All you need to know about “FISHING”
November 1, 2012 Compiled by: Darseet Garasia
All you need to know about “FISHING”
All you need to know about “FISHING”
Fishing Rods & Reels
In determining a fishing rod and reel one must consider the species you are fishing for along with the type of lure or live bait to be used. For instance your rod and reel set-up should match the fishing presentation. If you're pursuing panfish using light lures or small minnows your outfit should be lightweight for casting and detecting bites, not a heavy baitcaster for pike or bass. There are five main basic categories of fishing rod and reel combinations, and within each there are multiple sub-categories of specialty types of outfits used for specific fishing applications, for example Walleye fisherman use rod and reel set-ups for slip bobber, slip sinker, jigging and trolling. Bass fisherman carry pitchin', flippin', crank baiting, and soft plastics combo's. Muskie anglers have bucktail, jerk bait and top water outfits. In short, fishing rods and reels have come a long way over time, with new space age materials having been developed for rod construction making them longer and much lighter as well as reels with multiple ball bearings and one piece alloy and graphite frames.
Fishing Rod & Reel Combinations:
This is the preferred set-up for the inexperienced angler. Spincasting outfits are excellent in teaching the beginning angler and children the mechanics of casting. The spin cast reel is mounted above the rod with the reel spool enclosed with a nose cone cover, this prevents line snarling and backlash's that are associated with bait casting reels. Casting is a simple task, the angler presses and holds down a button on the rear of the reel, this disengages the line pick-up pin, upon the forward cast the line comes off the spool. Once the crank handle is turned the pick-up pin is engaged retrieving the line on the spool. Spincast reels have low gear ratios as a result of the size of the spool, which makes it difficult to fish lures that require a fast retrieve such as: inline spinners, spinner baits and buzz baits. When purchasing a spincast reel consider selecting models with anti reverse and smooth drag system versus the inexpensive all plastic models with sticky drags that result in broken line. For rods buy fiberglass their durable will hold up from abuse.
Let the lure hit the ground and watch the spool.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Spinning reels where commercially introduced in 1948 by Mitchell Reel Company of France. the line is drawn off the fixed non rotating spool and not against a rotating spool such as a bait casting reel. Spinning rods have large fishing line guides to minimize line friction upon casting. In casting a spinning reel the angler opens the bail. and or a magnetic 'cast control' to reduce spool overrun during a cast and resultant line snare called a birds nest. Baitcasting outfits are considered the standard when using heavier lures fishing bass. grasping the line with the forefinger. then using a backward snap of the rod followed by a forward cast. The anti reverse feature prevents the crank handle from rotating while fighting a fish allowing the angler to use the drag. High and Low Retrieve Speed along with anti-reverse handles and line drags designed to slow runs by large and powerful gamefish. (The casting brake is the small knob located in the center under the reel handle side) To set the cast control. tie on your lure and reel it to the tip of your rod. Push the casting release button. Spinning outfits operate best using fairly light weight limp flexible monofilament fishing lines and are used for bluegills. the line is pulled off the reel by the weight of the lure. For successful casting the most important setting is the casting brake. In the early years of bait casting reels the angler used their thumb to control the amount of line travel as well as to prevent the spool overrun or backlash. Today all quality bait casting reels have a spool tension feature for adjusting the centrifugal brake. pike and muskie. and come in a wide variety of options and types: Round and Low Profile. All bait casting reels are mounted above the rod. crappies. Tighten the knob until it feels snug. Your lure should not move. Hold the rod at the 2 o’clock position and slowly turn the knob counter clockwise until the lure starts to fall. Because of this lighter lures can be used where the weight of the lure does not have to pull against a rotating spool. perch and walleyes. The
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. when casting the angler moves the rod backward then snapping it forward.
Baitcasting outfits are excellent for many kinds of fishing. The design was of a fixed spool reel mounted below the fishing rod with a mechanical pick-up (wire bail) used to retrieve the fishing line.
Baitcasting rods have also evolved from the older 5-6 foot pool cue rods to 7-9 foot lengths used today allowing increased casting distance and accuracy. Baitcasting reels offer the angler a wide variety of fishing line options ranging from the new super lines (Braided Low Stretch) to copolymer "Fluorocarbon" and nylon monofilament. the cast control is set too tight. titanium or a combination of metal alloys to prevent toothy fish from severing the line.
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. Loosen the knob and repeat the procedure. as the trolling reels are mounted above the rod. they can be intimidating but you can learn with a little time and effort. Trolling is a form of angling where lines with hook-rigged lures are dragged behind a boat to entice fish to bite. Trolling rods range from long and limber for downriggers and planer boards to stiff for large crank baits. Coastal saltwater anglers use wire lines made of stainless steel. Trolling reels are designed to offer the most versatility when it comes to fishing line options. tighten the cast control knob and repeat the procedure.All you need to know about “FISHING”
spool should not spin more than one revolution after the lure hit’s the ground. All trolling reels have three basic features: star drag (Line Braking System) on the reel handle for fighting large game fish. Overall bait casting outfits are best suited for the experienced angler. If the spool does not spin after the lure hit’s the ground.
The art of fly fishing has been documented going back for hundreds of years dating to ancient times. Trolling is a productive fish catching technique by presenting multiple lures covering a lot of water. Trolling outfits are very similar to bait casting set-ups. If it spins more than one revolution. Trolling can be as simple as just letting line off the reel with an attached lure known as flat lining or using rigging systems such as a downriggers. Muskie & Pike anglers use low stretch braided super lines for trolling large plugs and spinners. an on/off line release lever and a line out alarm (Clicker) other options are a line counter allowing the angler to replicate the amount of line used on successful fish catching patterns. it is also illegal in some area’s of the country so please check your local fishing regulations. Inland freshwater anglers use monofilament and lead core for walleyes and salmon. In learning the casting technique we recommend practicing on land with a plastic casting plug.
The term trolling not only reflects the type of equipment. The spool line capacity on trolling reels is greater than bait casting reels to accommodate heavier fishing line that is used for long line big water trolling. ( See our trolling section for more rigging information). planer/trolling boards and dipsey divers. but a commonly used method of fishing.
The fly line. foam. Fly lines are available in a variety of forms varying from tapered sections (double-tapered. what kind of fish will you be catching? What is the average size. reel and fly lures as well as receiving lessons on casting. As a general guideline the lighter the line and smaller the game fish the best reel choice for the novice anglers and children is a spincast reel. First. weight-forward. There are several types of casts in fly fishing.
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. used to cast a fly lure without landing on the water. The correct angle is 10 o' clock to 2 o' clock. not the lure. Other casting techniques are false casting. Early fly reels often had no drag systems just a clicker that was used to keep the reel from overrunning the line when pulled from the spool. minnows and other aquatic creatures. Newer fly reels have incorporated disc type drag that allows the angler the adjustment range using the combination of the rod and reel to control large game fish in powerful runs. flexible fishing rods originally made of split bamboo. Fly fishing reels are mounted below the rod with the basic design of line storage. or curve cast and the tuck cast. You will have problems casting and it will take away the sensitivity from the rod tip in feeling a fish strike. the rod should sway back and forth and stay somewhat horizontal not completely moving forward or backward.For a properly balanced outfit hold the rod with the reel attached on the fore grip (the handle above the reel) by using a few fingers. the angler used their hand as a line brake known as palming when fighting a fish. but now are constructed from man made composite materials (fiberglass.All you need to know about “FISHING”
countless articles have been written regarding legendary trout stream fishing or for European salmon. For the more proficient caster using the same set-up a spinning reel is best. or other lightweight materials to mimic insects. These answers will narrow down your search and aid in purchasing the proper reel. thin. For the less experienced angler this can be somewhat confusing. the reel must be balanced with your rod. The goal is to present the fly lure in such a way that the line lands smoothly on the water’s surface and appears natural. The main objective is to load the rod with stored energy then transmit that energy to the fly line allowing the angler the acceptable amount of casting distance. As the targeted species gets larger requiring heavier line and lures a conventional reel or bait caster will be the better choice. What pound test line is best suited for the fishing application. determines casting. Fly rods are long. The fly lure is non-weighted for which the fly rod uses the weight of the fly line in casting the fly lure. roll cast side.feathers. others are single and double haul cast. If you use a reel that weighs too much for the rod it will feel butt heavy. shooting-head) level (even through out) as well as floating and sinking types. The angling method of fly fishing is casting a fly or streamer consisting of a hook tied with fur. The angler starts by stripping line off the reel with one hand while whipping the rod in a series of back a forth motions over the shoulder. Fly rods are sized (matched) by the weight of the fly line from size #0 rods for the smallest freshwater trout and panfish up to and including #16 rods for large saltwater game fish. by fishing for a length of time your wrist will tire by trying to hold the rod upward. and angling technique? Will you be casting lures using live bait or trolling. For the best performance from your reel. Before we compare the features of fishing reels here are some pointers that will help you determine a list of requirements for the best type of reel to use. If you're considering fly fishing we highly recommend that you seek professional guidance by visiting your local fly fishing pro shop in selecting the rod. carbon/graphite and boron/graphite) ranging from 6ft to 14ft in length.
Fishing Reel Features:
In selecting the right reel for your style of fishing there are literally thousands of different reels on the market today to choose from. the most common is the forward cast. attached on the end of the fly line is a leader of monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line called a tippet in whichthe fly lure is tied to. Conversely. if not change reel sizes or rod length to achieve a balanced outfit. a reel that is too light for a rod will make it feel tip heavy.
Spinning reels have an anti reverse on/off lever that will allow the angler the choice of engaging the drag or back reeling when fighting a fish. The magnetic control braking system is located on the other side with a numbered position dial to increase or decrease the amount of magnetic force applied to the spool. (smooth cranking. High quality reels that feature the number of bearings on models followed with a single number such as 7+1 indicates a anti reverse bearing which with tighter machining tolerances provides the angler with a "no play in handle" giving the angler complete control during stop and go retrieves and solid hook sets. It is still advisable to apply light thumb pressure on the spool in order to prevent a backlash. The centrifugal casting control is located on the reel handle side and his adjusted by turning the knob forward or backward. The drag uses a set of multiple disc washers that compress when pressure is increased or relaxed when decreased. not the type or quality of the bearings. This is the fine tuning feature found on more expensive reels that works with a internal transfer braking mechanism.
All conventional fishing reels contain either ball bearings or bushings built within the reel to operate the spool smoothly. The drag should be set tight enough for a hook set. machining & bearing qualities ) as comparing to other reels in determining which is the smoothest. at the beginning of a cast (with the increased RPM‘s) this mechanism rotates out towards the braking magnets to slow the spool which helps reduce backlashing.front drag and a rear drag.
The anti reverse function on fishing reels is so the handle does not turn backwards when the line is pulled from the reel as the drag is used. adjustments are made by turning the wheel to the proper tension. depending on the model some have one some have both and are either externally adjustable or internal. It is the generally thought that the greater amount of bearings in a reel the smoother the operation and the higher the cost.
All types of fishing reels have a drag system. The drag feature is a tension setting applied to the spool of the reel. The deciding factor when it comes to purchasing a new reel should not be limited to just the number of bearings but the overall performance. Spinning reels have two types of drags . The front
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. While no bait casting reel is considered backlash free even with all of the casting features to help control the spool casting speed.
CASTING CONTROLS: (BAITCASTING)
All quality baitcasting reels come with built in casting control systems that help determine how fast the spool is spinning when casting. But one must consider that the amount of bearings does not necessarily mean that the reel is smoother than others with less. Baitcasting/Trolling/Spincast reels use a star-shaped wheel located on the reel handle called a star drag. many of them are universal and found on all types of reels. These systems are centrifugal and magnetic. The concept of the drag is letting the line unwind in a controlled manner off the reel when a fish pulls so hard that the line is in danger of breaking. Most baitcasting reels today have anti reverse as a standard feature. In other words a 2 ball bearing reel machined with tight tolerances and high quality factory sealed stainless steel bearings will perform longer and smoother than a reel with 6 ball bearings made of brass. For larger game fish some bait casting and trolling reels use a additional anti reverse gear along with the bearing this adds security if the bearing can not handle the strain of hard running fish. think of it as a clutch or line braking system.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Listed below are the features and components that make up fishing reels. Reel companies only list the total number of bearings for the reel. these descriptions will help you identify and understand the ideal reel for your angling needs. but loose enough to come off of the fishing reel easily. Front drags are generally smoother than a rear drag.
but they normally don’t stand up to big fish and demanding conditions like front drag reel models. In cases where you hook a exceptional sized fish the drag should be adjusted (increased) as you feel the size of the fish. Generally low speed reels are best suited for lures that require a slow presentation and greater cranking power such as crank baits for bass and pike. By varying the pound test line on the reel such as placing 40lb on a reel rated for 8lb-12lb will give you an inadequate amount of line due to the increased line thickness making the reel difficult to cast as well as increasing the stress and eventual failure on the drag (By setting the drag too tight) With the advent of new fishing lines with increased lb test and reduced diameters we still recommend that you follow guideline placed on the reel by the reel company. The rear drag uses applied pressure on the drive shaft. Rear drag spinning reels may offer convenience and ease of use. the level wind feature automatically places the line evenly or level across on the spool upon retrieving the line. on larger round bait casting reels the line guide will follow the line when casting. Analog line counters resemble car odometers. you should be fine. Digital line counters provide the same line usage reading as the analog but can also be programmed for
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. This indicates the line rating set by the manufacturer for 8-12 lb test line to work correctly without either stressing parts or making it difficult to use. The gear ratio refers to how many revolutions the spool of the reel makes per one complete turn of the reel handle. and lipless crank baits. Another alternative is a two speed reel that the angler can shift from high speed to low speed with a simple push or pull of a button.
This reel feature is found exclusively on trolling reels. For instance a high speed reel with a 6:1 ratio will make 6 revolutions versus a low speed reel at 3:1 with 3 revolutions per each turn of the reel handle. multiple disc drag washers on the spool that offer a higher level of performance and durability. High speed reels are better for working lures quickly when the angler seeks speed for "burning" bucktails. Dipsey Divers and Trolling Boards) There are two types of reel line counters. Leaving drag settings tight will cause the drag washers to become flat reducing the tension ability. which if not properly done will usually pile up in the center of the spool. Reels with the range of 5. This chart is based on the use of monofilament line and will look like this: 8/(175) 10/(155) 12/(130) the first number is the lb test followed by the amount of yards. This offers the angler the convenience of not manually guiding the line on the spool.All you need to know about “FISHING”
drag features larger. Another tip to reduce reel maintenance. and large muskie baits. when storing your reels for a extended amount of time. Analog and Digital. clicking off numbers as the spool revolves.
Printed on the reel or it's package is a guideline of the amount of fishing line that the spool of the reel will hold. Lever drags are a available feature on high end (expensive) trolling and baitcasting reels.1 are the best compromise if purchasing a single reel.
Found on most baitcasting and trolling reels as the name implies. As a rule always check your drag before your first cast. if you have a decent amount of resistance. back off the drag tension setting. Lever drags allows the tension to be adjusted in more precise smaller increments which supplies a smoother fish fighting performance. spinnerbaits.Pull the line with your hand. On low profile and smaller round baitcasting reels the line guide will remain in its' position when casting. It allows a reference by which anglers can consistently return a bait to the same depth or distance from the boat when flat line trolling or rigging (Downriggers.
All reel manufactures list the gear ratio on their products.
elongated "long cast" spool design.
REEL HOUSINGS AND FRAMES:
Most reel housings and frames are constructed of either aluminum (die-cast or forged) or graphite. yet they normally don’t offer the same strength and durability as die-cast or forged aluminum fishing reels. worm. jerkbait.
Fishing Rods have evolved over the years. pitchin. rods designed for a fishing technique or lure such as jigging. their bodies are composed of multiple pieces. With this development of the rod materials came the specialty rods. flippin. This design increases the overall integrity and strength of the reel. the newer long-cast spool design allows for reduced line friction. however. Line out alarms are available on baitcasting and spinning reels.
LINE OUT ALARM:
This feature is a audible alarm alerting the angler of a fish strike also known as a clicker or bait alarm. Always keep your thumb on the free spool to control the amount of line released to prevent a backlash. A simple on-off switch is used in the free spool mode. boron and carbon. used and developed by tournament and pro anglers. Always disengage the clicker when retrieving or casting. which can break or crack under torque.
ON / OFF FREE SPOOL LEVER:
On trolling reels there is a simple on/off lever that when switched on engages the reel for retrieving the line. On many baitcasting aluminum spools holes have been drilled in to reduce the weight while increasing casting distance. In theory. trolling. machined anodized aluminum and graphite.
When selecting a reel the material type and design of the spool should be a point of consideration. fiberglass. Graphite-bodied reels are light and corrosion resistant. Spinning reels today feature a "skirted" spool that overlaps the reel frame. some manufacturers have introduced one-piece graphite frames. they are heavier.All you need to know about “FISHING”
differences in line thickness accounting for impressive accuracy. resulting in greater casting distance. crank baits. There are two common materials used. but place a specialty rod in the hands of an experienced fisherman in presenting a certain bait or lure and with their knowledge of fishing it will give them the edge in catching more fish. Other skirted spinning reel spool options offers a choice of a standard spool. from the early days using natural materials with fixed fishing lines such as sticks. bamboo and cane poles to rods using steel or fiberglass to the rods of today using graphite or composites of graphite. Each of these materials has its advantages and disadvantages. however. top water etc… the specialty rods are a specific tool. while maintaining the lighter weight. for the recreational angler the catch rate will not increase based on having a specialty rod or rods. Line counters are also very useful on how much line is left on your reel after a fish makes a run. Many conventional baitcasting reels are also constructed in the same fashion. Of the two the anodized aluminum spool offers greater strength and durability than graphite spools. For big water heavy duty fishing large baitcasting and trolling spools are made from metal. when switched off it is in free spool allowing the angler to let the line run off the reel using a bait or lure. preventing the line to become entangled with in the reel housing. reels made of anodized aluminum are generally stronger and more durable than the graphite models. using bronze or stainless steel that will offer the strength and capacity required for specialty lines such as heavy dacron or wire used for trolling. They are mainly used for presenting live/cut bait on the ocean and freshwater muskie fishing using suckers.
. Due to the nature of a spinning reel's design. or a shallower.
gliders. the more responsive it will be. crankbaits. often as quietly as possible. With the numerous rod selections available today here’s a few suggested basic rod buying tips that will cover multiple fishing presentations. spinner baits. you will be able to cast farther feel structure.3/8oz Test Line rating 8lb-12lb Fishing: Walleye and Bass spooled with 8lb test monofilament for live bait and soft plastic bottom rigs. small jigs and light lures 1/16-1/8oz. 6’-6"-7’-0" Baitcasting Rod Power: Medium-Medium Heavy Action: Fast Lure Weight 3/8 . Good combo set-up for children and novice anglers for easy casting and bobber fishing. inline spinners. top water)
. tubes and mid weight lures 1/8-3/8oz. Part of being a better angler is the ability to place your lure/bait exactly where you want it. and a good rod will definitely help you accomplish this.1/8oz Test line rating 4lb-6lb Fishing: Panfish (Crappies Perch Bluegills) and early season Walleye spooled with 4lb test monofilament for Float(Bobbers) with live-bait. weeds and the most important feel fish strikes. jerk baits. 7‘-0" Spinning Rod Power: Light Action: Soft Lure Weight 1/32 . crank baits. 5‘-6"-6‘-0" Spincast Rod Power: Light Action: Soft Lure Weight Test Line Rating 4lb-8lb Fishing: Panfish (Crappies Perch Bluegills) and Walleye. Spooled with 6lb test.1 oz Test line rating 10lb-17lb Fishing: Bass and Northern Pike spooled with 12lb-15lb test monofilament with a leader primarily for heavier artificial lures 3/8-1oz (spoons. spinner baits. the better the rod the more sensitive it will be. rocks.All you need to know about “FISHING”
As the old cliché states: "You get what you pay for" For the recreational angler we recommend spending as much as your budget allows. topwater) Length: 7’-0" Type: Baitcasting Rod Power: Extra Heavy Action: Fast Lure Weight: 1-3oz Test line rating: 25lb + Fishing: Northern Pike and Muskies spooled with 50lb-80lb braided line with a leader for presenting heavy lures 1oz and up ( inline spinners. 7’-0" Spinning Rod Power: Medium Light-Medium Action: Moderate Lure Weight 1/8 . jigs.
Heavier fast action rods are used for Muskies & Pike in burning bucktails. In marketing graphite rods a few common terms have been developed to associate the quality of the rod. being assured that the higher the IM ranking the higher the graphite quality of the rod. which is vital for light biting fish. The other term that rod companies use to identify a blank style is IM with a following number such as IM6 or 7 and currently up to 10. the cloth is measured to determine the amount and stiffness to weight of modulus fibers.
ROD RATINGS: ACTION / POWER
Action refers to the flex characteristics of a rod. The moderate action rod is the most common choice due to the versatility of fishing applications. along with being strong and powerful to handle larger game fish. at least you can compare the rods built by the same manufacturer. Since some rod companies use the IM designation ratings to refer to their rod blanks that are not supplied by Hexcel. The first is "modulus graphite rating". This is called a composite blank. Fast action rods are the best choice when the fishing technique requires the sensitivity of feeling light biting fish or when fishing for large game fish in heavy cover and weeds where the key is to setting the hook fast with just a snap of the wrist moving the fish’s head up and away. spinner baits and spoons for bass and pike
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Graphite rod building started in the 1970’s and has continued to this day. For high performance rods the combination of fiber strength. For instance. Action ranges from extra fast where just the tip flexes to slow or softer where the majority of the rod flexes. along with reaction lures such as crank baits. The benefits of graphite rods are many. the higher the rating the better the rod. Fiberglass is also a very good choice for children starting out in fishing where durability is an issue. resin and cross-scrim construction (overlapping layers to achieve exceptional strength and action) are more important than the modulus count or rating. Rods with high graphite modulus ratings tend to be brittle and need to have a secondary chemical added on the blank to increase the strain/strength rate. sensitive and flexible. resin toughness with the amount of fiber. in casting a moderate action rod it will bend for about half of it’s length which will provide more casting distance and still have the capability for a adequate hookset.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Fiberglass: Fiberglass rods have been popular since the 1950’s taking over the era of steel rods. graphite comes in what looks like sheets of cloth. The IM rated rods are not regulated by industry standards or an indication of quality but rather a trade name for particular graphite produced by the Hexcel Corporation. walking top water lures or a cadence retrieve on gliders and jerkbaits. in terms of performance and features fiberglass does lack the sensitivity of the newer rods today made from graphite and weighs more. soft plastic worms or twitching minnow/shad shaped crank baits for bass and walleye. Ideal for slip bobbers/floats live bait for walleye fishing because the fish is less likely to feel resistance from the soft tip and drop the bait. they're extremely light. Most all quality rods today are built using graphite and have become the preferred choice for rod blank builders. in other words how much the rod bends when you put pressure on the tip and how far the rod flexes. If your shopping for a new rod don’t base your decision solely on the modulus rating. fast action light rods are used for jigs. Some anglers use fiberglass when fishing crank baits for the slow action and muskie anglers use fiberglass in cold weather for quick strike rig sucker fishing where the rod sensitivity is not required but the toughness (setting the hook especially in very cold weather and not breaking the rod) is needed. but is noted for it’s toughness and soft/moderate action.
