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Analyzing the Potential of a Spot or Pattern
By Denny  Brauer

One thing that is painful for me to hear about is the guy who spent a practice day catching 25 bass on a single spot or bank. When a fisherman is practicing for a tournament, there is not a need for catching a lot of fish in any one area. That should be left for the actual tournament.

By catching a bunch of fish out of an area, you can obviously tell it is a good spot but more than likely you have ruined any chances of doing well in the tournament by over-fishing the spot. If you catch a couple of good fish, then bend the hook down, this way you can realize the potential of the spot and save it for the tournament.

I will always wait until the tournament to check a spot. Why take a chance on someone seeing you on a potential hot spot or sore mouthing another bass. I do not even like showing my lures to bass needlessly. If I pull on a bank and catch two fish right away, I usually move down the bank a hundred yards and if I get a bite again, I realize this maybe a good spot and I just save it for the tournament.

At times you get fooled and there are not as many fish in an area as you anticipate, but that is a chance you take in order to win. You must save as many bites as you can for the actual tournament. The more experience you have, the better you can analyze the potential of an area or pattern.

Obviously if you are running a pattern crankbaiting rocky points and you catch good fish on the first three points, you figure you have something good going. Rather than fish all of the points, just drive around and locate more potential spots and gamble on their productivity during the tournament. The more patterns you establish the better you’ll be able to adapt as conditions change. I will fish faster in practice and slow down during the tournament. I might fish those same points with a crankbait, then re-fish them with a Strike






  King Pro Model jig.

Remember to stop and really analyze your spots and patterns. Try to figure the potential of your spot or pattern without over-executing. Every fish you catch during practice is more than likely one less fish you catch during the tournament.


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