There is a fine line between success and failure in fishing. There are just too many factors out there that can cause you to lose a fish, miss the bite, or otherwise come up empty handed. Make a cast one foot to the right of a stump and you might not get bit, turn your head a second too early and you might miss the telltale boil of a bass chasing bait.

    Because so many of these factors are outside our ability as anglers to control, it becomes increasingly important to minimize the errors in the things we can control. To help, we sat down with some of the top minds in the sport and came up with the following list of common fishing mistakes – and how to avoid them.

    7. Being unprepared

    By far the most common angling mistake, unpreparedness can range from the minor – having only one bag of the hot colored worm, to the serious – forgetting to charge your trolling motor batteries. There’s nothing more frustrating than not having something you need once you get out on the water. Fortunately, unpreparedness is also super easy to fix. Develop a mental checklist of everything you’ll need each trip, and don’t leave the house until you’ve checked each item off. Want to see number #6? Go next page to see more …

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