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. the higher amount of guides the better. Single foot guides adds less weight on the rod and help retain sensitivity. the higher the rod price the better quality of cork used. The thickness and type of rod material will determine this. and bass in weeds and cover will require a strong power rod using heavier line. etc… some rod companies use a numerical system 1-10 with 1=Ultra Light-10= Extra Heavy. muskie. Another factor to consider is the fishing presentation. single and double foot. and transmits rod vibrations even when wet better than synthetic materials using EVA foam. The reel seat is where the reel is attached to the rod and constructed of graphite and aluminum or both. As a example the power rating is listed on the rod.
A rod’s power describes how much a rod will flex under a load also referred as a rod’s "backbone". Some reel seats offer a cutout that allows direct finger contact on the rod blank for greater sensitivity. these guides are lighter reducing the overall rod weight. light. These are found on heavy to extra heavy power rods used for larger game fish. The newest line guide introduced is made from titanium wire. as they ensure distance on the cast. keeping the line from touching the rod. The total amount of line guides on a rod are a important feature as well. The concept is simple. Silicon Carbide or Hardloy. The double foot line guides are used when sensitivity is not required but strength is as they are wrapped twice on the rod blank. while aluminum is stronger. Quite often anglers get confused with rod power ratings and action. but they are not as smooth as rods using inserts. It is important to follow the line test guideline limits printed on the rod since a heavy power rod will snap light lines too easily and heavy lines can snap a light rod. These rods are used for panfish especially for the paper thin mouths on crappies so the hook is not ripped clear on hooksets. this allows the use of very light line. power ratings are usually described as heavy. these are used for mainly ultra light to medium power rods. There are varying grades of cork based on the rod’s cost. Most of the new guides today are made of two parts: a metal frame (stainless) attached to the rod blank and some form of a insert (inner ring) using Ceramic. Another alternative is cork tape to achieve the look of cork. Alconite.
HANDLE / REEL SEATS:
The combination of a quality rod handle and reel seat are as important as the rod blank itself. Some rods use line guides made of all stainless steel wire instead of inserts. medium. and heat definitely doesn’t help when it comes to fishing lines. and when fighting a fish the energy/ stress on the rod is dispersed though out the entire rod blank. Composite cork is made by combining a mixture of cork particles and resin. durable. on open water where hard to see light line is used for walleyes and crappies use a lighter power rod. this combination is more durable than using straight cork. the flex of the rod is considered the action. Graphite is lighter and more sensitive. which will spring back even if they're bent flat unlike the stainless guide that will break. Depending of the rod power rating line guides are available in two different styles.All you need to know about “FISHING”
where the slower action will not pull the lure out of the fish’s mouth. The overall purpose of the rod line guides manufactured today is to provide less friction along with reducing the line fray and wear in the guides during the cast. this offers a smooth surface for the line to pass over. The technology of rod guide designs has improved dramatically over the years from the old metal guides and the classic agate inserts of earlier rods. medium heavy. The rod handle is also referred to as "grips" and are located below and above the reel seat. and are also popular for drift fishing spawn sac’s on trout and salmon streams. Slow or Soft Action rods will bend starting in the lower third using nearly the entire rod providing the most flexibility. Because of this parabolic action the angler is using the rod as a shock absorber in fighting the fish. Less friction means longer casts and less heat. pike. Cork is the preferred choice on rod handles as it is lightweight.
ROD LINE GUIDES:
These are the circular loops affixed to the rod and run the length of the rod blank. The rod’s power rating is closely related to the suggested line strength.
flexibility. Over the next two decades improvements where made (added flexibility. and lead. melting and mixing of polymers which is formed into a strand through a die forming monofilament. breaking strength. dyneema. spectra. Yet many anglers are not aware about the new types of lines available today each with it’s own special use and qualities including stretch. Braided line is made by braiding or weaving man-made materials such as fibers of dacron. polyethylene. uniform quality and thinner diameter) which increased the popularity with the fishing community. knot strength. It
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. as the line is the direct connection between the fisherman and the fish. visibility. upon hooking a fish and landing the fish is the key to a successful catch. diameter and abrasion resistance. The manufacturing of fishing lines vary from using a extrusion process. In 1939 DuPont began making nylon monofilament fishing line that was primitive by today’s standards (stiff and heavy) as braided line was considered still the popular choice by anglers. No brand of line is perfect for all fishing conditions. Using the proper line in presenting lures or live bait.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Fishing Line & Leaders
Fishing line is by far the utmost important fishing equipment component for anglers. made public in 1938 as a new invention. dyneema. polyvinyl chloride. spectra. Understanding each of the line types and when to use them will increase one’s fishing success. wire. Modern day fishing lines are made entirely from artificial materials including nylon. Wire line used on copper and stainless steel are also braided forming stranded lines Thermally fused lines are made of dyneema/spectra that is twined or clustered together to form a single line. Today monofilament is the most commonly used fishing line accounting most of the line sold today. In choosing the best line for the type of fish being targeted one must consider many factors. the size and species of fish along with the type of fishing presentation and the most important matching the line to the tackle (rod-reel-lure-bait) used. this created a group of synthetic super polymers that are commonly used in textile manufacturing today. Here is a breakdown of each fishing line by type: Monofilament: In 1935 nylon was discovered by DuPont. fluorocarbon or copolymer fishing line. dacron.
green. For casting lures around cover and rocky area’s abrasion resistant lower stretch clear line is recommended. on discolored water they favor fluorescent. However. application of fishing line technologies has produced more flexible fluorocarbon at affordable prices. With all of the options monofilament offers there are some line maintenance to follow. Ultimately. gasoline. a common element that is chemically bonded with carbon. for the same reason the Japanese were using it – low visibility. storing your rod & reel outfit in a garage / shed over the hot summer months or leaving it outside exposed to the heat sun will deteriorate the line making it weak and brittle. The other is the combination of sun or heat. it will not weaken or increase in stretch like monofilament fishing lines
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. blue. baitcasting and spincast reels. anglers began using fluorocarbon leaders. logs etc. It is also almost invisible underwater with a light refractive index of 1. and willingly spend more money to do so. the light passes through the line not reflecting back. if the line has developed a chalky type film it is time to be replaced. stiffness and abrasion resistant qualities. When this occurs in casting it will come off the reel in loops or coils. It can be spooled on spinning. Now. U. Walleye and bass anglers use colored mono line when fishing jigs and soft plastic’s to detect strikes by watching the line. so it resists deterioration by the sun and most chemicals found on fishing boats such as. They pride themselves on their ability to do this. on clearer water clear or green is preferred.42 the same as water. primarily in saltwater and fly fishing applications.All you need to know about “FISHING”
offers the angler versatility. Fluorocarbon is a polymer consisting of fluorine. Fluorocarbon: Fluorocarbon fishing leaders originated in Japan. clear and fluorescent along with degrees of flexibility. meaning it is heavier than water and sinks. proper additives and attention during the manufacturing process as the premium grade lines receive. yellow. conversely live bait fisherman like thin flexible translucent mono for a natural presentation. as it is available in a selection of colors: red. Finally in buying monofilament line stay with the known recognized brands than the cheap off brands bulk spools. The Japanese fish under heavy pressured conditions and make every attempt to make their presentations as real and lifelike as possible. leaders are stiff and very expensive. It caught on when anglers reported catching more fish with it. as the cheaper brands don’t receive the quality control. A density of 1. another common element. All monofilament have a memory. which will enable lures to dive deeper and faster than monofilament fishing lines. where the Japanese are extremely detailed about the presentation of their bait. Monofilament is best used on shallower water presentations than deepwater fishing due to it’s high stretch and water absorption factors resulting in loose knots and lack of sensitivity.6. Non-absorbing. because fluorocarbon does not absorb water.S. to create a polymer that can be formed by molding. battery acid or DEET (common ingredient found in insect repellents). Abrasion resistant against rocks. docks. extrusion or other heat processes thus the name fluorocarbon. It is inert. which means if the line is stored on a reel for a extended amount of time it will form to the shape around the reel spool.
in casting artificial lures they dive deeper and faster with longer casts due to the thin diameter. Silk was the common used material with many maintenance issues. higher impact and greater shock resistance. very strong. then Dacron a polymer fiber know as polyester. have a lower stretch factor. this was considered the first commercial fishing line made in quantity. (The lb test of mono should match the diameter of the super braid for uniformity and tying) Using a line backing conserves line usage as well as filling the spool. Over the wars years two new synthetic fibers were developed and employed as fishing line. pliable but yet abrasion resistant and have little stretch. Copolymer: In the mid 1980’s copolymer fishing line was introduced. The benefits of the super braids are numerous. washed and hung up to dry in order to prevent dry rot. first Rayon considered at that time a artificial silk. and Spectra this created a new category of braided lines referred as " Super Braids . It also has no memory so it won’t come off your reel in coils and it doesn’t weaken from direct sunlight. Dacron braided line is still made today but with the advancements of monofilament along with the introduction of the new hybrid lines it has decreased in popularity by anglers and now primarily used for deep water trolling along with backing on fly reels. after a day of fishing silk lines had to be unspooled off the reel. better casting and less backlashes. Braided lines are extremely strong. wrap a piece of electrical tape over the line and complete the spooling with tension applied. Catfish and Saltwater anglers. The invention of braided fishing line was also instrumental in the development as a coated or wrapped component of specialty fishing lines such as fly lines. Use the lb/yards amount listed on your reel as
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. Stripers. The outcome of this resulted in a material that has additional benefits than monofilament. with the low stretch it telegraphs strikes instantly to the rod tip for a immediate hook set. the other option is using monofilament as a line backing spooled on the reel arbor first and tied using a uni-knot to the super braid also applying tension upon spooling. In spooling super braids on reels you have two options to prevent line slipping. take in to account that super braids have small line diameters and the line filling amounts listed on the reel are based on monofilament diameters. The common factor of all of the new super braids today is to provide the angler with the smallest diameter (ultrathin -microdiameter) with the highest break strength. is a combination of two or more nylon monomers to create a copolymer during the extrusion. The process called copolymerization. Over the years new formulas have been added notably the addition of fluorocarbon which adds invisibility stealth factor to the line. Fluorocarbon offer’s the best advantage in clear water situations where fish are heavily pressured or slow to bite in finesse situations.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Stretch resistance – fluorocarbon stretches slower and less than monofilament. lead core trolling lines and for ice fishing tip up lines. If you choose to spool your reel entirely with a super braid tie the line on the reel arbor. particularly when compared to wet mono making it much more sensitive The popularity of fluorocarbon line used by anglers today is evident by the features listed above. low stretch and absorbs less water allowing greater sensitivity even when wet unlike monofilament.Multifilament" ( by combining multiple fibers together during the process of braiding) the new synthetic fibers are thread like thin. Pike. abrasion resistant. very abrasion resistant. Braided: During the industrial period from the early 1900’s modern machinery was developed to manufacture braided fishing lines. along with the high break strength it is the primary line used by fisherman targeting big fish such as Muskie. Copolymer fishing line features are smaller line diameters. In the early 1990s fishing line companies began adding new man made fibers to their braiding process such as Dyneema. high tensile strength.
superior strength. very sensitive with good abrasion resistance. two are the most popular Weight Forward and Double Tapered. The end results are a high performance line. however. this is secured to the reel spool by using a Arbor Knot. Imbedded in the outer core will determine the classification of floating or sinking line. and next is the tippet the section of monofilament between your fly and leader. this will reduce the chance of knot failure. The coating is slightly porous. Fly line tapers have four major categories: Weight Forward . stretch and stiffness. low stretch and high tensile strength. even with all of the new fly line technology prevalent today. sinking line has impregnated density micro particles such as powdered tungsten to weigh the line for a controlled sink rate. keeping the line slick and floating. Fused line are multiple layers of microfilament gel spun polyethylene fibers fused/twined together to produce a single strand of line. for instance if a 50lb super braid has the diameter equivalent of 12lb mono and the line capacity on the reel is 175 yds/12lb with the filler spool at 150 yards you will need to add approximately 20 yards of mono backing.All you need to know about “FISHING”
a guide for spooling the super braid. it slowly releases the lubricant. In order to spool a fly reel properly there are a set of steps to follow along with a knowledge of basic fishing knots. From casting the fly line will pick up suspended particulate in the water such as algae and dirt from stripping the line when your fishing from the shore. Double Taper Shooting Taper and Level. ultra thin. As with all fishing lines the proper amount to fill a reel spool is within 1/8 of a inch from the top of the spool rim. always test each knot by giving a good hard pull. Since the line backing (Dacron) and the fly line (plastic) are different materials the Albright Knot will slide easily through the line guides. As you assemble the fly line set-up make sure you moisten all the knots when drawing them tight slowly. The outer coating is wrapped around the core in a thick water proof sheath. depends on the condition of the coating. Finally the fly lure is attached to the tippet using a Improved Clinch Knot. Here’s a few tips and pointers to extend the life of your fly line. First the fly line backing (The fly reel instructions will provide the suggested amount of backing) which is usually composed of braided Dacron using 20-30lb test. Line performance. The inner core is made from a braid or monofilament line. The next step is the main fly line this is connected to the backing using a Albright Knot. Being that the leader and the tippet are two similar diameters a Double Surgeons knot is suitable. As most fly lines today are under a 100 yards this will ensure a adequate reserve in case of a run by large game fish as well as filling the spool to the proper capacity. often of PVC polyvinyl chloride. Fly Line: Today’s fly lines consist of two components the inner core and outer coating. Fly Line Maintenance: Fly lines do have a life span. the core determines the line strength. Be sure to replace leaders and tippets as they show any wear or abrasion. Fused: With the popularity of the new super braids incorporating the many features that Dyneema and Spectra micro fibers achieve: ultra thin diameter. With out proper care and maintenance a fly line (dependent on use) will only last one season or less. The final steps are attaching the leader (typically tapered) of monofilament or fluorocarbon using a nail knot which provides a clean and straight connection from the fly line. Almost all fly lines are made in such a way so they have a taper that helps the casting process and presenting the fly lure for the angler. Cleaning your fly line: All leading fly line manufacturers build a lubricant inside of the outer coating.
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. Floating line has encased micro bubbles allowing the line to float. Innovative fishing line companies realized this and introduced a new manufacturing process called fusion. Of the four.
For instance if you intend to fish mainly for sunfish on ponds or small streams for trout a five or six weight line and rod would be the choice if you target pike and bass using larger fly lures or streamers you should consider a eight or nine weight rod. In spooling the reel a line backing should always be used this also helps to fill the reel to the proper line amount. In storing your fly line on your reel if it develops line memory and comes off in coils simply remove the line and slowly give it a stretch. This can be remedied by cleaning your fly line with a clean damp cloth and some mild soap. if you use too heavy of line this will cause "overloading" causing the leader to turn over and bounce back to the angler. the inner wire made of soft pliable lead and the outer sheath of nylon braid which is color coated every ten yards for metering purposes referred as the term colors. Using the correct fly line matched to the rod is critical for proper fly casting. Weighted trolling lines are available in 100 . The scale ranges from 1-14 with 1 the lightest to 14 the heaviest. Fly Line Selections: For the beginning fly fishing angler there are a multitude line choices available today which can be confusing to say the least. Lead Core is constructed of two components. This allowed Salmon. it should revert back to perform perfectly. avoid stepping on the stripped line and always check your reel for pinched line between the spool and the reel frame. With this information any good fly fishing pro shop will be able to assist you in setting up your fly fishing outfit. not the lure size determines the rated fly rod and reel set-up. Fortunately fly fishing tackle manufactures have adapted a universal numerical measurement scale to classify fly line weight to the specific rod and type of fly fishing. the line capacity is based on the species ( smaller for walleyes larger for salmon). The amount of weighted trolling line spooled on your reel is totally dependent on the species of fish you are targeting by the depth required. The most popular line backing used today is the super braids which is tied to the weighted line using a Albright knot. by wiping down the amount of line you use on a cast. Steelhead and Walleye anglers the ability to use light weight shallow running lures such as spoons. The fly line.
. The only reel type to be used for weighted trolling line is a conventional level wind trolling reel. Always keep your fly line away from direct contact with insect repellants (Deet) suntan lotions. Never cast without a leader.200 yard spools ranging from 12lb to 45 lb test ratings.All you need to know about “FISHING”
This clogs the line pores preventing the lubricant from doing it's job as the line will not float as well or slide through the rod guides easily. as a example Great Lakes walleye anglers may use 30 yards of weighted line or three colors were as a salmon angler may spool the entire 200 yards or twenty colors. The approximate rule dependent on the lb test is every two yards of weighted line will sink one foot. and any type chemicals or solvents. Your best bet in the selection process of a fly rod outfit is first to research the fishing presentation and species you are fishing for most of the time and match the recommended set-up. Lead Core (Weighted Trolling Line) Lead Core line came on to the fishing scene during the 1970’s as weighted trolling line. balsa and plastic minnow lures to reach depths were the fish are present. too light of line will inhibit the rod to load and will not be able to flex in the casting process causing short non controlled cast. Recently a new environmentally safe non lead line was introduced using a metal alloy wire in lieu of lead. If your considering using this trolling technique your success would be best served if you research the fishery and species before purchasing the proper equipment. the weight of line and the numerous different taper configurations.( Note: When tying backing or a leader to lead core remove the inner wire) This entire line set-up is referred as "segmented" which when properly used places the weighted line and lure at the feeding depth of fish. fuel or excessive heat. Lake Trout. Floating or sinking. Trolling weighted (lead core) line is a technical presentation requiring a level of expertise and knowledge. after the weighted line is spooled a monofilament/fluorocarbon leader is tied using a Uni-knot.
Tip-Up Line: (Backing) Tip Up’s are a fishing tool used for ice fishing. The purpose behind the waterproof backing is not to let the line to freeze on the reel. Line degradation is caused by numerous different effects. some are environmental such as exposed to sunlight and heat for a extended amount of time other's are physical. three and seven strand wire some of these come with vinyl coatings used mainly as leader material. One of the most common problems in using wire starts with correctly spooling the backing and wire on the reel to the proper level. Getting set-up with a wire line outfit requires all special equipment. The line backing on tip ups are waterproofed by either coating a braid using Teflon or plastic vinyl wrapped over a braid. Just
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. Depending on the amount of fishing you do will determine line changing frequency. One of most popular wire line for freshwater fishing is the seven stranded six wrapped or braided around one. Filling A Revolving-Spool Reel: Baitcasting and trolling reels are the easiest to spool up. Solid wire know as Monel is a metal nickel copper alloy which will go deeper than stranded based on the ultra thin line diameter and weight. it also has very low line stretch thus telegraphing fish strikes as they happen. rods require hardened line guides that wire won't cut along with a roller tip or all line guides using rollers. docks or other lake structure. such as seven strand wire. wire line with the weight and the ultra low diameter cuts through the water easily getting deeper using less line. especially if you ask a friend to help you. this is commonly overlooked as some angler's feel the existing line on the reel is sufficient. in cable-laid wire. We highly recommend if you're looking to use wire as a trolling outfit. frays or twists remove that section of line and retie. On the reel most ice fishing anglers use a line backing of 20lb to 40lb test to fill the spool. monofilament or fluorocarbon. underneath the tip up the reel is submerged in the water. go to a pro shop that specializes in wire line rods and reels. As a general rule fishing line should be at least respooled annually. periodically check this by running your line between your fingers. All fishing line needs to be replaced at one point. as fishing line becomes wet and dry over time it eventually breaks down and wears out. solid and stranded. logs. The advantages of using wire line are numerous when compared to other conventional lines such as braided or monofilament. if you feel any nicks. other fisherman that spend a lot of time on the water replace line weekly or monthly. coated wire. For practical purposes most line wear occurs in the first few feet from your lure or bait. Copper seven strand is utilized as a alternative to lead core where as the weight of copper is double than lead core this achieves the same depth of lead core with only half the amount of line. 49 strand. upon a strike allowing a fish to run with the bait (free spool) until the angler set’s the hook. Wire lines come in a variety of choices. Stranded offers many versions made of stainless steel or copper. reels are trolling level wind with a metal or stainless steel spool to accommodate wire line. tip up’s are built from plastic or wood which lay on the ice. then attach various different types of leader materials. in asking when the line was changed the response was similar "never" or "years ago". tournament anglers and pro guides replace line daily.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Wire: Wire is another trolling line option especially if your fishing presentation requires to go very deep.
Line Maintenance / Spooling your reel: Line replacement is highly important yet often neglected. Fishing wire with the proper knowledge and set-up will add another dimension to your arsenal increasing your catch rate. line scraping across rocks. In writing this we can attest to the numerous times trophy fish where lost due to line breakage. Also with the heavier lb test it is easier to handle in cold weather and are less prone to tangle on the ice.
Have someone hold each end of the pencil while you turn the reel handle. Some are ready to tie onto your mainline and clip on a lure and start fishing. If your leaving existing line always leave some line from spool through rod guides and past end of rod to tie new line to. hard monofilament. where other applications may require you to tie it onto your mainline or attach or tie your own lure on. your catch. coated or uncoated. titanium. If the line is twisting flip the supply spool over. Hold line tight with hand not turning reel handle just above reel 6. and to keep proper tension on the line. It is what connects you and your equipment to the lure and hopefully with some luck. Check this periodically because spinning reels automatically put twist in your line. stainless steel wire. consistent tension on the line at all times (by gently pinching the line between your thumb and forefinger) to avoid loose wraps that might cause tangling later. you should use this method to prevent putting a twist in the line. After about 12 turns allow some slack between the supply spool of line and your rod to be sure you are not getting line twist. Leaders are the segment of material attached between the fishing line and the lure or bait. Yes. Pull old line off reel through line guides until you have enough room on spool for new line. seven strand wire.All you need to know about “FISHING”
remember to maintain a moderate. making sure it is spooled firmly 7. 2) Fill the reel within 1/4-inch of the outer rim of the revolving spool. 2. 3. Tie new line to end of old line with a blood knot or a uni-knot 4.
Leaders: Using a proper leader can be the difference between a successful fishing trip and one that ends up so to speak in the tank. they are that important. Filling A Spinning Reel: Because the spool of a spinning reel does not rotate. Don't overfill.
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. 1)Insert a pencil into the supply spool to allow the fishing line to feed smoothly off the spool. Lay spool of new line of floor so line comes off spool just like it goes on reel spool 5. Spin-cast reels do not hold very much line. You must use the right application for the right type of fishing you will be doing. Your helper should maintain slight inward pressure on the supply spool to prevent it from overrunning. 1. and fluorocarbon. If this is a new reel or if you wish to completely place new line on the spool your reel use an arbor knot to tie your line onto the spool. Leaders are made of a variety of materials today such as: single strand wire. except remember to thread the line through the hole in the front of the reel. so remove the reel cover partway every now and then to make sure you do not overfill the enclosed spool. Reel line onto reel slowly. Leaders are often one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment that we use. They are also availible in various lengths and sizes as well. Filling a Closed-Faced Spin-Cast Reel Fill a closed-faced spin-cast reel the same way you would a spinning reel.
