Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: A Clue from the Dog

My dog is giving me a dirty look. It’s a look I’ve seen lots of times before. I used to think it was selfish of him, but I’ve since decided that he’s really just looking out for my best interests. That his desired outcome from said look is of benefit to him too is irrelevant; it’s me he’s looking out for. Good dog! “The look” occurs after several hours of me pecking away on this very keyboard, and it means that it’s time to take him for a swim for both his sanity and, as I’ve more recently discovered,...

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Fishful Thinker: Prep Now!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win‚” is a quote that is commonly associated with coach Bobby Knight. While Mr. Knight didn’t pen the line (actually it was Bud Wilkinsin), he is in fact a fisherman and would probably agree with me that the wisdom is as equally at home in a boat as on the court. In most fishing, winning can be defined in many ways, but preparing to win is paramount to all of them. Maybe you are super-casual weekender who defines winning as spending some time outdoors with...

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Fishful Thinker: Most Valuable

MVT – it’s kind of like MVP only different, a little less animated, yet equally important to the success of the team. You can probably guess that the “MV” part of the acronym is Most Valuable -but what is the “T”? This is a fishing column; it stands for Tackle of course. Fishing isn’t commonly a team sport so you, dearest angler, are the only player and your team is comprised of your tackle. Just in case it might help a few of you with your tackle buying decisions, let’s take a look at the tackle combo most useful...

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Fishful Thinker: The Total Package

Ever notice how some folks catch fish more consistently than others? You know, the kind of anglers that seem to be able to catch them all the time and especially those that can manage that kind of performance while taking on different species. Well, what is it about them that makes their outings consistently successful? Is it their fishing rod? Doubtful. How about their boat? Not likely. Then it must be their flies or lures, right? Nope, not in my opinion. It’s none of those – and all of those, at the same time. And probably not exactly how...

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Fishful Thinker: Follow Your Instincts

What do you think allows some anglers to be more successful than others? Is it their boat or tackle? I don’t think so. Maybe it’s their physical prowess with their equipment; you know, great casters and such. These folks will likely catch a lot of fish, but when it comes down to it, the best casters are not always the best catchers. Perhaps it’s the home area because some anglers simply live in more fishy areas. Sure they catch a lot of fish then, but their success is a product of their environment, not a testament to their angling....

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