Fishing Outside Your Comfort Zone
With the new changes in inshore fishing tactics and gear happening what seems like every day, it’s important to break the routine and branch out and try new things. It can be anything from a new lure to a line that is more resistant to chaffing and breaking. This list is long and getting longer every season. However, most of us hit the water with the sole purpose and intent of catching as many fish as possible. Experimenting is usually not on the agenda. But part of becoming a better fisherman requires assessing new things whether it be lures or techniques. In short, it means stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time. Here’s how I do it when it comes to experimenting with new lure options.
Breaking out of your comfort zone takes both self-discipline and a certain amount of planning. You don’t want to randomly strike out for a day of fishing/experimenting without a certain level of planning like choosing what target species you’re looking for, where you can best find them considering the time of day, tides, and so forth. You also want to take a wide variety of lures that you’re trying. This means options on weights, colors, and sizes. It also means a few options on rod lengths and flexes. Now here’s where self-discipline comes into play. I scale down the amount of my “go-to” lures and baits that I commonly take. I make sure I have enough of my current lures and live bait for locating where my target species are that day. When I find them, the experiment begins.
I start casting with one option of the lures. Over time I change where I’m casting, my retrieve speed, the size weights I use, and other factors. Then I change colors and size lures looking for the most productive combination(s). This is where self-discipline comes into play. I resist going back to my comfort zone when the fishing experiment is slow. I keep changing options looking for better results, finding the right combinations then continue to dial in the new lure. Mission accomplished.
Trying new fishing options can be a bit intimidating, and many times when we do, we give up far too soon and go back to our old ways. Take a look outside that comfort zone. You may love what you find while you’re there, and you may learn a lot about yourself.