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8 Top Tips to Catch and Land Bigger Fish

Land Bigger Fish With These Great Tips

While many people know a bit about fishing, fewer and fewer people actually spend the time to go out and do it – they are missing out on memories and fun. There is a wide variety of places and ways available to enjoy the sport of fishing. This article will give you some tips for approaching a variety of fishing experiences.

Patience

Being patient is the key to fishing. The may be times when you may go several hours or days without catching a single fish. If you want to enjoy yourself when fishing focus on the quietness of it, or the serene view you are gazing into.  Fishing is very relaxing and rewarding even if you don’t bring home Moby Dick.

Blend In

Fishermen should try to blend in with the environment when they fish. Fish aren’t color blind so they will be less inclined to notice you if you’re wearing camouflage or earth tones when fishing near bank edges or in a boat.   If the water is clear enough and you can see the fish, remember the fish can see you too!

Bass Swimming in Clear Water

Protection

Wear sunscreen. Even if the day is not too hot, you still need the protection. Frequently, the sun rays are strong over the water, so you should ensure that you will not get sunburn when you are out on the water.  How does this help you catch larger fish?   Well it lets you stay out fishing a lot longer, stay cool and keep your skin healthy.

Lead Sinkers

In the cold weather, sinkers are a good product to have when fishing. Sinkers apply weight to the line and lower the bait to deeper, warmer waters that are filled with fish. How many sinkers are added to the line, and how big they are, varies according to how deep the water is, how windy the weather is, and how far you want to cast your line.

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Go where the Birds Are

The birds can be your best fishing partners. Whenever you notice birds swooping into a certain area, it is likely that lots of fish will be in that location. Birds love to eat fish, and they dive towards the water to catch them. Closely observe their behavior, as it may assist you in having a great day of fishing.

Change your Lure

If you’re fishing using artificial bait, change the bait’s color once in awhile. This tip can be especially helpful if you have been on the water for awhile, and haven’t had a bite. Fish sometimes are interested more by a brighter bait than the shades they are accustomed to, this may help you catch the attention of that lurking monster.

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Use Proportional Baits

If you are trying to fish for pan fish, use small bait, however to catch large fish, use larger bait. While you may pay more for larger bait, you will be more likely to land a larger fish. Large fish will naturally seek out larger food than the standard bait.

Fat Worms

Live earthworms can be fattened the night before using to make them easier to get on the hook and more appetizing to fish. Just place some worms in a newspaper lined box and place it in the fridge overnight. The cold temperature, together with the added humidity, will plump up the worms.

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Now get out there and RELAX… this is fun not WORK!

As you’ve now learned, anyone can learn to fish. Fishing is not difficult at all. You just have to spend the time learning what to do, and then you can start to catch your next meal on the end of your line. Not only will you be proud of yourself, but you’ll be able to reward yourself by eating a delicious meal you caught yourself. ~Wait… now you will need to learn to clean and cook it!!!!

Get out there and make your own FISH STORY.……

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Top 7 Fishing Tips to Actually CATCH FISH

Top 7 Fishing Tips to Actually CATCH FISH

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While there are a lot of hobbies out there, fishing is a fairly easy and rewarding one to undertake. Fishing is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of any age. In order to become a really good fisherman, which means you actually want to CATCH SOME FISH, you need to know a few things, and have the proper equipment. You can get off to a great start by taking a look at the suggestions below.

1. Check the Weather

Remember to know what the weather will be prior to fishing to ensure your safety. Check your local weather app (I like WeatherBug), before and during fishing to stay alert to weather conditions. Some of the best fish are caught during the rain, but don’t fish when it is lightning!

2. Different Casts for Different Seasons

Cast Uphill in Spring Downhill in Fall

To figure out whether you need to fish downhill or uphill for different seasons, think of fish migration patterns. For example, in the spring you should cast uphill to get ahead of the fish. Fishing downhill works best in the fall when fish are returning.

3. For Bass Fishing Use a Grub Lure

Bass love grubs! These small lures can hook you some big fish. While they are very popular for smallmouth bass, they can be equally effective for largemouth bass too. They are perfect for areas without much coverage, such as highland reservoirs.

