Angler’s biggest mistake (according to Rick Clunn)

Rick Clunn has attained a level of fishing knowledge that blows me away.

The 4-Time Bassmaster Classic Champion is not only a master of competitive fishing but also a genuine student of fish and fishing. I have been blessed to spend some time on the water with him on two occasions over the last two years and always come away with great nuggets of wisdom.

Rick Clunn's philosophical approach to fishing may seem deep and complex but it is rooted in common sense.


When I asked him what the greatest mistake anglers make he didn’t blink before saying it is, “not exactly duplicating the cast you just caught a fish on.”

The author always walks away from interviews with Rick Clunn with knowledge he can apply to his own fishing and share with others.

When he says, “exactly”, he means throwing to the same spot, fishing the lure with the same retrieve and even making sure it lands the same way.

“Many times there are more fish right there and you did something right, something that made the fish bite and it worked for you. If you can duplicate that you can usually catch more fish.”

I have since taken that philosophy to the water and it has already made a difference.

Fishing is not just a matter of gear, although quality gear is important. It is not only a matter of skill, despite the vast importance of that trait.

The accumulation of knowledge and applying it to fishing in conjunction with a keen sense of awareness can turn an average angler into a fish catching phenomenon.


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  1. Bill Collins

    Great news, but most of the time I am exactly sure what I did. Lots of chunk and wind with occasional success. Any hints?

    • TFG Staff

      One thing to be certain of is that your lures are making soft landings. All of the pros pay particular attention to how softly their lures land which is why they do a lot of pitching, flipping and underhand cast instead of the standard lob. I have personally seen this make a huge difference in my fishing one I started paying attention to it.

  2. Yea a Stren mono or Berkley Trilene mono will work for you. Braid can actually lesesn your casting distance due to the friction it has going through your rod guides. It also is a pain to cut and knots can be an issue I only use braid when I fishing real heavy cover or real muddy water in close distance. Fluorocarbon is good for clear water but does not have much stretch and can give you fits especially on a spinning reel, if the spool is overloaded it will jump off like an insane slinky. I think Berkley makes a mono called Smooth Cast. Also practice casting at home using a 1/4oz or 1/2oz sinker. Casting a fishing rod is like a golf swing you get better the more you practice.?