Tides, bait, structure, weather patterns etc are ALL viable resources for geting into fish. The one thing before all else to remember is it really is about putting your time in, making your own karma if you will. I didn't have the best season either relative to number of hours fished to actual fish caught, but still landed twice as many as last season....which I consider a success!!! There's a lso alot more to 'putting in your time' than wetting a line and seeing what happens (also something this site has taught me). It's amazing the things I see now at the same places I always fish that I never would've a year or two ago. I'm already gearing up for next year, targeting new and some different spots that I've scoped out thru the summer, with a whole new gameplan and targeting bigger fish. Even if ya only catch a few this season don't get discouraged or down on yourself. The knowledge/experience you gain today, tomorrow, next week and next year is far more valuable than catching the biggest fish or the most fish in the bunch!!!!
StriperHyper ~ Will