Saturday, July 26, 2008

Largemouth Bass Fishing With Monster Worms

By Scott R

Big bass love to try and get their mouths around gigantic creations. Some like to finesse big fish, and outdoors magazines are often filled with "Micro lures for Giant Bass" articles. We are they kidding, big fish like to eat big lures, these articles are just filling space for their advertisers. Sure, big fish will attack small lures if it's the only lure in the water, but they much prefer attempting to maul a meal that will satisfy them instead of grazing on micro minnows.

With the internet, has come the ability of specialty bait companies to offer their wicked creations to the public without having to go through huge discount retailers. Specialty pourers have come up with some of the most incredible plastic baits ever seen in fishing history. They have no strict profit margins, they are beholden to no shareholders, and thus they are allowed to be creative. And the common fisherman can actually get their hands on some truly innovative baits.

A fisherman can pretty much get his hands on any bait his imagination can conjure up. Giant frogs, snakes, lizards, salamanders, and the wonderful creature baits. And, importantly, when you buy from independent individuals, the the prices are actually reasonable.

Now, with the competition of the internet, prices are driven down-way down. Paying 5 bucks for 5 pathetic looking plastics worms because it's the only choice in the store is gone. Manufacturers of over priced plastic junk actually have to do some market research these days to keep customers. Take advantage of all the internet tackle makers and make your fishing more enjoyable.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Fly Fishing at Night For Brown Trout - the Ultimate Secret For Small Stream Beasts

By Scott R

The biggest brown trout have always been nocturnal. And eventually a fly fisherman enters his big fish phase, after he exits the catch as many fish as I can phase. For a short time, the fly man will beat the waters in search of his monster during the day, until he realizes that he can not seem to get a fish over the 18 inch mark on any of his creations while the sun is still out.

On Western streams, big browns are not exactly hard to come by, but in the more earthly locations that most people are forced to fish, slob browns are very difficult to come by. A fish breaking 20 inches is quite an accomplishment, especially on a fly. So while a wooly bugger on a size 4 hook might land a 20 incher in the west, in most places with poor water quality and tons of fishing pressure, big trout look for considerably bigger meals, and to catch them, you need to beef up your offerings considerably.

In small, deep streams that get a decent amount of fishing pressure, night fishing with big flies is often the only way you are going to see a fish over 18 inches. Letting a fly sink is often impossible in snag infested streams at night. The only option is to get a fly that rides the surface or slightly below the surface. A hand tied fly on a size 1 or 2 hook is perfect for the job. Considering you will be night fishing, there is no need to get pretty with the tying. Simply tying a gob of deer hair near the eye of the hook to create a wing effect that floats on or slightly under the surface is all you need to make an amazing night brown trout fly

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Colored Hooks - Should You Use Them

By Simon B Rogers

Fishing in Devon with colored hooks, yes, you either love them or hate them, or maybe you are ambivalent. There are now a multiplicity of ranges of colored hooks from silver to the latest camouflaged hooks and everything in between, why?

As you are all aware, what ever fishing you are doing, whether it be a Devon fishing holiday or not, bait presentation is considered a major part of attracting your fish onto that colored hook and finally out of their watery home. Making the bait culinary delight as attractive as possible, or at the very least what your fish expects to see and thereby, not spooking or scaring it off.

So, by the same logic you can use the different colors and match them to your bait, therefore allowing them to blend in with the bait and not appear out of place.

Some Devon fishing holidays proclaim, Yes! the "scientists" agree that most fish can see colours. Some self catering cottages and fishing centers re not so sure, I am generally used to seeing the word mad before scientist, but this time I think you should believe them. Some think that fish may see more colour than humans (that "mad" is creeping back)

"They" say it is possible that fish can see ultraviolet light much like insects, giving them the ability to see not only what humans see, but also things we can't.

Distance is obviously restrained by the clarity of the water, our holiday cottages and fishing lakes are very healthy, which stirs up the sediment at the bottom of the lake, this means the fish can probably see up to about 10 feet.

