one more castWater temperature is on the decline, and down it will go from here through the end of January or so. Some places it won’t matter quite as much, but in other places, metabolism will be sluggish enough that your first cast–even on the best stuff–doesn’t do anything.

We heard an inkling of this idea from FLW Clear Lake winner Cliff Pirch when he mentioned getting his casts at the “right” angle to get the bigger bites. And in the case of his biggest sack, the right angle repeatedly got the bigger bites.

It seems to me a couple of things are in play. One, especially on structure, there often is one “perfect” angle or as Mike Folkestad calls it “The cast.” There is that one, specific lure path that the fish has to respond to.

But when you factor in colder water and the fish’s possible reduced activity level, the best angle or cast passes through an even smaller reactive sphere. What triggers the strike in 80 degree water does not do the same thing in 51 degree water. And I’m sure there are degrees inbetween.

The secret then is multiple casts to virtually the same spot. Perhaps to the casual observer it seems your presentations are identical, but you know when they are dead on. Perhaps one casts gets the attention of the fish, a second stimulates the fish further, and the right cast (the next one or maybe the next of two or three in row) gets the bite.

I know this is counter to big bait fishing where you don’t want the fish to get too many looks at your imitation. But for fish deeper in cover, or seemingly unwilling to move off a key piece of cover from a seawall corner to post, to chunk of concrete, stump or any other object, repetition is not a bad thing.

In fact, it may be the only thing.