Reflecting on a Season of Fishing Tournaments with Pat Slater
By Matt Schauer

Posted: August 9, 2012

Hello Again,

Its been a little while.  I spent a lot of effort on the final tournament of the season, but a spun prop hub ended our chances of upgrading our position. Such is life… As I reflect upon the lessons of fishing tournaments and this past weekend, there are some things I’d like to pass on.

First off, color is important. Remember that. What worked one day, may not be what the fish want the next. Cloud cover, in varying degrees, total or lack there of, will affect light penetration and water clarity changes with enviromental conditions. Look for changes and always try something different while using what worked previously.

Second, sometimes size does matter! If you fish crankbaits throughout the season, recognize that as the season goes from spring to early summer to mid-summer and beyond.  The baitfish will get larger and thus the baits you use should get larger as well. Additionally, matching the baitfish profile will help and the action or wobble of different brands of baits.

Third, while similar techniques will catch fish, some methods are more efficient. Trolling with leadcore vs. flatlining as an example.  They both have their strength and weakness. Be flexible and skilled in each and when one is not producing, don’t be afraid to try the other. Have one person casting various cranks, while the other pitches jigs.

Being versatile is the best advice to put fish in your boat.

Til next time….Be Smart and Be Safe!


This post was provided by Pat Slater, Pro Staff: Mack’s Lure & Ranger Boats.  The above photo is from the 14th Annual Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival.

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