Just like the saying goes, a bad day of fishing is still better than a day not fishing at all. We love fishing because it affords us the freedom to explore the outdoors, meet new people, and take a break from the daily grind. However, that doesn’t mean that our time spent fishing can’t be enhanced by catching more fish. Part of what’s so great about fishing is that there is a lot to learn, and if you can use that knowledge to pull off a big catch, you’ll have a lot of great stories to tell when you get back home. On the other hand, there's a lot of mistakes that could be made to keep you from hooking into the big one. Keep reading to learn about several things to avoid while out fishing.
Not Preparing Well Enough
Lack of preparedness could mean anything from forgetting the sunscreen to something a little more serious like forgetting to charge the trolling motor. Sure, it’s great to just be out on the lake for a day of fishing, but if you can’t go anywhere, you’re probably not going to have much luck. To avoid this issue, make sure you create an actual checklist beforehand of everything you need instead of trying to keep it all in your head.
Not Planning Your Day
Even a small amount of knowledge of the location you’re going to and the type of fish you’re trying to catch can go a long ways towards finding fish and catching them. Try one of the several fishing apps out there like ProAngler or Fishidy to get the inside scoop on the waters you'll be at. These are just a few of the things that you’ll need to take into consideration.
Structure - Certain species such as trout, northern pike, and bass like to stay near structures. This refers to things like large rocks, logs, or ledges within the lake that afford them protection and a source of food. Try using a fish finder, even a cast-able one like the Deeper to get a quick idea of where structure may be... and then toss in a cast-able and wireless fishing camera to verify what that structure is and possibly what fish are in it.
Oxygen Levels - Like humans, fish need oxygen to survive. You’re going to find more fish in areas of the lake that are highly oxygenated.
Temperature - All fish prefer a certain water temperature. For example, lake trout and salmon prefer cooler water while bullhead catfish prefer much warmer water.
Food - Fish like to go where the food is. You’ll have better luck catching fish if you understand what food the species that you’re fishing likes.
Weather - Believe it or not, fish are very sensitive to pressure changes in the atmosphere and the change of weather. Before a cold front moves in, fish will often be most active giving you a nice window of opportunity to catch a lot of fish.
Not Taking Your Time
When it comes to fishing, you can’t just get in and get out, you need to take your time. Instead of moving on to a new location after one cast, try thinking through what could be causing you to not get any bites. It can be really rewarding working through situations like this and being successful. Not getting a bite doesn't necessarily mean there's no fish in the area. It could be that your lure or bait is not presenting itself as supposed to, it could be they're checking out your bait or lure and swimming away, you could be retrieving or trolling too fast. Try using a wireless fishing camera that has a mobile app so you can reel in and review why you didn't get a catch and make an adjustment while on the water.
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