Take a look at the swivels. This pretty much boils down to personal preferance. Most tackle shops will carry a variety of leaders to choose from. some are both. consider the hardware that is on the leader. Consider the size lure you will be using and make sure the snap doesnt open and close too easily. A rule of thumb to go by is to always remember the lighter leader you use the higher your risk of being bit off or having leader failure can be. however just understand that you may have to be willing to accept the consequences. Your leader can be the strongest or the weakest link in your set up. take a few extra minutes to do an inspection of what you are purchasing. so you must give just as important care in choosing the correct leader for the job at hand as you would determining which lure to use. Some leaders are tied. So the next time you are ready to go fishing and need to run into your local sporting goods supply to just grab some leaders. Once you determine what pound test you are going to go with.
. Not to say using a light leader is wrong. and in time you will figure out what you are most comfortable using. It might make the difference between a smiling photo or going home disapointed. make sure they move freely and that they apear to be large enough or small enough to handle the task at hand.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Obviously you dont want to use a large musky leader to go walleye fishing nor do you want to bring a small walleye or pike leader to use when you are after trophy musky. Always be sure to consider what the weight limit or pound test is on the leader you may be using. some are crimped. The last thing you want is for it to come open on that trophy fish of a lifetime. Same care to be given when choosing a proper snap. If there is too much to choose from and you simply cannot figure it out ask a store employee for a hand and they can help you make the right selection.
This reduces the heat from friction that causes slight abrasions when you pull it tight. Always retie your knot before a new trip and check your knot frequently when fishing. By leaving a little tag is good insurance that your knot is tied correctly. all knots will weaken with use. Always leave a little extra line before clipping the tag end after completing your knot some knots slip slightly.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Your fishing line is only as strong as the knot used to tie it. hook or leader. Listed below are good choices to learn and a few tips:
Always moisten the knot before snugging it up.
Arbor Knot Improved Clinch Knot Spider Hitch Palomar Knot Dropper Loop Knot Albright Knot Float Stop Knot Surgeon's Knot Uni-to-Uni Knot Snell Knot Nail Knot Trilene Knot Blood Knot
. Better to know your knot is tied correctly than losing a big fish. When tying a knot give it a smooth strong pull to complete it on your lure. Don’t be timid about testing it with a couple good pulls. Over time all knots start to weaken in some degree. bait as well as a fish. The ability to tie a correct knot will save you from losing lures.
Double back and wrap the end 5 times around the standing line. or hook. the overhand knot in the tag end jams against the overhand knot tied around the running line
Improved Clinch Knot
What It Does: Ties a medium. When tightened. 2. Hold the tag end and standing line while coils are pulled up. swivel. an overhand knot is tied in the tag end. thread end of line through the first loop above the eye. Why It's Useful: Compared to a regular clinch knot. Holding the coils in place. it's much less likely to break when you've got a bigger fish on the line. swivel or lure. 2. Finally. How to Tie It: 1. Pass the line through the eye of hook. 3. In fact. making sure the coils do not overlap each other. given that it only takes a few seconds more to tie an Improved Clinch knot. 3. there's no reason to tie a regular clinch knot on anything but the lightest line.All you need to know about “FISHING”
What it does: Its primary use is to attach fishing line to the arbor/spool of a fishing reel. Why is it useful: It secures the fishing line on your reel arbor/spool How to tie it: 1. An arbor knot is tied by first passing the line around the reel arbor. The tag end is then tied in an overhand knot around the running line. then through the big loop. Slide tight against the eye and clip the end.to heavy-weight line to a lure.
2. taking care not to let go. 4. Pass the end through the loop. Pull the loop slowly and steadily so thewound sectionslides naturally off the thumb. then form a loop.All you need to know about “FISHING”
What It Does: Doubles a line for added strength. Again. Then pull on both ends to tighten knot. holding it between your thumb and forefinger.
. The one downside is that the knot could cut the line if not tightened perfectly. Wrap the doubled end 5 times around your thumb and the loop. How To Tie It: 1. the knot must be perfectly tightened (no overlapping coils!) or it will cut itself. Why It's Useful: Almost as strong (retaining over 80% of line strength) and much faster & easier than a Bimini Twist. Double the line. 3.
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What It Does: Securely ties together a line and a leader of very different diameters. Pull both lines and both endstogether until theknot becomes tight. Without closing the loop. 4. with 6" to 8" of overlap. 3. parallel to each other. Why it's Useful: Strong. as if they were a single piece of line. wrap both the tag end of line and leader around the loop again. and less likely than most knots to damage the thinner of the two lines. 2. Tie both lines in an overhand knot. How to Tie It: 1. Clip closely to avoid getting caught in guides. relatively simple to tie.
. and pull the entire leader through the loop. Align the line and leader end-to-end.
Pulling at both ends of the line.All you need to know about “FISHING”
What It Does: Attaches a hook or other terminal tackle to your line. 5. Double four inches of line into a loop and pass it through the eye of your hook. Pull the line by its looped end far enough to pass it over the hook. Clip off the tag end. 2 & 3. How to Tie It: 1.
. swivel or lure. and tie a loose over hand knot in the doubled line. being careful NOT to twist the lines or tighten the knot. Allow the hook to dangle. the Palomar is also fairly easy to tie. Why It's Useful: Among the strongest knots for its purpose. 4. tighten the knot.
Make a circular loop in the line.
How to Tie It: 1. Where each end meets the loop. lure.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Dropper Loop Knot
What It Does: Creates a loop in a line while maintaining most of the line's strength. or fly to a line.pull the loopthrough the hole between the two sets of twists.without letting the twists unravel . make3 to 5 twists as shown then . Wrap one end through the loop.
.While holding the dropper loop in place (do not pull on the loop . 2. Why It's Useful: Used to attach a second leader. 3.just be sure it doesn't come out) pull on both ends of the line to bring the wraps together. 4.
Why It's Useful: Creates a much smaller and smoother connection than a Surgeon's Knot without sacrificing strenght. wrapping it fairly tightly 8 to 12 times. 5.loopedline with your left hand.
What It Does: Joins two lines (line & leader) of vastly different diameters. it's also considerably more difficult to tie. and use your right hand to wrap the tag end of thelighter line back over both strands of the heavier line as well as the lighter line itself.Push the tag end of thelighter linethrough the loop on the opposite side from where it originally ran it through the loop. Pull both ends of the lighter line.The Albright is far less likely to get caught in guides than a Surgeon's Knot. Start next to your fingers and working toward the loop. Pull gently on both ends of the heavier. Runabout 10 inches of thethinner line through theloop. That said. 4. then pull as tight as possible onboth strands of the heavy line with your left hand and both strands of the light line with your right hand. Start by doubling back a couple of inches ofthe heavierline and hold the loop with your left thumb and forefinger. so both strands of the lighter lineexit on the same side of the loop. How to Tie It: 1.All you need to know about “FISHING” 5. 6. Moisten the knot.While holding the loop. pinch thethinner linebetween your left thumb and forefinger (without letting go of the loop). fly. 3. 2. You now have a loop to which you may attach a bait. or leader using another kind of knot. Clip off the tag end of the fly line and the backing. Pull the standingend of the lighter line to remove the loop you were holding between your leftthumb and index finger. while sliding the knot back towards the loop with your right (but not all the way off).
Uni-knots also provide an unbeatable100 % knot strength in most cases. 3. or else a braided line to a monofilament leader. Use about 5 inches of nylon.If usingsoft monofilament.Pull ends to tighten. to joining linesof vastly differenttest strength (up to 10x different in some cases). This can beprevented (or at least slowed down) by using a loop for your free end on the braided line and otherwise tying the knot as described below. Wrap the line to be knotted 2 or 3 times around the line with the float.
. Why it's Useful: Prevents a float from running up a line . of the same diameter as the line the float is on.Take either end of the line being knotted and wrap them twice around each other. just be aware that a braided line could potentially cut the leader.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Float Stop Knot
What it Does: Creates a barrier to stop a float from sliding past a certain point on a line.
What it does: Ties two lines together. 2. How to Tie It: 1. the Uni-knot and variants like the Uni-to-Uni knot can be used for everything from tying hooks to light line. Why it's useful: Highly versatile.essential for controlling your presentation when float fishing. as if you're tying a Suregon's Knot.
5. 3. Repeatsteps1-3 withthe end of the other line. Overlap the two linesby roughly 6". 4. Pull both ends to get the knots tighter. Pull the end to tighten the knot. passing through the large loop on the finalpass.All you need to know about “FISHING”
How to Tie It: 1.Wrap the end six times aroundboth lines. then trim if necessary. form aloop and pinch it between your thumb and forefinger. 2.With one end. withaninch or two sticking out past your fingers.
and simple to tie. Trim the end hanging towards the barb. make a large loop. then wrap the leader 5 more times around the line. you will need a tube of comparably narrow diameter to tie it (e. Wrap the end tightly around the leader and hook shank7 or 8times. Pass one end of the leader throungh the eye of the hook so that it sticks outone or two inches past the eye.
What it does: Used to attach leader butt to fly line or to attach backing to fly line Why it's useful: The most popular knot for attaching leaders and leader but to fly line. low profile that allows it to slide easily through guides. so that it points towards the barb. On the final wrap. leader. The nail knot is moderately complex. 3. slowly pull the leader until it is almost tight. then grip the short end with pliers and completely tighten the knot. Why it's useful: Strong. Grasping the end near the barb and the end on the other side of the eyelet. a particularly thin ballpoint pen). and nail.. Just note that you can only use the Snell knot with a leader. How to Tie It: 1. then hold the loop down so that enough is sticking out to wrap several times around the leader and hook shank. Do it
. How to Tie It: 1. pass the end back through the looped leader. Pinch the loop down with your left hand. Take the heavier end of your leader in yourright hand and form a 2" loop around the nail and fly line. reliable.All you need to know about “FISHING”
What it does: Connects a leader to a baited hook. and not recommended for big fish as it relies on the fly line's coating for strength. Slide the loops up against the eye. towards the barb.g. Though it doesn't necessarily require a nail.Pinch the hook and leader endtogether between your leftthumb and index finger right where it exits the eye. towards the barb. 2. but few other knots give you this smooth a connection.Hold the nail/tube and the end of the fly line between the left thumb and forefinger ofyour lefthand (with roughly 2"of the fly line and the tube sticking out). the nail knot has a very smooth.
All you need to know about “FISHING” tightly. hooks and lures. Moisten.Grab all the loops with your left hand. check the wraps to be sure they're smooth. then fully tighten the knot by pulling on the leader until it "bites" into the fly line. 2. 2. 3.
What it does: The Trilene Knot can be used to join line to swivels. Pull gently on the tag end and the standing line to tighten. Finally. snaps. then carefully slide the end of the leader back into the opening. and you're done. How to tie it: 1. "seat" the knot with one hard pull on the fly line. then double back through the eye a second time. and be sure to leave 1/2 to 3/4" of the end sticking out. Pull gently on both ends of the leader (don't pull the fly line!) to partially tighten the knot. running alongside the nail. so that the loops butt up against each other. and you're done. Why it's useful: Easy to tie and very strong. 3. then pass the end through the loopcreated where you doubled back in step 1.wrap the tag end around the standing line 6 times. Trim tag end to 1/8 inch. and the standing line in your right hand.Holding the hook or lure in your left hand. Trim the ends. Then carefully remove the nail. moistening it with water while you do so to lubricate the line (allowingthe loopsto slide together more easily). Thread the line through the eye of the hook or lure.
. the Trilene Knot resists slippage better than most simple knots.
and there you have it� a blood knot. then pull.All you need to know about “FISHING”
What it does: The blood knot is used for joining two lines of similar thicknesses. a blood knot can run smoothly through rod line guides. then repeat with steps 1 and 2 with the other end of the same line. be advised that a blood knot will reduce overall line strength by around 40%. Cross over the ends of the lines by 6-8 inches and twist one of the lines 5 times (or more) around the other.
. Why it�s useful: An easy knot with a relatively low profile. How to tie it: 1. 3. 4. 2. Trim the ends. However. whereas other comparably strong knots might get stuck. Bring the end back through the opening between the two lines. Make sure the ends are pointing in opposite directions after you pass them through the opening.
Sharp hook points will catch more fish than dull hooks. A dull hook will skate across your nail with out digging in. Hook Sizes When it comes to hook sizes it tends to be little confusing. The classification system ranges from 1 largest to 32 smallest. In this section we will review Terminal Tackle: Hooks. When necessary touch up the hook point by using a hook file or sharpening stone. Many quality hook manufactures offer a line of hooks that are made of higher grade steel and then dipped in a chemical bath which gives the hook a super sharp hook point. weight and bobber with a hunk of worm. To test your hook simply draw the hook point across your fingernail. One of the biggest mistakes made by the novice angler is over rigging. The bottom line is always use a sharp hook. Small hooks also penetrate quicker than larger hooks upon the fish strike. The best application is to select the lightest possible terminal tackle suitable for the condition and the species of fish. but the advantage is a super sharp hook right out of the package. Sinkers. minnow or leech will catch more fish. That way you can find the appropriate hook. Another option is to use chemically sharpened hooks. To make it more
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Fishing with Hooks. Always test your hook for sharpness. Weights. a sharp hook will leave a light scratch and digs in to your nail. Bobbers & Basic Rigging
With all of the advancements made today in the fishing world with “new lifelike fancy expensive lures that flash and swim on their own” sometimes just a plain ol' hook. Bobbers (Floats) and Swivels. weight. These hooks can be expensive compared to conventional hooks. using too large of a hook. How they are used and properly rigged for a successful set-up. and then take a couple of quick strokes to each side of the hook Don’t be misled that new hooks out of the box are always sharp especially the cheap hooks that are made of soft poor quality steel. use the smallest hook possible. generally when a single number is used such as size 12 verses a size 8 the higher the number the smaller the hook. Carry your Terminal Tackle Get organized with a rig box with small compartments. There is no standard when it comes to classifying a hook size. simply draw the hook sharpener against the point of your hook a few times (parallel to the shank) on the bottom. heavier than needed weight with a oversized bobber presenting a unnatural look. bobber for most fishing situations. Even high quality hooks will dull over time and use by hitting rocks and debris in the water.
Fishing Hooks As a rule. Small hooks allows the live-bait presentation to look natural. reduces the ability to detect fish strikes in their fishing presentation.
for example 5/0 ( pronounced five . the long shank allows the angler easy removal of the hook from panfish that tends to swallow the bait.aught) compared to a 1/0 the sizing system is reversed so the higher the number the larger the hook. The light wire limits excessive puncturing on minnows which helps them live longer on the hook.
Bait Holder The bait holder hook is one of the most popular live bait hook styles today. the bend and shank . and the gap . perfect for Panfish.
. that secures the fish from unhooking.
Popular Common Hook Types:
Aberdeen Light wire long shank hook. Crappie and light biting Walleyes under a slip bobber or attached bobber rig.the distance between the shank and the point. 1/0 is the smallest up to the largest hook at 19/0 The Anatomy of a Fish Hook The parts fish hook are referred as: It’s point. the barb .that portion of the hook that connects the point and the eye.the projection extending backwards from the point. the eye .the end of the hook that is connected to the fishing line or lure. such as night crawlers leeches and red worms. the additional barbs on the shank holds the bait more effectively.the sharp end that penetrates the fish's mouth or flesh.All you need to know about “FISHING”
confusing hooks that are sized using a fraction type.
The lip hook rate using a circle hook is about 95% it also reduces the mortality rate of fish to be released to fight another day. Sturgeon and Muskies anglers. minnows for Bass.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Circle Circle hooks are a excellent choice for live bait catch and release anglers. just maintain tension and the fish will hook itself in the corner of the mouth as the fish moves away. Pike and Walleyes and are good choice for building crawler harnesses.
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. The salmon egg hook is used primarily for drift fishing along current by using natural or imitation salmon eggs. spawn sacs.
Egg Commonly called salmon egg hook. A sharp pulling hook set is not required. Very popular hook for Catfish. so the hook rides upward along with the placement of a barb on the shank which holds the bait. The Octopus is ideal for rigging cut bait for Catfish or Salmon. the inward bend of the hook point allows the hook to slide along the inside of the fish’s throat until it reaches the mouth. Upon a fish swallowing your bait.
Rotating A special compound curve on the offset/rotating hook automatically turns when a fish bites on the bait. worms and grubs for Salmon and Trout. designed with a turned up eye and offset bend. They are available in a assortment of painted or metallic colors.
Octopus The extra gap and rounded shape of Octopus hooks are very popular and used for most species of fish.
The treble is mainly used on artificial lures and spoons attached by using a split ring. turn the hook straight and insert the hook point into the body. adjust the eye so it is just inside the lure. Used on Texas and Carolina Rigs. Bring the hook point out of the lure. stumps.
Offset/Worm Worm hooks are used for fishing soft plastic's lures. The offset/ rotating hook twists. The front bend on a worm hook is used to lock lures such as worms and lizards from moving down the shank by simply inserting the hook point into the head of the lure down about a 1/4 inch. holds bait better and hooks fish better. rocks and lily pads. and pull the shaft of the hook through until the eye is at the head. This allows the hook to be fished in weeds logs. Upon a fish striking the bait the wire compresses exposing the hook point.
Weedless The weedless hook has a light wire wrapped on the shank formed in a loop that covers the point of the hook.
Treble Treble hooks are a single eye of three hooks fused together with three shanks evenly spaced. Treble hooks today comes in a assortment of colors as well as feathers tied on as a trailer/teaser hook on lures. trees.All you need to know about “FISHING”
The sweeping rotational curve places the point in position for penetration from any angle.
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Texas Rig The Texas rig is adaptable to all types of soft plastics from worms to lizards and grubs that can be fished in extremely dense vegetation and brush.3/4 -1 oz for deeper water or larger 6"+ soft plastic's Offset Worm Hooks 1/0-2/0 Small Soft Plastic's 3/0 . To make the weight stationary peg the bullet with a piece of toothpick. The presentation is placement as close to cover (weeds. Reel: Low profile bait casting reel 6:3:1 gear ratio.
No bass fishing arsenal is complete without knowledge and how to fish the Texas rig.3/16 . Insert the hook about 3/8" through the nose of the soft plastic bait. or use a screw in bullet weight. The Texas rig is adaptable to all kinds of soft plastics from worms to lizards and grubs that can be fished in extremely dense vegetation and brush. Suggested Tackle Rods 6-6 . If you don�t get a bite. let the rig rest on the bottom and then begin to retrieve in a very slow. Line: 10 lb to 14 lb testlow stretch monofilament. In setting the hook use a forceful snap of the rod ensuring the embeded hook point travels through the body of the soft plastic bait.4/0 . Tie on the hook using a Palmor or a Improved Clinch Knot Optional: Plastic or Glass Bead between the weight and hook.1/4 oz for shallow water or 4" to 6" soft plastic's 3/8 . thumb bar line release medium line capacity. jerk pause motion.1/2.
. What you need for a Texas Rig Assortment of Bullet Sinkers (Lead Brass or Steel) 1/8 . logs) as possible. When casting or flipping try to let the rig enter the water with as little noise as possible and keep some controlled slack in the line. Always keep little tension on the line because learning this technique is a lot about learning to differentiate between the feel of the bottom and the feel of a fish. Considered a finesse technique not a search bait such as inline spinner crank bait or spinner bait.7 foot medium heavy fast action bait casting. watch your line as well as many fish will strike the rig on the fall.5/0 Larger Soft Plastic's Soft Plastic Lures Worms /Lizards/Grubs/Crawfish How to Rig Thread the Bullet Sinker on the line making sure the nose of the sinker faces the rod tip. pushing hook completely through.
This makes it weedless.
. The other is sliding: which allows the fishing line to slide or pass through the weight from a hole or a eyelet. The two types of sinkers are: attached on the line by pinching. Unlike the other rigs mentioned Texas.
This is about as basic as you can get on a rig. the split shot rig gently moves downward after a cast. Used for live bait and lures. This will help insure a good hook set. It is a good idea to push the hook through a couple of times to make a small hole or channel in the plastic. Carolina and the sliding sinker rig that are primarily fished on the bottom.
Fishing Weights (Sinkers) Fishing weights (sinkers) are made from two basic materials lead and steel. using line 4-8lb test on a light to medium light spinning rod and reel set-up. The same principle applies in using sinkers for your set-up use the lightest possible sinker in order to detect fish strikes. Insert the point of the hook into the body of the bait. this locks the soft plastic lure on the hook Insert the point of the hook back into the soft plastic making sure the bait hangs straight. you don't have to retie any knots to change the sinker position on the line. just pinch it on and off. twisted on using rubber insert or tied directly to your line (Bottom Bouncers / Bead Chain Sinkers). Popular Common Sinkers / Weights Types:
Split Shot Pinches easily onto your line where you want to set depth at. Removes just as easy by pinching the other end.
Split Shot Rig This is about as basic as you can get on a rig. until it reaches the bottom thus requiring patience to fish it correctly. The nice thing is. just pinch it on and off. you don't have to retie any knots to change the sinker position on the line. The nice thing is.All you need to know about “FISHING” Embed the offset portion on the upper shank of the hook into the nose of the soft plastic. Fishing with the split shot rig is considered a finesse technique by adding a split shot sinker in front of your live bait offering.
make a easy sweep upward to set the hook and keep the pressure on the fish. Rigging minnows and leeches use a octopus hook size #4-#6-#8. it is excellent for open water covering vertical structure. Conversely by placing the split shot 3 feet or more up the line will minimize the action of the live bait. But by placing it closer to the bait like within a 12" or less the bait will react more like a jig. Tackle Suggestions Rod: 6-6 to 7-0 foot-Light to Medium Light/ Medium Action Spinning Reel: Light Spinning balanced with the rod Line" 4-8 lb test monofilament What you need for a split shot rig Weight/Sinkers All fishing shops and discount stores sells split shots. The split-shot rig is also effective around floating boat docks. The closer the weight is to the bait the more precise your casting will be. Hooks Use the smallest hook possible to maintain the natural action of the live bait. Different size shot change the lure's sink rate and you can vary retrieve speeds to produce an enticing "up and down" action. Panfish use Aberdeen light wire hooks size #6-#8 Tip Add a split shot in front of a floating crankbait or a rigged soft plastic bait. it is also surprisingly good in light timber using a weedless hook and a light split shot where the weight isn�t heavy enough to pull it down into the branches. Avoid keeping the line too tight this will take away the natural presentation of the bait. Tie on your lure of choice. Size #4 for larger minnows and night crawlers. Add split shot
. which gives the bait adequate freedom of movement. then add one or two split shot sinkers starting about 1 foot above the lure. The placement of the split shot is more versatile and adjustable than most anglers think. Split shots come in standard round once pinched on your line they can be difficult to pry open to remove or reusable which features tiny wings that you can pinch between the thumb and forefinger to remove or move on the line which we recommend to start out with. watch the line after the cast for any subtle changes or sideway movement a twitch means you have a bite. where fish often hang under. upon engaging the reel beginning the retrieve keep the bait moving on a semi-tight line leaving a little slack. As a finesse technique this will require the angler to keep alert while using this rig. steep breaklines sloping banks and bluffs where fish suspend. How to Rig Tie a hook on the line using a Improved Clinch Knot. purchase the assortment pack that comes in a round case for a selection of sizes and weight. The general consensus is position the split shot 18 inches above the hook. If the slack in the line tightens or you feel a slight tick you have a bite. giving a pronounced action. To add depth to your lure for trolling add a split shot or for increased depth add a rubber core sinker. This finesse technique is used for shallow water or clear water fish that have been seeing a lot of action.All you need to know about “FISHING” There is no wrong way to fish this rig.
