Luck is not, of course, something which can be proved or measured by science, which makes it perfect for me to write about since no one can prove me wrong. Thus, using a highly-developed form of research which mostly involves making stuff up, I have determined that certain tricks can, in fact, improve your luck while fishing. Here are some of my favorite tactics.

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1. The Dollar Bill Trick – When you set a line, let out a few extra feet. Then fold a dollar bill, and lay it on the spool. Hold it in place while you take a few turns on the reel, so your fishing line pins it down. Then set the drag loosely and wait for a bite. Since the fish intrinsically know that eating your bait will now cost you extra money, they’ll be far more likely to strike. Savvy anglers up the ante by using a $20.

2. Change Your Luck – This one works both figuratively and literally, because what you’re about to do is throw all of your pocket change over the side of the boat. I’m not sure if this is intended to please the fish gods or if the flash of sinking coins may actually attract a fish or two, but the fact of the matter is that tossing that tin makes things happen.

3. Converse, Before You Cast – Talking to your bait or lure works wonders. I became a believer after watching my fishing buddy Scott spend a solid five minutes telling his jig how much he loved it, how pretty it was, and how sure he was that it could attract a bluefin tuna, if it just tried a little bit harder. On the next drop, he caught the only tuna of the day. Remember, the idea here is to encourage your bait, not berate it for failing to produce. Be nice to it, and it will be nice to you. I’m telling the truth. Trust me on this one.

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Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.