Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fishing for health..

Now that it is winter, we all need the extra nutrients as our body is losing a lot of heat and energy.
At least twice a week we should be eating fish as it is rich in phospsorous and essential fatty acids. The flavour and aroma of fish is subtle and lovely and mixed with many green vegetables and salad can make the healthiest combo meal and also keep you slender and fit and your children very healthy indeed. So why not opt for fish tonight for a change?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Great Recipe for salmon..!!!

It's getting really nippy now and we need some heartwarming nosh down our digestive tracts this winter so time for a lovely soup to keep the family in good shape. Nothing like a healthy bowl of soup.


1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3-1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups half and half
1 can (17 oz) cream style corn
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 can (15-1/2 oz) salmon, drained and flaked
Parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)

Melt butter in large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and garlic; cook 4 to 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in 1 cup broth. Stir until boiling and thickened. Stir in remaining broth, the half and half, corn, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered 15 minutes, but do not boil. Remove fro heat; add salmon. Garnish each serving with parsley.

Makes 8 cups.

Friday, November 2, 2007

THE WORLD'S Largest fish?

Well in 2005 the World's largest fish was caught in Thailand and it always goes through my mind as to what do these people feel once they catch a Whopper like that lol? It must be quite an excilerating experience and at 646 pounds that is truly one heavywight champion. I would have loved to have been there to see it.

here is an excerpt on the story!


I am wondering what they did with it after? Did they disect the thing or put it back into the ocean? Well looking like they are just fish observers, they might have put it back where it came from. A wonderful and humungous Catfish for all to see in the pic!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Wow this looks like a lotta lotta fun..I wish I could be there..They have been catching some realcorkers lol..
Come and have a look at Hunter's Big Fish - Shuswaps 2004.

They cought some massive Fish!!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Here is a great recipe that I love to cook..

Ginger bass, salsa trout microwave special..

Thin pieces of fish steam to moist succulence in just minutes in a microwave. Heat penetrates their slim profiles quickly and evenly. For light, lean, and flavorful results, complement the fish with bright seasonings: orange, ginger, and cilantro with seabass; fresh salsa with trout; lemon and capers with sole. Each of these recipes cooks in about 2 minutes and serves I or 2 people. For more servings duplicate recipe, cooking each dish separately. Microwave-steamed Bass with Ginger

1/2 pound white seabass fillets (1 to

1 1/2 in. thick)

1 tablespoon orange juice

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon fine shreds fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon fine shreds orange peel

Fresh cilantro (coriander) sprigs

Orange wedges Cut fillets crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips. To butterfly fish, cut down the center length of each strip almost all the way through, then open out flat. Set butterflied fish pieces on a 9- to 10inch nonmetal plate and drizzle evenly with orange juice and soy. Sprinkle ginger and orange peel evenly over fish. Cover with plastic wrap. Place dish in a microwave oven and cook at full power (100 percent) until fish is slightly translucent but still moist in thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and squeeze orange over fish to taste. Serves I or 2. Per serving: 1 18 cal.; 21 g protein; 2.3 g fa t,- 1. 6 g carbo.; 421 mg sodium; 4 7 mg

Friday, October 5, 2007

Inflatable Boats: An Overview

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Inflatable boats are made from flexible material, usually rubber, canvas, or neoprene, and hold air at high volume but low pressure. They need to be fitted with a frame to which an oarlock mount is firmly attached. Such frames are either made of metal or wood, or a combination of the two.

Inflatable boats with motors are high speed, maneuverable, stable and can be easily launched from a ship. For this reason, US Navy SEAL’s use the inflatable boat small (IBS) for their operations.

Twenty-three foot long Rigid Hull inflatable boats are best suited for retrieving people stranded on rocky pinnacles among the waves, and are used by the US Coast Guard during Search & Rescue operations.

There has been a lot of development in Inflatable boats. The large inflatable boats have rigid boards in them, and are called Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB’s). They can be driven by oars or outboard engines. The large ones are considered good enough to be used by the Lifeboat men.

The modern life raft is a well thought out, well-equipped, seaworthy fully inflated boat. However, if there isn’t enough air inside, inflatable boats are apt to fold in the middle. Thus, they need to be pumped up to the proper pressure using bellows.

Most Inflatable Boats are portable rafts. An inflatable yacht that is 8 feet (2.4 m) long is rated to carry three people when used with a motor. It weighs 35 pounds (15 kgs.) when dry, which makes it a reasonable load for one person to carry for a long distance if necessary. The next size is 9 feet long, which does not sound much more, but the difference is great, in fact. The 9 feet boat is heavier and has much larger air tubes.

People use inflatable boats for exploring, and manually haul them to remote places. There are many brands of high quality inflatable boats available in the market, but whatever brand is chosen should be roughly 8 feet long, rated for 3 people, have a motor, be a reasonable load for one person to carry, and does not have a wooden floor, or other heavy parts.

Inflatable Boat Sales are taking place online. Inflatable boats are available for sales – both as new ones, and as used boats. Prices range from $25 right up to $2,800. The range covers 8-foot yacht tenders, fishing boats, and 14-foot inflatable sail boats.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fly Fishing Rods – Getting The Bends

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Picking a fly fishing rod is a tricky endeavor. Do you go with your ego, expected fishing environment or something else? While length is a factor, the bend or action of the rod is a key factor.


Fly fishing rods are often defined by their flexibility. In laymen’s terms, flexibility means how far the rods will bend when the same casting effort is used.

Minimal Bend

A fly fishing rod that has minimum bend is often called a “fast” rod. The lack of bend lets the angler get lots of speed on the cast. This speed allows you to cast very accurately and farther away than rods with more bends. While these benefits may sound great at first glance, a fast rod can be frustrating. There is no room for error when using the rod. If you are going to use one of these rods, you need excellent motion and timing. Generally, only anglers with a lot of experience should have a go at using fast rods.

Moderate Bend

The next step down from a fast rod is one with medium flexibility. These rods tend to have good flexibility, but the bend is restricted to the top half of the rod. The rod requires less perfection of motion and timing, but is fairly accurate. If you’ve been angling for a while and have the basic techniques down, a moderately flexible rod is worth a try.

Slinky Bend

If you are just taking up fly fishing, you should use a rod with maximum flexibility. While others suggest a moderate bend is better for beginners, a “slinky bend” rod gives you a lot of leeway when it comes to learning to cast.

Fly fishing is relaxing and enjoyable. Pick the wrong rod, however, and it can quickly become frustrating and stressful. If you use your brain, not your ego, when picking a rod, you will have a blast.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Surface Fishing Twitch Baits - 101

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First off, what is a "twitch" bait? I first heard this term from my Brother-In-Law when he saw me catching fish on one and mumbled, "I never could catch anything on those twitch baits." A twitch bait is really nothing more than a floating crankbait with a very small lip.The bait runs a few inches under the surface with a steady retrieve and returns to the surface when the retrieve is stopped. Some examples would be the original Rapala(tm), or some of the floating Yo-Zuri(tm) lures but there are many models and brands, so pick your favorite.

How do you fish it?

Now onto the important part, how to fish the bait as a "twitch" bait. This is a real simple method but it requires some imagination. The whole idea is to imitate a dying fish on the surface. You've all seen them, those fish that make a few ripples on the surface and then swim a foot or so before returning to the surface again due to exhaustion. This is no different. I fish it in different areas depending on the time of day and weather. One thing though, if its real windy out skip the small twitch bait and move to something that runs underwater or makes a bigger surface disturbance. Basically you will want to cast the bait and let it sit until the rippes settle. Be ready for a strike though, because I have had fish hit the lure when it first lands on the water. Give it a quick jerk to make it dive forward and then let it surface. Twitch it a couple of times on the surface to make it ripple but not move. Repeat and mix up this process. Sometimes I will give it two or three jerks to make it jump forward underwater. Other times I will twitch it just enough to move it forward over real shallow weeds to the next open hole. Here are the areas I concentrate on depending on the time of day.

Night to Early Morning Locations

When fishing one of these baits early in the morning I will fish shallow weed edges or flats with some kind of cover. Usually you will be seeing the tail-end of the night feeding crowd that has been out on the prowl. As the light gets brighter they will move closer to structure for ambush possibilities.

Mid-Day Locations

Here is where you get to test your casting skills. Move up towards the thick weeds that have open pockets. Start casting to the close pockets and work your way out. Move the boat quietly to avoid pushing the fish to other cover. If you don't cover all of a pocket on the first cast then throw back again, the fish might not move far from cover to get their meal.

Evening to Night Locations

Start moving towards the weed edges and flats again. The edges near the cover that you fished in mid-day seems to usually produce. I have fished these baits with success at night but usually move on to Jitterbugs for surface work and Texas-Rig worms for fishing structure. I will write an article soon on my experiences with night Bass fishing.


Hopefully I haven given you some ideas of what to do with those lures. It works for me and is my fallback method when all else fails. The idea is simple, you just have to work at until you get the technique. Feel free to email me with questions or comments about this article, or post your questions in the forums.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fly Fishing – Catch and Release Yourself

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When fly fishing, many anglers prefer to catch and release their fly fishing prizes. Still, what should you do when you’re the prize?

