The Top 3 Fishing Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

by on March 9th, 2015
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All too often I see anglers making mistakes that cost them a ton of bites, and thus fish. I think simple mistakes, like the ones outlined in this article are the main reasons why people don’t catch fish, and subsequently think fishing is a ‘waste of time’. Learning the top 3 fishing mistakes and how to avoid them will make you a much more effective angler. As anglers, we should always strive to learn new tips and tricks that will help us catch more fish, right? Well, that’s exactly what this article provides because avoiding these mistakes will in essence make you a better angler.

Before I begin, let me remind everyone that the best way to catch more fish is to spend time on the water practicing your craft. Whether you enjoy flipping lily pads for largemouth or wading a mountain river for trout, there is no substitute for spending time on the water. Your spouse or significant other may not like hearing this, but it’s nonetheless true. In any case, let’s get down to the business of the top 3 fishing mistakes, shall we?

Using Line That’s Too Heavy – I see this mistake all the time. As a matter of fact, I would venture to say that more that 75% of the anglers I come in contact with use fishing line that’s entirely to heavy. This mistake cost’s people a TON of bites. As anglers we need to consider the size of the fish that we’re fishing for, and spool our reels accordingly. For example, when trout fishing (in normal situations) fishing line heavier than six-pound test is complete overkill, yet many anglers make this mistake. Consider the fact that I personally use four-pound test for all of my trout fishing, and I regularly hook and land trout and smallmouth bass up to six pounds. Not Using The Right Hooks – This mistake is for anyone who fishes with live bait (especially live worms). Most anglers make the mistake of using a single hook for live bait fishing, and with bait such as a live worm, this is a HUGE mistake. Why? Because on a single hook one of two things happen: Either there is so much of the boy of the work hanging from the hook your bat gets stolen or a large hook is employed and the bait is then “threaded” onto said hook, which appears anything but natural. Both of these scenarios can be easily avoided by using gang hooks, rather than single hooks when fishing with live bait (especially live worms). Gang hooks allow for a totally natural presentation, which makes a big difference in bite rates, especially when live worms are involved. Start using the right hooks and this mistake will be forever avoided. Not Paying Attention To Mother Nature – Mother Nature hold the key to when fish are active and feeding and the better you understand this phenomenon, the more successful you will be as an angler. The important aspects of Mother Nature to pay attention to are the weather and moon. These two factors have as much to do with your fishing success as the type of bait or lure that you choose to employ. Stop making this big mistake and learn how the weather and moon impact your fishing success sooner rather than later. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.

Now you know the top 3 fishing mistakes & how to avoid them, so it’s important that you start using this information to your advantage. Cut these mistakes out and you will become a much more successful angler, that’s the bottom line.

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