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What is there to stop us trying new things in our fishing if you take away the fear of failure and not worrying about numbers and/or size of fish all the time?

For many years it was bait fishing in saltwater that totally consumed me, when I used to catch a few bass by mistake and think little of it to be honest. How many of you here are in a similar boat to me now, whereby chucking all manner of lures out for these spiky marvels totally consumes our fishing lives? I was thinking about the Ned rig and Ned rig alternatives blog post that I put up on Friday and a part of me wonders if perhaps taking this kind of approach is perhaps a step too far…………….

And then I think how on earth could it be a step too far? I absolutely love how you can take a simple metal lure that may have been designed before you were born and sling it into a bit of surf and still catch bass - but then I also love how you could take what I talked about on Friday and see if that might fit into your bass fishing somehow. At the end of the day, who knows what might end up producing more or bigger fish for you unless you give some different techniques a go?


Some anglers love to try new stuff, whether that be a desire to keep looking for different locations to fish or sometimes discarding what you know might catch you a bunch of fish in order to take a bit of a gamble and see if something different might work - and so on. Fishing fits us all in, but with this lure fishing thing and how many ways in which lure fishing can actually be done, perhaps it’s not until you’re right in the middle of it that the scope of what is possible becomes properly apparent. Chuck cheaper metals for evermore and you’re doing absolutely nothing wrong because fishing works for us all on many different levels, but does your brain bounce with what’s around the next corner or what if something else went and produced a few fish?

Which in my mind always brings me back to the one burning question - how much more have we got to learn about lure fishing for bass? Where are we at now and where might we be in another few years? You will notice that I am not talking about whether we are going to actually have enough bigger bass to viably target because that’s a whole different subject about which many of us can get very emotional. Nope, I am interested here in how lure fishing moves forward, or if indeed it really needs to.

How many of you reading this now go regularly lure fishing for bass at night when you never used to? Okay, so I am the writer and not the reader here, but I am in that boat myself, and a lot of it is down to a few forward-thinking bass anglers who were kind enough to share what they were doing with the rest of the fishing world as such - which of course then keeps the circle of sharing information and moving fishing forward going. Whether you choose to saddle up and join that circle is up to the individual angler. Some anglers and indeed people are more inquisitive and hungry to learn than others, and that I guess is simply human nature and how we are made and shaped.


So I come back to a wonderfully simple and accessible way to catch bass - slinging what can be cheap lumps of metal into a decent bit of surf. But because I am the way I am, I can’t help but wonder what I might do differently, and it goes way beyond the simple trying to catch more and/or bigger fish for me. As sure as night follows day, I need to try something different. I believe that it’s vital to keep on learning and looking and trying and not being afraid of failing if that bit of failure better helps to shape what you do and how you do it. When you’re catching bass on metals or nailing them on white senkos at night and so on, what else might work? Could you take the ideas behind how the Ned rig is fished and then adapt bigger lures and jig heads to catch bass in the surf for example? I don’t know, but damn I’m going to enjoy finding out, and if I blank and/or I can’t get it to work for me, who cares? What is there to stop us trying new things in our fishing if you take away that fear of failure and not worrying about numbers and/or size of fish all the time?