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The Boatless Angler - Chapter 3 - Good Ethics To Get You On The Hot Spots!

When you’ve got a boat, fishing the hot spots becomes easy; all you have to do is drive up to your favorite spot and cast at will. This task isn’t as easy when it comes to an angler fishing from shore. There is a constant obstacle of privately owned property…

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The Boatless angler
Part 3: Good Ethics To Get You On The Hot Spots!

When you’ve got a boat, fishing the hot spots becomes easy; all you have to do is drive up to your favorite spot and cast at will. This task isn’t as easy when it comes to an angler fishing from shore. There is a constant obstacle of privately owned property preventing a boatless fisherman to get to some prime fishing spots.

These situations shouldn’t be a deterrent; all you need to do is pull out your good ethics and ask the property owner. There are a few things that should be done before asking permission to fish on their property.

What To Do First

Firstly, you must plan the time you are going to ask. We are all tempted to start fishing as early as possible, but you don’t want to be ringing the doorbell at 6:00am to ask if you can fish. So I often suggest asking ahead of time, tell them that you’ll be coming early on a specific day. This allows you to fish as early as you want, and also gives the property owner a heads up and most importantly a full night’s sleep! In addition to asking at the right time, you should ask looking presentable. This of course doesn’t mean put on your best suit, but it does mean look neat and always have a smile on your face.

Once you’ve figured out the time and you’ve put on a smile, you are ready to ask! Make sure you are as friendly as possible; introduce yourself, let them know what you’re fishing for and how you’ll be fishing. Tell them why their property is a good spot, and why you would like the opportunity to try it.

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Ask A Few Questions, Be Interested

If you get the chance, since everyone is different, ask them some questions. Try to spark short conversation whether it’s about fishing or something else. A property owner is more likely to allow you to fish on their land if they know a bit about you, or at least have talked to you enough to get the feeling that you have great ethics. Keep in mind that not all property owners will say yes, but in my experience more than 90% will let you fish.

Keep It Clean

When you get permission and you have fished, before you leave make sure you clean up any mess that you may have left behind. You want to leave the property just the way it was before you came, this is very important especially if you want the chance to fish there again.

Depending on what time of day it is before leaving, you should also say thank you to the owner and offer to share the catch of the day (don’t bring the fish to the door, some people don’t like that… I found out the hard way!). This will plant a good feeling in the land owner in which they will be happy for you to come back fishing. Not only that, but they will also be inviting to other fisherman who come to their door because you have made their experience with fisherman a pleasant one.

So get out there and hit those hot spots, and who knows, you may make some new friends in the process!

Antonio




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