The Right Stuff

Another lesson I learned when I started fishing, was to make sure you have the right stuff… Something like fishing is so basic and yet so complicated. I first started out with fishing rods, reels and line that I was using when I lived in San Diego and was often pier fishing. Pier ocean fishing and lake fishing are two very different things. So, I had to learn about the right gear. Again, sounds like super obvious, but I learned (quickly and not so quickly) that even down to the line you use can greatly change your success rate. When I began I was fishing for trout, because that was what I had done in the past. But I was using 6lb line. I thought it was small enough and strong enough… Right? But I never got a single bite. I would feel nibbles, but nothing actually took my bait… So… Dumb founded I started doing research and it’s something not many people discuss. In articles or tutorial videos. Maybe it seems like a no brainer, but for some of us who don’t know… How can we learn what to do?

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I came across one video where the person mentioned “if you’ve ever been trout fishing and everyone else is catching fish and you aren’t, maybe your line is to heavy. Try going down a size. Even if you go from 6 to 4 lb line.” and guess what? That was exactly what I did. I had been using 6 lb test line and and it turns out trout are very sensitive to line. They sense it and won’t bite. When I went down to 4 lb test line… Success!!! I started catching my limit every time! I usually am fishing for trout or blue gill (blue gill and other sunfish are completely underrated and are super delicious! Try it, you’ll see.) so I stock up on size 6 Aberdeen hooks, 4 lb test line, worms for sunfish and dough bait for trout. That is all I need. I still catch the occasional channel catfish on this and they are fun to bring in. (There are crappie in our lake here and I do plan on fishing them later, but I need to get a kayak or boat out there for that. That will be a future adventure we can go on together. )

The important lesson here is that success or failure is often in the details and knowledge is truly power. There is no shame in saying “it’s not working. What am I doing wrong?” Educate yourself. In this day and age, with so much information out there and internet access, you can learn how to do anything. If you want to know how to do something… Learn about it. Knowledge is power and success is in the details. You can apply that to anything in life. Career, parenting, relationships, hobbies and projects. Anything really. So… go out and learn something new and apply it. Each time you do, you’ll grow and can only get better.

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Published by esr-outdoors

I love the outdoors and I am finding myself and teaching others how to do it too. We are all works in progress and masterpieces.

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