Some guys have lucky socks or underwear. Some guys have a lucky token in there pocket. Almost all fishermen have some sort of superstition. I don’t know that I’m very superstitious, but I do know that on good days of fishing, I credit my skills. On bad days of fishing, I may blame the stars alignment. Most anglers have their own superstitions, but there are a few that almost all anglers agree on. You don’t want to hook up on your first cast, and you never bring bananas on the boat.
Why wouldn’t you want to catch a fish on the first cast? Why wouldn’t you want to catch fish on every cast? I have heard two different variations to this superstition. Some salt water guys told me, you don’t want to lose a fish that bites on your first cast or you will lose all the fish that day. From bass tournament guys I have heard, you don’t want to catch a fish on the first cast or it will be the only fish you catch that day.
Bananas! Bananas are bad luck on boats. Everybody knows you don’t bring bananas on boats. Then there are the guys who make videos of themselves catching fish using bananas as bait. But they probably sank their boat on the way back to the ramp, because everybody knows you don’t bring bananas on the boat.
Now I’m not sure where exactly these rumors came from. I have heard that bananas were considered bad luck because hundreds of years ago when merchants were sailing with bananas, some poisonous spiders hidden in the bananas got on boats, and often made sailors sick. So bananas became bad luck. I have no idea where the first cast fish superstition came from, but I don’t believe that one either. What I will tell you is that my first cast is almost always away from the area I think the fish are in, and I reel it in too fast to get bit by most fish. I also never bring bananas on the boat. Not because I believe they are bad luck, but because… Well they are just bad luck. So there you have it. I guess I am superstitious after all, and yes, I do have a lucky pair of underwear.