I want to be a strictly artificial fisherman. This may be something I never obtain, but I also never thought I would be able to cast on a moving river and I am doing that now! When I first started fishing, I didn’t understand why anyone would want to fish with artificial lures. I thought bait was hard enough. Now, about 2 and a half years later, I want to catch my fish ONLY on artificial lures. That isn’t how it happens most of the time, but I have the desire.
I am the boss queen at a popping cork! I love them. That is what I started on in salt water. I like to see the cork go under the water. I like to hear the sound. In my mind, I thought if my bait made noise, it would attrack fish. I now understand that that is not true. There is so much more to it. I can finally get my bait far enough away from the boat to really work, all ny myself. I still need space when cast, no side arm here yet. I know it is laughable, but thankfully, Travis is use to it and only laughs on occasion. Sometimes, I do actually worry my hook is going to come back down on me. I just say, “Well, found the wind direction.” I have to laugh at myself. Although, sometimes I caution him to not laugh. I know popping cork is the easy way. I didn’t know that in the beginning, nor did I care. I just wanted to catch a fish, anyway possible. Really, I still want to just catch fish, but now I get why you would want to use lures and not bait.
First off, there is the cost, but it’s not that much for shrimp or cut bait. On fresh, he has gotten us shiners. (I have caught many a bass on artificial, so don’t go all crazy on me.) I basically had to be wooed into fishing. I am there now. Secondly, a rtificial is all you. You caught that fish from beginning to end, all you. You tricked that fish and put in the work and time. The art and skill comes in when you are an artificial fisherman. It is completely up to you to work that lure so that that specific fish bites. You have to study and learn what you are doing. You have to practice movement and timing. You have to know how to cast. Of course, you can get lucky like I did when I caught a 10 pound bass on artificial on one of my first casts. That was over 2 years ago. I had no clue what I was doing.
Each time I go, I learn something new and I improve, even if just a little. I had the pleasure of seeing C.A. Richardson speak at a North Florida Gulf Fishing Club meeting a week ago. He is the artificial and sight casting master. I was excited that I knew what he was talking about! I didn’t grow up watching fishing shows. This is all new for me. I dove in head first into the fishing world. The awesome part to me, is that there seems to be no ceiling. No one is the best at fishing because there are so many types of fishing and in so many different venues. I do know that C.A. does the type of fishing I like to do. He is best at catching the fish I like to catch. When he talked about lures I wrote it all down. I didn’t want to miss anything. I did chuckle to myself though, because my husband told me most of what he said. Travis is pretty awesome at fishing. He gives me advice all the time and I get so frustrated because I understand, I just can’t physically do it yet.
My eyesight is not the best. I had Lasik at 22 and now at 30, it is reverting back. I have glasses, but not sunglasses with my prescription in them yet. I am near-sighted, meaning I can only see near clearly. Which makes it extremely hard to see fish in the water far away. I also get distracted too easily. It was funny to hear C.A. echo things my husband tell me often. He always sees fish I don’t. Travis is always focused and concentrating. I am not. I want to be now though. I know that that will help my fishing game. I use to think it was hilarious that Travis wouldn’t take a break to drink water. I get it now. Never stop focusing and watching. I want to be able to sight cast my lure. I have started to when I see obvious signs and read the water and environment. I like being active in my fishing. That is what artificial is to me. I am proactive instead of reactive.
We fish all year around and sometimes lures just won’t cut it. Today, we went fishing and had all sorts of things. The only thing that worked was Gulp. Sharks went after them instead of cut bait, which is crazy! I will never be an artificial elitist. I want to catch fish and if they are only biting shrimp, that is what I am going to throw. I am going to work on my artificial game this year. I get why you want to now. I want that skill. So, I doubt I will ever be strictly artificial, but I can aim high!