â€śAny luck?â€ť is usually the second question anglers field when they return from a fishing trip (â€śWhere have you been?â€ť perhaps being the first). There are Luck-E-Strike and Lucky Craft lure companies. Lucky 13 is a classic lure that can be found in my tackle box. And â€śluckâ€ť or â€śsuperstitionsâ€ť were part of the 20 Questions series posed to Bassmaster tournament anglers.
Responses regarding superstitions seem to fall into three categories:
Jeff Kriet does not wear red boxer shorts. Greg Hackney will not fish with the notorious banana in the boat. Kyle Fox wears the same pants all 4 days of a tournament. And Boyd Duckett wears his red shoes.
Hank Parker, when asked if he had superstitions answered, â€śNone at all.â€ť Shaw Grigsby simply said, â€śNope.â€ť Alton Jones went so far as to respond, â€śIâ€™m not superstitious. I love eating bananas before tournaments and tossing the peels around for fun.â€ť
3) â€śNo, but I alwaysâ€¦â€ť
Kevin VanDam is not superstitious but always has his wifeâ€™s cookies at tournaments. Dean Rojas carries a duck decoy on his boat where his batteries are but heâ€™s â€śnot superstitious or anything.â€ť A charter boat in Hawaii washes each lure with soap and water between ono. â€śJust something we always do,â€ť a shrugging crew member shared.
I probably fall into the latter category. Though grounded with a background in fisheries courses, I certainly have noticed some tendencies when fishing. If several poles are in use by a fishing party, the biggest fish will be caught on the lightest tackle. A good way to lose a fish is to â€śchooseâ€ť the minnow; only take â€śvolunteers.â€ť And, if you are fishing with me, never, never say, â€śjust one more.â€ť
Some things are just not worth the risk.