My dad, brothers and I grew up fishing. However, the vast majority of our fishing has been
set it and forget it fishing for catfish, mostly at night.
My dad and father-in-law are in town for Thanksgiving, and so today I decided to take them on a fishing trip. We rented a pontoon, and drove up and down a nearby river fishing for the better part of 7 hours.
We caught one fish. We had maybe three bites total.
Is this normal? Here are the specifics of what we tried:
- We're located in central Florida
- Mostly trying to not just "set it and forget it" but rather attempt to catch something more active (e.g., bass)
- We used live minnows, night crawlers, synthetic grubs, and a couple spinner lures.
- The majority of the fishing was with live minnows (my dad) and a spinner lure (me)
- We would drift along the bank, which would transition from trees to lillypads, and back. Large sections of lillys at a time.
- My dad would cast near as he could to the bank, and start a slow draw
- I would cast my spinner about 20 ft. into the lillys, and "hop" it over them
- We would try each spot for about 30-60 minutes before moving on
I'm not sure how to fish with a spinner lure. Maybe that was my problem? I would "hop" it over the lillys, and then I guess just maintain a steady 'not slow but slow enough' draw until it was back to the boat.
We caught one fish all day. On a rod that we'd cast and set aside while working on something else. A catfish.
Keep doing what you're good at I guess? :)
Any advice? Any more details I can provide to help with giving me advice?
Main thing I guess is, we did have fun. And we plan on doing it again, soon. But, I'd rather actually catch some fish next time, if possible.