5 Ways to Become a Better Fisherman This Year

Tom Redington

If you’re looking to become a better angler for the coming season, whether as a New Year’s resolution or just because you want to make some midseason tweaks to your game, the following tips can help:


1. Go fishing with someone new, like a friend, guide, tournament partner or family member

Face it: We all get set in our ways and pretty much fish the same way most of the time. Fishing with someone else (especially in their boat on their lake) will likely open your eyes to a number of things you’ve been missing. Not only will you learn a few new tricks or patterns, but spending a day on the water is a great way to make new friendships or renew friendships with old pals. Other great ways to learn are booking a guide trip or by signing up as a non-boater or marshal in a fishing tournament. Nothing helps me learn a new lure or pattern quicker than watching a fishing partner use it to catch a lot of big bass. 


2. Try new places

We want to catch bass during our trips, so most of our time is spent fishing our favorite spots on our favorite lakes. While that often fills our livewells, it does little to increase our understanding as anglers and gives us limited options if bass won’t bite in the same old honey holes. If you have access to a variety of lakes in your area, go try a new one. You’ll be forced to read the conditions and react to the fish on that given day. Although the fishing may be tough at first, nothing is more rewarding than figuring out a pattern and solving the fishing puzzle for that given day. Or if you are on a familiar lake, force yourself to fish new areas. Not only will you learn from figuring out the pattern in the new places, but you’ll also find extra honey holes for future fishing trips.


3. Experiment with new lures and techniques

Fish become conditioned to lures, especially when you cast the same baits in the same colors and the same sizes to the same spots all the time. Fishing on a daily basis, I see firsthand how quickly fish stop responding to familiar lures, and I am constantly searching for that little edge. Often by simply changing baits slightly or by changing colors, a seemingly dead area will start producing more fish again.


4. Become a master

Being versatile is an asset, but it is maybe even better to take your strengths to the next level. If you like to flip heavy cover, work on your casting accuracy to go from good to great. If boat dock fishing is your game, experiment with every lure option in all weather types and dial in docks so you can catch fish from them on any lake, any day, better than anyone. Just like any other sport, many of the legendary pros of bass fishing had one technique or pattern that they dominated and that accounted for much of their success. Shoot for the next level with your best offering.


5. Do some research in the off-season

Pro athletes work out all off-season to prepare to win. When conditions are too nasty to fish or if you don’t have enough time for a day on the lake, take a few minutes to increase your knowledge of the sport. The tools available now are almost infinite – TV shows, books, magazines, videos, fishing forums, websites. At no time in the history of fishing has it been easier to learn.

With a little bit of work and good fortune, this coming season can be your best ever.

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