Ask the Anglers: What's the Best Fishing Advice You've Ever Received?

While we were shooting the 2018 General Tire World Championship, eight Major League Fishing pros shared the best fishing advice they’ve ever received. Here’s what they had to say:

  1. Find your own fish: Both Edwin Evers and Jeff Kriet say the best fishing advice they’ve ever received came from Rick Clunn. “He told me one time, ‘Find your own fish. Do it on your own,’” Evers said. He says you should ignore the chatter on the bank and do your own thing.
  2. You have to catch ‘em one at a time: Kriet says at the time, he thought that was the dumbest thing he’s ever heard. “But it’s true!” he exclaimed. Kriet says if you slow down and take Clunn’s advice, you’ll be a better fisherman.
  3. Fish a lot: Ish Monroe says it’s important to fish as much as you possibly can.
  4. Have a good time: Takahiro Omori says you should remember to enjoy your time on the water, and don’t worry too much about what the other anglers are doing.
  5. Fish your bait: Mike McClelland says a good friend of his who recently passed away always told him that there’s a difference between just casting a bait and reeling it in, and really fishing it. “You can go through the motions, but if you’re not really fishing your bait, you’re not getting the job done,” McClelland said. 
  6. Never give up: Mike Iaconelli says his Uncle Don always told him to never give up, and Ike says that’s the best advice he’s received on fishing, and in life.
  7. Just fish: Andy Montgomery says MLF Analyst Marty Stone recently told him to just fish, and to avoid the politics that are going on behind the scenes.
  8. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: 2018 World Champion Greg Hackney says that advice came from fellow MLF Pro Aaron Martens. “Probably the best advice I’ve ever had,” Hackney said.

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