by Capt. Hollis Forrester
I've wrote about this a few years back, but this small write up is one of the best reminders us anglers need to keep in mind. We call it "tunnel vision" or in other words repetitive habits. As students of the bay, which we all are, you need to explore, and change that old routine you might follow on a regular basis. You'll not ever learn the body of water you fish unless you start changing up the game, and learn to explore the complex you fish. The seasons, tides, barometric pressure, and wind are all major contributors to the movement of fish or when they bite. Fishing the same spots every time you go out isn't going to educate you on how your system works accordingly to those factors I've listed above. Have you ever questioned yourself why you haven't caught that trophy fish yet? This is probably the biggest contributor to your problem. I totally understand why us fisherman do this. It's very hard to fall out of a comfort zone, and the dreadful thought of possibly wasting a trip, especially if you don't have time on your side. Try not to look at it that way. Look at it like every time you go out should be an educational experience, and shouldn't be measured by how many fish you box.
A great way to help yourself out on your trips is to have a log book that you can record information about that day you were out, you'll be surprised by how much of that intel you've recorded will compare from year to year, but then again of how much it can change. I've been keeping a journal for years, and I love to go back to read up on old trips. For one it brings back old fond memories, and two it serves as an excellent reminder.
Avoid getting into the habit of waiting on perfect days to go likewise. If you depend on the days that the moon, and tide say that it's a so called 5 star day, you'll be at home watching re-runs, and doing honey -dos 90% of the time. Just like Dad always said, "If You Don't Go You Won't Know". Some of the best days I've had were far from a lunar perspective, and in the worst of conditions as far as weather goes.
The changes of Mother Nature's monkey wrench she loves to throw at us anglers can give you the perfect opportunity to fish those areas you've never been to before, and truly realize that there is another world out there. Before you start venturing out into new areas do a lot of studying, ask a lot of questions, study a map, and don't ever rely on a GPS to get you out of a bind. Gather your bearings first, and if you don't know, go slow! The water can put you into the worst bind you've ever been in your life, and can kill you if you don't respect it, "It gets nasty out there".
I appreciate all you 2coolers reading my blogs and reports. Take a kid fishing and introduce all the people you can to the great outdoors. Our wildlife and natural habitat doesn't stand a chance without the people who enjoy it.
Capt. Hollis Forrester
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