Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Best Bait - Is There a Best Fishing Bait?

By Trevor Kugler

If you've been fishing for any period of time you must realize that the question posed in the title of this article is all but unanswerable. There is probably no best fishing bait, but rather there are individual anglers favorite bait for fishing. The bottom line is that the best fishing bait is largely up to individual preference. If you've had personal success with a certain bait, that bait will be your 'best fishing bait'.

In this article I'm going to list some of the most popular and effective baits for fishing and some tips on fishing them. You can then draw your own conclusions as to which of these bait's is the best. Sometimes the bait isn't the issue as much as the way in which it's fished. After reading this article you'll get some valuable tips for fishing your bait in the most effective manner.
Let's get down to business, shall we?

1. Live Minnows - One of the most popular and effective fishing baits in the world are live minnows. Crappie and walleye fishermen are very aware of using live minnows as bait. The most popular method for fishing live minnows is to tip jigs with them. Live minnows rigged on a set of gang hooks is also an effective fishing tactic. The downside of fishing with live minnows is carrying them around. Minnow buckets are bulky and inconvenient, especially if you're not fishing from a boat.

2. Live Crayfish - Although not very popular, live crayfish are a great fishing bait, especially for smallmouth bass or large trout. Live crayfish are an extremely effective fishing bait. The downside of these little buggers is obviously the fact that they aren't readily available and they are also difficult to carry around. As far as 'the best fishing bait' is concerned, crayfish need to be on the list.

3. Live Worms - Every angler on the planet knows all about the effectiveness of live worms as fishing bait. Worms and fishing seem to fit together like hands and gloves, it's hard to think about one without the other. The interesting thing about live worms is that most anglers don't fish them in the proper manner. The only way to fish worms in a truly effective manner is through the use of gang hooks. You see, gang hooks are the only way to present live worms in an outstretched and natural manner. This makes a huge difference in bite and catch rates.

4. Synthetic Baits - What do I mean by synthetic baits? Berkley has made incredible breakthroughs in fishing baits with their Gulp and Powerbait products. These fishing baits are molded into every imaginable fishing bait, from minnows to crayfish and every bait in between. Many anglers say that these synthetic baits outperform live baits. At The end of the day, these fishing baits could easily be the best.

Whatever your choice for the best fishing bait, what's important is that you spend as much time on the water as possible practicing your craft. Nothing will make you a better and more successful angler like practice. At the end of the day, the bait you choose to use can be secondary to the experience of fishing itself.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing 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!

Gang Hooks Tied & Ready To Fish:

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ice Fishing House Plans - Fish in Comfort in the Freezing Cold

By Wendy Pan

Anglers are said to be passionate and very patient individuals. For your information, they can fish from dawn until dusk without a bite and still would not be disheartened. They fish through the seasons of a year, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Winter or ice fishing provides a different kind of challenge. These anglers go to the extent of even having Ice Fishing House Plans made to complement a hobby/interest of theirs.

For non-anglers and those not into fishing, the idea of having ice fishing house plans could sound non-sensual and even crazy. However, for those that are bitten by the bug, it would only seem a natural step to have an ice-fishing house built. These fishing houses are usually fitted with some basic facilities such as heating to provide extra comfort.

Some of the main features of ice fishing house plans are that it should be feasible in terms of size and easy transportation. For example, there is no reason and no need for a person to have an ice fishing house built if they are to fish only for a day. These fishing huts should be sturdy, collapsible, and easily transported. With additional ski supports, either a snowmobile or even ATV can pull the hut. For these said individuals, ice-fishing houses are more than just a place to fish. It is also their home away from home.

These days, with the internet, it is not difficult to build your own ice-fishing house. Quick surf around the internet proved my belief. Many sites offer ice fishing house plans. Even, there is some with extremely low budget to boot! Over in there is an ice fishing ice plan that quoted just $100 as the budget. Imagine having a fishing hut all for yourself, one that is built by you even and costs a mere $100. It is supposedly collapsible and towable even, making it very convenient.

There are other sites available other than the one mentioned above. would be one. This is one incredible site, which you have to visit it to be able to gain information about anything related with ice fishing house. There are ice fishing house plans and ideas, pictures of featured icehouses, forums and much more, all in the name of ice fishing houses.

With this, anglers need not worry about ice fishing houses that are all rented out and endure heartbreak and disappointment about not being able to fish because of the ice fishing houses all rented out. The simple solution is find a solid ice fishing houses plan and start building your own today. When the next winter season arrives, you will be fishing from your self-made ice-fishing house.

Wendy Pan is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about ice fishing house plans, please visit Ice Fishing Equipment Online for current articles and discussions.