Monday, October 29, 2007

Make Those Fish Jealous Using The Pork Rind Trick

Undoubtedly one of the greatest fishing tricks of all time is the use of cloth or natural pork rind ahead of a fishing lure or bait. It gives the impression that the lure is chasing the bait and nothing makes a fish strike like jealousy. A school of fish will stare at a lure going by or a bait dangling in front of them and never make a move for it. None of the fish will even seem excited about the lure or bait. Suddenly one fish will make a slight move in the direction of the bait or lure, often just by accident. Immediately several fish will rush in and strike the lure or bait to make sure that the fish that moved did not get it. Whether the fish had full stomachs or not made no difference at all. Jealousy of another fish getting the lure or bait will make them strike without hesitation.

In order to make fish jealous and to make them strike under all conditions you must have your lure chasing a bait or baits.

In spinning take a cloth preferably or pig hide pork rind in spinning size and make a small hole in it with a pin or nail and thread your line through the hole, then tie on your leader and put your lure on the end of your leader. Do not put your line through the regular slot that comes in a cloth or pig skin pork rind as the slot is so large that it will allow the pork rind to slip over your leader and down to your lure. The pork rind must be at least six inches ahead of your lure and preferably 12 inches.

In bait casting put the pork rind on in the same way and using a spinning size pork rind also. In trolling put at least one pork rind just ahead of your header. If you take and put six or more pork rinds on your line about 12 inches apart ahead of your leader, you will have fabulous trolling with such a troller. The pork rinds give the impression that your lure is madly chasing after a whole school of minnows. To attach pork rinds to your line put three small holes in the head of your pork rind with a needle or sharp nail in a lengthwise position and weave your line through the three holes. Do not tie the pork rind to your line with knots as knots greatly weaken your line.

This pork rind trick works on fresh water fish such as crappies, black bass, perch, walleyed pike, muskies, northern pike, white perch, stream trout, lake trout and on salt water fish such as salmon, striped bass, snook, sea trout, sea bass, yellowtail, tuna, sailfish and marlin.

Vary the size of the pork rind with the size of lure that you use but always keep the pork rind about half the size of your lure of smaller.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fluorescent Red Orange Bait Hooks

Red orange enamelled fluorescent bait hooks will produce five fish to one over nickel, gold or bronze hooks. The red orange color can be seen for great distances and together with the bait on them, fish tend to associate the red orange fluorescent color with blood and it makes them strike.

Orange red fluorescent enamelled hooks work wonders on stream trout, salmon, crappies, walleyed pike, northern pike and muskies. In salt water fishing they produce unbelievably well on such fish as striped bass, snook, yellowtail, sea trout, sea bass, tarpon, tuna, etc.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Fishing Tip - Liver on Wet Flies

Ninety percent of our stream trout are hatchery raised. They are fed liver in the hatchery and do not forget the taste and smell of liver. Liver is excellent bait for stream trout. Rubbing a piece of liver on wet flies will make stream trout take them where they would not have touched the fly without the liver smell.

A pound or two of ground up liver thrown into a pool as chum will get every trout in the pool in a feeding mood. They then will take most any wet fly or nymph with a liver odor dropped into the pool.

Although crappie and bluegill are not familiar with liver they will also strike wet flies rubbed on a piece of liver. Sprinkling ground liver over an area will concentrate them in the are quickly and hold them there.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fishing - Bait Choices

There are many kinds of bait being used nowadays. Here are a list of the best ones.

Lures - usually all white or all black is the best choice. Sometimes you can have a mix of red and black that will work well. Every now and then fluorescent colors such as green or bright yellow will work but you will want to experiment when using these colors.

Grubs - these are small and can be used to catch large fish. Use the grubs mostly in clear water. These are really great where there is little cover for the fish.

Plastic Worms - the plastic worms are the most effective in trying to catch a big fish. They have lifelike movements that will attract the bass. Remember that the fish will have to see the worm before it will bite, so it is better to be used in clear water.

