My Cast

SA Bass - - Contents -

July is sup­posed to be the mid­dle of win­ter and at most fish­ing venues it will not be easy to catch bass. It also plays men­tal games on an­glers and all an­glers will ex­pe­ri­ence some emo­tional highs and lows. As long as we are on a roll it will be great, but when we hit a low it can be men­tally hard. It is much harder get­ting out of that syn­drome of “can’t get a bite; where’s the fish; I should have stayed home and saved the money”. The dif­fi­culty comes when you need to break a slump and get back on a roll.

When fish­ing for bass com­pet­i­tively it will cer­tainly come with highs and lows be­cause there are al­ways win­ners and losers. For some an­glers who earn a liv­ing in win­ning tour­na­ments the lows will be even harder. I think there are very few sports that have so much pres­sure on par­tic­i­pants to suc­ceed as pro­fes­sional an­glers, es­pe­cially dur­ing cold win­ter months.

The amount of con­fi­dence varies with each an­gler, but all of us rely on it, at least par­tially. This is mostly be­cause ath­letes in many other sports know they are get­ting a fixed salary re­gard­less of the out­come.

Com­ing back to bass; fish­ing is a huge men­tal game. If a team or an­glers are on a roll it’s very dif­fi­cult to beat them. We have all seen how dif­fi­cult it is to over­take them on the leader board. It seems like they can’t do any­thing wrong. If you have ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self; it is won­der­ful when you are on top of the world. It just gives you that ex­tra con­fi­dence that won’t let you down.

Un­for­tu­nately there are also those an­glers that fold un­der the pres­sure and do not en­joy the pres­sure of tour­na­ment fish­ing. I per­son­ally en­joy the pres­sure and be­lieve most of the an­glers that are fish­ing tour­na­ments are do­ing it for the ex­cite­ment; the adrenalin rush and the pres­sure. The pres­sure can help you to make de­ci­sions and make you do things that are typ­i­cally not done in search of a pos­i­tive out­come. When you are un­der pres­sure it forces you to take a stand and live with the con­se­quences of your de­ci­sion. Yes even dur­ing tour­na­ments. It is never an easy choice but try to learn from it so that you are bet­ter pre­pared for the next time. Pres­sure may not al­ways cul­mi­nate in some­thing as eas­ily seen as that de­ci­sion, but it is def­i­nitely a fac­tor in ev­ery de­ci­sion we make on the wa­ter.

Bass are not un­catch­able but just a bit harder to catch in win­ter. Hav­ing a look at all the ar­ti­cles from the con­trib­u­tors in this is­sue we can all learn more ways to have the up­per hand on the­ses lit­tle GREEN fish. By shar­ing our ex­pe­ri­ences and in­for­ma­tion will help make us all bet­ter an­glers. Ben­nie Wiese / Ed­i­tor

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