The top 10 fishing mistakes—and how to avoid them!

Top 10 Fishing Fails

Recognize any of these common angler flubs? Worry not. Our expert fixes will get you back on the fish


I will never forget interviewing Kevin VanDam, the most successful angler in bass-fishing history, immediately before one of his four Bassmaster Classic victories. He had sequestered himself at his brother-in-law’s house, far away from the tournament venue. When I asked him why, he said, “To avoid the dock talk.”

With social media so prevalent these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the hysteria associated with a hot lake or new bait. Some folks even post the waypoints of popular fishing spots. But if you know about the hottest tip, so do a lot of other anglers. Relying on reliable, guarded, insider information from one or two trusted friends is a good thing, but avoid second-, third- and fourth-hand accounts at all costs. Why? As VanDam says, “It messes with your head.”

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