Getting outdoors is a release from stress for most people.
A simple walk, a bike ride or even an idle cruise down the river can shed the worries of the day.
During these relaxing activities, most individuals are not worried much about their technique.
We walk, run, ride a bike and even drive our boat without any thought to how efficiently we are doing so.
To take your fishing to the next level however, technique should be at the forefront of everything you do.
Our ability to manipulate our fishing rod and present a lure exactly where we want it presented is the difference between a good angler and a great one.
There always seems to be that one person who catches fish when nobody else is. We all strive to be that person. I guarantee their technique is good.
Let me give you an example.
In the spring my youngest son decided he was going to master the art of skipping a lure.
He set his mind to this difficult task because he wanted to be able to get his lure in places where other people could not.
This included shooting a jig way under docks, but he was more interested in placing his bait deep under the overhanging brush that is prevalent in so many places.
To make matters even more challenging, he decided he was going to do this with a baitcasting reel.
Over the next several weeks, he experimented with different jigs and soft plastics.
He was trying to find that perfect combination of bulk and profile that would skip across the water like a flat stone.
He replaced the monofilament on his reels with heavy braided line so it would withstand the gnarly brush he would be throwing into.
He spent hours on our dock
working through the proper arm, hand and wrist motion it would take to place that lure exactly
where he wanted it without the dreaded backlash. I watched. I encouraged. I was proud.
One afternoon, the two of us hit the water and were not having a lot of success.
He told me he was sure those big bruisers were hanging deep under the overhanging brush in the shade. By deep, I mean the shoreline was 8 to 10 feet back from the edge of the thick limbs and branches.
He picked up the rod he had been practicing with. He flicked a gorgeous roll cast and his half-ounce jig and trailer flew just inches above the water.
Before it reached the brush, it dove to the surface of the lake and shimmied across the top.
It rocketed under the limbs that were only inches away and stopped so far under the brush I couldn’t even see it.
In the next instant, my son
assumed the position and reared back with a mighty hookset.
The water under the brush erupted with splashes and commotion.
He cranked on that 50-pound braided line and winched a hefty largemouth from under cover that most anglers would pass right by.
The smile on his face was priceless. Yes, the fish was amazing.
Yes, he called his shot, but what made me proud was the time and effort he put into improving his technique.
He opened up a whole new dimension of fishing for himself that will help him succeed on days when others struggle to get a bite.
Perfecting your technique is the game changer. It is what makes good anglers great. It is the difference between holding a giant up for the camera or not.
Take time over this winter season to think about what you would like to accomplish on the water next year. Is there a technique you have always wanted to master? Now is the time to start preparing.