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How to Catch Fish: The Best Secret

Updated on October 19, 2013

My Husband is Hijacking My HubPages Account

Well, not exactly. I'm letting him borrow it to write about one of his passions - fishing.

He has been fishing now for 30+ years and has learned a lot in the process. He has fished from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and a lot of freshwater spots in between.

The information that is about to be shared might get me into trouble but you deserve to finally know the truth. This secret will work for any fisherman, anywhere that puts it into practice.

An angry-looking largemouth bass.
An angry-looking largemouth bass.

Most Expert Fishermen Would Not Want You to Read This

The information about to be shared is hardly ever taught for various reasons. Many fisherman rely on certain things such as: luck, a specific bait, time, location, or lure that has worked for them in the past. They do not want other people to know what they know or go where they go. They want to protect their special spots from being over-fished. Sometimes people like to just watch inexperienced anglers. They find it humorous to see people try so hard to catch something and wind up tired and frustrated. There are also other personal reasons fishermen would not want their secrets revealed that are too numerous to go into any detail. Once you learn the secret and apply it, you should be able to go anywhere there are fish and catch them consistently. You should no longer be the joke of the day because of frustration, but you would become the one who others want to emulate.

So What Is The Big Secret?

Adaptation. Fish are in an ever changing environment. Their feeding habits change as the environment changes. You the angler must change what you are doing to match what the fish want to eat when they want to eat it. You the angler must also, present the bait or lure in a manner that will make the fish want to eat it. That in a nutshell is the secret. People are creatures of habit and do not like change, so they stick with one thing that is understood to work from past experience. That is why an angler can have one great fishing day and so many days without catching anything.

Ulua in the deep blue sea.
Ulua in the deep blue sea.

An example of adaptation compared to doing what usually works

As said before, my husband has been fishing for over 30 years. However, he did not learn how to catch fish until he spent a year fishing in Hawaii. While learning the secret, he had this happen. One evening before dark he was fishing for o'amas at Iroquois Point. There were quite a few other local fishermen. Two locals were fishing the same school of fish; one on his left side and one on his right. Everyone there could see the school feeding in the shallow water. My husband was using Aku egg for bait and the other two fishermen were using Aku belly. Now, Aku belly is an excellent bait for awamas as is Aku egg. That same night the fishermen there got to see an Ulua come up to the shallows and eat some Aku belly someone threw in the water to attract and hold the o'amas there. It was quite a site to see the jaws hit the ground as such a large fish swam from the depths so slowly and retreated back to the depths so slow and lazy after stopping to have an easy meal. Anyway, to get back to the point, my husband was catching o'amas one right after another. The other two were not catching anything. One said to the other, "They just aren't biting." This is at the same time as my husband is taking one off the hook between them. That is the point. Those two fishermen were using what usually works and were not adapting to what was currently working.

What's next?

Now that you know the big secret to catching fish, what are you going to do with it? Will you use it or just keep on doing what currently is not working? Will you share it with someone, pass it down to the next generation, or keep it to yourself?

There are other things more specific to do that will improve your catch, but they are subjects to cover in another hub.


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      Wendi 5 years ago

      Thank you for posting this! I took my son fishing this weekend, all day both Saturday and Sunday. He was very frustrated by the end of Sunday having caught nothing. It was my first time ever fishing and I was along more just to spend time with him so was rather helpless with ideas. Seeing this as an avenue to spend lots of time with him in the future (I have him only on weekends and he is 16) I am determined to research until I can't see straight to find anything I can help him so that he will not just fish but eventually catch them as well. :)

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      Mishael Austin Witty 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Thanks john000. What is really being said is to adapt to what the fish want at the time. Sometimes that means changing baits and at other times it might mean changing how the bait is retrieved or otherwise presented. I know of one person in Hawaii that won a fishing tournament because he kept his bait moving. He used a silver spoon tipped with aku belly to catch a catfish. I've also seen catfish caught on everything from stink baits to live bluegill, and even artificial lures.

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      I have never seen a fish swim up close to me and eat anything. So you recommend changing bait until something bites?

      The fish have fooled me for 5 years. Catfish are pretty easy to catch; they like anything that stinks.

      Fun read. Good job.

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      You're welcome, PR Morgan. Let us know how it goes.

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      PR Morgan 6 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      Thank you for that info...I will give it a try tomorrow!

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Thanks, tnderhrt. Glad you enjoyed it. I don't think he's too upset about me sharing this. Who knows? I might be able to persuade my husband to reveal more of what he knows about fishing. :-)

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      When I was a kid, my mom used to take us fishing often, thus, my love of fishing was born. Truth is, we fished much, and caught lovely memories, which are valuable in their own right, but frustrating, all the same. This was a thrilling hub for me, and I hope your husband does not rail too loudly that you wrote it, and revealed his magic...I love your writing style, too. A good read and a secret long sought...who could ask for more???