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5 PRODUCTIVE THINGS TO DO FOR PRO ANGLERS DURING THE OFF-SEASON

Actually, for the true blue angler, there’s no such thing as an off-season. There may be intervals where fishing conditions aren’t ideal, so this can be considered a fishing break. But in most cases, if you really want to go fishing, you’ll find there are other good fishing spots around the country. You just have to know where to find them and be willing to travel to them.

For a professional angler like you, this will be the best time to prepare for the upcoming fishing season. In basketball, there’s summer camp; in baseball, there’s spring training. So why shouldn’t fishing have its own preparation time? With that said, here are a few things you can do to prep for a better fishing season.

GET YOUR CONDITIONING READY

Just like any other sport, fishing requires a person to be in great shape to be able to perform well. Everyone must, at least, strive to stay in excellent condition. When I say everyone, that includes anglers.

Think of it this way, if you get tired quickly, how can you expect great results in the tournament? An hour or two into the match and you’re already worn out; this isn’t an ideal situation for any competing angler. So, make sure to exercise daily during downtime. You can jog, walk or do any cardio exercise as long as you’re breaking into a sweat.

ORGANIZE YOUR GEAR

Anglers will undoubtedly have a lot of gear to pack and bring. So, during downtime, make sure you know where your fishing gear is to avoid a rush packing when the fishing season begins.

What you need to remember is if you won’t use it, then it won’t get in the boat. The angler who said that surely knows what he is talking about. The foolproof way to achieve that is keeping your gear organised, which will eventually help you become more efficient when you’re fishing.

DO INVENTORY

Speaking of fishing gear, the best way to spend your downtime is to take stock of what you have and figure out what you need and don’t. As you all know, anglers are hoarders. Even if you admit it or not, we’re guilty of having more tackle than we should have. It’s probably one of the things anglers do best – buying and keeping stuff we haven’t been able to use.

There is always that ‘I need it just in case’ or ‘This is the colour that won a tournament’ frame of mind that lets tackles take up space in our boats and storages. That’s why you need to take stock of your gear and get rid of the unnecessary things.

If you haven’t used it in years, it’s time to bid farewell. If it’s still in good condition, you can sell it or hand it over to a friend. Do whatever you need to do to get rid of fishing gear you don’t use, so you can have enough room for the equipment you need and use. If you sell it secondhand so you can get the next piece of fishing tackle on sale you want, which we all love.

MAKE A PLAN FOR YOUR SEASON

By now, as a professional angler, you must know how your schedule for the next four to five months will go as the upcoming season approaches. This is a great way to formulate a plan for each tournament you’re planning to join in.

You’ve got lots of time to burn now, so look at the maps and plan out what you need to do in each tournament you plan to join in. It’s always best to come prepared.

PRACTICE THE EXECUTION OF YOUR PLAN

Practice makes perfect. The only way for your plan to work is if you know how to execute it, and the best way to do that is to practice. Setting up a practice area in your garage or basement is quite easy.

You can use different sized bowls or containers and place it around your garage. These bowls will serve as your instant pitching targets when you practice. Try to spend a couple of hours practising at least every week, and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll improve after several practice sessions.

In between fishing seasons, you’ll have plenty of time to prepare what you need. It’s also the perfect time to practice your skills, improve your conditioning, and plan your fishing strategy for the next fishing competition. Spend this time wisely as you won’t have enough time when the season starts. Enjoy the break and make sure you’re always productive!


 

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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.