Article Submitted By: Glenn Anderson (AKA RatherBfishin)
As a fisherman, have you ever thought about how many tools have you have at your fingertips or rod tips? What other sport offers a wider variety of tools to help you become better at that sport? In baseball you may use a larger or smaller glove, heavier or lighter bat, or even different types of pitches. Golf offers a vast array of golf balls, clubs, and swing aids.
Pretty much any sport I can think of uses the same equipment but the differences are in the weights or technical designs. Where else but fishing do you get so many different types of lures or rods or reels.
I began fishing rivers three years ago. For years I fished impoundments, reservoirs, and farm ponds, but not to the extent I fish today. Last year I learned how to fish a Texas rigged worm in the river. No big deal right? It was for me. I have always fished reaction baits where the design of the product was more important than the skills I possessed. Suddenly, I had to learn how to fish. I have a long way to go, but let me share some things I’ve learned that keep me going back.
First of all I had to get past the notion that I had to catch fish. I mean, whats the purpose of fishing if not to catch fish? Well, my ultimate goal is to catch fish, big fish. I had to get the basics and the correct technique first and forget about catching fish. I found if I got those things, I would catch fish. Luckily I had a great teacher. There are no shortages of great teachers for any system you want to learn. My experience has been, you need only to ask.
Secondly, don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone and try something new. To me, it is a challenge to take a new lure or different approach and get a fish to bite it. I always have my standbys that I am more comfortable with but I can always use a few more. The only way to get more is to get proficient and learn more.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for guidance. Everyone loves to talk about themselves. That’s just the way we are. I don’t know a fisherman out there that wont help if asked. Your telling them, “hey, I liked the way you fish that lure, can you show me?”. Compliments will get you everywhere.
Why not expand your horizons and give yourself more opportunities to catch fish? A one pitch pitcher is not effective. A golfer with only a driver is good out of the box but just cant finish, and a fisherman with only one lure is missing a lot of fish!
Glenn became a published author by simply going to the riverbassin.com submit content section and sending us this great piece of advice from a relatively new river angler. Even the newbies can contribute and help others out so feel free to share about what you’ve been learning. Thanks Glenn,