When asked to give a little tease for each week's "Day on the Lake," I always wonder how I can do that without telling exactly what happens.
Should I inadvertently do that, does it take away from the experience of those viewing it on television? Does it help viewership, or, and this is probably the right answer, does it really make a difference either way?
So with those thoughts out there, let me drop a few breadcrumbs for you regarding this week's "Day on the lake," with Mike Wurm.
The lead for this episode should be "Fish are like snowflakes — they come in flurries." That's Mike Wurm's day in a nutshell, and that's basically what you should take from this week's show.
As you go through a day bass fishing that is totally unproductive, you are doing one of two things during the process: one, you're setting yourself up to be skunked for the whole day, and being alright with it, which I think happens quite often; or two, you're actually searching and preparing yourself for the "flurry" that will eventually come.
(A good bass pro, however, opts for the second school of thought.)
I watched Mike Wurm, as he patiently went through this whole process, in a small lake near Stuttgart, Ark. Mike started at 8 a.m., and then it was suddenly noon, and he hadn't had the first bite.
In the afternoon, the skunk was still on, and the only thing he did differently was sit down in the boat and change the color of his jig trailer.
His day was turned around immediately, and he caught plenty of bass the rest of the day.
If you see the show, you'll notice that he puts a lot of weight on the changing of the jig trailers, and I'm sure it had something to do with his change in fortunes.
However, I think, and television probably doesn't show this, that Mike Wurm prepared himself to succeed during the long period that was unproductive.
A good bass fisherman gets ready for the snowflakes, which will surely come.