It's a new year! Happy 2009! 2008, for many folks was a challenging one. And, for some folks, 2009 looks to have its challenges as well.
But we press ahead: That's all we can do. With these challenges, we're fortunate to have diversions to, for a period of time, take our mind away from some of the unpleasant things we've got to deal with. One of those diversions is fishing. When you go fishing you're able to focus on the simpler things, like watching a turtle crawl up the riverbank or a mother duck with her brood paddling around.
You might also focus on getting a fish to bite. With that in mind, following are some things I'm going to do this year to increase my fish catch. You might consider adding these ideas to your fishing arsenal.
With the high cost of gas this past summer, some anglers went fishing less. Not necessary!
Wherever you live in the Midwest, there is a good place for you to go fishing close to your home. It might be a pond, small lake, or river. You'd be surprised at the smallmouth bass that live in large streams and small rivers. Do a little homework now to discover some of the hotspots that are close to your home.
Experiment with new baits. Try lures and presentations that you haven't tried in the past, and teach yourself to be better with presentations you have tried. This past summer I started using Hollow Belly Swim Baits for bass and was amazed at how productive they were.
In many Midwest waters, the bass have never seen baits like this, so they aren't conditioned to them. They absolutely crushed these lures. Hollow Belly Swim Baits look kind of like a big minnow, and you fish them like a crankbait. If you like to catch largemouth bass, you owe it to yourself to give these baits a try.
For some anglers, fishing is a solitary sport. If you're one of those anglers, try fishing more with another person. You'll learn new fishing methods and maybe locations, and it's always fun to share outdoor experiences with someone. You can also cut costs by going with someone, and if you're fishing from a boat, it's easier for two people to load and unload the boat. Share your fishing with a friend.
People in the fishing industry often talk about introducing a kid to fishing. That's a great idea, but it's also a good idea just to introduce anyone to fishing. Sure kids enjoy fishing, but there are lots of older folks who would like to have someone teach them how to fish. Make this the year you introduce a non-fishing friend to the sport.
Lastly, make a resolution right now to be more sensitive to Mother Nature. Leave the streamside in better shape than you found it. If everyone did that, the world would be a much cleaner place.
Work hard at making 2009 the best year you've had so far. If you try, you can do it.