Predicting fish behavior is easy when you understand this simple concept.
I have said it so many times and I will say it again:
Some inshore anglers have crazy explanations as to why redfish and speckled trout do what they do. I have heard everything from “speckled trout are scared of hardheads” to “slot redfish are sexually mature”.
While those two things are ridiculous, we really don’t know everything there is to know about speckled trout and redfish.
Biologists have spent decades observing these fish in the wild and captivity, learning their habits and behaviors.
Today, lakes are literally engineered from scratch to yield excellent bass fishing. But it doesn’t stop there. Those lakes are stocked with largemouth bass bred to grow into hammers.
Despite having all this scientific data, bass anglers still fall back on a very simple and time-proven concept. One of those bass anglers is my friend Morgan.
One day, he dropped a knowledge bomb on me that really cleared my mind.
I had never heard it put that way before. I was absolutely mind-boggled. And when you stop to think about it, the concept becomes pretty clear.
Whether it’s summer or fall, or the fish are spawning or transitioning, they will always need those two things.
Understanding they want comfort and food is where we begin understanding fish behavior. Work from there and ask yourself these questions:
If you can do that, you will catch fish every time. But, more importantly, you will understand why you caught fish.
That’s Fishing Smarter.
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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