I've been having some luck fishing deep structure for walleyes for the last few weeks. Tonight I had a shadow boat following me around. I knew right away what he was up to so I decided not to fish my hotspots and try some other areas that I've been wanting to work. I wasn't about to give some freeloader my A & B spots. It turns out that I had the best fishing of the year. I learned that it's not always a good idea to get stuck on a few spots. Every once and a while try someplace new. You just never know.
The secret to fishing is to catch the biggest fish and to catch it early.
About 15 years ago I was activly coaching youth wrestling. I was at a local tournament and a gentleman walks up to me and says "Were did you move your ice house?" I had never seen him before so I gave him a puzzled look. He said "My buddy called me a couple years ago and said just drive out there and look for a gray permanent house and fish by it." That was the last permanent house I owned.
This happened to me this year while fishing a North Eastern walleye tournament that for the two years prior I placed in the top ten (3rd last year and 8th the year before that.)
This year was bad for shadows for the top 5 teams from last year. I finished 18th out of 110 teams. Still not bad but it was hard playing bumper boats (if I'm there first I ain't being pushed off of my spot
But the way I look at it.........I don't think anyone will be bothering me next year!
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988