Remember that they are looking through a watery surface which distorts their view. Water pressure changes as they change their swimming depth, which may also distort their vision. Don't forget that light rays bend when they enter the water, fish can see objects above water that are far to the side of their window or vision.

The fish eye placement gives them a wide field of vision. They can see in all directions except straight down and straight back. Depth perception and 3d vision is possible by looking directly ahead viewing the object with both eyes. Otherwise it only has 2d vision since it is viewing an object with only one eye.

So it is quite possible that colored hooks will give you that additional edge you may be looking for.

Based on this, it makes sense to use a dark bronze hook with similar colored baits such as pellets, tares and casters.

For a light nickel (silver) hook whiter baits could be used, such as bread, plain colored maggots, pinkies or squats.

Red hooks can also be bought and baits for them would be red maggots, bloodworm and jokers.

While golden hooks are moor suited to sweet corn and bronze maggots.

Also new to the market are camouflaged hooks which are very effective for bottom rigs blending in superbly with the bottom terrain of the lakes.

The beauty of self catering cottages and fishing is that you can keep as much tackle in your cottage as you like, making it available for you throughout your Devon fishing holiday stay.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Irresistible Secret Fishing Baits For Big Carp And Catfish!

By Tim F. Richardson

One of the most little used baits these days in carp and catfish fishing is paste due to the predominance of commercially produced carp and catfish boilies and pellets and other forms of baits. But the basic point of a bait is to give you an advantageous edge against the suspicions of fish previously caught on your bait so using something different literally has massive fish catching benefits! Pellets and boilies are in many ways limited by their physical characteristics and both are heated and compressed during their formation leading to common features which wiser fish can recognise and therefore easily avoid if such baits are associated with previous danger!

The training of goldfish to perform tricks dispels forever the myth of a fish's 3 second memory. But many fisherman know fish have long memories and can avoid baits they have been hooked on in the past. The advantages and use of dough and paste bait are very little known compared to general knowledge of fishermen regarding many other baits.

Paste and dough type baits often have great solubility, which is a key factor in their major effectiveness. But practically all their characteristics can be manipulated or adapted to suit fishing needs and situations. Why use baits that any other fisherman may already have hooked your target fish with when such fish can be far easier to catch on original and unique new baits which only you can exploit to its full potential!?

For example, both carp and catfish have certain essential nutritional requirements which means you can exploit these things in your baits so basically forcing your fish to eat your bait as it contains what they need to survive. Many species of catfish like the channel catfish can thrive on a diet high in carbohydrate if it is soya based for instance. But carp are different; they are basically diabetic in the way they deal with carbohydrates and the energy from carbohydrates as a result of food digestion is not fully transferred into the fish and in fact carp fed on purely high carbohydrate feeds can easily drop in weight and lose health.

Both carp and catfish have increased metabolism (rate of oxygen consumption) as temperatures increase. The fishes need for more food is raised as a result of increased metabolism as more energy is required. One of the best ways to pull fish into your swim in an excited state is to use soluble protein based paste baits packed with fish essential amino acids and you can use your paste bait fresh, or use it in hard air-dried form and your fish will consume these with great enthusiasm!

The ingredients, additives, flavors and other ingredients you can make paste or adapt commercial ready made baits to make them new and unique are legion. I cannot recommend the homemade adaptation of ready made baits enough and this does not simply start and end with simply soaking them in a favourite flavour or in dips. In fact, you can top commercial baits very easily by exploiting using the commercial base mix used in the ready made baits you like to use, but use your own personally chosen secret additives, flavours - or whatever you like; this really is very effective and in the UK the best fish on such a bait I've had was a 46 pound leather carp back in 1999...

