Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How To Catch Peacock Bass

They are almighty fighters. Beautiful to look at and fantastic sport always. No one who has had a fishing bout against a peacock bass has ever forgotten it, especially fish over 4 pounds and fished from a light rig.

Peacock bass are not as cold blooded as most fish species and needs warmer water to thrive. They were introduced to Florida in, 1984, following a decade of study. The fish is non-native, but fishing authorities assumed they could contain other problematic fishes. They certainly did their initial work but went a little further and are environmentally problematic in some areas.

Brazil is the other place where peacock bass thrive along the Amazon and its many tributaries. There are a number of fishing videos relating to their prowess as a game fish, so if your planning a peacock mission, you should research as many of these as you can in advance.

The best fishing lures for peacock bass enthusiasts begin with top lures, either with a rotating blade, or large poppers. Subsurface lures work well and many leading lure manufacturers offer excellent floating and slow sinking crankbaits, as well as, softbaits that entice peacock bass to hit hard.Streamers also work well for peacocks and softbait lures such as mice and frogs won’t disappoint either.

Largemouth bass fishing is the same way to tackle up for peacockbass and a spincast or baitcast rig with a flexible rod will help tire them out quicker.

One American fishing author has labeled Peacocks as “freshwater bullies” due to their ferociousness and ability to damage equipment, especially lures. Peacocks will relentlessly pursue a lure once they see it, so make sure you twitch it or slow down a little, if you are lucky enough to be fishing after them.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bass Fishing Tips In Fall

The chlorophyll is in its early stages in the fall and the landscape as well as the water is going through its wonderful changes. The season also brings its nuances in temperatures and bass feel it, as well as us anglers.

Tributaries and creek arms are ideal places to start searching for bass at this time of year and these areas improve dramatically towards the end of the season when bass group en masse.

Drop offs are other places to investigate for bass, so fishing maps as well as reliable fishfinders, are helpful in locating feeding bass in these areas throughout the fall.

Thermoclines are the key to fishing all species in lakes and thermometers designed for this will help find the feeding zones and should produce better catches. Cooling waters also add more oxygen towaters that in turn,make bass feed more actively.

The best fishing lures will almost accurately represent foods that the fish can fill their bellies with and pile on the extra fats needed for the approaching winter months. Small minnows, either as softbaits or epoxy minnows fished with the behaviors thatpresent them as their live counterparts. Curlytails are amongst the best bass softbaits to keep in stock.

Crankbaits in many styles and colors are obvious choices for coaxing the fish to your fishing hooks all year round. Lipless, floating and deep sinking crankbait models never fail to save any poor fishing day, so rotate them frequently.

Live baits, worms, maggots and minnows are all lethal when those feeding zones are difficult to find, so make sure there are a few varieties of floats and bobbers in your tackle box. Adjusting the depths between floats and your fishing hooks throughout yourtrip,should guarantee more frequencyand tighter lines.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shore Fishing For Beginners (Essential Things Needed)

Essentially, a fishing companion, or more, should be with you down by the shore. If not, try and fish close enough to others so that they can help out if needed. Keeping a whistle tied to you can also help you, should you have a sudden mishap.

All efficient shore fishers usually check off: Local timetables for tides, weatherproof clothing, hat, gloves, and a small first aid kit to handle grazes, cuts and occasional abrasions that happen more regularly by the shore.

Seaweeds and the general slime that thrives between ebb and full tides can be as lethal as black ice. Sensible footwear around coastal areas will minimize a soaking or bruising. Keeping a charged waterproof cell phone is wise, but it will not always receive cover in some coastal areas.

Distance casting is the key for shore fishing and a long surf rod or beach caster will ensure you can get your baits out to the feeding zones. These rods are usually three meters or more in length, but do not make good spinning rods.

If spinning is your thing, a long spinning rod that is light and long,but still sturdy enough to handle heavy spoons and long distance crankbaits.

Shore fish such as sea bass can be coaxed out of kelp and other hidey-holes; however, due to these types of habitats the risks of snags are unavoidable. There are some types of lures where the fishing hooks can be covered, such us a softbaits of rag worms or shrimps.Research beforehand the best fishing lures for your intended prey.

Live baits should be kept in a pail of water to ensure freshness and avoid them drying out.

Rinsing shore fishing equipment with freshwater immediately after your trips willsave cash.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Colorado Fly fishing Gear (First Timers Essentials)

Have you ever been in the middle of playing online fishing games when you suddenly find yourself daydreaming about going fly fishing in a beautiful Colorado mountain lake or stream? Colorado has hundreds of spectacular high mountain lakes and streams that are full of brook, brown, cut-throat, and rainbow trout. Colorado fly fishing, just like any other hobby or sport, is so much more fun when you have the right tools. Here are a few helpful fishing tips to get you started.

