Like every athletic sport, fishing too requires endurance, determination, and ability.
You can’t expect to reel out a Wahoo or a Marlin on your first attempt. If you ask me what my first catch was; it was the fishing line with the bait intact.
When you learn more about how fishing is done, it humbles you to think that the skill you’re trying to memorize is an art that matures over time.
While luck and skill go hand in hand to prove your adeptness at the sport, there are several other secret tips that you may need to catch a considerable prize.
Luck and Skill
It’s not always that a successful fisherman comes home with a big catch. Sometimes luck intervenes and you return with nothing but hope for the next time.
The element of luck can be further divided into the weather conditions on the day you choose to go fishing, unpredictable sea currents, and availability of fish species at your spot. But most of all pure luck refers to factors that can’t be predicted or controlled such as the willingness of a potential catch to bite your bait!
Knowledge of the Sea
If you’re planning on steering your own boat and wading into the tumultuous waters of deep sea, it’s better to be warned of the perils. You need to have basic water safety rules at your fingertips. No amount of thrill or excitement is worth risking your life or boat over.
Second, you need to be well-versed in the species you can expect to find in the waters. This allows you to prepare accordingly. Whether you need deep-sea angling gear or not totally depends on the local fish population and water body—which in this case is the deep sea.
Once you’ve got the fundamentals right, you need to go over some basic rules of fishing. These include the skills you require to troll your bait and hook a catch.
- Weighing the line
- Baiting the lure
- Casting your line
- Adjusting the hook
- Reeling in and out
The true test of fishing is not just in hooking a sizeable catch. It also requires skill to remove the hook, release your catch, and finally clean it. This requires immense practice and regular fishing tours!
The author is a local of Cabo San Lucas and a self-taught fisherman. He works in affiliation with Tag Cabo Sportfishing to offer his expertise or their fishing charters in Mexico.