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The Best Way to Catch a Fish

Is there a 'best way to catch a fish'? Many anglers might not think so, but in truth there are some ways that are much more productive than others. In this article I'm going to discuss one of those ways to catch a fish, and in my opinion this technique is the best way to catch a fish (especially in river and stream situations). This "way" of catching fish was taught to me more than 25 years ago by one of the best anglers I've ever had the pleasure of learning from.

This man has since moved on to another plane of existence somewhere, but the technique has been paying benefits ever since I was introduced to it. I'll outline the technique in this article so that you can begin using it to your advantage as well, but first let's discuss a couple of tips that go right along with the technique and will also help you be a more successful angler. Together these tips and the technique reveal the best way to catch a fish.

If you want to "catch a fish" it's a good idea to learn about your craft. To me, fishing is not simply something "to do", and when taken seriously fishing can become an art form. That's right, the phrase "art form" and fishing is not reserved exclusively for fly fishermen (or "flea flickers" as my mentor used to call them). By educating ourselves and spending time on the water practicing our craft, any method of fishing can be considered an "art form", in my humble opinion.

Now for the technique. As I alluded to earlier, the first thing to consider is that this technique is best employed in the flowing water of a river or stream. Begin by grabbing the end of your line and tying on a small barrel swivel (size 10 or 12). Now tie on a set of pre tied gang hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tired in tandem and the most natural and realistic way to present a worm. Split shot sinkers are now added to your line above the barrel swivel. Start with two or three. The number and size of split shot will vary depending on the depth of the water and the current flow.

A worm, either live or synthetic, is now added to the gang hooks. Now cast the entire offering out, parallel to yourself, and the bail of your reel is closed. The offering is allowed to flow naturally with the current, while it builds along the bottom the entire time. Point your rod tip at your worm rig as is flows with the current. With practice it will be easy to tell the difference between the bottom and bites. Do not get discouraged if you get snagged. Getting snagged is simply part off the system. As my mentor used to say, "if you're not getting snagged, you're not fishing in the right place!".

Another quick tip is to always make sure your fishing when the fish are the moist active. How is this accomplished? By learning the simple ways that the weather and moon can be used to your advantage as an angler. The weather & moon hold the key to when fish are the most active, and learning how and why will do more to catch a fish than any single factor.

Use these tips and the above technique sooner rather than later and you will know for yourself the best way to catch a fish.


Source by Trevor Kugler

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