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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

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