As the split shots on the rig and bait ticks along the bottom. such as in small streams with light current or when drift fishing in relatively shallow water. purchase the assortment pack that comes in a round
. The long soft action rods will bend starting in the lower third using nearly the entire rod providing the most flexibility. such as in small streams with light current or when drift fishing in relatively shallow water. by applying pressure pulls the split shot off the dropper saving the hook and swivel. Some fish are caught in this portion of the drift where the rig is bouncing. salmon and walleye anglers in certain situations. soft action spinning rods with 4-8lb test line for drift fishing. you'll develop a 'sense' of what is bottom and what is a fish.
The stream rig also known as a drift rig are used commonly by steelhead. slowly towards the angler as it moves downstream.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Stream Rig The stream rig also known as a drift rig are used commonly by steelhead. The basic presentation of the rig is relatively simple. The key here is to have enough weight attached to let the rig to bounce along the current. salmon and walleye anglers in certain situations. set the hook. Any bump. Because of this parabolic action the angler is using the rod as a shock absorber in fighting the fish in the current this allows the use of light line.. If you're unsure . The stream rig is very similar to the three way rig with the exception of the sinker dropper line which uses a series of split shots instead of a casting (bell) sinker. but requires a very light touch and feel to detect what is the bottom and what is a fish. Suggested Tackle: The basic rod and reel set-up for fishing the stream rig is light for the sensitivity. but most bites occur at the bottom end of the drift when it is quartering (The swing) back through the current towards the angler. After a while. Fishing the stream rig takes some finesse and can be difficult for the new angler to pick-up.. this is where the angler must pay close attention to differentiate between the feel of the bottom and the feel of a fish. All fishing shops and discount stores sells split shots. This allow the angler not to lose the entire rig if hung up. many anglers prefer longer light. What you need for a stream rig Weight/Sinkers An assortment of split shots sizes 3/0-7-5 for light current 2-3-4 for faster current. 8� to 10 foot drift rods are common. The rig is cast upstream in the current and allowed to sink to the bottom. At this point the rig is moving slower than the dead drift portion of the drift and more fish are apt to see and strike the bait quartering than coming straight at them. twitch or pulling sensation can be a fish.
All you need to know about “FISHING” case for a selection of sizes and weight or the individual packs . Popular hooks for walleye. steelhead and salmon are octopus and egg styles size #6-#8 for salmon eggs. Three way swivel The three way swivel used should be of good quality and as small as possible size 8-6 How to Rig Tie the main line to one eye of the three way swivel. Used when heavier weight is required. Hooks Use the smallest hook possible to maintain the natural action of the live bait. Add/tie the drop lines. Tie the hook to the longer drop line (24/30") and the split shots to the other at (6/10") For all knots use the Improved Clinch Knot.
. Size #4 for larger minnows and night crawlers and cut bait. one at 6 to 10 inches and the other at 24 to 30 inches to the other two eyes on the swivel. Split shots come in standard round once pinched on your line they can be difficult to pry open to remove or reusable which features tiny wings that you can pinch between the thumb and forefinger to remove or move on the line which we recommend to start out with. Add the appropriate amount of split shots to the sinker dropper line.
Rubber Core Attach to line thorugh the slot in the sinker and twisting the inner rubber core around line to secure it. spawn sac�s and small minnows.
Suggested Tackle : As a finesse rig the drop shot is best fished on light line and spinning outfits. Fishing the drop shot is simple. round or rectangular of lead or tungstenthat come with a tie on clip on the top. a side way movement or just pressure on the line. The weights range from 1/8 to1/2 oz. A bite can be a subtle tug. The most
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Drop Shot Many tackle companies manufacture designed drop shot weights. It is especially good for suspended fish that requires vertical placement of the bait in front of active fish. walleye and panfish anglers as well are now using the drop shot with many successes. Set the hook using a upward sweeping motion. when the line goes slack reel up until the line is tight with the weight on the bottom. round or rectangular of lead or tungsten and come with a tie on clip on the top. Rod: Light fast action 6'-6" to 7' foot Reels: Light Spinning balanced to the rod Line: 6-8 lb monofilament What you need for a Drop Shot Rig Weight/Sinkers Many tackle companies manufacture designed drop shot weights.
The drop-shot rig is a finesse technique that has been made popular by the bass fishing community. walleye and panfish anglers as well are now using the drop shot with many successes. you just want your bait to wiggle.
Drop Shot Rig The drop-shot rig is a finesse technique that has been made popular by the bass fishing community.
logs. Panfish use Aberdeen light wire hooks size #6-#8 Lures/Live bait Bait versatility is advantage of the drop shot rig. In rigging small soft plastic�s if you're fishing open water run the hook thru it�s nose with the hook exposed. leeches through its sucker. logs. over mud/sand flats. A weighted wire feeler arm minimizes hang-ups while riding upright across underwater structure deflecting snags. Pull the line by its looped end far enough to pass it over the hook Pulling at both ends of the line. We recommend first time users to practice tying this rig at home before heading out on the water. but any small hooks will work. or open basins. As a reference you should print out a copy of our knot instructions as a guide. tighten the knot. Using a bottom bouncer is a search technique by covering a lot of water efficiently (trolling or drifting) in seeking active feeding fish especially walleyes that tend to related to bottom
. by tying the line to the eye at the intersection of the two wire arms of the bouncer. being careful not to twist the lines or tighten the knot. Another alternative is a casting sinker a bell shaped sinker with a tie on swivel molded on the top. Allow the hook to dangle. make a loop at that length and pass the line through the hook eye from the point side. and tie a loose over hand knot in the doubled line. A weighted wire feeler arm minimizes hang-ups while riding upright across underwater structure deflecting snags. if there is cover in the area you can rig it Texas style making it weedless (See Texas Rig above) Live Bait hook the minnow through it�s mouth.All you need to know about “FISHING” common weights used are 3/16 . or open basins. Leaving one end connected to the rod and the other tag end to tie on the drop shot weight using a Improved Clinch Knot . over mud/sand flats. How to Rig The drop shot rig is a easy rig to tie as long as you become comfortable with the knot used for the hook. crawler harness or floating spinner rigs attached to the non weighted arm via a snap swivel.
Bottom bouncers are weighted L-shaped piece of heavy wire using live bait. The Palomar Knot . Be sure the hook rides horizontally from the line. Live bait minnows and leeches use a octopus hook size #6-#8.
Bottom Bouncer The bottom bouncer is an effective rigging tool while trolling or drifting presenting the lure/bait rig above snag laced bottom of small rocks. This is all attached to your rod.3/8 oz. The bottom bouncer is an effective rigging tool while trolling or drifting presenting the lure/bait rig above snag laced bottom of small rocks. The bottom bouncer can be as light a1/2 oz up 3 ounces. For rigging small soft plastic�s use a 1/0 or 2/0 offset worm hook. Just Click Here . To tie a drop shot rig determine how far off the bottom you want your bait to be 18 to 36 inches. Hooks There are many specialized drop shot hooks on the market.
rounded and has a concave flat top which makes the bait walker feel like a keel sinker providing little resistance as it rides across the bottom. engage the reel to tighten line as close to a 45 degree angle from the boat. control and feel. by having the 45 angle provides enough distance for the bouncer to work correctly and gives it enough distance from the boat not to spook the fish. Line: 10-14 pound test low stretch monofilament. Reels: Medium-capacity baitcasting reel. or chartreuse for darker water. this guarantees frequent bottom contact. Fishing a bottom bouncer.to 2-ounces for 15 to 20 feet. Artificial lures are all so used with good success. or neutral colors for conditions in between. Recommended Bottom Bouncer Weights: 1/2. and copper. For live bait there are prerigged: live bait snells. gold. You do not want the line to be vertical. nickel. bladed worm harnesses and minnow rigs sold in shops that vary in leader lengths from 12 to 30 inches. (use shallow to mid range running lures) or light weight trolling (flutter) spoons are also popular. yellow. Bait Walker
The Bait Walker is a trade name for a similar rig only smaller in overall size. use hot orange. Suggested Tackle: Rods 6�-6" to 7"-0" Medium-Power Medium action casting rod with a long handle for rod holder placement. Hooks/Rigs/Lures With the hundreds of rigging options that the bottom bouncer offers it is impossible to list all by types for each species and fishing conditions that you may encounter. Typically the blade sizes and types on pre rigged worm harnesses and minnow rigs are Indiana and Colorado blades sizes #3-#4-#5. The Indiana spins tighter to the rig than the Colorado
. floating snells.to 3-ounces for 30. or non-fluorescent colors for clear water. 2 1/2. Another feature is the selection of weight options 1/4 oz up to 10 ounces allowing the angler the versatility to use the lightest presentation. What you need for a bottom bouncer Weight Sizes Most all fishing shops and large discount stores sells bottom bouncers. floating crank baits. these all attach to the bottom bouncer snap from a pre tied loop on the end of the leader. Colors/Blades The same basic fish attracting principles applies when it comes to color selection on blades or lures. silver. The weight design is tapered. The weight is located on the bottom tip of the lower arm than in the middle on a bottom bouncer. twitch or pressure on the line) lean the rod tip forward slightly and use the rod in a sweeping overhead motion away from the fish in setting the hook this helps eliminating any slack line ensuring a good hookset. the key to a proper presentation is using the correct weight. When you feel a bite ( a subtle tap. Weight selection depends on a combination of depth and speed.to 40-foot depths. 1 1/2. excellent for trolling in preventing line twist. small floating crank baits and flutter spoons for walleye and bass down to reaching the depths for lake trout.All you need to know about “FISHING” structure. the angler casts or releases the line allowing the rig to sink to the bottom.to 1-ounce for under 15 feet.
night crawler or leech). You would be best served before heading out to do a little research with the local sport shop or local fishing guides in finding out the correct bait rigging set-up for the waters you�re fishing. Attach the appropriate rig to the top arm snap swivel. colors. conversely a broad blade such as the Colorado will rotate at a greater outward angle from the rig producing a lift. greater thump and more vibration. How to Rig Tie the bottom bouncer on the center eye at the intersection of the two wire arms of the bouncer using a Improved Clinch Knot. fishing a bottom bouncer presents numerous bait rigging questions: Type of live bait (minnow. artificial lures.All you need to know about “FISHING” producing less of a thump.
Bead Chain / Trolling Great for trolling lighter lures with out having to use lead core line or downriggers
. spoons . rig blade color and type. As you can see. and length of leader.straight or jointed crankbaits.
The Carolina rig is basically a modified Texas rig with a few additions and similar to a sliding sinker bottom rig used for walleyes. with it’s pointed nose it slides easily through the weeds or wood with out getting snagged. twitch or pressure on the line in setting the hook use a forceful snap of the rod ensuring the embeded hook point travels through the body of the soft plastic bait. Weight Sizes 1/8 oz to 1 oz. Just about any soft plastic can be used when Carolina rigging.
. Cast and retrieve slow is the key for a successful presentation.7 foot medium heavy fast action bait casting.
Carolina Rig The Carolina rig is a popular and effective way to rig for bass. Fishing with a Carolina rig you can see why they are so effective as the rig is drawn across the bottom the soft plastic bait will move side to side upward and downward bumping weeds and bouncing off rocks. Suggested Tackle Rods 6-6 1/2.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Bank Similar to the walking sinker but comes in heavier weights 1oz-6oz Squared edge design helps you keep your bait where you want it. It is a successful method of soft plastic bait presentation in all depths of water.
The Carolina rig is a popular and effective way to rig for bass. its only limitation is certain types of cover that you are trying to move it through. Just about any soft plastic can be used when Carolina rigging. Areas were the bottom is made up of rocks and boulders that are very close together is another area where the rig is sure to get caught up. lizards or on Carolina rigs.
Bullet As the name implies it is shaped like a Bullet used on Texas rigs in front of the worm. A bite on a Carolina rig can be a subtle tap. For example areas of extreme weeds or brush don�t lend themselves to the usage of a Carolina rig.
All you need to know about “FISHING” Reel: Low profile bait casting reel 6:3:1 gear ratio.Small Soft Plastic's 3/0-4/0 .5/0 Larger Soft Plastic's Lures Just about any type of soft plastic baits How to Rig Determine the leader length. the top loop makes it easy to tie on or let the weight slide up and down the line. Then slip on a glass bead. Brass or Steel) 1/8 . What you need for a Carolina Rig Assortment of Sinkers Types Bullet or Egg (Lead.3/4 . Tie your hook on to the leader on the other end tie on your swivel using a Palomar or Improved Clinch Knotfor both.1 oz for deeper water or larger 6"+ soft plastic's Swivels The swivels used should be of good quality and as small as possible. thumb bar line release medium line capacity. Offset Worm Hooks 1/0-2/0 . The general function of the swivel is as a stopper for the weight rather than keeping out line twist.
Casting All around general sinker used on many rigs. 18" to 36" is the most common. Line: 10lb to 14 lb low stretch monofilament.3/16 . if your using a bullet weight be sure the point is facing the rod tip. Tie on the leader to the other side of the swivel using a Palomar or Improved Clinch Knot . this adds sound that attracts bass and acts as a insulator protecting the knot from the banging of the weight. Sizes 5-6-7 Are large enough to stop the sliding weight. the general rule is 18 inches of leader per 10 feet of water. Slip on the sinker on your main line.1/2 .1/4 oz for shallow water or 4" to 6" soft plastic's 3/8 . In rigging your soft plastic�s on the hook use the same procedure as the Texas Rig above.
. Weight Sizes 1/8 oz to 1 oz.
Unlike the sliding sinker bottom rig three-ways don�t slip. simply drop the rod tip towards the rig allowing it to collapse the rig back to the fish. Floating crank baits are a superb way to use the three way rig on rivers. This set-up is excellent for river walleyes and white bass. they are a fixed bottom rig mainly used on river systems to place the bait at a set distance off the bottom. its time to set the hook using the upward sweeping motion of the rod. It is also recognized as the wolf river rig. Trolling Options With the depth control of the three way rig some innovative anglers use this rig for a trolling presentation. troll upstream they vibrate madly go downstream move along slightly faster than the current to make the lure wiggle. as the slack of the line tightens. Tighten up the line as much as possible to have a direct line from the rod to the rig. experiment to find what the fish prefer. bank and pyramid sinkers are rigged with weight sizes
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Three Way Rig The three way rig receives its name from the main swivel used on the rig. When you see a bite the tip of the rod will twitch. Catfish 6�-6" to 7�-0" Medium/Fast Action Baitcasting with 20lb to 30lb monofilament test line. Suggested Tackle: Rod/Reel/Line Set-ups: White Bass/Stripers & Walleye 6�-6" to 7�0" Medium/Fast Action Spinning Rod and Reel with 10lb monofilament test line. The three way is used from a stationary position. They wiggle and wobble in the current. The bite indicator is your rod tip the key to sense a strike is to have no excess line between the three-way and the rod. instead of the hook add a snap or tie directly on a floating crank bait. What you need for a three way rig Weight/Sinkers The weight of the sinkers used on rivers is a totally dependent of the current speed and type of live bait. engage your reel keeping your finger on the line.
The three way rig receives its name from the main swivel used on the rig. As the sinker bounces along the bottom the crank bait will ride about 20 inches above. The most common used is a casting (bell) type sinker ranging in weight sizes of 1/23/4-1 oz. It is also recognized as the wolf river rig. The set-up for this is simple. so you don�t feed line upon a bite. free spool the line over the side of the boat until the sinker reaches the bottom. For rivers with extreme current. In other words you do not want to have a bow in your line from the rod to the rig. River currents creates drag on the line which reduces sensitivity and control. release as much for the desired length from the boat. anchored in a boat or from a shoreline.
Hooks White Bass/Stripers Walleye size #4-#6 Octopus/Aberdeen Hooks/Floating Jigs size 4 Catfish size 1/0-2/0 Circle/Octopus Hooks Swivel A three way marine brass swivel size 4 How to Rig Tie the main line to one eye of the three way swivel. add/tie the drop lines. this way if the sinker gets hung up. Weight Sizes 1/2 oz to 4 oz.
Disc Used in fast water currents lays flat on the bottom where snags are a problem.
Flat Also known as a No Roll this flat sliding sinker planes right to the bottom and hold for use in heavy current. the lighter dropper line with the sinker breaks with out loosing the entire rig. as a sliding sinker or pegged to function as a stationary weight. You�re best bet is to check with the local sport shop or a local fishing guide in finding the correct type and weight for the proper set-up. Tip: If you fish in area�s with a lot of snags.All you need to know about “FISHING” starting from 1 oz up to 8 ounces. Weight Sizes 1oz to 8 oz
. Tie the hook to the longer drop line (24/36") and the sinker to the other at (12/18") For all knots use the Improved Clinch Knot. Weight Sizes 1/8 oz to 1 oz.
Egg The egg sinker is used on multiple rigs. reduce the drop line pound test for the sinker than the main line or hook line. one at 12 to 18 inches and the other at 24 to 36 inches to the other two eyes on the swivel.
or crawler/minnow rigs all used for live bait.floating jig. Walleye Rig.hook . holding more weight.
Walking A very popular walleye angler sinker. The fishing presentation allows the sinker to rest on the water bottom with the bait suspended above.
Sliding Sinker Bottom Rig The sliding sinker bottom rig is the most popular and versatile rig for live bait fishing. Walking Sinker Rig and Sturgeon Rig. Dependent on what part of the country your from and the species of fish you’re targeting it has many names the most common is the trade name Lindy Rig.
. The bottom is also rounded and bent upwards. This feature prevents the a fish from feeling the weight as the line passes through the sinker. others include: Live Bait Rig. Dependent on what part of the country your from and the species of fish you�re targeting it has many names the most common is the Lindy Rig a trade name. Catfish Rig. Weight Sizes 1 oz to 8 oz. Weight Sizes 1/8 oz to 1 1/2 oz.swivel/stop . weight/sinker .
The sliding sinker bottom rig is the most popular and versatile rig for live bait fishing.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Pyramid Great sinker for fishing swift rivers and heavy surf that have a soft bottom (mud and sand) the corners dig in keeping the weight stationary. The basic rig is simple. This allows the sinker to “walk” on the bottom over rocks and rubble reducing the chance of snagging. A rectangular sinker with rounded outside edges a top eye for the line with the bottom slightly wider and larger in size than top. River Rig.leader . Slip Rig. The semi-flat design also prevents it from rolling in faster currents.
this adds action to your bait. River Fishing In fishing rivers with current from a boat anchored or from a shoreline as a set line. Watch the rod tip closely as this will be the bite indicator. Use a bullet sinker when weeds are present. wait a few seconds. Slowly retrieve the rig along the bottom. as the slack line becomes tight. As the boat moves the line will become tight once the sinker reaches the bottom. open the free spool on your reel. back trolling or on a controlled drift. After a few seconds engage the reel bring the line tight and set the hook. Line: Large Catfish 20lb to 30lb test low stretch monofilament. What you need for a sliding sinker bottom rig With the hundreds of options that this rig offers it is impossible to list all by types for each species and fishing conditions that you may encounter. feel for bites as many times this acts as a trigger for a following fish. for 25-35 feet of water 1 oz.Start with few a 1/8 -1/4 and 1/2 ounce sinkers this will cover most lake fishing techniques. for 15-25 feet of water 3/4 oz. Set the rod in a rod holder.0" Foot -Light to Medium Light Power Spinning / Fast action Rod: Large Catfish: 6�-6" to 7�-0" Foot -Medium Heavy Power Bait Casting / Fast action Reel: Walleye: Light spinning balanced tothe rod Reel: Large Line capacity Bait Casting. when a fish bites the live bait it usually pulls the line the opposite way of the sinker telegraphed by a small tug or twitch on your line. Bullet sinkers will slide through the weeds better as the taper head will not pick up bits of vegetation and floating debris. Egg. this brings the sinker up to the swivel/stop. disc. Line: Walleye 6lb-8lb test low visibility monofilament. and pyramid sinkers are all used for river rigging ranging in
. Controlled Drifting or Trolling When front trolling. reel up the line until it is tight. for 6-10 feet of water 1/4 oz. the basic principles apply the same. But here are some general guidelines to follow: Weight/Sinkers Any type of sliding sinker will work for this rig. Walleye and catfish are notorious for picking up bait and dropping it as soon as they feel resistance. for 35 feet and deeper The weight of the sinkers used on rivers is a totally dependent of the current speed and type of live bait.7�. Cast the rig and reel up the line until it is tight. This technique is highly successful for catfish and sturgeon on river systems. While holding your rod periodically give it a small pump keeping your finger on the line. engage the reel and set the hook using a sweeping motion of the rod. Recommended Sliding Sinker Weights 1/8 oz. for 10-15 feet of water 1/2 oz. Walking sinkers are the most generally used and work the best over rocks and along mud bottoms. As a general rule you�ll need a 1/8 of an ounce for every 10 feet of depth for lake systems that have minimal of current. If you feel a twitch or a tap release you�re finger give it a few seconds engage the reel bringing the line tight slowly and set the hook. casting. When the rod tip twitches. Open the free spool on your reel allowing the fish to swim away on a free line after grabbing the bait. Leave the reel in free spool and use your finger to stop and hold the line.All you need to know about “FISHING” Suggested Tackle Rod: Walleye: 6�-6" . release or cast allowing as much line out until it is at the desired distance from your boat. no roll. Fishing from a Boat When casting the sliding sinker bottom rig allow the rig to sink to the bottom.
Note: Length of leader and size of hook will vary based on the fishing conditions. The swivel keeps your line from twisting. Live Bait All live bait will work on this rig. Other hooking options include floating jigs sized by the hook #4-#6.20lb for medium catfish -Large catfish & sturgeon 30 to 40lb test. You�re best bet is to check with the local sport shop or a local fishing guide in finding the correct type and weight for the proper set-up. This can be purchased at quality sport shops as 10 to 20 yard spools. For the walking sinker make sure the bent bottom end is facing towards the rig or away from the rod tip. no roll. Crawler and minnow prerigged harnesses with single or double blades work extremely well in stained or murky water by producing a loud blade vibrations helping the fish locate your bait. For small minnow and leeches use size #6-#8 for walleye crappie and bass.8lb to 10lb for light catfish & pike . Swivels are also used as a component on a leader to attach your line.
Swivels Swivels are a simple but yet important part on your fishing gear when it comes to rigging. Start with cutting the length of leaders at 24-to-36 inches use 6 to 8 lb test for walleye and bass . casting. Once tied. all quality hook manufactures produces them in various sizes and colors. Swivels The swivels used should be of good quality and as small as possible. Hooks The octopus hook is the most widely used on this rig as a single hook or pre-rigged on a crawler/minnow rig harness. and pyramid sinkers have no preference. disc. Catfish and sturgeon sizes range from 1 to 6/0. Size #4 for larger minnows and night crawlers for walleye northern pike and trout. the slip sinker should be above the swivel and move freely. Be sure the swivel is large enough to stop the sliding weight. we recommend using fluorocarbon monofilament as the leader material. Egg.
