View Full Version : Am I that Bad?

11-11-2011, 02:50 AM
Went crappie fishing today, great day until about 1:30. The wind got to blowing and temperture dropped 15 degrees.Fish all over depthfinder, even with sensitivity turned down. I tried 1/32 oz. jigs in various colors and hand tied hair jigs. Got 1 bite. Caught 1 crappie about 11 inches. Couldn't catch them at places I had caught them in the past. Tried several new places,same result. I am not a full moon fisherman but try to go anytime I can. Had a great time anyway.I got home and talked with my brother, fishing at Sante Cooper in South Carolina ,about 6 and a half hours away from me. He said the weather was great and they caught over 100, some over 2 pounds. Was it the weather, or am I just a poor crappie fisherman.

11-11-2011, 06:29 AM
Sometimes with a drastic drop in the weather like that it gives the fish lockjaw but and sometimes i refer to the saying. ( it's called fishing not catching) it has happen to all of us bad day of fishing is better than any

11-11-2011, 06:36 AM
Doubt that's it cause you're bad. Probly just the difference in locale. Cold fronts are known to shut em down and while wind doesn't affect the bite, it definitely impacts your presentation. If fish aren't overly aggressive it can be tough to fish "slow enough" in the wind.

I only worry when it seems like everybody is catching more than me on the same body of water..... Wait a minute.... I worry every spring...

Slabs Inc
11-11-2011, 08:37 AM
Watch Glen Lau's Big Mouth video and you can see what a cold front will do to fish. Just keep fishing, everyday I spend on the water I learn something.

Crappie 1
11-11-2011, 08:47 AM
We seen that yesterday too. The screen was full of fish and they wouldn't hit anything, including minnows...

11-11-2011, 09:10 AM
Happened to me last weekend. Cold front came in on Friday and fishing on Saturday was the pits. Where I had been catching 40 - 60 crappie with 10 - 16 keepers I only caught 1 crappie and 1 bass neither of which was even close to keeper size. It's not the fisherman it's the fish. When they shutdown it's hard to pry there mouths back open till they are ready.

11-11-2011, 09:57 AM
There ain't any bad fishing days, just slow ones.
There ain't any bad fishermen, just some of us that aren't as far along the learning curve as others.

11-11-2011, 10:02 AM
Welcome aboard to all

11-11-2011, 01:10 PM
Thanks everyone for the tips and encouragement. I know weather is a big factor.I will keep on after them. Seems others have had the same problem. I love to challenge these guys. I guess yesterday was just a learning process. Thanks again to everyone.

11-11-2011, 08:37 PM
There is a chance that all the stuff on the screen was not fish, but debris from turnover or leaves and pine tags suspended in the water column.


11-11-2011, 11:48 PM
You now understand what we mean when we say "dig around in our bag of tricks". We all get days like that, and as you work your way through them you'll find different presentations or jigs that will get you one here and one there and get enough for dinner. Keep pokin at em, you'll get em.

11-12-2011, 06:42 AM
That's why it's called fishing , not catching. Better luck next trip.

11-12-2011, 05:59 PM
Look at it this way, you caught one and that's probably better then a lot of folks did that day Thumbs Up I can show you a picture of my fishfinder with about 30 fish showing and I couldn't even buy a bite that day! Doh

11-13-2011, 09:48 AM
With fish "all over the depthfinder" and a sudden stop in bite, I reach for a special rod, tiny (4') with 2# line and an icejig about size 10. I will down size the plastic to a 1" or inch and a quarter and if that fails I will reach for the 1" GULP ALIVE minnow jars. I would be trying to determine if those marks on the depth finder were actually fish. I would fish that tight line. This would be hard to control in any kind of wind; so I would be looking to move to a more sheltered spot where boat control would be easier. On a dock where wind drift would not move my position, I would be looking to present down into the deep dock shadow and moving up. That doesn't always work. Sometimes you actually need to go the other way, bigger, and bring out the small plugs and cranking will make the difference. I do not use minnows, but back when I did, in strong fronts IMO one of the first things they refuse are minnows.

Crappies can also be notorious for turning a bite on and off by the clock, or by degree of light intensity. On some lakes that is more obvious than others. That is not so much the case in flowing waters like rivers and impoundments.

One sudden stop to an active bite we get is when a set of big teeth shows up. I fish crappies a lot on lakes heavily stocked with muskies. But when that happens panfish usually just plain disappear; they all head for cover.

Sometimes it as simple as you get a strong front, they get lockjaw, you go home.

11-13-2011, 10:55 AM
Sometimes they are not game fish. When on the Chick river in winter, the DF lites up with fish. Tons. Have out 8 rods and can't get bit. Fish everywhere. Sometimes you can even see your lines bounce as they contact the fish below. I have tossed a cast net to see what is down there. 95% gizzard shad. 10-15" shad. With a few bream and crappie mixed in.


11-13-2011, 07:37 PM
must have been the weather cause i went out that day and only caught 28 but i went out thursday for a hour and got 47 and took my cousin ont today for a few hours and we got 35 and a 18.5 inch slab

Tracy Swanson
11-17-2011, 05:27 PM
i have fished for 12 hours one time and did not land the first crappie and i have been skunked more than one time that only makes the next time you get on them and and do good that much sweeter

11-17-2011, 06:35 PM
must have been the weather cause i went out that day and only caught 28 but i went out thursday for a hour and got 47 and took my cousin ont today for a few hours and we got 35 and a 18.5 inch slab
Where in Va did you catch an 18.5" Crappie? That would be close to 4# right?...... We love to see pics and hear good reports on the Virginia board;)

Dayton is on to something.... fall turnover & abundence of shad will lead to alot of wasted time on the water.... Also some of the best fishing days ive ever had I wasnt "lighting up" the finder with fish.

11-17-2011, 07:37 PM
That happens. Don't let it ruin your confidence. That is the most important thing in your tackle box to take to the water. Some days you are fishing. Some days you are catching. I usually change something if the fish have not bit in a while. (Color, size, depth or location)

11-18-2011, 03:50 PM
3 suggestions sir; #1 don`t get discouraged #2 I usually carry an ice pole with 2# test with 2 "glo' jigs, 1 a 1/ 32 and 18" below that a 1/64th fished on the wind side of the boat. If THAT don`t work then #3 drop a Mark 35 Mod 2 300 lb depth charge (only use where legal !) with a 3 minute delay. Ensure you and the boat are WELL CLEAR before detonation! If THAT don`t work, it`s just time to "hang it up"...

11-19-2011, 09:20 AM
yeah its just you.....you suck! j/k, you cant always catch em, sometimes you gotta get skunked to keep your intrest up. I only go bream fishing a few times a year now b/c they are so dern easy to catch down here in FL and i lose intrest too fast.