Honey holes. Hidey holes. The magic spot. We all have them. It’s that place we go to hunt or fish or trap or just be at one with the solitude. That secret spot where the water is alive and the lunkers are hopping. That hidden zone where the trophies are waiting and the competition is nonexistent. And that competition for scarce spots is becoming fiercer every day. As more and more sportsmen and women hit the water and the trails, the accessible areas are being taxed to their limits. Therefore, it is sometimes important for you to make sure to guard those honey holes.
People always want to know where you’re fishing or hunting. Where’s your favorite spot? Some people will help other sportsmen, especially kids, find a good location. Some people will just never tell anyone about their usually hard to get to, great place. They’ve seen how congested and overused a spot can get when some idiot posts a pic of “the big one” and describes exactly where he got it. There’s an old saying that you can love a place to death by talking about it in every detail. It’s natural to want to boast, but might it be better to keep quiet?
Keeping A Lid On It
As one angler puts it, “When it comes to fishing I lie like a rug.” That’s not an evil statement. It’s just part of the fun. Serious anglers work hard for their experience and knowledge. That should be respected and not just given away. People have to earn it, and that means going out there and finding the spots for themselves.
There are many ways to keep that secret hole secret. Not sharing it with a soul is one. Another is to tell only those you personally enjoy sharing “secret spots” with, those that are truly going to appreciate what it means to you. Some sportsmen even go so far as to employ deceptive tactics like acting as if they don’t have a fish on the line when another boat goes by or telling other hunters they haven’t seen any deer so nobody bird dogs their spot.
In this internet age of immediate access to information, is it still possible to keep secrets anymore? Pictures on social media have a way of getting people into trouble, and the same can be said for those smiling trophy pics showing off your latest catch. Too much detail in the background can give away where you are, and before you know it your favorite spot is the favorite for a dozen others.
To combat this, people post kneeling pics with no background or just the sky in the background without any land features to keep the location hidden. Some blur the background or even Photoshop a different one in to get rid of as much detail as they can. These techniques may be the extreme, but they are the lengths one must go in order to keep that secret spot secret. However, the more you hunt and fish, the more you come to realize that this might be a losing effort.
No More Secret Spots
Nothing is a secret anymore. If you have found a spot you think is secret, it’s not. It’s a place where someone who knew about it before you has moved on. Perhaps hundreds of people know of and fish, or have fished, that secret spot. No place is secret, but many are sacred. But even the sacred spots are becoming overrun. So what is a respectable sportsman to do when that happens?
Find Another Hole!
Isn’t part of the fun of fishing or hunting the challenge of finding the prey and then figuring out how to entice them? And it’s always gratifying to find a new secret spot. That’s part of the sport, always discovering new water or terrain, new drifts or sightlines, new spots to discover and add to your personal collection of secret spots.
That’s inherent in the adventure of outdoor sports, heading out and exploring. The best way to find your spot is to simply go out and find it. The fun of fishing is going to a well-known crowded area and walking past it to find spots based on experience and willingness to look and learn.
Now, Shhhh! I’m fishing my secret spot right now, and I’m not going to tell you where I am. And no, you can’t use that doohickey on your smart phone to locate me. So go away and be quiet while, you’re spooking the fish!