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FISHING MORE EFFECTIVELY ANYWHERE

Fishing involves continuous learning and improvement. If you’ve been fishing for a while now, you may find that many things you don’t do now because they were unnecessary and inefficient. Also, a lot of things you used to believe in firmly are now regarded as pointless.

Regardless if you are fishing from the bank, small lakes, ponds without much boat access or offshore, there are always ways to improve your fishing methods for a more successful fishing trip. We’ve listed a few tips you can follow so you can become a much more efficient fisho in different situations.

BE WHERE THE FISH ARE

Even if you have the best rod in the market, the best lures and the best lines, none of that will matter if you’re not fishing where the fish are. That is why you’ve got to keep moving until one fish gives you a clue to where they are. Don’t be stubborn. You have to know if you should change presentations or move to a new area. It takes experience to do that, so don’t be afraid to try.

UNDERSTAND THE CONDITIONS

It doesn’t matter whether you fish from the bank, the rocks or a boat, the conditions on the day will always be a huge impact on your ability to catch fish. Not only that, but it will also impact how safe you are when fishing (ex: if there’s a storm coming). So, take the time to read up on the best conditions for the kind of fish you want to catch.

VARY YOUR RETRIEVE

Sometimes, because we’re so confident of the lure we’re using, we automatically assume that the fish will bite regardless of how we fish it. We forget that presentation matters. If your retrieve is not getting any bites, then switch to something different. If straight reeling is not working for you, then maybe you can do a slow 3-4 handle-turn retrieve. Learn the different retrieve methods so you can vary it up depending on the situation.

EXPERIMENT WITH TECHNIQUES

As mentioned above, fishing is a continuous learning experience. That’s why you must never stop experimenting because that’s a great way to learn something new. If you only use fish baits, get something for lure fishing and vice versa. Strong, light gear is very exciting and lures are great fun. While it takes lots of practice to learn new techniques, lures can be as effective as baits and vice versa.

CLEAR WATER EQUALS NATURAL PRESENTATIONS

When fishing in clear water, you’ll want to make sure that you imitate the baitfish as much as possible. That means you have to use subtle greens and browns for craw baits and subtle neutral shade patterns for minnow imitators. But, keep in mind that size and profile can also change. Big, fat, wide and aggressive bait isn’t a great fit for smaller, clearer waters.

KNOW YOUR TARGET

Always, and I mean always, know everything about the fish you’re chasing. You need to understand your target before you decide on a fishing spot. Although casting a line in the middle of nowhere and hoping you catch something can sometimes work, more often than not, it won’t – making it a complete waste of time. That’s why you need to research the appropriate techniques and tackle to catch the fish you’re targeting.

WEATHER IMPACT

The weather has a much more dramatic impact in smaller bodies of water, but that isn’t exactly a bad thing. Sunshine will cause a small body of water to become warm a lot faster than a large body of water, resulting in the fish moving to the shallower part of the body of water and becoming more active. If it’s cold on the other hand, they come less active in small bodies of water, and that’s because there isn’t a good way for the fish to get out of the elements.

FIND LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

You can learn a lot from other people, which is why fishing with like-minded people and not just with friends is a good way to expand your social fishing circle. You can definitely learn a thing or two when you go fishing with them. If they catch more fish than you, don’t begrudge them. Instead, observe their techniques and seek advice.

Regardless of where you fish, these tips will help you become a better angler. And remember, always keep an open mind. Be ready to learn new things and go out of your comfort zone. That’s how you become a better angler.


 

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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.