Is There a Mental Aspect Involved in Great Lakes Fishing?
Your Most Deadly Secret Weapon
Little attention is given to the most deadly fish catching tool you have on your boat, your mind. This is the wheel house of everything you catch. The human brain is more complex than any computer for one simple reason. Your mind can think, make decisions and unravel the imperfect fuzzy puzzle of fishing. Listening to your instincts and making use of intuition (aka the sixth sense) will go long ways to making your life on the water more productive.
Thought processes that goes into a successful day on the
water rival the most complex calculations by any computer Our sport of plying the great
open expanses of the big
water involves a ton of variables that are constantly changing. Fish
movements, seasonal differentials and weather conditions are all waiting
to throw a monkey wrench into your plans for a full box of fish and often
Fishin' with Intuition
Intuition rides along for free and becomes a highly polished refined tool as more confidence is gained. Best part about intuition? It doesn't cost a dime to operate, it's always aboard and for the most part ...it never lies to you! A mental game plan organizing your thoughts into workable solutions sounds simpler than is it. Like any fine piece of equipment you own, your mind needs care. Do not to pollute it with long standing unproven deep-rooted myths that hinder success.
Fishing is a mental game of judgment calls based on the insights the fish are giving you. Not catching fish? Tried all the depths and speed adjustments? The fish are telling you, "we're not in this area today." Never fall into the habit of blaming yourself entirely. Always keeping in mind, ...you cannot create fish!
Use your intuition and do not
overthink. The best ally you have is your sixth sense. Use forward
intuitive moves and never repeat the same mistake twice. Like retracing unproductive
a trolling course, move shallower, or deeper. Sooner, or
later you'll find the fish, or as I've often thought, the fish will
find me, ...if given enough time.
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This article was completed on 3/21/09 by Capt. John King
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