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.
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?