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Easy Steps to Growing Your Fishing Knowledge

When a lot of people start fishing they think it’s a sport or hobby that simply involves picking up a bag of frozen prawns and a Coke from the local servo, heading down to the closest stretch of water, throwing in a line and waiting for the fish to hook themselves.

In these situations some people will catch fish but probably not to the potential that they could because catching fish is a bit more complicated than simply baiting a hook and putting it in a body of water.  Many of the things you need to consider are thoughts you’d probably have if you went to buy a new car or mobile phone.  You might ask – “where is a good place to go to buy a Toyota?”  Well in the same way that not all car dealers sell Toyotas (eg your local Ford dealer) only certain types of water hold certain types of fish..  “What is a good time for me to go and buy a Toyota?” I hear you ask. well just as you’re more likely to buy a car during business hours as opposed to 2am the chances of catching certain fish during their

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Best River Fishing Tips and Tricks Complete Guide

Downstream fishingA river is defined as a naturally flowing watercourse that is unidirectional and in a continuous state of physical change over time. Due to the nature of rivers, streams and creeks, the strategies required to fish successfully within them can be more technical taking into account current and flow rates, both overall and within certain areas of the river e.g. banks versus river beds, snags are more likely because of fallen trees and logs and because the current is constantly moving. This means more accuracy in casting is required but minor modifications are always required depending on the conditions at the time.

With all this to consider, and more, below is a guide for the best river fishing tips to increase your chances of catching fish in rivers, streams and creeks.

River fishing equipment

Depending on what you are fishing for can greatly determine what specialist equipment you may need.

However, generally speaking, the following equipment is enough to get you fishing and catching fish too:

  • This can depend on what weight you want to hold and work with when using a pump and reel technique for reeling catch in. Another important factor to consider is that lighter rods will
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Freshwater Fishing Tips

Freshwater FishingThe section is put together to educate you on the things you need to know about freshwater fishing. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are with fishing, the information and tips below will be useful to you. We first educate you on the basic need to know information about freshwater fishing, along with some of the best tips for freshwater fishermen. At the end of this section you’ll find some safety information that every fisherman should know. Hopefully you’ll find this page educational and share it with your friends, family, co-workers and other fishermen.

Basic Information on Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing is when a fisherman fishes in a body of water that has less than 0.05% salinity. You can find freshwater in ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and they can be both man-made and naturally occurring. Freshwater fishing is different than saltwater fishing because the species of fish are entirely different. However, there are some fish that can transition from salt water to freshwater. Salmon is a perfect example of a game fish that can do this. They are born in freshwater, then spend a few years at sea and return to spawn in

Benefits of Early Morning Hunting

Hunting nocturnal animals is a pastime that requires the support of powerful accessories, such as a red spotlight. Having such equipment readily available greatly increases the success rate of individuals behind the scope, despite hunting in unfavorable, low visibility conditions.


Red Lens Hunting Applications

Red lenses with a wavelength range of 620-750 nm are used to target predatory animals while hunting after sunset. For nocturnal creatures, the light beam is virtually undetectable, which gives hunters more time to setup a shot while targeting the animal. When the red light hits the retina of the creature, the reflection initiates a surreal glow. This allows an individual to track the animal under nighttime conditions, where natural, background lighting may not be available. Additionally, because red light beams are softer (compared to white light and other bright color tones), animals are less offended or threatened by the light.

