Get used to change

As we have all seen, the days of peacefully fishing our local lake appear to be gone. With all of the increased activity Lake Guntersville has gradually turned into a high pressure lake and has changed drastically over the past few years. Nowadays going to your local lake or any top-rated reservoir frustrates many of the best of fisherman. The change has come over time but the days of finding aggressive bass are depleting and if you’re going to be successful you must change with it.
The reason is simple; the enormous pressure on today’s lakes, especially the top-rated ones, is extremely obvious to anyone that fishes them. Some days, when I pull up to a spot on a Monday and it’s covered up with fisherman, my inner thoughts are: what has happened to the good old days?  Well the answer, of course, is it’s just different. But, as the population of our country grows, and as more folks have disposable income, the numbers of folks fishing just keeps growing. The change, however, has severely taken away the lonely days on the lake with you a select few - they just don’t exist anymore.
The key now is to understand that your technique must change with the times. That aggressive bite, in most cases, is just not there and adapting your style is most important to getting a bite. Subtle, in many cases, is the new aggressive bite; you must be patient and feel the subtle bite and fish techniques that employ it. One of the things I continually find is that regardless of the bait I am using, letting that bait lay dead-still, for some reasonable period, maybe as much as 15 to 20 seconds is the only way to fish many of these high-pressured lakes. Often I just let a jig lay motionless along a river ledge, or in a flipping hole in the grass, to allow for the subtle bite to occur. Motionless fishing for periods of many seconds at a time is our new aggressive power fishing technique; how many times have you noticed that you pause your bait to talk to your partner and all sudden there is a fish on your line. Remember; don’t limit this to bottom baits as many top water baits like walking baits or popping baits will accomplish the same thing. Motionless fishing and “dead sticking” are taking over!
 Captain Mike

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