Anyone who’s been around fishing for a while knows that many, many anglers believe that having a banana along on a fishing trip represents some seriously bad juju.
A story we recently heard about a day of steelhead fishing is a classic example. Two friends were fishing and one of them caught a fish and then ate a banana. No fish were caught afterwards. The banana was blamed for the turn in luck.
We’ve heard a few claims made on the origin of the ‘bananas are bad’ belief – bananas used to make other fruit spoil in the holds of ancient ships…ancient fisherman learned that if they traveled so far to sea that their bananas spoiled, they had passed the good fishing…Billy used to catch 41 bass a day but hasn’t caught one since that one time he brought a banana in his boat so clearly bananas are bad…
Regardless, what do you think about bananas and fishing?
- In the case of the two steelheaders, were there more fish to be caught that day?
- Do you actually have to eat the banana to be cursed?
- Do bananas emit a mysterious oil that works its way from your hands onto your fly or lure?
- Is there some giant unseen cloud of yellow bad karma that miraculously develops when a banana gets within range of the boat and encompasses you, the boat and all within, telling all fish to stay away?
- What if you’re fishing from shore and have a banana in your pack – still a bad idea?
- Have you been cursed by a banana in your boat?
- What about the opposite – did you have the best fishing of your life while happily munching on bananas all day?
Leave us a comment and let us know!