The 2 Easiest Keys To Becoming A Successful Angler.

by Jake Freeman November 02, 2016 5 Comments

The 2 Easiest Keys To Becoming A Successful Angler.

 

The keys to success in the world of competitive bass fishing.

 

Figuring out the key to becoming a successful angler isn’t brain surgery or rocket science or like trying to file your own taxes.  It’s way more simple, people just want to make it seem more difficult and for what reason? I’m not sure.  Could it be to make it seem more prestigious or just because people are unsure of what it really takes to become successful?  Well here are a few really simple steps that can lead you in the right direction and they are just that….simple.

 

  1. Stay positive. Fishing is like life.  It isn’t easy, it isn’t fair and some days you aren’t going to like it.  With that being said, you will find that most successful people in life are truly positive people.  Regardless of their circumstances or situation they remain positive.  When life gives them lemons they make lemonade. Same thing for fishing…..stay positive.  When it’s 2:00 and you have 0 fish in the livewell, don’t give up.  Remain focused and positive that the very next cast could ignite a school of 3 pounders or the next cast could be a 5 pounder that changes the game.  Win or lose you have to stay positive. Just because you have an off day or bad day on the water, hold your head high, congratulate the winners and remain so positive that other anglers feed off of your energy.  Being positive can be the biggest game change in your life in the fishing game and even in your business or professional life.  How many successful people do you see remain focused or stay upset after a loss?  None, they pick themselves up and look for the positive in that loss and build on a better game plan for the next time.

 

  1. Yea, pretty simple.  Fishing is something that a lot of people lose sight of when trying to become a better angler.  They think if they focus on social media or making cool videos that they will somehow become a better angler.  The only thing that is going to make you a better angler is fishing.  There is no substitute for time on the water. You have to have that burning desire to go fish when its 105 degrees or 25 degrees, when it’s raining, snowing and every weather situation that can be thrown at you.  Learn your gear, learn you baits, learn your knots and learn your electronics. Knowing everything that you can about the sport will make you a better angler and preparing for every situation that can be thrown at you will actually make step 1, staying positive, much easier.  We tend to lose focus and get upset when we are unsure of what we should do. So how do we combat that?  You fish and learn what works or “should work” for that given scenario.

 

 

This isn’t everything to becoming successful but to me it is two very big parts of the equation.  You do these two things and a lot of the other parts will come a lot easier.  It isn’t a popularity contest when you step onto the water. It’s hard work and staying positive that will get you into the winner’s circle time and time again.  So STAY POSITIVE and FISH!




Jake Freeman
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5 Responses

Robbie W
Robbie W

June 27, 2018

Great great points ! Also research prior tournaments & do your research helps a lot. Always have your confidence techniques & lures tied up and ready at every tournament ! Tight lines!

Carlos Barroso
Carlos Barroso

April 01, 2018

Hello 5X3nation, this Blog was so on the money. I remember two years ago that my boat was in the shop for a lower unit issue and it felt as if I had not had water time in forever. That day I decided to go to a local creek and practice a role cast. After sometime I noticed a glimmer on the waters edge. As I look around I noticed a Striking Red Eye Shad hanging on a limb. Long story short fast forward two months, that lure was the lure that won me 2nd place for the Cleveland Bass Masters tournament on Nickajck Lake against some great sticks. Knowing your equipment truly makes a difference but like you said so well, Confidence is the key. And it sure does not hurt to have a 5X3nation tee for an added boost. As always thank you for making Quality items.
Carlos Barroso

Patrick Weeks
Patrick Weeks

September 21, 2017

Well said big guy!! I stay on the water non-stop with Logan Weeks and Gage Fortenberry, We just had the first tourn of the season this year. The last 3 weeks we have been on some nice fish. But come sat morn their fish had went on vacation. lol But ive told those two boys that they know they finish strong in the end of the day, so not to worry with it. But as time drawn near, they began to get antsy. So we had our last chat before we made our 40 min run to the dam. Well after they weighed their fish in, those boys shook every hand of every angler from top to bottom. As a dad, that was worth more than an 18lb bag. You are correct, I felt as good as I could be as I watched them boys walked around giving knuckles to everyone. I preach to be confident not cocky. I have been blessed by the best. I will be tickled pink to drive this truck ad boat ahead for him. lol

Ryan Isaacks
Ryan Isaacks

November 04, 2016

Well written and great advice.

Warren Whitaker
Warren Whitaker

November 02, 2016

Very very good advice. It is very easy to not be positive when things are not going your way. A truly positive person stays that way and it becomes a life style. All the gadgets and toys in the world are no substitute for time on a body of water.

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