A lot of people are content catching one certain species of fish. They may be geographically constrained and have access to only one fishery, which is fine. I’m lucky that I live somewhere with a diverse fishery and enjoy learning how to catch new fish. In the last few years, I’ve caught several new species. I love the process of learning to catch them. It starts with understanding the target species: Where do they live? What do they like to eat? How do they like to hunt?
When you have an understanding of what the fish is doing, it reveals how best to present a bait or lure to them. Once you have that understanding, all that’s left is to understand how they bite and fight to get them in the boat (or to shore… whatever the case may be).
I recently came across an article in Outdoor Life. Bass guide Steve Chaconas has a similar viewpoint in talking about how to catch bass. Learn what Steve calls the three sides of the triangle for successful bass fishing.
When someone catches a fish, you might say he or she has “come full circle” in the learning, application and success of the sport. Potomac bass guide Steve Chaconas does not disagree, but he prefers a different geometric allusion. He calls it the “Triangle of Fishing,” the three sides of which are as follows:
1. “The base is casting, because if you can’t make a cast, it doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re using or how good the fish are biting,” Chaconas said. “If you can’t put your bait where it needs to be, you’re not going to catch a fish.”
2. Next is lure presentation. Chaconas includes prudent selection and conditional adjustment, along with the main principle of making the lure do something that would attract a fish.
Photos: Outdoor Life (top); Wired2Fish (above)