of advice can you give to somebody
who’s asking that?Ott DeFoe: That to me is really a pretty easy
one. The single biggest thing is to go fishing
every opportunity you get, and to always keepan open mind when you are out there fishing. And if you have that crazy thought that says,
“I’m throwing a worm and I need to tie onbuzz bait. “Tie on buzz bait because there’s something
in your gut, a natural intuitive instinctthat told you to try something different. And if it’s wrong, you tried it, you won’t
regret having tried it. But if you don’t try it, and then you go home
where you just didn’t catch any fish draggingyour worm around, you’re going to go back
and say, “Well, I really wish I would havetried that buzz bait today. “So always just listen to that gut when you’re
learning, when you’re trying to become a betterangler because you’ll have those times when
you have a thought, you toss something elseon and your very first cast, you catch a bass
with it. And that’s going to give you confidence to
always trust your gut and whatever those conditionsare telling you to do and whatever knowledge
you have that you’ve read or you’ve watchedor whatever it may be, that once you have
that thought, that you’ll trust it and moretimes than not that’s going to help you. Gerald Swindle: To get better at anything
you have to challenge yourself to learn somethingnew and do something out of your comfort zone. If you’re comfortable fishing a worm and that’s
all you ever do, that’s good as you’re goingto get. Challenge yourself to learn to throw something
different. Throw a spinner bait. When you feel comfortable with that, go tie
on a chatterbait, when you get comfortablewith that, tie on a square-up crankbait. Every time you get comfortable with something
and you feel like you’ve kind of got the hangof it, challenge yourself to learn one more
technique, and one more technique, becausethe more you learn, the more you catch. Glenn: The more variety more. . . Don’t be a one trick pony is what i’m hearing. Gerald Swindle: Right. You want to have several tricks in your hat
and you wanna be able to use them. And then, once you get perfected of those
techniques, you will learn that when you seethose situations occur on the water, you say,
“This is the perfect situation for crankbait,”tie it on you’ll be successful. Kevin VanDam:Well, today there are so many
resources available. I mean, since the advent of the internet and
YouTube channels, things like that, you canliterally research and find out about all
these new lures and techniques and how tofish them. You know, I’ve done tons of videos on,, you
know how to fish different baits or thingslike that, or different scenarios, how to
use your electronics and all that. The bottom line is, is there’s a ton of information
out there, and that’s great, but you stillhave to go out and apply it. So there’s just no substitute for time on
the water. You can be an armchair expert, you can learn
all about how to fish a drop shot or whatever,but until you actually go out and do it, you’re
not going to be an expert at it. And that’s what it takes, you got to go out,
if you want to learn something new, to goout and focus on that technique or that bait
and don’t do anything else. That’s the best way to learn something new,
it’s just just going out there and focus onit. Brandon Palaniuk: The number one thing that
never changes is time on the water. No matter your skill level, where you’re at
in the country, how old you are, there’s nosubstitute for time on the water. And you can’t’ only go on the days that are
nice. Like, you can’t only go on sunny days, you
can’t be a fair weather fisherman. Because if you do that, then you’re only training
yourself to catch fish under those conditions. And so for like us as tournament anglers,
we don’t get to pick the weather that we fishunder, right?We just get to pick the dates that we fish
and whatever mother nature throws at us forwhether we have to adapt to. And so I always encourage people to go fish
on the nastiest days. If you have an off day and you have the chance
to go fishing, go do that. Because what happens is, the more experience
and more time you have on the water, the fasterthat light bulb goes off. And so when you see those conditions again,
and you see those variables, it’s just likea math question. You’re adding this and you’re subtracting
this and eventually, you have this equationto say, “This is what I need to do. This is what I need to throw, this is where
I need to go. “And you can only get that by time on the water,
because everyone’s going to have their ownlittle personal twist. So if you want to get better, no matter what
skill level you are, you just need to spendtime on the water. Even if it’s on the bank, it doesn’t have
to even be in a boat, you just need to spendtime on the water fishing. Edwin Evers: My advice would be to fish with