Jigs - these can be used in murky to clear water and below 60 degree water temperatures. This is a lead weighted bait that has one hook. You can add a trailer at the end to get better results.

Minnows, shrimp, and cut bait - these are always great to fish with.

Chicken livers and gizzards are good for catching catfish.

Artificial stink bait is also good for catching catfish.

There are a variety of bait choices. Experiment and try them all to see which ones work the best for the type of fishing you like to do.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Bass Fishing Tips

Fishing for salmon and trout using fly rods used to be the traditional sport for anglers, but now many have caught the exciting fever of bass fishing. Below are a few bass fishing tips to get you started.

Using the bait casting reel is what most bass anglers use as they will allow for better placement of the lures and bait. But they also require some practice and experience to prevent the tangling of the line and over spinning of the reel.

Artificial bait is now popular with bass anglers. Their wide variety of colors and types, such as spinner baits, buzz baits and rubber and plastic baits, make them very attractive to the fish.

If you are a beginner you might want to start off in smaller ponds and lakes. Bass like to hide around structures in the water such as bushes, rocks, pond weed, and boat docks.

Bass tend to be in schools, so when you catch one just keep fishing the immediate area and you will probably catch more.

Bass can only be caught in certain temperatures as they are cold blooded. They tend to be most active in 60 to 75 degree temperatures. Below 50 is too cold and above 80 degrees drops the oxygen level in the water which places the bass under stress.

These few bass fishing tips will help you get started and once you get that first bass you will be "hooked" on bass fishing.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Fishing Lure Tips

Picking the right lure can sometimes make the difference between good eating or going home empty handed. Some lures only work for certain types of fish. Some of the more popular lures are listed below:

Diamond Lures - these are your smaller lures and are used to catch albacore, coho, perch, and trout. These get their name from their shape, with the top handle being shaped like a diamond which causes light reflections on its surface. They are also popular to use for catching stripers and some varieties of bass.

Light Standard - for light casting. They can range up to three ounces. Use low to medium speed to retrieve from the water. The painted eye attracts schools of fish which gives you a better chance of trapping target fish.

Jigging Lures - these are for long casting and work well for catching pike and trout. The jiggling lures are long and tapered and fishermen in Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi favor this type of lure. Bluefish and stripers, walleye and tuna, all can be caught pretty easily with this lure.

Heavy Standard - use these for the heavier fish such as bass and walleye. Although the heavy casting lures are not used as often as the light casting lures, they can be more reliable for making a big catch.

Fishing Rod Tips

There are different types of rods available and you should choose carefully according to the kind of fishing you will be doing.

Cane poles are good for simple angling. They usually do not have reels on them and are smaller and not as sophisticated as the spinning and jigging rods.

Spinning rods are the rods of choice for most bass competitions because they can catch small or large fish. Trout and walleye are easily caught using the spinning rod. Their size can be from five to seven feet and they are very flexible.

Jigging rods are good for catching cod and halibut as they will tend to be at the bottom of the sea. The jigging rods are made of strong, solid materials which make them ideal for heavy baits and lures. The undersea current can wreak havoc with a lighter rod, so it is best to use the jigging rod for your deep sea fishing.

Fishing Boat Tips

If you are buying your first fishing boat you might consider getting a used one. It might not be too pretty, but it will be good to practice fishing in so you can then decide if this is really the kind of boat you want before you purchase a new one.

Aluminum boats - if you are going to be fishing in small lakes, an aluminum is all you will need. Get a 16 to 18 foot boat and although it gets rough with the least wind, it will be less expensive than a fiberglass boat.

Fiberglass boats - these boats can be very expensive but can be used in very rough water and not give you the rocky ride that a smaller aluminum boat will.

More boats are coming equipped with sonar to detect the fish beneath the water. Bass fishermen especially are starting to use this on their boats. There is also sonar that can detect fish even at night and this really gives the fisherman a great advantage.

If you are a beginner it will probably take several hours to master the art of launching your boat, backing it down the ramp, etc., but once you learn how you will be set to enjoy your fishing boat and many hours of pleasurable fishing.