Stealth Fishing

I am a beginer fisherman and just can’t seem to catch fish, is there some oldschool bass fishing tip that really catches fish, I’ve done a bunch of research and none of the techniques I’ve used seem to work, I need some serious tips. What should I do?

There are many reasons why you may be having trouble. The good news is that it is usually something very innocuous, and is easily fixed. Fish are very in-tune with their environment, and anything that disturbs it will cause them to move off. Fish have incredibly (by human standards) sensitive senses of smell, sound, and in many cases, sight. In addition, they can sense vibrations from a great distance. Water is a much better medium for transporting external stimuli than air. Sound travels much faster through water, and for a greater distance. And vibrations don’t travel through air very good at all. Smell diffuses through water much better than in air, and is much more directional. Fish use all of these physical advantages for protection, and predation. People over-look all of these facts much of the time. So here are some tips that might help you. First, on the day you go fishing; do not use any soap, deodorant, after-shaves or colognes, anywhere on your body, including your hands. Clean up with water alone. Wipe down all of your equipment with a damp rag (only water). You want to remove as much human scent as possible from everything you are using. Do not wear freshly laundered clothing. Fish can smell the detergent. When you get to the water, approach it as quietly as possible. Do not stomp or bang equipment around. Stay as low as you can. Wearing camouflage helps break up your silhouette. Avoid casting any shadow on the water from your body. Before you handle any of your equipment, quietly dip your hands in the local water, and rub some on your face. Rub the local vegetation all over yourself (away from the water, and make sure it is not Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac, or Nettle). All of these tips will help your overcome your cold-streak. Happy fishing.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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