There's no need to compete with other anglers. They're not thinking about you, and you don't need to think about them. Most times. If your spot is pressured by a lot of anglers, what they're throwing may influence how the fish react to your lures. If you can still see them, or if they're a few cast-lengths away, you need to find out what they're throwing in order to gain an edge on the competition. Cruise the local forums, Facebook groups, and websites for information. What are the most common lure suggestions or tactics? You don't need to do the opposite of what they say, just something different. If they all throw hard baits, try the same colors in soft plastic. Loud spinnerbaits? Go subtle and slow. Topwater? Try going deep. Solve the puzzle the way other anglers would solve it. Then, tweak your tactics. Now is the time to do your research. When you can't do anything else.
Sleeping in is a waste of daylight. Do what you love––go fishing.
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