One of my favorite hobbies to do from early spring all the way to late fall is to get out on a body of water and go fishing!
Of course, there are some die-hard anglers (a person who fishes with a rod and line) that fish year-round disregarding the elements, I guess you could say that I haven’t graduated to that point yet. Despite this, from spring to fall I’m all about fishing whether it be from a boat or a bank.
During this time, I like to go on regular trips with friends to various locations, set up camp, and fish all day until dinner time. In some ways, fishing is theraputic for me and allows me to be alone with God. It teaches me patience. It teaches me to be aware of my surroundings. It teaches me to know that I have to put in some work to get results (rigging your line, retrieving, etc.). It teaches me not to give up. It teaches me to be an early riser. All of these lessons can be applied to my everyday life!
I just love fishing! Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just getting into it, you can always learn something new! I want you to have the best possible experience while on the water, so here are some basic tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years that I’ve been fishing (many can be applied to my life away from the watrer):
- Tying Your Knots: When tying your basic improved clinch knot, use a little saliva to lubricate and ensure that the line fastens as tight as possible
- Braid with a Leader: If you use a braided line, tie on a 2-3ft fluorocarbon leader. Using this method will ensure that when you get your lure near a fish it won’t see it and scare it off. Also, if in the worst case, you get snagged, you can simply break the line at the leader. (Pro tip – when using this method, use a yellow colored braid so you can see where your line is!)
- Keep Your Hooks Sharp! Especially if you are bass fishing, their jaws are pretty boney. Sharp hooks insist on a good hook set.
- Season and Water Temperature: If you are like me, fishing from spring to fall, then you should pay attention to the time of season that the bass are in and the temperature of the water. Fish are like people in some ways, they shift places during seasons. Master fisherman Kevin Vandam has a unique system using the time of year and temperature of the water to determine where fish are and how to get them to bite. Here is a link to check out the system, it has helped me a lot.
- Lures: Use something that’s in season. Pay attention to the forge. If you see shad, use something shiny and bright. If you see crawfish, use some type of soft plastic creature bait. Lizards are really good to use during the spawning season as the fish get really aggressive and defensive over their eggs.
- Be Patient: Sometimes life can go very fast and we try to keep up with it, however, we got to do the exact opposite with fishing, nice and slow. Take your time when you are fishing and you’ll get a bite.
- Shade and Cover: Bass like to put themselves in the best possible place to either avoid or attack, this means in darker, shadier areas. Under docks, tree stumps, rocks, grassy areas, these places are sometimes the best spots to catch fish.
- Face Towards the Wind: I was fishing with a seasoned angler and I was casting away from the wind to get a longer cast. The angler saw me and told me to face the wind, and despite my disbelief, I went ahead and sacrificed the longer cast and went towards the wind and almost after the second cast I landed a fish! I was later informed that Fish like to go with the current, so when you cast toward the wind the fish will see lure and go towards it.
These are just some basic tips that have helped me along my journey as an amateur angler. I hope these tips can help you on your journey!