My wife loves those crime dramas on television where the quirky but brilliant detectives with inept social skills pick apart people’s behaviors to back track through a possible scenario to solve murder mysteries. The skill is often called profiling, the act of figuring out the type of people capable of a crime based on a history or pattern of behavior or actions.
Experience and history in bass fishing or any type of fishing give anglers a foundation to draw from when trying to figure out when the bass change moods or patternable behaviors. We change variables constantly in fishing. To the point where it appears we’re throwing everything but the kitchen sink at them in hopes of tricking them into biting one of our 10 different lures tied to 10 different rod and reel combos.
Folks outside of hardcore fishing might think it’s more about luck, but if it were, we wouldn’t be able to predict the changes in behavior so well.
Experience has taught me that the bass react differently to different profiles of lures under different circumstances. What makes choosing the right profile difficult is I’ve seen it change from spot to spot on the same lake on the same day. For example, when the bass move offshore, I often find multiple schools in various parts of the lake. While I will clean up with a football jig on one school, the next school totally shuns it. But if I pull out a 10-inch worm and start noodling it around in the school, I go to catching them rapidly. I’ve seen it time and time again. Profile matters.