3 Ways To Increase Confidence In A Bait

It’s easy to get too comfortable as an angler. You have some success with a particular bait or presentation, and next thing you know, it’s all you throw – which is fine when it’s working, but what happens when your old standbys aren’t producing like they used to?

Try another bait, that’s what!

As easy as that sounds, it’s much more difficult in practice. When you don’t have confidence, it’s hard to try a new presentation, and it’s hard to get confidence in a new presentation if you don’t fish it. It’s a vicious cycle.

Here’s 3 ways to break that cycle and gain confidence in a new bait.

Use it exclusively

Dedicate a portion of your time on the water to the new bait. A good way to do that is to remove the temptation of other baits. Say you want to learn how to drop shot. Throw 2 rods with drop shots tied up on the deck and lock the rest of your rods away.

Another way is to dedicate a portion of each trip to that technique. For example, if you want to learn how to throw a frog, try setting aside the last ½ hour of each trip to frogging. Put all the other stuff away, and go cover some water.

Use it correctly

If you’re trying to learn how to drop shot, it’s probably not a good idea to do it on a shallow weedy lake. If you want to get confidence in fishing deep rocks, you shouldn’t do it when the bass are up shallow spawning. In essence, make sure the conditions are reasonable for the new technique or you’re definitely not going to catch fish.

Don’t give up

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Seriously though, there’s a big temptation to go out, make 20 casts with a new bait, then put it down if you don’t catch anything. That’s the biggest urge you need to resist. There are many situations in which your confidence baits didn’t pay off for a stretch, but that doesn’t keep you from coming back.

In order to get confidence, you need to develop repetition. Don’t give up on a bait if you struggle to get bites the first time you pick it up. Try again and again, especially if it’s a technique you know others use successfully.



    Great article. I know i find myself getting to comfortable with baits and not throwing anything else.

  2. Eric Perez-Pantoja

    Nice Article, stands true when trying baits that don’t really see the water as much.

  3. aurelian romeo vieru

    all is true, it happend to me.After “changing the chip” another song……

  4. Bill Schneider

    I can relate to not giving new lures a long enough time to work when my confidence lures stop working. I certainly will remember this article to insure I give a new lure and/or technique a try lasting no shorter than 45 minutes.

  5. Jim Schaeflein

    I will be thinking about this article a lot. I’m trying new techniques and not giving them enough time.

  6. Andres murillo

    Nice reminder but wish I could get more info for draught in cali we have going on in cali right now it’s hard to catch good fish right now in the Central Valley but my best luck has been with biospawn.

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