That’s Gotta Hurt

If you become a fly fishing fanatic, you will inevitably hook yourself one day. Of course, this has never happened to me, but my “friends” have done it repeatedly. Being a thoughtful and observant person, I’ve seen how they go about unhooking themselves from a fly. Again, this is never happened to me. Ever. No, I won’t take a lie detector test.

The Barb

The best hook removal method depends on the location of the hook barb. The barb is the part of the hook that keeps the hook from simply sliding back out of the fish or, in this case, you. The essential question is which direction will result in the least damage from the barb.

A “friend” of mine once managed to hook himself through the flap of skin between the thumb and forefinger. The hook penetrated from the top of this hand through to the palm. The barb had gone all the way through the skin. In such a situation, the best method is simply to cut the line at the base of the hook and push it the rest of the way through the skin. This technique will result in a minimum of damage.

Another “friend” of mine once slipped on a rock and hooked himself something fierce in the meat section of the palm about an inch below the pinkie. There wasn’t anyway to push the hook through, so it had to be pulled back out the way it went in. The problem, of course, is the barb could have caused a lot of damage on the way back out. So, what’s the solution?

There are two solutions [excluding the hospital] to avoiding barb damage. The first requires two people. The hooked individual should press the hook slowly toward the curve of the hook. Put another way, you want to compress this curve of the hook. This sounds brutal, but actually should cause the barb to retract from the meat of your hand. The second person then applies pressure to both sides of the entry point to pull it open. The hooked individual should then GENTLY slide the hook out trying to follow the curve of the entry path. Sounds painful, but it works.

If you’re alone, follow the same instructions but you’ll have to do without the pressure. Just go slow and easy. If the hook doesn’t slide, don’t force it. Just head off to the local emergency room.

Catch and release is a good way to fish. Even if you catch yourself.


Sunday, September 2, 2007

Fit The Fishing Rod To The Fishing Task

See yourself standing on the bank of a swiftly moving stream in the shade of a gnarled willow, your fishing rod bent beneath the weight of an unusually large catch.

Whether or not you land that fish depends on the decisions you made at the shop -- primarily the type of rod.

The ABCs Of Fishing Rods

Your rod is the most important tool you will use while fishing, and you can chose from a wide range of types, styles and lengths.

A fishing rod is a shaft of graphite, fiberglass, steel, wood or bamboo used to catch fish (duh). Fishing filament (line), is threaded through the ferrules (eyes) along the rod. The ferrule at the tip directs the cast. 1 end of the line winds around a reel at the base of the pole. The other end of the line has a baited hook attached to it.

Fishing rods vary from 4 feet (for children) to 16 feet, with the average being 6 feet long. Rod length is chosen based on: the species of fish you target and the environment you will fish at.


If your fishing hole is beside trees with overhead branches, you'll need a short, flexible rod. Flexibility -- the amount the rod can bend before breaking -- is determined by the diameter of the pole. Light rods are thin and flexible, while stronger rods are thicker and more rigid.

For open terrain, flexible, thin rods that are 10 to 12 feet long are good, unless it is too windy.

Fresh Water Or Salt Water?

Freshwater fishing occurs in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, while saltwater fishing is done in oceans and along the coast. Choose a rod appropriate to the environment.

Plan For Species Of Fish

Short, strong rods are best for landing game fish. Stronger and thicker rods should be used for large, aggressive fish. Such fish could break a lighter pole.

Select Rod By Material

Common types of fishing rods include bamboo, fiberglass and graphite.

Bamboo rods can be a basic, inexpensive pole with a line attached, to very expensive handcrafted rods that are used for fly-fishing. Bamboo rods run from $5 up to hundreds of dollars for handcrafted fly fishing rods. If you are not planning to do fly-fishing, fiberglass or graphite rods are best.

Fiberglass rods are good for beginners and kids and they're reasonably priced. They come in many lengths, flexibility characteristics, and require very little maintenance.

Many experienced anglers prefer graphite rods, because they are very lightweight and extremely strong.

A Fitting Rod

Your goal should be to find a rod that fits your arm and is comfortable. If you have trouble choosing, ask someone with experience to go along or just ask the staff at a fishing store. A few pointers will quickly get you on your way -- to a world of fun.

Thanks Dale

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fishing Equipment And Accessories

The sun is shining. The air is cool and crisp. Yes, this is a great time for fishing.

As you come to the edge of a swiftly moving stream, you see a great fishing adventure beckoning. You set down your tackle box and your rod and reel, slip off your waterproof jacket, and slip on a pair of hip waders over your fisherman's vest.

The abovementioned are just a few of the many fishing accessories that are available to you from stores, catalogs and the internet. Read on to learn more about the accessories you need to make fishing even more fun.

The Fishing Basics

The backbone of your fishing equipment is your rod and reel. For the casual fisherman, the basic rod and reel is all you need. Once you are more experienced, you will better know your tastes and can upgrade accordingly.

Tackle ranges from simple to extremely complicated. Basic tackle includes hooks, sinkers, bobbers, fishing line and needle nosed pliers.

A net is also a good addition. Choose a net size based on the fish size that you are after.

High Tech Tools

Electronics have, to the alarm of purists, invaded the fishing arena. There are devices that help you locate where the fish are located. And there are alarms to alert you when you have a fish on your line. Those poor fish won't have a chance.

Clothing For Anglers

Fishermen's clothing necessities include a fishing hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. A fishing vest with lots of pockets comes in very handy. A good waterproof jacket is essential for keeping you dry when the weather isn't. Waders, in thigh or chest height, help extend your reach by getting out into the water.

Other Useful Accessories

You should also consider: a tackle box, forceps, fishing knife, scissors, flashlight, wading shoes, and a fishing belt. If you are fishing from a boat, you will need a flotation vest.

Get Advice Before Buying

Before choosing expensive accessories, be sure it is right for the job and right for you. There are many factors to consider, so don't hesitate to talk for help. Someone with experience, either a friend or a salesperson, can quickly help you assemble a set of fishing accessories that will maximize your fish catching odds.

The right accessories will make your fishing experience more successful, and hence, more enjoyable.

Thanks Dale

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fishing By Moon Phase: Increase Your Catch

Every fisherman dreams of a bigger catch! Is it possible to know beforehand when you should plan a trip to enjoy some fishing, catch more than usual, and come home feeling 100% satisfied? Based on my own personal research around the best fishing times, I think it is.

When I first started fishing, the best fishing time for me was whatever time happened to suit me. I tried different lures, baits and techniques until I'd spent a small fortune in my quest to improve my fishing catch. When I finally heard about the "Solunar Theory"--or fishing by moon phase--like most anglers, I was skeptical.

What I'd read sounded too complicated. All sorts of factors needed to be checked and the determined angler needed to be at the water's edge at exactly the right time, TO THE MINUTE, in order to improve on his average catch. Was I really willing to take my hobby that seriously? Let's just say that curiosity got the better of me.

To help me determine whether there was any truth in the moon's effect on the best fishing times, I kept a record of every trip I made over a period of 18 months. All information related to the moon's phases, the weather conditions and the catches I made were carefully logged. What I discovered convinced me that moon phase fishing works. BUT, I also found that it isn't anywhere near as complicated as many would have us believe.

How Does Fishing By Moon Phase Work?

Every fisherman knows that the best fishing times are when the fish are feeding. This tends to be during dawn and dusk, but what often goes unnoticed are the two periods elsewhere in the day--moonrise and moonset. Because the moon has an effect on a variety of factors surrounding the fish--including the live fodder they hunt--these periods, combined with the moon's phase, are what trigger feeding.

By understanding this, and choosing times when sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset coincide with new or full moon phases, you'll increase you chance of a good fishing catch. Assuming there are fish in the area, of course.

Choosing The Best Fishing Times

There really is nothing complicated about this at all; it's just a matter of knowing ahead of time exactly when the sun and moon will rise and set. Fish are most active during 90-minute windows surrounding each of these four daily events; that's 45 minutes before and after these four daily points.

Fishing during these four periods will help increase your fishing catch, but if you plan wisely so as to ensure you're at the water's edge on the days of new or full moon, you can use these 'windows' to reel in a catch like you've never done before. If you have to choose between sunrise/set and moonrise/set, always go with the moon as the moon is the stronger influence.

Hunters have always known that fish and game are most active at dawn and dusk--sunrise and sunset--but their activity surrounding moonrise and moonset is less noticeable because these events are likely to occur without e­ffecting any change in the perceived light. The rise and set of a new moon is invisible anyway, and overcast weather often hides the moon. Without prior knowledge of setting and rising times, two of the best fishing times will be missed every day!

Other Considerations

When planning your fishing by moon phase, there are certain other factors that should also be considered.

Weather - Severe weather changes have an impact on the way fish feed. When a storm's brewing, or just after one has passed, is a good time. If this happens while you're in place, you'll be in for a treat! However, if there's a cold front approaching, the fish are likely to move deeper into the water and become inactive.

Season - Most fish are more likely to bite willingly during seasonal transitions with the transition from winter to spring and summer to fall being the two best fishing times.

