All anglers have different strategies and techniques. Fishing for different species, and in different bodies of water allows for a limitless amount of possibilities while fishing. There are several habits, however, that ALL successful anglers share. We’ve found 9 of those habits of successful anglers to share with you today:
1. They Wake Up Early
The early bird gets the worm, and the early angler gets the fish. Successful anglers know in order to maximize their time catching fish, they have to start ASAP.
2. They Retie Their Rigs Often
Bite, hookset, retrieve, photo, release. Those 5 steps to completing catching a fish break off at number 2 if you’re using weak or worn line. Retie often and have a more secure hookup rate.
3. They Try New Things
You may be good at one thing, and GREAT at another. The only way to know for sure is to keep trying new things.
4. They Change Hooks Often
Not all hooks are created equal. Some come directly out of the package already dulling, and all others WILL dull over time. Make sure they’re sharp enough to keep a fish on the line, every time.
5. They Keep A Journal
Keeping a fishing journal helps you track your performance and know what’s working. Note the temperature, time, lure, and all other variable information to know what helps you succeed.
6. They Study Their Equipment
Study your equipment and the current most popular equipment among other anglers. Know when to get a new rod and reel, and know when to restock with modern equipment. Don’t be so set in your ways that you overlook great new products that can put fish in your boat.
7. They Never Waste A Cast
Always take note of what worked and didn’t, where you might snag, where you got a bite, and what other anglers are doing. On every single cast.
8. They Study Maps
Know where you’re going to fish. If you plan on fishing a river system, know where there are trails for entry, deep pools and rapid. Know where to launch your boat into a lake, areas to avoid and structure of the bottom.
9. They Never Get Flustered
Fishing can be frustrating, but also rewarding. Keep a positive state of mind during those frustrating times to stay in the right mindset. If you’re doing everything right, eventually they will start to bite and you’ll remember why you love this sport.