angler mindset is all about having the right attitude to always catch fish and have fun on your fishing trips 

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Angler Mindset is something intangible that directly affects your fishing trips more than any fishing lure, knowledge or strategy.

Keep reading to discover what angler mindset is all about.

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Will Collins

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As a native of the bayou I want people to come here, have fun and catch some fish! You can literally catch fish every day in Louisiana and I want anglers from out of town to be knowledgeable of a few of the tricks we have! lol Louisiana Fishing Blog provides those tips and tricks.

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Angler mindset is the most critical tool we have as inshore anglers

Being able to be mentally strong is a key aspect of successful inshore fishing.

Actually, to be quite frank, it's a key aspect to do anything at all.

So, you may be thinking...

What does this have to do with inshore fishing?


The best lure, fanciest boat and cutting-edge electronics are all useless if the angler is a sissy.

Teach people how to fish has given me incredible insight to what holds anglers back from success.

I’m not saying one must be willing to die to make it to Stump Lagoon their first time. That’s ridiculous.

I’m just saying they should get over themselves and make the effort to go fishing with a positive angler mindset.

What is Angler Mindset?

It’s the most important thing you have on your fishing trips. It’s a set of attitudes that dictate your actions.

Examples include:

  • Not becoming discouraged when fish don’t bite at the first spot.
  • Willingness to try new tackle and techniques, even if they seem stupid.
  • Having the courage to explore new water, even if you might hit something or run aground.

A good mindset consists of qualities such as patience, courage, persistence, determination and more.

The number of anglers who don’t go fishing because of <insert petty concern> is mind-boggling to me.

So what if you don’t know how to fish the MRGO Rocks? Go anyways. It will be an adventure. You will learn and probably catch a few fish in the process.

Is there failure outside of your comfort zone? Yes. How an angler deals with it is a measure of his mindset.

Is there success out there? Absolutely!

I promise the feeling you have when you navigate your own routes and find your own fish is a straight shot of dopamine to the brain. It feels good! 

It’s a true accomplishment because it was done without the “gutter guards” found in artificial means, like video games and even some sports.

Why do anglers need it?

Everything you want follows a good mindset, whether you are chasing limits or merely relaxing.

How can you enjoy fishing if you have a crappy attitude? How can anyone else on your boat?

Think about it.


This is why I have “Angler Mindset” as a category on this blog. With a good mindset, everything else will follow. Without it, an angler is doomed to fail.

In fact, you can scroll to the bottom to use the category menu and read more about Angler Mindset, or any category you wish.

- Captain Devin

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