What To Do If The Fish Aren’t Biting (Before Changing Your Lure)


Tarpon were hitting bait all around me in this creek.

There were lots of baitfish and birds, and I had caught a tarpon a little bit earlier, so I knew this was a good spot, but I kept casting without getting so much as a bump.

But then, a manatee swam by, distracted me, and before I knew it, I was hooked up!

This little tarpon took me for a fun ride and several jumps before I finally wrangled him into the kayak.

Seeing that manatee caused me to do one small change that helped me land the fish.

It was something I hadn’t been doing that morning, but obviously that was what the fish wanted!

See what that one small change was in the video below.

What To Do If The Fish Aren’t Biting [VIDEO]

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If the fish aren’t biting, before you waste your time changing lures or moving spots, try to change up your retrieve.

You can speed it up, slow it down, or add a pause like I accidentally did here.

Oftentimes these smaller, easier changes will be the difference between you coming home with fish pics and you coming home with sunset pics.

Have any questions about switching up your lure retrieve?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Chance Vang
1 year ago

What knot do you personally use to connect the braid to mono?

Sam Craparo
1 year ago

Great tip. Many anglers are to quick to change lures and don’t think to change there presentation which probably more important.


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