Of course using a ready made base mix of dry powders as your paste or dough bait is one way to quickly make a bait without any knowledge of bait making, but then just consider just for a moment just how satisfying it is to be able to catch every new personal best fish on your own personalised secret bait! I've been making baits for over 30 years for carp and catfish and one thing is clear; you can easily compete with any commercial baits using homemade ones and with a gigantic saving of 75 percent of the cost of expensive ready made baits! In fact I have noticed that anglers who use ready made baits spend a fortune on them and largely waste their potential because they do not realise they are fishing using a bait fish are more often than not already pre-conditioned to be very wary about; hence so many anglers get disappointing results on them which is a big downer!

The possibilities you have with paste and dough baits to provide highly irresistible bait features to boost and enhance and differentiate your baits from any others the fish may have regularly experienced are endless. One of the top benefits is that you can put much higher levels of the most effective ingredients into your baits; far more than commercial bait companies can afford to include! It takes a bit of knowledge to select which ingredients to use, but the results on such baits are just amazing compared to ordinary ready made baits - and the best part is that you can make baits with ease that can out-fish your ready made baits using friends!

By Tim Richardson.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Trout Fishing - I Love Early Spring Trout Fishing

By Rolland Meigs

Over the years I spent many a spring in northern Ontario just after the ice has vanished from the many lakes that populate the northern Ontario landscape. This for the most part calls for accurate planning, come too soon and the ice will still be on the lake, come too late and the lake has started to turn. Once the lake is started to turn, the water becomes very murky and is a lot harder to attract fish to your lures. By turning I mean the cold water on the top of the lake settles to the bottom and the warmer water from the bottom comes to the top.

Hit it right and you can land a ton of fish, arrive at the wrong time and you may not see a fish all week, even though you are spending lots of hours on the water. Now the fish at this time a year, will be near the surface or along the shoreline. Some of the water that I fish have both Brook trout, and lake trout, which can offer up some awesome brook trout, and lake trout fishing.. There are tons of articles on the net that will give you great trout fishing tips, and you will also find lots of deals on trout fishing lures, and other tackle. A good place to check also would be the Bass Pro shops.

There are several different methods I use for catching trout in the springtime. Two of the most common methods are trolling and still fishing.

Still fishing: I've caught many a lake trout sitting on the shore of the lake and casting out as far as I can with a dead sucker minnow. Let the minnow just float down to the bottom, checking every once in a while to see that it is not caught under a rock. This method only works in the springtime as the lake trout are cruising the shoreline for food. I remember in my younger days fishing a northern Ontario lake that had two or three islands. I would take my boat out to the one of the islands and start a fire, then I would heat up some hot chocolate, and sit there (lots of times falling asleep) and still fish for trout for most of the day.

Trolling for trout: The secret to catching brook trout or lake trout in the early spring is trolling near the surface or as close to the shore as possible. Now you will have to watch your line carefully because you will have a tendency to get snagged along the shoreline. I usually use floating minnow imitations, spoons or spinner's, they all have their place and work great at different times of the day. One of my favorite colors for a floating minnow imitations is a perch color. I've also caught a lot of brook trout on the old standard red and white spoon.

After a morning of trolling or still fishing and having caught a few fish there's nothing like a shore lunch on the edge of a northern Ontario Lake. There's never usually a fire warning up because at this time a year the woods are still pretty wet. But for safety sake it's always best to have your fire right near the water, so it only takes a second to extinguish it if it becomes neccessary. I love freshly filleted fish along with fried potatoes, onions and either can spaghetti or canned beans.

So if you're looking to do some great trout fishing this spring, head for northern Ontario with its picturesque settings and all the fresh air that you can handle.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Spring Fishing Tips

By Trevor Kugler

There are few things that people enjoy more than the springtime. The smell in the air, the warming temperatures, the birds happily singing their songs, and of course for those of us who fish, getting out on the water after being "out of commission" for six months or so. In this article I'm going to discuss some spring fishing tips that every angler should keep in mind. These tips will not only help you catch more fish in the spring, some of them will help you catch more fish no matter what season it is.