Now that you know that moon phase fishing really works, there's no reason why you shouldn't utilize this knowledge to increase your own fishing catch by being at the ready with your rod during the best fishing times available. It's easy and it works!

Good luck!


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Tying Fly Fishing Flies – The Frankenstein Fly

You can buy flies for fly fishing, but you’ll want to tie your own at some point. Undoubtedly, your first fly will be the Frankenstein Fly.

Of Flies…

There is a particular fly for every fish, location and situation. There are basic flies like the Woolly Bugger and millions of exotic ones. You can buy thousands of them, but it will set you back a pretty penny. So, it’s time to tie your own.

The first step in the fly process is getting some educated advice at the bookstore. You’ll need to browse the fishing section for the hundreds of books on the subject. You’ll see books like “Flies for Idiots”, “Be One With The Fly”, “I Fly, You Fly, We All Fly” and other mythical titles. Pick the one that seems tailored to your needs, buy your tools and supplies and head home.

One of the first flies most people try to tie is the Woolly Bugger. It can be used for most situations and seems fairly simple to tie. Since this is your first time, you’ll actually be tying the Frankenstein Fly whether you realize it or not. This is true regardless of the specific fly you try to tie.

With the Woolly Bugger, you’ll use a jam knot, a fluffy piece of marabou, lead wire and so on. You’ll follow the directions in detail. You’ll wind. You’ll strip fuzz. You’ll wrap like you’ve never wrapped before. In the end, you will have followed every step in agonizing detail. As you finish the last step, whip finishing your fly, you’ll step back to admire the best Woolly Bugger.

At this point, you’ll look at the book and your masterpiece. Then you’ll jump on the Internet and pull up pictures of Woolly Bugger flies. Then the neighborhood will shake with a piercing scream. Yes, you’ve created something that faintly looks like a Woolly Bugger, but strikingly like Frankenstein.

Congratulations, you’ve tied a Frankenstein Fly. Welcome to the league of mad tie scientists.

Have Faith

Tying flies is definitely an art. You will almost never get it right the first time. Don’t be discouraged. Keep at it. Who knows, maybe the fish will find your Frankenstein Fly to be a tasty treat.

Thanks Dale

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Days Off Means Fishing

Well tommorrow is day 24 for me at work. I work out of town and dont get to do any fishing while I am away at work. However, starting tommorrow I will be going on 4 days off so that means I squeeze as much fishing in as possible.

I have about 4 differant places that I want to hit in my 4 days off and I only really have one target. That target is walleye. I will be taking my 16 year old with me and we are going river fishing for walley.

24 days ago the rivers were high and dirty but we havent got much rain so the rivers will be low and clear. This is going to open the door to some great walleye fishing. I cant wait.

I will post an update here after all my trips and hopefully the posts are full of great tales of catching all these river walleye.

Wish me luck

Thanks Dale

Sunday, August 5, 2007

What Lures, What Fish?


Considered the most simple of all other lures, they got their name because they look like the head of a spoon. They act for the bait fish by doing a flickering and wobbling movement or action. Spoons are excellent for starters in lure fishing; easy to use and very affordable.


The spinner is basically a blade wherein it does a rotating action on a spindle when being retrieved or taken back through the water as well as it gives off a flash as light is being reflected on the revolving blade, characterizing the bait fish’s scales and movements. This is a lure that is flexible because only can one verify and know the retrieve depth by the period or time frame one leaves before one starts a retrieve, one can also alter the speed of the revolving blade around the spindle, by either speeding up or slowing down one’s retrieve. For the Trout and Mullet, a smaller size is recommended, and a larger spinner with the pike liking, along with the treble hook in a red wool.

Surface lures

These lures are used on the water surface and considered to be the most explosively thrilling of all lures as one could actually see the fish taking the lure, and the anticipation and the expectation of one looking forward of the take is an exciting experience. The fish can be completely seen exiting the water when they send off at a surface lure. Since these lures are being retrieved on the surface of the water, they can be a good choice in areas that have a lot of weed.

Suspending plugs

Having neutral buoyancy and resistance, when the plug has dived or dropped to the required depth and left alone, it will continue on being suspended to that depth. For this reason, this type is perfect for pursuing your prey hidden near the weed beds, rocks or banks. When yanked in order to imitate life to the plug, it causes some crashing attack from your target.

Floating drivers

A necessity for all lure anglers, they cover a wide scope in diving depths; beginning from just beneath the surface up to fifteen feet or more. The diving depth is established on the point of view of the vane or fin to the body of the lure. The lesser the angle to the body of the lure the deeper it can dive. The shape as well as the size of the vane and the lures body contributes to the movement of the plug in the water.

Sinking plugs

These are excellent for deep water fishing, wherein the retrieve can start soon as the preferred depth is reached. This is accomplished by counting down before one starts the retrieval process. Therefore, the same depth will be reached whenever one casts. The distance that the lure has sunk down in a particular time, will give a suggestion of how deep or how far down the fish are situated when they strike; thus this is called the sink rate of the lure.

Soft baits

This is soft rubber bait that comes in various shapes and forms, with matching sizes and colors. These are commonly used for sea and fresh water fishing, which can be used on a weighted jig head handled in the same manner as the jerk bait, being managed as a plug is used.

Jerk baits

Having no movement of its own when in the water, the angler gives life to this lure; whenever the rod trembles or shakes or jerks, this lure can appear to have life. This lure for the most part, mimics an injured or wounded fish that the prey fish find tempting, and be compelled to thrust or lunge at.


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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Guide to Fly Lines, Rods and Reels

Buying your first fly fishing rod and reel is an exciting prospect. Knowing WHAT to buy, however, can be a bit daunting.

You need information to help you buy the right rod and reel and have the right line for the kind of fly fishing you want to do, where you want to do it, and what kind of fish you want to fish for. All of these things matter a great deal. There is no one-size-fits-all.

Fly fishing rods are specified as a length and an 'AFTM' number. The AFTM relates to the weight of fly line that the rod is designed to be used with.

Casting a line heavier than the rod is designed for can cause the rod to break, under loading it makes casting very difficult, since the light line will not flex the rod enough to make it cast properly.

It is vital that you purchase a rod that is suitable for your uses, and that you match that rod to the correct weight of fly line.

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The reel has to have the capacity to hold your fly line plus 50 feet of backing. That's all it does. It's simply a line carrier and it has no other use.

Some people try to play their fish on the reel, you'll see them, they're the ones that run backwards for 20 yards when they hook a fish in order to get a tight line between reel and fish.

Don't bother, it's much easier to hold on to the line that you were retrieving, and play the fish in, just dropping the spare line at your feet.Because you are only looking for a line carrier, you don't need to spend a lot of money on a fly reel.

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About the Author:

Mick Hunt is a retired school teacher and an avid fisherman. After retirement he spends time on the river doing what he likes best…fishing. He also has created a rather significant income online to support his “habit.”


Friday, July 27, 2007

Actually Fishing Is Fun

Fishing is a fun and tranquil sport that lets you spend quiet time with your friends, family and with Mother Nature.

Fresh water fishing is a sport involving the catching of fish in lakes, rivers and streams. It involves a lot of patience, challenge and a lot of acquired skill over time. Anyone can participate in this fun activity, including the kids.

To start, you have to check your State’s fishing requirements and make sure if a license is needed for you to fish. If it is required, you must acquire one by checking with a sporting goods store. They will help you how to get it, and some will even provide it for you.

During the time that you are in your favorite sporting goods store, you can look around and buy the right fishing equipment that you will be need for your trip. Considering that you are a beginner, make sure that you budget well the cost and your spending on the equipment, not deciding on expensive equipments; buy only the basic things you will need.

When in doubt as to what is needed, ask the help of the store keeper, but do keep in mind that you need to stick to a budget. Take your time and don’t hesitate to ask how to use each piece of equipment that is offered to you. Artificial lures for bait can be used or you can simply look for worms from your back yard.

An inexpensive fishing rod and reel will be enough along with a fishing line, hooks, weights, a bobber (this keeps your line afloat), fishing lures and net. A polarized sunglass is also essential, as it will help to see clearly through the water and lessen the glare.

Then if you don’t know the good locations to fish, ask about local “hot” spots, or check your State’s fishing regulations for information about fishing locations around your State.

The time will surely come when you will be a better fisherman; then you may decide on upgrading your equipment. In the meantime, keep things simple.

It is always advised that you avoid fishing alone. Always be with a friend, as when emergency strikes, there can be someone who can call for help.

It is wise to start fishing in shallow waters. Aim your cast in shady or rocky areas where the water is deep, as this is where the fish is expected to be found. Keep in mind that this is all practice first.

As your skill level develops and increases, you can then attempt into deeper waters. But before going, take the time to practice casting to familiarize yourself with your rod and your reel.

What better place to practice than your back yard. To do so, mark off an area using a rope and use this as your guide in aiming your cast. Rehearse and study your movements to discover a method that will work for you. Bear in mind, cast with your wrist, and not with your arm.

Fishing hooks are very sharp and needed to be handled with care to avoid injury. Before casting, it is important that you should look around you and stay unobstructed to avoid hurting other people with your hook.

