The ART of the
One of the most beautiful things about fishing is that here’s no hard-and-fast “right” or “wrong.” There’s just what works and what doesn’t. And what works
one day may not work the next. So how
are you expected to learn what to do to
become a better angler? Trial and error
and years of experience are the two main
ingredients you need. Research comes in
a distant third, but it’s also the one area
where we can help – in this case, when it
comes to retrieving lures.
The ‘golden rule’
Watch any two anglers fishing side by
side, and you’ll notice numerous dif-
ferences in the way each performs a
retrieve. Some go fast, some go slow.
Some twitch the rod tip, others jerk it.
Some bring in the lure erratically, oth-
ers bring it in smoothly. And sometimes
you’ll see one angler try all of these
things, changing up his or her retrieve
on each and every cast.
Keep your eye on that angler.
Despite all the variables, regardless of
which species you’re after or with what
lure you like fishing, that angler obviously knows the one hard-and-fast “right” in
the world of fishing, one golden rule to
always keep in mind: If you’re not catching fish, change what you’re doing.
This may sound simplistic, yet it’s a
rule that countless anglers violate every
BY LENNY RUDOW
Catching a fish is a lot
more nuanced than
merely casting out a
lure, then reeling it in