The definition of a good fisherman may vary from one person to another. For some, it might be a person that can catch the most fish. For others, it may be a person that catches the biggest fish. Regardless of your definition, good fishermen tend to have several traits in common. This article will explore fishing and what makes a good fisherman.
Patience is Required in a Good Fisherman
Above all else, patience is a virtue of good anglers. In most wild waters, even the best fishermen spend far more time not catching fish than catching fish. Dealing with failure and persevering through the unsuccessful times often is the main difference between average and good fishermen. A good fisherman has a patient, persistent attitude when fishing. He trusts his abilities and experiences from past outings and knows that impatience will hurt chances for success.
Good Fishermen Love Being Outdoors
Being a good fisherman requires spending a lot of time honing your craft. Fishing is an outside sport that brings you close to nature. Some people just have a special bond with the outdoors. They can’t get enough of it! To be willing to dedicate a lot of time to become good at something means you must love what it offers. Being outdoors brings a mental peace, and good fisherman have learned to value time spent outdoors, not just the catching part.
Anglers with Analytical Minds Have More Success
Every good fisherman I know has an inquiring mind. If something happens, they like to know how or why it happened. They don’t assume things happen by chance. If a fish bit, there was probably a reason it bit. Was it the lure color? Lure size? Lure speed? Water temperature? Presentation? Barometric pressure? Moon phase? Time of day? Location? Good fisherman are always paying attention to conditions that make fish bite or not bite so they have a better chance of recognizing and replicating those circumstances for future success.
Persistent Fishermen Never Give Up
All the patience in the world is helpful, but it’s not the only necessary trait for good anglers. Persistent fishermen tend to catch more & bigger fish because they simply don’t stop trying until they succeed! This might mean waiting all day in the same spot with the same setup, or it might mean switching spots and lures every 15 minutes. Persistent fishermen have a yearning for success, and they don’t give up until success comes their way.
Good Fishermen are Competitive by Nature
Analytical, persistent, dedicated, and patient, tends to describe a competitive person. It’s no different with good fishermen. Competitive tournament fishermen are arguably the best there is in terms of anglers, and I think you’ll find the vast majority of them are highly competitive. They simply do not like to fail, and they are willing to do what it takes to have success. If that means fishing all day in the rain, staying longer than someone else, trying other techniques, or whatever, competitive anglers have a never-give-up attitude that tends to make them more successful than most.
Good Anglers Enjoy Solitude
The above characteristics can often find an angler fishing more often than anyone else…to the point at which they often have to fish by themselves. Good fisherman tend to be more than okay with solitude. They enjoy time alone, outdoors, away from everyday worries of the world. Whether or not you have the above characteristics of many good fishermen, I hope you can get out and enjoy all that the sport of fishing has to offer!