The Three Factors that Lead to Successful Fishing

Man in fishing gear holds up a large carpNo one heads out for a fishing trip hoping to have moderate success. Everyone from a first timer to the most experienced fisherman heads out to the water with the hopes of having as successful of a day as possible.

Of course, the first step of a successful fishing outing is knowing what to expect. Nearly a half-century ago, Ron and Al Lindner came up with a system for successful fishing and published it in their magazine, In-Fisherman. This In-Fisherman System has a very basic premise Fish + Location + Presentation = Success. Here’s what they mean by that:

Fish’s Basic Nature

If you want to catch a certain kind of fish, you’re going to need to know as much as possible about it. Fish species respond differently to their environment based on smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight. Where you will find them will depend partly on where they feed and where they’re found on the food chain. Other important factors to consider include comfort and reproduction needs. For example, species will prefer different water temperatures, water clarity, and other conditions for both comfort and reproduction.


You can’t catch the species of fish you’re after if you don’t know where to find it. Fish tend to move on both a daily and seasonal basis. The timing of their movements, however, will depend on a few factors. First is the structure of the of the body of water – the characteristics and movement of the water, the bottom configuration and content, and the vegetation will all play a role here. The next factor is the interaction between species. Population density, competition for food, and availability of food will all be important considerations here. The final factor is reaction to outside stimuli. This will involve the seasonal temperature, the day-to-day weather, and man-made factors such as boats, swimmers, pollution, and alterations to the habitat.


As an angler, you should strive to use the right bait in the correct manner at the exact right place and time. What works at one time may be a poor approach the following week, you have to be able to adapt. You have to consider the position (stationary or mobile) and the working method (triggers and controls) that will work best in a given situation.

Of course, if you’re going to follow the guidance of the Lindner Brothers, you’re going to need the right rod to actually catch the fish. If you’re in the market for a new one, Signature Fishing Rods has a wide selection of the best custom rods on the market. Give us a call at 630.234.6214 to learn more today!