Do we follow “the rules” too much?
There’s rules in bassin’. Don’t mean tourney rules, stuff like:
– You have to retrieve a bait with the current.
– Fish only spawn during an X-week period.
– When the water temp is Y, fish won’t bite a [bait name].
– Pink baits are only for girly-men and the Lindners.
Really? How did these rules get made in the first place – peeps figured something out! (Then they were repeated for 50 years in Bassmaster Mag – for real tho! Guilty of it myself!) Anyhow, couple Elite posts got me thinkin’ about this.
Here’s Mark Menendez talkin’ ’bout Fork, where he was fishing about 100 yards away from Lee Livesay but finished pretty far down:
> …[wind] doesn’t have to be all that strong, and it doesn’t always matter how deep the fish are holding. It’ll have an effect on the deep ones just like it does on the shallow ones. It’ll trigger a feeding response…it’ll also position the fish.
> At times bringing a lure at them is the way to catch them. At other times, though, bringing a bait over them from behind is the better option. There aren’t any reliable rules for this. It’s just different from time to time.
> I haven’t been able to follow the fish when they moved. I honestly don’t know why. It would seem like if you can find them in practice you should be able to find them during the tournament.
> When bass move, for any reason or no reason, you have to move with them to where they’ve gone. It’s not their place to stay put.
No reliable rules. No reason. I think I’ve been fishing by the rules too much…maybe you too?
Turns out lots of questionable rules in the world. Of these, I would only pay attention to the bottom right: