Nothing Better Than Maine Ice Fishing

In Maine, ice fishing is a standard winter activity. Every winter, you'll find dedicated fisherman hauling their equipment out on the ice of lakes and ponds, drilling holes in the ice, and setting up for the duration, hoping to catch fresh fish. Locals and tourists alike ice fish, and you'd be amazed to find out that some of the big fish are eaten in the winter.

Like any other form of hunting or fishing, there are rules and regulations you need to know about if you're planning to ice fish in Maine. Look up the regulations you need according to the county you are planning on fishing in. Each pond and lake may have slightly different rules, so make sure you understand the rules for your choice of destinations.

For the most part, ice fishing season is open from January 1 to March 31. There are some exceptions that open as soon as the ice is thick enough. Find out what your limits are for the fish you want to catch. If you're using an ice fishing shell, there are regulations about that, too. Maine sponsors two days each winter where you can ice fish for free … this way you can try out ice fishing to see if you like it without spending the money for a fishing license.

If you've never been ice fishing in Maine, you may want to start out with a guide. Your guide will help you find a safe patch of ice, and help you get set up so you can successfully catch your fish. This may be the best introduction to Maine ice fishing.

There are a couple different ways you can approach ice fishing. The first is where you get an auger and drill your own hole, set up your equipment, and set a spell, waiting for the fish. This can be done with or without a shelter. The second way is to utilize holes dug by other fishermen the day or two before. You'll need to be able to break the thin layer of ice that has formed before you can dip your hook. Some fishermen who use this technique only wait ten to twenty minutes before moving on to another hole if they do not catch anything.

If you're into competition, there are several Maine ice fishing tournaments every year. You can enter the tournament either as an individual, or as a family. You must fish in certain areas only at designated times. Different fish species have different limits, both for number of fish and weight.

For those not directly involved in the Maine Ice Fishing tournament, there are other activities that may find amusing; if not to participate in, at least to watch. Some of these activities may include Nordic walking, the Polar ice dip where participants don a swimming suit and jump in the icy water, a children's fishing tournament and a snowshoe race.

Source by Blake Allen

Fishing Trailer Boats – The Joy Of Fishing

Fishing has and always will be one of the most relaxing activities a person can treat themselves to. People enjoy going fishing because it not only lets them spend some peaceful time but also takes them away from the hustle bustle of the city that they live in … it takes them closer to nature and lets them have a hobby that is also quite rewarding and teachers you a skill. Many people like to go fishing alone but quite a few also want to teach the skill to their children and like for their family to come along when they go fishing.

The Challenge

The only challenge people have faced so far is that generally the boats made for fishing are quite small and are made for the task of fishing only, no other comforts to shade yourself from the sun or to really enjoy and this makes the process quite a solo act. That is why most of the people looking for some comfort for themselves or the family members who come along while enjoy fishing turn fishing trailer boots. These boats are made in a way that offers more space than a regular fishing boat and allow for more storage as well as a cabin where people can just sit and relax.

Many people own larger boats that they can take out when they go fishing however, these boats need some mode of transportation form home to the sea and the costs of transportation, the difficulty in getting the right trailer for the boat, and the complications of mooring it … add up and make people prefer not to take their own boat out but to just rent one. Sometimes people do not take out their own boats simply because they can not find the right trailer to carry them and getting the wrong one could mean damage to the boat, will anything happen on the way. With the trailer fishing boats, they do not have to forego the fun of fishing in their own boat with their loved ones without the worry of transporting it or mooring it … etc. they can just attack the boat to their vehicle and head out to have a good time.

Are there any other benefits?

There are many benefits to getting a trailer fishing boat:

  • You save a lot on the trailer renting prices each time you want to go fishing.
  • You do not have to wait to get the right trailer for your boat; you can just head out any time you want to go fishing as your boat is ready to be transported anytime.
  • You do not have to pay the mooring costs for your boat as you can take it back with you.
  • It is easy to have the family come along to have a good time because you know how much space you have and that lets you plan out a fun family time together at your leisure … not at the mercy of availability.
  • Since you can take your own trailer fishing boat out, you can create memories with your loved ones that will last for years to come … a great legacy to leave behind, a great culture to create for your family.
  • You can go fishing all by yourself anytime you feel like it and relax when you need to without any worries as well.

There are many people who stop themselves from getting a good fishing boat because of the possible hassles with transportation and the charges around mooring the boat, with the option to get a trailer fishing boat, all these hassles evaporate and all that is left is you and your trailer boat … and the open sea for you to explore.

Source by Palak D Singhal

Bass Fishing – The Carolina Rig

Most of my years of fishing for bass, I have been devoted to the Texas Rig. I had little understanding of the need for the Carolina Rig. Until lately…

New fishing situations and conditions I have encountered have shown me the value of this setup.

Right off the bat, I can tell you that one value of the Carolina Rig is more action from the bait. Since the bait is not quickly dropping to the bottom, it tends be more lively.

It is great for situations where the bass aren’t taking other baits because of weeds and visibility. Pulling one of these rigs over a bed of grass can be extremely rewarding.

It can be fished in any depth of water, but it seems most people use it in 8′ of water or less off islands, humps, coves adjacent to deep water.

The difference between the Texas Rig and the Carolina Rig is where the sinker is. In a Texas Rig, the sinker is a slip sinker that rides freely on the line with nothing else between the rod and the bait. In a Carolina Rig, there is a swivel or something else to allow a leader between the weight and the bait.

Both are used with plastic baits. The hook is usually embedded into the body of the plastic, making it virtually weedless. This is what drove me to love plastics, particularly worms.

The typical setup is to pass the line through a slip sinker then tie it to a swivel. Sinker weights can vary; usually a light sinker (3/8 to 1/2 ounce) for a shorter leaders, and heavier sinkers (1/2 ounce or more) for longer leaders.

Next, tie your leader onto the other end of the swivel. If you are new to this you might want to start with a shorter leader until you get used to casting it. Usually anglers use a leader of 1 1/2′ to 3′. If you are fishing deeper, you will probably want to go longer; maybe even as much as 6 or 7′.

Now tie the leader onto your hook. A size 2 or 3 worm hook is best, particularly one with a twist in it to aid in hookset. Once you have the hooked tied on, run the hook tip through the end of the head of the plastic and push it in about a quarter of an inch. Now run the hook tip out of the plastic bait and push the bait up the hook towards the eye. Now you can bury the tip of the hook into the bait near the abdomen or egg sac.

Some people push it on through and snug the hook tip near the body (on the backside). This allows for better hook set, but results in more snags. I like to push it through just before it breaks out of the back where I can feel that it will pop through easily. If you do this, be sure to set the hook hard to penetrate the plastic.

Presentation will vary. Let the lunkers tell you what they want. Try swimming it, pumping it, jiggling it, move it up and down, back and forth sideways, or drag it slowly through the weeds by starting at the 10 o’clock position and slowly pulling it up the 12 o’clock position then letting it falling while reeling in the slack. A very slow and steady retrieve can be deadly at times.

Sometimes you will feel a bump or a hard strike, but more often a pull, or something might just feel different (heavy, mushy), or you may feel nothing at all when you should. Watch the slack. Keep contact with the bait. If slack comes in the line for no reason, or you feel the weights dragging across something when you didn’t move the link, set the hook. Set the hook, set the hook, set the hook. It’s free.

Which plastics are best? Probably all of them at different times. A short plastic, like the french fry might be a good place to start. I recommend lively baits that float and have a garlic scent. You should do well with worms, lizards, crawfish or anything else that you have confidence in.

Many people love the Carolina Rig in the wind. Probably because it’s easier to keep the slack tight and it gives more action to the bait. They are also great in the heat of the day road beds.

Have fun with them.

Source by Bobby Ivie

Muskie Fishing Tips – Jigging Fall Muskies

Most anglers think big when hunting lunker muskie, but if you want to catch more muskie think smaller baits and tackle. I caught my biggest muskellunge while fishing walleye with a plastic worm in September. More often than can be considered coincidental people catch a lunge while fishing other species. Most anglers look to heavy tackle, large baits and trolling as the way to catch muskies. Personally I became bored or just tired of trolling all the time.

Now one of my most successful tactics used specifically in the fall is used for fishing large walleye and at the same time muskellunge. I use medium size tackle and large walleye baits especially jigs. Fishing weed lines, drop offs and shoals as you would for walleyes will also attract as many lunge as walleyes. The first time I realized this I did have some success for large walleyes and had just caught and released a nice 7 pounder that was followed to the boat by a large muskie.

The only change I made was to make sure I was using wire leads and good strong swivels. Using 6 inch plastics worked just fine and the result was a fun great day of fishing. In all the two of us caught and released 9 walleyes from 5 to 8 pounds plus 5 muskie all in the 15 to 20 pound range. Although not the lunker; that most anglers look for. But it proved to me that these preditors can be done on lighter tackle and smaller baits.

Conventional thinking tells us that in the fall; the remaining muskellunge, are large, therefore bigger is better. However, my experience is that smaller baits are often the perfect morsel for that elusive luncker.

Equipment And Presentation

When I say smaller baits I am referring to large or oversized walleyes jigs. As mentioned this approach evolved on a body of water with a large population of large walleye. Now using the idea that big baits means big fish or walleye. I began tossing 5 to 6 inch plastic shad-bodied jigs along weed lines. I landed a number of big walleye, but to my surprise, the muskie were also going for the same bait. The big plastic jigs became an important part of my muskie fishing arsenal. All large plastics work just fine.

Color seems less important than creating a real flash. Two-toned baits, mainly dark and light combinations, create more flash when drawn through the water. Adding some metal flake also ads that extra flash. Just experiment and you will find a combination that will work for you and get that strike you want.

I generally use ball-head or stand-up-head jigs with medium gauge wire hooks. It's surprising how well a single hook can handle even a large fish. Often you will hook the fish in the gristly flesh in the corner of the mouth. Jigs also make landing and releasing muskie easier; there are then no large treble hooks floating around to damage the fish or you. Deeply hooked fish can be released by clipping off the hook with pliers.

Single strand wire leaders seem to work best especially along weed beds. I use a hay-wire-twist to attach the wire to the jig head at one end and a small swivel at the other. Watch for kinks in the wire, but these leaders are more weedless than the standard models because of the snaps and swivels.

I prefer a medium action 6-foot spinning rod and a reel spooled with 12 to 14 pound test monofilament. A medium-heavy bait-casting outfit also does the trick, in both cases make sure the drag is working properly.

Even if you prefer the conventional approach, keep a lighter outfit close at hand for when muskie follow, but do not hit, or they strike short. Using lighter tackle and a jig is also a good approach when there are two of you fishing muskie. One angler throws conventioinal baits, and the other throwing jigs. Then you are always ready to react to follows and misses.

Vary the speed of your retrieve when jigging up muskie. I have had luck in late fall, by using violent rip-jigging motion. It's tiring, but effective. Experiment and you will find something that works for you.

When battling a muskellunge on light tackle, be careful not to fight it to exhaustion, thenby increasing the chance of delayed death if you plan on catch and release. Ideally, you should release a fish by simply grasping the single hook with a pair of needle nosed pliers, while it's in the water at the side of the boat. Cut off the hook if the fish is hooked poorly. Muskie fisheries are a fragile resource, so do your best to release that muskie no worse for wear. Now next season that muskie will be ready to fight another day and make that day a great day for another angler.

Source by Jack Phillips

Tips for Fishing an Unfamiliar Lake

When approaching a new lake, it's always a good idea to have a plan. Maps and lake reports are handy, but they are not always accurate and may not be the only thing you need. Sometimes you need that keen eye of an experienced angler to see the opportunities or just learn what that keen-eyed angler is looking for and duplicate it.

Sometimes you may get lucky and find someone on the docks willing to give up some secrets. Older anglers are usually more than happy to pass on some of their tips, favorite tricks and spots.

I always use a system of collected information. Here are a few tips to help your overall success on a new lake.

o As I have said before, keep it simple. The most basic fishing techniques work the same on most lakes, they have done so in the past for a reason. If it works on one lake, chances are it will on others.

o Structure! Structure! Structure! Keep an eye out for docks, standing timer, weeds and lily pads. Anything that creates shelter and camouflage for the fish is a good spot. Bass, especially large-mouth, are ambush hunters.

o Confidence can be a great fishing tool to have in your tackle box also. If you go out to the lake with the mindset that you're not going to catch a fish, your chances of catching a fish are going to be greatly diminish. Throw that lure like you're a pro on the largest tour of your life and before you know it, you'll be catching fish like a pro.

o The shallows near a drop off or channel are always a good place to catch fish. The Bass species, which includes the Sunfish and Bluegill, like to have that abrupt transition.

o If you're trying to catch a specific species find out what kind of habitat they require and look for it on the lake.

o The time of year has a lot to do with how the fish will bite. Two things make a major impact on what the fish are doing and how they will react: cold water and warm water. Cold water; slow your reel-in speed, Warm water; speed it up a bit.

o Do not just throw your favorite lure because you like how fish strike it, or it happens to be your favorite color. Check the condition of the water. Is it clear or muddy? Is it cold or warm? Is the level rising or falling? Believe me, water conditions matter.

o As always, the local tackle shop is a great place for information. However, sometimes it's hard to get good advice right before a big tournament. The person running the shop may fall into a rut and answer everyone the same, "Well so-and-so creek can be good this time of the year." Egypt "The fish have really been biting on this (Insert product here), which is on sale today." Knowing when to ask the local tackle shop also comes with experience.

Water clarity is something else that will be a factor in going to a new lake. If you can not see what is under the surface, it's pretty hard to determine what to throw. If the water is muddy, throw out a nice dark color (I'm not a favorite of black or blue though, others are). Bladed Spinners are always a good way to "feel-out" the water. Something weed-less or snag-free well works in "testing out the waters" also.

My fishing buddy likes to go to a different lake each time time go fishing, which can be a bit difficult when you're strapped for time or cash. However, experience comes from doing and the more lakes and ponds you can throw your lures into, the better.

Well I do hope I have helped someone and just remember, on those rainy or bad days, do some research, 'cause like the old saying goes,' Knowledge is Power '.

And as always, keep happy thoughts and good fishin 'to you.

Source by Chris Curley

How to Put an Army IRR Packet Together

Packet requirements, what you need to include in your IRR packet:

1. IRR packet checklist, based on Figure B-59 of USAR Pamphlet 600-5.

2. DA Form 4561, Request for Reserve Component Assignment or Attachment. Completely filled and signed by the Soldier and the Commander.

3. Your statement/justification letter and backing documentation. This is based on the reasons listed in AR 140-10.

4. Chain of Command Recommendation.

5. Cogent Personal Reason. If the specific reason isn’t listed in AR 140-10, it requires an exception to policy by your OFTS.

