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By Terry Ellis

    You go to one of your favorite fishing hot spots, but nothing. You give it half an hour but with no prevail. So you move on, thinking what the heck, this spot always produces. You go on fishing all day and donít catch a whole lot and head on home. Well you may have missed some good fishing. Just because a honey hole doesnít produce one minute it may produce later.

    Conditions change through out the day. Fish move in and out. They follow baitfish as well. Water temperature may fluctuate a bit, clouds move in and out. Anything may change and you may just miss out when your hot spot turns boiling.

    Just the other day I had relatives in town so my dad took one and I took my 17-year-old Texan cousin out and we had a little friendly competition with just the two boats. When we took off I knew right where my dad was starting so I went up the lake a bit. We caught a couple but nothing much.

    We were only going to fish till 9 so with an hour left and my dad off the spot in which I found last year it was my turn to give it a whirl. Later I found out that it did not produce at first light like usual. Well things change. Within a couple of casts I was filling the live well. In about 30 min we caught about 8-10 bass.

    So just because a place doesnít produce fish at first, leave and come back later. Maybe do this with a few spots on the lake. Just keep going back and forth and before you know it, fish will be jumping into the boat.

    This also works sometimes when you are boating bass and then they shut off. A few weeks ago we were fishing at the north end of a local lake and we hit a bend in a creek channel. The fish were going nuts, but after hooking a few that was it. We moved on and came back a couple of hours later. After a couple of casts again, game on.

    So donít give up on your favorite honey hole if it doesnít produce right away. Come back a couple of times if need be. You may be surprised on what you may learn. So good luck and tight lines!

   Terry Ellis