My Number One Secret to Being a Successful Angler 

  There is no denying that we all want to catch more fish.  We sit at work and dream of being at our favorite fishing hole and catching the fish of our lifetime.  In the next couple of paragraphs, I am going to reveal to you, my number one secret to catching more and bigger fish.

  I find it imperative to approach every situation like my next cast could result in a new personal best. How many times have you had a fish to grab your bait right at the boat, or right at your feet?  For me, the answer is too many to count.  By thinking that any cast could result in a personal record, you are more apt to work your bait all the way back to the boat or bank.  You will pay closer attention to what your bait is doing, and when you get bit, will notice exactly what was going on so that you can effectively begin to piece together a pattern.  

  How many times have you gone out to fish and not gotten any bites in the first couple of places and started digging into your tackle bag for that “magical” lure?  I think at some point or another we have all fell into that trap. I believe that an angler will be more successful by sticking to a couple of lures, and not spending unnecessary time in the tackle box. Pick three lures that will cover the upper, middle, and lower water column. My uncle once told me as a child “you’re not going to catch any fish in that tackle box”. I didn’t understand it then, but I do now. By sticking to a few lures on a given day, you are going to focus on your presentation rather than what is tied onto the end of your line. You’ll put more emotion into the bait, and as a result will get more bites.  That is not to mention the obvious, you’ll make more casts and as a result stand a better chance of catching more fish.  I don’t get wrapped around exact colors so much as I do the style and profile of the bait. I will go into details on my thoughts on color selection in a later post. 

  To sum it all up, my number one secret to catching more fish is to have confidence. Have confidence in yourself as an angler, the gear you are using, and the area that you are fishing. This has worked wonders for me, and I am confident it will work for you too. Good luck out there and until next time, tight lines.  



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