If you have never been fly fishing, a good way to familiarize yourself with the sport is to watch a fishing video. A good fishing video will demonstrate the basics of fly fishing.

In the Colorado Mountains the lakes and streams are small. The fish are also small, but full of fight. As a result, using a light three or four weight rod along with a small light reel is what you need to get the most excitement. Load the reel with a few yards of backing, a light weight double tapered floating fly line followed by a light weight 12 foot tapered leader and some two or three pound tippet.

Mountain water is always cold so it’s important to have a pair of neoprene chest waders to keep you warm and dry. A pair of felt soled boots will keep your footing stable on the slippery rocks. When wading into a lake move slowly and take small steps. Some lakes get deep extremely fast.

You will need a variety of flies. A good generic fly is the Royal Coachman. It seems to work in most Colorado waters. Another multipurpose fly is a small fluorescent orange cotton ball glued onto a # 12 hook. This looks like a single egg. It will also always get a few bites.

A good fly box with soft foam inside is important. A fly box keeps your flies organized. It also makes the flies more accessible when you’re standing in a lake or stream.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How To Catch More Fish (Beginner Tips)

There are those days when tried everything you have with you and nothing is taking. It can be frustrating and tiresome not to be getting any action but sometimes all it takes is to change the speed that you retrieveyour line. Fish are triggered by anything that resembles an injured fish and therefore an easy meal. Try pausing for a few seconds with any crankbait or spoon, can often triggereven the shyest fish to feed.

Occasionally you may find that adding a marabou tail feather to a lure or crankbait, or even swapping from another fishing lure will also help get your dead lines tight again. Your hook size could also be the problem so if you feel like you’ve had a hit, but missed it, change down to a smaller size and see if it helps.

Taking an old soda bottle, cutting the top off at the neck, put it back to front in the bottle then fasten it on with string or elastic will make an excellent minnow trap. Baiting it with a few sandwich crusts or biscuit crumbs should easily catch you some live bait when all else has failed.

Worms may not be the easiest of things to dig up but grabbing a tuft of grass up and giving it a good shake will also produce fish foods between grubs and worms. Make sure you return it firmly afterwards and don’t leave your fishing area looking like a moonscape.

Understanding thermoclines is also an important factor in nailing fish on those off fishing days.There are special fishing thermometers that can measure layers for you.

Above all, be aware of your surroundings. Fish love cover so look there first and fish cautiously, even on approaching the water.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Crappie Fishing Gear Essentials

Crappies rarely grow heavy and your best chance for some good sport with them is to fish on ultralight tackle, be it the fly, spincast or baitcast.Pole fishing is also efficient in that it can get over the fish in their entangled habitats, thus avoiding too many snags.

Your specific for rod and reel will depend on your size and height and what best suits you and all dealers will help you with a sensible choice of these.

Lines are equally important so choose something light and as invisible to these cautious panfish. Two to four pound line is ideal for crappie but not so good for retrieving snagged fishing hooks.

A sturdy tackle box with a lot of compartments for the myriad of jigs, sinkers, as well as bobbers, floats, soft and hardbaits,is essential.

A good landing net, either handheld or with a pole, is useful, but not always needed for these small fish. You can never tell what else will take your baits when crappie fishing so it’s always betters to play it safe.

Hydrographic or fishing maps, available online, or from the locale are as good as any fish finder for locating the fish in the deep pockets, weed beds or underwater structures where they like to bide.

The usual essential items that should be packed for any fishing trip and should always include some kind of first aid for those occasional fishing hooks, bee stings etc. Waterproof matches or firelighter, a small flashlight and cell phone with signal cover, should go without saying.

Crappie is tasty fish and welcomed at any meal table, so cleaning them by the water will require a good knife and a fish scaler and can save a lot of unwanted smell and attractive home garbage.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bass fishing for Beginners

Cover always gives predatory fish a good point of ambush so get close to or underneath piers, weed beds, boat docks and any other natural parasols. Fry and other baits will congregate around these shaded areas of creeks; overhangs, fallen trees and bass also feel safer in those habitats. These obstacles naturally lead to more snags. Selecting sensible crank baits, spinner or spoon will also depend on how confident and accurate you can be at presenting your fishing hooks.

Bass baits fall into two main categories, soft and hard. The best fishing lures for them include: soft baits include: creatures, frogs, lizards, craw daddies, worms, minnows, nymphs, flies. Hard baits: include crank baits that float, sink, skim or pop along and under the surface. Also spoons and spinners, bait hooks, weights, bobbers, and extra jig heads should all be part of the same essential bass fishing parcel.

Using surface lures during the middle of the day is the most popular way to coax Bass. Walking baits, buzzbaits, crankbaits, jigs, slow sinking spinners and spoons worked with a flip or pitching method can often produce more bass if you alter the retrieval speed.

