Fisherman Tips

Summer’s end is near but you can keep catching fish till the season ends.  There is plenty of bass, bluegills, cats, walleyes and trout to catch if you have the right tricks. Try out these tricks and you will never go home empty-handed.

Catch trout

Ponds, lakes and springs where the water is moving slowly are perfect for trout catching. However, it is far from easy getting the trout to bite. The fish have plenty of choice in the bugs dropping on the water. The fish will go for easy picks on the surface rather than follow bait in the water. The best thing to do is change the pattern of your bug. Use a cripple pattern which you can see but which has a sizeable section under the water. The best cripples to use are Green Drakes, Caddis and Hendricksons. The dry is tied normally but the hackle is wrapped at 45 degrees such that tail end of the fly drags in the water even as the hackle is riding flat on the water.

Catch smallies

Nearing the end of the summer, the heated water makes it easier for smallies to feed at night especially when the river has lots of shad and herring fry.  You can get the fish to bite by leaning on bugs tied with synthetic fur, for example, Angel hair which gives the bug a wider profile.  When in the water, these bugs will look like dying baitfish which is just what the bass will be watching out for.

Catch pickerels

Pickerels will be found in ponds during the summer. Stickbait is the best for getting the pickerel’s attention. The good thing is that pickerels are aggressive and will quickly investigate commotion on the pond’s surface.  Picks will go for a lure that is moving steadily. Use stick-bait like the Zara puppy which is 3 inches long.  Lure the pickerel to more clear water by using a 6-foot outfit riding a 6-pound mono. There is the risk of the hook pulling out of the pick’s bony mouth if the swing is hard, so take care to swing gently.

Catch landlocked stripers

Stripers will retreat to deep river holes on hot days. The bait has to ride at the bottom for this fish to bite. Cut bait into small chunks or fillets and thread them on the hook. Use a stout bait casting outfit with 20- to 40-pound mono. You will then thread a 1- to 3-ounce egg sinker onto the line and tie a big barrel swivel to the tag end. The opposite end of the swivel should have a 3-foot mono leader and have a 6/0 to 9/0 circle or octopus bait hook.

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Let’s face it. Not everyone who loves fishing enjoys spending hours on a boat with limited mobility. Freshwater water fishing on the banks of a river or lake is quite as exciting if not more exciting than fishing in the deep sea or lake. Many people mistakenly think freshwater fishing will always yield less fish than sea fishing. While this is partially true (the sea a lot bigger than any river), it also depends on the skill of the fisherman. There are some few tips you can use to hook more fish when doing freshwater fishing.

Know the depths

Different fish prefer different depths. It is always good to have a topographical map so that you can spot where the fish are. Some maps are detailed enough to show the fish cribs sunk by other fishermen so that you don’t snag your hook on them.

Know your bait

Different fish have different preferences for bait including size, scents and colors. Generally, freshwater fish will bite insect bait like worms, minnows, and grasshoppers. These regularly fall into the water. Bigger fish will bite bigger bait including leeches and frogs. Research the appropriate bait for your fish and buy online.

Discover the slip bobber

You need to dangle the bait at the appropriate depth where the fish are. A slip bobber is very useful in dangling your hook at different depths without bothering your casting.  The bobber allows a thread through and stops it with a knot on the upper side. The bobber floats on the water keeping the length of line in the water at the preferred depth.

Wash your bait and hands

Fish have a good sense of smell.  Any scent on your hands will go onto the bait and repel the fish. Wash your hands, hook and bait.

Cast further out

Sound travels well in water. This means the fish will hear you approaching the water. The best thing is to do the first few casts at a good distance from the water. This way you can catch the fish unaware. You can then move closer to the water is there is no catch and have better casting angles.

Check out the surroundings

In shallow water, fish will gravitate to water that is under shade. Cast in water under trees and other natural shadows like an overhang bank. If it is windy, lighter critters in the water get blown along by the wind which pulls along the bigger fish feeding on them.  Cast from the windswept bank for better luck.

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Fishing game is one of those experience where anyone can join and stand good chances of being a skilled player. If you are beginning on this enticing sport, there are a few tips that can have you angling with the pros in a short time. These will set the base for you to develop your skill and technique to becoming a better fisher.

Learn all you can about fishing

Fishing is a wide sport. There is a lot to cover on techniques, equipment, fishing spots, types of fish and so on. There are many fishing sites, eBooks, paper books and fishing fan forums where you can get all this info. Learn as much as you can and make it a habit.

Get the proper gear

The next stop should be at the hunting shop. Ask the owner for recommendations for the gear you need as a beginner. He will probably recommend a specific fishing rod and reel. Open faced reels will come later with experience.

Practice the techniques

You have to muster the basics before moving on to anything else. These include fixing bait, tying the knots and casting lines. Work on getting these skills right and you have covered quarter of the learning process.

Be prepared to put in the effort. You will be rewarded as the more time you spend in the water luring fish to your hook the more likely it is that you will become successful.

Know your fish and the bait they respond best to. Catfish will readily take chicken liver for example while bream fish will take crickets. The right bait is likely to pull in your fish faster.

Know your location

It goes without saying that you will hook more fish where they are in plenty. Learn about the spawning periods and locations of the fish. Following the fish upstream or downstream is part of the thrill.

Timing goes with location. You will realize that fish don’t keep your time. You will have to be in the water at odd times like sunrise, moonset, and midnight and so on. Some successful fishermen claim that an overcast sky is the best for fishing. Do your research and work out what works best for you.

Be ready to learn

Look at what the more successful anglers are doing and copy what they do. You will learn fast by improving on what works.

Positive attitude

As a beginner, it is very likely you will go home empty-handed from time to time. Learn to be patient and have a positive attitude that success will come with time.

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