When the right time has come and you go fishing for real, keep in mind to cast your line always ahead of the fish, making your bait land slowly, with as little splash as possible. The fish will see well at a close point, but cannot see behind.

If your casts are going in a disorganized manner, move closer to the water so you can gain better accuracy.

Watch the bobber closely for any movement. If and when a fish grabs the bait, the bobber will be pulled under water. This signals that you got a fish on the line. Don’t get too excited. Remain calm.

Keeping your line tight, slowly reel in your catch. Place the net near and use it to bring the fish out. Remove the hook from the fish with great care.

If you got an undersized fish (as noted in the state’s regulation book), quickly return it to the water. Likewise, if you have no intention in eating your catch, do not waste it and return it to the water. Releasing the fish will supply the water with more fish, giving future fishermen the thrill to experience a catch.

Lastly, look around you and feel the calm, restful and serene view of the river.

Have fun!

Thanks Dale

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Time For A Story

Hey everyone

First I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to stop by and visit my blog. For a while I never took my blogging seriously but now things have changed. I am posting almost everyday and enjoying the hell out of it.

I work out of town for usually three weeks at a time. The last time I was home my sons and I got to put my new canoe in the water. Believe it or not I am a first time canoer. Damn if we didnt almost tip in the first 30 seconds.

We decided to put it on a big lake with lots of boats and big waves. Boy was that a dumb thing to do. About 3 minutes later we were off the lake and I was discouraged as hell. The next week we decided to put it in a little river by home and that turned out a lot better.

We got comfortable very quickly and were catching fish shortly afetrwards. I guess all Im trying to say is be careful and take all the proper precautions. If we would have tipped we were in 40 feet of water and things could have gone bad in a hurry.

Thanks Dale

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tips for Archery Fishing

Also known as Bow fishing, this is a sport wherein a fisherman uses archery equipment to fish.

A regular hunting bow can be used for fishing by simply attaching a reel to the front of the bow grip.

Archery fishing is especially favored by regular hunters when regular game like deer are off season. This way they can continuously hone their skills for whatever season it may be.

Before engaging in archery fishing, one must first take into consideration the following:

1. A fisherman must be duly licensed. Some states require that an individual have a state license to fish.

2. Equipment. Most states have a predetermined set of approved equipment for archery fishing.

3. Archery Safety Course. Still, some states require that an individual go through an approved safety course for archery fishing to ensure that the individual is well versed with the proper safety precautions and information regarding applicable laws in fishing.

4. Seasons. Bow fishing in some states can only be done in certain seasons. This is to allow the fish to spawn.

5. Species of fish. Some states have rules forbidding archery fishing for some species of fish.

The following skills are necessary for an individual to obtain and practice:

Knot tying. Though it may seem like a simple task, tying knots that will not slip (line for the arrow) are crucial in bow fishing.

Tuning. Tuning is making sure that the bow is at its best working condition. To ensure this, one has to continuously adjust the rest and calibrate the nock.

For a faster tuning process, one may shoot a regular bow-fishing arrow (without the tip) onto a target made of cardboard.

Marksmanship or targeting. Bow fishing and bow hunting, though similar on some aspects, really do differ on many things. Arrows for bow fishing are heavier, have larger arrow tips and, the most obvious one, has a string attached to the arrow.

And since fish are shot in the water, resistance differs as when compared to shooting in the air (for bow hunting of games)

There are various methods or ways of archery fishing. This includes the following:

1. Still hunting. A fisherman selects a place by the lake in which he would wait for passing fish to shoot its bow at.

2. Stalking. This can be done on foot or while on a boat. One is in constant motion in an attempt to locate fish.

3. Ambush. Fish that are best ambushed are the ones that are spawning since they tend to crowd thus increasing chances of target.



Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Excellent Fishing Rods for that Perfect Fishing Experience

Today’s fishing rods have incorporated modern features that are not typical of the more primitive cane pole. Modern fishing rods contain reels, which aid in the retrieval of fish caught in its bait.

A much-sophisticated feature is the spinning rod where the entire shaft of the rod except the handle can move around on its axis to allow flexibility when fish caught on snare bait struggles through the water.

Like the classic cane fishing rods, the fishing gadget is thick at the handle (bottom) and is tapered and thinner at the tip. This very basic design allows handling stability and flexible movement of the entire length of the shaft.

Types of Fishing Rods and Specifications

A typical fishing rod measures 6 and 16 feet (2 and 5 m) and vary in capability to tolerate strain in fishing activity. The length has a lot to do with withstanding force exerted by the fish to the pole and determines for the most part the performance of rods used for angling.

Cane Poles

Cane poles are one of the smallest and less sophisticated gadgets in fishing. It is usually made of bamboo or other flexible wood material with the most basic fly line attached to it.

Unlike other more sophisticated fishing rods, cane poles do not usually contain reels or its equivalent to be used for reeling in or retrieving fish caught on bait. This very same action is known as angling.

Spinning Rods

These types of rods are the most popular today. They can be used either for heavyweight or lightweight fish although they were proven best for trout, walleye and bass fish. They vary in measurements from 5 and 7 feet (1.5 and 2.5 m).

Spinning poles are commonly used in bass fishing competition accounting for their flexibility and tolerance to stress. They accommodate bigger and tougher fly lines and stabilize them to avoid line tangles during uncoiling of float lines.

Jigging Rods

These rods are best for heavy lures and baits especially when reaching around 180 to 200 feet under the ocean’s surface. They are made of fine, solid materials which accounts to their heaviness. The use of jigging rods is specifically due to alternating currents during the fishing activity.

Some oceans have erratic undersea current. That is why the bait and fly lines should be kept in place. Lures are also disturbed and cause confusion among fish if the lines are not long and heavy enough to withstand and tolerate water currents under the sea.

These rods are best for target fishes usually found dwelling at the bottom of the sea such as halibut and cods.


Sunday, July 22, 2007

What Are Sunfish?

Sunfish are probably the most universally popular fish fished in the world. They are some of the easiest to catch for youngsters or a great challenge for experienced anglers to catch the big ones. And to top it all off there isn’t much that beats the sweet taste of sunfish.

Sunfish can be referred to as crappies, black bass, blue gill and pumpkinseeds. Sunfish are usually crossbred with other fish to make them worth catching. Without this true sunfish are usually of no interest to anglers because they are just too small.

In the spring is when sunfish begin spawning. It’s usually in water temperatures between upper 60s to low 70s. Nests are usually built very close together forming a breeding colony. The males usually build on a sand or gravel bottom in depths from 6 inches to 3 feet. The female will deposit more than 200 000 eggs and then she will abandon the nest. The male will guard the eggs and then later the fry. He is very aggressive, attacking anything that comes near the nest including fisherman’s bait.

Sunfish can spawn many times through out the summer and this usually takes place during a full moon. Larval, adult insects, crustaceans, mollusks and sometimes small fish build the diet of the sunfish. Sunfish rely heavily on their sight and smell to find their meals.

Sunfish over populate their habitats because they produce so many young. While fishing pressure is usually high the fish remain small because of the high competition for food.

The world record blue gill was caught in Ketona Lake, Alabama, in 1950. The fish weighed 4 pounds 12 ounces.

The world record Redear was caught in Diversion Canal, South Carolina in 1998. The fish weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces.

The world record Pumpkinseed was caught in Oswego Pond, New York in 1985. The fish weighed 1 pound 6 ounces.

Overall the sunfish is just an all round fun fish to catch. You can be sure that if you know where they are you won’t have a problem catching them. They can turn a slow fishing day into a very successful and fun day.

Dale Mazurek

Just remember that a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.


Friday, July 20, 2007

Bamboo Fly Rods

A well built bamboo rod is one of the finest rods available. A classic bamboo fly rod is not a simple bamboo pole.

The rod is made from split sections of bamboo, planed into tapered sections that are then glued together to form a hollow, tapered rod.

The type of bamboo used for a bamboo fly rod is called Tonkin cane (Pseudosasa amabilis). This bamboo has very straight canes with high quality wood.

There are a number of books available on building the rod. The tools needed are probably more difficult to make than the actual rod.

Luckily, Yagers Flies sells bamboo rods. The bamboo fly rod is experiencing something of a revival as people look for a classic, handmade fly rod.

More Information:

Each bamboo fly rod is a handmade artifact. In the early days rod builders were extremely secretive about how they built their rods.

There were no books available and information was very difficult to come by. The men who built these rods had to go through an apprenticeship and were naturally reluctant to see the knowledge of rod building become generally available.

With time this changed and today there is a lot of information on building, restoring, and collecting bamboo fly rods.

Up until the 1830's fly rods were made of wood. These were very long, over 10 feet. They were fairly easy to make but had problems with warping and breaking, especially near the tip. They were also heavy.

Some builders tried laminated wood for the tips and later, laminated bamboo strips. They used a type of cane from India called "Calcutta Cane".

This was an improvement and with time the entire rod came to be built with laminated bamboo. At first just two strips were used but eventually the six strips we see in today’s rods were used and by 1870 this was the accepted form used in most fly rods.

