Exploring New Fishing Techniques and Baits – by Shaw Grigsby

Today’s blog post is penned by Shaw Grigsby, host of One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby.  For more information about Shaw, please visit his website at www.one-more-cast.com

One of the keys to fishing success is to be constantly learning new techniques and new baits.  The problem is that when I go fishing, I want to catch fish. It is real easy to use the baits or techniques that I have the most confidence with, instead of something new.  The way I accomplish this is by leaving all of my tackle at home, except for the bait I want to focus on.  This prevents me from falling back on my confidence baits.

When I film One More Cast, I focus on a single bait for each episode.  This has forced me to use a specific bait for the whole day, I don’t have the option of changing to something else.  Using a bait for an extended period of time, forces me to experiment more with the bait itself.  I try it at different depths, different retrieves, different speeds, etc.  I learn what the bait can do, what the fish like and what they don’t like.  I learn how the bait works or doesn’t work in the different types of cover.

Shaw with Bass

Shaw with a nice Largemouth Bass

The best example that I can think of occurred several years ago at the Stick Marsh in Florida.  I was filming a tube bait show with a Strike King Denny Brauer Flip-N-Tube, and pitching it just inside the edge of the grass.  During the day, I noticed fish movement deep in the grass under the algae.  I took the tube bait and rigged it with a real light 1/8th or 1/16th ounce tungsten weight and threw it on top of the mat just like I would have done with a frog.  I immediately had bites with a high percentage of catches.  I learned that a tube bait could be used much like a topwater bait.  I still use this technique and I would never have tried it if I would have had access to a topwater frog that day.

If you want to become a better angler, don’t be afraid to force yourself to take only what’s needed to fish a new bait and leave the rest on the bank.