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. Bullet sinkers face the tapered end towards the rod tip. The general function of the swivel is as a stopper for the weight rather than keeping out line twist. After slipping the sinker on your line tie to the open end of the swivel on the leader using the Improved Clinch Knot. How to Rig Begin with making the leader. acts as a weight stop on your line along with spreading bottom rigs ( 3way swivel) for proper presentations.All you need to know about “FISHING” weights from a 1/8 to 8 ounces. Tie the hook on one end using a Improved Clinch Knot tie the other end to the swivel using the same knot Thread the sinker onto your fishing line. it is invisible in the water and abrasion resistant and has low stretch.
slip bobbers that the fishing line passes through for deep water fishing and the fixed bobber that uses a spring lock or snap for shallow water fishing. There are a variety colors. Shy/Light Bite Slip 8. Antenna Slip 7. lighted or glow for night time fishing. Large Bait Slip
. Weighted Spring Attached 4. Waggler Slip 9. Slip 6. Popular Common Bobbers (Floats)
1. Lighted Slip 3. shapes and size bobbers available today. Round Attached 2. The bobber or float presents the bait at a pre set depth and acts as a strike indicator when a fish bites.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Snap Swivel Fishing Bobbers (Floats) Fishing with a bobbers is one the most common and simple set-ups. Glow Slip 5.
or can be tied by the angler using this knot ( Stop Knot ) The bobber stop when used correctly is small enough to pass through the rod guides and reel mechanisms when retrieved or cast. Conventional round bobbers achieve this by attaching directly to a fixed point on the line using a snap. For a bobber or float to work properly. and to detect a bite from your bobber. there has to be some point to hold the bobber from movement on the line to float. it's design has a hollow tube through it and will slide freely from the hook or bottom weight to the stop. it is designed to move (slide) up and down the line and will not interfere with casting or landing a fish.
. especially large ones. this can be purchased at a store as rubber pellets. To properly fish a attached bobber or slip bobber rig the key is to use the smallest and lightest tackle in order to present the live bait as natural as possible. While the basic bobber set-up is simple we have witnessed over the years many anglers over-rig this set-up by using a extremely large hook. by releasing the spring. cigar shaped floats use a spring that is pulled back with the line inserted into a slot. small vinyl strips and dacron knots on a tube. in other words the amount of line from the attached bobber to your hook should be shorter than you�re rod length. The stop point on the line is called a bobber stop. but at least they are fishing. will hold the line. but is large enough to stop the bead on a slip bobber.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Sliding Slip Bobber Rig The slip bobber can be fished at any depth. The slip bobber can be fished at any depth. Unfortunately they never received guidance or advice for the correct presentation.
Many anglers began their first fishing experience using a red and white bobber rig off a dock or boat for panfish. only limited by the depth of the water and the amount of line on the reel. Thus the angler using slip bobbers can fish at any depth. By doing this your success and catch rate will increase dramatically. The attached to line bobbers will work but are limited to very shallow water a few feet or so. connected to a pike leader attached to a tennis ball sized bobber. Using a bobber to hook length longer than the rod will restrict your casting ability and the fish landing as the attached bobber stops the line at the rod tip hampering your efforts to net the fish.
these have a thinner profile and offer the least resistance on a bite.4 . Setting the correct depth is critical for successful slip bobbering. These can purchased at any fishing shop for under two dollars. if the bobber goes flat on the water. If your bobber lays flat on the surface. down. easy to cast. indicating a bite. Round Basic Bobber The round attached bobber comes in a rainbow of colors made of hard plastic or Styrofoam that have a spring clip on the bottom attaching to the line. The best bobber size is about 1 inch or equal to a quarter for small worms. Adjust the bobber stop upward or add weight. You should have variety of floats enabling to fish in various situations and conditions. To began. Once reeled up the slip bobber should rest above the split shot with the bobber stop on your reel. An inexpensive tool to use in setting the correct depth off the bottom is a ice fishing depth finder. The bobber/float should only be large enough to hold your bait and float upright in the water. Easily cast and best used when fishing calm water over structure. Pear Shaped Slip Float These are the most common. a alligator clip attached to a lead weight. A popular float in Europe for light biting fish. For night fishing there are LED lithium battery tipped lighted floats. made of Styrofoam or balsa. often referred as a shy bite or a waggler float.Any good quality spinning reel balanced to the rod with a smooth drag. sideways.All you need to know about “FISHING” Fishing a slip bobber is an effective way to catch almost any species of fish. that way it will be sensitive to any type of bite. set/slide the bobber stop accordingly. crappies and bass often suspend higher. bluegills. the slip bobber rig should be balanced with the correct amount of weight including the live bait. rock pile. Made of Styrofoam or balsa Pencil Slip Float This is the lightest and thinnest float used to detect a bite. They are a good choice
. In setting the hook reel in any slack line. you�re probably on the bottom or need additional weight. Cigar Shaped Slip Floats For light biting fish. Line . Rod . What you need for a slip bobber rig/bobber Type of Floats/Bobbers There are variations in styles and types of floats. light with medium action spinning rod. Clip the depth finder on the hook release the line until reaches the bottom. Matching the live bait. Oval Slip Floats A larger float used for larger minnows small suckers and red tail chubs. Walleyes and perch relate to bottom structure. this means a fish has taken your bait and is swimming upward eliminating the weight that kept the bobber upright. After the cast wait for the bait to sink and the bobber to go upright before reeling in any slack line. and will work in waves or still water conditions. Suggested Tackle: Any light rod & reel set-up will work but we suggest a longer rod in aiding longer casts and setting the hook. Made of balsa. Fishing with attached bobber limit�s the amount of line to a few feet for shallow water. It�s time to fish. They come in a variety of sizes to match the live bait. smaller for leeches and worms larger for minnows.7' to 8' foot plus. Great for kids who fish off a dock. hump or crib. up. Keep alert for any movements. Start at 6" to 12" inches off the bottom and adjust the bobber stop upward from there. Upon setting the proper depth and weight balance on the slip bobber. Reel . larger bait requires a larger float or a fishing presentation such asdrifting a float over a flat or fishing a targeted piece of structure.8 pound test monofilament. use the rod in a sweeping overhead motion away from the fish this helps ensuring a good hookset.
Split shots come in standard round once pinched on your line they can be difficult to pry open to remove or reusable which features tiny wings that you can pinch between the thumb and forefinger to remove or move on the line which we recommend to start out with. All fishing shops and discount stores sells split shots. Start by placing the split shot 8 to 12 inches from the hook. Each size and type of slip bobber will require different sized split shot weights. The Octopus hook is the most commonly used although circle hooks are equally effective. If you get snagged and
. Rubber pellets that come attached to a fine wire loop. the knot is pushed off the tube to the line then tighten. size #4 for minnows for walleyes and bass.All you need to know about “FISHING” for (drifting) covering an expanse of water as the increased profile will drift along pushed from the wind and waves. For instance the main line is 8lb use 4lb or 6lb test from the swivel down to the hook. Tip Add a small barrel swivel above the split shot using lighter line than the main line. Weight/Sinkers Proper weighting and placement are the utmost important when using a slip bobber. The correct weight and placement will keep your line vertical through the water allowing the float to indicate even the lightest bite. Try this for early and mid season walleyes. Pinch on a split shot below the float and tie on the hook on using a Improved Clinch Knot. Minnows are the favorite during the spring and fall seasons with leeches and worm/night crawlers used during warmer summer months. if more than one split shot is used always place the smaller split shot closest to the hook. How to rig a slip bobber Began by threading the stop knot tube on the line Push the stop knot off the tube onto the line toward the rod tip and remove tube. Hooks Use the smallest hook possible to maintain the natural action of the live bait. The Dacron stop is the most universally used as well as the easiest to adjust on monofilament just wet the line and slide the stop to the proper setting. Thread on the bead and slip float. leeches. Crappies and bluegills try a gold Aberdeen long shank hook size #6 or#8 tipped with a small minnow or redworm. Another option is using a jig 1/64 to 1/8 ounce this offers color to the bait as well as a horizontal presentation. Live bait Worms. minnows. Made of Styrofoam or balsa. Bobber Stops/Stop Knots There are three common types of bobber stops that are sold in shops. the tag ends are trimmed off. be sure the top of the float is facing the rod tip. All three come with stop beads if the hole on the float is too large for the stop. Sizes #6 and #8 for worms and leeches. Pull the loose tag ends of the knot semi-tight to be adjustable. they attach by running the line through the loop and pull the stop onto the line. Trim off the tag ends close to the knot. Vinyl/Plastic strips that have small holes that you weave the line through and the Dacron knot stop that come on a small tube which is threaded onto the line. this will allow your bait to appear more natural. purchase the assortment pack that comes in a round case for a selection of sizes and weight.
black and rosy red (orange). It saves you time not chasing a floating bobber. Fishing with Bait Fish To most anglers the word minnow means a small fish used for bait. the fathead minnow inhabits boggy. Fatheads feed on small organic organisms. or "blackhead. worms and leeches catch fish. Spawning begins when the water temperature reaches 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and repeats monthly until water cools down in the fall. This keeps the float as the swivel acts as a stop on your main line. you would only lose the hook and split shot by breaking the lighter line. The following are the most popular live bait used. In Northern States. walleye. Dependent on the time of the year and water temperatures or when fishing slows down live bait is definitely the preferred choice for a successful catch. The fathead minnow is a fresh water fish. and crappie to feed on. Chubs. "ruby red".
Fatheads are the most popular and universal of baitfish and are commonly used as forage for game fish. Fathead minnows are sometimes called "tuffy". Shiners and Suckers. fishing with live bait still produces over 50% of freshwater game fish caught in North America. types of containers and care for inland freshwater fishing. native to most states. and their maximum length seldom exceed three inches in size thus making them one of the best forage fish available for bass. They generally reach 2 to 3 inches in length and have a life span of two to three years. Whether you buy or catch your bait it should always be kept fresh and lively. stained colored lakes. it will also save you money by learning how to keep your bait alive. In Southern states it lives in silt or mud bottomed lakes ponds and slow moving rivers.All you need to know about “FISHING” had to break the line." They come in two different colors. Minnows are apart of a fish family that includes over 250 species in North America. Most live bait are purchased at a local Sport Shop or for a rewarding experience can be caught by yourself. active fresh minnows. Chub (Creek Chub)
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With all of the innovative and high tech features that artificial lures currently have. The most commonly used and commercially sold minnows are Fatheads. bluegill. ponds and slow moving streams.
Adult males reach a length of about 6 to 9 inches (females are smaller).S. It inhabits both warm and coldwater streams and may be found in the same cooler waters as trout. Gravel in riffles is often used for spawning. which is red. The eggs are deposited into a small depression opened by the male in the nest. eyes. The hornyhead feeds primarily on insect larvae. Hornyhead Chub ( Red Tail Chub)
The hornyhead chub. Females reach about 7"-8" weigh up to 8-10 oz. some algae is also eaten. Redfin Shiner. In comparison with similar species. northern pike. Also known as Roach. Common shiners spawn in spring. Golden Shiner
The golden shiner are found throughout the U. and creamy below. young fish have a distinct spot. This spot becomes less distinct with age.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Creek chubs are a main forage item for many predators. fertilized and allowed to settle into vegetation while mating fish continue to swim. Males sometimes attain lengths of 10"-12" and weigh up to 12 oz. Common Shiner
Common shiners average about 2 1/2 to 4 inches long. some reach 8 inches. and smallmouth bass. Creek chubs can live for 7-8 years although few make it past 5. ponds. Also known as Silver Shiner. and mergansers also commonly eat them. shallow sections of lakes. This behavior is quite remarkable since largemouth bass are know to feed heavily on them. silvery on the sides. Eastern Shiner. Golden shiners live in clear. The finished nest is a small mound of stones 1-3 feet in diameter and a few inches high. It is used as a popular baitfish for walleyes and northern pike. weedy. brown trout. largemouth bass. Young golden shiners are silvery with a dark band on the side as they mature the band fades developing a golden color with a dark bronze brown back. is olive brown on the back. Eggs are released. also known as the redtail chub. The male constructs a nest carrying small rocks in his mouth to the spawning site. especially in the Northern States for ice fishing. quiet. Both young and adult fish show schooling patterns in shallow depths no greater than 2-3 ft. but they commonly spawn over the nest of a creek chub. At the base of the tail. the head. Creek Shiner. such as walleyes. Little creek chubs even have to watch out for bigger creek chubs. kingfishers. They have been observed using active nests of largemouth bass to deposit their own eggs. Because it is common and readily caught it is important forage fish for many game fish as a popular bait minnow. Because they often school in lakes. and occasionally rivers. loons. such as earthworms and crustaceans. Spawning occurs from late May through June. but eats other small animals. Their color is basically silvery with a dusky back. river chub some males excavate their own small nests. The common shiner feeds at or just below the water surface primarily on insects. Their native range is Midwest and Eastern States. Golden shiners spawn over an extended period from May to July. with the exception of a few upper Western States. The creek chub is one of the "Big Three" native minnows (the other two are common shiner and hornyhead chub). American Roach and Pond Shiner
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. and mouth of the common shiner seem noticeably large.
White suckers are usually about 10-20 inches long and weigh 1-2 pounds. but do not overload the ice or the temperature drop will shock the fish and kill them. The most common used for bait is the White Sucker. The white sucker goes by a number of other names. sucker. these fish typically inhabit lakes and reservoirs that have tributary streams. slender sucker. like common sucker. with up to 14 indistinct brown vertical bars on the sides and a prominent dark vertical bar located at the base of the tail. Mudfish and Dogfish Suckers
Suckers are found in nearly all types of waters with 80 species native to North America. In adding or changing water from a city tap use a de-chlorinator to remove the chlorine. If the water in your bait container turns cloudy because of ammonia being released (waste) by the baitfish or they are at the top gasping for air the water needs to be changed. Also known as Mississippi mud minnow. Note: (VHS) Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia is a deadly fish virus and a invasive species that is
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. large scales. They tolerate low oxygen levels and extreme water temperatures. The white sucker is widely distributed through out most of the U. Central Mudminnows occur in quiet areas of streams. Most bait shops or your local pet store have chlorine removers in a liquid. Here’s a few pointers in keeping your live bait alive long enough to be useful especially during the summer months 1. Keep them Cool….All you need to know about “FISHING”
The upper part of the body is olive-brown in color.Nothing kills minnows and suckers quicker than extreme heat. and they have a cylindrical shape. swamps and other wetlands over mud and debris and often found in dense vegetation. Changing the Water…. If you're on a lake or river make sure you temper the water in the minnow bucket to the same temperature as the water system you're fishing by adding small amounts of water rather than submerging the entire bucket. mud sucker. The belly is yellow to white and fins are brownish. Used extensively as a bait minnow where plentiful. mullet. Preferred bait for many walleye anglers because of its hardiness. Rapid change in temperature will send the baitfish into shock and they eventually die. Water from a well or bottled water requires no de-chlorinator. The action of a struggling minnow/sucker on a hook with a natural scent will draw attention of nearby fish even enticing neutral or negative mood fish to a reactionary strike. 2. gray sucker. Keep your bait bucket in the shade and out of direct sunlight.. and they can tolerate low oxygen levels.. Small amounts of ice can be added periodically. Young white suckers are used as bait for walleyes and northern pike. sloughs. Warm water greatly reduces the oxygen content. White suckers feed on a variety of invertebrates found among stream and lake substrates. Although the white sucker is found in a wide variety of water conditions. water systems. Their color is olive brown. Care and Keeping of Baitfish When fishing with minnows and suckers having fresh lively bait can make a world of difference in getting a bite. a few drops goes a long way. brook sucker. mottled throughout. black mullet. larger suckers for muskies. june sucker and white horse.S. some unusual specimens weighing as much as 8 pounds. coarse-scaled sucker.
1" Standard 8 Qt 6 dozen Medium ( Fathead’s. Lip hooked baitfish also work well on preserved baits. Using this method the baitfish will keep it alive for a longer time. sliding weight bottom rig. drop shot rig or on a float/bobber set-up. Over crowding of minnows or suckers in a bait container will immediately reduce the amount of available oxygen. The second option is hooking the baitfish through it’s back in front of the dorsal fin. Here is a recommended guide line based on minnow sizes and a standard sized minnow bucket at 8 quart capacity. Check your bait often. By hooking the baitfish through the lips will keep the water from circulating into the gills and it will eventually die. This allows the baitfish to look natural as it swims forward. and increase the toxic ammonia level from their waste. Lip hooked baitfish are used tipped on a jig or live bait rigs. be careful to pierce only the skin and not through the spine. Small Chubs & Shiners) 2"-3 1/2" Standard 8 Qt 4-5 dozen Large ( Chubs. Please support and follow all regulations in helping the DNR stop this threat. Suckers & Shiners) 3 1/2" .and Up Standard 8 Qt 1-1 1/2 dozen Large Suckers 10" -18" Recommended 5 gallon bucket or larger 2-3 suckers Rigging Baitfish
There are three basic options to bait a minnow on a hook. This hooking technique is used when stationary fishing. 3. bottom bouncers. If you over fill your container with minnows by the time you get to your destination from the bait shop probably and 1/3 or more of your bait will be dead floating on the top. The first is in the mouth insert the point of the hook under the lower lip and push the hook through the top lip.All you need to know about “FISHING”
threatening many game fish in North American water systems. Before fishing with live minnows and suckers. transport and disposal of baitfish including the use of water from bait containers. please check your Local Sport Shop / State Department of Natural Resources fishing regulations concerning the use. a floating/bobber set-up or for ice fishing hooking a baitfish on a tip-up.
. Proper amount of bait…. the hook shank will be facing forward with the tip of the hook facing up. Small ( Crappie Fathead Minnows) 3/4".
The inner bucket has a floating cover with a snap open door the bottom is perforated like a strainer. Trolling Buckets
Trolling style buckets are ideal when trolling as they pull easily behind boat or in current when wading. Today the traditional minnow bucket is still used only made from hard plastic.
. Insert the hook tip at the fleshy base of the tail and run it through. There are other styles and options available to make your fishing more efficient and convenient. This lets the angler to select bait from the liner by lifting out of the outer bucket draining the water.
Fishing Baitfish Containers The basic angling tool in keeping and transporting live baitfish to your fishing spot is the minnow bucket. Other features now include notches. The weighted keel design keeps the bucket from rolling over and positions the self closing bait door floating face up for easy access to your bait. Here's a quick overview to choosing the right style of bucket for the different ways you may fish. aerators and pliers. air hoses.
Standard Two Bucket Design
The traditional lift out bait bucket has a outer hard plastic bucket with a inner liner that fits inside. The trolling bucket constantly aerates the bait as it moves through the water. Years back galvanized steel bait buckets were used and are still found in many tackle shops. holes and clips for holding dip nets. Use a simple split shot and hook rig cast the minnow gently and let it sink and drift while it swims freely.All you need to know about “FISHING”
The final option is hooking through the tail for free-line fishing. ending with the hook tip and shaft facing rearward. It is also useful when stationary fishing in keeping bait fresh and lively by placing the inner bucket liner in the lake or off a dock as a holding container.
over time the foam liner should be cleaned from residue build up with a fine grit sandpaper and rinsed with plain water using no soap or cleaners. The drawbacks are they are fragile and changing water. Styrofoam Buckets
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Plastic Insulated Buckets
By combining a foam liner and the durability of a molded plastic outer bucket you have the best portable container for baitfish. Foam buckets do a excellent job of keeping baitfish alive in heat or cold they insulate well and keep the water temperature consistent. They do come in handy when you need a extra bucket or forgot to bring yours along to the bait shop. apply a thin layer of Vaseline around the outer edge of the lid and bucket. To eliminate freezing lids. *Tip* For ice fishing foam buckets work very well in keeping the water from freezing but the lid in colder weather tends to freeze to the bucket. with the solid lid design trying to pour out water with baitfish inside can be a tricky in not losing bait. The water should be periodically checked and changed. The inner liner keeps baitfish cool during the warm months it also reduces freezing of water in colder temperatures.
remember you will be listening to the humming of the pump while fishing. Bait shops sell worm air injectors. any type of hook/weight rig. a built in light helpful for low light and night time fishing and low and high output oxygen level adjustment controls. Gentle aeration is the key. smaller bubbles carry more oxygen. all have the same general shape but differ in size and color. porch or fishing cottage. Night Crawlers
For years the night crawler has been the leading live bait choice among the majority of anglers. bluegill. Fishing with Night Crawlers & Red Worms The earthworm is the most widely used bait for freshwater fishing and is one of easiest natural bait to collect and keep. and sturgeon. we can attest for this first hand. *Tip* If your using a plug in aerator always keep the pump above the water line so water can't siphon back if a power failure occurs. secure the pump so it does not fall off into the water. largemouth and smallmouth bass. There are hundreds of species of earthworms in North America. Using a small piece of a night crawler you can have fun catching perch. Anglers that will store baitfish for an extended period of time in a cooler or a baitfish tank should look at buying a plug in aerator rather than replacing batteries. *Tip* To make a night crawler more visible and enticing to fish inject them with small amounts of air.
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. hose and stone and save money. catfish. you do not want your baitfish churning around your bucket in waves. trout. invest in a high quality aerator that markets itself as whisper operation or quiet bubbles. As a pump operates. Some tackle companies sells 110 volt air pump systems or you can visit your local pet shop and buy the components. Other upgraded options include adapters to hook up to a 12 volt battery. tipped on jig or under a bobber set-up for walleye. this allows the bait to float off the bottom when using weighted bottom rig. This allows you to keep baitfish alive for days in your garage. it will vibrate and move around. a small bottle with a needle and a protective cap.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Buying an aerator will quickly pay for itself by reducing the mortality rate of your baitfish along with keeping your bait fresh and lively. pump failure will result in a bucket of dead minnows. Portable aerators use batteries from sizes from AA to D cells and have clips for attaching to bait bucket lids with air hoses and air stones. The most common and popular worms used for bait are: Night Crawlers and Red Worms. rock bass and other Panfish as well. The other consideration is sound. air pump. in the long run you will be glad you did. The night crawler is deadly and irresistible to most large game fish when used as live bait on a crawler harness.
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Night crawlers are easy to keep and sold at all bait shops, some gas stations and sporting goods section at discount stores. Many anglers prefer to collect their own bait by yanking night crawlers out of their holes in the backyard. If you're night crawler hunting the best time is evening after a hard spring or summer rain, it can be as simple as picking them off the street, especially the ones that have low curbs with grass parkways, darker streets are more productive than well lit ones as they are light sensitive. Searching in grass under leaves and rocks where the soil is moist use a flashlight and cover the lens with red cellophane, night crawlers for some reason can feel white light, shine a flashlight directly on a night crawler and they will slide very quickly back into their hole. Night crawler picking is fun on a warm summer evening after a rain, just bring a container and get plenty of bait for free. Red Worms
Red worms also known as leaf worms, garden worms and red wigglers. They are very popular live bait for game fish that prefer smaller worms, such as panfish, bluegill, perch and trout. Red worms are hardy and not as sensitive to temperature as the common night crawler. They are also very active when placed on a hook as they wiggle attracting and catching fish. Red worms are especially effective when it comes to bait stealers, small mouthed sunfish that nibble at the bait, to increase the catch thread a red worm on a hook and leave the hook point uncovered. *Tip* Most youngsters are taught how to fish by starting out with hook, weight, bobber and carton of red worms off of a dock or from shore. If your looking to set-up your child with rod and reel here's a recommendation: Buy a quality 5 1/2 ft spin cast ( closed faced combo) light action spooled with 6lb test, this will be better and easier for kids than the short brightly colored fishing outfits that are available. For rigging purchase a package of size 8 aberdeen long shank hooks a pack of BB sized split shots and a few bobbers that attach to the line about the overall size of a quarter, the smaller bobber is intended to suspend your bait in the water and alert when to set the hook. Using a larger bobber the harder it will be to set the hook and detect a bite. To complete the set-up tie on the hook using a clinch knot above about 6-10 inches place a spilt shot or two then attach the bobber. Worm Care & Storage
Night crawlers and red worms are stored refrigerated in bait shops as they require a dark and cooler environment to survive. When fishing with earthworms for the day they should always be kept in the shade and out of direct sunlight especially when it‘s very warm. Nothing smells worse than a container of sun baked worms. After your day on the water to keep your bait fresh either put them in a cooler with ice, place the container on top you don’t want to drown your bait in the cooler water or place the container in a refrigerator.
