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What makes a great angler

It is an old saying that if you want to be good at something you need to eat, sleep and drink it. It is true that once we find a new passion such as fishing we all want to be the best at it as fast as possible. But besides thinking about fishing all the time, what a new angler should do to become a good fisherman?


One might argue that fishing is an art and it is impossible to have a checklist to achieve the goal of being a good fisher, but it is undeniable that having some things in mind can help you become a better angler. For those who have been fishing for many years, all the details come naturally to mind when casting, but for the new fishers, not everything might seem obvious. After all, fishing is also a sport, and as in any sport, not only talent is needed, but also practice, knowledge, and persistence. Check in this article what we consider to the secrets to becoming a better angler.

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Fishing with the right equipment

This one might be a no-brainer, but many rookies still struggle with it. Starting in sports fishing is relatively simple, but it is good to be careful when buying equipment because as it is an activity that has materials of all values and qualities, it is always interesting to take into account the opinion of the more experienced anglers who know the subject deeply. In the same way that there are various forms of fishing, from the coast fishing to the deep-sea fishing, there are also many different types of fishing gears. But still, there are many tips that can be used for beginners to acquire equipment for sports fishing.

Choose a rod compatible with your fishing technique. The fishing rods, reels, and baits are differentiated by size and type of fabrication in order to achieve different goals. So, make sure you have in mind what technique you will be using when buying your fishing equipment.

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Fishing in the right moment at the right place

One of the factors that influence a successful angling session is timing. You can be in the perfect place and with the complete equipment and you may not be able to fish anything other than an old boot if the time is not favorable. There are several factors to consider before taking the bait and the rod out of the suitcase.

One thing to keep in mind is that fish have cold blood and their activity depends on the temperature of the water they are in. When it gets hot they go to the bottom of the water to cool off. Insects are the basis of fish feed, so they get more active early in the morning. Notice if it is hot and if there are a lot of animals flying, this is a sign that the fishing will be successful.

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Another tip is to keep an eye on the weather forecast. A few hours before a cold front the fish intensify the search for food and then they seek for a safe spot. This means that fishing after a cold front will probably not be the best idea.

When it comes to raining, stay alert because it can either help or obstruct your fishing day. Drizzles are great for fishing, especially in summer. The surface of the water is disturbed by the rain and the fish do not notice the movement of the fishermen because of this. In addition, rain knocks down insects in the water and the fish go out in search of them to eat. However, the strong rain shakes so much the water that the mud and the sand of the bottom come up, what makes difficult for the fish to navigate and search for food, and for this reason, they are less likely to be hooked.

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Having Patience

If you know someone who is always getting the best catches you can be sure that is not just pure luck. Fishing is a sport that requires technique and knowledge, but also a lot of patience. Sometimes fish are just not taking the bait and the biggest challenge is to wait for the time it takes until the catch.

But being patient does not mean just waiting for the opportunity. Patience also means putting effort on it. Therefore, it is necessary to work in order to improve your techniques to be able to fish that so dreamed fish.

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Any successful angler will tell you that besides having patience, training is essential to become a successful angler. So, keep this in mind and make sure you are improving your techniques and be actively fishing while on the water. More than just having the patience to wait for the fish take your bait, it is important to have the patience to learn and improve your technical fishing knowledge.

Moreover, you have to keep a positive mind. If you do not believe that every line you cast will catch a fish, then you shouldn’t be fishing. The fishermen that believe that they can get great catches are the ones who usually do.

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Having respect for your surroundings

When choosing a place to fish, we must always be careful to be sure that we will not disturb a colleague who is already fishing. If you are a beginner fisherman this might even sound strange, but this is the main reason that leads some people to frequent go fishing in places of difficult access. After all, the best way to not be bothered by other fishermen is to not bother them in the first place.

Another characteristic of a good angler is the respect for nature. Fishing is not just catching fish. Fishing is also the connection with nature. What brings many anglers to sports fishing is the fact that while fishing we can be away from traffic and buildings and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The true fisherman respects fish, the birds and all the animals or plants he or she meets along the way.

In the end, the best secret to becoming a better angler, or even the best angler, is to love the fish and all around them. Passion is what will keep you going, and make you resilient on every fishing trip. If your love for the sport is not there, being a good angler will be nearly impossible. However, when fishing with passion, you will have the motivation to go the extra mile, to always be prepared and to keep learning every day with high energy.