6. Counseling Statement (DA Form 4856). This is from the commander to the Soldier and is face to face. Are you in receipt of a bonus? This counseling statement must warn you about bonus termination or recoupment.

7. Counseling Statement (DA Form 4856). From the Soldier’s servicing career counselor to the Soldier; it’s also face to face.

Valid reasons for transferring from the Troop Program Unit (TPU) to the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR):

As a TPU Soldier, you can forward an IRR transfer packet up the chain of command. There’s no guarantee for that packet’s approval, or for your transfer to the IRR.

If you want to improve your TPU to IRR transfer chances, refer to the valid reasons listed in AR 140 -10, Chapter 4, Paragraph 9. If you have enough documentations, and facts, to support one or more of these reasons, include them in your IRR packet. This’ll help you make your case for transferring to the IRR.

Employment Conflict:

Let’s say that your employer all of a sudden can’t release you from the work schedule so that you can drill… as your absence would cause an adverse impact on your employer’s operation. Before, this wasn’t an issue. Your employer released you for a weekend, and was able to continue his operation. When they couldn’t release you, you were able to reschedule.

Now? Your employer needs you, on the days you need to drill, in order for the company to continue on with its mission. Conditions had changed since you started working with this employer.

Or, you’re in a company that restructures and eliminates your job. They move you to another part of the company. In this new job, you’re on call to go to different parts of the country, and your schedule is random. You’re not able to do rescheduled training. Your employer can’t spare you for any reserve drill without negatively impacting company operations.

These are just two examples, of which there are many, on how your employment could evolve into something that makes it hard for you to meet TPU requirements.

In your Soldier’s Statement of Justification letter, provide an objective picture of how your employment schedule makes it impractical for you to continue with the TPU. Include statements from your employer to back this justification.

Change of address:

You accept a new job within your company. It’ll pay you more, it’s something that you love doing, and it represents a move up in your civilian career. The catch? You have to go somewhere that’s two days away from the nearest Army Reserve center. Your employer isn’t able to spare you enough time to get to, and return from, the nearest Army Reserve unit.

In this scenario, you’re a TPU Soldier that can’t drill with any Army Reserve unit.

Or, you get a promotion that sends you overseas. Your job location is a long flight away from the nearest Army Reserve Center.

For something like this, you’d be able to submit a packet to transfer to the IRR. In your statement of soldier justification, include employment orders, employment promotion documentations, new job description, an objective picture that details your new job location, your new residence, etc.

Cogent personal reasons:

This is sort of a “catch all” to cover other reasons not specifically covered in AR 140-10.

What you think is a very good reason to transfer may not be what the Army thinks it is. You also have to see this from your unit’s perspective.

You’re asking them to release you, when they need you at the unit during drills and summer training. They don’t have a guarantee that they’ll get a replacement Soldier. You have to convince them to “sign off” on your IRR packet.

Let’s say that you’re “burned out” from doing drills. You just want to “sit around” in the IRR until the “burnt out” phase ends. In your unit’s eyes, this is a subjective reason. They could work with you to where you wouldn’t need to submit an IRR transfer packet.

In this example, your soldier justification letter needs to provide an accurate, objective, picture of how your Army reserve duties contribute to you being burned out. You’ll need letters from your medical professionals to help bolster your justifications.

Whatever the personal reason that you choose, make sure that you could provide an objective picture. Make sure that you could provide factual information from subject matter experts involved with your situation.

You also want to prove that there’s no other way to “solve” your current issue other than to transfer to the IRR. Before you do this, you have to exhaust the means to resolve this with resources that your unit could reference you to.

You completed the TPU portion of your contract, now you’re ready to transfer to the IRR:

As of this writing, everybody that joins the military, for the first time, signed an eight year contract. When a first time enlister signs a 6 year Army Reserve contract, they’re not just signing up for 6 years. When those 6 years are over, that Soldier has an additional 2 years of commitment. They can request transfer to the IRR after their TPU commitment.

This concept applies even if the TPU part of the contract was 3, 4, or 5 years.

Once the TPU portion of the contract is over, they can request transfer to the IRR. They have to continue drilling with the unit until they receive their IRR orders.

Surviving son or daughter:

You’re in the reserves, and pursuing your civilian career. Two years later, your last remaining sibling passes on. You’re now your parents’ only surviving child. This is an unfortunate event, but one that gives you an opportunity to transfer from the TPU to the IRR.

When you write your Soldier justification letter, include documentation proving that you’re now the last/sole surviving child for your parents.

Dependency or hardship makes it impractical to participate in TPU:

Let’s say your family situation changes, and you have to provide extra care and supports to one of your family members. This family member is someone on your dependents list. You don’t have an alternative care plan… nobody else could afford to give up a lot of their time, and sacrifice their employment, to help you out.

This dependent family member needs your presence. Without you, this family member’s welfare is negatively impacted.

Two examples of this category is an “assisted living” situation and a “direct support provider” situation. In these scenarios, a family member is unable to care for him or herself. The family member requires a soldier’s attention, supervision, and direct support to do basic functions.

Statements from doctors, social workers, case managers, and other related people should be included in this packet. Their statement should focus on the nature of the dependency hardship, and on the need for you to be consistently available.


If you’re pregnant, you may be able to transfer to the IRR. You have to be MOS qualified, and you can’t be within 3 months of your ETS.

Non selection for retention:

This impacts TPU Soldiers that have received their “official notification of eligibility to retire with pay at 60” letter. This is the “20 year letter.” By regulation, these Soldiers are subjected to a Qualitative Retention Board.

Prior to this board’s convening, the impacted Soldier receives a “pre board” packet. The Soldier is given a couple of options. If the board removes the Soldier from the TPU, which control group would the Soldier like to transfer to?

The Soldier could elect to be transferred to the retired reserves, or to the IRR. Should the qualitative review board decide to remove the Soldier from the TPU, orders will be generated transferring the Soldier to the control group that the Soldier selected.

This is also applicable to TPU Soldiers subjected to the actions of other types of retention boards. In this situation, a Soldier may have the option to transfer to the IRR.

Enrollment into a non-scholarship ROTC:

A “non-scholarship” ROTC program is one that offers the student a chance to participate in an ROTC program without financial benefits. These students don’t get a monthly stipend. These students pay for their own tuition, fees, and other expenses.

Soldiers that get accepted into this type of ROTC program can submit an IRR packet.

Merchant Marine Academy:

If you get accepted into the Merchant Marine Academy, you can submit an IRR transfer packet.

Army Regulation 140-10:

For details on each of these categories, and how to apply under them, read Army regulation 140 -10, Assignments, Attachments, Details, and Transfers.

Counseling statements from the commanding officer and servicing career counselor:

Did you get a bonus for enlisting into your current TPU contract? If your IRR transfer gets approved, you could lose the remainder of your bonus. Depending on your bonus stipulation, you could end up having to pay back the part of your bonus that you received.

If you’re receiving a bonus, you need to be informed of this fact when you submit your IRR packet.

This counseling statement should also inform you of your IRR responsibilities. The commanding officer will include any information that’s important to you. This includes the fact that you must continue to drill with the unit until you receive transfer orders to the IRR.

The career counselor will inform you of opportunities that are available to you in the IRR, including opportunities to reclassify and transfer back to the TPU when personal conditions favor such a move.