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About the Author:

Mick Hunt is a retired school teacher and an avid fisherman. After retirement he spends time on the river doing what he likes best…fishing. He also has created a rather significant income online to support his “habit.”

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Baiting Tips

When you’re fishing in deep timber your main focus will be to not get your line tangled up. Use a plastic worm or a jigging spoon for the best results.

Make sure that you work the area that you’re fishing as thoroughly as possible. Try a few different lures if the first one doesn’t bring you success. You might want to think about returning again at a different time of day.

Make sure that you keep a constant eye on your lines particularly when you’re retrieving them.

Remember that when the weather is cold the bass can strike and completely miss the lures. The more noise that you make the less the bass will bite.

Night fishing is a great option in the summer months when the water temperature during the day is just too hot for bass to swim high in the water.

These are the best baits to use as recommended by fly fishing experts:

Fly Fishing with Grubs :

Grubs are small lures that are usually used to catch larger fish. Grubs are great for use in highland reservoirs where there is little cover for the fish.

The grub is much like a bare jig head that has a soft plastic body to attach to the hook. You’ll want to use them most often in clear water conditions.

Fly Fishing with Jigs:

Jigs are best used in water that is clear to murky and in water temperatures that are below 60 degrees.

The jig is considered to be a “presentation” lure and the ideal way to use them is by making them look as alive as you can. The jig is essentially lead-weighted bait that has one hook. You'll want to add a trailer to the end of the hook for the best results.

Fly Fishing with Plastic worms:

If you want to catch that trophy fish you'll probably want to use a plastic worm. This is because the plastic worm is one of the most effective lures for catching any type of big fish.

Plastic worms have a thin and long profile with a lifelike action that attracts them instantly to bass. You’ll have to learn how to use a plastic worm by touch, feel, and practice. The more that you practice that better results you’ll achieve.

The one thing that you need to keep in mind is that the fish needs to see the worm before it will hit it. Therefore, a plastic worm is best used in clear water.

Choose lures that are all black or all white. A mix of black and red also works quite well. There will be the odd time when fluorescent colors, such as bright yellow or green, will work well but you’ll need to experiment with this.

More Information:

Mick Hunt is a retired school teacher and an avid fisherman. After retirement he spends time on the river doing what he likes best…fishing. He also has created a rather significant income online to support his “habit.”

Thanks Dale

Friday, July 13, 2007

Alaska Fishing Lodge - A Trip To Remember by Kevin McCarthy

When fishing in Alaska timing is everything. In other words each species of fish has a time when they are most available and when there is an abundance of that particular fish. When booking a reservation with one of the resorts, check to see if the fish you want to catch are available during your visit.

Besides seeing the sights and experiencing seasonal changes in weather there is just plain relaxing. Consider stopping at the nearest Alaska fishing lodge. There are so many packages available and so many offers that you surely will find one for your family.

A great Alaska fishing lodge is one that offers all the amenities with easy access to the water. Any package should include close proximity to the oceanfront lodging, great meals, guide services and fish processing. So you get everything you need all in one trip. There are many choices in fishing lodges. Alaska also offers a great variety and quantity of fish to be caught. They can be caught in different regions of the state and at various seasons. Alaska most popular fish is the salmon and the runner up is halibut. In the South central region there are various choices of fishing lodges. First, Alaska Tree Tops Fishing Lodge. Then there is Alaska Accommodations and Fishing Charters, Alaska Adventure Company, LLC Wilderness Place Lodge. In the southeast region there are several selections in lodges such as Alaskan Advantage and Shelter Cove Lodge and Salmon Falls Resort. The southwest offers the Alaska Rainbow Lodge. There are many more selections of Alaska fishing lodges that are available. By searching the web or logging onto cleverfishing.com you may find out which lodge is best to suit your needs and who offers the best package and pricing.

Alaska Fishing Lodges are perfectly located in areas where the waters are abundant with the different species of fish. Usually, these lodges are situated in a place where trout, northern pike, and grayling mostly inhabit the waters.

Moreover, some types of lodge also house a place where king salmon are abundant especially during the months of June and early part of July. Most lodges also provide a wide variety of fishing equipment, from rods to tackles and lines.

Most fishing lodges offer valued deals on shelter, food, and fishing equipment rentals. How can you select what is best for you? Decide on what region has the fish you are looking to catch. Pricing varies on lodges, regions, seasons and packaging. A package can start from $75 and range up to thousands of dollars. Guides are included in these packages to show you the region and where the fish reside, how to catch them best and when is a good time to go fishing.

Alaska fishing lodges are fully staffed with professional fisherman who have been guiding on fishing subjects for many years. They love fish and will give the best fishing experience to maximize your chance for success. This should keep you coming back for more. Alaska fishing lodges offer stays from four to seven nights and offer a variety of options to meet the clients needs and desires. Most of the lodging are owned and operated by Alaskan residents.

Most Alaska Fishing Lodges are built big enough to occupy 16 guests, in which each guest can avail of personal and individualized services. In addition, because it carries the true Alaskan heritage, Alaska Fishing Lodges offer services and products that can be afforded by anyone. With its affordable rates, the place is inhabited by people, who mostly want to enjoy life and fishing but cannot afford to buy the pleasures in expensive beaches and lodges.

Normally, Alaska Fishing Lodges are made up of logs; sturdily build to provide each angler optimum convenience and comfort. It is known for its spacious interiors, creatively decorated with the right embellishments, thereby, setting the mood for fishing and wilderness.

Among all fishing lodges available in the industry today, the Alaska Fishing Lodges are among the most treasured and most popular fishing lodges in the United States. With all these beautiful features present in every Alaska Fishing Lodge, there is no better place to enjoy fishing and the wilderness like what this particular lodge can offer. Staying in an Alaska Fishing Lodge is, indeed, an ultimate fishing experience.

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Thanks Dale

Monday, July 9, 2007

The Art Of Dry Flies

A fisherman that fly fishes knows the most fun comes from dry fly fishing. In this article I hope to enlighten all of you with some favourite techniques.

Watching the fly drift on the water, the flash of the trout grabbing it and then the bend in your fly rod. This is exactly what all fly fishermen hope to experience. Just to get this experience most fly fishermen will go to extreme measures to make this happen. Sure most guys don’t mind taking a big old rainbow or brown on a nymph but catching that brookie on a dry fly is usually always preferred.

When I first get to the stream I am going to fish I put on a nymph. The reason for this is that I can be catching fish while I am paying attention to what’s going on, on the top. When I finally see what’s going on than its time to switch to a dry fly and have lots of fun.

Your equipment choice is very important. I suggest using as long of a rod as possible. For some reason some fishermen like to use shorter rods but I can’t think of a better feeling than the fight of trout fighting on a long rod.

It is also best to use a large arbour reel. A large arbour reel keeps your fly line supple, without curls from tight diameter storage. A fine drag system or none at all is important to protect the tippet from breaking when the fish runs. Something else that’s important is good rod balance. The reel weight must make the fly rod by the cork grip balance. If you have the right balance casting will feel second nature. Once you have the right balance you will be able to feel your fly trailing on the leader.

Understanding these aspects of fly fishing really is not difficult. It does take time and practice. With the practice you will get to the point where you understand all aspects of your equipment and the details of your techniques. If you keep going after trout, especially with a fly rod then chances are you will never go back to spinning equipment.

It’s going to take hours and hours of practice. I remember practicing my casting at the local park so that I could just focus on casting instead of worrying about the water. Fly fishing when mastered is an art that really can be mastered by anyone.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is working on making a career on line. Himself and his partner have teamed up to help build the largest, honest and most profitable organization on the internet. You can check out how he and his partner are doing at http://unityblog1.blogspot.com/ or check out many of his other blogs at http://dalesblogs.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 2, 2007

Taking Pictures Of Your Fish

Taking great pictures of your catch may not seem that important but these are memories you want to show off forever. In this article I will try and give you some easy tips on taking great pictures of your fish.
There is nothing better than a few great looking pictures hanging in your den. The pictures of the big one that you just caught. They turn out to be great conversation pieces and in jest they even make your buddies a little jealous.
You see the pictures everyday on the internet and in magazines. You often wonder how such great pictures were snapped and you often think you have to be a professional to get pictures of that quality. While there are a lot of professionals taking pictures there are also a large amount of amateurs snapping professional looking pictures. It really is quite simple as long as you follow a couple small tips and techniques.
The most important part of your fish picture taking experience is that it is a must to use a wide angle lens. With the wide angle lens the photographer can get a closer shot of you and your prize catch. Another thing that a wide angle lens does is makes the fish look bigger than it really is. Something else to remember is to make sure the sun is behind the person that is taking the picture. This will ensure the shadows and glares are kept out of the pictures.
One last quick but very important point is to get the picture of your fish just as it gets out of the water. When you can do this it will give the picture much better quality because the water on the fish enhances the shine and brings out way better colors.
Okay I know it doesnt seem like much and it really isn’t. These couple of tips can make all the difference in the world between just a picture and a great picture. Remember when you are taking this picture it’s something you want to be able to share with your grand children and you want the picture to look as good twenty years from now as it does today.
Just remember that a bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work.
Dale Mazurek
Dale is a self taught professional fisherman for the last 35 years. He is the successful author of his fishing blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ you can also find two more of his very popular blogs at http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/ or http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Spinner-Type Lures

Many fishermen choose their lures by trial and error. They keep changing their hooks until they find something that works. I’m hoping with some of the following articles I will be able to take a lot of the guessing out of choosing your lure.

