Friday, June 10, 2011

Trout Fishing Tips

There are many different species of trout found in the different parts of North America, these species include rainbow, spotted, lake trout, brown trout and many others both living in fresh and salt water. Fishing for brown trout is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon on the boat or from shore, it’s time to load up the tackle box with the proper fishing gear and see how many of these different species you can catch.

Brown trout live in smaller bodies of freshwater, adult brown trout have a brown or olive-black back, with lighter side colorings and a white belly. The maximum weight of these species is up to 44 pounds however this is only in larger bodies of water. These species tend to live a long time, an average of 10-12 years and it’s been reported that some live up to 18 years. Younger brown trout feed on insects primarily, an older brown trout feeds on bigger fish including whitefish, suckers, shad, and even other trout.

Using a lighter line when fishing for brown trout creates less friction with the water and slices through so that your line goes down to the bottom without having lots of line out. It is important to use a smaller lure because these fish are not a very big species and you want to choose a lure that will attract their attention. By using a lighter line and a smaller lure it will allow anglers to cast deeper into the water where these brown trout live during the summer months. Brown trout live in the deeper and cooler areas and depending on the season they swim deeper into the river or lake. Just after the ice melts they are about 10ft from the surface, mid spring they will be about 35 to 45 feet deep and in summer about 50ft to 60ft deep.

There are many way to find out information about the brown trout species including talking to other anglers or watching fishing videos online. With many different locations to find these freshwater fish, it’s time to try your luck and head out for a day on the water this summer.

More exciting fishing news and fishing tips can be found at the 2011 ICAST show.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fishing Gear

When out for a day of fishing it is important for anglers to know the type of species they’re looking to target and what body of water they are fishing; saltwater or freshwater. Its vital to have the right fishing gear depending on the technique you are using, size of the species and the location of where you’re fishing.

Freshwater fishing gear is usually less expensive than saltwater and made using lighter materials. There are different types of gear used for freshwater fishing depending on the species the anglers are out to target. Many steelhead anglers use a long float rod and a light spinning reel or centerpin reel. The long rod helps reel in the strong fighting fish while using a light line. Or if you are fishing in murky waters for walleye you would use a shorter rod 6’-7’ and a 6-10 pound line test with a strong leader so these toothy critters won’t bite off your lure. Finally when fishing for crappie it is important to use a lighter rod and line because these species have very thin mouths and pulling too hard on your rod will cause ripping through the fish’s mouth.

Saltwater fishing can be more expensive then freshwater fishing because the gear must withstand rust and depending on the species they can be much heavier and larger. Tuna is one of the largest species caught by anglers and can weigh as much as 700-800 pounds. To catch one of these monster fish you need some very strong gear. Salmon do not weigh as much as tuna but it is still important for anglers to have the right gear. The rod does not need to be as heavy, although you want to make sure it can withstand larger sized salmon like 40lbs before purchasing your gear.

For more information and to check out reviews about the latest fishing gear check online for some of the new products that were released at ICAST.

One of the best methods for picking gear is to talk to other anglers who will help you get the best bang for your buck and have the most success on the water.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Carp Fishing Tips

Carp fishing is very popular among anglers worldwide. It’s a joy shared by anglers of all different skill levels. The average size of these fish can be found starting at 2ft and reach heights of 8ft and sometimes much bigger. With big fish like this out in many areas of water it’s time for you to get out and catch yourself a carp!

Crap fishing can be done during a nice summer’s day or some anglers even try their luck catching these fish at night time, both are a great experience and fun no matter what time you go. Crap mostly live in fresh water areas; however some of types of carp can be found living in salt water. Some anglers across the globe even enjoy eating crap, and here in North America this species an invasive species. These fish were brought here to control algae then escaped into local waterways and spread across several parts of North American.

In order to catch yourself a crap it is important for anglers to use the proper fishing gear. The bait used to catch these fish are mainly household food items including hot dogs, cheese, worms, corn, and prepared dough baits. You may also want to try making your own boilies using fishmeal, milk proteins, bird food, soya flour and eggs. These are all ingredients most anglers have in their homes, and making your own bait will save you money.

Carp eat by mouthing and then ejecting their food before finally swallowing. As a result of this a hair rig is often the best choice to use alongside your fishing baits. The hair rig uses a short line which is connected to the bend of the hook where your bait is placed. The fishing rig will allow for the carp to inhale the bait, and when it goes to eject it will be hooked to your line.

With all these carp fishing tips its time to go out and reel in some of your own. With so many different locations to fish for carp why not set out for an adventure this summer and fish abroad.

For more fishing gear info check out the Icast show.