LAKE OCONEE — All anglers are not destined to become the next Bill Dance or Kevin Van Dam but most anglers can become successful anglers. Nothing improves an angler’s ability more than actually being on the water and fishing but there other ways to improve your angling ability regardless of what specie of fish you are targeting.
Some good angling principles apply to all types of fishing or angling but for the most part there are distinct differences between angling say for largemouth bass and angling for crappie. The differences include equipment like rods, reels and lures or bait. The location of the fish and even the mental approach will also vary significantly.
To become a successful angler regardless of the specie of fish you are trying to catch, there is much that can be learned. Most anglers will admit that they had a mentor that got them started with the fishing basics and that encouraged his or her initial interest in fishing. My mentor was my daddy who began taking me fishing as a young boy.
My daddy taught me the basics of fishing but more importantly he instilled in me the joy of fishing and being in the outdoors and that has stuck with me throughout my life. I now try to do the same with my children and grandchildren. Some of my children and grandchildren enjoy fishing and some do not and I do not push fishing on any of them.
The angling equipment that my daddy had at his disposal to teach me was simple compared to today’s vast array of fishing paraphernalia. Through the years since those early fishing lessons from my daddy, I have changed many of my angling techniques, my approach to fishing and certainly the equipment I now use.
My first rod and reel combination was a four foot steel rod mounted on Pflueger reel spooled with the old black braided line. I caught my first largemouth bass on that outfit and I still have that rod and reel combination that my daddy gave me in the 50s.