It doesn’t matter if the water is clear or murky because the spinner works in different ways to attract fish and get them biting. In clear water fish see the flash of the blades while in murky water they feel the vibrations and come looking for the hook. The nice thing about spinners is that they are relatively easy to use. You cast them and retrieve them straight because the hook does the work. And quite often when a fish hits a spinner they will usually hook themselves.

Spinner baits are a great hook for pretty much any type of fresh water fish. They will also work at any time of the year but they are especially effective in cold or warm water. This water makes the fish slow and sleepy and they really don’t want to chase anything but you can even get the blades on a spinner moving slow with a slow retrieval.

Different blades on spinners have different amounts of water resistance. A broad blade rotates at a greater angle. A large blade has greater resistance than smaller ones of the same shape. Sensitive tackle will help you feel the beat of the spinner better. Now if you don’t feel the spinner than you may be retrieving the hook too slow.

When fishing a spinner bait you want to use a stiffer rod so you can set the hook better when you get a strike. Using spinner baits for small pan fish you should use 2 to 6 pound test. For walleye and small mouth you should use 6 to 10 pound test and for bigger fish 12 to 25 pound test would be recommended.

It’s important to keep your spinner baits separated in your tackle box or you can waste valuable fishing time trying to untangle hooks when you should be fishing. Some people might disagree but I personally don’t like spinners around weed beds because I find myself spending more time getting my hooks unstuck from the weeds.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is a self taught fisherman for 35 years. He has won many different small tournament awards. You can check out his blogs at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ or two more you can look at are http://affiliatemarketingfornewbies.blogspot.com/ and his newest on at http://funtidbits.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Large Mouth Bass

Fishermen from Cuba to Canada get utterly excited every time a largemouth bass strikes their hook. The fish leaps out of the water, mouth open trying to shake the hook out of its mouth and often it does.

The largemouth bass has become one of the most widely fished species in the world. This is because bass are so easy to find because of their great ability to survive any where they may be located. You will find these fish as far north as northern Canada in the great lakes; you will find them in murky back waters, small ponds and even great spawning reservoirs in Mexico.

A few other names for large mouth are Black Bass, bucket mouth or sunfish. Large mouths are actually a member of the sun fish family. Bass fan out shallow in saucer shaped nests in the spring. They usually travel in water between 2 to 4 feet deep. They spawn in bays, cuts or channels and rough water often washes away their nests.

Large mouths usually spawn when the water warms to the low- to mid-60s. Depending on where the bass are they can lay their eggs anywhere from February to mid-June. After dropping her eggs the female usually abandons the nest leaving the male there to guard until the young bass can fend for them selves. Male bass will usually strike at anything that comes near the nest. For this reason some places close fishing in certain spawning areas while the nesting season is going on.

Bass can adapt to almost any foods. That’s why they can adapt well in many bodies of water around the world. Small fish, crayfish, frogs, insect larvae, snakes, turtles, mice and even birds have been found in the stomachs of bass.

Because bass don’t like bright sunlight they usually feed early in the morning or late in the evening during the summer time. During the day they usually hang out in drop offs close to feeding areas. Fishing for bass is usually great on rainy days. Depending where you fish large mouth bass can be caught anywhere from 1 pound to 20 pounds with the world record being 22 pounds, 4 ounces in Montgomery Lake, Georgia in 1932.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is an expert self taught fisherman who has won many amateur tournaments and he has fished all over. You can check out any of his wonderful books that he promotes at http://stcajo.troutfish.hop.clickbank.net/ or http://stcajo.flyfish1.hop.clickbank.net/ and http://stcajo.betterbass.hop.clickbank.net/

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Large Mouth, Where Can You Catch Them?

I consider fishing my number one expertise. In these articles I plan to share my knowledge with you and everyone out there. Some may choose to use it and some may not. Either way I hope you enjoy them and tell others about them.

For almost all their lives the large mouth will hang out in water from 5 to 15 feet deep. On occasion they will go deeper to find food or to get out of the sun. Almost always when bass are in the shallows you will find them by some sort of cover. Largemouth are very abundant in natural and man made lakes.

Natural Lakes

-Because shallow bays tend to warm faster in the spring time that is where the bass will move to. They move in there for feeding and eventually spawning.

-In the summertime the edge of weed lines is a great place to find the large mouth hiding out from the hot sunny day.

-Bays that we refer to as slop bays in the summertime will hold plenty of fish under neath the weeds. These areas are great for fisherman and great for the large mouth to find food.

-Humps in the lakes with weeds on the bottom are great places for summertime bass. The weeds and rocks offer shade that the fish can move into.

-Points and inside turns along break lines hold bass in the summer through winter. Gradually sloping structure is best in the summertime while sharp slopes are great in late fall and winter.

-The shallow flats in the late fall attract a lot of bass because they stay the warmest while the water in the lakes are starting to cool off.

Man-Made Lakes

-Old river channels tend to concentrate bass in the summer and winter. The fish move up to feed and then rest in the close by deeper water.

-Bends in river channels will hold more bass in summer than straight parts. Because the water stays warmer in the river channel it will hold large numbers of bass in the winter.

-Back ends of shallow creeks, especially with no flow have the warmest water in the springtime. Thus they draw bass in to feed and spawn.

-Submerged road beds, railroad grades, old buildings are all man made features that are important to bass and important that the fishermen know where they are.

-In the summertime you want to look for humps that are covered in weeds or fallen timbers. This is especially important if they are located near the main river channel.

-Along a creek channel or river channel with timbered flats are great areas for fishing from spring to fall. The one important factor to look at here is whether or not the fish have east access to deeper water.

In this bustling crazy world of technology we don’t always have lots to look forward to except the same old thing day in and day out. Fishing is the one great way that I use to escape all realities out there.

I just want everyone to remember that a bad day fishing is always better than a good day at work.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is a self taught professional amateur fisherman with many small tournament wins under his belt. You can check out his ever growing fishing blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ or 2 more of his very popular blogs at http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/ and http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Fishing Tid Bits How To Fish Part 10

This is going to be the 10th and final article of the tid bit series. I have had great response so I will be submitting a lot more fishing articles. However they will not be in a series format but rather single articles. Thank you for everyone’s great support and encouragement. Once again all I ask is that you go and enjoy the fine fun of fishing.

1. Tough Perch Bait

Sometimes when the fishing is hot you can spend more time baiting your hook then actually fishing when its perch you are after. Perch, when on a bite will steal bait from you all day long so here’s a tip that works for me. Cut a one inch long strip off the belly of a perch you caught. Split it at the half way point in two to simulate a tail. I guarantee this will be harder to steal than something like traditional maggots.

2. Soft Mouth Crappies

Anyone that has got into a day when the crappies are biting knows that it can be frustrating losing fish because of the thin membrane on a crappies mouth that quite often tears when a hook is set into it. Here’s a little trick. Take the hook that your using and bend it about ten degrees past its original bend. Chances are now that it will stick into the roof of the mouth instead of the membrane.

3. Bass Rhythm

Success or failure will be determined on what kind of rhythm you build when fishing the top of the water for bass. Where you want to build your rhythm is on hook retrieval.

4. Fishing Springs

If you know there is springs in the lake your fishing then it would be best to find out where they are. In the summer time the areas near the springs will be cooler and warmer in the winter. Not knowing thee are springs will cost you fish. It wouldn’t hurt to investigate a new lake before you go to fish it.

5. Bass Shade

Bass love shade. They love it so much that they will use each other for shade. I have made it a point to cast into any spot that has shade no matter how big or small. For this reason alone I know I catch more fish because of that reason.

This is the end of my tenth edition on the fishing tips series. It is also the end of the series. I have had great feed back so I will still be publishing fishing articles, they just won’t be in a series format but rather a random format. Thanks to all my reader for all the great comments and support. Remember to direct all your friends and family to my articles.

Always remember a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

Dale Mazurek

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Fishing Tid Bits How To Fish Part 9

This is going to be my ninth article on fishing tid bits. So far I am getting a great response to these articles. They are meant to have tips that everyone can use. Most of the seasoned anglers might even find a helpful tip or two in these articles. Eventually I plan to hone this and turn it into an eBook so go ahead and take advantage of it now. Make sure you tell your friends and family about the fishing tips articles because all I ask in return is that you go out and enjoy the fine fun of fishing.

1. Water Color

In most cases the color of water can determine what color of hook you’re going to use. While this is not the absolute rule you will find it very helpful when trying to find something the fish are biting. If the water is murky then you are going to want to use something fluorescent. If the water is clear then you may want to use something more natural looking.

2. Docks And Piers

All docks for the most part look alike but what we have to recognize is the important differences. A dock with plants around it and deep water very close is going to be a great place to fish. Lots of anglers who own their own docks usually artificially attract fish by using tree tops and planting new plants in the water around their docks.

