How to be a better fisherman

L.Henry By L.Henry, 12th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Casting tips provided by TV host and outdoor writer Lowell Henderson

Practice makes perfect

If you are like me you have most likely watched fishing pro’s on TV many times. I have always been amazed at how good they are at what they do. They cast time and time again into places that would surely eat my lure if it came within three feet of it. How is it that they can place a lure exactly where they want every single time? It comes down to a very simple thing called practice.

Just like a factory worker who does his same task day after day and like a musician who plays a piece until he gets it right, the fishing pro has spent thousands of hours on the water honing his skills. While I myself have spent years learning to fish I still find myself longing to be better than I am and this causes me to push myself to practice a little more every chance I get.

One of the easiest things to practice is your casting. Simply take any old five gallon bucket out in your back yard and pitch and cast to it from different distances and angles. After a week or so and you’re feeling pretty good about your abilities replace that trusty old five gallon friend with his little brother the coffee can. Suddenly your abilities aren’t quite what they were last week…but they will be soon. I like the coffee can the best because of the cool sound my bait makes when it lands inside. One tip that you will appreciate…make a tiny hole in the bottom of the can and with a really long wood screw fasten the can to the ground. This will keep the can from turning over all the time.

Once you get pretty good at normal type casting you might try setting up a little obstacle course to make things a little harder still. Continuous casting in, under and around objects will make you better. Not only will this give you something to be proud of it will help you put more fish in the boat.

Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water…Lowell Henderson


Angling, Beginner Fisherman, Casting Practice, Casting Skills, Fishing, Outdoors

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I have been an outdoors writer for years but I now like to write on many subjects.

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