Whether you’re an avid magazine reader, or you get your information from social media platforms like Facebook or YouTube, you’ll often see discussions about the pros and cons of bait fishing over lure fishing.
There is no doubt that social media has become a popular information source for many anglers. Not only can you discover fishing spots here, but you can also find all sorts of information on techniques, the latest technology, and popular trends. There are a wide range of anglers discussing all things fishing, from novices through to experts. Pictures and videos often accompany posts and discussions to further support to the subject at hand.
It’s up to you as to how much you believe what’s in front of you given the knowledge you have built up through experience, both on and off the water, as well as the social channels you follow.
Note too that tackle suppliers, who sell products to fishing shops, communicate through and follow social media channels. Some more than others. The channels are used to help promote their products providing a win-win for all – themselves, their retailers and of course, the anglers. Some wholesalers have developed quite a following by engaging with their customers, several times a day in some cases.
Every now and then on these channels, a subject comes up that makes you think, “really, is that right? Never heard that one before. I’ll have to look into it a bit further.” This is simply doing your own research, something the switched-on angler does without question.
I happened on a feed recently which did just that to me. It questioned my knowledge and principles of fishing. The subject being “lure fishing is CHEAPER than bait fishing”. To be fair, the company promoting this message sells only lures and lure fishing accessories. But it did make me think about what I was doing, what I see others doing and just why people even go fishing.
Increasingly as I travel around the country, I meet a newer breed of angler - the angler who doesn’t eat fish. This angler is more interested in the hunt and perhaps the fight of the fish, but not so fazed as to the eating qualities of their prey. Maybe they have allergies, or they simply don’t eat fish. Or maybe they have no family and therefore return their catch to the sea. This angler is certainly the minority with most anglers preferring to catch a feed for either themselves, or their family and friends. Sometimes the anglers are fishing to feed wider groups like church groups, tangis or weddings. Mostly though, anglers are fishing for food and while doing so, they’re having a lot of fun at the same time.
In the end though, when you decide to head out on the water, consideration is required on how much money we spend on fishing, particularly if you are on a limited budget. The bigger the budget, the bigger the arsenal of techniques that can be employed, potentially improving your chances of catching your prey. A small budget on the other hand means that you have to really think about how best to go about things.
So, let’s look at both types of fishing and what you need to do and buy to increase your chances of success.
For the purposes of this article, let’s just look at boat fishing. We’ll stick with saltwater table fish where the greatest number anglers are involved.