IRR transfer packet tips:

1. Are you on your initial contract, with IRR time following your TPU time? By regulation, you’re not supposed to submit your IRR packet until your TPU obligation is complete. You can submit your IRR transfer packet the day after your “TPU ETS” date.

2. After you submit your IRR packet, you have to drill with your unit until you receive orders transferring you to the IRR.

Don’t simply go by what somebody at your unit says. Some Soldiers have stopped drilling after they “completed” their “TPU years,” because they thought they were automatically in the IRR. This wasn’t true, they had to report back to drill.

3. Follow up on your packet. If HRC doesn’t get your packet, they might extend your TPU status to the end of your military service obligation. In this case, you’ll have to drill until your 8 years is up.

4. If you have unresolved medical issues, you have to have these issues resolved before you can transfer to the IRR.

5. IRR Soldiers still have obligations and point requirements to make. However, you could consider the active standby reserves instead of the IRR if you want to “get away” from the TPU temporarily.

In the IRR, you have to get at least 50 points a retirement year.

In the active standby reserves, there’s no requirement for you to get at least 50 points. You maintain your military affiliation, but you’re generally not required to maintain a good year. The active standby reserves is what most people assume the IRR is.

Additional References:

1. AR 140-10; provides details on the above categories as justification for IRR transfer.

2. AR G1 Policy Letters.

3. USAR Pamphlet 600-5.

Source by Travis Hill

A Mighty Wind's Blowin '- A Guide To Windy Weather Fishing

How many times have you heard? "I'll fish in the middle of summer or the dead of winter, but I hate fishing when it's windy." I'm not a big fan of it either though, if you can put up with making sure everything is secure so it will not blow away, understanding what the wind does to the water and how the fish react to it can be extremely beneficial .

First off, there are a few things to discuss. Always make sure your trolling battery, or batteries, are fully charged. This is always a god idea, no matter what the conditions however, you will probably need all the power you can get while trolling the shores and trying to maintain stationary positions in the wind.

Anything light or lofty, like tackle boxes and fishing nets, should be secured or stowed low if you're fishing from a boat or dock. Losing your gear or trying to catch a flying bag of plastic worms can get you into some tight spots and might even cause you to lose a fish or worse, take a dive into the drink.

Losing your gear or having to paddle back to the launch is never a fun experience to encounter. Trust me, I've been there. By the way, it's also a good idea to keep at least one paddle in the boat, just in case.

A great new piece of equipment to add to your gear is the drift sock. Specifically designed for windy conditions, the drift sock is used to slowly troll or maintain a spot without using a trolling motor or anchor, which decreases battery usage and cuts down on noise created by the troller or the splash of and anchor.

The "sock" is usually made of heavy gauge nylon and attaches to the boat with a rope like an anchor. You just drop the "sock" into the water on the windward side of the boat, as the wind pushes the boat, the sock drags in the water causing the boat to slow considering and, in some cases, to even stop.
Very handy on those windy days and can be used to drift fish.

One fortunate aspect of fishing during windy conditions is that your favorite fishing spot will probably be less crowded. That is if your favorite spot gets crowded. Another good aspect is that fish can generally be more predictable.

Wind creates waves, which in turn breaks up the surface of the water. This is primary to understanding what the fish are going to do. Wind also cause currents to break up the sediment and food; This causes the bait fish to follow the drifting bands of food and cover located in these light currents on the top of the water.

And where you find bait fish, you find bass.

The waves and debris also break up the patterns of light shining through the water, which can cause bass to become more active due to optimal feeding conditions. Fish are also less spooked on windy days because of the noise at the surface (chops and splashes) as well as possibly being pre-occupied with searching for prey.

For the most part, fish face into the current and will be more apt to strike prey swimming at them rather than chasing the prey. Casting into the wind and returning with the current can produce a number of strikes, especially if you can find multiple locations with the same characteristics.

Remember to note the conditions in which you catch a fish in order to reproduce your actions in other locations. Fish will position themselves and react in the same manner all over the lake. I try to keep a journal. Some anglers bring a small note pad with them to document catches and the conditions in which they fished.

It does not matter if you're fishing from the shore or from a boat, knowing what to look for on a windy day can produce some cool results. Just remember to cast into the wind and retrieve with the current. Try to position yourself downwind along the shore and pull your lure along those lines of transition, most often, bass will be hiding in ambush and will strike hard.

Lures that create a vibration and flash are optimal for windy days as well as muddy conditions. Wind will also cause mud lines to appear at the shoreline, structured areas or along wind induced currents. Big bass love transitional lines in the water. (Shadow lines, Mud lines, Weed lines and Sharp drop offs) Get two or three of these and a windy day together and were talkin 'results.

As far as bait is concerned, spinner-baits or rattle-type baits work the best, due to the noise and vibration they produce, especially if the water is muddy. Bright, noisy, vibrating baits usually work the best in muddy water. I say usually because you never know exactly what the fish are going to do. However, fish will generally act the same under certain conditions.

In muddy water, dark color crank baits and jigs work very well. If you use a spinner, go with chartreuse or white. There are now glow in the dark blades available on the market today. For obvious reasons, neon or glow in the dark blades and lures will produce desired effects in muddy water.

Top water, splashing baits do quite well also. I like to use two-inch, lipped minnows and poppers to bring the big ones to the surface. The splashing and popping creates the noises associated with dying or jumping bait fish. Ripping, top-water buzz-baits can be very handy on noisy, windy days also. I have not seen many anglers catch fish with buzz-baits as much as other lures, but that's because I have not seen many buzz-baits used.

I prefer not to use them myself, for personal reasons. But try them out, who knows, you might have great results with them.

Line diameter should also be considered depending on the style of casting you use. You might not need to change if you flip or pitch cast or if you use a heavier lure however, if you use an overhand cast or you go with lighter crank baits, you might consider switching to a smaller diameter line to cut down on the amount of drag, which will shorten your casting distance.

Another factor to take into consideration is that the wind can often cause the water temperature to change. Currents caused by the wind will often bring the cooler water up from below, which in turn, changes the temperature at the surface. Depending on the season, this can cause fish to react differently.

One last tip is to try to ignore the conditions and just fish. If you become familiar with the way fish respond to certain conditions, the rest comes naturally. As I always say, find what works for you and go with that. So remember to secure your gear on windy days or leave it behind and until next time, good fishin 'to ya.

Source by Chris Curley

Sea Perch Fishing 101

Surf Perch fishing is fun activity that can be enjoyed by everyone. Perch are widely distributed along the west coasts of Mexico and United States. They are abundant and great tasting. Two of the most common species of surf perch are the red tail and striped perch. Red tail perch are the largest of the sea perch family and can grow up to 20 inches in length and weigh up to 5 pounds. Striped surf perch are smaller in size and weigh up to 3 pounds. Perch fishing are usually done close to shore and does not need heavy fishing gear to be productive.

Fresh water fishing rods are more than adequate for sea perch fishing. Some anglers prefer to use a 7 foot light spinning rod for light surf fish. I like to use a 9 foot medium power with a fast tip action rod as my go to sea perch rod. I find that the longer rod length is more suited at keeping my line over the waves when the surf conditions are strong. My favorite line strength is between 6-8 lb monofilament, it is light enough to let me cast further and also sensitive enough to let me feel the fish bites. When picking your fishing reel, it should be corrosion proof and has smooth drag. The spool should have large line capacity for at least 250 yards.

