For as long as I can remember, my grandmother used to say, “Everything has a place and everything goes in its place”. She’s gone now, but those words still echo in my head as if she were saying them to me out loud today.
Wait a minute; this is a fishing report column. How will being organized help put more fish in the boat? The answer is simple. It won’t. But it will make your time on the water much more enjoyable and stress free. And it will greatly improve your chances of success.
For example, let’s say you hear them chatting on the marine radio about a lure that is out producing everything else on a particular day. You know you have one on the boat, but can’t remember where you put it. If you have to spend a lot of time searching for that lure, then you’re wasting time that could be spent with baits in the water catching fish, and your stress levels will rise.
Having a plan for the day is also important. Having an idea of where you want to fish and what presentation you plan to use can greatly reduce the frustration of looking out at that big body of water from the boat ramp or marina and asking yourself, “Where do I even start?”
Start by talking to the various bait shops in the area. Going in to a bait shop and buying something as small as a crank bait or candy bar will get you more results than simply calling up and asking where the fish are biting. Use the social media outlets like Facebook to help you. Building a network of friends who fish can help you eliminate a lot of time spent searching for a species of fish that is always moving. However, keep in mind that this is a two way street. Only receiving information but never giving information will reward you with friends unwilling to share with you, and less fish in your livewell.
So be organized and be kind, and you will have much success in life and fishing.