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Target species is a subject that has taken me much patience and diligence. Growing up as an avid bass angler, it was always hard for me to target other species without reverting back to the top water or other bass lure that provided the tug at the end of my line that I craved. Many times, I’ve gone out with the intention of targeting pan fish, or catfish or gar, and I just returned to what I had practiced thousands of times. This is a problem many anglers are familiar with. While it can be challenging, there are some solid steps you can take to get out of your comfort zone and snag your dream species.
Step 1: Do Your Research
The Internet is a valuable resource for learning new information. There are articles, forums, and social media groups abound where you can learn about what baits, riggings, locations, and times of year are best for catching a new type of fish. YouTube is an excellent place to learn everything from the basics to expert tricks, and the visual nature of the platform makes it easier for you to apply what you’ve learned when you’re on the water.
Also, do not be afraid to ask questions. Ask A LOT of questions. Many fishermen and women unfortunately take a bit too much pride in what they think they know and fail to ask questions to those who do. This pride can get in the way of learning new information that will expand your skill set. Be sure to ask locals about their unique tips and connect with those who target a specific species of fish. Don’t ask for honey holes, but educational details which will help you in the pursuit of a new species.
Step 2: Have the Right Gear
After research and consultation are done, make sure you have the right gear. Obtaining the right line, reel, and rod that are balanced well to work with each other will make a difference of night and day in your fishing experience.
Remember that switching fishing equipment can add up financially, especially if you’re changing from freshwater fishing to saltwater, or species as different as panfish to muskie. Take the time to collect the pieces you need, and do your research into what brands can offer the quality and price point that’s a good fit for you.
Step 3: Be Patient
Be prepared to fail! In the search of any fish, an angler can spend hours and hours on the water just waiting. It is incredibly difficult at times to remain sitting in a boat, kayak, paddle board, or even on the shoreline in wait of that target species to give you a bit of attention. But don’t give up. Each time you fail, you learn lessons about how to improve your game the next time.
What’s more, many anglers have spent a lot of money on gear, many hours on research, received expert advice, and then had to wait years to catch that one dream species. I believe this adds to the adventure of it all – between the different styles and techniques to all the different lures and gear. With the outstanding amount of diversity in the waters, there will be always something to learn and experience.
In conclusion, get out, be patient, ask questions and commit yourself to the fact that in this sport, failure can actually be your best step to success!
This post was written by Pete Anderson, a Vibe Pro Team member.
Thank you to Vibe Pro Kevin Patrick Hughes who provided the feature image for this post.