Can’t figure out why each fishing trip results in an empty cooler? You may be committing one or more of the following most common fishing mistakes:
1. Fishing with lines that should be retired. One of the reasons why the fish just aren’t biting may be because you’re using an old line. Some may take the bait, but you’ll quickly lose what could have been tomorrow night’s dinner once the line snaps from simply being too old.
2. You’re “hooked” on the wrong one. Just as there are many different kinds of fish, there are also different shapes and sizes of hooks. Each type has an appropriate hook suited to catch it. Of course, you don’t want to use old, dull, or rusty hooks either.
3. We’ve got a “reel” big problem, Rod. Believe it or not, certain rods and reels just won’t match up together. For example, you would use a different set when you venture out ice fishing than you would for a peaceful afternoon trip to the lake. As with hooks, there are certain sizes you will need for certain types of fish.
4. Lack of adequate fishing line. Never under-spool your reel, as you’ll want to ensure you’ve got enough line to bring in even the biggest fish in the water. Sure, smaller fish can be brought in on less amounts of line, but let’s aim for a full spool just in case today is the day you catch the big one.
5. Fishing without a clue. When it comes to fly fishing, each type of fly is designated for a certain type of fish. Before you attempt, memorize the flies so you’ll know which ones to utilize when the day finally comes.
6. Being a slacker. So you’ve caught a fish…oh, wait, it’s gone. Wonder why? A majority of fish “lost at sea” are due to slack lines. This can create more problems for you, such as the fish throwing the hook, the line snapping, and/or the fish becoming entangled in the line. Keep your line tight at all times.
7. Choosing to not wear gloves. Once you’ve reeled in the catch, make sure you’re equipped with fishing gloves. Although you’ve caught it, there’s a chance the fish will continue to fight in self defense. Fish may seem harmless, but they’re capable of causing some harm.
8. Tuning out your fishing guide. You may have been a fisherman for many years now, but there’s always something new to learn. When on a tour of the waters, pay close attention to the guide, especially in an unfamiliar area.
9. Lounging around. Sure, fishing can be a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. It’s also a great past time for friends. But, remember the task at hand and the reason you’re on the trip in the first place – to not come home empty handed!
10. Switching out lures on a frequent basis. While there’s nothing wrong with using different lures, try not to change them so much during one trip. Since it involves reeling the line in and out, you could risk scaring the fish away or missing out on catching one when your hook isn’t resting in the water.