Starting a new fishing season can have its challenges. Whether its stress, unsuccessful fishing trips, club politics… the list goes on and on. It is very important to start your season with the right frame of mind. By being negative you might as well pack away you tackle and wait for next year. What is the most important thing for you as an angler when fishing? Is it your personal challenge to catch your PB this year, or is it to become the best in your club, division or even in the whole of South Africa? Whatever it is you need to get your head in the game. Do your home work, respect the fish and respect your opposition in your quest. Make the best of every day and you will find that doesn’t matter what the end result was, but what you have learned whether you won or lost.
Even now that SA BASS will be hosting an FLW South Africa Championship in our lovely country the stress in being competitive is going to get even tougher for everyone. All types of different personalities will be competing with different mind sets. Trust me if I tell you that the game is going to be on. You will have double, or even triple the competition than you had before. You will have to be cool and calm. Situations will get though on the water. Tempers will flare up and lines will be broken and at the end of the day you will still be standing with the rod in your hand. So retie your lure, calm down, focus and continue fishing. Every moment you don’t have a line in the water is one less chance you have to catch another bass. But if it gets a bit tough; take a few moments and look around. Appreciate the opportunity to be on the water, notice the beauty around you and get your thoughts together. Sit and have a cold drink and look at your game plan. See where you went wrong and get your ducks in a row. Pick up your rod and continue fishing, but never give up because you will not recover for you next outing again.
I always had one very important rule on my boat, comes rain, hail or sunshine - at the end of the day I always want to be able to say “Now that was a fun day at the office!”
Having fun in what you are doing is all that matters.
Bennie Wiese / Editor