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For keeping worms in a good condition for a extended period of time you should consider buying a portable worm carrier. Most containers made of a insulated material that will maintain a cool moist environment that worms enjoy. Some models can be dipped into water to aid in keeping them moist others have external ice pack holders for hot days. To get at the worms easily many have two access doors that you can flip the container over when they burrow to the bottom, make sure the container has a snug fitting lockable doors. Another choice is what material to store them in. We recommend buying commercially made worm bedding available at most tackle shops. The cellulose organic based bedding makes temperature and moisture regulation easier. Many worm containers have kits with bedding included just follow the instructions on the package. Fishing with Leeches
Leeches are the most plentiful of all the baits. They can be left in a container of water for a long time without food. Walleyes love leeches almost all year round and they are classified as universal bait for walleyes. Fish eat many types of leeches, but only the ribbon leech is widely used as bait. The color of a ribbon leeches varies from pure black to light brown and some have a brown or olive background with many black spots. Leeches are easy to keep alive. They are not as sensitive to temperature changes as minnows, and they require relatively little oxygen. Leeches can be kept alive until fall, even without food, but they should be allowed to clean themselves. Anglers can keep the bait "cleaner" by rinsing the leeches on a daily basis and storing them in fresh, clean water in a cool place. The summer is the best time to fish with leeches; by mid-summer most of the adult leeches have deposited cocoons and die off. Also, in the summer time the leech will wiggle more below a bobber than a worm. When drifting or trolling, anglers will catch suspended walleyes on floating jigheads and slip sinker rigs.
About Fishing Lures
For the beginning angler, walking into a bait and tackle shop for the first time can be overwhelming because of the huge selection of lures by type, color and sizes. Many just buy a tackle box and fill it with a random assortment of lures and hope through trial and error one works, others just purchase a lure or two and use it all day. When building a tackle selection one must consider the species of fish you're targeting along with the season you're fishing in. Expert fishermen understand seasonal locations of fish and the proper presentation, meaning the choice of lure and how to retrieve it. This builds confidence knowing how to fish the proper lure at the proper depth to maximize your catch rate, and catching fish is the quickest way to gain confidence. When buying lures to cover multiple fishing presentations select a few of each type and color by using these factors listed below.
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Depth Depth is a major factor in lure selection. There are three categories or lure types, surface, sub-surface and deep. Let's start with Spring, when most gamefish move into the shallow water to spawn and seek food. Surface lures and shallow running lures are the best choice. During the Summer months fish move to deeper water where deep running lures and jigs are used. When fall arrives fish tend to move back to shallower water sub-surface and surface lures will be effective. Cover Species such as largemouth bass and northern pike will be related to weeds throughout the year. When fishing thick weeds and brush use a lure with a weed guard (weedless) to prevent snagging. Always have a few surface lures on hand as well when fishing around cover especially during the early morning and evening hours. Level of Fish Activity The gamefish level of activity determines the size and action of the lure. For instance water temperature affects fish more than and other elements, and weather conditions play a major role, such as when a cold front arrives. Cold water reduces the fish activity and it is best to downsize your lure and present your lure slowly. For muskies and northern pike use lures such as jerk baits and gliders with a pause between in your retrieve, walleyes use jigging spoons twitched and paused along with small jigs tiped with live bait crawled on the bottom will work well. During warm stable weather as the fish's metabolism is active they feed readily. This is the best time to be on the water to fish, inline spinners, spinner baits, spoons and crank baits with fast retrieves will move and catch fish. Lure Colors, Light & Water Clarity Many articles have been written and theories discussed about lure color and how the water clarity affects the colors. All water acts as a light filter depending on the clarity, (clear or stained) and depth of the lure. It has been a general rule of thumb that lighter colored lures work the best in clear water in stained or murky water fluorescent colored are favored. The other cliché is light color on bright days and dark colors on overcast days no matter what the water color is. But this does not explain why dark colors such as purple or black worms for largemouth bass works so well on clear water on a bright day. Lure Sizes Sizing of lures is also apart of the proper presentation. Here is a recommended chart for length of lures for various game fish. Crappies, Perch, Bluegills-1-2" River Trout-1-3" White Bass-1-3" Smallmouth Bass-2-5" Largemouth Bass-2-6" Walleyes-3-6" Salmon, Lake Trout-3-7" Muskies, Northern Pike-4-12"
Fishing Plugs & Crankbaits Fishing Spinners Fishing Spoons Fishing Jigs
mainly balsa. Plugs attract fish by there action and flash. producing sounds that draws the attention of game fish. Other colors will work as well dependent on the forage in the water system such as Orange/Yellow for Perch. A few lure manufacturers still use wood in making lure bodies. Crawlers
. stained or dark. It may be the vibration of a minnow bait swimming through the water. but most modern day plugs are made from hollow plastic or molded plastic. crayfish.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Fishing Soft Plastics
Fishing Plugs & Crankbaits
Fishing with Surface Lures. insects. For lure colors a very good universal color is black. Most plugs replicate some type of baitfish but some types of plugs resemble mice. Minnow Baits. The best hours to fish surface lures are generally early in the morning and at dusk into the evening. There are two category of plugs Surface (Topwater) and Subsurface (Diving). it works well on all water types clear. Many new plastic plugs today have internal chambers filled with shot producing a rattling sound that attracts fish. or the splash pop and gurgle of a surface plug or just the sound of hooks clicking the lure body. and White/Blue/Chrome for Shad and Shiners. Listed below is a reference guide to help you identify the common types of plugs and how they are used: Surface Lures: (Topwater) There is nothing more exciting to see a fish strike a surface lure. and snakes that fish prey on. Green/White for Frogs. Crankbaits & Creatures The word "Plug" was used many years ago to describe a lure that was handcarved from a block of wood. some hardwoods and pine. The water should be relatively calm otherwise the fish do not notice the action. frogs. Surface lures work especially well when fish are shallow and the water temperature is 60 degrees or warmer. Many avid anglers still consider wooden plugs the best lure having better action than similar ones made from plastic. But there has been fish caught on surface lures in the middle of the day. Black provides the best silhouette against the sky as the fish looks upward towards the water surface.
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Crawlers produce a plopping/gurgling sound. also known as a creeper. (Left) This crawler. A favorite of bass anglers for many years. Commonly used for fishing pike and muskies. Surface Wobbler
. (Right) A large face plate will make this crawler body move back and forth producing a wake on the surface. The center blade rotates upon the retrieve producing a bubble trail. used on calm water with a steady slow retrieve. Chuggers
Chuggers have an indented cup on the face of the lure. Center Rotating Blade
Commonly know as a Globe. it catches water when the lure is jerked over the surface producing a popping/chugging sound. Rotating Tail
The tail section rotates creating a plopping noise from the blade attached. this has been a favorite surface lure for muskie anglers for many years. The tail rotating lures works well on calm water to slight chop. has wings mounted on the side that will swim across the water.
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The jointed surface wobbler creates a clicking sound as the lure rocks back and forth when retrieved. pop it using a stop and go method. this topwater lure is versatile. or buzz it across the water to trigger aggressive feeding fish. Propeller
The propeller lure has props on the nose and tail or on the tail. Also know as Propbait or Topper Bait. run it slow with a straight retrieve. The angler must supply lure action through a series of short sharp cadence pulls upon the retrieve creating the side to side action known as "walk the dog" on the surface. Excellent lure for new anglers to experience top water fishing. Flaptail
The flaptail rocks back and forth while the brass blade on the tail slaps the water with a plopping sound. they also have no built in wobble. The retrieve is very slow allowing the bait to work. Used on calm water. and the tail prop adds a wake. Stickbait
The stickbait has no lip or propellers.
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. Also known as torpedo lure. Work this lure slow on calm water in the evening.
both have floating or sinking models. these are commonly known as crankbaits. Diving lures will catch fish in any type of water calm or rough any time of the day. Mid range divers will have a lip set at a 45 degree angle. pointed head or a flattened curved forehead. mid range 5-10 feet and shallow are 1-3 feet. The second group of plugs refer to the action of the lure provided by the angler in the retrieve. Shallow running lures will have lip placed vertically off of the nose creating a water resistance forcing the lure to run shallow. The deep runners are classified as 10 feet plus. jerkbaits and twitch baits. Floating. These are classified as gliders. Sinking) There are two categories of subsurface plugs. for instance a deep running lure will have a elongated lip attached approximately 90 degrees horizontal from the nose which acts as a diving plane forcing the lure downward. or short stop and go techniques.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Subsurface Plugs (Diving. strong jerks. all have a side to side wiggle action as they travel through the water. All lure companies provide the running/diving depth of each lure on their box or packaging.
Floating Minnow (Crankbait)
This is the most popular type and the most versatile crankbait lure designed to
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. Diving lures will run at depths from just under the surface at 1 foot to 20 feet or greater. In selecting lures with a lip attached to the nose of the lure the angle of lip will determine the running depth of the lure. The first are diving lures that dive with attached plastic/metal lips or dive based on the lure body design such as cupped. the action of the each lure is achieved through a series of cadence pulls. It is wise to have a few of each to cover the fishing situations you could encounter.
In casting the angler can pop the lure along the surface or crank it a few feet down to 5 to 8 feet with a straight retrieve. For shallow lures running at 1-3 feet as a floater this will maintain the shallow depth. timed tested and still today catch many fish. For trolling using a midrange lip off of downrigger or lead core line the lure will maintain the set depth. When casting deep running lures this allows the angler to bounce lures off of deep structure (bottom bouncing) such as rocks or wood with out getting snagged by letting the lure just float up after making contact. These lures imitate the forage of shad and perch with a wider or fatter body style. Vibrating (Crankbait)
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imitate a thin bodied baitfish. The lure body design to dive is based on a cupped. Floating Lipless (Crankbait)
The series of lures shown above have been made for many years. or a flattened curved forehead all have a side to side wobble action as they travel through the water. Floating Shad/Perch (Crankbait)
Similar to the floating minnow style with a diving lip.
The sinking lure uses a midrange lip to maintain the depth until the end of the retrieve. The lure is designed using an internal weight system or a weighted tape to achieve neutral buoyancy. The presentation is an erratic jerk pause type of retrieve. resulting in a tight wiggle.
. All vibrating lures have internal chambers filled with shot to produce a loud rattle. Most are sinking models but some do float at rest. When fish suspend over 10 feet at a specific depth the sinking lure is a very good option to use. when stopped the lure will remain suspended and motionless in the water.All you need to know about “FISHING”
These thin bodied lures do not have a diving lip and are attached to the line with the eye on top of the head. Neutrally Buoyant (Crankbait)
Also referred as a suspending lure or a jerk bait. The angler simply cast the lure and count’s down at a rate of 1 foot per second to the specified depth and retrieves the lure. Sinking (Crankbait)
Also known as a countdown this lure is weighted to sink horizontally. Very good lure for finicky fish that follows and don’t bite.
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Floating (Trolling Plugs)
These are designed and used primarily for trolling as they are relatively too light to cast. Generally most trolling plugs float at rest and dive based on the flattened forehead that creates a wide erratic wobble through the water. up down side to side action. Many have a metal tail that can be bent to change the action and depth setting. Floating (Jerkbait)
These are large elongated plugs intended for fishing muskies and pike. the action of each lure is in part provided by the angler. Sinking (Gliders & Twitch)
Gliders and Twitch baits are lipless and sink. The Twitch bait (Top) is retrieved with a series of short taps of the rod or twitches which gives the lure a erratic motion. The Glider (Bottom) is retrieved using timed cadence short pulls causing the lure to glide side to side or a underwater walk the dog action
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glass. Lure Colors Crankbaits are available in a spectrum of colors and finishes. Ciscoes. water snakes. Livebait Spinners
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. amphibians and insects. Dark Green top Chartreuse sides orange belly ( Firetiger ) Blue top Chartreuse sides orange belly ( Parrot ) Orange top & sides Chartreuse belly (Hot Tiger ) Red Head Chartreuse Body ( Clown )
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creating a dart and flash of the lure. painted. Alewives. Creatures
Freshwater game fish are predatory by nature there also opportunistic and will take advantage of any food source presented to them to fill their feeding needs. Suckers. chrome. Minnows Black top with Gold sides (Sucker) Black top with Silver sides (Minnow) Black top with Orange sides (Perch-Crawfish) Black top with Green sides with Bars (Perch) Brown top Orange or Red sides (Crawfish) Fluorescent Colors For dark. Green. foil. In building your lure assortment the best is to mimic the dominant forage in the waters your fishing. Purple top with Silver sides Black top with White sides All Silver Chrome or White Structure Orientated Forage: Perch.Buzzbaits. The above photo shows lures that imitate each type. Other than baitfish they will also feed on crawfish. stained or muddy waters the hot colors work effective. Crawfish. frogs. here’s a few top producers. photo and holographic finishes. swimming rodents. prism. Spinnerbaits. Smelt Black. Shiners. Blue. Here’s a simple guideline of basic successful colors: Open Water Suspended Forage: Shad.
Spinners are relatively easy to use. most all inline spinners have a weight on the wire to make the spinner heavy enough to cast. Spinners will catch all types of game fish. Spinners have four basic designs. Turtle Back and French are intermediate styles running at mid range depth levels used for slow to medium retrieves in light river current or lakes. The Indiana. In using spinnerbait’s the willow blade is a good choice around vegetation and cover as they revolve tight to the upper arm catching less floating debris and weeds. The type of blade and shape will determine the depth and sound (the thump) of a spinner upon retrieve. The Inline and Willow run the deepest as they spin tightest to the wire shaft. Fluted. They will have a lead head molded on the lower arm and a spinner attached on the upper arm using a swivel. When the lure is in motion the blade spins creating varying degrees of flash and vibration that mimics small fish.French 6. Second are spinnerbaits. they will catch fish with a simple straight retrieve.Inline 7. some models have multiple blades that are attached on the upper arm using a clevis and a bead stop. first is the standard inline that have a blade or blades that rotate around a straight wire using a clevis. they are similar to a spinnerbait or a inline spinner but have a specially designed rotating propeller for surface fishing. Fish can see the flash of the revolving blade in clear or stained water. All blades have a different amount of resistance as it travels through the water.Willow From the image above the Colorado will run the highest in the water producing the most vibration.Turtle Back 5.
1.Colorado 2. and when a fish strikes a spinner usually it will usually hook itself. in dark or murky water they will use their lateral-line to feel the vibration from the turning blade. Third are buzzbaits. Understanding Blade Styles The main fish attracting component of a spinner is the blade.Indiana 3. These are good for fast retrieves in swift conditions. this spinner is shaped like an open safety pin. Fourth are live bait spinners that use night crawlers or minnows on a hook or a series of hooks with a spinner blade in front of the live bait. and deeper water presentations. A broad blade such as the Colorado will rotate at a greater outward angle from the wire shaft producing a lift and thump compared to a narrow willow blade which will run tighter to the shaft and spin faster producing less sound.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Spinners refers to a family of fishing lures that have a metal shaped blade(s) attached to the wire of the lure.
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.Indiana Fluted 4.
Skirts and Dressings Tying materials to the tail of a inline spinner or silicone skirts on spinner baits adds a realistic appearance and increases the profile of the lure as it swims through the water. Spinner bait skirts over the years also evolved from the solid living rubber colors to silicone skirts because of all the available molded-in patterns. size 3-4-5 for bass and pike up to the 7-8 for muskies along with the new popular magnum 10. Listed below is a reference guide to help you identify the common types of spinners and how they are used:
. squirrel tails and "marabou" from chickens) with a few feathers as attractors especially red. metal flakes. Other options are soft plastic tail dressings such as an imitation minnow or tailed grub. Multiple Bladed Spinners Many of the spinners today offer double blade options. The larger the blade size the more water resistance and vibration when compared to the same shape in a smaller version. Spinner Tails.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Blade Sizes The sizes of spinner blades are based on a numerical system starting with 0 or 0/0. Years back traditional hook dressings on spinners have been animal hair (deer hair. With the advancement of synthetics materials such as flashabou and silicone skirts adds a fluttering flash in different incandescent or solid colors increasing the total flash profile of the spinner. Painted blades flash less but create more underwater contrast. The dressed tail also provides lift and resistance enabling the angler to retrieve the lure at a slower rate. these are known as trailers. Depending on personal preferences and fishing conditions many anglers prefer to use an undressed spinner for speed and depth relying on the blade flash and vibration as the only attractors. the most common are metallic hues with silver. Soft plastics are also used on traditional dressed spinners tails to change the appearance. the smallest for stream trout spinners. The inline spinner that has two blades is commonly referred as a bulger which rides high in the water even breaking (bulging) the surface when retrieved rapidly. They can be particularly effective during low-light conditions or in murkier water. colors and combinations for spinners today on the market. Blade Colors There are countless blade finishes. profile and action of the lure. gold and copper which provides a flash to sight-feeding predators in clear or stained water. Spinnerbaits that have 2 blades in "tandem" provide more flash which gives the image of schools of bait fish. and incandescent colors.
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Types of Spinners: Inline
The traditional inline spinner shown in three variations (Top) French Blade Dressed Deer Hair Tail (Middle) French Blade Plain Undressed (Bottom) Willow Blade Soft Plastic Imitation Minnow Tail. Double Bladed Inline
By combining two blades together adds vibration and lift upon the retrieve for shallow water. Shown with double Colorado blades and marabou tail that pulses in the water, also known as a "Bulger" Flash Inline
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With the popularity of synthetic material used for spinner tails adds additional flash to the profile (body) of the lure. The top is tied with flashabou (tinsel) the bottom is a round silicone glitter skirt, both tails pulsates and sparkle upon the retrieve Magnum Double Blade Inline
Similar to the double bladed inline only with larger spinner blades (size 9-13) providing maximum vibration and lift. Very popular lure for muskies. Spinnerbaits
Versatility is what spinnerbaits are all about. With the open safety pin, weighted head and single hook design that runs vertical, it can be fished in and through vegetation (weedless) Slow rolled over cover, allowing it to sink, the blades will helicopter down to deeper water. Used for all gamefish.
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A beefed up version of the spinner bait for big pike and muskies. The magnum spinner bait comes in 1 oz and up to 6 oz’s using large blades for increased vibration and large body profiles for big fish. Buzzbaits
Buzzbaits resemble either a standard spinnerbait or inline spinner with the exception of a rotating propeller blade replacing a flat blade. Buzzbaits are a topwater spinner and must be retrieved rapidly to produce a loud clacking sound as they move across the surface. Excellent lure for bass and pike.
Thin spoons used for trolling have an erratic wobble compared to thick spoons but thick spoons have advantages as well. this spinner is rigged on bottom bouncers and sliding sinker rigs. weedless. these produce an effective fish catching combination for most all species of game fish. The (top) is a weight forward spinner that is tipped with a night crawler. Most are painted on one side with a polished metallic surface on at other side to reflect the sunlight making the spoon visible. an oblong shape. salmon and trout.
The metal fishing spoon lure was believed to be first used back in the 1840's. The (middle) is a crawler harness with multiple hooks (2 or 3) and is also tipped with a night crawler. The long standing popularity of spoons results from ease of use as a fish usually will hook itself when it grabs a spoon. primarily used on the Great Lakes for walleyes also known as the trade name erie dearie. forged or molded from brass. largemouth bass. The wire is slid through a minnow attaching a double hook on the end loop. walleye. for trolling of drifting. jigging and the surface spoon. this spinner is cast and retrieved. Made from stiff wire with a rotating blade on front. Spoons are stamped. There are five types of spoons: Casting. Because spoons appeal mainly to the sense of sight they work best on clear or lightly stained water conditions. copper. Spoons work best for larger predators such as northern pike. plastic or wood. concave on one side that catches water producing a wobble and light reflecting flash imitating a fleeing or crippled bait fish. trolling. The action of a spoon is based on it's shape and thickness. the extra weight casts better.
. The (bottom) is a strip on an old time fishing rig also called Prescott Spinner. muskies. A single hook version is also used for minnows. A long spoon will display a wider side to side wobble than a shorter spoon. Some spoons have a hammered or rippled finish that transmits light in multiple directions such as baitfish scales scatter light. A deep concave spoon will also produce a wider wobble than a flatter spoon.All you need to know about “FISHING”
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By combining the vibration and flash of a spinner blade and the attraction of live bait. steel. lead. Spoons are a simple design. sinks faster and will run deeper than thinner spoons.
Spoon Colors If you ever had the opportunity to open Grand Pa’s old metal tackle box it would be safe to say you would find quite a few of the traditional red and white casting spoons that where popular back in the 1940’s . and combinations of nickel/silver . Ultra sensitive. For surface and jigging spoons the best is to tie directly to the eyelet or snap. On stained or darker water use. Each body of water or river system fish will have a tendency to favor a specific color. small spoons for stream trout. blue or green hues to mimic the forage of alewives. Both will work better without too much play at the lure line connection.All you need to know about “FISHING”
When casting or trolling a spoon the speed is critical for success. larger spoons for bass. Many Charter Captains on the Great Lakes use spoons as their main lure presentation and usually have a couple hundred on board in multiple color patterns (some with creative color names) and size variations to accommodate all fishing conditions. they are: Clickers: Two small willow spinners on split rings located the end of spoon for vibration and noise. yellow five of diamonds in red with brass back. When casting a spoon anglers will cast 10 to 20 feet beyond the area they believe the fish are and retrieve through the strike zone. Your success in using spoons is to immediately set the hook upon feeling a fish bite. If you're going to fish an unfamiliar water system and spoons are a part of your lure selection. Following the same path as crank bait lure companies spoon manufactures have over the years introduced hundreds of new colors patterns and finishes using prism. Spoons & Leaders Anglers using casting. pike and salmon or vertical jigging for walleyes the preferred choice when casting/jigging spoons is a stiff tipped fast action rod.
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.This allows freedom of movement for the spoon and will keep the fishing line twist to a minimum. Flippers: A small oblong piece of plastic (red or yellow) for added color attached on the split ring and hook. and smelt. For casting spoons in clear or slighty stained water the classic colors of red and white with nickel back. as well as in using depth control rigging such as downriggers and dipsey divers.gold/brass are your best bet. the choices can be overwhelming but some colors have been tried and true over the years. glow and glitter all to enhance vibrant colors and flash of spoons. if fished too slow or too fast the spoon will not wobble properly. For trolling spoons on the Great Lakes the universal best color is all silver or gold with including combinations of purple. Spoon Attractors The main fish attracting component on a spoon is the flash. Trailers: For added color and profile Feathers / Tied Tail / Soft Plastic or Pork Rind. soft action rods are not recommended as they do not telegraph the fish strike as quickly a fast action rod will accomplish.50’s. it would be best to do research with local guides or the fishing pro shop for that lake or river. firetiger with brass back or orange/yellow and nickel combinations. In selecting spoon colors to build your tackle assortment. ciscoes. black and white with nickel back. holographic. weedless or trolling spoons should attach their lines via a leader with a ball bearing swivel and snap or a combination snap ball bearing swivel. some spoons have additional attractors placed on the spoon or are added by the angler. For flat line trolling from behind a boat the speed and amount of line out should be the main consideration. you should experiment to find the precise speed for each spoon to perform its best. Rod Action with Spoons Dependent on the species you're targeting.
