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5 Fishing New Year's Resolutions To Make Now

If you are like me, you are probably wondering how it can possibly be that another year has come and gone so quickly. As you reflect back over the last 365 days, you may want to ask yourself a couple of questions and make a few fishing New Year's resolutions. Did you get out on the water to fish as much as you hoped over the past 365 days? If not, why? If you did, what did you learn as a result of your time on the water?

Before the current year comes to a close, here are five fishing New Year's resolutions to make now:
 

  1. Read and practice twelve new fishing tips or tricks in the coming year. If you break it down, it's really pretty simple. Just research and read one new fishing tip or trick per month throughout the year. Need some help finding a few good ones? No problem, there are plenty of freshwater fishing tips and saltwater fishing tips right here at TakeMeFishing.org.

  2. Resolve to teach a kid to fish. A day on the water can provide a great opportunity to teach kids about the outdoors while they learn new fishing and boating skills. If you teach a kid to fish, you can also incorporate educational activities or related hobbies like a trip to a local aquarium or fish hatchery.

  3. Pick one fish species you want to learn more about and become a species "expert." One of the best ways to experience greater success when fishing is to learn as much as you can about fish anatomy and behavior. Understanding more about how and why fish behave the way they do will help you increase your catch rate. For example, knowing that tripletail like to hang out around buoys or crab trap floats and that they prefer to feed on crustaceans (such as shrimp or crabs) will help you know where to find them and what to use for bait.

  4. Stop making excuses and fish more often. We all make time for the things in life that we thoroughly enjoy. If you enjoy fishing, stop making all of the excuses and just simply do it more often. Team up with a fishing buddy and add one or two dates to your calendars now.

  5. Find and try out a new fishing or boating spot each month. Different fishing spots that feature various types of habitat and structure will encourage you to be a better, more versatile angler. Learn how to fish areas that include heavy cover, lay downs, drop-offs, rocks, piers or pilings and spring holes.

If there is another fishing resolution that you plan to add to your list, share it with us by commenting on the link to this post at the TakeMeFishing.org Facebook page! Happy New Year fishing fans!


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Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.