What's your resolution or resolutions? We just about all make them ... lose weight, be a better parent, better spouse, get control of finances, you get the idea. I'm not much on traditional resolutions, but when it comes to fishing I like to make a few just to get the new year started right. I guess my resolutions would be better classified as goals for 2016, in any case, in no particular order here is my list.
- Perfect Two New Techniques: There is a whole list of lures and techniques I want to add to my repertoire. There are two that stand out above the rest, the hard jerk bait and drop shot rig. I don't really like using the drop shot but on our clear lakes it is a valuable tool when the bite is off. Jerk baits catch fish year round and while I have used the bait some, I am no where near confident with it. My plan is to take several days where I only bring these two set ups and focus in on getting better and gaining confidence.
- Be Competitive in a National Event: Keyword is be competitive, not just compete. I have enjoyed some limited success at some large events like the Tournament of Champions, finishing in the top 1/3 of anglers each time I have competed. But I know I have left a lot of inches out there due to poor execution on tourney day. It will take more planning, preparation, and focus to get where I want to be in 2016.
- Increase My Strength and Stamina: Kayak Fishing is an athletic undertaking. You can certainly still catch fish if you are completely out of shape, but it is undeniable that having a higher level of fitness can give anglers a competitive advantage. For 2016 I hope to up my max number of pullups to 25 in a row and increase my bench press capacity by 20%. Paddling is a combo of push/pull movements and focusing on my chest and back will certainly improve the power of my paddle stroke. I will also be finding new ways to increase my cardio capacity for those long paddles on windy days (LAKE SWEPCO!).
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Have some unique kayak fishing resolutions you are setting for yourself in 2016? Post them in the comments below ... HAPPY NEW YEAR