Wake up, go to work. Come home. Eat. Go to bed. Repeat. Over and over, and over. Sound familiar. I hope not but for a lot of people it does. 

   They've missed out on a key element in life. Living. 

   If they only knew how easy it was to change the routine. One little shift in the right direction could turn into a landslide of new beginnings. One little shift like. . .  . fishing.

   Years from now, today could be the day. YOU STARTED FISHING!

   Do Research

   If you don't know how to fish, you need to do some research. You need to learn a few things before you start bringing in lunkers. 

   Find out what kind o fish are in your area. Id the water fresh or salt? How big are they? What kind of lures do I use? What lbs. test line should I have? Should I always exaggerate about what I catch?

    There's plenty of books, blogs, and people out there who would love to help you. I know this for a fact, I'm one of them. There is also field work. This is where you get some gear and just go out and try. Don't have any big expectations going into it. Just try and get a feel for it. make some casts, use different baits, look for other people fishing. Fishermen will gather where people are catching fish. 

   Don't be scared to ask questions. We all started somewhere. We will know you are a beginner as soon as you walk up. You'll be the person trying not to look like he doesn't know what he's doing. We'll play along for a little bit. But once we've had a laugh, we'll help you out. We're not laughing at you but with you. We were you at one point. 

    Once you start, you'll have more questions than you do now. But you're in luck, there are ANSWERS. You won't get them all at once, this is a lifelong adventure. All of us who fish are still learning new things. The good ones do anyway. Just remember "There is no end just Next time!"

Build your tackle box

      Once you've done some research it's time to start on your tackle. You don't have to get everything at once. It takes years to have anything you need for any situation.

     You can start with a couple hooks, some weights, a cork and a rod 'n reel. Get some bait and go make a cast. Do some more field work and testing. You're building your confidence too. Learn to use a few things really well instead of using a lot of things very bad.

    Later you can get some jigs and learn to use them. Then maybe a crank bait or spinner bait, top water. The list goes on.  It's a big list too.

   Eventually you will be able to go after anything that swims. You'll also have the confidence to do it. You'll have more answers than questions. Little footnote here, "You will never have all the answers." But you will be able to handle whatever comes your way with the knowledge you have.    Eventually. Fishermen either have a lot of patience, or spite, I'm not sure which is greater. I think determination is the PC word we are using now anyway.

Practice, practice, practice

    After you've made the jump from non-fishing person to fishing-person, you have to practice. And keep practicing. It's the only way to get better. 

    All those little times you have to think about what you're doing will eventually become instinct. You'll just set the hook, hold your rod right. Know when to reel and when to wait. When to use a net and when to sling 'em in. It'll become instinct. Thats's why it's better to get good with a little first instead of bad with a lot. You need to build good instincts. Practicing something the wrong way will never lead to the right one. You'll just get worse at doing it.

Don't get frustrated. You will lose fish. You'll make mistakes. We all do. We all still do. Er go, the one that got away. Which is part of the "Next Time!" philosophy. Next time I won't make that mistake again. But you will, again, and again. Fishermen are not perfect, we are just "Determined". We also love what we do, God blessed us with fishing, When we get to Heaven we start Just Catching. 

Make the choice

   To fish or not to fish. Not really a choice for me but, there are people out there who haven't made this life changing choice yet. That's why I'm here. To help you make the right choice.

FISH. 

    It won't hurt. It WILL change your life. You will sleep better. You WILL look forward to DOING something on your off time. You WILL see the world a little differently. You WILL want to keep doing it. You WILL want to learn more about it. I wrote an article "5 reasons a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. They're all true.

     If you don't believe me, just try it. Find some people fishing and go talk to them. We're friendly people. You ARE welcome. You do belong here.

    So just try it and see. Go home and think about it. Come back next time with a rod. People will help you, probably before you know what your doing wrong you'll get told how to do it right. But it's out of kindness, we want you to succeed. Just to prove a point if you brake down in a car you probably wont get some one to stop, unless your miles from nowhere. The first boat that passes you will ask if you need help. That's how it's supposed to be. People looking out for each other, not just ones you know. At least that's how I think it should be, but I grew up in a boat. 

 I grew up FISHING. Today could be the day you start too.

 

Enjoy the Outdoors. Life is Out Here!

 

                                                             written be Benjamin Evans