Surf perch are not finicky about food. They will feed on anything that is available near shore. Shrimp, blood worms, sand crabs and squid are excellent live bait for sea perch. Artificial bait such as worms, curly tails and small jigs are also very effective. There are a few types of live bait rigs that you can use for perch fishing. There are many types of live bait rigs for perch fishing. The Carolina and fireball rig are two of the most popular rigs used by surfcasters. The Carolina rigs are very simple to put together and you can do it yourself. The fireball rigs are a bit more complicated make yourself, however, they can be purchased at the tackle store pre-assembled.

Best time to fish for sea perch and other surf fish is one hour before and after high and low tides. The best locations to find perch are near troughs, riptides and rock structures. The best time to spot troughs and riptides is during low tide. Look for deep water holes along the beach. You can mark the spots with spikes or record the locations with your GPS to help you find them later during high tide.

Source by Huey B

Sand-Bar Smallmouth Bass

The best course of action or the most obvious area to fish sometimes isn’t clear and you should consider your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to some areas of a lake that are being overlooked.

One of my favorite times to fish is in the fall for lunker smallmouth bass. A great lake for fall smallmouth is Kagawong Lake on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, now fishing sand bars will work well on most lakes and rivers. Now the north east end of the lake has a large sand bar area just south and to the west it drops off to much deeper water.

Sand bars are common in most lakes and rivers, but for the best results the ones adjacent to deep water produce great action. In most lakes, sand bars form along shorelines and areas facing prevailing winds, that is what you have on this lake. The sand bar runs for about 3 miles along the shore and runs out about half a mile till it drops off to much deeper water.

Sand bars are forgotten pieces of shallow structure on which large smallmouth bass gather. In the fall big lunker bass turn from sullen sulkers into voracious predetors stiking out at anything that comes into their range. The pressing urge to store energy for the long winter sends them on feading frenzies into shallow water areas they do not usually frequent during the day. They can not wait for the right light or time of day to make their move.

Fall smallmouth bass like to hold and feed over a hard smooth bottom that provides an unobstucted view of the surrounding area. They use the scattered cover on these sand bars because it attracts schools of baitfish and small panfish, which they prey on. I have very often seen small groups of large smallmouth bass roving in 3 to 6 feet of open water between small patches of vegetation. Smallmouth are particularly vulnerable to angling in these open areas because they can detect your lures and bait from long distances and attack viciously. When there are two or more bass present, the largest very often will strike first with the others in close pursuite right up to the boat. A second lure worked just behind that first strike will very often give you that double-header.

For those of you familiar with the latest on Smallmouth Bass Fishing tips now have at least a understanding that some areas of a lake are forgotten. But there’s more to come.

These aggressive smallmouth can be fished fairly quickly with mid to shallow running lures. I have even had great luck fishing them with small jigs and live bait while drifting slowly along the sand bar, of course this is only appropriate with a good wind speed and direction to keep you on the sand bar. A spinnerbait is a good choice for working in and around the sparse cover on the sand bar and you are less likely to get foulded up. I like the 1/8 ounce size with 6 even 8 pound test line, because small spinnerbaits outfish the larger heavier sizes in the fall.

The spinnerbait color is important on some days. I have had good luck in stained water with a chartreuse Colorado blade, jig and twister tail. When smallmouth bass are aggressive this combination is deadly. When the bass are less energetic, lures that blend in with their surroundings seem more acceptable. When smallies are after crayfish in clear water, a copper blade and a brown to brownish-orange grub has a definite edge. Silver blades with smoke coloured grubs are good when the bass are feeding on minnows. Take a good variety of baits and lures to cover all conditions.

Varying the retrieve of these baits will produce more action, a steady retrieve back to the boat and then a lift and drop action on the next retrieve may produce better results. Other lures that work well on sand bar smallmouth are medium to small crankbaits, especially long narrow minnow imatators, and spinners. At the more heavily fished areas, a subtle twister-tail or tube jig can pay great dividends.

Most anglers often overlook sand bars and beeches because they see them as sterile structures without the usual rocky profile associated with smallmouth bass. Next fall, find yourself a nice sand bar with some vegetation or other sparce cover and you could have schools of lunker smallmouth bass all to yourself. Just get out there, enjoy nature and go fishing.

Now might be a good time to remember the main points covered above. Keep them in mind the next time your out there in the fall fishing for those smallies and you will you remember what’s important about this Smallmouth Bass Fishing tip.

Source by Jack Phillips

Best Time to Fish – When is the Best Time to Be Fishing?

As anglers, especially anglers who want to catch more and larger fish, there is an understanding that some times are better for fishing than others. The problem can be that we are not exactly sure how this all works. Although there are many theories out there that try to explain why one time is better than another for fishing, one of the simplest (and easiest) ways to determine the best time to fish is by paying attention to Mother Nature.

So, what the heck do I mean by 'paying attention to Mother Nature'? Well, it's really fairly simple. When I use the phrase Mother Nature I'm referring specifically to the weather and moon. These two forces of Nature have a dramatic impact on the best time to fish, and if you want to know the best time to be fishing these two forces of nature need to be paid attention to.

The bottom line on the weather and moon is that you can get as detailed and involved in these subjects as you would like. In my experience, the basics are more than enough to help you make sure that you're on the water at the most opportune times for fishing. So, what the heck are the basics? Well, there is a bit more than can be explained in a single article, but I'll give you the basics.

Let's start with the weather. When I refer to the word 'weather', I'm referring mainly to frontal systems. When a frontal system passes through the area that you are going to be fishing, the barometric pressure either rises or falls. When the pressure moves one way or the other fish can detect this change through their lateral lines. Depending on whether the pressure is rising or falling (generally rising is good, falling is bad) the fish will feed accordingly.

The moon is also a big factor in whether or not fish are feeding. Depending on what phase the moon is in, fish will also be more or less active which means they will be biting or not biting. The moon plays a major role in the best time to fish. For example, fishing is much better during a new moon phase than it is during a waning crescent. The bottom line is that the moon is a determining factor in the best time to be fishing.

Your goal as an angler needs to be to plan your fishing trips around these two forces of Mother Nature as much as you can. In a perfect world you want to be fishing when both of these factors are in your favor. When this happens you have one of those epic days fishing that you remember for many years. The bottom line is if you want to know the best time to fish, learn the simple rules that revolve around the weather, moon, and fishing.

Source by Trevor Kugler

Using Nightcrawlers As Fishing Bait – Some Tips

There is little question that nightcrawlers are one of the best known and most readily available fishing baits that there is. Everyone who has wetted a line has probably used a nightcrawler as fishing bait at one time or another. I have personally been using nightcrawlers as bait for more than two decades and in that time have learned some tips that will make anyone a much more successful angler when using this popular fishing bait.

As a matter of fact I consider fishing with live worms to be every bit the “art form” that other forms of fishing have been proclaimed to be throughout the years, as long as it is taken seriously and some simple rules are adhered to. My fishing mentor, who preferred fishing with nightcrawlers (or similar live worm species), taught me some of these tips many years ago and I have been using them ever since.

The first tip is to keep your nightcrawlers as cool as possible while fishing. The cooler they are the more lively the nightcrawlers are and thus the more effective they will be as bait. Obviously when temperatures are hot, this can be a challenge, but keeping your nightcrawlers cool is key anytime they are being used as fishing bait.