3. Mud Fishing

Just because the water is dirty shouldn’t be a reason for you not to fish. The fishing may be tougher but they haven’t gone anywhere, it’s just harder for them to find food…in muddy water conditions your going to want to fish shallow, use noisy hooks and make several casts in the same area.

4. Water Levels

Rapid rises or falls in water does have a drastic impact on fishing. Rivers rise or fall a lot quicker than lakes or reservoirs usually. These differences in water levels are usually because of a sudden change in weather such as spring thaws and quick rainstorms. The most important part about fishing at these times is for you to try and plan your fishing trip accordingly.

5. Bluegill Fishing

Fishing for bluegills can make for a very fun day. It’s best to fish bluegills on warm, sunny days. You want little wind and to be honest in these conditions it’s not uncommon for the fish to bite all day. All you have to do is use a simple rig with a bobber with a small jig tipped with crickets below it. My favorite color is yellow.

This is the end of my ninth edition on my fishing tips series. I hope so far everyone is finding useful tips that they can use or save for a later day.

Dale Mazurek

Just remember a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

Dale is an expert self taught fisherman of more than 35 years. He would like to share his stories and tips with you. You can go to his blog to check them out. http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ two of his other popular blogs can be found at http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/ and http://funtidbits.blogspot.com/

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Can You Properly Clean And Fillet Your Fish?

In this article I intend to give you a quick lay down on cleaning and filleting your fish. We will first start with cleaning and then move to filleting.
Okay so now you have caught your dream fish and you want to learn how to clean it. You caught the biggest fish out of you and your buddies but for your efforts you now have to learn to clean it. Of course if you take it home you’re going to get fish scales and guts all over the place so maybe you should just clean it where you caught it.
First thing you’re going to need is a good filleting knife. You’re going to have to spread out some newspaper. Then you’re going to want to use a knife of fish scaler. Go ahead and scrape against the grains until all the scales are removed. Now you can wrap the newspaper and toss it out. You can also rinse the fish at this point.
So now you want to put down more newspaper and get prepared for the bigger mess. Time to gut the fish. So take your knife with the blade pointed towards the fishes head, poke the stomach and slit the fish moving the fillet knife towards the fished head. Make sure you don’t cut too deep. Now take the filleting knife and point it toward the fish tail and open the stomach. Now you can remove all the guts.
Your almost there. All that’s left to do is remove the gills. Once this is done you can wrap up the messy newspaper and you have a perfectly cleaned fish.
Now it’s time to learn to fillet your fish. I’m warning you though not to get too good at it because once you turn into a pro everyone is going to try and get you to fillet their fish.
First thing you’re going to need is a good knife and a cutting board to lay the fish on. You have to cut the head off. To do this you want to cut it off right to the rear of the gills.
Now you are going to hold the fish by the tail, take the knife with the blade pointing away from your body and toward where the head was. Now you will slice the body of the fish crosswise. You can use the back bone for a guide to direct the knife through.
Lastly take one half of the sliced fish and place the fish piece flesh side up. Hold the fish by the tail, place the knife between the skin and the flesh and run the knife down the length of the fish piece to remove the skin cutting in the direction of the tail to the head area. There you have it a perfectly filleted fish.
The old saying practice makes perfect certainly holds true in the case of cleaning and filleting fish. There is no better feeling than eating a fish that you caught, cleaned and cooked. So remember that no matter what a bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work.
Dale Mazurek
Dale is a self taught professional fisherman with numerous articles written on the subject. You can check all these articles out at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ you can also check out two more of his very popular blogs at http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/ and http://creditneeds.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Some Important Fly Fishing Tips

Thousands and thousands of fishermen use the fly fishing technique. And they use it well. This article has some pointers for the novice fly fisherman who is just getting started in the great sport of fly fishing.


The first thing you need to do is understand that when you cast your fly to the fish you want to present it in the most realistic manner possible. You’re trying to get the fish going here. In a stream this means a drag free float of 36 inches over a precise spot that marks the window of a feeding fish.

You never just want to cast. You always want to have a target and you always want to hit it. Practice throwing tight loops to always hit your target. You can practice overcastting and then stopping the line in mid air so that it drops right into the intended spot. In this case the fly will come back at you before falling in the water with slack in the leader.

You need to learn to fish with only 30 to 35 feet of line. This can only work however with accurate casts. You need to learn to read water so you can hit the perfect spot each and every time. You have to learn to recognize presentation and approach more than pattern.

For bass it’s a little different. The cast must move past a spot where the bass are likely to be holding. As your boat drifts it’s important to take the right time to hit the spot. If you’re too slow or too fast you will miss the fish. This is where the double haul cast can come into play. You pick 30 or 40 feet of line off the water and shoot another cast without false casting.

When bassing, make your presentation, retrieve 10 to 20 feet, pick up, and cast again without the need to false cast. After each one, drop the rod type and keep the butt of the rod near your belt buckle with the tip of the rod pointing at the line. A simple lift will let you execute the next pick up or strike a fish.

Connection Of Leaders

Any fly caster knows that a smooth connection between the leader and the fly is very important when it comes to presentation. The best way to do this is nail knot a six inch piece of 25 to 30 pound test leader line to the end of the fly line. Then both ends must have a loop in it. The same kinds of loops used on snelt hooks.
Now you want to connect the leader by passing the loop attached to the fly line through the loop on the leader, reaching through the fly line loop. Next you will take the back of the leader and pull it through until the tip passes through the loop. Now you pull the loops together by pulling both ends of the line in opposite directions.

Think Of Strategy

If you’re ever in a situation where you see large trout in the pools of water you want to start with small flies and work your way up until they start biting. Even if you got to get as big as a streamer. Typically the bigger fish will leave the smaller bait for the smaller fish and go and look for bigger things to feed on.

Dry Flies

If the best dry fly patterns are not working it may be time to switch to some different choices like spiders. Many times dry spiders will bring the fish to the surface and then you can switch back. The spiders will slowly drop to the water. Once they hit the water they usually jump around. The fish usually find this very alluring.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is a self taught professional fisherman for 35 years. He runs a fishing blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ to help new fisherman learn the greatest sport in the world. He also runs two more very popular blogs at http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/ and http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 14, 2007

All Fishermen Need A Tackle Box

With the cost of lures and other fishing equipment these days it is imperative to have a good tackle box to store that equipment. In this article I will attempt to tell you why a good tackle box is so important.

Over years and years of buying more and more tackle and equipment without a good tackle box and good organization your planned day of fishing can really turn into a confusion night mare. You will have a tangled mess of barbed hooks, leaders and very other assorted thing in your tackle box. For this reason alone it’s very important to spend a few dollars and buy a good tackle box.
So now it’s time to decide what kind of tackle box that you need. On the shelves of your local fishing store you will probably see hundreds of different tackle boxes to choose from. I absolutely don’t pay attention to the colors when I am trying to buy a tackle box. I only look for two things. I look for a tackle box that will be the right size and one with lots of compartments for different things such as over sized lures down to the smallest perch fishing tear drops. So when you find the one that you think is big enough buy the one that’s twice as big.
We all know what a tackle box is for. It is to hold your lures, extra line, pliers and all the other tools that are needed for fishing but so many fishermen don’t think of the other things that they should keep in their tackle boxes.
Bandages kept in a water-resistant container
Matches sealed in a water-resistant container
Suntan lotion
Flashlight and spare batteries
A spare key in a small case attached to a large colourful bobber.
So many people spend hundreds and thousands of dollars but then they neglect to spend the money to protect their investment. I can guarantee you will not regret buying a tackle box that suits your every need. One more suggestion I would like to make is that if you spend a lot of time fishing for different fish species you might want to buy some smaller cases in which you can just carry the needed tackle instead of taking your entire tackle box. For example if your only species today will be perch then why do you have to take along all your trout, bass and pike tackle.

Dale Mazurek
Dale is the successful owner of the blog http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ which is full of different fishing tips and it’s also growing daily. Two more blogs of interest by Dale can be found at http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/ and http://creditneeds.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

What Are Crappies?

The crappie a few years ago was a relatively unknown fish. In this article I hope to make it a little clearer on what a crappie is and why its popularity has gotten so big in the last few years.

In the last few years the sport of crappie fishing has taken off beyond most anglers beliefs. You see crappies on the front of fishing and outdoor magazines. And in the last few years the crappie tournaments have popped up all over the place with huge prize amounts.

Most anglers tend to focus on spawning time when it comes to crappies. The reason for this is because the fish are so hard to find any other time of the year. They rarely stay in one place at a time for more than a day or so. However when you do find them they tend to be a very easy fish to catch

Right after ice out the crappies start to move into the shallow bays. Most guys think this is for spawning but actually they are moving in to feed on bait fish. The bait fish are brought there by the warming waters. The spawning doesn’t actually start until the water reaches about 65 degrees.

The male makes a nest by cleaning off the bottom on sand or gravel bottom. This is also quite often done near vegetation such as bull rushes. The females will then lay their eggs and then disappear. The males always stick around to guard the nest and the young until they are big enough to go on their own.

Crappies tend to feed on plankton suspended in open water. They also eat small fish and a variety of different insects. This would be a reason they are always on the move.

