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10 Things Every Fisherman Learned From Their Fisherdad

Besides all the corny fishing jokes, of course.

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3. If the sun's up, the fun's up.

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There's nothing like starting your day minutes after you've gone to sleep. Dad always told you that fishing at the crack of dawn is essential. It's like that old expression: "The early worm catches the fish."

4. Bug spray, SPF 30, and WD-40 are the liquids that will save your life.

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A little WD-40 on the line blocks the human smell and gives you better distance on your casting, while the bug spray and SPF keep you from dying a mosquito- or sun-related death.

5. Know what you're fishing for and know what to use as bait.

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This is a classic parent life lesson: always know what you're trying to do before you do it. Some fish love worms, some love insects, some love shiny things, some love a chase. Just remember that all fish aren't created equal.

6. A little Alka-Seltzer goes a long way.

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If there's one thing Dad had in bulk, it was Alka-Seltzer. Most fish are attracted to bubbles, so you can rig up a tiny tube next to the jig and sink an Alka-Seltzer with your bait. Hello, dinner.

7. Fishing is a distance sport.

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Know the depth of the water beneath you so the bait isn't taking a dirt nap, and determine the optimal fall speed for your worm. That's key to getting more bites.

8. Fish don't want to be caught, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Dad was always so good because he was patient. Play some Candy Crush or talk about school — but remember — keep your voice down! Didn't you read rule #2?

9. Watch your line.

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Know the difference between a curious nibble and an opportunity to hook a monster. That's the difference between coming home with a billion fish for dinner or a billion excuses for the family.

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