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It Is All in Your Head

If you have been paying any attention at all to modern sportfishing, you know that forward-facing sonar is THE latest, greatest technology.  There are all kinds of debates ongoing about what this powerful technology means for the sport and for our fisheries.  I am still trying to decide exactly what I think about it.

I will tell you that I have always believed that the most important tool any angler can have is the one between their ears.  The mental approach to catching fish fascinates me.  I believe mastering the thinking necessary to find and catch fish is way more important than any boat, rod, reel, depth-finder or the newest, fad lure that you can purchase.  A good angler is a good angler regardless of the amount or types of gear they can possess.

It all starts with this:


It is the opposite of this:


There are a whole lot of other things that could be added to the list of excuses.  Believe me, I hear ’em.  All the time.

All I know for sure is you cannot catch anything sitting at home on the couch!  Which is what you need to avoid every chance you get.


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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