Confidence is everything in fishing

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Bryce Collins (pictured) from Virginia Beach, Virginia fishing the Chowan with his dad Steve Grzanka.


By Mike Sweeney

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Not matter what kind of fishing I am doing I always have one or two baits that I have tied on for that particular day.

If I am fishing a pond I have a Fluke and a spinner bait but if I am on a pier it is a Gotcha plug and a bottom rig. I fish these baits because I have confidence that no matter how bad the day is I have a better chance with these tied on.

Confidence is a belief in what you are doing and how you are doing it and it doesn’t matter if you are fishing for perch or blue marlin because experience has taught me what baits work for me.

Some guys will never go bass fishing without a jig tied on while others don’t even own one.

What you as an angler must be able to do is get to the point that you have a certain go to bait that works for you.

This confidence bait is will help you focus on the moment and you will believe in what you are doing.

It will make you pay better attention and this will produce more fish for you throughout the day.

I remember I had a Bomber crank bait in a fire tiger color that I used on the Potomac River that would catch fish more than any other bait I owned.

I fished that bait till the hooks fell out of it and all the paint was gone and I am convinced that if I fixed the bait it will still catch fish.

I had more confidence in that bait than any other I have ever owned.

I once fished a largemouth tournament with a guy who only threw crank baits and jigs.

We went to a point that was at least a football field away from any land and he pulled out a crank bait that dove around 20 feet.

He had a limit in six casts and was culling on his seventh.

I had the same crankbait but never threw it before but you can bet I tied it on and we both caught fish.

He had more confidence in his bait than I did but it made me a believer that day.

As an angler you have to get to the point where you have enough confidence to fish a bait and know that you will catch fish on it.

Once you find your bait that works for you it will increase your numbers I guarantee.

What’s biting, where...

The offshore fleet had a slow start to the week but it soon picked up and one day the boats out of Pirates Cove had 20 white marlin and two blue marlin flags flying.

The marlin bite is hot right now and the mahi have begun to show up in numbers with limits coming in along with some decent tuna.

If you ever wanted to catch a marlin book you a boat and ask the skipper to go bill fishing then watch his smile.

On the beaches and piers it looks about normal for the summer time but the pompano have shown up in numbers we have not seen in years.

All the piers have caught some while they are hitting bottom rigs in Duck and Corolla.

We still have plenty of mullet and blues while the cobia have begun to show up in more numbers recently.

This week should be a good time to get a hook wet with fresh shrimp and blood worms the number one bait for the bottom rigs if you want mullet and pompano.

Metal baits and Gotcha Plugs are good for the blues and Spanish.

Here on the local scene the largemouth are still on a top water bite in the morning with frogs, buzz baits and Whopper Ploppers taking top honors then you want to switch to soft plastics on a pegged worm for the once the sun comes up.

The white perch are still in abundance with white Beetle Spins and Uncle Jessie lures paying off but don’t forget the odd colors like pink and chartreuse to mix up the bite a little.

This paid off for Camden anglers John and Patrick Baum with one throwing a certain color while the other threw white.

They filled the cooler with over 30 nice perch out of Newbegun Creek this weekend and had a nice fish fry to end the holiday out nice.

The cats are still biting for local expert Steve Grzanka this weekend when he took his son Bryce who was visiting from Virginia Beach.

Bryce wanted to break his personal best so Steve took him out on the Chowan with fresh cut bait and he took down a 43-pound monster shattering his old record and putting a huge smile on his face.

If anyone gets out this week send me a picture and a report to fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike and let me know how you did.