Great post by A-Lure-A and Captain Bish.
I find it challenging as a weekend warrior (bi-monthly) fisherman to stay on the fish also. Everything previously mentioned is spot on. Few pointers over the years for me.
1) Decision fatigue is real - having too many options has left me second guessing myself to much. I have a fishing backpack that holds 4 plastic tackle box trays (8 spoons each) and 2 flasher/fly bags (6 combos). I plan the night or days leading up based off weather and reading reports hear and conditions (4 boxes are labeled Dawn/9am/11am/2pm). This has limited by options when continually second guessing myself when I am not catching
2) I start my morning with two opposite sides - One for active fish - short leads and one for negative fish - long leads. I spend my morning in search mode until I catch or graph fish and let them tell me what they want.
3) When I do graph fish / bait I stay on them for 3-4 passes before moving on. I used to drive over them once no hits meant no fish. I also do not use a temp probe but stack the water column from a 7-color to a thumper rod. When the fish talk I listen.
4) A lot of guys that I have always looked up to on this site (yankeetroller, thrillseeker, gambler) or facebook follows (andy bliss, dirty goose, dan the fisher) just seem to be so consistent catching because they are so consistent in their approach. Every hour on the water you are learning and once you pick up pattern that is favorable log it and stick with it. Things quite often do not go as planned but having the ability to adapt as conditions adapt I believe is what makes some anglers on this forum great.
I still have not figured these fish out and hopefully never completely do because it keeps me coming back to this site reading, listen and learning.