FORCE

THE ART OF HON­ING YOUR HUNT­ING IN­STINCTS TO CATCH MORE FISH

New Zealand Fishing World - - Fishing Intuition -

On the back of last month’s tech­nol­ogy fo­cused piece, where I ex­tolled the virtues of en­gag­ing in a sci­en­tific ap­proach to fish­ing, many read­ers might find this topic quite con­tra­dic­tory.

The best cap­tain I ever worked with, John Bat­ter­ton of the Hook ‘n’ Bull fame, was very crit­i­cal of so called “lap­top skip­pers”, too fo­cused on the screens in front of them to no­tice the build­ing bait ball half a nau­ti­cal mile out the star­board side.

“Don’t for­get to look out the win­dow”, was his re­peated ad­vice. “It’s amaz­ing how many fish you’ll see be­fore you catch them, if you’re pay­ing enough at­ten­tion.”

Sage words, and not just for bill­fish. Al­most ev­ery species of sport fish worth sharp­en­ing a hook for can be caught from clues on the sur­face.

PAT­TERN RECOG­NI­TION

All fish­er­men know ex­pe­ri­ence mat­ters, yet in a world where a com­plete new­bie can pin­point are­mote

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