This is another very easy mistake to make and one I first identified by reviewing my own GoPro footage. I started using a GoPro nearly a decade ago to film all my fishing trips and parlayed that decision into the next step of my career working for B.A.S.S.. While with B.A.S.S., I built and managed the GoPro division of their tournament coverage and it was my responsibility to scan through thousands of hours of footage from their Elite Series pros down to B.A.S.S. Nation anglers.
A lot of commonalities came forward from all this data. One I saw in my own fishing and that of so many other anglers is the tendency to unknowingly change what you’re doing once you get a bite. Bass have a way of lulling us to sleep between bites and we’ll start to fish a lot slower without even knowing it. This tendency is especially beneficial in the winter. But once we get a bite and get excited, we often speed up without even realizing it. Then we’ll go another 30 minutes without a bite until the monotony slows us down again.
Whether you’re intentionally fishing slow or just lulled to sleep, you have to focus on slowing down again once you get a bite. The old saying goes something like, 90 percent of fishing happens between the ears. That holds very true with winter bass fishing. Focusing on the mechanics of fishing slow and managing your emotions will lead to more bites. Period.