20 Best Fishing Tips (Part II)

In the post 20 Best Fishing Tips (Part I), I have given you 10 tips for fishing. In this article, we together find out 10 remaining tips.

11/ BACKLASH PICKER-OUTER:

Backlashes are a fact of life when using level wind reels. And today’s smaller reel designs leave no room for fingers to pick them out. But there is a way. Many anglers carry a Swiss Army knife, most of which have a fingernail file. Use a tempered file to cut a “V” notch in the knife file’s tip. It will reach into that tangled mess, engage each loop, and unsnarl the worst of backlashes.

12/ DEPTHFINDER:

For fishermen who can’t afford, or don’t care to bother with, a best fish finder – electronic depthfinder there is a no-cost way to check depth. Choose a sinking lure and suspend it beside you at water level with your thumb and forefinger. Release the lure, count “one-thousand-one” and stop the lure. Measure the length of line used–say it’s 18 inches. You now know that lure sinks 1 1/2 feet each second. So when you cast against a shore, you count until the line goes slack and calculate the depth by how many seconds it took…times 18 inches.

depthfinder

For fishermen who like to use modern technology or enjoy fishing time, a fish finder is a tool that cannot be miss in your fishing box. Hummingbird, Lowrance, Garmin or even small portable fish finder can help you find fish in the deep sea.

 

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The Art of Catch And Release

Every year more and more fisherman practice the art of catch and release. I first learned about it at an Atlantic Salmon Federation dinner when I was around twelve, almost thirty years ago.  Catch and Release (C&R) is important because it ensures that there are numbers of fish that can reproduce and keeps a balance in  the food chain whether at the top, bottom or at a place somewhere in between.

I fished Wakely Lake (see the report) and the lake has an abundance of fish life that I have not found anywhere else yet in Michigan. The lake has very strict fishing rules that work.  Although it is a pretty popular lake for fishing and gets heavy pressure, it remains a lake where there is a real chance of catching a trophy fish on every cast! That is not to say that every lake should have those same rules. To a certain extent you should be able to keep the “fruits” of your labor. Bluegills, walleyes, and perch, when pan fried are very tasty indeed! I used to fish rivers in New York state many years ago that were really “put and take” fisheries which means the state of NY would “put” them in and fisherman would “take” them out.

That presented a problem if you wanted to fish for trout after the opening weekend, as there would be very few left to catch, as hatchery raised fish tend not to be too smart when released into the wild. I also have fished Yellowstone for trout and the trout are big and smart, because Yellowstone Park has very strict rules, about fishing their resource.

Ok, you just caught a nice fish and you want to release it to fight another day. What are some things you can do to ensure that fish will be in as good shape as when you hooked it?

First let’s look at some gear you can use to increase the survival odds of the release of that fish.

Bait vs. artificial lures or flies

The fact is that the mortality potential of a fish is higher with bait when caught using a regular or traditional hook. This may change to a drop in mortality if bait fisherman used circle hooks instead of traditional bait hooks. Traditional hooks stick whenever the hook is pulled. So if a fish has swallowed a bait past its mouth then the hook is going to penetrate whereever it’s located in the fish throat.

 

Artificial Lures
Artificial Lures
Artificila Fly
Artificila Fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If a bait fisherman’s line is not tight, and the strike is not detected then that hook can be set very deep and that fish generally will not survive. Circle hooks work differently in the fact that they tend to only set in the corner of the mouth even when coming up from deep in the throat, as the hook is shaped in a way so that it is harder for a deep hook up and has a higher potential for hook up in the corner of the mouth.  Saltwater fisherman have discovered circle hooks and it is time for freshwater bait fisherman to start discovering them also.

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The Right Reel For You

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Which reel style is best for you? Here's a look at each, in, descending order of popularity. 1. SPINCASTING is the choice of about 45 percent of American fishermen, probably because it is the most trouble-free and simple to use, making it … [Continue reading]