When the fish are biting is the best time to go looking for fish, but most guys can’t resist catching fish and they stick it out where they are, catching all they can. But looking around has many benefits, because when the fish aren’t biting they will know other spots to check that have produced fish before. Try pushing the edges of the areas where you are catching fish, you can quickly go back to where you were catching fish. Venturing out away from the fish, could land you bigger fish or even better fishing. Once you’re content sacrifice some time to looking around. It is also a good time to experiment with colors, different lures and different techniques in working the lures.
When the fish aren’t biting is also a good time to look around for spots that might produce later when the fish are biting. It is a good way to check out new structure and get good marks. It’s a good time to try different techniques as well. Try different colors, different lures, different ways to work the lure because there could be fish there that just aren’t feeding.
Usually when I take clients out I give everyone a different color and adjust later if one color is catching all the fish, but most times at least two colors work and those who stick with the color that is catching the least fish usually end up catching the biggest fish of the day.
Stick with your guns, don’t give in to going smaller to catch fish. This might catch you more fish, but they will probably be smaller and you stand a great chance of losing any big fish you hook. If you are fishing for trophies, stick with the larger lures with larger hooks.
I think using braided line is less sportsman than using monofiliment. There is little chance of breaking off, although the knot slipping out is highly possible. But it takes all the skill out of fighting a big fish on line that could break if mistakes are made. Having said that, don’’ go too light if you are searching for a trophy or you could have a sad day with a big one lost.