The Game of Fishing



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.

  1. 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.

3.  internet

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.

Take Your Pooch Fishing

pondme and fishing buddy

Today my  little four legged friend I decided to try are luck fishing the ponds near the University of Central Florida, located in beautiful Orlando. The weather was clear and the temperature was around eighty degrees (gotta love Orlando in January).  As I was fastening down the last ratchet strap I looked at my bedroom window only to see my furry friend staring vividly at my truck, knowing that I was  about to leave him. Once he noticed that he caught my attention, he began to bark franticly letting out a crying screech to show his displeasure. Naturally I gave in, “load up” I commanded. Filled with excitement, my Yorkie moved as fast as he could, clumsily sliding on the hardwood flooring. Only equipped with one pack of zoom trick worms and my SUP (stand up paddleboard), we proceeded to a local pond by the University. It only took around three cast to get the initial hit. I quickly set the hook, which surprised my Yorkie so bad he almost went for a swim. I fought the three pound bass for a short time and finally brought largemouth to the edge of my sup. My dog then began to engage the bass with a vociferous bark. Seeing this, the bass was caught a second wind and darted under my board. The same sequence of events occurred around three times until the bass finally gave out. Bursting with laughter, I lost my balance for quick moment and nearly tumbled off my board. After regaining my poise I released the bass and proceeded on my adventure. I had tons of success for the rest of the day in catching decent size large mouths but my fondest memories will be the mannerism of my Yorkie on the Sup. Take your pooch fishing, the imposition is well worth the memories.