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Putting together a pattern
By Terry Ellis

    Youíve been fishing all morning, casting, flipping and pitching. There have been a couple of spots that were awesome but further down the shore nothing. You just canít seem to get another hit, even with switching lures and the color of choice.

   Ok donít give up, lets go back and figure out exactly what you were doing when you caught the first fish. Were they on a point, if so what side and was the wind blowing in? Was there any rocks, dead falls or docks? If so were they sitting on the sunny or shaded side? What was the depth of the fish? Also take note of retrieve of your lure.

   Now lets try to duplicate what worked. If you caught all your fish on main points on the windy side, thatís what you want to look for. Grab your map look for all points on the lake that would have the wind blowing in on it and hitíem. Also take into consideration the depth or close drop offs. If you were fishing shallow closer to deeper water, then that is what you want to stick with.

   Maybe you are flipping docks on the shaded side. You have been fishing down the shoreline and docks are the only thing that has produced. I would just stick to docks and speed through the other shoreline if there were no major cover, dead falls or docks.

   Now it is not always this simple. Maybe you were fishing a drop off, just out from a secondary point with a small hump just off the edge or a brush pile. Now the only way to know that is to look at a map, and have good electronics. Now it is possible to find submerged trees, cribs and so forth on a map, but if the map is out dated it will be tough.

   Pattern fishing isnít always going to work, but if your day has become stale I would give it a shot.

   Good Luck and tight lines!

   Terry Ellis