There are a lot of things you can do right in fishing and a lot of things you can do wrong, simply because you didn’t know there were such things to be aware of when fishing. To shed some light on these two subjects, I have listed a few of the ones you need to know.
- Do fish in areas that are known to be productive areas but are not already being fished by others at the time you are there.
- Do have a plan of where you’re going to fish and what bait you’re going to use.
- Do know where to go in case of a storm or an emergency
- Do use lures that are appropriate for that time of year.
- Do keep a topo map of the lake in your boat in case you get lost. (Eventually, you will get lost.)
- Do know the weather forecast.
- Do make sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged.
- Do fish with a degree of stealth. This will increase your chances of catching fish.
- Do fish an area well before you move on.
- Do check your boat before you leave home, including: fuel, oil, life vests, batteries charged, water, fishing licenses, boat tag, emergency equipment, your medications, etc.
- Do keep your kill switch attached to you when running the big motor. If you don’t know what a kill switch is, you need to stay home.
- Do take your kids.
Things Not To Do:
- Don’t be rude to other fishermen by running your boat upon them or trying to fish the same area at the same time if they were there first.
- Don’t throw your old fishing line in the lake.
- Don’t throw trash in the lake -- especially glass items and Styrofoam products.
- Don’t “hit and run.” This means don’t run from one area to another, making just a couple of casts and then running hard again.
- Don’t keep fish you are not going to eat.
- Don’t hot rod your boat so that you endanger water skiers, swimmers and water bikes or make them feel uncomfortable by your antics.
- Don’t disregard “no wake” buoys just because no one is watching.
- Don’t drink alcohol on the lake.
- Don’t run your big motor without a life vest on that is fastened. Draping it over your shoulder will do no good.
- Don’t fillet your fish in the lake to avoid the limit laws. Keep what you are going to eat, and know that you can’t eat more than the legal limit.
- Don’t litter private waters you are allowed to fish on; leave them cleaner than when you found them.
Follow these “dos and don’ts,” and the fishing will be better for you and other persons.
by Jimmy Houston