4. Which Lure to Use When?

As you stock your tackle box/boat/truck for your fishing trip, be sure to include all necessary tools, supplies, gear, drinks, and, maybe, a first aid kit. As for bait, the decision between live bait and lures really depends on what type of fish you are going for. Worms and minnows work well in freshwater for various species of fish.  Shrimp, crabs and mullet work work in saltwater ways. As well, you will want to learn the types of lures that works best in every fishing situation.

Click the picture to read the full article on which lure to use in sun, rain, clear to murky water.

Focus on the bait’s color instead of the water’s color. You need to pick a color bait that fish will be able to see. If the water is murky, make sure the colors are bright and easily visible. Clear water requires darker colored lures that do not mesh with the surroundings.

5. Where’s the Fish?

If you’d like to find the ideal spot for boat fishing, try using a fish finder. A fish finder can help you find fish as it uses sonar to find the fish. Nonetheless, there are fisherman who would rather not make use of a fish finder. These fisherman believe fishing is a real sport where there should be no unfair advantages. I’m not against either way, I just want to catch fish and have fun!

With new technology you can now use a fish finder *without a boat* and from the bank!  Using your IOS or Android smartphone and a fishing pole, you can toss out the “Bobber” and get a great underwater view.  Visit it on Amazon by clicking the advertisement (yes I get a small fee if you buy it, thanks!). Let me know how you like it please!

6. If you are that into it… Woo woo Moon Phases

If your goal is to catch a lot of fish, then it’s important that you educate yourself about moon phases, and how they effect the behavior of fish. Fish are most active the night of the full moon, and will be easier to catch. Be aware that this will make you more visible.

7. JUST RELAX AND FISH… and maybe drink a beer

So you can see that becoming a good fisherman is really quite simple. If you put what you’ve learned in this article into practice, your fishing skill (actually catching fish that is), will increase by leaps and bounds. So take some time to relax, and start fishing with your father/mother/child/wife/husband/sister/brother/grandparent/friend. The time spent together will create a special bond that will last throughout the years.

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The 3D Suicide Duck Lure that I got For Christmas!!

Hi all, I want to tell you about the 3D Suicide Duck lure that my daughter gave me for Christmas!

Now, several weeks ago, if not a couple of months ago, I had seen a really awesome catfish catch video.  Some guy is in a small water boat and fishing in a little river area and tossing his lure into an underwater cave-like hole in the river bank.

At the time I saw the video it was mainly showing that a catfish could be caught on a lure – this being a HUGE catfish. I completely forgot about that video, until this Christmas I unwrapped the 3D Suicide Duck, the Woodland version, and my daughter showed me the video again.  Sure enough it’s that duck lure!!

I am super excited but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, with work and holidays.  I have the perfect spot picked out too!

Here’s the video I am talking about, in case you haven’t seen it:

Now, my daughter had to research to where to find this and it’s sold by Savage Gear. They were sold out of almost all, but luckily she got to purchase the woodland duck one, in the larger size duck.

You can also buy it off Amazon if you are one of those prime members who likes free shipping and super speedy delivery.

There’s only about seven reviews on Amazon about them, and some with pics from their catches!

Savage Gear also has several YouTube videos featuring their 3D Suicide Duck Lure that you may want to check out.

Here’s a good intro and visual of how the duck works and it actually catching a huge whopper of a fish:

If you choose to purchase one from Amazon, I get a tiny percentage and I thank you! Let me know how it works for you and I most definitely will keep you up to date on my catches and experience with this little, eh, big guy!

HAPPY FISHING!

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PVC Pipe Noodle Fishing is like Jug Fishing

Have you heard of the new way to jug fish? It’s fishing with a PVC Pipe surrounded by a swimming pool noodle! This is a great way to catch fish, particularly catfish, and most fisher folks call it their “catfish noodle”.

People have various ways of making these and have their own preferences to be sure.  Below is a nicely made catfish noodle.catfish noodle

I grabbed a few youtube videos to give an idea of what this is all about, and put them together below.

You probably already know what typical jug fishing is like, but in case you don’t, here is an entertaining video with some great catches!  This video was created by DigginDeepSouthLA of a man and woman (he and his wife?) sucessfully catfishing with jugs.  He gives you and idea on good bait and also shows you how to bait and put the jugs out to catch fish.  See their rewards!

