We’ll Get ‘em at the Next Spot!
A new fishing article from Midwest Outdoors! Check it out.
“Being optimistic is an important trait when fishing, and almost required for trophy fish hunters. After all, haven’t we all said at one point, “Just one more cast,” when either leaving a spot for the next one, or at the end of a fishing day? That’s because any cast can potentially produce the next trophy fish. Or at least, we like to think so!
Optimism is an inherent trait in good fishermen. To catch fish, a positive outlook is often necessary. Well, a positive outlook, along with your lure in the water as much as possible! I haven’t seen too many anglers catch fish without their lure in the water, no matter how optimistic they are. It’s a percentage game. The more casts you make, or the more time your lure is in the water, the better chance you have of something tugging at the end of your line.
Fishing can be a lot of work sometimes. There are many days that you have to work really hard to catch fish. Take muskie fishermen, for example. Muskies have been nicknamed the fish of ten thousand casts. Many muskie fishermen cast all day long, and if they have a follow or even see a fish, it correlates to being a “good” day! That’s optimism!
Being optimistic has led to many top quality fish in my lifetime. However, I am not naïve enough to think that optimism is the only thing needed. Many things go into catching fish and putting the odds in your favor, like: lure type, correct line, rod action, reel drag, terminal tackle, knowledge of fish location, and the knowhow of “playing” or reeling in a fish.
However—witness the walleye fisherman or woman catching a giant muskie with a jig and a minnow. Sometimes, the difference between catching and not catching is mostly just being in the right place at the right time!
However, the “last cast” mentality oftentimes works. I can’t tell you how many last-minute or 11th hour fish I’ve caught for television show-enders in the last 25 years of filming for MidWest Outdoors. And it happened again this past summer up in northern Saskatchewan.
We were filming for Tourism Saskatchewan at Lloyd Lake Lodge (lloydlakelodge.com), one of the premier lodges in northern Saskatchewan. Owner Derrick Uniat was guiding us to a day of late-fall walleye fishing.
Lloyd Lake is about 25 miles by 12 miles in size and holds good-quality walleyes and northern pike, and is a family run lodge in the northwest corner of the province. It’s a quaint resort hosting up to 16 guests per week with six cabins that sleep 2 to 6 guests each. It is a family-run operation staffed by Derrick, his brother Desi and the rest of the Uniat clan. This was my third time visiting the lodge and it has quickly become one of my favorite places to go. Not only are the owners some of the nicest people in the world, but the fishery is topnotch as well.
We began our walleye pursuit on the east side of the lake, outside of a river outlet. There was a drop off where the river entered the lake that went from 5 feet down to 15 feet or so. We positioned our boat on the edge of the drop and trolled and casted the drop-off, catching numerous nice walleyes on Berkley Flicker Shads and lipless crankbaits.”
The full article can be found here.
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