Jay Kumar

Hack: End Your Day Early

(Bassmaster.com photo)

I frickin’ love this!  I’m going to use this on the water and hunting too. Check it, Greg Hackney from an interview on the Strike King website:

Q: What do you do when you’re in a big-money tournament, and you’ve got 1 or 2 hours before time to check-in at the boat ramp? Most of us will panic and fish as many lures as fast as we can to try to hit that magic bait that will catch bass. What do you do and why?

Hack: I’ll sit down, put my rod down, take 5 to 10 minutes and say to myself, “Greg, now you’re driving home. The tournament’s ended. It’s time to critique yourself. If you had to change your day of fishing, what would you have done differently?”

When I do that and take myself mentally out of the boat and into my vehicle driving back to my motel from a day of fishing, I can better analyze my day and probably see what I need to do to have fished better.

Many times speeding-up and changing lures isn’t the answer to start catching bass when you haven’t been catching them. For me, it’s just the opposite. I sit down, mentally go to another place and time, evaluate my day of fishing as though it’s already ended and try to decide what I should have done that I haven’t done. Then I come out of that mental journey and have a better idea of the way I need to fish and the lures to use in those last few moments of competition.

I came up with this technique when I thought about the number of times I’d been driving from the boat ramp back to the hotel and started critiquing myself saying, “Greg, all you needed to do was make that one little change, and you could have started catching the bass. But you didn’t make that change.”

So rather than waiting until I’m driving back to the motel and am unable to make that change, once I come up with that answer in the boat, I generally can change the way I’m fishing and perform much better.



  1. argosgirl

    July 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    That’s awesome! I will definitely have to start doing this because I am very much the type to start throwing every lure in the box.

  2. Fishing Forward

    July 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Wow! This is good! Really forward thinking! I WILL be using this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Allen

    July 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    This is great information. I will start doing this myself when I’m having a bad day on the lake.

  4. Shaggybass

    July 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I have also done this. It would drive my team partner nuts. I’d tell him to run the trolling motor then just sit down and think. Often doing that I would come up with an idea that lead to more fish or the kicker we needed!

  5. Rich Arnold

    July 13, 2011 at 11:41 am

    What a great idea! I think I will do this the night before a tourney that way I will go in to the day armed with all that insight….wait…that may not work out as a good thing.

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