This practice places great emphasis on the color of the light being used during application. However, the choice of color may not be as effective as the actual technique being implemented (more on this later). Traditionally, green light is applied in hunting areas where domesticated animals are present, such as private farms. The application

The Ultimate Fly Fishing Equipment

Fly fishing has gained a lot of popularity in recent times and also the availability of the fishing gear used today. The process of choosing the ultimate fly fishing equipment can be very overwhelming if you don’t know what you are looking for. The best thing to do is just focus on the basics and you’ll find the gear you need to truly enjoy fly fishing. Buying fly fishing equipment is like any other thing you buy today, you need to put the cost implication in mind, and note that you get what you pay for. So don’t go for the cheapest you can find. If a piece of fly fishing equipment is relatively inexpensive, find out why before purchasing it, or you may find that you’ve wasted your money on an equipment with very low quality. The basic gear for fly fishing are explained below:

The fly rod

The first thing you need in an ultimate fishing equipment is the fly rod, without the right fly rod, the rest of the gear is basically useless. The early fly fishing rods were made from sturdy wood, which makes the rod flexible. Reinforced bamboo rods

Kayak Fishing Tips

Kayak fishing is a fun and peaceful sport you can get into for a low investment. Having no motor gives fishermen the potential of catching more fish and charting smaller areas. But having less storage space and having to paddle present new challenges. If you’re just getting into the world of kayak fishing, use the following kayak fishing tips to catch more fish while staying safe.

Tip #1: Purchase a bright colored kayak

A bright colored kayak is the best choice for safety as it is more visible. Darker colors, especially blues, can be hard to spot and can lead to accidents. When purchasing a kayak, look for the colors green, yellow, and orange.

Tip #2: Always wear a lifejacket (PFD)

If you’re going to be kayak fishing, chances are you’re going to roll over at some point. And swimming accidents can happen even to the best swimmers. Always wear your PFD while in a kayak.

Tip #3: Practice kayaking before fishing

So you just bought a kayak and had it rigged for kayak fishing. You purchased all the accessories, and are more excited than ever to go out and fish. Well if you don’t have experience kayaking, you’ll need to get the hang of balancing

5 Pike Fishing Tips For Beginners

There is a lot of advice floating around out there about fishing for northern pike, and while some of it may be really good, a lot of the advice is aimed at experienced anglers, semi-pro anglers, or it’s rehashed information that may or may not be any different than advice you would get when starting to go after any type of fish for the first time.

While this can be frustrating, don’t let it get you away from your goal of chasing down a trophy northern pike. After spending even a few weeks fighting with these ferocious fresh water game fish, you will be quite literally hooked. So if you’re waiting, don’t wait any longer. Follow these tips, get out to the water, and enjoy a great time fishing for your ideal fish.

Pike Fishing Tip #1: Make sure to get a medium or high action rod. This is a common mistake for beginning anglers, who often like to go for a light or ultra light action rod because they’ve heard about the pike’s reputation as a fighter and they don’t want to miss any action. You won’t. The pike are hard enough fighters that even a high action rod is going

The Basics Of Fishing At Night

Fishing is a fun hobby enjoyed by many around the world. Whether you’re camping, or just out for a day trip, there are many enjoyable areas for fishing. This article will help you decide if fishing is a pastime you would like to engage in for your own enjoyment.

If you are bottom fishing with shad, cut the tail of your bait off before placing it on your hook. This will keep your line from tangling by keeping bait from twisting around the fishing line on its way to the bottom. Moreover, cutting the tail releases a scent that will lure fish to it.

If you are looking at taking up fishing as a new hobby,the first thing you need to do is to invest in a quality grade rod and reel combination. Buying bad quality equipment will only discourage the fishing process if it breaks; however, it is not important that you buy the stop of the line to start with either.

Be prepared before you head out to fish. Plan to be in the water for a few hours and bring the necessary tools with you. This can include a lunch, some sunscreen, a few drinks, extra fishing line and hooks,

6 Sight Fishing Tips for Shallow Water Trout

Generally, most of our wadable trout streams run low and clear from the lack of rainfall this time of year. If you keep your eyes peeled for trout and wade with extra stealth, there’s always a good chance to sneak up and sight-fish to the biggest trout of your life. With the brown trout moving up many watersheds in preparation for the spawn, and the rainbows or cutthroats aggressively feeding to put on weight for the cold winter ahead, the fall can provide fly fisherman the best trout fishing of the year. My clients and I catch some of our biggest trout during the fall and winter by wading in close to the big trout we’ve spotted and then making precise presentations to our targets. That being said, just because you can see the trout, doesn’t mean they’re always easy to catch. Some days, the trout will make you want to pull your hair out as you painfully watch your flies ignored over and over, as they drift within inches of the trout you’re sight-fishing to. Below are six tips to help fly anglers catch more shallow water trout while sight-fishing during the fall and winter months.



