One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is spending time in the boat with some of the best anglers in the business. Veteran pros like Kevin Van Dam, the winningest tournament angler in bass fishing tournament history and Ricky Clunn, the first four time Bassmaster Classic winner and the only angler ever to win a Classic in each of four different decades. Talk about consistency.
Then there are the young guns on the circuit, like California pro Aaron Martens, who I’ve known since before he turned pro and moved to Alabama and Ott Defoe, one of the most talented anglers I’ve ever spent time with in a boat.
But here is the funny thing about these guys. Most folks think they’re so good because they have access to secret things like rods, reels, lines, lures and scents that the rest of us can’t acquire.
But it is not the case.
In fact, people are often shocked when I tell them that because the top ranked anglers are sponsored by specific tackle companies, they have fewer items at their disposal than the rest of us.
Think about it, if you’re sponsored by Pure Fishing and the hot bait at a tournament happens to be made by Rapala—or vice versa—you can’t use it or else you risk losing your endorsement.
So, if it’s not the access to tackle that makes the difference, what is it? It is paying attention to details—often the smallest details you can imagine.
Which brings us to this week’s Fish Talk With The Doc video that I recorded for the Fish ‘N Canada television show. But before you click on the link, ask yourself this question: does the colour of your drop shot sinker matter much to you?