T3 rule: Fish your plan, and fish your fish.
Efficiency is about saving time when you’re fishing. I start the process by choosing the species, bait, and lures that I intend to pursue and use before exiting my home. This process usually begins the day or at least the night before I go fishing. Not in the boat!
This means pre-rigging our rods sometime before heading out. Tie on the lures or baits that we intend to use to the appropriate rods. Then have those rods and lures ready to go. Pick out your first rod, second rod, third rod, etc.
These are key steps to becoming extremely efficient – not scratching our head and wondering what to use.
In the boat, keep those rods readily available and really concentrate on what you’re doing out there. Above all, have good attitude.
Other major factors here include weather, fishing pressure, and the lake we’re fishing. Pre-mark your spots – mentally or physically – even on lakes with which we’re very familiar. Then, even if everybody and their brother is fishing somewhere else, you fish the spots you pre-selected. Deviating from your plan will cost you fish every time.
Bottom line, don’t worry about other anglers.
We so often hear about querying bait shops or digging up information from some obscure website about where to fish. Too often it’s not current or useful, so my default is to doubt “dock talk.”
Water bodies are changing from day to day or even hour to hour. You can go out and hear that guys are catching fish on a certain lure, then you’ll come up skunked. This adversely affects our attitude, and we think fish are not biting.
If we had stuck with our plan, we would have been successful! Fish your plan, and fish your fish.
Caption: Thinking efficiently may never be more important than when taking a young or new angler on the water. Kids like action and results, and pre-planning gets it done!