There are plenty of ways to get better at fishing while you’re actually out on the water. Practice new techniques, try new bodies of water, throw new lures. But during the winter, a summer thunderstorm, when you’re being lazy, or when you’re stuck inside or ice fishing? There are STILL plenty of ways you can improve. Here are 9 ways to get better at fishing without even being on the water:
1. Practice Casting:
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Find a target, pitch at it, and practice until you can hit it in your sleep. You can even get fancy and take part in our #MTBTrickShot competition!
2. Practice Your Knots
Knots are as important as anything in fishing, although they often get overlooked. A strong knot is like oxygen: you only notice it when you don’t have it. Don’t lose your skill for tying a tight knot while you’re not on the water. You can even learn a new knot that might become your favorite!
3. Read Up On The Sport
Follow fishing blogs like ours for tips, tricks and how-to’s. Make yourself better at fishing by understanding the finer details of the sport to have a full arsenal of knowledge when you’re ready to get the line wet.
4. Change Out Your Hooks
Make sure all of your gear is as sharp as possible. If it isn’t, change out your hooks to make sure you’re ready for maximum hook-ups when you do get a chance to get back out on the water.
5. Watching Fishing Videos
The fishing community is one of the more active and engaged communities on YouTube. Follow Fishing The Midwest’s Jon B or Flukemaster’s Gene Jensen to stay up on the latest tips and trends in fishing.
6. Clean/Maintain Your Equipment
Having your equipment in the right shape is vital to success on the water. Make sure your rods and reels are clean, and if you’re lucky enough to have a boat, keep it ready to go for the start of season.
7. Subscribe To Mystery Tackle Box
Subscribe to Mystery Tackle Box! You’ll be able to load up on new baits, read how to use them, and be ready to go when you get back out on the water to catch bass, panfish, catfish, trout, or walleye with your new gear!
8. Learn How To Rig
Practice tying up the drop shot rig, Alabama rig, Texas rig, and more. You might even come across a few lesser known rigs you’ve never tried. Add them to your arsenal and try them out when the season starts back up!
9. Research Bodies Of Water
Find out which lakes in your area were productive during the last season, and find some new areas to try as well. Use resources such as Fishidy to research which hot spots you should target.