When It Comes To Fish, Timing Is Everything



Timing is very important when you are constructing your game plan for a day on the water.

When fish are actively feeding, it is most efficient to be using a more aggressive pattern. Then, when the action slows down, it is necessary to adjust to the new conditions by slowing down the way you approach the fish as well.

In a recent tournament, I made this crucial mistake in my timing. When the fish were active early in the morning, my partner and I started out fishing for them with an aggressive approach. However, by worrying that we were passing up fish, I decided to slow down even though we had caught several fish by fishing aggressively.

I should have continued with the aggressive pattern as long as the fish were responding to that pace. Then, we could have turned around when the action stopped and gone back through the area more thoroughly. Instead, we wasted the latter half of this activity period slowing down and struggled throughout the day.

Fortunately, we ended up catching enough fish to do all right, but it could have been done with a lot less work just by changing our timing.

For any of your tackle needs, or to go fishing with Clifford Pirch, call (928) 978-3518.

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is fair to good. Crankbaits and inline spinners have been working well for smallmouth bass. Following schools of shad with a jigging spoon has been productive for all species. The best action has been in the afternoon and evening hours.

Canyon: Fishing is slow. Yellow bass continue to be the most active fish. Jigging spoons and tailspinners are working best. Some giant largemouth have been falling for Castaic Trout swimbaits.

Pleasant: Fishing is fair to good. Drop shot rigs and spoons are working well for bass mainly in 20-40 feet. Striper and white bass have been falling for spoons if you can locate the shad.

Roosevelt: Fishing is slow. Crankbaits and drop shot rigs were responsible for a few fish this week, but the action is pretty slow. Fishing for crappies is starting to pick up just a little.

Mogollon Rim

Winter conditions prevail at Chevelon Canyon, Bear Canyon, Black Canyon, Willow Spring and Woods Canyon.

Green Valley Lake: Fishing has been good to excellent, with most anglers catching limits of feisty trout. This fishery is part of the urban fishing program and requires an urban fishing license. The lake contains rainbow trout, bluegills and catfish. Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms are effective. Try Crappie jigs, small Rapalas, crankbaits and small spoons.

White Mountains

Winter conditions prevail at Big Lake, Crescent, Greer Lakes, Hulsey, Lee Valley Reservoir and Luna.

Becker: Thin ice conditions may exist around the rim of the lake in the morning. No fishing reports.

Concho Lake: Thin ice conditions may exist around the rim of the lake in the morning. No fishing reports.

Lyman: Fishing is fair. Try fishing near rocky outcroppings. Try using worms, Power Bait, crankbaits, Rapalas, or jigs. There is a health advisory for Lyman Lake. Mercury levels were detected in the fish. Children under the age of six should not eat any fish from the lake. Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 16 should limit their consumption of fish to one meal per month. Adult men over the age of 16 can consume five meals per month. Thin ice conditions may exist.

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