Tropical Fishing Tips

Tropical fishing is a great way for anglers to explore new techniques for targeting different species unique to the tropics, which is very different to fishing in freshwater lakes and rivers. There are many different types of species that live within the coral waters and are a wide range of different sizes. Whether anglers are looking to target the big game fish or the tiny baitfish fishing in tropical waters is an adventure for all.

Corals and reefs draw a lot of sightseers and tourist, anglers agree fishing in tropical waters is not only great for catching a variety of species but it’s also a beautiful sight. True coral flats are formed of coral sand or marl, and can stretch for miles without the water reaching more than waist deep. Most coral flat fishing is done from flat-bottomed boats or by actually wading in the water. It’s vital to know where on the flats to find the fish and to understand their movements over the featureless coral sand. A great place to find fish is on the very edge of the flats where the shallow water ends and the deep water begins.

The species living in tropical waters include marlin, bass, tuna,

The Affect of Weather on Fishing

The extent to which fish are affected by the weather has been a source of uncertainty and speculation for ages. Some elements of weather are known to have certain general affects on fish, but there is no clear scientific proof, nor is there solid evidence that all fish are affected in the same way. If anything, it may be just the opposite.

Freshwater species, for example, are more adversely impacted by exceptional weather events than saltwater fish, and deep dwellers seem less affected by most weather than residents of shallow environs.

Sun and Clouds

Clear skies and bright sun are indicative of a high-pressure system, which often brings with it strong wind. This often follows the passage of a storm. Cloudy conditions can cause light-sensitive fish – those that especially use vision to feed – to be less active, especially in shallow freshwater environs.

Some species will go deeper if the water temperature there is also favorable, like bass, or get in the shade of cover or prefer deeper cover. Yet some species, like pike, are noticeably more aggressive on sunny days than on cloudy ones. This may have more to do with their reliance on vision and thus sight feeding.

In freshwater fishing, cloudy

How To Catch Bass After a Cold Front

Go Deep

Vertically jigging with spoons is a good way to entice not-so-active deep-water fish. You can get right over them and put the spoon right in their face repeatedly, often observing the lure and the fish simultaneously on your sonar. If you can find a deep brush pile, jig right in or over it. It may take a while, but this is a good way to get a bite. Also try using a worm, but downsize to a smaller version of what you might otherwise use. Fish a finesse worm slowly in deep water, dragging it along until you hit a rock, stump or brush. Then slow it down and work it around the cover.

Go Slow

Go slower with anything you fish, and downsize. Choose a suspending crankbait in a small size and fish it very slowly.

Crank it down and then work it with frequent pauses, letting it sit in place to make inactive fish hit. Try a suspending jerk bait in a similar manner, with infrequent twitches. Use a small spinnerbait and slow-roll it over objects, letting to drop on the near side of them. Also crawl it along the bottom.

Go To Heavy Cover

Probably the best way to catch bass

Fishing for Bass in Cold Water

Fish slowly. Bass slow down as the water cools. They are less likely to hit a fast moving bait, so slow your presentation down and give them time to eat your bait.
Fish steeper banks. In-Fisherman Magazine recommends fishing banks that have at least a 30 percent drop and 45 is better. Bass like to move vertically in a short distance during the winter so bluff banks are good.
Choose a bait you can keep in one place on the bottom. A jig and pig is a classic bait for cold water. Crawl it slowly along and make it stop and twitch when you bump cover. A jigging spoon moved up and down in one place works well. Slow moving crankbaits and spinnerbaits slow rolled or crawled on the bottom are also good.
Put scent on your bait. Scents may help induce a bite in cold water. I like JJs Magic, a strong garlic scented dip. It also comes in colors that will offer contrast to your soft plastics
Fish deeper. Bass tend to hold deep in the winter, so look for the ends of long points, steep bluff banks and creek channels. They hold there until there are several


