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How To Find Old School Fishermen

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Hey y'all, so a little while ago, I was looking online just for fun, to look for people who have different and unique techniques and "secrets."  I realized... Me and my brother should take this spring in the time we have off from college and find some old school fishermen! We have scheduled 6 different trips and we are ready to go. But I want to ask some of you guys, that I know are really really dedicated to fishing, where should I look for these old school fisherman and how do I find them? How do I get them to know that I'm not selling their tips and tricks but that I'll keep them in my family and keep them alive for generations to come...
Also, if any one has any types of fishing tips and tricks that they have discovered and would like to share, I would absolutely LOVE to hear them and share some of my own.

Thank you so so much in advance for any replies and advice. And until we talk again, fish on!

Jake Cokely.

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Hello Jake and Welcome to BR ~

 

I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for.

 

I can tell you there is a wealth of fishing information right here.

 

A-Jay

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I echo the welcome, Jake! Stick around, you'll find out who's old school vs. new.

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you will get plenty of tips and knowledge here, but if you want to meet the old schoolers in person. start at the bait stores near the lakes or rivers u are fishing, if they hang out there the store will know. walk down to the docks or look under a shade tree but remember be respectful when you introduce yourself and go slow or they wont say a word...

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Thanks y'all. I really appreciate y'all taking some time to respond. Thank you so much!

Jake Cokely.

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I'd try the craigslist personals men seeking men section

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Finding them won't be a problem. Getting them to divulge secrets is a whole different situation! Having gone thru a similar time in my fishing life, patience and time on the water is your best approach. If the "old heads" see you putting in the time and effort, they are more willing to show you things that will help you on a particular body of water!!

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I'd try the craigslist personals men seeking men section

Ask them which kind of hard plastic they like, also do they pitch or flip?

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as mentioned old timers are easy to find but hard to extract info.

stay away from simple minded questions ie "what's ur favorite lure", "what lure works best on this lake?" etc.

instead ask things like...

"do you know what the primary forage is on the lake?"

"are there shad in here?"

"what do the bass usually spit up when caught?"

"do you see crawfish in their throats often?"

"how long ago were the invasive weeds/milfoil introduced into his lake?"

 

these type of questions will get them really talking and let them know you are interested in the biology and not just the next magic lure.

they have great stories to tell. listen close bc they will include lots of obvious and not so obvious nuggets for you. and they might send you away with a gem like "always have at least one rod with tube tied on".

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I'd try the craigslist personals men seeking men section

With my last words (since I'm too busy laughing to breath, I'm going to assume I'm dying) I must say.... :grin:  :grin:  :grin:  :grin:

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Nuffsaid, my advice for you is to get on BR thread by Catt." So you want to learn to fish Toledo Bend". Read the thread,  it should answer some of your questions. Old school, I am 67 years old been fishing for 58 years and  this thread helped me  more than anything.  I met Bill Dance before Bill Dance. Now that's old school.

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When I heard old school I think cane pole and live bait. Nothing surprising or secretive there.

Fishing isn't about going out and getting a huge fish right away, if that's what your looking for you're missing the whole point, you might be better off going to the local market and buying your finned friends. Extracting the info from more experienced anglers can only do so much anyways since every location and time of day can change the outcome.

Best advice is the read here, search the forums for thing that'll interest you, when you have a specific question it'll be answered.

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Knuffsaid, I think I understand what you are looking for. Not so much "how to" as, what your many years of fishing experience has taught you. Likes, dislikes, habits (good and bad), old stories, old friends, old tackle, old memories. I'm 68, My best fishing buddies as I grew up chasing trout all over Michigan's U.P. were my Dad and Grandfathers and uncles. I came from a family that lived to fish. Lots of "all of the above". Later, I trout fished all over the west with good friends. In the mid "90s I was in an accident and could no longer wade trout streams, so I started bass fishing, (my need to fish will never go away) I have been lucky enough to have fished a lot of the best bass lakes in the south over the last 20 years. I guess what I'm saying is: It isn't all about the fish, but the stories, friends and memories. Good luck in your quest, I hope you find those things that are important to we "oldtimers"

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I guess I'm an old timer, been doing this fishing thing along time.  Many of my fishing buddys are around my age, retired and fish nearly everyday.  When a newbie shows up at the jettie or the beach, whether they have moved here, or on vacation we show them ropes.  We give tips on certain species, what to use, tides, and other places to try.  We do a lot of barracuda fishing, since we make our lures we always give them away.  It may be more exciting to see a guy catch a big cuda for the first time than catching it myself, I've done hundreds of times.  The old timers here are a pretty unselfish lot.

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get in at the local bait shop. I also find fishing the same area a lot helps out. You start to see the locals more and they know you arent just some sunday joe schmo. Most of the time a lot of the older guys will start up conversation with me. 

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