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Pier Fishing Tips for Beginners

dvPier fishing is not an overly technical term; it simply describes the act of fishing off a pier. Pier fishing is such a popular option because it’s so simple, all you need is a walkway that runs out into the water. You can do it with a rod and reel or even just a spool of line. All over the world, you’ll find people out on the coast and even along the shores of lakes out on piers, dropping their lines into the water. While there’s no great secret to getting started, there are a few things to know that will give you a leg up on reeling in the catch of the day.

One easy way to improve your experience is to pay attention to the environment. Part of this is for your own health, as pier fishing, especially in populated areas, often happens alongside commercial or industrial activity that can affect the water quality. Your local department of fish and wildlife or environmental quality office will be able to provide info on whether it’s safe to eat what’s caught in certain areas. Once you’re out there, pay attention to the other critters. They’re out there looking for fish too, and are probably a lot better at spotting schools than you. That doesn’t mean you should go casting at every wing-flap, of course. In fact, you rarely want to cast out from a pier. Nine times out of ten, the fish will be hanging around under the pillars of the walkway. Get a good weight and drop straight down, but if you see a spot below the pier with a gang of seals splashing around, elbow in! You should also pay attention to the time of day. Those experienced with pier fishing will tell you that sunrise/sunset are when your quarry is most active. The angle of the sun makes it harder for birds to spot things in the water, so this is the best time for fish to come out of their hiding spots. The tide can also have a big impact on the availability and location of different species.

Paying attention to the environment can help you get more fish, but paying attention to the people will help you enjoy the whole pier fishing experience. Strike up a conversation about the type of bait the folks around you are using or the best time of day to hook the desirable species. Unless you’re out there for commercial purposes or for subsistence (in which case you probably already know these tips), the experience is more about having fun. And while there’s no thrill quite like watching your rod tip jump as you reel in your prize, the vast majority of the time will be spent relaxing and waiting for that bite. So bring a good lawn chair, a bucket for your catch, and a cooler for your favorite cold beverage to share. And have fun.

What Are The Best Spots For A Fishing Trip

bThe Best Places For Fishing Vacations

Those who are planning a trip should not only have the right marine accessories, but should also select the right location, for location can be a huge factor in deciding how successful the trip was. Fortunately, there are several fantastic locations to choose from, fishermen can choose their locations based on their species of fish they wish to catch. For example, those who wish to catch blue marlin fish should consider heading to Bermuda, for the country is known to be one of the best places for fishing blue marlin fish species, that weight at least a thousand pounds.

The Mississippi marches run all the way to Louisiana and is the perfect place for those who wish to spend their vacations fly fishing. The marshes of Mississippi have plenty of red drum fish species which are perfect for fly fishermen. The marshes contain other fish species such as black drum and sea trout. Another ideal place to visit is Panama, the country is because it is a tourist friendly country with schools of tune species such as Zane Grey and Hannibal banks, there are several different fishing resorts for fishermen to rest in, while not fishing.

Fantastic Places For fishing In North And South America

Key West is located in Florida, close to Dry Tortugas and is the best place for a fishing trip because Key West is a fishing town, therefore, not only are there are several fantastic fishing grounds such as reefs, flats and blue water, fishermen can find a number of first rate guides for marine accessories, inshore fishing and offshore charters. Fishermen who are interested in catching marlin fish should consider heading to Malindi in Kenya, for the location is a habitat to six different species of marlin fish including the black marlin, striped marlin, blue marlin and shortbill spearfish, although it is recommended to bring some fishing rod holders along because most of these fish are large and the extra support maybe needed.
Fishermen who are interested in catching certain species of fish such as bonefish, tarpon and permit should consider visiting Belize. The country is well known for its attractive locations that contain hundreds of the bonefish, increasing one’s chances of success on fishing vacations. However, fishermen who prefer to stay in North America should visit Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. For the island has some of the largest species of tuna, it is not unusual to catch fish that are more than eight hundred pounds, so fishermen must ensure they have their fishing rod holders attached to their boats.