Surface lures are also especially lethal during the calm of morning or late evening when fish are at their feeding peak. If you prefer to night fish for Bass don’t forget imitation mice, rats and frogs.

A rod and reel with the correct action and balance for you alone are the obvious pieces of equipment for any fishing trip. Bass fishing always demands that you choose a combination that best suits the environments you’ll be fishing in. Make sure you invest wisely and go for the best combo your budget will allow; otherwise you’ll be back for a new one before you know it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Trout Fly fishing Gear (First Timers Essentials)

Online fishing games are fun but fly fishing for trout along a crisp clear mountain stream is a romantic experience. It is difficult to describe the joyous peaceful feeling except to say you must try it yourself. Here are some essential fishing tackle tips for first time fly fishing.

Fly fishing is all about experiencing the water and the fish. A good pair of neoprene chest waders will allow you to enter the water world and stay warm. A pair of felt soled boots will help you to walk on the rocks and gravel of the stream without falling.

A good fishing vest with lots of pockets is important. Standing in the water you’ll need to have access to all your equipment. A pair of hemostats will work wonders removing a fish hook from a fish’s lip or your finger. They clamp onto the vest for easy access and storage.

A fly box is also important. The fly box with soft foam inside will hold your flies in place until you’re ready for them. Be sure to get a box small enough to fit into your vest pocket.

Good, sharp fingernail sized clippers are very handy to cut tippet. When changing flies it is easier to just clip off the tippet at a 45 degree angle. This makes is easy to feed the tippet through the eye of the next fly you put on.

Having the same fly in a variety of fishing hook sizes is very important. Size matters. Sometimes fish are after big bugs and others will want small bugs.

Using a fish net to contain the fish while removing the hook is very helpful. Fly fishing nets have a long elastic cord that fastens to the upper back to the fishing vest on a d-ring. On your back the net is out of the way but accessible.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to Teach Beginner Fishing

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day but teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. That is the wisest line you can give to any person you are introducing to the sport and no matter what age. It is self-explanatory to most of us but to a few beginners fishing is not always their cup of tea. The easiest and best method will be to boost their enthusiasm with as many possibilities for connecting with fish from the outset. Put and take waters allow for plenty of this, as well as your own tried and tested waters.

Casting, knot tying and handling baits are often the most annoying often irritating parts to anyone attempting the sport for the first time, so minimizing these and focusing on the playing and landing of fish will definitely fire up the senses of any newbie.Snags are another problematic area of teaching fishing to others so avoid them wherever you can.

Using a bobber on a pole, or even a light spincast set up to build up their confidence is an excellent method to begin with. Methods vary in casting, but overhead casts minimizesnags and accidentsso make sure there are no obvious obstacles overhead or between the you and the fish. Practice in advance at a local park or field and create targets for fishing games similar to darts. Using the equipment they will fish on with crank bait, water filled bubble float or spoon, minus the fishing hooks of course, can be lots of fun for everyone.

Unfortunately, we don’t always catch fish, so pointing out tell tale marks of fish feeding, insects, or even bird species will feed the real fishing wannabes for a lifetime.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top Fishing Games

Some of us are probably old enough to remember the Taito classic ‘Space Invaders’. Three decades later we don’t have chunky joysticks, stamp sized pixels ormigraine inducing beeps anymore, we have handheld interactive controllers, High Definition resolution with surround sound. Indeed, much better for today’s gamers and fishers.

At some stage or another, perhaps in the weary winter months whilst pining the thaws of lakes, rivers, reservoirs, most of us have probably played one of the many online fishing games for fun, or competitively. A few fishinggames take it that wee bit further than just pressing down on the arrow keys on our keyboardsand deserve a little kudos for their efforts in delivering factually packed education to a few of us old timers as well as the newbie’s.

As you would imagine from one of the global fishing companies such as Rapala, they have been delivering fishing games for a number of years. Their‘Bass Fishing Pro’,‘Tournament Fishing’ and ‘Fishing Frenzy’ are a few of their leading titles and these are especially loved by Wii users for their interactivity where you can also use a special fishing rod and reel controller.

‘Sega Bass Fishing’, Shimano’s,‘Xtreme Fishing’and ‘Reel Fishing: Angler’s Dream’, are also amongst the best for interacting, tactics, excitement and all those details that help us tie into more action when keeping it real.

For those of us who prefer to stay away from the virtual fishy worlds then board games such as the, ‘Hey That’s My Fish!’ and the Monopoly styled ‘Lunker Lake’ are top entertainers during those stormy times that keep our fishing hooks out the water.

Today’s games still hold addictive qualities for young and old alike but they can never replace the reality of our beloved sport.