Luck is not, of course, something which can be proven or scientifically measured, which means there is literally no "wrong or right" answer. Thus, using a highly-developed form of research (which only appears like I'm just making stuff up), I have determined that certain tricks can, in fact, improve your fishing luck. Here are some of my favorite tactics:

Folded dollar bill in fishing reel

Folding paper cash into your reel is guaranteed to get bigger bites – obviously use only local currency.

1. The real money trick – When you set a line, let out a few extra feet. Then fold a dollar bill, or whatever your local currency might be, and lay it on the spool. Hold it in place while you take a few turns on the reel, so your fishing line pins it down. Then set the drag loosely and wait for a bite. Since the fish can sense that eating your bait will now cost you extra money, they’ll be far more likely to strike. Savvy anglers up the ante by using a £20.

2. Change your luck – This one works both figuratively and literally, because what you’re about to do is throw all of your pocket change over the side of the boat. I’m not sure if this is intended to please the fish gods or if the flash of sinking coins may actually attract a fish or two, but the fact of the matter is that sinking your shrapnel makes things happen.

3. Converse before you cast – Talking to your bait or lure works wonders. I became a believer after watching my fishing buddy Scott spend a solid five minutes telling his jig how much he loved it, how pretty it was, and how sure he was that it could attract a bluefin tuna, if it just tried a little bit harder. On the next drop, he caught the only tuna of the day. Remember, the idea here is to encourage your bait, not berate it for failing to produce. Be nice to it, and it will be nice to you. I’m telling the truth. Trust me on this one.

Do you have a better way to create luck while fishing that wasn’t mentioned here? Let us and all of your fellow anglers know about it, by using the Comments box below.

Looking for a fishing boat? Read Dave Barham's guide to fishing boats or Sports Fishers: five top fishing boats. If you want to get your kids into fishing, try reading How to take your kids fishing: 5 top tips.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.