Want to become the worst angler ever? Try this!
If you’ve always dreamed of being the worst angler ever, here is your list. On the other hand, if you’re trying to get better as an angler, please do the opposite of the following.
Even the most experienced angler can improve by using these as a friendly reminder of what not to do.
1. Don’t Pay Attention
It is really easy to lose focus when the fish are not biting. It’s like the fish know when you’re not paying attention, and that’s when they want to bite. Pay attention to details, especially where the last fish came from, and when. Besides that, pay attention to your rod, the conditions, and everything else that could help you land more fish.
2. Stop Learning
Fishing, like other activities, is something you get better at with more experience. Even the best fishermen are always reading and learning in search of the next big thing. If you want to be the worst angler ever, stick with what you know and don’t try anything new.
3. Don’t Retie
Frayed line is just asking for trouble. If you want to lose a big fish, don’t retie your line often. That big one will break your line and heart in one quick minute.
Usually, though, they will allow you to get just close enough to see how big they are and then jump before breaking your line.
4. Skimp on Tackle
Tackle is expensive, no doubt about it. There is a time and place to go cheap, but some fishing tackle that costs less is really worthless. They say you get what you pay for, and that definitely applies to fishing gear.
Don’t buy the most expensive just because of the cost, but also don’t buy the cheapest for the same reason. Find a happy medium of quality and your own budget.
5. Give Up Easily
It can all change in one cast. A bad day can quickly turn into the day of the lifetime with one bite. Giving up too soon (or going home early) will ensure you won’t finish out the day with the biggest fish of your life.
Don’t give up, unless you want to be the worst angler ever.
6. Be a “Fairweather Fisherman”
Everyone likes to get out on the water when it’s 70 degrees and sunny. While it is nice to be out on the lake in these conditions, the best fishing often happens on the worst weather days. Wind is your friend while fishing, as it stirs up the bottom, the baitfish and in turn, the big fish. Rain and clouds are another time when the fish feed more often and all day long. Just picking the nice days will limit you as an angler.