Fishing and Tackle Tips
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have been gathered from a number of sources.
Check them out to refresh your memory or to learn new techniques
to make your fishing better.
Old favorites are new again for cold weather fishing
Recently I had a guide trip that included a very cold start. The temperatures began at about forty three degrees. In addition, it was raining. This made for a potentially miserable day. The trick to make it through the day was to dress properly. I chose to wear long wool underwear, a light wool sweater and a light down sweater under my rain gear.
Years ago, I had switched over to polypropylene base garments (underwear). It was the new miracle fiber it was machine washable, breathable and could wick moisture away from the body and it could be made from recycled plastic soda bottles. It was considered to be the thinking man’s alternative to wool long handles. Wool was itchy and not machine washable. Read
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Water Gremlin Offers LATE Summer Fishing Tips
The Gremlin shares his ‘sinker secrets’ to help lure the lunkers
WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN (July 27, 2011) —
Although warmer water means the fish are staying low, Water Gremlin, the premier American fishing sinker company, has an assortment of tips to help anglers lure the “big one” onto the hook. Read
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Handling live fish with care ensures safe release to swim again
Black bass are often released quickly after being caught by anglers, sometimes only out of the water long enough for a moment of admiration and a photograph. Read
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Meat stock cube chemical lure
This started off by being an applied science project in school
linked to fishing for predatory species. I am happy for anyone
to try it out. It takes some preparation but is worth the experiment.
You can use it for river, lake or sea fishing from a bank, beach,
pier or boat. Use the strongest line you have for dragging. Have
a camera to get evidence of your catch. Read
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"MO-WAK Rig" combines two effective
By "The Bass Coach Roger Lee Brown
Here is the one! Numeral uno! The cat's meow!.....
The rig that will definitely make the difference between catching
fish and not catching any at all. I simply call it the "Mo-Wak
rig" because it's really two different rigs (which are the
Mo-Jo & Wacky rig) put into one. Read
Let's fish warmer this winter
are some tips for keeping warmer while you're doing that winter
fishing courtesy of the Beaver Dam Store crew! Read
Outdoor Tips from the Pros at
- Fish generally move into the current, so make
sure your lure doesn't surprise them from behind.
- Keep your rod tip in the water to prevent fish
jumps (and hook tosses).
- On fishing and hunting trips with kids, take
along pocket field guides so both the child and the adult can
correctly identify fish, animals, wildlife tracks, plants, insects,
birds and vegetation.
- Fish under residential docks on sunny days. For
best results, skip your lure or bait under the dock.
Four Fly Fishing Tips
Good Fly Presentation
Obviously, the goal when casting a fly is to present
the fly to the fish in a realistic manner. You are trying to
simulate nature here. If you are going for trout in a stream,
for instance, this means a drag-free float of 36 inches over
a precise spot that marks the window of a feeding fish. Complete
FISHING, HUNTING TIPS FROM THE
Spring Weed Fishing
Dean Capra of the ProGear by Wrangler® Outdoor Advisory Team
says you can find many more fish in the spring if you remember
a little school lesson about plants. Remember that plants emit
oxygen. Therefore, if you find new submerged weed growth, fish
it, because it is probably emitting oxygen into the water and
is therefore probably holding fish. Don't overlook decaying
vegetation, either. Dead vegetation generates heat and
will attract fish when the water's cold, even if the oxygen content
of that water is lower.
Slow Poke Fishing
Retired outdoor writer Bodie McDowell has been a press observer
at 22 BassMaster Classics. We asked Bodie, "What's
the single biggest thing that separates the men from the boys
in the world of bass fishing?" It's lure speed, says
Bodie, a member of the ProGear by Wrangler® Outdoor Advisory
team. "A slower retrieve is the key to more fish,
even with top water lures," said Bodie. "Patience
is rewarded. I've seen pros make a cast then stop to open
a can of Coke before beginning their retrieve. Then, with
the first crank of the reel, bam!"
If you're an angler who casts big lures on line testing 17- to
20-pounds, you can improve your chances of catching more fish
by switching to a lighter line (like 4 to 6 pound line), a lighter
rod, and lighter lures, says Bodie McDowell, a member of the
Wrangler® Outdoor Advisory Team. "Not only will you
catch more fish, even trophy-sized bass, you also may catch some
bragging size panfish."
Crappie fishing can heat up
as the weather cools down
It may be getting colder outside, but that doesn't
mean it is time to put up your fishing gear.
"The winter is just about my favorite time
of year to fish, especially for crappie," said Robert Reece,
aquatic habitat coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
According to Reece, crappie often begin to concentrate
into larger schools in November and December.
"Sometimes it takes a little work to find
them, but if you catch one crappie you're likely to catch a bunch
more," Reece said.
The best place to fish for crappie is in deeper
water adjacent to some form of structure such as a submerged
tree. Reece and other Department personnel work year round sinking
brush piles and doing other habitat work on reservoirs and rivers
around the state.
"When it is cold outside, it is important
to fish very slowly around the structure before moving on. I
like to use small feather jigs, but minnows are a great choice
too," Reece said.
