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All I Learned is All Wrong?
If you go to the golf range and just buy buckets of balls, but never learn anything, you will continue to hit the golf balls wherever you were going to hit them when you walked up to the counter to pay for your first bucket.
If you go bowling, and just throw the ball, but never change how you are throwing it or you always use the same bowling ball, you will hit about the same pins as you would have when you went to rent the shoes.
If you follow the examples above - fishing a lot (spending a lot of time on the water) but with bad habits, bad methods and never making changes, will only catch you so many fish.
I find it amazing that on an occasion when I am catching a decent number of fish - CONSISTENTLY people will say it is the spot - this must be the reason I am catching. People RARELY ask what I am doing or how? A lot of times I am in a public park on shore so they can walk right up to me. Even the parent with their children fishing and catching absolutely nothing. I might have caught 25 fish in front of them. They pack up and go. I can sometimes hear some phrase muttered to explain why this is happening - but they never ask.
My theory is that if a parent every taught them, kids remember being told how not do do this- why are you doing that? What's ,... here - give me that! Do it like this! Parents can't even describe a setup enough to pass it on - even though it might be a bad one.
The greatest wisdom passed down to those 90% of people was "you have to keep your line in the water if you are going to catch something" - if what is on the end of that line isn't attractive to the fish - then even this statement won't help you. Keeping your line in the water with something no fish wants will equal a lot of time spent wishing, napping or site-seeing - not catching.
Is an angler's education in the U.S. very poor from their first boat to filling their first tackle box?
Do you remember when you were being taught - doing your own thing because nothing was working? Do you remember the other person you were fishing with giving you the ole - questioning look or saying - that won't work?
I also know people are content to keep hitting golf balls into the woods and into ponds. They are content to get whatever bowling league average they throw - some good, some bad.
And even more so - people are content to buy stuff off the shelves and just catch a few or catch sometimes. I think many are content just trying to find out on their own.
Do we stop and ask directions enough when lost? Are Golfers content just buying golf clothes and gear to make them look more like a golfer? I know at the fishing show I was at, there were people happy to put on patches to look like they were an expert - but I know for a fact they are not experts. I do know that no angler can be sponsored by Fenwick, Okuma, Shakespeare, G.Loomis and St. Croix all at the same time. But I saw a couple that said they were...
I saw them at a show. The magazine I picked up at that fishing show (a national publication) had the worst article I have ever read in my life.
Like the golfers that hack up the courses and leave holes everywhere - but who have nice shirts and hats - I think there are many anglers who like to dress like a fisherman. Anglers like to have a tackle box filled with a variety of lure colors, jig sizes and I think they are very happy to have such a nice collection. I think there are a number of people just content to look like fisherman. I also think people are happy to talk about fishing. Talk about tactics. This is fact. I think that some of the really great anglers in the world have never written an article and have never been on television. I know there are editors who "approve" articles who don't know what they are doing.
I read an article about tying a rock to your line and fishing with it. I am officially frustrated with this information. I am officially looking like the RCA dog at the rest of the fishing world. This is the point in time where I think people are crackers. Trust No One.
Catch You Later -