With a renewed interest in fishing, Thomas says, now is the time to carry the torch of education to help mentor, encourage, educate and ultimately retain new anglers. It's this kind of support system that will give them a reason to keep coming back. How do you get a new angler hooked on the sport? The answer, Thomas says, is that new anglers need to experience some sort of measurable success very early on or they won't want to come back. In order to set anglers up for more success, now is an important time for outdoor media to seize the moment, teach the basics, get people out there and keep them coming back. The critical component of In-Fisherman and what makes it such a valuable organization, is teaching people how to fish and how to become better fishermen, Thomas says. Not focused on just one species or technique, In-Fisherman covers a wide variety of different game fish species and caters to all anglers in their different fishing pursuits across the country. Fishing enthusiasts can read the magazine and learn from industry professionals and they can also hop on In-Fisherman social media pages and engage with other anglers and learn from them. In addition, In-Fisherman provides how-to style videos that cover topics like knot tying, rigging certain baits, picking the right rod and reel combo for a particular presentation and much more.
If you are introducing someone to fishing, Thomas says that panfishing is a great place for new anglers to jump in. Panfish live in almost every body of water across the country, they are more willing to bite than even bass, and they are a lot of fun to catch. At this point in the year, Thomas says the bite can really slow down as we crawl through the dog days of summer. It's right now that bluegills are a good snacking size for bass, but they are also big enough they think they can eat a finesse worm or small crank bait. If you are targeting them specifically, you'll find them in a little deeper water and in tight relation to brush piles and weeds. Listen in as Thomas talks about lightweight panfishing gear, strategies for breaking through bluegills to get to bigger fish, getting familiar with the feel of what's happening on the other end of your line and knowing when to set the hook. Plus, he'll explain why there is no substitute for time on the water learning and how experience will contribute to more consistent success. Invest the time and you'll catch more fish.