Just because it is cold outside, doesn't mean you
have to shiver your way through your next fishing trip. Heated
docks are perfect for those who prefer to keep the feeling in
their fingers and toes while fishing. Enclosed docks can be found
on many lakes and reservoirs around the state and are excellent
locations to catch a stringer full of crappie.
Winter Fishing - Fishing
Tip: Many types of fishing tend to slow down dramatically in
the winter as the fish become more dormant. In cold water, fish
become lethargic and difficult to catch unless the lure passes
right in front of their face. Crappie on the other hand, are
great to fish for year round. They actually like the cooler waters
and can be found in the cooler deeper waters in the summer time
too. In the spring, during their spawning, like most fish, they
move into the warmer shallow waters. Since crappie tend to prefer
brush piles and other underwater cover, try to locate any structures.
Ask bait shops where they can be found. Then rig up an ultralight
rod with two to four pound test line. Try using a jig or live
minnow with a crappie bobber. Fish with a lot of action to attract
crappie in the 5-18 foot depths.
Three way rig was big producer
on Cheney - Throughout the summer of 2002, anglers
followed the adventures of Mike E on Cheney as he used a three-way
rig to land fish when others were having no luck. He shared his
rig several times on the Reports from kansas Anglers page. Here
are the instructions, try it, you'll like it. Read
If you are having little success
fishing the bigger reservoirs try fishing some of
the small local ponds. My brother I and caught a 3 and 4 pound
bass in one. We had only been fishing for ten min. After 6:30
P.M. is the best time to fish. Try to stay away from plastic
worms and things you think thy see all the time. I think one
of the best is a SMALLER spinnerbait in either white or green.
Don't spend three days fishing the same lake. If you don't have
any luck the first time you go move to a different lake, but
if you find one stay with it!!! GOOD LUCK.
Lure contrasts provide effectiveness
I've been fishing since I was 8 years old and began fishing artificials
25 years ago with Cotton Cordell's Big O crankbait and Bill Norman's
Snatrix plastic worm. I've read hundreds of articles that gave
reasons that fish attack lures, but my experience tells me that
there are abstract qualities in a lure that cause it to be seen,
tracked and bit. Read
Largemouth Bass Virus (LMBV)
1. What is Largemouth Bass Virus? - It is one of more than
100 naturally occurring viruses that affect fish but not warm-blooded
animals. Origin is unknown, but it is related to a virus found
in frogs and other amphibians and nearly identical to a virus
isolated in fish imported to the U.S. for the aquarium trade.
Although the virus is carried by other fish species, to date,
it has produced disease only in largemouth bass. Scientists do
not know how the virus is transmitted or how it is activated
into disease. In addition, they know of no cure or preventative,
as is commonly the case with viruses. Read Complete Story
Have you fished the million
A million dollar bass bait? "Right"... Especially just
for catching bass? "Sure Thing"... Don't remark yet
because I know what you must be thinking about this article already.
You are probably saying to yourself "is this guy for real"
right? The truth is that "It's True!" my dear fellow
bass anglers (and future potential bass anglers.) Yes, there
is a artificial bait used for bass angling on the market today
that is actually worth a lot more than a million dollars. Not
only that, this certain bait has proven itself over and over
again for many years when used by some of the top bass pros but,
most of you just weren't aware of it. In fact, I would be willing
to bet that most (I said most) of today's serious bass anglers
already have some of these baits in their tackle boxes or in
their boats but they rarely use them. (By: "The Bass Coach"
Roger Lee Brown) Read the
Cheney - Here's a little advice to those
fishermen who've been complaining about the White Perch in Cheney.
Take some home and fry them up. They are delicious. I figured
that since they look so much like a White Bass, They would probably
taste like one too. Not So! They lack the dark strip of meat
that Whites and Stripers have that gives them that muddy taste.
If anything they taste similar to Crappie. From now on, I'll
probably throw the whites back and keep the Perch! BOB
Tips for catching the increasingly
During the past three years the virtues of the smallmouth
been extolled in this space with regularity. And since these
creatures have begun to abide with escalating numbers in several
along U.S. Highway 75, stretching from Holton to Yates Center,
caught the fancy of an increasing number of anglers. Meanwhile
recently have called, asking for a list of tackle that they need
pursuing this noble fish.
Here are the rods and reels that several local
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Bass Tournament "Shortcuts"
Have you ever noticed whether it be Club Tournaments,
Divisional Tournaments (B.A.S.S. Federation, Red Man, Anglers
Choice, etc.) and even the Pro Tournaments, usually you will
see a hand full of the same anglers consistently "In-The-Money"
most of the time. Then while you're driving home after fishing
some of these tournaments without much success you ask yourself
"What are these anglers doing so different than I am."
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Take better photos of your lunker!
A pair of avid belly boat anglers share hints for
taking better photographs of your catch. Their choice of equipment
might surprise you. Read The Article
Clean your reels annually for
Rod and reel repair technician Bob Neice of Midwest
Tackle Service gives hints on rod and reel service. Read
Keep your fish healthy in the
Operation Bass shares hints on keeping fish healthy
in the livewell. Check out the hints and keep your fish alive.
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