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Month: December 2014
If you are like me, you are probably wondering how it can possibly be that another year has come and gone so quickly. As you reflect back over the last 365 days, you may want to ask yourself a couple of questions and make a few fishing New Year’s resolutions. Did you get out on the water to fish as much as you hoped over the past 365 days? If not, why? If you did, what did you learn as a result of your time on the water?
Before the current year comes to a close, here are five fishing New Year’s resolutions to make now:
Read and practice twelve new fishing tips or tricks in the coming year. If you break it down, it’s really pretty simple. Just research and read one new fishing tip or trick per month throughout the year. Need some help finding a few good ones? No problem, there are plenty of freshwater fishing tips and saltwater fishing tips right here at TakeMeFishing.org.
Resolve to teach a kid to fish. A day on the water can provide a great opportunity to teach kids about the outdoors while they learn new fishing and boating skills. If you teach a kid to fish, you can also incorporate educational activities or related hobbies like a trip to a local aquarium or fish hatchery.
Pick one fish species you want to learn more about and become a species “expert.” One of the best ways to experience greater success when fishing is to learn as much as you can about fish anatomy and behavior. Understanding more about how and why fish behave the way they do will help you increase your catch rate. For example, knowing that tripletail like to hang out around buoys or crab trap floats and that they prefer to feed on crustaceans (such as shrimp or crabs) will help you know where to find them and what to use for bait.
Stop making excuses and fish more often. We all make time for the things in life that we thoroughly enjoy. If you enjoy fishing, stop making all of the excuses and just simply do it more often. Team up with a fishing buddy and add one or two dates to your calendars now.
Find and try out a new fishing or boating spot each month. Different fishing spots that feature various types of habitat and structure will encourage you to be a better, more versatile angler. Learn how to fish areas that include heavy cover, lay downs, drop-offs, rocks, piers or pilings and spring holes.
If there is another fishing resolution that you plan to add to your list, share it with us by commenting on the link to this post at the TakeMeFishing.org Facebook page! Happy New Year fishing fans!
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This time of year, the types of gifts you are likely to think about most are the ones that come wrapped in decorative paper and are tied up with a bow. However, when it comes to teaching fishing to a beginner and sharing your love of the sport with others, there are a few intangible gifts you are likely to receive.
Here are four unexpected gifts you may receive from teaching fishing to others:
Patience. If you don’t already have a high level of patience as a result of fishing on your own and experiencing your fair share of those slow bite days, you will learn to be patient when demonstrating new fishing techniques to kids or beginning anglers. Remember to stick to the basics when explaining new skills or concepts, and then help the beginner put those skills into practice multiple times while on the water. It may take minutes for someone to pick up a new skill or it may take days. Just remember that repetition will help with retention!
Determination. The more time you spend fishing, the more you realize that fishing (and teaching fishing to others) helps develop your sense of determination. When the fish aren’t cooperating and don’t seem to be interested in whatever type of bait you are using or technique you are demonstrating, you have to be determined enough to change it up and stick with it. For example, under certain conditions fish may only take baits if they are worked slowly, while under others they may prefer a quicker retrieve.
Flexibility. As an experienced angler, it’s important to set an example of flexibility when working with beginners. If we fish with the same lure or bait all of the time, we will not learn how to adapt to the varying conditions and habitats of different fisheries.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to teach new anglers how to be flexible and adjust to fishing in several types of areas where there might be differences in water clarity or amount structure. Consider and provide guidance on how to accommodate for changes in weather as well.
Humility. Last, but certainly not least, is the unexpected gift of humility. No matter how experienced you are as a fisherman or fisherwoman, you are going to have those days when you either don’t catch many fish or lose a fish due to some unforeseen circumstance — the line breaks, your knot doesn’t hold, the fish throws the hook or wraps your line around structure. That’s fishing; it will ALWAYS keep you humble… no matter if you are mentoring a beginner or fishing on your own. Prepare for the unexpected.
Have you received an unexpected or intangible gift from fishing? If so, be sure to share with us by commenting on the TakeMeFishing.org Facebook page!
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There are plenty of obvious reasons why fishing just might be one of the coolest outdoor activities… there are the feelings of accomplishment that come with mastering new techniques, learning new fishing tips, uninterrupted time spent with family or friends, the thrill of reeling in a nice catch, and the stunning sunset views on the water.
However, there are also some less obvious or somewhat surprising reasons why fishing is cool. So, do me a favor, add the below to your existing “fishing is cool just because…” list, and then pass the message along to a non-fisherperson you know. Let’s get someone new hooked!
You get to learn about how fish protect themselves against predators and prey. The lateral line is a sense organ that consists of a row of scales that most fish have along their sides. The lateral line often extends from the fish’s head to the tail and can be seen fairly prominently on species such as largemouth bass or snook. Under the row of scales are a system of fluid-filled canals and specialized cells that transmit vibrations to the fish’s brain in order to detect movement and vibration in the surrounding water, including predators and prey.
You get to experiment with different types of cool lures and artificial baits. There are an infinite number of lures and artificial baits on the market that you can test out on different species using a variety of fishing tips or techniques. Stroll down the aisle of your local tackle shop or outdoor sporting goods store and you will find everything from lures that resemble schooling baitfish to soft plastic baits that change color or glow in the dark.
You get to pack and eat special, non-perishable fishing snacks. I don’t know what it is, a heightened level of senses while outdoors perhaps but, I can grab a handful of dry roasted almonds or pretzels while I’m fishing and they always seem to taste ten times better than when I’m eating them on the couch at home. Wait… let me clarify, that is provided that you remember to rinse the bait smell off of your hands first.
Do you have another surprising reason why you think fishing is cool? Comment underneath this post on the TakeMeFishing.org Facebook Page and let us know what it is!