The next thing to consider is how the worms are carried or held while fishing. If you are fishing from a boat or still fishing in a lake this isn’t a problem. The nightcrawlers can be kept in the container that they are purchased in and taken out as needed. The place where this is truly a problem is if you are wading. If you are wading (or otherwise mobile while fishing) and using nightcrawlers as fishing bait a bait bag should be employed for carrying them. A Bait bag is simply a small pouch that hangs from your fishing vest or is attached to a belt loop on your pants and holds your nightcrawlers for you while fishing. The other cool thing about using a bait bag is that when temperatures are hot, you can simply un-clip the bait bag, dip the entire bag into the water to cool off the nightcrawlers, and then simply re-attach it after the “dip”. This will help keep your nightcrawlers cool while fishing in hot weather.

The next and probably most important tip when using nightcrawlers as fishing bait is to present them to the fish that you are attempting to catch in the most realistic manner possible. This is accomplished by using a set of gang hooks, which is simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, enabling nightcrawlers to be presented in at outstretched and natural manner. Actually, when using gang hooks and nightcrawlers, the worms should be pinched in half before rigging up, so as not to leave too much of the worm “hanging off” of the second hook. The bottom line is that gang hooks should always be used when live worms of any variety are the fishing bait.

Keep these simple tips in mind and you will experience much more success on your next fishing excursion.

Source by Trevor Kugler

Bass Fishing after Dark and in the Rain

When it gets too hot and too crowded on the water consider bass fishing in more agreeable climates and times; specifically, after dark or in a gentle rain. Lakes and streams often come alive when the sun goes down or hides behind the clouds. The fish are livelier and less likely to be spooked by human traffic. In fact, many anglers who visit dark and / or rainy waters as a change of pace, find that these times can produce some of their most productive and enjoyable bass fishing.
Before going any further because remember that safety is always first and foremost so find a buddy to take with you and as with any bass fishing trip let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back. Never, never fish when there is lightening any place in the sky or if you hear thunder. If lightening begins to strike unexpectedly leave the water immediately. Also, make sure all the running lights on your boat are fully functional.

Now where are you going to go? Night fishing and rain fishing spots are mostly the same spots you visit during hot daylight hours; now they're just dark and / or wet. Bright moonlight and shallow water are a good combination for night fishing. Many bass fishermen have lots of success at night off of well lit docks. As for lures, jitterbugs are good and the old faithful worm. Rattles and scents also get a lot of hits.

What are some of the benefits to alternative fishing hours other than the obvious cool waters without a huge infestation of anglers? Well for one thing, the dark and, particularly, the splash of light rain make it more difficult for the fish to figure out it's the prey. Also, rain oxygenates the water, making the whole lake bed more energetic. At night insects and other natural bass prey pop in and out of the water in ways they do not during the heat of the day. Rain storms also have this effect; in fact, rain can make the water come alive with bugs pushed in by the storm. Needless to say all the food in the water gets a heads up from the bass in the area. If you choose the right lure and are patient and quiet, those hungry bass will not be able to tell your worm from the real thing.

Perhaps the largest and most unforeseen advantage of bass fishing at night or in the rain, however, is the change of perspective. Most anglers would agree they were fisherman for life the first time they felt that bass hit their lines. Still, the unexpected pull of a line in the dark still of night, the splash of rain drops on the water's surface can renew the sense of excitement and wonder that captured many fishers in the first place. So, if you are an angler looking for a different way to land a bass, you might do well to think of the times many others would never venture out for bass fishing.

Source by Charles Hammer

Split-Shot Fishing For Bass

Sometimes, as we all know, the bass just seems to be more particular and the old techniques like a Texas rig with a plastic worm does not work. So you need an alternative for those finicky bass. Bass become more finicky in clear water conditions where they rely on their eyesight more and where there is a lot of fishing pressure from other anglers. If you are fishing under one or both of these conditions, than I have got the technique for you – it's called "split-shot fishing."

When using this technique (split-shot fishing) you will want to use 6-8 lb line. A seven foot rod with a spinning reel will work great for this finesse style of fishing. The idea is to give the fish a longer time to view your bait as it drops to the bottom. You will use a split-shot weight that you will put about 15 inches up from your bait. Preferably, choose a light, round split-shot weight, you want it just heavy enough to maintain contact with the bottom. For your bait, use a plastic worm, grub, or an eel. Your typical worm hook is to heavy, use a lighter wire hook. This will help with the presentation, your bait will descend at a lower speed tempting the finicky bass. When you cast, keep feeding line until you fill your bait hit the bottom. You want to reel this bait in very slowly. Do not reel it in steady, make sure you pause and give the bass plenty of time to strike.

Remember this technique works best in clear water and heavily fished lakes. It also works great in cold water conditions. The idea is "finesse" so use lighter line and a light split-shot weight. This technique also involves patience, waiting for that light rig to hit the bottom; then reeling it in very slowly with long pauses. And like always with bass, fish around structure.

You can never have enough strategies when it comes to bass fishing. And you will need a good back-up plan for when the fish are not biting. And split-shot fishing, fished the way I described it above, is a great back-up plan. Remember, the most prepared fisherman, is the luckiest fisherman.

Source by Jamie L Roberts

Have The Time Of Your Life And Catch Big Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are large in warmer bodies of water which has a cover cover, irrespective of whether it is in the weeds or the rocky outcrops. In some of the lakes with blended habitat, the largemouth location overlaps with that of smallmouth bass.

In the course of the summer time they will be in deep underwater areas like submerged islands, rocky shoals and on weed edges. This is the kind of structure that will be most effective and suitable to capture these really harditting tail dancing fish.

Casting spinnerbaits or retrieval shallow running crankbaits in submerged weed patches also pays off. Bass of each species in deeper water can be taken with diving crankbaits. Largemouth techniques that get the job done elsewhere are also helpful. Fishing differs from flip-and-pitch kinds around the shallow, matted weeds, docks, and stems, to thrilling top water jerkbaits, poppers, and hovering plastic worms.

Take into consideration that the time of year is also something to consider. Late spring to early summer depending on what the water temperature is at will be spawning time. The female will be on the beds guarding her eggs from anything that may come to invade her space. Top water lures can be especially exciting because the bass will kill it with much protective anger.

After the bass spawn can be a little tougher to get them to bite. They usually go into the deer water and rest for awhile to recuperate from guarding and spawning. The males can be more ready to bite as opposed to the females. However you will need to locate them and present the right color bait and the correct artificial bait that will entice them to bite. Some lures will not work because you might fish them to fast or too slow for instance so be prepared to use many different styles and colors and possible at different depths.

Always make sure, at any time of the year that you are fishing for largemouth or smallmouth bass that you have different colors of lures and of course different styles of baits. What I mean is have jerkbaits, plastic worms, top water baits, spinners that you can run across the top of the water with speed. Just make sure you are prepared for anything because you will not know what they will hit on.

I have always been a proponent of learning as much as I can before I start to fish for a particular species. Read articles and tips from the experts that will help you be better at fishing for this great fresh fish! Knowledge is the key to catching fish.

Source by Jeff Bausch

Learning To Catch Bass With The Right Color Lure

Every bass fisherman out there knows the importance of picking the right lure. We all wish there was a simple answer but nothing worth doing is ever easy. Of course some fisherman I know love the challenge of finding just the right lure at the right time. Let's take a look at some tips for choosing the right bait to land those big bass.

The most important thing when choosing a bass lure is the action. The way the lure moves joins fish first not the color. Whether it's a top water lure or a diver remember the action is the most important thing. Of course knowing how to use it right to get the best action is the key.

