Should I give up a type of fishing and focus on another type?

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Question Backwater Charlie : should I give a type of fishing and focus on another type ? I just fish for many species, it seems that TOO. Catfish, carp, sunfish and bass are regularly targeted by me and it takes a bit of my portfolio. I mean I love them all equally, but I thought I might be releasing down on a target species and most frequently? I must do something. I guess I can get out quietly and with bass fishing, but these, catfish / carp and bluegill all need separate gear, and every time I see a sale I buy it. Now if I just made bass fishing I would just have a little more than a dozen coils or bars or so. I could sell some of my other fishing supplies and could earn bénéfices.Peut Maybe I’m just going crazy or something, but the wallet tells me to do some chose.Il Just look what you their fishermen think I should answer faire.Meilleure : Answer by

Try one you like fishing for most. Bass are fun but if you get on a good choice for fun panfish (bream, crappie) that can be many. If you reduce it to those two you do not need a bunch of stuff. Lures for bass and a cane pole and worms for bluegill.

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8 thoughts on “Should I give up a type of fishing and focus on another type?
  1. I think only you can decide that. You can’t really take the opinion of a stranger on the internet. I think you should stick to all types of fishing for all those fish. You could get bored fishing just for bass then when you sold all your other fishing equipment and want to go back you won’t have any and will have to go out and buy all new stuff. Like I said it’s your decision. Good luck fishin’!

  2. Hm. Guess it’s just that most of what I target is mostly around the same size… I mostly fish brackish water… the smallest thing I target on a regular basis are mangrove snapper, and usually all I’m targeting freshwater is bass. Maybe the trick would be to keep the major equipment you have, but just go with live bait or breadballs and your light action bass rods to go after the panfish… all you’d have to do is downsize your hooks.

    Consolidation and willpower! I know it’s tough to pass up a deal, but come on, I had to stop buying lures because I’d buy them and not use them… told myself I wasn’t allowed to buy any more pretty lures until I lost some of the ones I already had. Worse than a kid in a candy store, I am…

    Wow, F.K. and bassplayer are trying to take my patented rambling technique… ain’t quite got it, guys. ; )

  3. The best part about fishing Cats & Panfish is you don’t really need expensive gear…….

    One of the best Catfish rods are Ugly Stiks; they are cheap and do the job WELL. And other than some lead weight, corks, leader line & circle hooks you only really need your fav catfish bait.

    And the best part of Bluegill/Crappie fishing is you can get a ultra-lite rod on the cheap. And other than micro-jigs, terminal tackle & corks you can catch a mess of tasty ‘Gil’s on the cheap.

    On the other hand, Bass fishing (in my opinion) requires some “deniro”.


    Depending on where you live, most areas in the US see some “fishing pressure”. It’s proven that over time Bass get acclimated/conditioned to seeing certain lures and won’t strike them anymore. That’s why those cool old lures, (like the Bass Oreno, Creek Chub, Paw Paw) don’t work well anymore in certain areas of the US.

    (Obviously, if you live in a remote area that receives less fishing pressure, those older lures will be more productive.)

    The fact is: People that have the most “cutting edge” lures, lines, rods, electronics have a distinct advantage over those that can’t afford “the good stuff”. If Bass get conditioned to lures over time, you have to constantly “update” your tackle to stay ahead of “the game”. This requires money.

    If your gonna get serious about Bass fishing you HAVE to spend money…..


    ……accept the catch ratio people that insist on using antiquated gear end up getting.

    In my opinion, keep (or buy) your 1 Ugly Stik combo for Cat and Carp fishing……

    Keep (or buy) your 1 inexpensive Ultra-lite rod combo for Panfish………

    Spend your money and extra time on Bass……

    EDIT: The point? Continue fishing for whatever species you want, but realize that Cats, Carp, Panfish require very little money to do correctly.

    In other words, you don’t need 3 outfit’s per species of Cat, Carp, Panfish to have fun and be productive.

    But, if your gonna be a dedicated Bass fisherman (that actually catches his limit every time he goes) you HAVE to spend money. In my opinion, Bass are one species of fish where you actually NEED a full tackle box and 3-5 outfit’s to pursue correctly, (for the reasons I stated above).

