HookUp wrote:This time of the year is when you learn. The skunking's are many, but when you hook one & bring it to lip, the rewards make it all worth it.
And crank baits do work in the middle of the winter - I don't throw them much, since I have more confidence in jigs & tubes, but I should.
Great perspective. River fishing sure does spoil you when you have those 20,30,50 fish days and there is an 18"er on every corner. The cold water period really takes some patience and makes you enjoy simply being on the river. I am guilty of getting too caught up in trying to catch big fish and not stopping to enjoy being on the water. Some of the best trips can be spent fishing close to friends, sitting on a rock eating a snack, floating three wide downstream, taking a moment to sit on a sandbar and watch the water go by. We all need to take a step back from time to time and remember its not all about posting up 20"ers, but it is about enjoying being on the water and loving fishing.
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