Etiquette is something you don’t follow for the obligations. It’s everything you do to add value. There are always some etiquettes to follow for certain reasons. And the key reason is to create the best impression around. Now I won’t give you a lecture on the importance of clinging to etiquette.
But, guess what? I actually will. If you really want to be a nice guy in fishing, then fishing etiquette is the only way.
We’ve talked with fishing geeks and sorted out a few common & most effective points for your journey. Below are such points to follow that will bring out the best of you.
Have Some Courtesy
Now, the term “courtesy” definitely differs from person to person. Here you’ll just get a basic idea of it. The rest you’ll have to develop yourself personally. When you’ve partners with you fishing, have some courtesy for them.
Maybe you’re just passing them the beverages or bringing food for yourselves. If someone needs a ride, you can pick him/her up. Suppose your partner is out of baits and he’s going back to fetch some. There’s something you can do; offer him or her from your loads with a smile. Keeping the boat clean is another vital thing here.
Always take proper care of the equipment that you’re using from your partner(s) because it’s really important in fishing etiquette. Assist in landing or netting the fish when your buddy has hooked into one. Remember not to walk behind your fellow anglers while they’re casting. This really can spook the fish they’re working on. Leave room for your fishing buddies. And remember to treat others as you want to be treated.
Keep Environment Clean
Being a pure fisherman deep inside, you got to be an environmentalist. Yes, you should. Treat the nature properly as you love it to look good for your next generations. Go on, when you see a plastic bottle or a typical can floating by. Pick them up & put them in the trash you’ve in your boat.
Oh, wait. Not to spill oil or gas on fishing spots while boating. Remember to pack out each and everything you’ve packed in, keeping the environment clean. If you can, make it cleanlier than it was before.
Stop being a copycat & following everything the other guy does. Make sure your baits are different than the other guy you’re fishing with. Choose dissimilar color & cadence too. Maybe you’ll learn what the fish is craving for. But yes, sometimes copying is justified if it’s an established method.
If you’re not catching a lot of fish, then don’t run your boat around. This irritates both the fishes & fishermen. Let the water take rest. A quieter spell invites the fish out of the safety zone. Avoid yelling to others while passing by the fellow fishermen. Sadly, many anglers violate this fishing etiquette. Don’t be amongst them.
Learn To Respect
Always respect the efforts of others that you didn’t have. Someone who arrived at the spot earlier than you shouldn’t be bothered by you. You may go somewhere else or just wait for him until he’s done. Also be polite to the senior & elder ones as they’re not that strong anymore as the young, but they do love fishing and once you’ll be older too.
Maybe all the fishes you catch are not going to be eaten up. If so is the case, and then be kind & careful while catching the fish with wet hands. Land them quickly letting them go live. Keep the fishes you can eat. If you catch anything that is not consumable, release it.
If you’re two or three guys angling on a boat, here’s an advice for you; throw something dissimilar, unlike others. Don’t copy the same tactic even it’s a proven pattern. Chances are high that you’ll get the biggest fish of the day.
It’s a reward for the sacrifice you made. Switch rotate your positions fishing from a boat because your friend at the back of the boat will have lesser chances of catching more fish than you fishing new water first.
There are some vital things you should be abstaining from while fishing. Limit alcoholic consumption and strictly stay away from illegal drugs as there may be kids playing around the site. Without a valid permission, don’t trespass on private land.
Stop being a critic and don’t pass unwanted advice unless asked. Don’t get your boat too close to shore where others are fishing. Avoid littering both on the shore & water as well as leaving trash at the fishing site or the water.
Done with fishing etiquette?
No way! That’s not everything you need to follow. Etiquette is something that varies. There are plenty of fishing etiquette. We’ve tried to acknowledge you the common ones. Proper etiquettes & respect on the water will not only create a good impression of you, it will help increase your productivity in fishing as well.
Read our other article on “Fishing Safety” to keep yourself safe all the time you go fishing.