Fly Fishing Equipment Pre Season Check List

Check the joints for cracks and re-whip if necessary, or if you are not happy with the section, send it back to the manufacturer for a replacement (that’s if you have a lifetime guarantee) as the spigot joints might need a dressing.
When dressing, I use a mixture of deer fat and candle grease, particularly on salmon rods. This works well and you don’t have the same problems as when you use candle wax alone.
Clean the rings and check for damage. Replace if necessary.

Clean the cage and remove any grit or dirt
Check the mechanisms and oil only as advised by the manufacturer
Check springs and pawls

Wind the lines and backing off the reel onto a line winder. The winders are available from Sportfish or Carrilon UK for a small sum and are well worth the investment.
Once you have the line and the backing, you can re-wind, checking the backing for rot or damage as you go.
Now check the connection to the line. I use an improved Albright Knot – if in doubt re-do the connection.
Before you start to wind the line onto the reel clean the

Five tips to improve your surf fishing

Like all things there is never any substitute for experience, but there are a few simple things you can look into to improve your surf fishing.  The five points below provide some simple advice for improving different aspects of your surf fishing.

1.    Harden Up Baits

When soaking soft baits such as pilchards / mulies for larger fish like tailor, mulloway, salmon or gummy sharks sometimes it doesn’t take long for baits to be stripped to the bone by small picking fish such as whiting or herring.  Also sometimes you might find that baits are only lasting a few casts as once they’ve been in the briny for a little while they become water-logged and too soft to hold up through the action of the cast or the impact of the water.

Using salted baits is one way to get around these problems.  Pilchards can be salted by yourself or many places sell them pre-salted.  The salting process involves putting layer upon layer of salt on the fish until most of its moisture has been removed.  This results in a tougher bait that is more resistant to the wear-and-tear of surf fishing.

Another option is to try using ghost cotton; a thin, white cotton

Fishing Bass

The largemouth bass is one of the most sought after game fish in North America. It thrives in shallow weedy lakes and river backwaters, as its basic food supply is available in these areas. Also, aquatic plants and sunken debris furnish protection.

Bass spawn in the spring when water temperatures reach 62-65 degrees. This can be from May to late June depending on the part of the country. Nesting usually occurs within seven to eight feet of shore in one to three feet of water. These nesting areas are bass “hot spots.” Don’t pass them up as spring is one of the best times to tie into a trophy bass.

Growth rate varies from one part of the country to another. Southern bass grow fast and can weigh 20 pounds or more. Northern bass hardly ever go over 10 pounds, and a three pounder is considered a good fish.

The largemouth is an ornery critter feeding on anything it thinks is alive, including frogs, crayfish, insects and minnows. It can distinguish colors and recent studies indicate it prefers red, yellow, silver and black.

Spinners and spoons are very effective lures for taking trophy bass. The flash and vibration created by a spinner excites a

The Best Times To Fish

Even with the right bait, the fish may not bite. Most seasoned anglers realize that the time of year and time of day affect the catch and plan their fishing excursions accordingly. Here is some information on the best times to fish, so the “big one” doesn’t get away.

