I have often heard experienced anglers say that they do not share their angling knowledge with fellow- and especially — up-and-coming fishermen. So, upon hearing this, I immediately feel a massive frown building up on my forehead!
However, these anglers then proceed to explain that “new” anglers don’t know how to treat the fish they catch; they’re not much help when on the boat, and they often end up damaging the reefs or structures that the “experienced” anglers have been fishing off for years.
I know this issue is a sensitive point and I usually reserve comment when I hear statements like these. These are the type of conversations I usually choose not to get involved in, as I know that opinions are formed over long periods and they seldom change.
However, I had to get this off my chest. Here are a couple of suggestions — nothing too frenetic — but it might just aid towards the problem so many anglers experience.
From my point of view, you find the very knowledgeable angler that has spent many a day out at sea in all types of weather conditions. He’s considered the “salty seadog” or the “hardcore, deep-sea fisherman”. Why? Because he’s passionate about angling!