    It’s just a matter of your level of dedication and how many “fish per hour” you want to catch.

    Must you own the “finest”, most expensive, tackle and gear for Bass fishing? No.

    But to catch Bass consistently you need the basics: a rod dedicated to Crankin’, Wormin’ & Jiggin’ & Flippin’. That’s 3 rod/reel combo’s each with a different action.

    To be successful, you need Topwater lures, Jigs, Soft
    Plastic’s, Spinners, & Cranks/Stickbaits.

    Does every lure in your T-box need to be a Lucky Craft? No.

    But, you DO need to have some of each category to be prepared for whatever you encounter on the water.

    Hope this helps clarify what I meant? And BOOYAH. (lol)

  4. I am a fly fisher exclusively so yes it is expensive. This is why i tie my own flies and build my own rods a St Croix rod which is modest costs an easy two hundred these days
    And the last St Croix blank was forty dollars. flies dry ones especially can kill you, cot wise but the materials are pretty reasonable

    A ‘skipper” whollies are easy to tie but cost nearly nothing and that is my main fly i trout fish with.
    And as far as Bass and Panfish go poppers are my favorite , even that i buy those they are a pain to tie and paint and all it is better just to buy them they aren’t expensive anyway

    Cat fishing , even though i don’t much any more I love trout fishing so much A worm and a stick isn’t very expensive as far as i know lol
    no If you like cat fishing more power to you but I have never really had a problem with a Zebco,thity three and a cheap repartee

  5. From my experience it is more effective for me to target one or two species unless they are of the same family such as trout. I trout fish alot and I can target all 5 species with a few lures and flies,but that wont work with catfish. It would make sense to modify your tackle if you were to change for the present conditions. For example you intially plan to fish bass but you see alot of carp patrolling the area. It would make more sense to change from plastic worms to live worms which would target both species, but I do notice carp prefer other baits such as nuts.To summarize it fish for the conditions and it would not make sense to me to have a bunch of different fishing rods targeting many species.

  6. NO ! NO ! NO ! You have the tackle you have already caught these species on and will also work for others. panfish, cat & carp terminal tackle is pennies compared to bass gear. you can come up with a couple bucks a month to replace lost hooks and stuff.
    for the rest of it, use what you have without dropping 50 bucks every time you visit a tackle shop. maybe instead of going to the bait shop, go fishing instead. stick to what’s in your box and become expert with that. there are, as you know, many ways to fish a plastic worm. stick a handful of them in your pocket and don’t lug your big umco double possum belly, cantilevered tray, hip roof tackle box every time you go. become proficient in one or two lures at a time.
    bass fishing shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg unless you’re a big time, hot shot, professional tournament fisherman who get stuff free from their sponsors, anyway.

    Don’t give up any of them!!
    (that’s what “those” people want you to do.)

    do the seasonal thing. bass now, during the spawn, then catch the crappie – bluegill spawn, fish all summer for cats and carp, then trout this winter. throwing in a bass now and then (my other answer).

    look who’s talking, here. l spent over $ 600 so far this month on gear. do you honestly believe fishing with one pack of plastics is going to satisfy me? but l don’t carry my umco, anymore. and l’m gonna keep fishing for bass, cats, crappie, carp, bluegill, oyster crackers, burbot, walleye, trout, … all of ’em. … until l catch one.

    sorry. l’m getting too windy here. g’nite.

  7. na man, no don’t do that. i love to fish and i love to go after bass catfish brim saltwater fish as well as whitings, croakers, sharks, redfish, but the reason i go after them at certain times all depends on my mood. when i am really wanting to go do some serious fishing get down and dirty and actually try to land a big one i go after the bass, or redfish. when i am wanting to go for something that fights really hard i will go after the sharks or big ol catfish. when i am in the mood to just relax and really dont care if i land one or not i will go after pan fish or whitings. now what makes me go after either saltwater or fresh..i havent really figured that out yet. i will just be at the house and something hits me…..lets go to the beach. or river…dont really know how i decide which water to go to. i am lucky to be surrounded by both. man dont give up on a certain fish. all the fish out there has atleast one thing to offer that may be better than others. hope that helps you out a bit good luck good fishin be safe and remember to share the experience

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