To the expense of a strong social life, lone hunting and solo expeditions provide a significant edge in learning.
If you sit in the bush quietly, neutral, watching and listening, many animals settle and continue their business. You’re accepted in that environment and when attention is given to the wild world through various channels and senses, in comes a
flood of information.
Tides, winds, weather events, temperature changes and many other rhythmic events have a profound affect on animal activity.
Connecting with the earth and utilising our senses is best done alone because there are no sidetracking conversations to snap us out of the zone……..as long as the head is kept clear. Talking latest footy scores is another language!!
When in deep conversation I’m out of the zone, and there’s so much benefit in the zone because that’s where the story is told.
I always had some kind of unique connection with the earth and animals but that was taken to another level through an international trip learning skills handed down via Apache Indians.
After serving my 30 year apprenticeship on home soil (I’m harsh but will call it a 30 year apprenticeship) it has been nice to return to study areas where I commercially mudcrabbed 14 to 18 years ago, but this time with refined experience and a mind opened further to the ways of the wild.
In just three weeks back amidst old territories, mostly sitting alone in a bush setting, so much more material flooded in that would never have been detected if in company or without the new skills from the USA.
While working alone there is no pressure, one can stop in the middle of nowhere, investigate or acknowledge observations, or as an example a collection area where floatsom gets pushed into the mangroves and decays.
There is literally so much to see and there’s a great kick in doing things like laying in those environments to become familiar with the smell, the feeling, waiting for movement and sounds from within.
Usually when visiting somewhere you’d typically not set foot a new chapter in learning begins. This eventually links right back to a favourite pastime, such as barra fishing.
You might spot a type of crab you didn’t know existed or a patch of small crabs that live in the back country that might simply explain the boofs you hear in those mangroves on a summer’s night.
You really need to become a part of your environment to understand the environment and this is best done at the slowest of speeds which is complete opposite to city speed where we constantly race the time clock with deadlines forced upon us.
As soon as that time cycle is broken and we move with the rhythm of nature we actually start to feel her pulse and begin to recognise the drivers that control animals both above and below the water.
For years and even to this day a large number of anglers have no idea what the hell I even talk about – it’s not because what I say doesn’t make sense it’s simply because those individuals have not experienced my 30 year apprenticeship at my pace nor with the depth of an open, analytical mind.
Our Masterclass training encourages anglers to work solo and through this development individuals experience things they would never without being subject to the learnings through the seminar.
And the biggest major is being able to enter the zone alone because that is essential to learn the trade so it becomes instinctual and only then can truly trained Masterclass anglers fish comfortably alongside others with similar experience.
If you’re a social bug, Masterclass might seem like the loneliest pathway to walk but is one of the liveliest, rewarding, mind blowing, fascinating, authentic and endless pathways available to anglers. In fact, there’s no better pathway than nature’s own. Its value is monumental. The more you feed it, the stronger it becomes!
Learning alone is without pressure, for all that comes is information, yet the skill sits in how that information is processed and linked to detailed observations. Patterning comes next, it may take only minutes, hours, but sometimes days years or decades to finally prove a pattern. I like to form patterns over time by trying to disprove my own work. It can cost tens of thousands to crack patterns working solo, but they remain yours, under control and even lock and key. Why, because knowledge draws visitors to your back door, ones that come for the wrong reasons.
When solo, you hear each sound, every change in a bird call, every alteration of wind speed through audio reference in the trees or sensation against the body, any change in visual animal behaviour, and temperature change under the barefeet.
I would have never stalked within three metres of large rogue scrub bulls without being tuned to the increase in wind gusts, taking steps everytime the environment became noisy. Dare not move a muscle when the air slowed and insects moved off the grass because alarm birds were active nearby. You’re watching and being watched, remember that! Head down, arse up, predicting the feed direction of the animal so your not snookered, moving in a neutral way, blending in not sticking out like a red flag.
Mastering art comes through hundreds and thousands of failed attempts. Failure brings emotion and forming an emotional connection both good or bad to any experience helps embed the content. The most memorable encounters and learnings occurred on solo missions where the experience is simply between individual and environment with the result hinging off chosen actions. Knowing the action that will kill the scene (failure) or what actions allow the scene to continue (success) is where you prosper. I remember standing like a statue daring not to move a muscle and create a vessel pressure wave from an uncontrolled movement knowing a 1200 to 1300mm fish would soon hunt. When holding a 1270mm wild fish caught to the predicted minute you know why you roll alone, not in a group, not like others, but solo doing things that cannot be done in a team. When one error is too many, that becomes the guiding parameter.
It’s when applying your greatest knowledge, strategies and pushing yourself to reach beyond present capability that your true potential starts to emerge. We can attain significant growth, but it’s only when we have NEED or FIRM INTENTION that our results are truly amplifed.
How high can we fly?? When all skillsets are sharp, the possibilities are limitless.
Solo growth is a powerful thing!