So, that was typical jug fishing, although not all folks use empty oil jugs, there’s a variety of jugs that can be used, however, the best are ones that offer a nice tightly screwed on cap.

Next up is a family fishing with catfish noodles on the Belton Lake, I’m assuming this is in Texas, but not sure.  The kiddo’s seem to enjoy fishing with the noodles/jugs as well since they get to participate.

They looked like they all had fun didn’t they?

So you may be wondering, ‘how can I make these catfish noodles myself?’ First, let me show you a short video by ArkansasPrepper to give you an idea, ~and I am also showing you this because I like they way he makes his!

I wish he showed a little more in detail of the “how to”, but fear not, below I have a very long detailed video on how to make three different types of these catfish noodle jug lines. Not just the noodles, but the entire setup. Enjoy!

So, let’s go out and build us some and see what happens! I have a tank here at the house that I may test them in first maybe I will catch a few of the monsters in there!

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Catfishing never too many Bait Casters

henry-cats-tims-tank-200x140My wife says I use too many fishing poles, so many that she can barely get enough fishing space for herself.  Not true.  I leave her plenty of room for her one pole, maybe even two.

I like to set at least 3 baitcasters out, especially when catfishing.  I’ll have one up the river a way, one down river a way, and one all the way across the river if I can hit it.

I then usually take a spinning reel and bass fish while waiting for a clicker to go off on one of the baitcasters. Don’t worry, I have fully instructed the wife on how to handle my huge bait casters, and many a time I’ve been too far away to make it back, and she’s brought in the prize fish all by herself.  ~Here she would be sure to inform me she was fishing long before I was born – she’s a whole 3 years older than me, but to hear her tell it, she came out of the womb fishing.

So here’s a picture of my preferred setup, although this isn’t my picture and I have no idea where it is.  As well they have two spinners setup, but the layout is the same:

my-setup

 

Gorgeous place wherever it is.  Looks like a great place to catch some catfish!

Our last great fishing venture together was at my wife’s uncle’s tank located here in Central Texas.

He stocks it yearly with cats and bass.  We’d gone fishing several times over the winter there, as my wife claimed “they’re in here” (since her mother caught two sometime they went fishing together prior).

I hooked a bass on the first trip and exclaimed to her that I probably caught the only fish in that tank!

Well, a few weeks later, I took her and her mother back there with me, with some ‘special’ catfish bait.  I can’t remember the name of it, but it claimed you had to hide in order to bait your hook or the fish would be jumping on your line before you could throw it out.

I have you know, they almost weren’t joking.

Wife and I caught two a piece and the mother-in-law one.  There were nice size and great eating.

Here’s a pic of our catch.  Notice our 1 year old German Shepherd inspecting them:

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And guess what?

I only used one rod and reel!

So there.

If you have any questions, comments or wanna share a catfish catch pic, post them below!

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How to Bass Fish with a Plastic Worm

Here, Bass Pro Fisherman Scott Martin shares his tips on how to properly bass fish with a plastic worm. How many of you just throw out your reel and start reeling?  Well, that’s not the right way to fish with a plastic worm!

Recap of Video:

Main points of video above:

1. You can’t fish a worm to slow, but you can fish it too fast.
2. Plastic worms are meant to look like a worm or a leach, not baitfish.
3. The worm needs to crawl on the bottom.
4. Mke a long cast, then move the bait with your rod, not your reel.
5. Throw out line, after you bait hits the bottom, reel a bit of the excess line in.
6. Use the rod to pull in the line. Then reel down taking in the excess slack.
7. Repeat. Pull, gather up slack.
8. Pick the right size line for the area you are fishing in.
9. Use a proper size weight for the depth of the water you are fishing in.

Just how do I put that plastic worm on a hook and make it weedless anyway?

Find out in MonsterFishandGame‘s video below:

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How to change your line on a bait casting reel

In the video below Pro Bass fisherman Scott Martin shares how to change the line on your bait casting fishing reel.

If you are ever out on the lake and discover you need a line change, save yourself $20 and the time to go to the marina and do it yourself!

