Buried under “pro tips,” blogs and twitter, it’s no wonder we don’t always see the benefits of “warnings” or good advice to  improve angling performance. We somehow overlook things.

I think back to when my kid was developing as a soccer goalkeeper and one night before a match I suggested that the shot he needed to worry about most was the first one. Then wouldn’t you know it, the first one got by him–ouch! But fast forward to his collegiate career and we greatly enjoyed a moment when he was recognized nationally (fyi).

In every sport things happen, but if you can be good early you have a better chance for success overall. In bass fishing, it’s pretty much the same thing, but it’s all up to us. The difference in our case, that first shot is really our first cast.

I posted the Tami on Tour story, May 14, where Tami Curtis (here she is) broke off a good one on her first cast—and it cost her in the Stren Series. Yet she certainly didn’t do anything she (or we’ve) never been warned about before. In fact, we’ve all been advised lots of times: Is your line wet, drag set, hooks sharp, knot sure?

In spooling up, did you find some line abraded by a scratched tiptop? Or did you just strip line off the filler spool and chalk it up to a “bad spot” or “bad spool?” In stringing up your rod could you have possibly missed a guide? We know the danger zones.

For Tami the issue proved to be a too tight drag, yet fortunately for her, it was not as costly as it might have been. (She’s fourth in the running for AOY honors for western co-anglers). But even for those who don’t fish competitively, any lost fish we might  prevent makes for a better, not a worse outing.

So let’s be careful out there.

Ignore the warnings? I know you won’t.