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Listed below is a reference guide to help you identify the common types of spoons and how they are used:
Traditional Casting Spoons
Stamped metal casting spoons are also known as Traditional or Canadian spoons. you can't beat using a weedless spoon to
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. Casting spoon sizes range from ultra light 1/36 ounce for panfish up to over 3 ounces for big muskies. walleyes or other open water species. They are designed to be fished using a depth control trolling system such as off a downrigger or diving plane. All casting spoons have either a treble or a single (siwash) hook attached with a spilt ring which allows the hook to swing freely as the spoon wobbles. a typical 3" trolling spoon only weighs about a 1/8 ounce which makes them too light for casting. aquatic weeds. wood and logs. pike and lake trout. All display the distinctive back and forth wobble action as they run underwater based on their oval shaped cupped bodies. Trolling Spoons
Trolling spoons are much thinner and lighter than casting spoons.. The most popular sizes are 1/4-3/4 ounce used for bass. walleyes and pike. With the wide fluttering action they are an excellent lure choice for salmon. Weedless Spoons
When fishing in thick cover. trout.
Weedless spoons come in 1/4 ounce up to 11/8 ounce. pike and muskies will take refuge in thick cover. Or straight retrieve over and through the cover. Jigging Spoons
When you locate a deep water school of fish such as walleye or bass on your electronics. As with all surface lures fish have a tendency to miss the lure. When fishing surface spoons point the rod tip directly at the spoon whether you're retrieving straight or using a jerk pause method. thick and heavy and flash when jigged. Try twitching and pausing letting the spoon settle into open holes. never set the hook until you feel the pressure of the fish. if it stops or twitches set the hook. one of the best presentations to reach them is vertically jigging.All you need to know about “FISHING”
provoke a fish strike. Keep awatch on your line as it falls. but keep in mind many strikes happen on the fall of the jigging spoon as well. Most surface spoons are made from plastic's with a few in wood with having an added attractor. When cast over heavy matted vegetation the spoon floats with the hook riding upward avoiding being caught up on snags. Surface Spoons
When conditions are right during the summer months. keep the lure moving even if the fish misses usually they will come back to strike again. Jigging spoons are made of metal or tungsten. large predator fish like bass. are flat. Upon a fish strike. They are designed to get down quickly reaching the deep water holding fish.
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. then set the hook. Tip the hook with a trailer for added attraction using a soft plastic grub or pork rind. When fishing jigging spoons all of the action is applied by the angler using short jerks to encourage strikes. This is an ideal situation for using surface spoons. mainly rubber skirts. Most feature a single hook design welded on the body with a wire guard to prevent most snags. The best tackle for jigging spoons is low stretch line of 12-20 lbs with a medium to medium heavy fast action rod. Experiment with different retrieve methods.
Color of jig hooks includes bronze. with the exception of floating jigs. 1/8. Jig Weights The main consideration when selecting which jig to use is its weight. living rubber and silicone skirts. short shank hooks are mainly used for live minnows. with the most recent popular color red marketed as blood or bleeding hooks. The hook shank length has varying applications. yellow. The most common weight sizes for inland freshwater fishing are 1/64. green. worm or lizard bodies. Another popular metal material for weighting jig heads is tungsten.orange and glow for dark water. tinsel. Jig heads are available in natural. with fluorescent chartreuse. metallic. longer shank hooks are favored for rigging soft-plastic grubs. black and gold. Hook wire diameter is also a consideration. 1/4. Jigs are a rather simple design and come in wide selection of shapes. In stocking your jig box start out with handful of basic colors: black. each for a specific fishing presentation from the smallest at 1/100th oz for ice fishing up to 2oz for Stripers and Muskies. clear. pink and red for clear to stained water. which is heavier than lead and environmentally friendly. Jig Hooks The most common hooks used on jigs are the strong wire O'Shaughnessy or light wire Aberdeen. tubes. Most jig heads are made of lead which gives the lure its weight. the bend in the hook will determine the eye placement on the jig and how it rides through the water. light wire hooks are often used in fishing around brush piles and cribs as they will bend and pull free when snagged. brown. fluorescent. and 3/4 ounces. Experiment and try various colors until you find the color choice for the day. Straight collars are used to tie dressings or attach on the jig such as hair. stained or dark. feathers. Strong wire hooks perform well in weedy and rocky areas for bass and northern pike when you need to horse a fish out from cover. 1/16. are weighted by melting a metal substance into a liquid and pouring it in a mold which shapes the head and collar. Barbed collars have a small hook to attach and hold soft plastic baits stopping them from sliding down the hook other collar designs include screw locks or wire holders to hold plastic baits. 1/2. Jigs. two tone and glow finishes. Jig Collars The jig collar is positioned directly behind the jig head. Jig Colors When choosing jig head colors one must consider the fishing conditions and type of water. They will work for a wide variety of species in almost any type of conditions.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Many pro anglers feel jigs are the most versatile and productive of all artificial lures. Your selection should be based
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. white. colors and weights. they're also a good choice when fishing for Panfish and crappies with soft mouths as the light wire will penetrate quickly upon the hook set. 3/8. A jig hook is bent on the shank before the eye about 60 to 90 degrees. 1/32.
With the many advancements of colors and impregnated scents in soft plastics today.3/8 . the heavier weights are used cover fishing largemouths in weeds and for flipping (an underhand toss of the jig to a specific area). As the jig enters the water the dressing pulsates upon the drop and will quiver as the jig is hopped along the bottom. The body dressing is usually a silicone or living rubber skirt with some tied with hair. but not so heavy that it sinks too rapidly. Bass jigs will feature a low profile stand-up head design from 1/8 oz to 3/4 oz. River Trout and Salmon 1/16.1/16 .1 . Northern Pike and Muskies 3/4 . they're becoming the popular choice with many anglers. the lighter weights are excellent for finesse fishing smallmouths. tinsel.1/8 . A suggested jig weight guide line per species: Panfish and Crappies 1/32 . soft plastic.2 oz. Fish prefer a slow drifting down bait than one that just plummets toward the bottom. Until recently the use of pork rind were the standard trailer thus the phrase "Jig & Pig" was born. If you're fishing in fast current such as rivers additional weight is required to reach the bottom.1/2 oz.1 . Most all bass jigs will have some type of weed guard (strands of fiber or plastic) along with an internal rattle.
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. Wind also has the same affect as fast currents. When on the water the same steps should be taken with considering water current speed and wind velocity while fishing.1/8 oz. it adds bulk and profile reducing the sink rate in replicating forage such as crawfish.1/8 . As a general rule use 1/8 oz for every 10 feet of water. feathers. silicone or rubber skirts to the molded hook shank. by increasing the water resistance on the line and lure. Jigs Dressed Many jigs are dressed by adding hair. Your jig must be heavy enough to reach the desired depth.1/4 oz Walleyes and Bass 1/16 . which make it more difficult to reach the desired depth.All you need to know about “FISHING”
on type of fish and water depth. Here are some common type of dressed jigs: Listed below is a reference guide to help you identify the common types of jigs and how they are used: Bass Jigs
These are also known as flipping jigs and are a very popular lure for largemouth and small mouth bass. A widely used addition to the bass jig is a split tail trailer to replicate claws of a crawfish.1 1/2 oz.1 1/2 . Lake Trout and Stripers 3/4 . leeches. minnows and amphibians.
. and lake trout. walleyes. when using a split tailed grub or tube hopped along the bottom with short snaps replicates a crawfish. reapers. worms and leeches through the head or snout. Live Bait Jigs Fishing with live bait jigged slowly at times of the year can be a deadly presentation especially when the water temperature is colder and the fishes metabolic rate reduces making them reluctant to chase faster moving lures. bass. crawfish. scents. Jigs tipped with reaper flat tail will imitate a leech swimming through the water. stripers. making the bait feel more natural when the fish strikes. This presentation will be successful for any freshwater game fish. always hook the bait. shapes to types: grubs. With these new soft plastic baits life like patterns and holographic colors have been introduced to imitate the realistic look and flash of baitfish. Soft Plastic Dressed Jigs
Fishing with soft plastic jigs bodies gives the angler countless choices of options from colors. straight retrieved or trolled the tail vibrations resembles a baitfish. By far the most used when fishing a jig and plastic combination is the curly tail grub. The dressing material is tied to the jig collar to form a body they include: bucktail hair. Dressed jigs also holds fish scent well and can be tipped with live bait as an added attractant. worms. mylar and tinsel which provides a mimicking life like action in the water of minnows and other aquatic life. lizards. minnows. crappies.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Tied Dressing Jigs
Depending on their size dressed jigs can be used for most all species including: panfish. leeches and minnow bodies. Recently many new soft plastic baits have evolved by incorporating the jig head into the body of the bait. northern pike. tubes. The subtle action of a paddle tail on minnow bodies mimics a baitfish when retrieved. Rigging techniques for live bait are simple.
line and jig) is
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. Other live bait jig options are spinner blades mounted underneath the head to produce added vibration and flash. The hook guard is made of trimable plastic bristles. both require using weights or a form of rigging such as: sliding sinker. wobble. reel. wire or a plastic V shape and are anchored in the jig head facing upwards towards and covering the hook point allowing the jig to ride over and through underwater obstructions. stand up floating and weedless. Weedless Jigs
Weedless jigs are an excellent choice when fishing live bait in cover. propeller. bottom bouncer or simple split shot rig. Floating Jigs
As the name of this jig implies they float. Fishing with Jigs Jigs can be a highly effective fishing presentation when the proper set-up (rod. For using live minnows the preferred choice is a short shank round and floating head with the option of a stinger hook attachment for short striking fish. Floating jigs are used for live bait and are a great choice when presenting the bait just off the bottom on lakes and rivers. Floating jigs come in two types hard bodied and soft bodied.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Jigs designed for live bait have no collar hook required to hold soft plastic's. the guard prevents getting snagged on weeds and brush. they include: Round head. swimming.
when a fish strikes the lure and hooks itself. a jig bite most often is very light as the fish inhales the bait usually on the fall when the jig is settling towards the bottom. when the jig sinks they watch the line for any subtle twitches signaling a strike or if the line stops indicating a fish is moving upward with the jig. Suggested Rod & Reel Set-ups Panfish (Bluegills Crappies and Perch) Ultra light action spinning rod and reel spooled with 2-4lb test line Walleyes Light to medium light action spinning rod and reel spooled with 4-6lb test line Bass (Finesse) Medium light to medium spinning action rod and reel spooled with 8-10lb test line (Heavy Cover) Medium to medium heavy action bait casting rod and reel spooled with 12-17lb test line Northern Pike Medium to medium heavy action bait casting rod and reel spooled with 12-20lb test line
. This will help you feel the bite on the retrieve or when the jig is sinking by keeping the line taut.All you need to know about “FISHING”
used. To optimize the visual of fishing line jig fisherman prefer to use fluorescent colored line over clear monofilament and wear polarized sunglasses improving the line visibility even more. Many expert anglers use the fishing line as a strike indicator. Unlike a spoon or inline spinner. To detect strikes more easily jigs should be fished with stiff (fast action) sensitive rod with enough flex to cast your jig along with using the lightest possible line for the species and fishing conditions.
brush and logs. During the bait making process additional ingredients can be added to appeal to the fish’s senses such as. Soft plastic’s will hold scents much longer than hard bodied lures that wash off quickly. the point can be buried into the body of the bait where it cannot snag underwater obstructions such as dense weeds. floating claws on crawfish. Soft plastics offer many advantages over hard bodied lures such as crank baits and spoons that does not have the soft texture as real food. In making soft bait’s the plastic is heated into a liquid form then poured in a mold to replicate the shape. As a reference listed below are a few of the most commonly used soft plastics in order to help you identify each type. Other significant details of soft baits today in manufacturing is to add life like realistic features like crescent rings on worms and grubs. holographic and translucent flash on shad and minnow baits replicating the scales of baitfish. rocks.
. worm. For muskies that have the largest plastic’s up to and over 1lb use heavy to extra heavy bait casting gear spooled with 50 to 80lb low stretch abrasion resistance braided line. frogs. grub. scents. layered colors. catalog pages for online and print buyers guides. and insects. baitfish. Fishing set-ups with Soft Plastic’s In casting or vertical jigging the smallest soft plastic lures for panfish and crappies use ultra light spinning gear spooled with 4-6lb test monofilament. Many rod manufactures specializes in making powerful fast action rods dedicated for soft plastic fishing. they can be treated with bottled-paste attractants or purchase them already molded in. Species such as walleyes and smallmouth bass with a mid sized plastic’s use a medium light to medium spinning gear with 6-8lb test monofilament. lizard. and flavors. In using larger plastic’s with hooks buried into the bait that requires a strong hook set for large mouth bass and northern pike use medium to medium heavy bait casting gear spooled with 14 to 20lb test low stretch monofilament line. web feet and feelers on amphibians.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Fishing Soft Plastics
The evolution of soft plastic baits has greatly advanced over the years virtually giving anglers a wide variety and selection for all game fish. When a fish strikes a soft plastic bait it feels natural so fish will mouth it longer giving the angler extra time to set the hook. crawfish. Other benefits in fishing with soft plastics are rigging the hook. The popular use by anglers of soft plastics has skyrocketed over the years by the increased number of new products introduced annually by lure companies this is evident with fishing tackle pro shops in store displays. metal flakes. but yet the hook will penetrate through the soft bait when you set the hook. Another is scents.
Worms come in sizes from a few inches for trout and panfish up to 12 inches for bass and pike. wacky rig and the drop shot rig. or as a trailer on a inline spinners and spinner baits. Grubs are also popular to fish using a drop shot rig. jerk worms.
. Grubs are composed of soft plastic round body either ringed. paddle. split shot rig and Carolina rigs. ribbed or smooth) affecting the sink rate and the tail (ribbon. In rigging a worm. Grubs come in various lengths from 1" up to 12" and hundreds of colors combinations. The most common use for grubs is tipped on a jig. ribbed or smooth. or straight tails for various actions. Grubs
Fishing with soft plastic grubs has been a longtime favorite among anglers for all species. combined with single curly tail. tubes. Carolina rig. or using a Texas rig the most common. there are two options pre-rigged with a hook or series of hooks. The types ( floating and sinking) and the colors of worms made today are in hundreds of thousands with the multitude of color variations and scents. The main fish attracting action components of worms are the texture (ringed. double curly split tail. swim/baitfish all where developed based on the introduction of the soft plastic worm technology back in 1949 by a Ohio luremaker. paddle tail.All you need to know about “FISHING”
The invention of the plastic worm spawned more variations of soft plastic baits than any other in fishing lure history. lizards. twister. Grubs. crawfish. or straight) which provides vibrations when the worm is moved.
or on a drop shot rig. Tubes
Tubes are rounded hollow soft plastic bodied bait open ended with a series of tentacles on the base. Most often tubes are rigged using a weighted tube jig placed within the tube’s body or to make a tube weedless anglers use a wide gap hook threading it through the nose and securing the hook into the body on the outer wall of the tube. but others have curly tails and forked tails that give them swimming action. The main body is usually smooth but some have a ribbed exterior.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Soft plastic baitfish come in numerous sizes and colors to mimic forage fish. Tubes range in sizes from 1"-2" for crappies and panfish 3"-6" for largemouth and smallmouth bass up to 14" for big pike and muskies. for a natural presentation. Usually the smaller the better. Fishing soft plastic baitfish imitations are a excellent choice jigged along the bottom or brought in on a straight retrieve.
. Tubes can be rigged as bait using a Texas Rig. Determine what baitfish are in the waters you’re fishing and select a profile size and color to match. Carolina Rig. Many soft plastic baitfish baits feature a paddle tail that wiggles when retrieved. Upon casting a tube it will display a spiral action on the fall with the tentacles undulating providing a injured baitfish look. in jigging the tube off the bottom it will appear as a crawfish imitation especially good for feeding smallmouth bass. The interior hollow design works well with holding liquid or paste scents.
The most common fishing techniques are similar to fishing plastic worms.
. Crawfish soft plastic’s are available from craw trailers to the highly detailed featuring pinchers. floating and sinking. legs. The main feature of a imitation crawfish is the pinchers when tipped on a jig it gives the bait a realistic defensive posture by raising it's claws that sends bass a signal to feed. Lizards come is a wide variety of colors. Lizards
Fishing with a lizard in the early season especially during the bass spawn is particularly effective.All you need to know about “FISHING”
The soft plastic crawfish or crawdad is a deadly on bass when presented along rocky bottom area’s. Various lizards have a reputation as bass bed robbers. using Texas and Carolina rigs or tipped on a jig for flipping and pitching. as bass absolutely hate lizards. smooth. antennae. they will raid a nest and eat the bass eggs even before the bass guardian has a chance to react. ribbed. abdomen and tail. scents.
Reapers are a good bait to use on waters that receive a high amount of angling pressure. The sizes start from 3" for walleye and bass up to 12" for pike and muskies. To change up the presentation upon reaching weed pocket or opening let the frog sit and just barely twitch the frog so just the legs quiver.
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Leeches & Reapers
Leeches and reapers are a basic variation of a soft plastic grub. then let the frog sit for a few seconds and repeat. Frogs
Using a floating soft plastic frog around the lily pads for bass is exhilarating as the bass comes out of the water and engulfs your lure. After a cast let the frog sit until the ripples subside now pop or twitch the frog once or twice. Summertime bass laying in the weeds aren’t active most of the time. they feel natural with their soft spongy body. The best fishing tip we can offer while using a top water frog is fish slow. rounded head and body leading to a soft thin membrane sides. but can be enticed by a easy meal. The smaller reapers resemble a leech while the larger reapers mimic baitfish. Most anglers rig a leech/reaper tipped on a jig head inserting the hook through the head or use a split shot rig and a single hook. so the bass will hang on to the lure longer giving more time for the angler to set the hook. The advantages of soft-plastic surface frogs are. they are weedless with the hooks positioned against the body.
. Fishing with super sized soft plastic’s opened a new chapter and presentation for pike and muskies anglers through out the world. This spawned a revolution in the 1990’s regarding the soft plastic lure market as larger companies began taking notice and adding larger soft plastic baits to there product line. Today there are hundreds of variations.All you need to know about “FISHING”
From the 1950’s through the 1970’s the soft plastic bait industry was focused on worms and grubs used for bass. That changed in the 1980’s when small basement lure companies started producing larger soft plastic lures designed for pike and muskies. some even weighing 1 lb and 15 inches in length. colors. combinations of hard bodied soft tail baits.
let the lures dry and replace. lures. If you’re caught in rain and have puddles on water in the box remove all tackle. dressed jig or a spoon) remove after use. and live bait. Starting you’re tackle box can seem challenging. you'll be able to get started with no problems. spinner bait. Organize all of your lures. Rust on hooks diminishes the strength of the hook and reduces the sharpness. baits and terminal tackle in one easy-to-find location will enable you to become a more efficient angler. they automatically think of rods.
Soft Plastics and Biodegradable Baits: With the popularity of fishing with soft plastics and biodegradable baits we recommend for storing use the containers or bags they were sold in. In the decision process of which tackle box suits you’re needs. Follow these storage maintenance quick steps to ensure that your gear will be ready to go again when you are: Air Out the Tackle Box Upon return from a fishing trip open the tackle box allowing the lures to dry. It only takes a few necessary minutes to ensure proper care and storage. as many of today’s soft baits come with scents impregnated into there bodies. tackle boxes and soft bags come in every size and shape imaginable. Soft plastics through heat. consider the purchase of expensive fishing lures and gear as an investment. reels. but if you stick to the basics. Hang the wet inline spinners with hair or hard baits on the side of the box to dry. leaving the beginning angler a vast array of choices in finding one which is right for them. Having an organized tackle box is as important fishing tool as you’re rod and reel set-up. We have witnessed the unfortunate experience of anglers lack of maintenance and care of their tackle only to find the condition poor and unusable upon a preparation for a trip or on the water. Today. wipe out all water. rusty hooks also stains the beautiful paint finish of lures. sun or a chemical reaction have a tendency to melt on the hook affecting the paint of a spoon or the dressing on a spinner or jig.
. which requires proper care and storage to be used for years to come. Biodegradable baits if left on will shrink onto the hook the has to be cutoff. When using soft baits for trailers ( a soft bait attached to a hook on a inline spinner.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Fishing Tackle Boxes for Storage
When people think of sport fishing.
Extra Space 4. hooks. consider these aspects before buying: Size 1. Once you start to enjoy fishing more regularly. hook sharpener and extra reels or line spools when the need occurs. Any moisture left unchecked can create mold and rust on the hooks. Muskie and Northern Pike fisherman will require a larger box to hold lure from 6 inches and up. Consider having a extra storage area for gear other than lures. Some of the higher priced tackle boxes come with watertight covers.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Off Season Tips It is a wise practice every year before the new fishing season or you’re first trip to re-spool new fishing line and grease the reels. Check to see where the box closes and if water can still in. from a boat. Time to add new lures you heard or read about for the upcoming season as well. A large drawer type or hanging box is best suited for a boat where as the soft sided carry all is best used for shoreline river fisherman or fly-in trips. Fishing Tackle Box Types There are numerous kinds of tackle boxes. Tackle boxes with metal latches hold better than all plastic. Water Resistance 3. Most tackle boxes are made of materials that is water resistance. A tackle box should be able to handle the wear and tear of fishing and be strong. each having its own special advantages and design features. It’s nice to have and you don’t forget the release tools (pliers. ventilation and water drainage ports to remove any water that snuck in. Fishing Tackle Box Features In selecting a tackle box. The size and function of your tackle box should largely depend on your intended use. jaw spreaders and bolt cutters) as well as head lamps for night fishing. go through and organize the terminal tackle. The other consideration is where you fish. Here is a description of the most common types of tackle boxes
. After organizing you’re tackle box the last thing you don’t want is the box opening on you spilling your tackle and lures out on the boat. weight and mobility should be a factor. Replace any rusty hooks. sinkers and bobbers. Durability 2. When buying a new box test the latch. dock or in the water. you will find out the most productive lures and the one’s that are not. leaders and terminal tackle etc. and split rings on lures. It’s also time to wipe clean and organize the tackle box. Over time you will build a collection of successful lures learning what methods and presentations work for each species of fish. make sure it closes tight. while panfish anglers require a smaller box to hold terminal tackle and smaller lures. or shoreline.
Dependent on the size the lower half of the trunk-tray box generally is deep enough for extra storage.
