“When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.“ – Luke 5:6
A few men were fishing all day long and did not catch anything. After they were pretty discouraged, Jesus told them to go into deep water and let down their nets again. They were sceptical but obedient. Once they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. Jesus was showing the men that He was in control and He will provide for them. Sometimes we too find it hard to catch fish. Here are some things to stay away from if you are trying to have a successful fishing trip.
1. Loud music or loud talking
Most fish have a great sense of hearing. They hear sounds differently than humans and some types of fish even hear through their swim bladders. Even though a fish’s sense of hearing is very acute, they may not be able to hear much that is going on above the water. Loud music and talking may not necessarily scare away the fish, but it may make other fisherman around you disgruntled.
2. Using the wrong lures or bait
It is important to know which type of fish are around to choose the correct bait and lures. For instance, if you are just looking to catch small sunfish off the dock you do not need anything fancy. For this type of fish a simple worm or leech is sufficient bait. However, if you are desiring to catch a fish such as crappie, a fathead minnow would be better bait. Wondering what fish are most commonly caught around the resort? Click here! 🙂
3. Being impatient
Fishing is a marathon not a sprint. It is an activity that requires finesse, skill, and patience. When fishing you should expect to spend a good amount of time on the water. Occasionally, you will be pleasantly surprised by a quick catch. However, if you go into it with the mindset that you will immediately catch a fish you may end up disappointed and in the end feel unsatisfied with your results.
4. Fishing at the wrong time of day
During the spring and fall it is better to fish around dusk because when the water is warmer the fish are more active. In the summer months, it is best to fish in the early morning or later evening. It is important to do a bit of research before going out because if you are searching for a specific fish it is important to know at which times of the day they are most likely to be caught.
5. Using worn out fishing line
This is one of the most common mistakes people make while fishing. You may have the correct lure, perfect bait, fish during the optimal time, and everything else, but if you have worn out fishing line you may not catch your fish. Make sure that you replace your fishing line on a regular basis and check it often to see if there are any nicks or irregularities in the line. If so, replace it before your next cast.
6. Being unprepared
Make sure you have all the equipment you need to catch the fish as well as everything you need once the fish is caught. Also, if you are on the water for several hours, you will need personal items to keep you at the top of your game. These items may include: food, water, and sunscreen. Here is a website with helpful details about what to pack for a great fishing trip.
7. Not paying attention
Finally, another mistake to avoid is simply losing focus and becoming less attentive. The fish are there and most likely they will bite (if you are doing everything else correctly, that is). However, if you are not paying attention that fish may have enough time to grab the bait on your hook and be on their way. Do not let that happen! 🙂
Hopefully, this will help you avoid some common fishing mistakes. Now, gather your supplies together and get fishing! 🙂 We know some great spots around the chain of lakes if you are ever wondering where to start!