BoatUS ANGLER: Fishing How-To's
Learn tips and techniques and the best fishing tactics from the pros
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- Early Summer Patterns - Kurt Dove
- Tips And Tactics For Speckled Trout - Capt. Bill Lake
- Redfish Offer Heavy Action When Bass Aren't Biting
- Taking Amberjacks To A Whole New Level - Alan Pierce
- Alternative Learning - Kurt Dove
- Fishing For The Right Ramps - Kurt Dove
- Cross Current Tactics Catch Huge Walleyes - Eric Olson
- Learning When Things Aren't Working - Kurt Dove
- Fishing Unfamiliar Water - Ken Cook
- Smallmouth Bass Fishing: A Feisty Bite
- Three Bass Rigs You Really Ought To Learn - Roger Lee Brown
- Fishing Walleyes - Mepps Lures
- Tweaking A Pop-R - Rob Brewer
- Catch and Release Tips
- Fluorescent Line Applications - Mark Hicks
Many of today's anglers all to often seem to have the enthusiasm to get themselves all psyched up for that big day of fishing the following day only to find themselves coming in at the end of the day with only one or two bass caught. They will spend the day, usually casting, re-rigging, running, loosing lures, etc., but most of all getting frustrated because the fish aren't cooperating. Sound Familiar? I, surly know this feeling and I'm sure that any angler reading this article has had the same feeling at some point and time. Now, don't feel bad if this does happen to you because you are definitely not alone, there are probably millions of other anglers out there that this same problem happens to! But, there are a few "Tricks of the Trade" that you can use to help remedy this problem - at least it works for me and many of my former bass angling students and charter clients that I have taught in the past.
I found that on certain days when the bass don't seem to cooperate, I usually will put my action baits away and pull out the "Last Resort Rigs" which are the: TEXAS RIG, CAROLINA RIG, and FLOATING RIG
These three rigs are probably the most successful patterns for catching bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, & Spotted Bass) that a angler can use just about "Anywhere and at Anytime." Now, some anglers may ask; "Why would I use all three of these rigs?" and the answer is really quite simple. It's like using tools of the trade! A carpenter wouldn't use a hammer to back out a screw, nor would he or she use a screw driver to pound nails (Well, at least most of them wouldn't!). The same goes with bass fishing, an angler should have the right Tools-of-the-Trade to do a specific job! Read More
The advent of catch-and-release has been great for the sport of fishing. It has literally re-cycled fish/opportunity for other anglers. However, there is a proper method to returning fish to the water after you catch them, that assures the fish's chances of survival.
Here are some basic tips:
- Don't play or fight a fish any longer than necessary. This way when you do catch and release the fish, it's not fatigued or stressed.
- Do not touch or handle the fish any more than necessary. Doing so removes a protective slime coat that helps protect the fish from disease. It might be a good idea to wet your hands before handling the fish.
For the same reason the use of dip nets is not encouraged with fish you plan to release. And if you do use nets, those with rubber webbing seem to be less harmful in this regard than those made of twine.
- If a hook is swallowed, cut it off as closely to the eye of the hook as possible and release the fish, rather than trying to remove the hook. Studies have shown fish have a better chance of survival if you do this.
- There is nothing wrong with taking photos of a catch, but consider that the fish cannot breathe out of water. Take the photo and return the fish to water as soon as possible.
- Fishing with barbless hooks aid in the survival rate of caught and released fish. The same is true of anglers using circle hooks. These hooks are designed to turn when taken by the fish and hook it in the corner of the mouth rather than be swallowed.
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