I frickin’ love this!Â 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 youâ€™re in a big-money tournament, and youâ€™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: Iâ€™ll sit down, put my rod down, take 5 to 10 minutes and say to myself, â€œGreg, now youâ€™re driving home. The tournamentâ€™s ended. Itâ€™s time to critique yourself. If you had to change your day of fishing, what would you have done differently?â€
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 isnâ€™t the answer to start catching bass when you havenâ€™t been catching them. For me, itâ€™s just the opposite. I sit down, mentally go to another place and time, evaluate my day of fishing as though itâ€™s already ended and try to decide what I should have done that I havenâ€™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 Iâ€™d been driving from the boat ramp back to the hotel and started critiquing myself saying, â€œGreg, all you needed to do was make that one little change, and you could have started catching the bass. But you didnâ€™t make that change.â€
So rather than waiting until Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m fishing and perform much better.