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  1. #1
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    Alright, So the short of it is this...I grew up fishing rural ponds in VA and could always go out and snag a LMB or a catfish fairly easily. Fast forward about 20 years to today and I am lucky enough to have a little amount of time to fish...but I know very little.

    I've fished every day this week for about 4 hours each day...from about 8-830 until I give out...around 2 or 3. I am not having much success, can ya'll help me figure out what I may be doing incorrect?

    I can fish at Roberston Millpond in Wake county and catch bluegill pretty easily...they are small though, I wouldn't keep any. I have been to Falls Lake at several different locations and have only caught two very tiny sunfish.

    I'm switching up baits. I've got plastic worms, real worms, little fake shad with jigheads, quarter sized fake frogs.

    I've got a few rods ranging from 5' ultralight to 7' medium. I'm mostly using a slip bobber and adjusting the height of my bait...sometimes i'm on the bottom other times about a foot or two from the top.

    Today I was at beaverdam lake and fish were literally jumping out of the water all around me (I was in a kayak) and I couldn't seal the deal on a single fish...or even get a bite.

    Am I going at the wrong time of day? Will I have more luck in the fall? Just looking for some advice and thought the local (North Carolina) forum would be the place to ask....I appreciate it!

    Edit: I forgot to mention what fish I'm actually trying to catch...I'm all over the place with it really, I go from trying to catch bass to crappie or maybe a catfish, but again I'm a novice.

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    To catch fish, you need to fish where they are at. With that being said when you go fishing cover alot of water and a variety of different places and situations until you establish one that stands out as the thing to do for that part of the day. Once you figure out what kind of structure or areas the fish are in, then focus on similar areas with similar features and skip over the things you have already tried that are not effective. Also always be on the lookout for signs of life in a particular area... baitfish, bream, herons and such all indicate there is life in that area. Those breaking fish you are seeing and not catching are more than likely not bass, often times carp, bowfin and catfish will splash as well as small perch and white bass.
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    If you're looking to catch larger Bream and other panfish,this time of the year, you might look for a drop off the goes from 3 or 4 feet to 6 to 8 feet. They might be shallower on a cooler/overcast day,but when its hot, look for the bigger Bream in a little deeper water.
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    You listed several artificial baits - and you said you're mostly using a slip bobber. There are very few applications for artificial lures fished under a bobber - not saying it can't work but generally those things, that's now how they are fished. There are a lot of different ways to fish a plastic worm... Texas rig, Carolina rig, shakey head jig probably the most common. You'll have to YouTube those for tips on how, but there is no substitute for being shown how by someone with experience!

    Ask around for someone who might be willing to take you fishing, go with you, or if you can afford it, hire a guide on a lake you'd be likely to fish on your own, and tell them what you want to learn. If they know you're more interested in tactics, techniques, and how to start patterning the fish (what Neilslure was talking about - trying to figure out patterns you can replicate) than just simply flipping fish into the boat, you may find a guide willing to teach you some things.

    Some of the guys down here in Florida who aren't guides will sometimes be willing to take someone out with them for half or most of a day if the person throws in maybe a couple hundred bucks for 'fuel and bait.' My neighbor has done that a few times.

    The internet can be a great resource if you look for instructional videos, too.
    Good luck, hang in there!
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    I am still a novice and my suggestion is probably worth about what you are paying for it, but I tend to stick to targeting one species on each trip. It helps with not having to carry your entire tackle box, and you can focus on the techniques for each type of fish. As mentioned above, YouTube is your friend.

    That being said I, I've been wanting to float/fish Robertson Millpond for a while now and would be happy to try my hand at fishing it with you if you'd be interested. Shoot me a PM if you want.

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