Besides being a professional fisherman I am also a motivational speaker and corporate trainer. I have taught over 50,000 people how to become accomplished anglers in both freshwater and saltwater. But maybe more importantly, all those seminars, lecturers, symposiums and on-the-water tutorials I have conducted just might be the ultimate metaphor for changing one’s perspective on life.
Wouldn’t we all rather be “catching” and producing results, than constantly “fishing” for non-limits on success? Any pond, river, lake or ocean is an excellent test environment to challenge your belief system about life or success. I am going to give you some practical tips on how to catch – emphasize “catch” – more fish. Think about how each of tip is actually a prescription for being more productive in your life!
Tip #1: Be observant and aware of what’s going on around you.
Sounds simple but few novice anglers incorporate this. On one of my recent Owner Hooks Fishing Schools saltwater charters for instance, most of the passengers had decided to fish with small, weak “live” anchovies. Instead, I laced on a soft plastic Owner JR Minnow. This artificial lure looks and moves like a real anchovy, but stays on the hook and doesn’t have to be replaced every cast like the live version.
On one series of eighteen consecutive casts, I landed 18 consecutive sand bass. The average angler (student) would catch maybe 1-2 bass in that same time span. I practically had to demand students stop fishing with live bait, stand next to me, and observe the potent method I was using. Most of the time, novice anglers don’t have a fishing instructor next to them to make needed adjustments. They have to do it on their own.
Tip #2: Lighter line is often the best line.
Too often, the beginner simply uses monofilament line that is too heavy for prevailing conditions. Here along the West Coast for example, 20 round test mono is a staple for saltwater party boat fishing. Increasingly savvy anglers are using much lighter 12-15 pound test. This line is catching more fish because the thinner diameter monofilament is harder for the fish to see, casts further, and matches better with more compact artificial lures or smaller live baits.
As for a parallel to help navigate through life’s lessons, the idea to “lighten up” to get more accomplished applies with this fishin’ tip.
Tip #3: Positive Fish Attitude Always!
I have conducted over 500 saltwater Owner Hooks Fishing Schools since 1989. Captains, deck hands, veteran pros, manufacturers, and general skeptics, consistently ask, “how do his trips always seem to catch fish?” I have never vacillated with my answer; “Positive fish attitude (P.F.A).”
Starting with me down to all of my instructors, interns, passengers, and even crew members, I instill a powerful intention that not only do we as a collective group of anglers deserve to get bit, but that we are getting bit!
This is a common mantra in the psychological field of motivational visualization. Professional baseball players often relate how they “saw” the ball being hit out of the park before the pitch was ever made. An Olympic gold medal winner, “saw” himself on the victory stand before he ever swam the first lap.
P.F.A. is the same kind of tool. On my trips we simply do not accept any notion of defeat due to weather, bad bait, poor conditions, or whatever. y Instilling P.F.A. to everyone on the boat while departing from the dock has been my secret to an amazing track record of serious catching for over twenty-three years!