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Fishing in San Diego where the lakes are small and easily accesible you very rarely get on a bite that you can keep all to yourself.  After over 40 years of fishing these pressured waters I’ve learned a trick, or two to stay ahead of the crowd and the most important one is to keep your mouth shut. Easier said than done when your excited about a bite, or large catch……… Remember that day, or days when you had the lake all to yourself??

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYes, those are the times you love the most just you and a nice sunset and a sore thumb from all the bass you caught un-harrased.

1972-Bass-Fishing1Or that time on the water you got to spend with you dad, or a good friend when you were young and boats were small and motors were much slower. Yes these days are almost all but gone.. We live in the age of the internet where information moves almost as fast as you can catch that personal best bass.  There once was a time where if you caught a big bass and weighed it at the marina you had until the newspaper posted your catch and then the crowd came looking for the bite they read about in the newspaper.

6a00e55120ac92883401287771a3bd970c-800wiThese days with the internet if you catch a big bass under the dock and send a picture out to social media, or just a good friend the next thing you know your surrounded by boats  and yes, that bite is over. Those giant bass just can’t take the pressure of all the boats, or bank fisherman bombing the area.

GOPR0689 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsIt’s one thing to get the verbal information that a big bass was caught, but when there is a picture on the web the CSI (crime scene investigation) crowd can pick your picture apart and pretty much figure out location, time of day, if it was warm, or cold by the sky and clothes your wearing and if there is a rod in the picture that too tells a story, I think you get the point. It’s hard to believe that there are so many people who really don’t respect someones bite, but that is the new high pressured world we all live in, everyone who bass fishes wants the to catch a giant bass and how they go about it is just like watching the television show Survivor.

I think from time to time we are all guilty of hi-jacking someone else’s bite, I guess it’s just a part of bass fishing especially when your in a slump, but exercising a little respect is always the best way to approach these situations. If that person who found the bite shows up and your sitting and fishing their honey hole that you did not find, I suggest backing up some and talking with them and letting them onto their spot and fishing  just outside them. You never know when the situation will turn and they may be on your bite and spot. This approach has really worked well for me, but when you get large groups on your bite all bets are off.

For me every time I go fishing I try to challenge myself and find the bite myself, it’s a much better feeling in the end if you catch a large bass and you figured it all out yourself it’s a feeling of satisfaction that I hope all fisherman can experience at least once in their life.

Another way I try to challenge myself is if everyone is on a good bite at one lake, I try to go against the grain and go to another lake that is dead quiet with almost no fisherman there and test my talent and see if I can get a quality bass, or two. This has really helped my fishing because I’m concentrating much more on the lake, weather, sun and moon trying to figure out where the bass are and what time they will bite instead of worrying about a bunch of fisherman in front of me, or on some of the key spots in the lake.

Fishing is suppose to be enjoyable and when you look back on your life and all those fishing trips you want to feel like  you always did it the right way and not that you cut corners to get to the prize your after in life. Remember you’ll always feel better after a fishing trip if you just exercise a little respect while on the water, it goes a long way!

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.

3 comments on “Bass Fishing Pressured Waters

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frank griffin on January 12, 2014 12:33 pm

Hi mike i just wanted you to know that is the way that i feel myself i had much go do my owne thing when fishing it makes an enjoyable fishing trip as well it hones my skills more and find new areas and ways to fish

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PHIL GRIFFIN on January 17, 2014 3:47 pm

Hi Mike,
There is nothing better than fishing a small body of water that you are repeatedly told holds no big bass. I have been taking five to six pound largemouth out of a small pond here in MA. that I am told constantly holds no big bass. I know in SO. CA a five to six pound bass wont raise an eyebrow, but in the north east thats a good fish. Its good to see your website being updated again. Reading your articles helps pass the winter. I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year

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Mike Long on January 17, 2014 4:00 pm

Phil, I’ll take a 5-6lb. bass any day!! Find that 8-10lber that lives in your lake she is there!!

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