One of the great things about fishing is that there are plenty of tips and tricks out there. Just about every angler has some hard-earned wisdom to share. Some can be taken with a grain of salt. And some can be taken more seriously. Here, we present some of the latter, gathered from people who really know fishing.
Fishing is a fun sport that requires some skill and timing. Depending on where you fish, your tactics will be different. Brackish or colder water may call for a certain style of fishing, while calm fresh water might need a different style. Regardless of the type of fish or water, there are some fishing tips that everyone should follow.
Original article adapted for this use. Courtesy of www.FineFishing.com
Bass fishing is a fun sport that can result in some large and exciting catches. There are many different opinions on what to do to catch the best bass, and how to go about it. The longer you participate in bass fishing, the more you will learn about which areas to go, what times to fish, and how to go about getting the best of the lot. Follow these simple bass fishing tips to help get you where you want to be.
Good anglers understand that knowing how to read fishing and lake maps is indispensable both for catching the right fish and for finding large quantities of them. Fortunately, it’s easy to gain a basic knowledge of these maps – knowledge that will help even novice fishermen improve their skills.
A contour map is perhaps the most useful. It helps determine the depth of the water, which is invaluable information because fish are found at certain depths depending on the species and time of year. Basically, the lines on the contour map all represent a certain depth, which anglers can use to their advantage if they know what depth the fish tend to gather in each season.
After reading a contour map or any of the other fishing and lake maps, anglers should visit the areas they believe hold fish to do some in-person "fact finding." The map will likely indicate many areas with the right depth for fish. Only a site visit can tell you which of those areas is actually home to a good number of fish.
Local bait and tackle shops can be great places to find maps that pertain to the lake or other waterway closest to the shop.
There are regional differences and acclimatization differences in the temperature ranges for fish species. This is a general guideline for most areas and most times of the year.
Original article by Louis Bignami. Courtesy of www.FineFishing.com
The musky carries a fearsome reputation for fickleness. But Jim Saric, editor of Musky Hunter magazine (muskyhunter.com) and host of The Musky Hunter on TV, says the way to overcome this tendency is to finish every retrieve with the figure eight.
"Muskies, like pike, will follow a lure, but they’re not nearly as aggressive," Saric says. Essentially, the figure eight is a final enticement performed by the angler just before lifting the lure out of the water for another cast. To help visualize the concept, think of a roller coaster. As you move the lure from side to side, it also moves up and down. That 3-D action can really turn on a fish.
"You don’t want a lot of line out because you’ll lose control of the lure," Saric says. "Also, be sure to maintain lure speed throughout the maneuver. If you slow down as you make a turn, the blade will stop turning and a fish will lose interest." Saric emphasizes that you should perform the figure eight on each cast. It needs to become routine so you do it properly every time.
"I’ve seen fish wiggle their tails and flare their gills near the boat, and you can’t help but think Here it comes!" he says. "And what happens is an angler may stop to look at the fish." Big mistake, as the loss of lure action causes the muskie to turn away.
Try to set the hook across the face of the fish so that it rests securely in the jaw. "The basic idea is to initiate the fight close to the boat to maintain more control over the fish." But, Saric notes, "Big muskies will do what they do." Which is why we’re there in the first place.
Original article by Slaton L. White (adapted for this use). Courtesy of www.FieldandStream.com
Indiana-based Total Outdoorsman Challenger Dennis Billingsley likes to hit the local bass ponds in early spring. His preferred rod is a fairly typical bass setup: a heavyweight rod matched to a baitcasting reel. But he uses an unorthodox cast. A right-hander, he casts across his body, sidearm-style. "It gives me more control," he says. "A regular cast is too powerful for the soft presentations I want with my Carolina-rigged plastic worm."
Learning the sidearm cast adds a useful skill to your casting toolbox. Moving the rod parallel to the water’s surface helps the line and lure clear obstacles like overhanging tree limbs and bankside brush. This is key when the fish hang tight to the bank. If you can’t cast this way, you’ll pass up truly productive water. It’s also useful when the wind kicks up.
Sidearm: It’s not hard to master. Consider it the overhand cast shifted 45 degrees to the side. The tough part is getting the timing down, but some practice in the backyard can take care of that. "You may find your line-release timing is a bit off at first, but stick with it," Billingsley says.
Cross-body: "The cross-body presentation is essentially a lob. You’ll lose speed as well as some accuracy. This is not for when you need to throw a lot of line, but with a slower delivery you’ll get a much softer presentation. And the bass, at least the ones where I fish, really seem to prefer that."
You can never have enough lures. But that's not all you'll need on the water. Pack these eight items to make your trip more productive.
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