6 Things To Know To Be A Colorado Fisherman By: Sayer Hawn

1. Its Not About The Size Of The Fish But The Memory's Left Behind!

You've been out on the water for hours, not a single nibble on your line and you are beginning to become anxious. When all of a sudden, you receive what seems to be a massive tug on the line. You hook the critter on the end of the line and begin reeling ecstatically. But what you find on the end of the line was not the expected 'Moby Dick' of the lake. Do not get bummed out! Fishing is not about the length of the animal, but the memory's that lead up to the catching of your first fish. Whether that means you snag a few trees or fall in the water, its ultimately about the tranquility of being out on the water.

2. Its Called Fishing Not Catching! http://101waystosurvive.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/122213.o.gfh_.pike-jasonmitchell.jpg

Watching your fishing buddy reel in fish left and right isn't the best feeling when you haven't felt a tug in hours. Whatever you do, do not get discouraged! There are many factors that might be deterring you from catching fish. A few factors to watch out for, is the type of lures you are using. If you are using synthetic lures, try switching up the color of the lure or the motion you are using when reeling in the lure. Fish are attracted to various combinations of movements and colors, so try switching it up. Always keep in mind that if fishing was easy everyone would be doing it. Never become discouraged from not catching a fish, even the pro's come back empty handed sometimes!

3. Live Bait vs Synthetic Lures https://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-DY825_garpro_H_20090629170551.jpg

One of the most beautiful things about fishing is knowing what to use and what not to use. Baits are categorized by two individual groups, synthetic lures and live bait. Live bait is a good bait to use with fish with an extremely good since of smell. Most of these types of fish can be found lurking in the deepest of depths. Catfish are a great example of these types of fish because they love the smelly live bait like worms, chicken liver, mice, bugs etc. When using live bait, its best to cast the bait to the deepest part of the lake and let it sit at the bottom without any movement. Most fish that go for live bait are extremely timid and spook easily so don't move it too much! Synthetic lures is a whole different story. Quick action lures like Mepps and Rooster Tails are a bit more strategic than the cast and let it sit method. Rooster Tails have a spoon by the hook that is meant to cause vibration in the water to disrupt the water around it, thus drawing attention to it. In order to make the spoon spin, you must reel the lure in fast to cause that spoon action. With synthetic lures, its average to cast around 6 times a minute. Like humans are attracted to different foods, fish think the same. Fish look for different colors movements and size when on the prowl for dinner. Make sure to switch up your tackle often, in hopes of snagging a hungry fish!

4. Don't Be Afraid To Move!

After fishing in one spot for an hour or two, you begin to lose hope that there might not be any fish near you. And this could actually be the case! Fish move all over the lake throughout the day looking for the easiest meal. And with a lake full of predators, its quite common that the fish have became territorial. Fish like Large Mouth Bass and Tiger Muskie are extremely territorial and aggressive fish that are common in most Colorado Lakes. With these types of fish, it is best to cast all over the lake under branches, along shore lines and in and around rock formations. When a lure glides past a area that a fish has claimed as its own, its natural instincts kick in and they can't stop themselves from attacking the lure. In the end, its never a bad idea to move!

5. Never Fish And Tell

You finally did it, found the most perfect fishing hole in the entire lake. You decided to post your fishing dominance all over the internet and brag about the four pound Large Mouth Bass you caught. When all of a sudden, you receive an email from a fishing buddy asking where you caught the monster. You are now faced with the decision to tell him where it was caught and risk losing the fishing hole you worked so hard to find or lie to him and protect your beloved fishing spot. Luckily, you remember the golden rule of fishing, don't fish and tell! When you tell a fisherman buddy where you caught the fish, you risk the chance of that person telling others where the magic fishing spot is located. When a fishing spot is over fished, the animals begin to learn what to and what not to bite, and unfortunately that means your lure. Fish are animals too, and animals adapt to keep themselves alive, so when a fish is being yanked out of the water every two minutes, they will begin to catch on what is potentially life threatening. When you finally decide to take a day off work and make the long trek to the fishing hole, do yourself and favor and make sure that fishing hole is waiting for you and only you.

6. Never Give Up

Fishing has been around since the beginning of time. Anyone can master the art of fishing with enough patience and practice. In the beginning, it might be tough to want to keep trying but if fishing was easy, everyone would be doing it. Luckily, you have learned six of the main rules to master the art of fishing. In order to become a pro fisherman, you will have to fail along the way and in this sport it is almost inevitable not to. But I encourage you to never give up and to push through the failure, so one day you can fall deeply in love with one of the most relaxing activities on the face of the planet.

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Created with images by Unsplash - "fly fishing fishing rod fishing" • Minarae - "Look, I caught a fish!" • vastateparksstaff - "Free Fishing Day at Hungry Mother State Park" • robstephaustralia - "Gratuitous Beautiful spot Shot with pole" • fozdamar - "fishing lake village"

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