 

The Thrill of Fishing With Topwater Lures

vIt was a typical summer afternoon in Georgia, hot and humid. I had taken one of my buddies fishing at one of my coveted honey holes, a farm pond in my hometown of Moreland where I had fished since I was a kid. My friend was from the northwest and was just in town for the week, and I intended show him a good day of southern bass fishing. Unfortunately the fish were not cooperating. We had failed to make a single catch at all that day. Just when we were about to give up all hopes of a fish fry that night, I decided to tie on a Zara-Spook and make a last effort. I cast it out near a thick weed bed close to the center of the lake. After a few twitches the water around the lure exploded like a depth charge as it was engulfed by a six-pound large-mouth. After I had secured my prize on a stringer I decided to try my luck again near the same spot. Much to the surprise of both my buddy and myself there was a repeat performance by a fish that could have passed as the others twin. Guess we were having a fish fry after all!

On the same pond a year earlier I had caught two fish at once on a Bagley Chug-O-Lure, one on the front treble hook and one on the back. They weren’t trophy size by any means, maybe a pound each, but memorable nonetheless. And I realize that reflecting back on all the big and memorable fish that I’ve caught, the only ones that I can recall the exact details of the catch are the ones I’ve caught on topwater lures. There’s nothing like seeing a fish explode from the depths to attack a surface lure, or watching as a huge bucket mouth sticks his head out of the water as he sucks your lure into his mouth. There’s just something about not only feeling but also seeing this event as it happens. And over the years I think this is why the topwater lures in my box have become my favorite for fishing in just about any condition. Some of my favorite lures and techniques are listed in this article.

Buzz-baits

The buzz-bait is a fairly new lure design in that it’s only been around for about the last twenty years or so, but it is very effective. I have found that some anglers still haven’t added this lure to their arsenal or shy away from using it. I think that’s usually because they either haven’t given it a chance or haven’t taken the time to learn how to properly fish it. This is one of the most versatile lures I’ve found and is also an excellent fish locator, as you can cover a large area due to its high-speed of retrieve and long casting distances.

Buzz-baits are available in a variety of sizes and designs. Some have 2 bladed propellers, some three, and some have an added “cackling ” blade that clanks against the propeller during retrieve. My personal favorite is a plain two-blade propeller in a medium size with a plain white or Chartreuse skirt.

These lures are especially effective in shallow water close to the banks and around obstructions and vegetation, places where bass tend to congregate in the late afternoon and early morning however they can also get the attention of fish in deeper water and bring them to the surface. The design of the lure makes it fairly weed-less allowing you to fish in areas you might not be able to use other surface lures. Sometimes I will purposefully bounce the blade off a log or other obstruction during the retrieve, as this seems to drive even stubborn bass crazy, resulting in furious strikes.

For the beginning buzz-bait user it may take you a couple of try’s to perfect your technique, but don’t be discouraged. The rewards of learning the proper use of this lure will be great. You’ll have to begin your retrieve almost as soon as it hits the water and keep it on the surface of the water. To do this will require a quick retrieve and you’ll have to keep your rod tip high. As you get more used to the lure you’ll also learn to steer it around obstructions by moving your rod tip from side to side, this is useful in bouncing the blade off an obstruction as I discussed earlier.

Walking The Dog

The walking the dog technique has been around for a long time but it still works like a charm. I still use the original Zara-Spook for this method but there are also a lot of other lures made now of a similar design. The size of this lure seems to appeal to the large fish but you’ll also still catch plenty of smaller ones.

To use this technique with a Zara-Spook or similar lure, you simply twitch the rod tip to one side on the retrieve, which will cause the lure to jerk from side to side. This motion seems to be one that really attracts the fish, probably because it resembles the actions of a wounded minnow.

Another advantage to the full size Spook type lure is that you can cast it a country mile. But it’s also available in smaller sizes depending on your preference and fishing conditions.

Topwater Worm Rig

This worm rig simply consists of a soft plastic worm rigged weed-less with no weight. You probably want to use light spinning tackle with this rig because of its lightweight, which makes it difficult to cast.

Any type worm can be used with this rig but some will float better than others. A lot of anglers use the old-fashioned long straight worm that doesn’t have a curly tail as they offer a unique action when fished in this way and tend to float well. The method of retrieve is up to you, jerking motion, or straight retrieve, slow, or fast. Experiment for yourself and find what works in the given situation.

