catching fish


There’s a general perception among the wider community that luck governs fishing fortune. While there are various random environmental and behavioural factors that can affect the outcome of any fishing scenario, the truth is that most successful anglers create their own luck.

Dedicated anglers employ years of experience and knowledge to identify where the fish live, what they feed on and when they eat. They know what equipment to use, how to draw bites, and how to get hooked-fish to the net. Successful anglers narrow down fishing parameters to such an extent that luck has very little to do with fishing success.

Here are several ways to improve your fishing knowledge and skills and enhance your so-called “anglers luck”.


The fundamental key to fishing success is knowledge. The more you know about the behaviour of a fish species, the more likely you’ll be able to nut-out their whereabouts at any given moment and catch them.

It is important you study your target species intensively. Read about them, watch them in aquariums, and get as much on-water experience as possible. A great strategy is to focus on one species at a time. Once you feel like you have a good grasp of that particular species and are getting consistent results, switch your focus to another fish species. Over time, you’ll build up knowledge and have a reliable repertoire of skills to target an array of fish species.


The “luck” factor is perhaps most pronounced in the hooking and fighting stages of fishing. Sometimes things simply don’t go to plan but there are ways to minimise the chances of missed bites, dropped fish and tackle failures.

Choose appropriate tackle for your target species. Ensure that lines, leaders and hooks are up to the task. Tie appropriate knots well. Regularly inspect your outfit and terminal tackle for potential issues and double-check drag settings.

Using the right gear and maintaining it in top shape will ensure that you have the ability to hook, fight and subdue your target fish.


Most anglers are strapped for time and are happy to fish when any opportunity arises. Unfortunately, opportunistic fishing outings often coincide with the wrong tides, bad weather or the least productive time of day. Given the narrow scope for the ideal conditions, you can’t expect consistently good results.

Try to fish with a plan as often as possible. Grab a calendar and mark out the best tides and moon phases each month for your particular target species. You can even colour code the calendar to identify good conditions and optimal conditions. That way you have quick visual reference to the best days for a sneaky fishing session.


Confident anglers catch fish. Always try to remain calm and composed even when things don’t go to plan. Cool, calm and collected anglers make well considered and logical decisions that are more likely to result in fish. Irrational and frustrated anglers make rash decisions that exacerbate panic and hinder the likelihood of success.

Anglers who achieve consistent results draw upon their extensive knowledge, skills and experience to improve their fishing success. Skilled anglers create their own luck by heightening the odds in their favour. There’s a very good reason why a small percentage of anglers catch most of the fish. It has very little to do with “luck” and everything to do with knowledge.


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Peter Hollingsworth

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