Are you having fun and catching fish?

October 31, 2006

A good friend always told me “…you have to fish to learn in order to learn to fish.” By that he reasoned that experience offers you practice to test out what you think you know and to discover what you don’t.

Makes sense right? Well that is not always obvious to everyone and we often find ourselves fishing the same spots, with the same lures, and with the same lackadaisical schedule that was convenient to us right? At the end of the day you are likely to say better luck next time. Luck? Next time? Is that really the best way to approach your end of the day after spending time and money doing something you enjoy? For some that is fine I’m sure but I think we are all in it for some level of sportsmanship and when you come back dry of fish you are actually wet with information.

At the end of my day good or bad I like to think that I learned something new with each trip. Even fishing the same water there is always something different. If I can pick up on it, then I’m a happy camper. Got skunked you say? Well, when you get home write about that trip. It could be worth something some day.

A famous quote from Thomas Edison is, “I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work”. Hmm, I think he is on to something. Another good quote is from a mid-century German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, who wrote, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” So enough with the quotes right? OK, just trying to point out that when we think we have wasted our time or had bad luck we actually learned something. Do not discard these nuggets of information for they are really worth something.

The next time you get out, good trip or bad consider this; record it somehow. The most common way to do this is to keep some templates of a trip log to fill out at the end of the day. I would recommend that you do this soon after your trip as the days will joggle your brain and you may not remember all of the critical details several days later.

Currently I use an Internet web blog. I add my trips within a day after an outing. I don’t document enough of the details the way I should and do need to improve. However, I have been a good boy at documenting them. More of the user experience and in a journal format. Hey, whatever works for you.

Here is a neat method I’m going to experiment with. Using a hand held mini voice recorder I will record the details of the day to play it back later. When I get home, I can play it back and put it into a web blog format and publish it with more details as needed.

It is a fact that you can catch more fish if you become a more educated fisherman. Luck though has some part in fishing is not enough to rely on. Have fun and catch more fish.


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