Patience is key to catching bass
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:46 p.m.
In addition to being a highly respected guide, Captain Steve Niemoeller has been a tournament fisherman for more than two decades.
So, he knows more than a little something about catching bass.
And lately, he said there is one major piece of advice he can give to anglers.
Take your time.
“You just have to be patient out there,” said Niemoeller, who specializes in bass fishing with artificial lures. “Most people won’t keep their line in the same spot for 10 or 15 minutes. They get impatient after a minute or two and want to move on to somewhere else when the best thing to do is just sit back and wait for a little while.
“So many people want to believe that if you don’t have immediate success, the fish must all be somewhere else, when a lot of times that actually isn’t the case.”
Niemoeller (www.cflfishing.com) used a story from late Tuesday morning as an example.
“We were fishing (in a creek just off the St. Johns River) where they are spawning, and the water was clear to where you could see the bottom at five feet,” said Niemoeller, who also can be heard at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays on WNZF (1550 AM) out of Bunnell and at www.WNZF.com. “There was not a lot of wind, so there wasn’t much ripple on the water, and the water was right around 65 or 66 degrees — the conditions were really nice. There were four of us out there, and we watched the same bass circle the shiner over and over again.
“Not too long after we first saw him, we put all four of our baits in where he was circling. He kept circling, moving in and moving out. There were times it looked like he might bite, but then he’d back off and circle again.
“Finally, after about 15 minutes, everyone got to watch the (4.15-pound) bass eat a shiner. A few of my customers got a real kick out of the whole thing because they hadn’t seen something like that before. We all got to watch the entire process from start to finish and ended up reeling him in.
“It just took a little more patience than most people are willing to have.”
Niemoeller added that another morning he was in Astor with a client who was getting frustrated after an hour of no bites. The captain suggested they wait a little bit longer and…
“We caught three fish in the next 20 minutes,” Niemoeller said.
Yet another time, he and customers sat in one spot in the DeLand area for an hour-and-a-half with nothing to show for it before the fish got really active.
“We ended up having a really good day,” he said. “Sometimes, all it really takes is not getting frustrated and just sticking it out in the same spot.”
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