Social media is such a great way for anglers to share their experiences with the world through photo and video, but it is time to be honest for a moment. “How do you guys seemingly always catch big fish?”, this was a message that I received from someone a few weeks ago that inspired this article.
I scrolled through my business account on Instagram, and it dawned on me that the impression given is just that. If I were looking from the outside in, I would think that there are just big fish hitting the net on every outing without a lot of down time in between. Well, guess what? That is very far from the truth!
I’m here to tell you that even though I am fortunate enough to spend a crazy amount of time on the water guiding anglers on our local Stillwaters, we are definitely not always catching big fish. Want an example? Last week I guided on a local catch & release, fly fishing only lake in search of big fish. We fished three and a half hours in the morning without so much as a bump. Nothing. Totally blanked. We eventually pulled the boat and moved to another lake nearby that yielded smaller fish but in great numbers.
Another example? The day after that I went and did a few hours of “pre-fishing” in preparation of a guided trip. I fished for 3 hours in the pouring rain, and caught a boat load of fish. I was so confident in the lake choice, I called my client and told him that we were in for a great day of fishing. What happened the day after that? We fished all day and experienced incredibly slow fishing with less than 6 fish landed. There was no explanation as to why it had shut off overnight, but the point is these things happen to everyone.
Photos that get taken during slow fishing!