Guy Unhappy Because He Can't Catch Any Fish

POSSIBLE REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T CATCH FISH

There are some days when you can’t seem to catch any fish. All anglers have bad days. After spending the whole day out in the sun, coming home empty-handed is frustrating, to say the least. As a newbie, you can’t help but question why this is happening to you. Well, there are a lot of different variables that come into play.

Here are some of the most likely reasons for why you can’t catch fish.

YOU BROUGHT THE WRONG GEAR

Have you ever been in a situation where you can’t seem to catch fish, but it doesn’t look like other anglers are experiencing any issues at all? In an effort to find out why luck is on their side, you observe them, and you realise that they’re using a heavier rod or a lighter leader, for example. You’re stuck with what you brought and it isn’t the right gear.

In this case, you can’t really do anything about it. If you want a more successful outing, it pays to be prepared. This means getting to know your fishing location and bringing along tackle and equipment that are best suited for your target species. Learn from that time I just spoke about above.

YOU DIDN’T MATCH THE HATCH

If you tend to choose a lure because you like how it looks, you might have issues catching fish. Selecting a lure should be about matching the hatch.

This means choosing a lure that’ll appeal to the fish. Your chosen lure must mimic the type of baitfish that’s present in the water. Based on this information, find a lure that has the same colour, size, action and design. Good online retailers generally provide information on what lures are good for what fish and application.

Fish can be quite fickle, too. So, what may have worked for you during a previous fishing trip might not be as effective today. That’s why it is best to have a variety of lures in your tackle box.

YOU DIDN’T MONITOR WEATHER AND WATER CONDITIONS

Fish tend to behave differently depending on the weather and water conditions. You need to be aware of the water’s depth, clarity, current and temperature. The fish’s level activity also depends on the weather. They tend to be more active when it’s sunny and warm and are quite sluggish when it’s cloudy and cold. If you want to catch fish, you have to monitor all these things. These factors will also guide your techniques, lure presentation and retrieval speed, among others.

NOT ENOUGH VARIETY

Sometimes, staying in one fishing spot pays off but that is not always the case. There’s no prescribed time limit, but if it’s been an hour and you haven’t caught anything yet, it might be time to move to a different location. If you feel a change of location is necessary, observe the area and look for possible areas where the fish might be. For example, they might be near a structure or cover.

FISH SIMPLY AREN’T IN THE MOOD

If you’ve done everything right and you still can’t catch anything, it might mean that the fish isn’t in the mood to bite. It happens. You have to accept that and wish for better luck on your next fishing trip.

Fishing is a tricky game and you will only get better. If you want to catch a lot of fish, you have to consider a lot of different variables such as type of fish, kind of gear, weather and water conditions. However, if you come prepared and can adjust your techniques, you’re significantly increasing your chances of having a rewarding fishing trip.


 

Is there anything else or advice you can share with beginners who are out of luck?

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.