Rigged properly this is one of the most weed-less lure configurations around making it great for casting into dense lily pads and weed beds. It’s also great for close to shore fishing like around bulrush and other vegetation. Bass can’t seem to resist this rig, even finicky or spawning fish will strike at this lure if you can get it close enough to them. If bass are on bed I’ve found this is sometimes the only lure they’ll pay attention to. If you do spot a big bass on bed, or hanging out in the shallows, don’t be afraid to cast this lure in the same area more than once because sometimes it takes a few times to really get their attention.

Poppers

Poppers have been around for a long time also and come in a lot of different styles, but they’re all fundamentally the same. The main feature is a concave mouth on the front of the lure that catches water and causes the popping sound. This is a fairly straightforward lure to use, you simply retrieve the lure with a jerking motion that makes the lure pop. I usually allow the lure to sit for a few seconds after it first hits the water. This allows time for any fish that may have been momentarily spooked by the cast to come back and investigate it. Sometimes you’ll even get strikes while the lure is just sitting there. I usually try allowing enough time for the ripples caused by the splash to clear.

The speed of retrieve is up to you and you may want to vary it to see what works best on a particular day. One old trick I’ve used is to remove the rear treble hook and replace it with a trailer of some kind, like a curly tail or minnow type jig attached with a short leader. The larger noisier poppers are sometimes good to use on a windy day when you’ll need to cause a little more commotion to overcome the waves.

In closing I hope everyone can have as many memorable experiences using topwater lures as I’ve had and continue to have. Try all these methods if you haven’t already and don’t be afraid to try new things and experiment with these techniques to make them your own. I can’t wait to get back on the lake myself and experience the next memorable catch!

 

Tips for Walleye Fishing in Spring

bSpring is considered one of the best times for walleye fishing. Walleye is known by many names including pickerel, yellow pike, colored pike, and walleyed pike, depending on the location. The fish can be found in the shallow waters of rivers and lakes. Although the early spring weather can change unpredictably and cause walleyed pikes to move a little, the weather changes have more of an effect on fishermen or fisherwomen.

Find Them

One of the most common saying in the properties market is that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. This saying also applies to walleyed pike fishing in early spring. Although you can toss the line and hope that the fish will bite, you stand a greater chance of catching some walleyed pike if you locate them first. Walleyed pikes are attracted to shallow, rocky areas with water moving through them or nearby. Early spring is spawning time for walleyed pikes and the best place for them to spawn is in shallow waters. Other places where you are likely to find walleyed pikes are sunken rocky islands.

Choose the Right Tackle

Although spring is the best time for catching trophy walleyed pikes, you do not need to use heavy equipment to catch one. Lake and river waters are usually clearest during spring, especially early spring. Walleyes are timid fish, so do not make them wary by using equipment that is easy for them to see. Use a light line and jig that can maintain contact with the bottom.

Minnows are King

Walleyes are enticed by minnows during the early spring, therefore, consider using minnows as bait. Alternatively, use lures such as crank baits that resemble minnows. One of the advantages of using minnows is that they can be fished below a bobber.

Ditch the Boat

Many people choose to fish for walleyes from the shore during early spring. Since walleyes are usually found in shallow waters during spring, it provides anglers with an opportunity to use low-tech approaches to catching the walleyes.

Fish at Night

Since many people fish for walleyes in shallow waters during spring, the fish are usually under a lot of pressure during the season. This is the reason why some anglers choose to fish for walleyes at night. The fish are often under less pressure at night and may be more easily enticed to bite. Once you locate the walleyes, use a bobber and minnow to target them. If you have not located them, use a crank bait to fish. Troll the lure along the rocky shoreline and avoid making unnecessary noises.

Female pickerels – as walleye are frequently called in English speaking Canada – usually grow faster and larger than males. They can live for up to 26 years, but are considered fully-grown at one year. You can observe their spawning behavior while angling. Male pickerels usually discharge a white fluid during spring to fertilize eggs laid by female pickerels. Female pickerels are usually larger during spring because of the extra weight of eggs they are about to lay. Male pickerels weigh less and are usually slimmer than the females.

Fishing for pickerels is easiest in early spring. They are found in fresh waters in many countries around the world including the U.S., Japan, and Canada. Pickerels are resilient and can thrive in saltwater when necessary.

Spring provides the best opportunity for angling enthusiasts to fish for pickerels. Walleyed pike fishing involves locating the fish, using the right type of hook and line and knowing the best time to fish.