I don’t think of myself as being a superstitious person. I know fishermen are renowned for being so, but I consider myself a bit more reasoned.
Take the famous superstition of bananas being bad luck on a boat as an example. I have always considered that to be complete hogwash. The fact that I have never brought, or allowed anyone else to bring bananas on board my boat, is immaterial to my point.
And there was that one slow day of salmon fishing we had some time ago, when Buck and I noticed that a number of the guys we saw bringing in fish on other boats, happened to be wearing red shirts. The fact that we both showed up to the marina the next morning wearing red t-shirts, was a complete coincidence. And the limits we took home that day was entirely due to our skills as anglers, and was not at all related to the color of the Hanes we were wearing that day, or every fishing day for the rest of the season.
That’s why, when I personally had slow start to this year’s ling cod season, I used my brain and took a methodical approach to improve my results. I knew the problem wasn’t location, bait, or presentation, because while I had no luck on the first couple trips, the other people on my boat were catching. Continue reading General Tso’s Ling Cod