Now when choosing the color be sure and take into account the clarity and condition of the water. If your fishing in clear water the color is more important since the fish will be relying primarily on visual stimuli after being attracted by movement of the lure. However if your fishing dark murky waters color becomes less important as the bass relying on it's other senses.

Try imitating the main source of fish food in the area when picking color of the lure. If the main bait is minnows or shad look for silver colored lures. If fishing where crawdads or crayfish are a bass's main choice look for dark browns and grays.

I've found when fishing for bass in water that's a little murky a light bright lure works best. Bass can detect movement at a distance and are really attracted by the bright colors when homing in on the lure.

Make sure and take into account the weather and time of day. If the sun is shining or hidden on a cloudy day makes a difference on the color of lure you use.

We have all had those days where fishing the same spot as another fisherman he lands bass left and right while we can not get a hit to save our necks. With all the variables a good bass fisherman has to take into account it's no wonder fishing is not always an easy sport.

Source by JP Cooper

Bass Fishing: The Most Sought After Fishing Game

If you have even a passing interest in the topic of Bass Fishing, then you should take a look at the following information. This enlightening article presents some of the latest news on the subject of Bass Fishing.

How can you put a limit on learning more? The next section may contain that one little bit of wisdom that changes everything. Let us learn more about Bass Fishing and the basic things you need to learn to lure your fish.

Bass fish is a black fish which is a specie of North American fish. There are various other types of bass fishes like large mouth bass, small mouth bass, Kentucky bass and a lot more.

Bass fishing originates in southern United States of America. This fish was originally for food and later turned out to be a very popular sport. In fact, in 1950's it became the second mostought after game in the states, coming from a humble start. Bass fishing has made a drastic change in the fishing industry with regards to development of some fishing gears form rods to reels, making way to lines to lures. There is also the evolution of electronic boats and modern bass boats. Luckily, this sport brings a lot of money to the state. More than billions upon billions of dollars is being formed this sport.

Most of the participants in this fishing sport do not treat bass fish as food. They treat this kind of fishing a sport. Typically, they catch fishes and release them in water afterwards. This is called "catch and released". The BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society) under the National Tournament circuits bought this. There is a huge penalty whenever they catch dead fish. Dead fishes are not counted as a score. The cure fishes are immediately taken for weighing purposes and released back to water. If the fishes were stressed, they are placed in a tank for treatments then released back to water right after.

Largemouth bass fish was introduced across the world by government wildlife department and sports angler. Japan and South Africa are just two among the countries who got active programs of bass fish stockings. In fact, Japan, South Africa and Australia are some of the countries with many participants in fishing tournaments held in United States. Australia has its own fresh water fish called Australian bass fish that is why they have their own fishing tournaments. You can not find Largemouth bass fish in Australia. Although Largemouth Bass got features similar to Australian Bass fish, they are still considered different fishes.

Let me give you some basic guidelines on how to locate a bass as it is the most important aspect and Anglers should know how to locate bass. This might be the biggest problem you can encounter especially if you are new to the sport. Definitely, learning how to locate a bass is necessary for everyone.

There are many factors to determine if you want to learn more on how to locate bass. These are the following.

* You must learn how to read a map.

* You must also learn how to locate for active bass after the fall of the cold fronts and on early spring.

* You must know how to understand different water depths.

* You must take into consideration that fishing needs clear water.

* You must be aware of the normal temperatures where bass fishes usually dwell.

* You must learn about the seasonal patterns.

* You must learn how to locate structure areas.

* You also have to locate the vegetation areas.

You also need to look for some key elements so you can locate bass. The following are the key elements you need to find:

* You need to look for the vegetation areas

* Take a look at some irregular contours

* Be aware of the waterfall water that is close to deep water areas

* Locate the point and point of drops

* Be aware of the different and different type of structures

These are the things you need to learn about Bass Fishing. If you've picked some pointers about Bass Fishing that you can put into action, then by all means, do so. You will not really be able to gain any benefits from your new knowledge if you do not use it. Happy Bass Fishing!

Source by Puneet Singhal

A Few Kayak Fishing Tips to Help You Land the Big One

Here are a few kayak fishing tips that can hopefully help you on your next fishing trip. An anchor trolley helps position your boat, so that you can apply more pressure when setting the hook. If you have the boat facing sideways to the fish, all of your energy is delivered sideways, into the water. This does not provide you and leverage. However, if you have the kayak positioned with the nose facing the fish, when you set the hook, the energy travels the length of the boat, providing a lot more leakage. You can tell the difference when you put this one into practice, give it a shot the next time you are out. You gotta remember that these kayaks are not like the big rig boats, where you can swing for the wings when you set the hook. You have to properly position your boat to ensure the maximum power.

Since you can not set the hook with the same power you have on big rig boats, I highly suggest using super sharp hooks. As a general rule, if the hook does not stick to your skin, it is not as sharp as it could be. This does not mean throwing a hook away as soon as it will not stick to your skin. This does mean that, if you can apply pressure, and it will not pierce your skin, it will not pierce a fishes strong mouth either. Sharp hooks also leave a smaller entry point. This heals quicker on fish, but also allows the barb on the hook to do its job. When you open up a wide hole in the fishes mouth, it takes him longer to recover, and he has a higher change of throwing the hook because there is nothing to grab onto.

The last of the kayak fishing tips that I have for you at this time, is to cover up your skin. I know you see the yuppy types in their khaki pants, blue long sleeve shirts, and hats with the drop down cloth in the back. They wear these because this type of clothing works to keep you cool, and from getting skin cancer. You will sweat, but the sweat keeps you cool, and being covered this much surprises bugs from biting at you. This all put together makes for a decent day out on the water, without dealing with the normal hassles your friends are dealing with. Yes, you are starting to look like a yuppy as well now, but remember, what is more important? Comfort and life, or what your friends think of you?

Source by Joshua Killingsworth

Spinner Fishing In Small Rivers and Streams

A very effective way to catch fish is by spinner fishing in rivers and streams, yet many fishermen neglect to understand is that to catch fish consistently you want to have a variety of techniques at your disposal so that changes can be made when necessary. To be truly effective, spinner fishing needs to involve more than casting a spinner into the current and retrieving it. While do this will undesirable catch a fish or two, it will almost never lead to catching fish on a consistent basis.

Below I will draw upon my twenty plus years of experience spinner fishing in rivers and streams to outline a few effective tactics that should be a part of every serious spinner fisherman's arsenal. These tactics have served me well over the years and have enabled me to consistently catch all manners of fresh fish while fishing in small rivers and streams.

The first tactic is known as drifting and it involves allowing your spinner to drift as it flows naturally with the current of the river or stream that you are fishing. You make casts parallel to where you are standing, close the bail of your fishing reel, and allow the spinner to drift with the current. While the drift is taking place you want to keep any slack out of your line as much as possible. One of the best and fastest ways to accomplish the task of keeping any slack line out of your drift is to use a long fishing rod (six to seven or so feet has always worked great for me). Weight can be added to your line in the for tape lead or split shot sinkers to vary the depth at which your spinner is drifting.

The next spinner fishing tactic is referred to as snapping. The technique is quite simple, as all that it means is that you "snap" (or quickly yank) the tip of your rod as you retrieve your spinner. Performing this "snapping" motion causes the spinner to suddenly disengage and the re-engage, so making it look like a wounded bait fish. This "action" will cause almost any fish that swims in a small river or stream finds difficult to resist.