Recap of Video:

1. Take off old line in a hand over hand motion. Do not throw the line in the lake! Properly disposed of old line to keep wildlife safe.
2. Take your new spool of line and thread it threw the eyes of your rod down to your reel.
3. Put line through the hole on the bait caster.
4.  Loop line through hole (he’s using a Okuma that has tiny holes inside).
5. Start reeling slowly.
6. Once you have it started put the spool into a tackle bag or somewhere to where it can easily spin.
7. Stand over bag and start reeling. Fill the reel.
8. Reel is full when spool is not over full and not over top of the metal spool.

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Daiwa Tatula Baitcasting Reel

This is a review of the Diawa Tatula Reel.

The Tatual reel offers more reel for less money.  Casting is smooth even with very light weight lures.  Which makes it daiwa tatulagreat for bass fishing in freshwater.

Gear ratio is great for top water fishing and is really smooth.  Lightweight reel.

T-Wing Level line system when open gives plenty of room for your line for further casting.

If you buy one, you will want another!

Click here to read other’s full reviews.

 

Specifications:
Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag (UTD) with 13.2 lbs Drag Max
Magforce-Z cast control
7 ball bearings plus roller bearing
6.3:1 gear ratio
High Speed Right hand

 

But don’t believe me, listen to the YouTube review by American Legacy Fishing Company.

Recap of the Review

Features worth the cost and more

T-wing technology feature which allows your line to have more free range movement for extra casting distance.

Smooth drag.

Compact profile that fits well in your hand.

Purchase this reel, or read more reviews, on Amazon.

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Lew’s Tournament Pro Speed Spool Baitcast Reel

This is a review of the Lew’s Tournament Pro Speed Spool Reel.

The Lew’s Tournament Pro Speed’s clickers on the drag and it’s cast control knob are superb enhancements.Lews-Tournament-Pro-Speed-940x626

It is smooth, small and lightweight.  The magnetic and centrifugal dual braking systems are easy to adjust and make this an awesome technically advanced reel.

I can quickly change my lure and adjust the tension and keep fishing without the worry of backlashing.  For lighter lures, it’s easy to adjust the spin control.

Casting distance is superb and allows for smooth casts.

Click here to read other’s full reviews.

Specifications:

10+1 Bearings
Gear Ratio: 7.1:1
Line Capacity: 12/120
Right Hand
Weight: 6.7 ounces

But don’t listen to me, listen to this great review by j0j0barz33 on YouTube

Basic Recap of YouTube review:

Carbon Fiber Handle – Ads to the light weight and feel of the baitcasting reel versus the metal handle.

Large paddle handles – For larger hands, makes it easy to hold and feels nice in the hands.

Clicking Star Drag – Typical of higher costs reels as this.

Clicking Spool Tension – Also great feature and not uncommon of higher costs reels.

Slender and lightweight.

Dual Cast Control System – Magnetic breaking system with centrifugal brakes.

Spool size – large spool size for such a small reel.

Purchase this reel, or read more reviews, on Amazon.

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Shimano Citica 200G6 Baitcasting Reel

This is a review of the Shimano Citia Reel.

The Shimano Citica 200C6’s cast control is superb allowing for optimum distance and accuracy of aim. Works well with all types lures including the light weighs.

Being a smaller reel it allows for better thumb access to the spool for better accuracy.

Drag performance is smooth and consistent.

Click here to read other’s full reviews.

Specifications:

Gear Ratio: 5.5:1
Ball Bearings: 4
Line Weight (lbs.)/Capacity (yds.): 8/180-10/155-14/110
Weight:7.5 ozs.

But don’t listen to me, listen to Bad Poncho Outdoors review of the Citica on YouTube:

Basic Recap of YouTube review:

Fair pricing.

Aluminum frame with graphite side plates.

Sturdy feeling.

Handles big fish excellent.  Salmon, Pike, Walleye, etc.

1/4 turn side plate system.

Standard stop brake assist.

Flat paddles offer superb power grip and fit your fingers perfectly.

Takes abuse very well.

Drag adjustment matches the case making for a beautiful reel.

Low mass spool.

Less momentum meaning less backlash.

 

Purchase this reel, or read more reviews on Amazon.

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