Fishing Skills That Will Help You Put Fish in the Boat
Being some one that goes to high school and still openly expresses his love for fishing I've heard numerous times that fishing takes absolutely no skill and is simply luck of the draw, or being in the right place at the right time. This of course is completely false. The only thing you need to think of is that if fishing takes no skill than how are there professional anglers? I'm going to teach you two skills that will help you catch fish, and how to practice them.
1. The first skill I'm going to teach is the flipping technique. Two years ago during the opening day of the Orillia Perch Festival the ice wasn't completely gone and most people weren't catching any fish. So I decided to try and flip under the ice, and within 30 second to the cheers of surrounding people I pulled up the first perch of the day. Flipping has many other uses especially dock fishing. Flipping is doing backwards rotation in a tight circle to get the bait to fly like a bullet parallel to the waters surface and to continue going on an angle after hitting the water. A great way to practice this at home without damaging or losing baits is to set up a 2x4 6 or so inches above ground and flipping a heavy weight until you can hit your target every time. Reduce the size of the gap once you begin to improve for a more difficult shot.
2. The second skill I'm going to teach is casting to a target. Although this seems silly most people don't have the fishing ability or experience to cast to a target. An example of this is on Gull Lake last year, I spotted a sunken tree that I was sure held fish, I had to make the perfect cast to avoid a snag and yet get into the fishes strike zone. After a well placed cast I managed to hook and catch a nice 4lbs Largemouth. An excellent and simple way to practice this is to get a small bucket and place it at about 30 to 40 feet away to start and make casts until you become confident in you abilities, to make it more difficult you can add distance or you a smaller bucket, container, or plastic cup.