Think the guy or gal with the big rigs have the advantage, think again. I just read an article about a guy today that borrowed a 16 footer with a 25hp on the back and he took home the Big fish and the top spot in the tournament.
On that note I can tell you, it doesn’t get any better than having your own nice big rig and heading down to your local body of water to get your fix. Rollin across the lake or river at top speed with no cares in the world and heading to your favorite honey hole. But, it can also be a flat out nightmare. What do I mean by that, well your working away, things to do here and there and before you know it that bass machine is getting dust on um. You have all the cool tools, but the time. In my instance, I ran into this too many times, its a 90 minute drive to get to the big water that I want to fish and that’s straight driving, not to mention the traffic that I will hit going or coming or worse, going and coming!! So what options do I have? Here are my basic fixes for the angler short on time.
1. If you have water close to your house, but it wont accommodate your glass boat, (like me) go with the tin can. Their are a variety of shallow water boats available that will accommodate that fix needed and in my case, I am able to cut my time by a third. In fact, in years past, I was able to get my guys on the bus, role to river, drop my rig in, and get back in time to get them off the bus with no worries of traffic.
2. Bank it Baby. I pass them all the time as I am sure you do. Once the weather gets a bit nicer, the poles are in the truck and off we go to that local pond to my bass fix. One of the key things here is if you are fishing on someone else’s property, (with permission of course) be respectful and make sure you clean up after yourself. Even if its not yours, pick it up, you may come back to a no trespassing sign and that’s no fun.
3. Kayak it. This fits kinda into item one, but I’ll keep it in a serparate catergory and here is why. A kayak is extremely versitle and can take you to a bunch of different places. This is another approach for me, I can basically be in the water and reaching areas that I can reach from the bank in a mere 20 minutes. Its extremely cost effective, if you want it to be, but you can almost spend what you want, with pedal yaks and some complete with motors.
The whole key with all these is you can shave your time, if you need time to get out and throw that line in the water. Move around and take advantage of what is before you, I have been fishing for many years and I can tell you just today, I found 4 new areas to fish that I never knew existed. Keep lookin and you will find that go to spot when you need your fix.
I’m the Bass Dude, Tightlines My Friends.