Modern man has been trying vainly to figure out fish throughout recorded history. Since the beginning of bass tournaments, however, a world of information has been thrown into our laps about the exact methods to catch any fish. One can buy books, magazines, audio tapes, videos, and even computer disks that tell a precise method, locality or time of the year for any given situation. The only problem is that the fish haven’t read the books or seen the pictures.

Having been a fishing guide for more than a quarter of a century, one Saturday of viewing “the tube” easily explains why anglers are more confused today than ever before. What one has to remember is that TV fishing shows are just that……..”show biz”. Most of the anglers who host them are really business men trying to make a “buck” by selling their products. They will offer you every kind of gimmick lure and specially scented bait imaginable, and guarantee it to make fish jump into the boat.

My Daddy told me many years ago, “Son, believe nothing you hear and half you see.” With the highly sophisticated video editing equipment that is available today, that should be amended to read: Nothing you see……..unless it’s live and in front of you!
Schools and seminars that teach people how to fish can also be deceiving, especially if the teacher charges a higher price, or must represent particular sponsors. Just because this person has been on TV, or has written something in a publication, doesn’t mean that he’s giving you information that will make you a better fisherman. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

The keys to catching fish today are the same as they have been since time began. You have to be in the right place at the right time, and show the fish something that is similar to what they eat. All the pretty colors, special scents, and complicated methods that have been devised won’t help if you’re not near the fish, and actually, like most things in life, catching fish is much easier than you might expect. So, over the next couple of months, in a one night a week session, I will be passing on my 34 years of experience catching fish on both Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River at two separate Gwinnett County Community School classes. One is at Central Gwinnett High School (770-338-4877) on Monday nights for five weeks about Spring and Summer Fishing, which I have been teaching for 30 years. The new one will be held for four weeks on Tuesday nights at Mill Creek Community School near Hamilton Mill (678-714-5855), and it will cover unique lures and methods for catching fish on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. Both of these classes have already begun registering, and they are open to fishing enthusiasts from beginners to professionals. So, if you want to get a real jump on the coming fishing season, sign up soon.

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