How good do you want to be?
It seems we all want to be our best right? Or do we? When it comes to Crappie fishing do we want to be the absolute best we can be. For me it’s a yes or no kinda thing. I guided for many years and have spent a lot more years just fun fishing so I do think I’m a decent Crappie fisherman. Do I want to put the time in to be great? Not really. I don’t want to spend 12 hours a day on a new body of water for 2 weeks straight to do good in a tournament. That would be total dedication. Do I want to switch my weights to something 1/16 of an ounce lighter/heavier and speed up or slow down one tenth of a mile an hour to see if that will trigger more bites? No, not really. Will I change baits a dozen times when my hands are cold just to see if I can get a few more bites out of a stake bed? Nope, not gonna happen. Do I want to go out hit some stake beds, stump rows, brush piles and fish pretty hard and also relax, have a good time and catch a limit of Crappie (and more than likely throw them all back)? Absolutely. So, don’t ever feel bad if the “other” guy is better than you. He may have the desire and competitive drive to kick your ass out there but that doesn’t mean you need to take it that serious. I’m very lazy when it comes to switching techniques and patterns. I just don’t want to do it. I’m stubborn and just don’t always want to change up. I don’t think I have the drive to be a good tournament angler. Do you? I definitely don’t want to travel the country to be a donater. I am really looking forward to this spring so I can get away and fish with some friends and learn some new stuff and take it just as serious as I want to. Where do you stand? How much better do you want to be? Hope you enjoy it as much as I do no matter your skill level. Go take those kids fishing and be good out there. Andy