People wonder why they aren’t successful in consistently catching fish on a regular basis. As an experienced Captain, I want to reveal some of my thoughts and theories to help to weekend fisherman turn into the weekend warrior. Some people look at fishing as weekend escape and a social event to drink beer with there buddies. First off this is ok, believe me when I say there nothing more fun than cracking open a can and enjoying the sun and the sea breeze. But if your tired of only coming home with a sunburn and buzz, its time to take a different approach. Its time to start thinking of fishing like a game.
- Be prepared
Always check the weather conditions and plan the trip accordingly. For example if there is a 3 mph wind at sunrise, then you have a green light for that big open grass flat and you already have in mind three top water lures you are going to try. To the contrary, if wind gust are around 15 mph, then it would be a good idea to pick a spot ahead of time where you think you would be isolated from the wind. Also on those windy days, its a good idea to plan to leave earlier to pick up some live bait at your local bait shop. Remember your tackle box is part of your play book, so always have a arsenal of different options. Most importantly check the tides. Nothing makes me more upset when I arrive at a spot for targeting spec trout, which I fish for in depths 3 to 5 feet and see the low tide making the depth go under that range. Fishing is all about probability and predictions, so the more knowledge you have the better chance to be successful.
2. Patience may not be your best option
I always hear people say fishing requires patience. For me I look at as the fish are not here and I am wasting time. Their is circumstances where patience is the option, such as trying to stir up a feeding frenzy, knowing the fish patterns and tides. remember its a game and grass is not always greener on the other side but sometimes it is. Having that second and third option will sometimes be a game changer.
This is a no brainer since your reading this but the internet has become one the most valuable game pieces for fishing. If you have to work all week and haven’t been on the water in a month, how do you know what the fish are doing? Anyone who doesn’t view the fishing reports or check other anglers social media drastically reduce the chances of having a successful day. Someone has already told you where they caught the fish, what they were using and what time of day to fish, talk about an advantage. With all the knowledge on the internet any weekend fisherman can be a weekend warrior.