The Bass Matrix Team would like to congratulate Carl Jocumsen on a great showing on the first day of the Bassmaster Elite on The Upper Chesapeake. After a tough morning with not a single bite fishing the spots he had found the last practice day, Carl took a minute to gather himself sit down in his boat and ask himself “what should the bass be doing”. After studying his Navionics Map for a moment he settled on a spot nearby he had not tried and first cast hooked and lost a 5 pounder He did not let that get him down and his very next cast landed a 5 pounder
Carl then settled in to catch 4 fish for almost almost 14.5lbs. He is the only angler in the top 20 with only 4 fish and currently sits 12th on day one. Carl thought he had the area to himself but soon discovered that 1st place Aaron Martens was fishing close by. While some would be discouraged to discover this, Carl sees it as confirmation he is on the right fish and with only 3 anglers making the run south today, he shouldn’t have to fight the crowds recirculating spots in the Northeast River and surrounding areas tomorrow.
The big lesson to be learned here is when struggling to find a bite it is never a bad idea to take a minute and rethink what you are doing and more importantly what the fish should be doing. This is part of the process of going from “spot” fishing to pattern fishing and fishing the conditions in front of you not the ones behind you.
We wish Carl luck tomorrow, and will keep you posted on how he is doing.