Life has taught me an open mind is the path to success. This applies to inshore fishing.
There is a gentleman I went fishing with recently, who should not have been good at fishing, but was anyways.
We fished for trout in the morning, then sight fished for redfish in the afternoon.
The most peculiar thing is that he is not from Louisiana, and didn’t have much prior fishing experience when he moved here two years ago.
There are several reasons. Let me elaborate on each:
Some anglers are scared of baitcasters because of damage backlash could inflict upon their ego.
But Chris has no “fishing ego” to bruise. He’s brand new and has nothing to lose; he is willing to try anything and was quick to pick up a baitcaster.
That is one example of his open mind speeding up his learning curve.
All of his tackle was ready to rock and roll. At every spot he was ready to start fishing.
Not spooling reels, not tying tackle, just ready to fish.
It struck me when Chris mentioned he spent time casting in his backyard. He’d practice well before the day of his fishing trip.
Most anglers new to sight fishing miss a lot of redfish. But not Chris. He nailed every one he cast at, despite having never sight fished before.
Making quality casts for speckled trout was an easy task for him.
His practice paid off in a big way. Who doesn’t want to do that?
Not once did I sense excessive pride or self-confidence from him. Angler’s Mindset is more important than any tackle.
His humility is the key to unlock everything listed above. After all, when you’re at the top, the only path is down.
This was possible because he applied these effective traits to pursue his newfound passion. I think anyone of us could do the same.
His desire was simple: he wanted to have fun catching more fish. He set out to discover knowledge to help him do that and discovered Louisiana Fishing Blog in the process.
Yes, he did find a lot of good information here and in Inshore Fishing 101. Yes, he completed the course and agreed he learned a good bit from it.
But I believe all the knowledge and skill in the world does no good if an angler isn’t willing to be open-minded.
Today, we have an Irishman to thank for showing us that.
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