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FISHERMAN TIPS & TRICKS

New tips and tricks are added each week.
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October 21, 2017
FROM THE DISCOVER BOATING WEBSITE

Fish Before the Storm
The best time to fish bass is before a front comes through, and the worst time to fish them is after. The pressure makes the bass more active, so watch for a wall of clouds moving in. When it’s too pretty out, bass aren’t likely to bite.
Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats founder and namesake of FLW Outdoors


October 17, 2017
FROM THE tread lightly! WEBSITE

Holding Fish
When holding large fish for a photo,
hold them horizontally, supporting
their weight, not vertically which can
cause fatal injuries, even if the fish
swims away.

October 14, 2017
FROM FISHING TIPS DEPOT

The Best Surf Fishing Rig
When it comes to the holy grail of surf fishing rigs the most effective setup is the fish finder rig, followed by the drop rig. If you’re new to surf fishing then the fish finder rig is the best one to start out with. You can experiment with other options later.

October 10, 2017
FROM ON THE WATER WEBSITE

Stow Snaps and Swivels
The most important links in your connection to a fish also happen to be the easiest to lose in your tackle bag. To better keep these tiny pieces of terminal tackle, slide them one at a time onto a large snap, then attach that snap to a lanyard worn around your neck. It keeps the snaps and swivels in easy reach when it’s time to re-tie in the middle of a hot bite.

October 8, 2017
FROM FISHING TIPS DEPOT

Northern Pike – Playing Games with Bait
Playing Games with Bait – Northern pike are notorious for playing with angler’s bait. They will sometimes hit your bait and simply let go without actually running with it. You don’t want to try and set the hook until the fish actually tries to run with the bait. If you lose a northern pike then don’t reel in right away, go slowly, the fish might actually strike it again.
Large northern pike won’t waste the time or energy to chase small bait fish, so you’ll want to use bait that is between 6 to 8 inches. Since most bait stores won’t carry these you’ll want to consider getting a tackle box to catch your own bait, you’ll even save a few bucks.

October 5, 2017
FROM THE tread lightly! WEBSITE

Use Only Artificial Lures
Live bait has the potential to accidentally introduce exotics and cause more damage to fish when being released, as they often take live bait deeper. If you do use live bait, use only bait native to the area.

October 1, 2017
FROM ON THE WATER WEBSITE

Cut Down on Tangles
The dreaded wind knot can be prevented, or at least reduced, by manually flipping over the bail on your spinning reel after a cast. This keeps the line from twisting as it works its way from the bail to the line roller, which it does when the bail is snapped shut automatically by turning the reel handle.

September22, 2017
FROM FISHING TIPS GURU

How to Catch Bullhead Catfash
Catching bullhead is easy once you’ve located them. Plastics and mimic lures do not work well on these fish. Anything live will work great. Things that work well for catfish are: Worms, Crayfish, Bugs/insects, Minnows, Cheese, Bread, Lunchmeats, Bacon, Leeches, And many other grocery products.
Find murky or muddy waters. These areas work best for catching bullheads. If you can find a bridge or overhead structure that provides shade for the fish than you are in the right spot.
Fish right on bottom. Literally right on the bottom. Attach a piece of live bait or food to a hook with a sinker and let it sit on bottom. The bullhead will find it and suck it up. There is really no need to troll or cast and retrieve when targeting these fish.

 

September 26, 2017
FROM THE ONLINE FISHERMAN

Snook Tips

The snook can hear you. Being quiet is a rule of thumb that every angler should apply regardless of what they’re fishing for. Snook are aggressive structure predators almost all year. Even when they’re on the flats in the middle of summer they’re hanging around edges of holes or near slight cuts in the bottom. They are very careful because of shark – which eat them on a regular basis. And they do not get old being stupid. Small sounds scare big fish, and it seems the smallest sounds spook the biggest fish.

September 17, 2017
FROM FIELD & STREAM

Crappies: Score Slabs With Swimbaits
Long-line trolling is a favorite summertime crappie tactic, and standard procedure calls for pulling jigs or crankbaits. But I always have a 2-inch swimbait—like a Storm WildEye Swimshad or Creme Spoiler Shad—in my spread, too. Fished on 6-pound monofilament, they run 7 to 10 feet deep at crappie trolling speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph, and they’ll run deeper if you add a split shot or two. Swimbaits rarely get big numbers of bites, but when they do get bit, it’s often by a slab. They’ve accounted for more 2-plus-pound fish for me in the past two seasons than everything else combined.

September 11, 2017
FROM FISHING TIPS GURU

Walleye Fishing
Troll slow! Walleye are lazy fish and will typically not chase down its prey if it’s moving too fast. If your fishing off shore reel in very very slow. If you are trolling a lake troll at the slowest pace your motor will allow.

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