by Leon Archer
My father used to take me fishing often when I was a kid, and I have tons of memories from those days, and I learned an awful lot from him by listening and watching.
I am a visual, hands-on learner. If someone shows me how to do something, I am much more likely to understand than if I were reading directions. Dad showed me all sorts of ways to be a better fisherman, but he let me experiment and do my own thing when I wanted to.
Once in a great while, he learned something new from me when I had an unexpected success from doing my own thing.
One of the things we did most often was fish from shore; that was because we didn’t own a boat. We sometimes went with someone who did or on even rarer occasions rented a boat for the day.
When we were afloat, I noticed one interesting thing. We would usually not fish very far from shore; in fact, we often ending up casting towards the shoreline. This seemed, to me, to negate the advantage of having a boat since we could have cast about as far from shore as we ended up fishing.
I tried casting my bait in several directions from the boat, but learned rather quickly that my father had the correct combination.
What I learned on those days was that one of the advantages of a boat over a shore bound fisherman was that one could move easily from one spot to another rather quickly.
If the fish weren’t hitting in one area, perhaps they might be more cooperative in another. But I learned another more important thing for an angler. Just like in real estate, when it comes to fishing, it’s location, location, location.
The two most important things are to know where the fish should be, and to fish where the fish should be.
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