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Fishing Superstitions

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Some may call it silly, others hokum and still others the way to make sure things go your way. Regardless of how you feel about it, you probably either know someone or are someone who is superstitious especially around  fishing.

I don’t know how it started with me but I am definitely superstitious with my fishing adventures. I’ve been known to sell GoPros that seemed to curse me, change rods, baits, and locations all based on a slump. I’ve also sold a couple of kayaks that just weren’t getting it done like I wanted.

I’ll wear the same Hoo-Rag if I get on a hot streak. I’ll make sure I listen to the same music on the way out to the lake as well.

In college my roommate Mark and I may have (allegedly) fished more than we went to class. Each time out to the lake, we ate the same food, went the same route and always either played Frank Sinatra or Willie Nelson. I can’t explain it. After a year of Sinatra, Ol’ Blue Eyes failed us two trips in a row and he was replaced with Dave Matthews Band. Willie never did fail us.

After college I found a pretty good correlation between Johnny Cash and good catches. It still works for me today. In fact, my son asks for it regularly. It produced 10 smallmouth for us in the last two trips. It’s our new pattern.

Zeke Payne Smallmouth

I, of course, have lucky baits as well. Most people call them confidence baits and they do bring confidence but my confidence bait is also very lucky. It has turned many days around for me. My magic bait? A Hag’s Tornado F4 in Watermelon/Chartreuse. Fish after fish it has proven itself to me, even on the toughest of days.

Even Pros on the Bassmaster Elite tour have superstitions.

Davy Hite has lucky underwear. Kevin Van Dam has lucky cookies and a lucky rock. Mike Iaconelli has a lucky crankbait a young girl gave him at a tournament. The funny thing is, some pros have been doing the same thing for 20 years and haven’t won another tournament. Might be time to change those up!

Perhaps the most famous superstition in boating is not allowing bananas on board. Bananas can cause the fish to not bite, engines to break down and general mayhem to ensue. Not everyone ascribes to this but many do.

Maybe you call it a routine, but if what you do during the day comes under evaluation as the cause of being unsuccessful, that might just be a little superstition creeping in.

What superstitions do you have?

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Chris Payne

I've been fishing over 30 years and the majority of my time on the water has been spent in Texas with the occasional trips out of state. In 2003 I bought my first kayak and a new era in my fishing life was born. I learned the ropes quickly about gear, paddling, fishing, packing, safety and got a degree from the school of hard knocks with a major in kayak fishing. I learned a lot of ways to not do something.

I love kayak fishing and I want to share it with as many people as possible. That's the bottom line. 

Website: www.kayakfishingblog.com

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+2 # ReefMedic 2014-05-27 12:22
Bananas, "never bring bananas on a boat". This is one I learned as a SCUBA diver.

One of my first scuba trips we had a dive class on our boat and one of the students had one packed away in her dry bag, not knowing "the rule" about bananas. We had a hell of a day, rough seas, poor visibility, ect. all seemingly had just begun as we arrived at our first dive site.

After our day of bad diving she decides she wants a snack on our way back in, and you should have seen the look on all the seasoned divers faces when they spotted it. You'd thought she had just taken a dump on the deck. She got a stern explanation from the dive master and dive instructor, and promptly tossed the rest of the nanner overboard.
 
 
# paynefish 2014-05-27 13:14
LOL! I can't even imagine. I bet she hasn't made that mistake again!
 
 
# Sbarnden 2014-05-28 01:41
I've taken banana's on charter boats before when fishing having never heard of the 'superstition'.

First time was on an American boat and when they found out they blamed me for the poor fishing. Except for the fact that the fishing was fine for me, in fact I caught all the big fish while they were empty handed!

Second time was on a charter in Finland where no-one really knows about that superstition. Again, I caught the 2 biggest fish and ended up with most catches of the day while fishing was only average for the others.

So far it looks like the only curse the banana on a boat brings is to everyone else fishing with me leaving all the good fishing for myself. :D
 
 
# paynefish 2014-07-15 09:07
Quoting Sbarnden:
I've taken banana's on charter boats before when fishing having never heard of the 'superstition'.

First time was on an American boat and when they found out they blamed me for the poor fishing. Except for the fact that the fishing was fine for me, in fact I caught all the big fish while they were empty handed!

Second time was on a charter in Finland where no-one really knows about that superstition. Again, I caught the 2 biggest fish and ended up with most catches of the day while fishing was only average for the others.

So far it looks like the only curse the banana on a boat brings is to everyone else fishing with me leaving all the good fishing for myself. :D



If I were you I'd keep packing in bananas! Sounds like you're on to something.
 

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