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.