The crappie population tends to go in certain cycles. The fish will be very abundant for years and then all of a sudden it will seem like the fish have totally disappeared. Nobody really knows why this happens but they do know that when the fishing gets tough its time to stop fishing crappie for that season.

In the north black crappies are more abundant and in the south it’s the white crappies. They will overlap in different areas. The crappie is also one of the prettiest fresh water fish in our lakes.

In articles to come I will attempt to help you get to know the crappie better by giving you tips on where to find them and how to easier catch them.

Dale Mazurek

Dale has been an expert fisherman for the last 35 years. He has one several junior tournaments. You can check out some of his very popular blogs at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ or http://funtidbits.blogspot.com/ and http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Yellow Perch

Perch are a great fish for young and old. They can be fished at any time of the year and in many depths of water. Perch are a great starter fish for kids or catching the big ones can be a great challenge to even the seasoned angler. Some of the biggest and most impressive catches are caught in the winter time.

Most perch are caught 2 or 3 inches off the bottom of the lake. Live bait is usually the bait of choice for most anglers with maggots being the most popular. You can tip a lead head jig with bait or use a plain number 4 to 6 hook with a split shot about six inches above the hook.

Perch can be found in many of the same places that you would find walleye. In the spring time you can look for them in the shallow bays and on shallow flats where the sun is warming up the water. For the rest of the year you can fish weedy or rocky humps. My favorite place in the summer time is in deep water with high weeds. I fish just above the weeds. You should try this; I think you will be surprised at what comes out of the weeds to feed on your hook.

You don’t want to use heavy tackle when fishing for perch. Light tackle is preferred because perch are not heavy fighters. You shouldn’t use more then 4 pound test. The lighter tackle makes casting the smaller hooks easier.

For many years perch fishing has been a great way to kill a bad day of fishing. Perch fishing has helped in the bonding of many fathers and their kids. It has even helped to get a lot of women involved in the great sport of fishing. So remember that no matter what a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is an expert self taught fisherman for the last 35 years. He would like to share his stories and tips with the world. You can check out his blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ he is also an avid writer in the process of getting his first novel published. Check out his other blogs at http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com/ and http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Small Mouth Bass. What Are They?

Before the 1900s pretty much the only place to find smallmouth bass was in the great lakes. However as technology advanced and transportation evolved small mouth were stocked in many more places including, rivers, natural lakes and man made reservoirs. The lakes of the Canadian Shield have probably been the best success story for transplanting small mouths.

The small mouth is a close relative of the large mouth bass but it does have a lot of differences. Smallmouth prefer cooler water, they usually lay their eggs later. In bodies of water that contain both large and small mouth bass the smallmouth will usually be found in the deeper water. They are less likely to live around weed cover. Smallmouths prefer rocky bottoms. Unlike large mouth you will seldom find smallmouth on soft-bottomed structures.

Smallmouths respond to sunlight and weather changes in a very similar way as a large-mouth. Both fish are most active under low light and as long as the weather is stable the bite will usually be a lot better.

Crayfish are smallmouth favorite food. However they do eat a number of other tings as well. Frogs, tadpoles, small fish, worms and many different kinds of insects.

Smallmouths don’t reach the same size as large mouth. In fact a five pound small mouth in most waters is considered a trophy fish. There are several caught each year between 7 and 8 ponds and the world record is 10 pounds 14 ounces.

A smallmouth jaw extends to the middle of the eye. Their sides are greenish to brown with dark vertical bars that come and go. Three dark bars radiate from the eyes. Smallmouths are constantly changing colors to fall into place with their surroundings.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is an expert self taught fisherman for the last 35 years. He has won numerous small tournament prizes. You can check out his fishing blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ two more of his very popular blogs can be found at http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/ and http://funtidbits.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 16, 2007

These Are Great

This is a great big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to have a look at my blog. Fishing has been my passion for almost 40 years now and I know it’s a passion I will never lose. I learn so much about fishing through trial and error but recently I have bought some books that I would like to share with you. These are probably the best books on the internet today so why not purchase them and have a look. The more you can learn without trial and error is time spent catching more fish. Fishing books are probably some of the highest sellers in the world so why shouldn’t you have one or all of them. We’ll just have a look and if you like what you see then go ahead. If not I just want to remind you of one thing that I tell all my fishing buddies. A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.
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Thanks Dale

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Fishing Tid Bits How To Fish Part 8

This is going to be my eighth article on fishing tid bits. I am so far getting a great response to these articles. These articles are meant to have tips that everyone can use. Most of the seasoned anglers might even find a helpful tip or two in these articles. Eventually I will turn this into an eBook so go ahead and take advantage of it now. Make sure you tell your friends and families about the fishing tips articles because all I ask in return is that you go out and enjoy the fine fun of fishing.

1. Is Your Rod Jammed

Sometimes, especially at the beginning of a new season you go to pull your rod apart and it just won’t budge. You can forge it with something but then you stand the chance of breaking it. So this is what you should do. You will make the rod contract if you wrap ice around it where it joins or leave it outside in the cold and then simply pull it apart.

2. Right Depth Crank baits

You probably have a bunch of crank baits in your tackle box but do you know what depths they are used for. Crank baits are built to run at many different depths and once you throw the package out all will be forgot. You should buy a marker that’s water proof and mark the running depth on each crank bait. That way with a quick glance you can tie on the right hook and get fishing.

3. Perch Eyes For Bait

I have had great luck using perch eyes to catch more perch or walleye. When you catch a feed of perch you should keep all the eyes when you go to clean your fish. Don’t just throw them in the freezer because they will go all mushy. So what you want to do is put them in a little jar with salt water. This will keep them fresh until your next fishing trip.

4. Backlash Can Be Such A Mess

What you want to do to avoid backlash because it even affects the most seasoned anglers. You want to cast as far as you can a few times. Once you have done this then you can string out a couple more feet. At that point you can put on some masking tape to make sure your bird nests don’t appear more often then they need to.

5. Canoe Rod Holders

So many rods so often get broke in canoes because there just isn’t any good storage for rods in canoes. The usually slide to the center where they end up in danger of getting crushed or snapped. I fastened a piece of pipe under the seats of my canoe right along the edge on both sides. Now when traveling I store my rods in there and they are out of the way plus they are out of the way to get damaged.

This is the end of my eighth edition on my series on fishing tips. I hope so far everyone is finding useful tips that they can use or save for a later day.

Dale Mazurek

Just remember a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

Dale is an expert self taught fisherman of more than 35 years. He would like to share his stories and tips with the world. You can check out his fishing blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ Dale is also an avid writer who is in the process of getting his first novel published. Check out his other blogs. http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com/ and http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Fishing Tid Bits How To Fish Part 7

This is going to be the seventh article and it’s great to see how many people are interested in the fun of fishing. These articles are meant to have tips that everyone can use. Most of the seasoned anglers might even find a helpful tip or two in these articles. Eventually I will turn this into an eBook so go ahead and take advantage of it now. Make sure you tell your friends and families about the fishing tips articles because all I ask in return is that you go out and enjoy the fine fun of fishing.

1. Fishing With Alka-Seltzer

I learnt this trick by being snoopy and listening in on a couple of fishermen that were catching fish next to me while I was being shut out. When the fishing is slow and they won’t even take a slow moving jig then you want to change things up a little. In the end of a tube jig you want to put a couple pieces of Alka-Seltzer and then shove a little cotton against the tablets. When the water soaks through the cotton the hook will begin to fizz with almost assuredly will attract fish and even more fish strikes on days that strikes seem to be impossible to get.

2. Find The Trout

This is a quick way to find pools of fish for the fly fisherman. Gather up a couple of the local bugs around the shores of your favorite fishing spot. Once you have the bugs you want to toss them in and around the pools to see if the fish surface and feed on them. Once you have established where the fish are you can then cast your fly into that certain pool.

3. Use More Bait

Many times while you’re fishing the catch might be great but unfortunately you keep catching small fish. What you might want to do in this case is use bigger amounts of bait. Instead of one minnow you might want to use two. Remember that in most cases bigger fish want bigger baits.

4. Gloves For Fishing

Catching some larger fish like pike and Muskie can prove to be quite dangerous when it comes to removing the hook. What you want to do is keep a good pair of buckskin gloves in your tackle box just for cases like this. Wear the gloves while getting the hook out of a large fish like this. Chances are the gloves will prevent the hook penetrating you skin incase the fish begin flopping.

5. Pork Rinds Can Be Bulky

If you have to do a lot of walking then you want to minimize the amount of tackle you take with you. One trick to get out of hauling the big bulky pork rind jars is to put some pork rinds in a sealable plastic baggie that can be carried in your vest or a small tackle box.

This is the end of my seventh edition on my series on fishing tips. I hope so far everyone is finding useful tips that they can use or save for a later day.

Dale Mazurek

Just remember a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

Dale is an expert self taught fisherman of more than 35 years. He would like to share his stories and tips with the world. You can check out his fishing blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com/ Dale is also an avid writer who is in the process of getting his first novel published. Check out his other blogs. http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com/ and http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/