Jared Lintner has a unique way of dealing with a crowd of anglers in the same vicinity. (Mike Suchan photo)
It’s hard to watch other anglers catch fish around you, especially when you’re not catching anything. It’s a demoralizing distraction that often leads to shaken confidence. It can quickly become a downward spiral into the depths of angling despair.
Consider last year’s Classic on the Louisiana Delta out of New Orleans. Fishing in a small area of Lake Cataouatche, Kevin VanDam was piling big bass into the boat at an alarming rate. Several other anglers in close proximity couldn’t help but witness the spectacle. (In fact, there was a indelible image captured by our very own James Overstreet that showed one of VanDam’s neighbors staring in awe as KVD lifted a chunky largemouth into his boat.)
To put it in more basic terms, watching other guys catch fish can mess with your head.
“When you watch some guys catch fish in the same area you’re in, the next thing you know you’re down on yourself,” Jared Lintner said. “And that means your head’s not in the game.”
With the Red River running muddier than usual, this week’s Classic figures to be one in which a lot of anglers will be bunched up in a handful of fishing spots. So anglers need to come up with a game plan for dealing with the crowds.
Lintner has a novel strategy.
“I’m going to go out and buy a hoodie and zip it up real tight around my face,” Lintner said. “That way, I can only see what’s right in front of me.”
In horse racing, they call that putting on blinkers.