Mark Davis of Arkansas has won the Bassmaster Angler-of-the-Year title in 1995, 1998 and 2001. He was the Bassmaster Classic champion in 1995 and is one of the nation’s leading pro fishermen.

Mark Davis explains that, “The number one secret to turning a bad bass fishing season around, as simple as this may sound, is to take the time required to sit down and organize your tackle. Think through each tournament you’ll be fishing, and make sure you’ll have the exact baits you’ll need, when and where you’ll need them. Most guys want to be fishing, not getting their tackle ready to go fishing. If they have any days off, they prefer to fish rather than organize their tackle. But as a tournament fisherman, when I leave the house, I’ll be fishing from Texas to California, New York, Florida and many of the states in-between. So, I have to sit down and think through each tournament scenario and organize my tackle accordingly. I may be on the road for 2 or 3 months before I return home. I have to organize my tackle, so I’ll have the lures, the line, the rods, the reels and everything else I’ll need for each tournament. Then I have to put in the other lures I may need for the times when the lures I’ve thought I’ll need don’t work. This tackle organization can take a lot of time, thought and preparation. You also have to think about other stuff you’ll need, like a push pole or a sea anchor.

“After you’ve decided on the tackle you’ll need, you have to pack it in a way that you’ll know where it’s located in your truck or boat. Then you can go straight to those places and get what you need. By doing this, you’ll out-think and be better prepared than most fishermen. In most tournaments, many fishermen will take a wide variety of gear and lures with them and hope they have everything they need when they’ll need it. They don’t spend the time, the energy and the mental preparation to think through each fishing situation they may encounter on each lake to make sure they have the lures, the line, the rods and the reels they think they’ll need and the back up equipment and lures they may use, if their first-string tackle doesn’t pay off.

“Most professional anglers will tell you that bass fishing is more of a mental game than a physical game. So, to become a better bass fisherman, you have to spend plenty of time preparing mentally. You do this by thinking about the lake you’ll be fishing and the lures you’ll need, being certain not to overlook any other lures you may need. Before you leave home to go tournament fishing or fun fishing, spend the time required to think through that fishing trip, and organize your tackle and thoughts to be mentally and physically prepared for any water, wind and weather conditions you may face on that day. At the end of the week, you’ll see how step This step is the secret foundation upon which you build to become a better fisherman. One of the real disasters that happen to bass fishermen is when they get out on the water and decide there’s a lure they need to get the bass to bite, but they don’t have the lure with them. That one decision or lapse of preparation can cause you to go from a hero to a zero in bass fishing.”

To see Mark Davis tell you his secrets to river fishing for bass, check out the video below:


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