BA­NANAS, HIT SONGS AND SEE­ING RED: WACKY FISH­ING SU­PER­STI­TIONS

Mind the magic and get the bite

Marlin - - CONTENTS FEATURES - By STEVE WA­TERS IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS by DENNISFRIEL

Mind the magic and get the bite By Steve Wa­ters

It seem­ingly de­fies logic that a fruit, a song or even a color could de­ter­mine the out­come of a fish­ing trip, but many blue­wa­ter an­glers be­lieve as strongly in their su­per­sti­tions as a young child be­lieves in Santa Claus. The scary thing is that these same cap­tains and an­glers have the ev­i­dence to prove that some items, tra­di­tions or charms bring good luck, while oth­ers can pro­duce only bad luck. And it can dif­fer widely from boat to boat. It’s like a brand of black magic or mythic is­land voodoo: If you truly be­lieve that some­one stick­ing pins in a doll made to re­sem­ble you will cause prob­lems, it will. But if you’re a non­be­liever, you don’t have any­thing to worry about.

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