Let's start with your gear. In the spring, many times water conditions are much different than at other times of the year. For example, in many areas of the United States, river and streams are much higher than at other times of the year. This can have to do with rain fall or run-off. When we're dealing with higher water conditions, the best thing to do is use a longer rod. As an example, in the spring I use a six-foot six inch ultra light rod, rather than my normal five foot ultra light rod. This helps tremendously with "feeling" not only my bait, but also bites and bottom. A great spring fishing tip is to employ a longer fishing rod.

How about your clothes, shadow, and yourself? Many species of fish, especially in cold clear water, are very spooky. If they detect anything unnatural, they will tend not to bite. This is why paying attention to your clothes and shadow is so important. You want to where drab clothing, rather than clothing that stands out. When fishing in small rivers and streams it's also incredibly important that you not cast a shadow on the area that you're fishing. This will "spook" any larger more experienced fish that may be in that hole.

In the spring the weather can be less than predictable. This is why understanding the ways that both the weather and moon impact fishing is so important. This may be the most important spring fishing tip. These two forces of Mother Nature have quite an impact on fish, and the more you know the better. The goal is to be on the water when the fish are the most active. This is accomplished by using these forces of Mother Nature to your advantage.

How about presenting your bait in a natural manner? This tip is true for all seasons, but seems to have more impact in the spring. As anglers, we want our bait to appear as much like it does in nature as is possible. If you ever use live worms as bait, this is why you need to use pre-tied gang hooks. You see, gang hooks enable you to present live worms in an outstretched and natural manner, which makes a huge difference in the number of bites you receive. Presenting your bait in a natural manner is always important, but especially important in the spring.

These spring fishing tips will help you be more successful on your next fishing trip. How am I so sure of this? Simply because I've been using every one of these tips for more than twenty years and know how effective they are. Give one or all of them a shot sooner rather than later. You won't be disappointed.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.....Montana!

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

It's Time To Get Ready For Spring Fishing

By Ronald B. Shannon

Here comes March! This is usually the time when I wrap up my ice fishing. It's time to think about getting ready for spring fishing. Do you need new line? Maybe you need a new pole or reel? The sales usually start during this month for all of the gear you need. Maybe you would like to find someplace new. Pick a place you haven't tried yet and plan a weekend trip to check it out.

My brothers and friends and I use the winter months to plan on a new trip for spring. This year we are going to devote a few days to brooks for that elusive trout. I found a couple while in the backwoods looking for new deer sign. Can't wait to flip a fly in them and see what is there.

See you on the water!

Time to Clean out Your Tackle Box

Meanwhile we might as well get the old tackle box out and give it a good cleaning. The first thing to do is through away all the junk (old line and candy wrappers).

Now let's get serious. What is your primary target this year? I use two tackle kits, a box for boat fishing and a shoulder bag for canoe and stream fishing. This allows me to carry a lighter load and eliminate gear that I don't need.

It's also a good way to weed out gear you don't really need. A good hook sharpener comes in handy in most any kit. Keep one handy at all times. There's no sense losing a fish to a dull hook.

The next thing you should look at is the condition of your lures. Are they rubbed or scratched? Touch up paint or even fingernail polish (check with your wife or daughters first) will do the trick. Brush on little sealer after they are dry and you're all set for another year. You might want to check the trebles at this time. Now is the time to replace bent and rusty hooks.

When you get to those plastics, whether tubes or worms, be sure to take out any that have begun to stick to the box. They will definitely cause you trouble later on.

I'm tired just writing about it. Think I'll go take a beer break! See you on the water.

Ron Shannon is a Reg. Maine guide from Clinton, Me. USA. He has been camping for over thirty years, using camp as a base for fishing, canoing and hunting trips. Though he now uses a travel trailer, he has amassed his knowledge from tents to trailers through years of trial and error. His camps have ranged from camping alone to as many as twenty people.

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