as many different people as you can. No matter how good or bad you think somebody
may be, you can learn something of everybody. If I went fishing with you tomorrow, Glen,
I’m going to learn something of you, you’regoing to learn something of me. And it may be, you may learn from me, “Hey,
I sure don’t want to do it that way, the wayEd was doing it,” but you’re still learning
something. The more people you can fish with, the more
things you can learn, you know. Sign up in a club or something like that where
you can fish with multiple people. The more time you can spend on the water,
obviously, you’re going to get much better. When it all comes down to it, it’s just bass
fishing. So many times we try to make it so complicated,
and it’s really not. Glenn: Always be learning about something
new. Edwin Evers: Always. Always, always. If you’re if I’m talking to a tournament angler
here that’s maybe good with this techniqueor that technique, for me, I was really bad
at jerkbait fishing at one point in my career,I was really bad with a spinning rod, I wouldn’t
even carry one. So I really worked at honing my skills with
those baits, and that’s all I’d fish with. At one point, my career I was horrible in
Florida. I’m still not very good in Florida, but I
spent a lot of winters down there trying tolearn it back in my single days to become
better in Florida. So you can take it as far as you want to,
but make yourself get better at those things,you know, offshore fishing. One of the things I always tell anybody is
just drop your jig over the side of your boatbelow the trolling motor. Look at the size of your jig on your Lowrance,
then that’ll really tell you what size ofeverything else you need to look for. If you’re struggling with offshore fishing,
get it all, get the rest of everything elseout of the boat. Get that shallow spinner bait, that shallow
square bill, put your Carolina rig or footballjig, deep diving crankbait in your boat to
where you don’t have anything to fall backon, you know, after you’ve been out there
for two hours and you hadn’t had a bite. But, you know, I’ve always said with that
offshore fishing, and we’re kind of goingoff on a tangent here, but I’ll find them
with my electronics before I ever make a cast. I mean, you will see me go to an offshore
event and I will be behind the wheel of thatNITRO 12 hours of the day, you know, because
I have that much confidence in my electronics,and when I see them on my electronics, that’s
when I’ll turn around and fish. So many people fish all the way around a point,
which may take an hour. I’m going to idle that entire point, waypoint
to a couple of groups I see here, a coupleof fish I see, then turn around and go catch
those fish. Keith Poche: There’s really only one answer
and a lot of people may not want to hear thisanswer, but I had to live it. I had to go through a nasty experience. It’s just time on the water. It’s just, you know, research as much as you
can research and put in the time. You can’t take away from time on the water. Time on the water and experience situations
and patterns will definitely grow your knowledgeefficient and how to catch them, what not
to look for, what to look for. It’s like any other sport, with basketball,
football. I mean, we went to practice every day during
the week. We lifted weights, I mean, you don’t just
show up and are naturally good. There’s techniques, there’s things you have
to do, and the only way to do that is to practice. And that’s what it takes to go out. If it’s just learning how to skip underneath
a dock, or how to throw a crankbait or whatever,throw a, you know, a walking topwater bait,
going out there and actually doing it anddoing it and doing it until you get good at
it, that is 100% the only way you’re goingto get better. Chris Zaldain: How do you get better at any
other sport?Honestly, you practice. You practice, practice, practice. And man, I remember growing up in high school
after sixth period, I’d go out in my littlefloat tube and just work on fishing. And actually, to get to more specific, I remember
growing up swim day fishing, I would go outin my kick boat float tube and only bring
one rod, one reel, one lure, and you wereabsolutely forced to work on that particular
technique. So how do you get better at a particular technique
or how do you get better at bass fishing ingeneral?Is go out there with one rod, limit yourself
to one rod, you’re forced to learn that specifictechnique. It’ll make you a better fisherman. Glenn: That’s perfect advice. I think we’ve all of us have done that. That’s a great way of learning. Chris Zaldain: Yes. AbsolutelyGlenn: Thank you so much for your time. I appreciate it. Chris Zaldain: Thank you, Glenn.

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