Fishing Advice for Big Carp and Catfish Baits and Methods
Many anglers try to solve problems by thinking like an angler when they really need to think like a fish. Now I don’t know about you, but I want to catch the biggest fish possible as consistently as possible when I spend my hard-earned cash and my valuable hours fishing.
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Solving your fishing problems by thinking “like a fish” and not like an angler is probably one of the least covered of fishing topics, for many reasons. But just the practice and development of this hidden skill will not only improve your big fish catches massively in the short-term, but better your catches for the rest of your life! Don’t think about it; read on!
It is best to solve most of your fishing challenges and problems by beginning with understanding fish and observation of behaviours; not to reach for the tackle and bait adverts first! It takes practice and an open mind, that’s all! I remember a time years ago now, when the famous UK Woburn Abbey wels catfish adapted to very intense fishing pressure from anglers by switching-off from all previously successful “conventional baits.”
They refusing to take them, relying for their survival upon natural food items instead. Using observation it became clear they were preying upon small zander in the margins of the lake. Therefore when small zander were used as bait, immediate success followed after weeks of struggling using popular recommended baits. Using baits which arouse zero or as little suspicion as possible (ideally with the maximum stimulation) has always been the biggest point about fishing baits (as well as the hook!)
“It is not just what you’ve got, but it’s the way that you do it!” You can get many more fishing “edges” by “reverse engineering” our baits rigs and tackle from the perceived view-point of the “angler-conditioned fish danger reference points.” Possibly the most effective ways to uncover edges is not just by methodically refining already existing and currently popular and “relatively” currently successful ideas, rigs, baits and tackle.
Often it is difficult to work out who came up with original ideas maybe about fishing “bivvy” design, rig design, bait design, rod design, bed chair design, or whatever, because so many others copy it and claim it as their own. Also it is a very peculiar fact that a certain “group consciousness” appears to be at work in the creative department of our minds. This is the strange when where a number of people, even in different locations around the world come up with very similar designs and inventions almost simultaneously.
The same phenomenon been proven to be the case with isolated island monkeys too. (I derogatively used to term this the “monkey mentality,” of some anglers!) Having discovered the art of using a stick as a tool to pick insects and larvae out of tree bark and wood was a new skill that spontaneously appeared on many isolated islands with populations of that species of monkey.