Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced statesman within the world of fishing, you’re no doubt always looking to improve.
So before you head out in the boat, take on board (pardon the pun) these 5 tips designed to help any angler get better at fishing.
- Understand the Tides
Knowing what the tide is doing at all times is not only a tip to keep the fish biting, but also to keep you and those with you safe.
The tide is probably the most important aspect of ocean or estuary fishing. It moves bait and smaller fish across channels and tells the fish when to feed.
But the tide can also be dangerous depending on where you’ve positioned your boat, so always pay attention to what it’s doing and plan accordingly.
- Don’t Use Cheap Sunscreen
While you probably think there’s nothing worse than having cheap, non-waterproof sunscreen wash down your face and into your eyes, the fish would agree.
Fish have a surprisingly keen sense of smell so when sunscreen washes off your skin and into the water, they know you’re there and will be much less inclined to bite.
Find specialized sunscreen designed to stay on your skin when it gets wet. It’s for your protection, not for the fish’s dinner.
- Fresh Bait is Always Better than Frozen
Every fisherman has gone to the freezer at their local gas station or tackle shop to grab a bag of frozen bait, at least once in their life.
Heck, maybe you still do.
Deep down you know that you should be using fresh bait, but the convenience usually outweighs any perceived benefits.
If you’re going to get better at fishing, then you need to stop using frozen bait and start using fresh or even better, live bait.
You might feel that the fish won’t notice the difference, but they do.
- Know Your Lures
If you’re still convinced that lures are the way to go, at least make sure you use the right one for the right purpose.
Try to research what your target fish feed on in the area you’re fishing and find a lure that best represents its natural diet.
Another consideration when choosing lures, is the depth you’re fishing at.
Colorful lures are most effective at shallow depths, while your bland whites or greys are more effective in deep water where the fish rely on light contrast more than any other factor.
- Keep Yourself Safe and Comfortable on Water
If you want to get better at fishing, the best thing you can do is gain experience by continuing to go fishing.
To keep yourself safe, comfortable and motivated to keep going out on the water, you’re going to want to protect yourself from the elements.
Any of the fishing face masks from Hoo-Rag will do the job. They’re seamless, soft, breathable and moisture wicking for that ultimate level of comfort.
Wear them as a face mask, neck gaiter or headband and ensure you keep that fishing spart alive to keep heading out again and again.