Try a new lure. Like I said, I'm guilty of having my favorite. On grass flats, I usually stick to my favorite jig head and plastic. I rarely switch colors. I'm just stubborn, I guess. This year I promise to explore more colors in my tackle trays.
Find a new spot. Drive a couple hours. Look at Google Earth. Do whatever you have to do to explore new water. Your new personal record could be waiting for you elsewhere!
Photography by Cheryl Little
Take a friend or kiddo out that hasn't been before. I'm not telling you to take someone to your magical fishing spot. I'm telling you to get someone who likes to fish into a kayak! The more, the merrier, in my opinion. Look at how kayak fishing has exploded over the past few years. New kayak designs, new products for kayaks, more comfortable kayaks...the list could go on and on.
Try a new technique or style. Examples for me would be fly fishing, or buying a baitcasting reel.
Live baiter? Go artificial! I started with a nightcrawler on a hook when I was four years old. Now, unless we are surf fishing I use artificials. I feel more challenged, and nothing makes me happier to convince a fish that the unnaturally colorful thing moving around is something that needs to be eaten. Silly fish!
Photograph by Jerry McBride
Make a bucket list. Many of you have one, some don't. Make a list of species you'd like to catch, or an exotic or new location you'd like to fish. Rank them from highest to lowest priority.
Go to a Boondoggle. They're fun! They're awesome! You will catch fish. You will win cool stuff. You will gain five pounds. You will meet people and make lifetime friends. Not to mention the people you'll meet are from all over the country, which just may help with that bucket list and traveling to new places.
Don't stop after reading this quick tips article. Take a moment and comment on what your resolution will be! Thanks, everyone. I hope this season holds nothing but tight lines and good times for all of you.