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Learning Game Through Fishing

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This is a guest post by Tim.

Learning any subject requires time and effort. But there are many parallels between learning one subject and another. I’m not yet skilled in game, but I do know some things about fishing.

What can we learn about game through fishing?

I view this as a first part in a series.

Finding a Good Spot:

Whether we’re looking for fish or girls, finding a spot where they are likely to be is the important first step.

One thing to know about fishing spots is that there are usually lakes and rivers with good quantity or quality fish. Once you have your body of water, you’ll need to find your best specific spots in that particular body of water.

You can go to many places and find lots of fish, but those places almost always only have smaller fish. You won’t catch your biggest fish in a quantity body of water, but they can be lots of fun. Going after smaller fish, or mediocre girls, isn’t a bad thing and will give you a lot of experience which will be helpful when you go for the better ones.

Your specific techniques may change when you are at quality spots, but the fundamentals that you learned at quantity spots will be the same.

If your goal is bigger fish, or hotter girls, then you’ll need to spend your time at quality spots. These spots will likely have many fewer targets, but you’ll have a chance at a big one. At a quantity spot you’ll likely have a chance at a target every time you go out, but at a quality spot you may go weeks without even an opportunity.

You can likely go to your local bar and find lots of mediocre type girls, but odds are that it will be rare to find an exceptional one. To find a good one, you’ll need to spend lots of time at a quality venue. Every time you visit the quantity place is a time that you are not at the quality place. And if your goal is quality, you need to spend as much time as possible at the quality spots.

(There are some spots that will have quantity and quality, but those will likely have fewer targets than the quantity spots and lower quality than the quality spots.)

Once you have your quality and quantity spots found, you’ll be in good shape. There will always be a better spots than the ones you know of and good spots can become bad.  You don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket. You’ll always need new spots. And when you are just starting out, you’ll need spots to begin with.

When do you look for new spots?

There is a big problem in finding new spots. There are three types of conditions: when everything looks great, when things are okay, and when its tough.

When the conditions are set for a good day (perfect weather, fired up inner game etc.), you should try new spots because you’ll see them at their best. Or, when the conditions are set to be good you should go to your best spot because it will be your best chance at a lot of success.

It’s hard to go somewhere other than your best spot when everything looks good.

On bad days you’ll be inclined to go to a new spot in hopes that it will be better than your known spots. But some days things are just tough. If you go to an unknown place on a bad day, you’ll likely do badly and then unfairly think badly of the new spot.  Go to your best spots on bad days; you will still be confident in the spot and you won’t take your edge off while you are there.

So, on good days be at your best spots. On bad days be at your best spots. The time, then, to try new places is when things look average. If you do well at your new spot on an okay day, you’ll like it. If you do badly, then you won’t like it, but it will have had a fair shot.

Once you have your area decided, you’ll need to look for your specific spots in the water body, or venue.  Much of picking the specific spots will be the same as picking the overall spot.  Quality spots vs. quantity spots, new spots, old spots, etc.

Its amazing when you are fishing how approaching a spot from one angle is different from another. Or how specific spots can be much better than seemingly identical spots elsewhere. (Although similar spots should be expected to be similar.)

Another thing to consider is how often you change spots. You can try a spot for a time and then move on to the next one, looking for receptive targets, or you can stay at good spots and wait until a target becomes receptive.

Tim blogs at Spootville.

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