Fishing For Smallmouth Bass – Presentation is the Key to Success

When it comes to fishing for smallmouth bass the presentation of your bait or lure is the key to success. In this article I’m going to discuss some of the simple reasons why this is the case. For those of you who don’t know, catching smallmouth bass is a ton of fun and these bronze beauties are widely known as the hardest fighting fish (pound for pound) that swim in freshwater.

These fish can be found in lakes, rivers, and even streams. Catching smallmouth bass out of the flowing waters of a small river or stream can make them even more fun to catch. They have an uncanny ability to use the current to their advantage when hooked, which makes fighting them that much more challenging and fun.

No matter what type of water you go fishing for smallmouth in, one of the keys to success is your presentation. The bottom line is that you want your offering (whether live or artificial) to appear as natural as possible. These fish are very smart, and unless they are extremely active, they tend not to bite unnatural offerings.

Let’s begin by discussing live bait. One of the most effective ways to catch smallmouth bass is by using live bait. The best way to have your live bait appear as natural as possible is to use gang hooks. Gang hooks are a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, which allow live bait (especially live worms) to be presented in a completely natural manner.

What are some of the best live baits for these fish? Crayfish are probably the best, although they can be difficult to find and fish with effectively. Gang hooks are great for live crayfish. The second hook helps to hook ‘short striking’ smallies. Worms and minnows are also good live baits for smallmouth bass. Live bait is a great choice when fishing for smallmouth bass. The more your bait looks like it does in nature, the better.

Now, let’s move on to artificial baits. The same principles hold true. If you’re using a crawfish lure for example, it needs to look like a crawfish looks underwater. Try to stay away from unnatural and strange colors that don’t look at all like the way the bait appears in nature. This is true for any artificial lure that’s employed. If you’re using a bait fish imitation, it needs to look like the bait fish does in nature.

When it comes to artificial baits for smallmouth bass, some of the more effective are Berkley’s Gulp and Power products. These baits perform, look, and feel like soft plastics, except for the fact that they’ve been impregnated with fish catching scents. These baits can be as effective as live bait in many fishing situations.

Costly Presentation Errors – Easy To Avoid

Big client presentation coming up? Set your compass on winning. To win, watch out for these costly presentation errors. These 5 common pitfalls are easy to avoid-if you start now.

Many presenters rely on old slides. They dust them out, combine them with each other, and head off to win the day. Does this sound familiar? If you’re short on time and running fast, this kind of practice is easy to fall into. But it is dangerous and costly.

Recently, I participated in a conference panel. We reviewed 17 presentations from 17 candidates in a supervisory program. Each candidate’s presentation was reviewed from several perspectives. Leadership. Learning concepts. Story flow. Presentation impact.

The panel included experts on leadership, the program content, business context and presentation expertise. I reviewed each presentation’s effectiveness-from design to delivery.

Curious what caused the biggest problems?

Here are the 5 biggest and most costly errors in presentation style.

1. Abrupt and Formal Tone

The presenter was schooled in a military style. He presented his information with crisp perfection. What went wrong?

The reviewers did not feel included. They wanted to hear about human experience, insights and personal reflections. He was shocked and dismayed at their response. In individual interviews he continued to remain formal without sharing his personal experiences.

This presenter risked a failing score because he was too abrupt and overly formal.

2. Rambling Stories

The presenter loved telling stories. Everything was a fable, traditional tale and intricate plot. It was fascinating and colorful. What went wrong?

The panel did not see the point of all the stories. They wanted to hear a concise overview and clear conclusion. This presenter got an A+ in storytelling but a D in presenting learning conclusions.

The presenter failed to understand his audience. He did not adjust his personal strengths and style to match their goals.

3. Cluttered Slides

The presenter had a passion for marketing and branding stories. Every slide was chock full of visuals, examples and product pictures. What went wrong?

The display was confusing and overwhelming. The learning points were not clear. The passion was obvious…but the result was not visually memorable.

4. Boring Bullet Points

This presenter took a careful, analytical approach. Every point was spelled out in bullets. What went wrong?

It was supremely boring. While clearly articulated, we demanded pictures, illustrations and stories.

5. Poor Time Management

The presenter was so enthusiastic that she bubbled on endlessly. Guess what? She ran out of time.

The panel did not take lightly to this pitfall. The criticism was strong and focused on effective time management.

What does this say to you? You may have a more patient, more sensitive and more forgiving audience. Or you might not.

Keep a careful watch on these top pitfalls. They are easy to avoid when you use a presentation storyboard to plan a compelling presentation.

With a storyboard, you can quickly spot redundancies, potential ramblings and boring bits. You’ll instantly see areas where you could bore your audience…or get so excited that you use track of time.

One tip that will help you right away. Time your rehearsals. Practice giving your presentation with the clock as your guide. Many people find that rehearsing with a clock is a surefire way to reduce danger zones and deliver with impact.

To get to the top of your career, you’ll give hundreds if not thousands of presentations. One lousy presentation can cause serious damage. On the other hand, one exceptional presentation can boost your career to the top. To get ahead in your career, get smart about presenting. Take time to learn the steps to success and avoid costly mistakes.

It’s time to discover how to present with maximum impact.

A Present Discomfort – For a Purpose

And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
~2 Corinthians 1:7 (NIV).

The image set before us is of two soul-mates, fighting back to back as it were; well, it could be – out of context, certainly, with the predominant Corinthian struggle.

‘Strength to endure’ is quite plainly in view.

Paul’s ideal – shuffling back and forth through this letter, and the last, in the New Testament canon – is to proclaim the way of philo/agape-love; that love that lives for the other, inextricably attached, umbilical-cord-attachment, from the spiritual viewpoint.

One Sharp Divergence

The Corinthian context presents something of a sharp divergence. Some were faithful with Paul – good friends when the tests came to be – but, equally, others were not. Yet it’s not really the present focus; it just had to be said, that’s all.

In Love, We Share – No Matter What

When we have this form of love surging through us we’re by hook or by crook going into to battle – any battle – to the support of that person we love. Our present happiness is nothing in comparison.

Paul is deeply in love with the Corinthians, like all his beloved brothers and sisters, and the churches he founded and supported along his missionary journeys. His heart ached at the divergences he experienced due any dissonance on their part.

Some dissonance, of course, was brought about by Paul for the purpose of tough love to bring about their repentance – it still pained his heart to know of the occasional stubborn pride existent in some; here, at least, with some of the Corinthians.

Still, when we’re committed in fellowship under God we’re a cord of three strands – we’re not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

Reaching Down, Out and Through

We can’t help run after one another. Some of this might be unhealthy but it’s based in the right sort of basic love.

Our spirits are burned and charred as our critical relationships tear. Whilst this is true, so too is the opposite state – the mighty collusion of two or more souls bound together in an earth-ending grief, holding together in both discomfort and eventual comfort, together.

In this we quickly learn we must dip lower beneath the surface of things and get messy with it all – going to whatever lengths are necessary to support the other.

And this is, at once, heaven! Relieved of ourselves we find God in the midst of the others’ torment.