Have you ever stood in awe of an angler who makes fishing look like the easiest thing under the sun only to try it yourself and fail quite miserably? You’re not the only one! Fishing is a lot harder than it looks, and it takes dedication and hard work to become an expert. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure that you become better and have more success as an angler.
In this article, five secrets to becoming a better fisherman (or woman) will be shared with you. Once you’ve taken note of these secrets, you can also check out FindyourFish for even more fishing advice and guidance.
Without further ado, let’s share some secrets!
1. Granny Knot for the Win
Anglers are taught that the intricate FG knot is the best knot for fishing, but there’s a far simpler one that is just as good, if not better. The granny knot, a simple overhand knot, is deceptively strong, and you won’t have to waste your time trying to tie complicated knots. If you’re in doubt, try the granny knot for yourself and find out just how effective it is.
2. Drag Your Line to the Honey Hole
This is a pretty unknown trick but you’ll be grateful for it nonetheless. For spinning tackle, spool your line off the reel and then drag it behind your boat on the way to your spot for about fifty yards before reeling it all in. When you do this, you won’t have to put up with any twists or kinks for the rest of your fishing on that day.
3. Mimic Animals
Most anglers know that they should mimic fish to catch fish, but you can also mimic other animals to attract fish. You can try different things, like lures that mimic grubs, frogs, or shad, until you find one that gets the attention of the fish you want.
4. Let Your Bait Hit Bottom
After you’ve cast your line, watch it fall limp before you begin reeling it in. When the line is limp, your bait has hit the bottom of the lake and you’re now in the strike zone. Reel it in slowly and calmly, and lightly shake your rod to mimic a live worm and lure in a catch.
5. Dull is the New Sharp
You may find this hard to believe, but a dull hook can result in many more catches than a sharp one. It is probably because a fish is more inclined to hang on to bait for longer if there isn’t the sting of a sharp hook point to make it change its mind. Altering your hook point may sound like a crazy idea, but it’s one of the secrets that many anglers use to catch more fish.
You’ll have to make up for the dull hook with a more powerful hook-set so you can drive it into a fish’s mouth past the barb, though. That’s why you should work on your reeling power and when you get that fish to bite, you need to jerk back with all your might.