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Best way to accelerate learning #10645126 02/25/15 01:28 AM
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I have had to basically teach myself how to fish. I'm still trying to learning and was wondering what is the best way to self teach ? Any suggestions?

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Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: Chris_K] #10645135 02/25/15 01:31 AM
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Read everything you can. Take some guided trips. And nothing beats time on the water.

Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: Chris_K] #10645139 02/25/15 01:32 AM
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Time on the water. Experiment. Plenty of youtube videos about seasonal patterns, presentations, lures. I'm a researcher so I spent a lot of time reading and watching but there really is nothing better than just getting out there and fishing.

Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: Chris_K] #10645142 02/25/15 01:33 AM
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Go fishing with others and trips with guides.......best ways to learn that I have experienced


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Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: Chris_K] #10645228 02/25/15 01:55 AM
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Nothing beats time on the water. And time on the water is wasted if you're not focused 100% of the time on learning something.

Fishing is a lifetime of learning. You'll never conquer the entire facet of fishing. I suggest breaking it down and learning one aspect at a time. For example, if it's summertime, then choose to learn to fish a jig and a top water. Fish the top water for 2 hours in the morning doing different things and constantly making mental notes of what works, what doesn't, what's easy for you, what's difficult, etc. When the sun comes up good, go to the jig and learn to flip the outside edge of grass. Do this for countless hours during the summer. When fall comes around, pick a couple techniques that work on your lake and start to learn them.

The primary thing is to be patient. There are many 50-60 yr old men that have fished their entire lives that still learn things every time they are on the water. But no matter what, be sure you're enjoying each and every day you're out there.

Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: Chris_K] #10645230 02/25/15 01:55 AM
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I have recently gone through this. I grew up fishing Walleye and Crappie, but it was spinning reels only doing pretty specific things. Caught some bass while Crappie fishing and I would throw a frog or spinnerbait in ponds.

July 2010 - My first artificial bass trip and using a baitcaster. Had a 101 lesson with Clint Wright at Fork. Clint told me ahead all the equipment I should buy. We worked through things all day and then we got 2nd in a JC Outdoors nighttime tourney. That gave me bug for tournaments.

2011 - I did several guide trips with JR Howard, Skeeter Fowler, and Cody Malone. I also got in back of my insurance agents boat on Grapevine, who use to fish tournaments. Also did my first FLW event as a coangler.

2012 - More guide trips, caught the 12.18 at Fork with Cody, great trips Falcon, and did complete season of FLW Texas as coangler.

2013 - bought boat first of year, fished entire BassPro Grapevine Series with GrasshopperJim, and did another complete season of FLW Texas as coangler.

2014 - did complete season of FLW Tour as Coangler, complete season as boater in BLT Solo, and continued guide trips.

2015 - will be same as last year.

2016 - no more coangling.

I think I've done a good job getting up to speed quickly. I owe most of the fundamentals to Clint Wright that first trip and then continuing with Cody Malone for dozen trips or more. Coangling and the additional guide trips have taught me tournament fishing and opened up a variety of techniques. BLT Solo is teaching me how to tournament fish as boater. The fishing forum has taught me a little about baits and techniques, but more about the industry, politics, organizations, and personalities.

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Fish tournaments with your lunch money. You will either learn quick or go hungry. Lots of lower priced tournaments out there to hone your skills.


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Originally Posted By: Fishspanker
Fish tournaments with your lunch money. You will either learn quick or go hungry.

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Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: Chris_K] #10645533 02/25/15 02:53 AM
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All good advice above.

I'd add:
keep a fishing journal. This will force you to be more focused on the water. When you are more focused, you will catch more fish, which will improve your confidence and enjoyment. After a while, you will notice trends and patterns of big and small bass behavior. You will experience and learn seasonal and weather change bass movement/advancing and retreating higher and lower in the water column, into cover and out of cover.

Fish a variety of lakes. Learn to fish lakes with grass, lakes with timber, lakes with rock, deep lakes, shallow lakes, lilly pads, cat tails, etc. This forces you to learn new techniques and how to modify techniques you already know to adapt to your surroundings.

Fish in a variety of conditions. Safety first, but don't just fish when its 80 degrees with low winds. Learning what the fish do under different conditions can help you make adjustments for when you are faced with similar conditions in the future.


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Originally Posted By: Fishspanker
Fish tournaments with your lunch money. You will either learn quick or go hungry. Lots of lower priced tournaments out there to hone your skills.

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Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: steve hummert] #10645812 02/25/15 03:42 AM
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Originally Posted By: steve hummert
Go fishing with others and trips with guides.......best ways to learn that I have experienced

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Originally Posted By: collincountytx
All good advice above.

I'd add:
keep a fishing journal. This will force you to be more focused on the water. When you are more focused, you will catch more fish, which will improve your confidence and enjoyment. After a while, you will notice trends and patterns of big and small bass behavior. You will experience and learn seasonal and weather change bass movement/advancing and retreating higher and lower in the water column, into cover and out of cover.

Fish a variety of lakes. Learn to fish lakes with grass, lakes with timber, lakes with rock, deep lakes, shallow lakes, lilly pads, cat tails, etc. This forces you to learn new techniques and how to modify techniques you already know to adapt to your surroundings.

Fish in a variety of conditions. Safety first, but don't just fish when its 80 degrees with low winds. Learning what the fish do under different conditions can help you make adjustments for when you are faced with similar conditions in the future.


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Re: Best way to accelerate learning [Re: Chris_K] #10645838 02/25/15 03:48 AM
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It Helps to be Patient, or stubborn, or both.

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Time on the water and try some draw tournaments as a co angler like BFL or weekend series those will help the learning curve more than u would think

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If its a certain technique you're wanting to learn, only take that style bait with you in the boat.

Lets say an angler wants to learn a jig but has zero confidence. Only load the boat with jigs and trailers, take all other lures out and leave them at the house. This will make the angler throw that particular bait all day and not switch back to their lures/techniques that they're confident with.

Also, reading everything you can on the Internet and in magazines. Watching instructional videos on the Internet. Go to seminars. Join a bass club

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