Be a Fisher Man or Woman
Just yesterday, I went and did some bank fishing. I caught a fairly good sized catfish and nothing else. That led me to think “Am I a Catfish Angler?”. No, no I’m not. I’m simply a fisherman.
No Labels Needed
So many anglers label themselves. “I fish for Catfish” “I’m a Bass Fisherman” “I’m a Surf Fisherman”, etc… No, you’re an angler! There is simply no need to pigeon hole yourself into one category of fishing. I have often had people ask me what I’m going out for today. My simple answer is “Whatever bends my pole!”. Yeah, I have a bass boat but I’ve modified it to be just as convenient to fish for catfish, crappie, bluegill, bass, whatever will bend my pole that day. The changes I’ve made are outlined in a video I did on YouTube.
Have a Plan If You Must
Honestly, when I go fishing, I go without a plan. I get to where I’m going and feel out the area. If I’m on the boat and I don’t like what I’m seeing in one place, I move and try somewhere else. That continues until I get into fish. Some of you may feel better
Why Do We Fish?having a plan in place and there’s nothing wrong with that. Of course you’re not going to search for exclusively Summer fish in mid-Winter or vice-versa. So, if it makes you feel better, put together a plan that you’re going for a particular target on this particular day. Just don’t be so obsessed that you don’t enjoy the trip. If you’re out seeking bass, don’t just pass by a particularly active “Honey Hole” of crappie.
I’ve learned a lesson recently. Yes, I enjoy a day fishing no matter what. Yes, a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. BUT I definitely enjoy it more when I’m battling a fish from the bank or my boat. To that end, I fish for “whatever will bend my pole”. Do you enjoy a day of getting “skunked” as much as a day of good activity? Probably not. So, don’t just be a “Bass Angler, Catfisher, Crappie Angler” or whatever. Be an Angler.
Tight Lines, My Friends!
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