10 Common Mistakes Made in Fishing

Mistakes happen and they can cost you the fish of a lifetime.
Losing a fish, especially one you’ve been fighting with for some time, is a horrible experience. You feel defeated and angry but after a while that fish becomes “the one that got away” and you get over it. You move on to hopefully bigger and better fish. This list will help you stop calling fish “the one that got away.”

1) Line Woes: A worn out line can fail on you when you least want it to. You should always replace your line at the beginning of the season and if you’re fishing often you should replace the last fifty yards or so once a month. At the end of each trip (and during), feel the end of your line for any nicks or damage and cut off what’s not good.
Also check to make sure any knots are secure and retie them all before each outing. You won’t catch anything if the knots in your line and the line itself are weak.

2) Hooking Problem: Always check to make sure your hooks are rust-free and sharp. You can test for sharpness by running the hook over your thumbnail. If it bites, you’re good but if not you’re going to need to change your hook. That’s only half the problem though. Even if your hook is sharp you can’t catch a 30lb tuna on a freshwater hook. Make sure you’ve got the right size and strength for the fish you’re going after.

3) Too many choices: If you’ve got your hand in your tackle box digging around for a lure then you’re not fishing. It’s perfectly acceptable to change your lure if the one you’re working isn’t working and hasn’t been working for half the day. But it’s wasting fishing time if you’re changing lures every few casts.

4) Presentation, Presentation, Fish: If your lure presentation is lacking you won’t catch any fish. Make sure that you don’t slack in casting because casts that result in a big plop won’t catch anything. If your worms and plastics aren’t dangling straight you’ll lose the fight before it even starts because you won’t attract the fish.

5) Don’t Drag: If your drag pressure is set either too high or too low of the breaking strength of the line you’re going to have issues pulling in your fish. Too much drag means too much pressure which will break either your line or your rod. Too little drag gives you slack in your line which can allow a fish to throw a hook. You also have to make sure that your drag is smooth and consistent or else it might stick or perform erratically.

6) Equipment Issues: If you’re fishing big saltwater fish you don’t want to use your freshwater set-up. Make sure your reel holds enough line for any type of fishing you’ll be doing. You need to be able to gain back line quickly and the drag has to be strong enough to stop your prey. Speedy fish need a reel that has a fast gear ratio. If you’re not using the right rod you won’t be able to fight the fish and your rod might break.

7) Follow me: Whether you’re standing on the dock or “stand-up” fishing on a boat when you hook a big fish you have to move with it. If you don’t follow your prey one of two things can happen: 1) the fish can swim under the boat and saw you off on the motor (if you’re on a boat) and 2) your line (and fish) could become entangled with the people near you. Neither of these things are good and can result in a lost fish. If you follow a fish around on a boat (or on the dock) then chances are better that you’ll catch it.

8 ) Where are the fish: Fish don’t stay in one spot in a lake so neither should you. Take time to learn everything about a particular body of water that you can know where the good spots are during the morning, noon, and night relative to the weather. On the other hand if the bite slows do not immediately move on. Even after frenzied biting wanes off fish tend to remain in the area but have gone deeper or to tighter cover. Knowing your water will help you find your fish.

9) Too much or not enough: There’s a fine line between talking too much and talking too little while you’re out fishing. There are times when it’s completely okay to speak up, especially when you’re on a boat and if you’re with multiple people who might be catching a fish at the same time as you. You’ve got to move around a bit then and you don’t want to tangle lines or bump into someone. Talking becomes important when you’re on a guided fishing trip: you have to listen to the skipper, guide and deckhands for important information. Talking can be rude when you’re trying to concentrate on say, placing a jig where you want it to go or trying to feel a subtle bite. It’s important to know the when to talk and when not to.

10) Out of Line: You’re stopping the fight before it really gets going if you run out of line. If you’re fighting a fish that can make long runs it will take you to the last few inches of line off your reel and snap it if you don’t have enough line. Always make sure you put the proper amount of line on by following the manufacturer’s specifications for the line you’re using.

These are the common mistakes that most fishermen make. Some are not so common. What made you lose that one trophy fish that could have been prevented?

4 Responses to “10 Common Mistakes Made in Fishing”

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