Springtime Fishing

With the sun shining and glistening off the waters, it’s hard to hold any fishing enthusiast back from springtime fishing. However, the water is still a bit cold. It’s best to wait until the water temperature hits around 40 degrees; otherwise, the fish won’t be biting. When fishing in the spring, it’s better to fish late morning or early afternoon instead of early morning. The water starts to warm up as the sun’s rays penetrate the water. Fish get more active when the water warms up. It’s also wise to fish the downwind shoreline, since the wind pushes the warmer surface water along with surface food. This means the

Top 5 Fishing Tips & Tricks

Everyone who enjoys fishing has their own special tricks, but in general there are some common tips to follow. Fishing is a sport that requires knowledge of the water area and the type of fish you are trying to catch. You need a minimum of equipment, at least a line and hook plus some accessories, bait and a tackle box. Different fish have different habits, so a little advance studying is helpful for learning where to go and what time of day is best. Finally, be prepared to spend some long, quiet hours where patience is indeed a virtue. These top 5 fishing & tricks should help in our quest for the perfect catch.

Fishing Tips and Tricks

Ask ten fishermen/women about their secrets for successful fishing and you will get ten different answers. The reason for this is that everyone has developed fishing techniques over time, often from tips passed along by their elders, and they are not fishing for the same type of fish. Fish are unique, despite their common tendencies to hang together in schools. Trout, panfish, salmon, bass and perch frequent different parts of lakes, rivers, bays and streams. What works for one type of fish may not

Top 10 Fishing Tips for Beginners

  1. Do your research.

Before you cast that first line, make sure you have a general idea about what you are getting yourself into.  There are plenty of fascinating fishing books that can all but put you right in the middle of the action before you even pick up a pole.

  1. Understand the basic procedures.

Once you have some reading under your belt, you can start by beginning some pre-fishing skills.  Get familiar with such tasks as adding fishing bait to hooks, casting your line and tying knots before you’re drifting with the wind in your boat.

  1. Choose the right equipment for you.

Beginners will benefit the most from a specific rod and reels that are simpler for someone who is just beginning to cast.  Open-faced fishing reels are never recommended for somewhat just starting out.

  1. The bait is the main course of fishing .

Be aware of what fish you are trying to catch and what kind of bait attracts them.  Catfish, for example, respond to either specially made bait for catfish or even raw chicken liver while bream fish like insects like crickets.  The wrong bait could mean a long fishing trip.

  1. Location, location, location.

Have an idea of where your fish

The 6 Best Bass Fishing Techniques

One of the reasons bass are North America’s most popular gamefish is they’re somewhat easier to catch than other species, primarily because they are so abundant. But, just because these fish can be found virtually everywhere doesn’t always mean you’ll always load the boat on every fishing trip. It’s more than just tossing out a bait and hoping there’s a hungry bass near by willing to bite; consistantly catching lunkers comes down to proper technique. Below are criticaltechniques you should master to maximize your performance and success as a bass angler.

Pitching and Flipping

When bass aren’t all that active and are hiding in thick cover, it’s as if you have to go into stealth mode to catch those shy lunkers. The best methods for getting to shallow-water thick cover, without spooking fish too much, are pitching and flipping. These methods are similar looking techniques, but some occasions require one over the other, especially as it pertains to distance. The key to successful pitching and flipping is practice, a long rod — 6 1/2-foot to 7 1/2-foot — and the right soft-plastic bait.


Pitching is the easier of the two techniques but is not as precise as flipping. Let out enough line so

How to take photos of your fish catch

The first thing to note is that you don’t need a bazooka-like single lens reflex camera (SLR) or digital SLR (DSLR) camera to do the job.  This type of camera does bring a lot of benefits with it such as rapid-fire photograph rates, the range of lenses that can be fitted and the overall quality of photos taken.  But an 8 mega pixel or greater point-and-shoot camera that is used correctly will still suffice in most situations.

Being familiar with a camera and its functions is something that will prove its value no end when out fishing.  Knowing how to quickly turn the flash on, turn it off, find the macro setting, preview the photo just taken and replace the battery might seem like trivial things but if the bite is hot or the fish needs to be returned to the water promptly these aren’t the things you want to be playing around with.  Remember you don’t always have your own camera either so a familiarisation session en-route may be required.

Two basic camera features which can add a lot to your photographs are the flash and macro functions.  The flash will often lighten a photo and can reduce the effect of