PORT ARTHUR — The greatest obstacle to someone developing into a truly skilled, well-rounded angler is an over reliance on hot spots.
Wanting to simply know locations that have produced fish in the past even if it is the recent past can greatly stifle an angler’s growth.
Before I go any farther, let me say there is nothing wrong with getting hot spots and location tips from friends or anything of the sort. This is especially true for those who get to spend little time on the water.
However, for anglers who aspires to push themselves to be able to catch trophy-sized fish on a regular basis or those who want to fish tournaments, here me out.
A friend of mine who happens to be a high level professional angler told me that GPS is the “drug of choice” of pro fishing. Once anglers are hooked on simply running a long list of GPS spots they get from local anglers, they simply run them and in the process do not learn many of the subtle things that make for long-term success.
He said it stunts their growth as anglers.
Someone recently asked me a good area to catch flounder in the spring and instead of giving them a rundown on specific spots, I told them to look for bayous with a strong concentration of menhaden (shad) and Roseau cane which tends to hold a lot of tiny shad this time of year.
They asked about a specific spot and I gave them a couple but said if they look for the pattern of shad/bayous/Roseau cane, they would have more options.
If they go to Madame Johnson Bayou for example and there are several boats there opportunities are decreased.
And if that were the only spot they knew, their whole game plan would be shot down.