The final tactic is referred to as ripping and involves spinner fishing with the current rather than against it. To perform this tactic you will need a quality spinning reel that has a high gear ratio in order to keep up with the current and engage the blade of the spinner, but because most fish are used to seeing spinners being fished against the current, this fast and seemingly contradictory technique often elicits bites from aggressive fish.

The bottom line is that when it comes to spinner fishing in small rivers and streams the aforementioned tactics need to be a part of you fishing arsenal. If any of them are not they should be added sooner, rather than later.

Source by Trevor Kugler

Sunfish Lures – The Most Deadly Sunfish Lure Ever Created

Many people head out to their local bait shop to pick up live bait to go fishing for sunfish. However, with the amazing plastics that we have available in today's world of fishing, I think plastic is better than live bait for sunfish.

Why? Well, in my opinion, buying worms, grubs, or maggots is not really what I look forward to when I think about going to have fun with some sunfish. They are messy, and the Styrofoam containers that the bait comes in litter every shoreline I have ever fished in my life. When you have a pack of plastics, you really do not have a problem with sealing them up and throwing them in your pocket.

The plastic of today is extremely life like. One of the best plastics I have ever used for sunfish is the power maggot made by Berkley. They look exactly like larvae that sunfish love to eat. The bait comes in different colors, which is great, because you can really target what the sunfish happened to be eating at any particular time. For instance, a green power maggot will be deadly when inch worms are coming out of the trees next to shore. Sunfish will not be able to stay away from them. You'll catch a hundred if you hit the water on the right day. The power maggot also comes in red; this color seems to drive sunfish absolutely crazy.

Berkley also makes some small small 1 "inch power grubs, which are often times a bit easier to find than the maggot. to shore. So, what you can do to make them smaller, and increase your hookups, is to rip off the tail, and all of the sudden they become a power maggot.

Source by Scott R

Fishing in Rocky Point Mexico

If you have a love for fishing then you will love all of the opportunities that you will find in beautiful Rocky Point Mexico.

While in Rocky Point you can enjoy fishing from the shore or you can rent a fishing charter that will take you further off the shore to deeper waters. You will find an abundance of the Sea of Cortez Rock Bass or the more common trigger fish that are easily caught from the shore.

The charters available in the area are knowledgeable about the best places to locate fish. They have extensive experience in deep water fishing. They can help you find species like Spotted Bay Bass, Cortez Halibut, Needle Fish, and Leather Jackets. Halibut is one of the local favorites because of the mild flavor. They are also fun to catch and can reach a weight of over five pounds.

Spotted Bay Bass is another fun catch because they tend to put up a fight. Many people enjoy fishing for bass and then releasing them after they are caught. Bass fishing is a popular sport in North America because of the spunk and tenacity the bass offers. Many areas have size limits on the bass you are allowed to keep but for the larger ones their mild flavor is very desirable.

Bass is a popular fish because you do not have to have live bait. They are easily caught with lures that feature rooster tails, spinners, crank baits, and jerk baits. In shallow water areas they are often caught with top water baits. This is particularly fun because you get to witness the fish jumping out of the water to grab the bait.

Lure color is an important factor in fishing in Rocky Point, Mexico. Chrome spoons, chartreuse plastic worms, silver cranks, and white and gray are the best colors to attract bass. Many other colors are offered but usually do not work as well.

Along the reef you will find some hot-spots for trigger fish but they can provide a challenge. They respond best to cut bait and grubs and this may turn off some who prefer to use artificial bait.

Regardless of what type of fishing you prefer, you will find plenty of fishing opportunity in Rocky Point. If you don’t want to spend the money for a charter you will find that fishing from the shore can be fun and challenging. If you decide to rent a charter you will get to enjoy the beautiful ocean scenery while searching for some of the larger fish that are found in deeper waters.

Charters will gladly clean your catch for you if you want to keep it. You can either freeze it to enjoy later or you can take it back to your accommodations and have fresh fish for dinner. Either type of fishing you choose you will find that the fish are plentiful and offer you a challenge to catch. You will enjoy the beautiful surroundings and soak up some rays from the sun for a peaceful and enjoyable afternoon.

Source by David Spane

Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips – Give Light Tackle a Try!

Regardless of where you live or how tough the conditions are on the lake you are fishing, there are always some bass that can be coaxed into biting. Sure, we all know that there are going to be days when nothing works and you will go home empty handed. That is what prompts us to keep learning and improve our bass fishing skills. This article will provide some largemouth bass fishing tips that will, hopefully, keep you from getting skunked when the conditions are tough.

If you resist the temptation to run around the lake, and if you stay with some simple proven, techniques, then you can definitely reduce your number of fishless days. When the fishing is tough, the worst mistake that can be made is to abandon a proven area without trying a variety of techniques. This is when slowing down your lure presentation and light tackles comes into play. It's not easy to slow down and thoroughly fish a certain area since it requires patience and persistence, but when the conditions are tough and the fish are not aggressive, it is the best way to make the most out of limited time.

We have all heard that big baits catch big bass, but small lures on light line catch all sizes of fish when nothing else works. The next time you find yourself fishing in tough conditions try downsizing your tackle. Try using a spinning rod with 6 to 8 lbs. test line with lures that are 1/16 to 1/4 oz and cover virtually every inch of the area. This is the time when you will need to slow down, fish tight to the cover, and keep your lures in the strike zone longer. Light tackles allows you to offer a more slower, slower moving presentation with smaller lures. Small lures tend to look more natural and tend to convince contact fish to strike especially when the conditions are tough.

Light tackles allows you to do a lot of things differently. Obviously, the downfall is that it is more fragile and you will be more likely to lose some fish and some lures. However, with the proper equipment and quality line, you can handle some mighty big bass on light tackle. So, the next time you are fishing in tough conditions and the fish do not seem to be biting, remember these largemouth bass fishing tips and give light tackle a try. Perhaps you will not get skunked and come home empty handed.

Source by Gregory Jackson

Burning and Ripping Traps – How I Pattern Big Bass With Lip Less Crankbaits

It is not a big secret that the best time to catch that Big Bass of a lifetime is during the spawn.

While the pattern I am going to discuss here can be fished in and around the spawn, it is more geared to when the big females are in there pre spawn holding patterns preparing to move in and set up on there beds.

This is when I utilize one of my all time favorite tactics for big bass .. and that is hunting these big pre spawn Females with a big lip-less crank bait.

My absolute favorite bait for this pattern … and " I have tried them all back to the originals like the Rattle Traps and Spots " is the SPRO aruku shad in a red crawfish pattern. I will burn this lure as fast as I can on a 7 foot medium heavy spinning combo with 20 lb braided line.

I prefer the spinning combo as it allows me better control and and is easier to rip the baits out of the weeds, and the braid makes it much easier to cut through them. Now the rod and reel combo is a personal choice and if you use use casting that is fine but I do recommend that you use the braid.

Most times I like to burn this lure in 10 feet of water or less, over weeds that are adjacent to spawning flats.

Be prepared as this pattern will wear you out … from all the reeling and ripping that you have to do, in order to fish it as fast as you can burning it over the tops of those weeds but!, The rewards are huge.

Now when you find that the weeds are sitting lower in the flats in the 5 foot range or so, I will take my Aruku Shad and just let it tick the weed tops.

The next thing I will do is to allow the lure to fall into the weeds then RIP IT! viciously out of the tops … now be ready when your working this ripping pattern as those big females will absolutely crush your lure.

So make sure to try this big fish pattern to catch that big bass of life time

Source by Scott Michael