Friday, August 27, 2010

Early Spring Bass Fishing Lures

Once the bass season begins in the spring and begins to get underway, using the absolute best fishing lures possible is the most important part of your approach. Each of the lures outlined here are extremely effective for fishing for bass in a lake. The more practice you can get with any of these baits, the better success you will have in your bass fishing. You can practice your skills and technique outdoors and on online fishing games during the offseason.

  1. Crayfish: Imitations of crayfish come in many different varieties throughout the spring and each one of them is effective. In still to slow moving waters, a rather slow crankbait is a great lure. If the current is minimal, soft crayfish plastics are perfect for catching bass in the spring. The key is to recognize how live crayfish look to the fish. A crayfish that might be fleeing will jump and swim backwards when something startles it. This would mean you will need to mimic this action with your retrieve.
  2. Crankbaits/Crayfish Colors: Red, dark red, black or brown colored crankbaits that act like baitfish are perfect early spring lures for bass fishing. If they are retrieved in the correct manner and quickly through shallower waters with rocky floors, these baits will work the best. Because bass like to go for crayfish colors in the spring, a lure in these colors could work quite well even if it doesn’t resemble a crayfish exactly. This is particularly true once the temperature of the water rises as well.
  3. Spinner Baits: Once the water in the lake you are fishing in warms up, you will find that the bass are reacting more and more to spinner baits. These lures are also great for finding spring bass that are feeding on a particular body of water. Spinnerbaits that are fished through and over brush are a wonderful technique that can be used all throughout the year. However, the absolute best time for these baits is during the summer.

Each of these early season bass fishing lures will most assuredly help you in order to catch a significant amount of springtime bass. Be sure that you add each and every one of these lures to your fishing gear collection as soon as you possibly can. Any serious bass angler should always have a few of these baits in their tackle box, particularly once springtime rolls along. Be sure to practice with your lures and watch the bass just flock to your line.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What Do You Put In Your Trout Fishing Tackle Box?

Determining what it is that you need to bring with you and pack inside your fishing tackle box is a lot more simple than it may sound. First, ask yourself exactly what it is that you will need to bring in order to ensure that you enjoy your trip. It is usually as simple as that. If you are gearing up to go trout fishing, there are a number of different pieces of tackle that you can bring with you. Of course, you will need a fishing rod. For a beginner, you may want to start with a lighter action rod and reel combination. This will give you just enough versatility as you gain more experience.

Lighter rods will usually serve rather well when you are fishing for trout. That is unless you happen to hook a fish that is somewhat large on the end of your line! Even so, you will want to avoid the temptation of running out and purchasing the extra light fishing reels as this could be just as bad.

You will also want to purchase a variety of lures to bring with you in your tackle box. Start with purchasing some rooster tails and try to keep the colors rather basic. You won’t need any bright, over the top colors at this time.

Consider sticking to standard colors like silver and white as these are the familiar colors of the baitfish that trout are accustomed to hunting. Don’t forget your fishing hooks! Keep them as small as you possibly can when fishing for trout as hooks that are too large can tear through a trout’s mouth.

Some anglers also tend to bring along corn, worms or cheese as bait. Surprisingly, all three of these work exceptionally well when it comes to trout fishing. Consider this when packing your tackle box. Try out different baits and methods through fishing games to stay on top of your game.

Always remember to have some bobbers and sinkers on hand as well. These will come in handy for when you are deciding which form of fishing you want to do that day. You should also always have with a few fishing flies on hand but only a few.

Other than your basics, you might also find that you need things such as sunglasses and snacks for when the afternoon rolls around. You may also need a pair of pliers and cutters to cut your fishing line and extra hooks will usually come in handy as well.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fly Fishing Bubbles

If you have entertained the thought of fly fishing with artificial flies but the last thing you want to do is spend a great deal of time learning an entirely new form of fishing, you could benefit from the use of a fly-fishing bubble. Fly fishing bubbles are the best way that you can incorporate your lightweight flies without having to know, understand and use the traditional fly fishing gear.

Fly fishing bubbles resemble bobbers in looks and have actually been utilized by anglers for many years. Even so, while it may appear as if it is a bobber, it is in fact very different. A fly fishing bubble will freely float once it is threaded onto your fishing line correctly. It is halted by a swivel that is tied to the end of your line. From here, the bubble can now be put into the water where it will then open and allow water inside.

Once water is added to the bubble, this creates weight for your casting. If you are looking to fish on the water's surface, then you will want the fly fishing bubble to be ¾ of the way filled with water. However, bubbles are most appropriate for still bodies of water like lakes and ponds.

Setting up a casting bubble is achieved by threading it onto the line making sure that the thinner end of the stopper faces the end rod's end. Once this is in place, a swivel is tied on as a stopper and then a tapered leader is added to the opposite end of the swivel and the fly is then tied to the end of the leader. The bubble is held underwater until it is ¾ full. Once it has reached its level, the stopper can then be closed.

You are now ready to cast into the water. Be sure to retrieve the line slowly as this is always the best method when you are fishing with bubbles. However, if you do not wish to fish with dry flies and you would prefer using wet flies; this can be done by filling the bubble entirely with water instead of ¾ of the way full. This will ensure that the bubble will sink into the water further.

You are now fully informed on how to incorporate a fly fishing bubble into your bag of tricks. All you have to do now is get out onto the water and practice your new skill. Don't be surprised if this new method of fishing quickly becomes your favorite!