Hunting lessons I can take in my fishing boat
It is no coincidence that many hunters also like to fish. To be successful, both fishing and hunting require many similar traits: patience, ingenuity, high motivation, and many more. I consider myself a dedicated hunter, although I am not always successful, I devote a lot of time and effort to my endeavors. Once summer arrives, the various hunting seasons of fall and spring are finally over; although there may be some overlap in my hunting and fishing, at this time of year it is time to focus on fishing for me. In order to transmit the same fire and the same motivation to summer fishing, it takes some know-how and some thought. Here are some hunting lessons that can be carried over from your deer stand to your fishing boat this year.
Be where the fish want to be
It’s pretty safe to say that if you’re hunting in an area that doesn’t have a lot of game, you’re not going to see much on your hunt. Think about reason. For example, what would make an area deer-free? Lack of food, poor litter cover, or heavy human interference can all deter deer. The same can be said for fish.
A large lake will have fish everywhere, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are evenly dispersed and that every 100 cubic feet of water have equal amounts of fish. That would be silly. Fish will be in pockets of the lake and different things will attract or deter fish to and from certain areas.
Treat fishing like hunting in this situation. You may need to cover a lot of water early and “search” to find where the fish are. Once you find the highest concentrations, focus your efforts there.
Patience landed the big
There is no way to have a long and successful career in the outdoors without developing patience. Patience is the essence of hunting and fishing. Patience is what can make a long day pay off in the blink of an eye. Sitting in a deer stand from daylight until dark feels like the longest day of your life until that big buck pops out just at the end of the shooting light.
Patience is also appreciated in fishing. Take it from muskellunge anglers who love the old adage “The fish of 10,000 casts”. I don’t know about you, but if I had to throw 10,000 times to catch a bream, I would consider it a waste of time. But really, the idea is that it takes patience to land the prize, whether it’s a big fish or some kind of prize. You have to have the patience to hold on.
Some of the most successful hunters and anglers are those who are patient. Patience is definitely a learned and painful trait for some to learn. But once you learn that patience pays off, it becomes easier and easier to practice.
Take into account the seasons calendar
Conditions during different hunting seasons such as deer, duck and turkey change throughout the year. What deer or turkeys are doing at the start of the season changes drastically at the end. Migration patterns and the influx of fresh birds change the conditions of a duck season. The thing is, you have to be prepared to adapt to the time of the season.
Fish are similar in this respect, as they live at different depths and react differently at different times of the year. Much of what triggers the change in fish behavior is water temperature and changes in daylight hours, so it’s easier to identify the transition from rut in November for white-tailed deer. .
All this to say that you can’t fish the same way all year round, just as you can’t hunt the same way all season long. Different baits and presentations are guaranteed to follow the changing season. You wouldn’t necessarily fish surface lures when the fish are deep in the water column. Do yourself a favor and research what the fish are doing when you can make the appropriate choices.
Hide from the fish like you hide from the game
This point may seem obvious and silly at the same time. You must hide from the game to increase your chances of success. It is a given. If a deer can easily see you, it won’t hang around long, and don’t even get me started on the turkeys.
Believe it or not, fish can often react differently to a bait if they can see you. Clear water conditions and sunny skies can easily guide you in close quarters fishing situations. Some professional anglers have mitigated this with boat placement and even clothing selection.
On those clear, sunny days, try to stay out of the line of sight of fish. Many pros also recommend light-colored peach shirts and other clothing to help blend in with the skies and break up your hard figure. It seems off the beaten path, but hey, a good angler should take advantage of all the benefits.
We often think of fishing and hunting as completely different, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Both require dedication and discipline, and not to mention they’re both incredibly fun and satisfying. The parallels are troubling, and what often makes a good hunter also makes a good fisherman. If you want to be a better fisherman, consider some of the lessons you’ve learned while hunting.