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. Many anglers use the hip-roof tackle box as their home storage and use smaller trunk tray boxes for day trips. This box has a long hinge cover when opened one two or three trays that accordion outward over the lid which lays flat. Trunk tray boxes are usually smaller. when opened both sides have tackle trays that also accordion outward leaving a large bottom compartment for additional storage.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Trunk-Tray Type Box:
The trunk type tray box is the most popular and is usually the first anglers box or received as a gift. Hip-Roof Type Box:
The hip-roof type of box is a modified trunk-tray box. Hip-roofed boxes provides a large amount of organized storage with multiple compartmented trays giving the angler easy access and visibility to their tackle once opened. However for long trips or if you wish to take along you’re complete tackle selection the hip roof box are great. Many anglers own several of these types set-up for species specific fishing presentations. fit well into limited areas and are light weight allowing the angler mobility and quick access to there gear and lures.
to two-sided openers. for storing reels. Satchel Type Box:
These briefcase type boxes come in a variety of styles and sizes. it sits vertically and the drawers slide out. Extra storage is a plus on drawer type boxes with a large cover storage or a single bottom drawer. flashlights etc… As with all large tackle boxes some anglers prefer to use the drawer type box as their home storage. from one. trolling tools (dodgers. release tools. The see through sides allow you to identify lures instantly. drawers can be identified by lure type so you know before opening the drawer.
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Drawer Type Box:
Drawer type boxes are a good choice when fishing from a boat. Satchels are versatile from small lightweight models that carry a dozen of lures or panfish terminal tackle up to larger models that handle dozens of larger lures. From organizing your tackle. and have smaller specialty utility boxes for day to day trips. flashers and dipsey divers) hook sharpeners. They make excellent tackle boxes in putting together separate lures and gear
for a day on a lake or river trips. where space is limited. They also are good for wet weather fishing with the exception of opening the drawers everything will stay dry.
tightly woven padded material or clear uv-resistant polycarbonate (Lexan). pike and muskies. Make sure the shoulder straps are padded. and with foam tubes inserts ideal for wrapping crawler harnesses. This makes it easy for easy access. Check to see if the straps and handles have reinforced stitching providing toughness and strength. If you’re crappie fishing no need to take the pike or bass gear.
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. A sturdy waterproof material is mandatory that resists punctures and tears. Depending on the dimensions of the bag. The interior features a set of removable dividers or a grid of square compartments made of colored plastic or clear polycarbonate (Lexan) with slots to hang lures by the rear hook. The hanging box are available from magnum boat boxes. small portable over the shoulder carry on and boat seat slip over pedestal types. Now you can build component boxes per each species: panfish .trout and muskie and use the soft side bag as the carry-all. Bass spinnerbaits.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Soft Side Type:
Soft side bags are becoming the most popular tackle storage systems in the fishing world today. eliminates tangled hooks and allows wet lures to dry. while two may work for panfish and crappies. waterproof and give the angle total flexibility to hold a variety of plastic utility boxes along with having numerous storage pockets for extra reels fishing tools and a camera. The design of hanging type box also works well for Great Lakes trolling spoons. They are lightweight.Walleye crankbaits.bass & pike . having six to eight will be more versatile for bass. view color selection. The exterior case are available in waterproof plastic. When making a decision to purchase a soft side bag bigger is better. live bait rigs or snells with storage for bottom bouncers and bait walkers. The convenience that soft side bags offer the angler is take only the boxes you need for that day. Hanging Type Box:
The hanging box has become popular by Muskie anglers as the box of choice for storing extra large lures. utility boxes can number anywhere from two to six or more. this helps when carrying to the boat or along the shore.
Angler Any person who fishes with a rod and reel or cane pole. Anal Fin A single fin located beneath the tail near the vent. Algae A aquatic plant organism. All members of the salmon family have them.All you need to know about “FISHING”
We have assembled definitions on common and not so common types of fishing words. Angling Sport fishing for enjoyment. Augers come in gas powered or manual back power. Alley Area’s in weed beds that lack weed growth.
Active Fish Fish that are striking and feeding actively. publications as well as online fishing discussion forums. Auger Used for ice fishing to drill holes through the ice. Anti -Reverse Reel locking system that prevents back reeling. Adipose Fin A small fleshy fin on a salmon's back between the dorsal fin and the tail. phrases and terms used in written fishing reports. Aerator Powered air infusion pump adding oxygen to water.
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. catching one fish at a time using a hook. Adaptation Biological adjustments to the fish environment. Alkalinity Measurement of the percentage of acid neutralizing bases. articles. Anadromous Fish that live most of their adult life in saltwater but spawn in freshwater.
Bite When a fish strikes or takes your bait / lure also known as a hit and strike. Bail The metal semi circular bar located on a open faced spinning reel that retrieves fishing line. Barb The spur found on the point of fish hooks. Ball The weight attached to a downrigger cable for depth controlled trolling.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Backlash Overrun of fishing line from reel spool when casting. Belly Roll A action using minnow or glider type lure by rolling exposing the belly flash.
Backing Line Baitcasting / Trolling /Reels Monofilament line tied between dacron or the new super braided lines to prevent line slippage. Bait Restrictions Limitations to the type of bait sport anglers may use. Bar A lake structure consisting of a long hump or ridge. Bait Casting A type of reel mounted on the top of the rod with a level wind revolving spool. Bag Limit State Natural Resource Department set limit on number of game fish caught daily. Fly Reels Nylon or dacron line tied between the fly line and the reel to act as additional line if a longer length than the flyline is required to play a fish. Bay A shoreline major indentation on any type of water system. Bait Fish Main forage feed for game fish. food and reproduction area’s. Basic Fish Needs Security.
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Blades Main fish attracting component found on inline spinners, spinner baits, buzz baits, tail spinners. Blade Baits Weighted flat metal lures used for vertical jigging. Blank Description for a unfinished fishing rod with out guides or handle. Bobber The bobber also known as a slip, cork or float serves two angling functions: A surface strike indicator and a controlled depth presentation using live bait or lure. Bobbin Tool for holding a spool of thread while tying flies, inline spinner and spinner bait tails which allows the thread to be dispensed with a controlled tension. Boga Grip Trade name for a fish landing, handling and weighting tool. Bottom Bouncer A fishing rig made of stiff metal wire with a weight and formed as a number 7. Used to present live bait or artificial lures on the bottom minimizing snagging on structure. Break / Break Line Description of abrupt change in depth, bottom type, weeds, or water clarity. Bream Term used for Bluegill / Sunfish. Bronzeback Term for Small Mouth Bass. Brushline The inside/outside edge of a brushpile. Brushpile Structure either manmade or by nature consists of downed trees, limbs and brush. Bucket mouth Term for Large Mouth Bass. Bucktail A inline spinner tied with Deer, Squirrel hair or Synthetic dressings on hook. Bulger Inline spinner with two blades also referred as twin blade and double blade. Bullet Weight A lead or steel slip sinker shaped as a bullet. Mainly used in front of soft plastic lures: worms, lizards and crawfish for bass.
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Bumping The act of making contact using artificial lures such as crank baits or jigs on lake structure (logs/rocks) or the lake bottom to entice a strike. Buzzbait Similar to the spinner bait used on the surface with a propeller replacing the blade. Buzzing A type of fast or quick straight line retrieve, also called ripping, burning and bulging. Lures used buzz baits, spinner baits, inline spinners and surface lures.
Cabbage A common name for the submerged aquatic plant from the Potamogeton species. Carolina Rig A fishing rig used to present the lure on the bottom. The set-up is first a barrel slip weight typically ½ oz or more is threaded on the line then a swivel is tied as a weight stop, on the other end of the swivel a leader is tied from 16” to 34” to the lure. To add sound place a glass bead behind the weight before the swivel this will click upon the weight hitting the bead. Carrying Capacity The number of species a specific areas habitat can support. Catch and Release Sport angling for fish and releasing them back immediately. Some areas allow sport angling, but require release of fish, in these areas, specific types of tackle is required. Caudal Fin The tail fin. Channels The bed of a river or stream also found on flowages and impoundment lakes. Chromer Term used for steelhead or a rainbow trout. Chugger Surface lure with a cupped mouth creating a splash when pulled. Clarity Refers to the amount of visibility of viewing underwater objects or your lure. Cold Front Refers to a weather condition when a high clear sky front moves in dropping the temperature.
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Contact Point A term used to regarding any lake structure that provides fishing action. Such as a bar, rock pile or weed edge. Controlled Drift Known also as drift fishing, when a trolling motor, oars or drift sock is used to control a drift along structure or direction. Colors Term used for number of color segments of lead core line. Coontail A common name for submerged aquatic plant from the Hornwort species. Count Down A fishing technique by counting down a lure to fish a specific depth. Count Down Lures Weighted lures than sink approximately one foot per second. Cove A small indentation on a shoreline. Cover General term used describing any type of lake structure natural or manmade that game fish relate too. Crankbait Refers to a minnow imitating lure with a diving lip or lipless. Creatures General term used for fishing with soft plastics imitating: Lizards, Crawfish, Water Dogs, Frogs and Tadpoles. Creel Fish basket or personal fish carrier used to carry fish when fishing on or near shore. Creeper Surface lure straight or jointed with metal wings mounted on sides that provides a unique plopping sound. Used on calm water. Crib A manmade underwater fish shelter, constructed from logs 6’ x 6’ square with brush inside. Placed on ice in winter for positioning. Crimp On Fastening sleeve used on steel and nylon leaders. Cross Lock A type of snap tied directly to fishing line or as a component on a leader.
weeds. that can be caught in one day.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Crustacean ( Crayfish ) A aquatic animal with a segmented body and outer shell. The downrigger is a winch-type mechanism that feeds cable off a rotating reel through a guide system along an extension arm. fly and inline spinner hook dressing to add flash and color. by species. Also known as a Fish finder. The fishing line from an independent rod is attached to the release mechanisms on the downrigger cable.
Daily catch and possession limits Daily catch limits is the amount of fish.
Dabbling A fishing technique in which the angler works the lure up and down “Dabbling” in the same spot for a period of time. Dorsal Fin The large single fin located along the back of fish. A weight is attached to the end of the cable and the line release is attached to the weight. Disgorger A hook removing device that removes deeply embedded hooks from fish. Deer Hair Body hair from deer which is used in many fly. you can drop the line down to the desired depth. Dipsy Diver The dipsy diver is a circular trolling diving device attached to the fishing line that will enable to send lures down to a set depth and out to the side of your boat. By lowering the weight (ball). Tied directly on the fishing line above a trolling fly or squid. At the desired depth the reel is locked into place. The dodger is flat attractor with bent edges that sways back and forth to mimic a feeding salmon. shows bottom type. A footage counter is connected to the reel unit to indicate the specific amount of cable that has been released. Depthfinder A electronic device using sonar that measures the depth of water. Dodger A fishing rig component for trolling made from metal or plastic in numerous colors. Possession limits refer to how many an angler may have in possession while in the field or during transport.
. structure. Graph. and suspended fish. Crystal Flash Trade name for a synthetic stringy material used in many streamer. Downrigger Used specifically for constant trolling depth. Flasher or LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). inline spinner dressings to supply body and floatation.
currentcompensators. The hook is usually 16 to 24 inches above the weight and hangs at 90 degrees with the hook point up rigged with soft plastic worms or grubs. wind fighters. plants. Drift Sock Used for controlled drifting or trolling is in effect a underwater parachute when deployed slows the boat drift rate or trolling speed. Estuary The mouth of a river where fresh water meets and mixes with salt water. can freely exchange dissolved gases such as Oxygen. Also known as boat brakes. and sea anchors. and your surroundings. Edge Effect Where two habitat types join together resulting in increased diversity for vegetation and wildlife.
Ecosystem A complex ecological community or environment that contains organisms (eg. The extent to which this process has occurred is reflected in a lake's trophic classification: oligotrophic (nutrient poor). Mainly used on Lake Erie. Epilimnion The upper.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Drag A braking device on fishing reels that allow line to feed out preventing breakage when the reel is engaged playing a fish.
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. Erie Dearie A trade name for a weight forward spinner blade with single hook using a night crawler. boat-positioners. wind-mixed layer of a thermally stratified lake. Ethics Personal code of conduct based on respect for one's self. others. Drop Off A sudden vertical drop in water depth. Carbon Dioxide with the atmosphere. This water is turbulently mixed throughout at least some portion of the day and because of its exposure. mesotrophic (moderately productive). Eutrophication The process by which lakes and streams are enriched by nutrients. A hook tied directly to the line using a palomar knot leaving a tag end for the bell weight attachment. and eutrophic (very productive and fertile). animals. bacteria) interacting with one another forming a functioning whole. and the resulting increase in plant and algae. Esox Term used for describing a Muskie / Musky. Drop Shot A fishing rig used primarily for bass fishing.
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. Finesse Fishing A fishing technique by using very light tackle.
Fan Cast Systematic series of casts covering a specific area. Fatheads A commercially sold minnow as live bait used for most gamefish. The figure eight is drawing a sideways eight in the water with your rod tip. Flasher A fishing rig component for trolling made from metal or plastic in numerous colors. Feeder Creek Tributary to a stream or river. Feeding Cycles / Times Best fishing times of the day or night associated with the positioning of the sun and moon and are related to a solunar chart for major and minor feeding periods. Fish Hair Synthetic hair used in tying streamers and flies. Flat Lining A trolling presentation by releasing line and lure off the back of the boat. Flat Underwater area with lack of structure.
Farm Pond Manmade body of water. Sunrise. Fillet Removal of bones and skin from flesh of fish to prepare for cooking. The flasher is flat attractor with bent edges that rotates 360 degrees to mimic a feeding salmon. Flipping A underhand casting technique placing a lure to a precise spot in a quite manner.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Eyes Term used for describing a Walleye. Tied directly on the fishing line above a trolling fly or squid. Figure 8 Technique used on triggering fish to bite upon the completion of a cast. Sunset.
Typically used for dry fly fishing and shallow water nymphing. Fly Casting The process of casting a fly line out onto the water. Floating Line A fly line design to float on the surface of the water along its entire length.
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Flipping Stick A type of rod designed and used for flipping. Flowage A water system developed by the use of a dam for flood control. existing lakes and rivers are generally used to develop a flowage. Typically sold in liquid or paste form. Used with a weight to present live bait off the bottom. Floss Material for tying flies. Low lying area’s. inline spinners as well spinner baits. Floatant Material applied to flies and leaders in order to cause them to float on the surface of the water. Forceps A surgical tool used to remove hooks from fish. Fly Fishing Fly’s and Streamers An artificial lure hand tied using natural animal hair and feathers to mimic insects. Florida Rig Similar to a Texas rig for Bass with the weight attached (screwed on) to the lure Flashabou Commercial name for a colorful synthetic filament material used in fly tying for adding flash to streamers. used as a strike indicator for live bait fishing. Used behind flashers and dodgers to represent salmon and trout forage. larva and other stream forage. although dry shake crystals have recently been found on the market. Can be found in many densities and tapers. 7-8 feet long Float A term also for bobber. Fly Line A weighted line which is cast out onto the water to deliver the fly to the desired location. Fly Great Lakes Fly’s Tied using synthetic materials for color and flash. Floating Jig A jig hook wrapped with a floating material of hollow plastic or foam.
Fry Life stage of fish still very young. rain. There are no subscription fees or setup charges to use GPS. anywhere in the world. Full Core Ten colors or a full. Gill Net A net either pulled behind a boat or set from shore with floats on top and weights on the bottom to make it hold it upright in the water. Glider Term used to describe a Muskie / Northern Pike type minnow lipless lure. The GPS system make it possible for people with ground receivers to pinpoint their geographic location in any weather conditions. 24 hours a day. Department of Defense. wind and barometric pressure.S. GPS (GPS) Global Positioning System is a satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U. Gill Plate A bony protective flap that covers the gills. standard 100-yard spool of lead core line. As fish swim into the net they are caught on there gill plates.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Fluorocarbon A type on monofilament (clear) fishing line or leader material.
Game Fish Fish that are fished for as sport and subject to regulations of take." Front Any weather system that has a effect in changing temperature. mayfly larve nymphs and zooplankton. frogs. A glider travels through the water on a horizontal plane moving side to side by using a cadence pull retrieve. minnows. Forage Any type of indigenous food for game fish. crawfish. FOW Abbreviation for "feet of water. as water flows across the gills the oxygen within them diffuses into the fishes blood and is carried though out of the body.
. Gills The lungs of a fish. Gear Ratio Measurement of number of times a reel spool revolves for each turn of the handle.
Hawg Term used for large fish. Honey Hole Term used for area that constantly produces fish.
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Graph Term used to describe a paper recorded depth finder. Hook Cutters Tool used to cut hooks from fish for releasing. Grayline A depth finder feature that allows the angler to distinguish between hard and soft bottom content. Holding Area Term used for structure that habitually holds game fish. Greaser A term used for a Lake Trout. Hook Hard wire formed into semi circle with sharpened point and barbed. Hatchery A facility where fish and raised for stocking. Grubs comes in hundreds of colors and shapes. Must provide adequate food. Holographic Type of flash finish on lures in manufacturing or added by using lure finish tape. Grubs A short soft plastic worm with a swimming/curlytail used on jigs.
Habitat The area where organisms live. Hard Mono A type of leader material made from monofilament line. Half Core Five colors or "half" of a standard 100-yard spool of lead core trolling line. Head Lamps A battery powered flashlight type attachment on your hat or headgear for night fishing. shelter and space.
. downed tree. It is typically the coldest layer in the summer and warmest in the winter. brush pile or crib. Northern Pike. or fluctuations in water levels. Invasive Species A species is regarded as invasive if it has been introduced by human action to a location. It is isolated from wind mixing and typically too dark for much plant photosynthesis to occur. and most dense layer of a stratified lake. Invertebrate An animal without a backbone. Inactive Fish Game fish that are non feeding caused by weather / temperature changes.
Jaw Spreaders A catch and release tool made from hard wire coiled to hold the mouth of a fish open in removing lures or hooks. Inline Spinner Straight wire lure with blade (s) a weighted body and hook dressed or undressed. Mainly used for large game fish Muskie. or region where it did not previously occur naturally.
Ichthyology Study of fish. their classification. Isolated Structure Stand alone fish attracting structure can be a hump. Inside Bend Term for the inside curve of structure also called inside turn. such as insects. Hypothermia The rapid and abnormal chilling of the body. Hypolimnion The bottom. habits and history.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Horizontal Movement Distance of migrating fish movements remaining at the same depth. Hump Underwater area higher than the surrounding area. structures. area.
Lake Modifications Environmental elements on water systems that causes changes. Made from steel wire. droughts and flooding. detects pressure changes.
Laydowns A log or tree that has fallen into the water caused from beavers. Lake Zones Categories used to describing water zones: Shallow.
Jig A hook with molded weight attached in lead or steel. Larva Sub surface stage of development of an aquatic insect. marabou.
Keeper Term used for game fish that exceeds the minimum set size limit. Jig-N-Pig A bass lure using a jig dressed with a rubber skirt and a pork rind or plastic trailer attached to the hook to mimic a crayfish. including vibrations. rubber skirts and soft plastic’s. nylon
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. First and Second Break lines and Basin. in the water. Jointed Lures Any lure that has a single or multiple pieces that are joined together. Lateral line A system of sense organs in fish: a series of pores or canals running along a line on each side of the body and on the head. Jigs come plain undressed or dressed with hair. There are two categories of jerk baits soft plastic’s jerks and hard minnow type jerks. erosion or wind. Soft plastic’s jerks are used primarily for bass. Hard jerks are used for most all species including the larger jerk baits for Muskie and Northern Pike. Ice and wave erosion. Deep. Open Water.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Jerk Bait The name jerk bait refers to the retrieve the angler uses by short pulls or jerks. Leader General The leader is the connection between the main fishing line and the lure.
Lipless Crankbaits Minnow or shad type lures. Fly Fishing Section of line used between the flyline and the tippet.
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or heavy monofilament the purpose is to minimize bite off’s from game fish. The components of a leader is a snap . Lindy Rig Trade name for a popular live bait bottom rig using a walking sinker a line stop with a length of line attached to a hook or floating jig head. Clip on and tension held are the most popular. Action is a tight vibrating wobble. bays or backwaters on rivers caused by current. Line Guides Rod rings in which the line is held on a fishing rod. some have internal rattles. Live well Aerated storage compartments found on boats for keeping the caught fish alive. releases hold the fishing line until a strike from a fish. Often purchased as a tapered section. Line Releases Used on planer boards and downrigger weights.wire/nylon/mono and a swivel. Lead Core Line Lead covered braided line colored every ten yards for metering purposes. Leeches A commercially sold live bait known as ribbon leech not the blood sucking variety. Limiting Factor A biological limitation to a self-sustaining fish population. fishing line is attached directly to the lure. Lotic Moving water systems such as streams and rivers. Lentic Still water systems such as lakes and reservoirs Life Vest Personal floatation devices (PFD) to be worn while boating to keep person afloat if overboard. but can be assembled by tying successively smaller diameter sections of monofilament. Comes in 100/200 yard spools used for depth controlled trolling. Light Intensity Refers to the amount of sunlight that can be measured at certain depths of the water column. Logjam A collection of downed trees usually found by shore. Used for most game fish when available during the fishing season.
This layer contains the thermocline but is loosely defined depending on the shape of the temperature profile. The ball slowly breaks up providing fresh bait for long periods. They work on the principle that a small fish will swim into the trap to find food and is unable to find the way out. on a stream. Fish at or above stated size must be released. the best is three days prior and after the new of full moon. double-ended wire or plastic mesh funnels that narrow in the middle.
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. Known as a invasive plant species Mono Abbreviation for monofilament line. Fish not meeting the minimum size must be released. Moon Phases Moon times or phases are considered by anglers best fishing times when the fish are feeding. a batterypowered aerator will keep bait alive all day.
Marabou Used for hook dressing on fly’s. For solid bait buckets. Milfoil A common name for submerged aquatic plant from the Myriophyllum species. Minnow Trap Minnow traps are cylindrical. Perforated floating bait buckets can be dropped over the side of a boat or dock to allow a constant flow of fresh water. Suspend the trap near a dock. Maximum Size Limit A fishing regulation which protects larger fish. or at the head of a pool where the current slows. Lure Any artificial bait used to attract and catch fish. Minnow traps are baited with a sticky mix of oatmeal or cornmeal rolled into a golf-ballsized clump.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Lunker Term used for large fish caught. inline spinners and spinner baits. Minimum Size Limit A fishing regulation which protect smaller fish. There are four phases of the lunar cycle. Metalimnion The middle or transitional zone between the well mixed epilimnion and the colder hypolimnion layers in a stratified lake. Marabou used today comes from young turkey feathers dyed in many colors. Migration Patterns Established patterns or paths that game fish use moving one area to another Minnow Bucket A metal or plastic live bait container for minnows. The first and second quarter of the moon is rated as good fishing.
bait nets and as floating live wells. Nets Nets serve multiple purposes for fishing.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Mud Minnow A commercially sold minnow as live bait used on most game fish.
Off Color Refers to water color such as stained or dark water. Night Crawler A earth worm used as live bait.
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Paper Mouth A term for crappie. landing fish. Pegging Placing a tooth pick in slip weights in order to fasten to the line.
Pattern A repetitive series of location and presentations that consistently produces fish. Outside Bend Term for the outside curve of structure also called outside turn. Oxbow U shaped bend in a creek or river. Pectoral Fin The paired fins located just behind the gills along the abdomen. Their function is to help the fish stop and turn. used on most game fish Neutrally Buoyant In context used to describe a suspending crank bait. upon stopping the retrieve the bait will remain at that water level.
Night Bite Term for active fishing at night.
A pixel is short for picture element a single point in a graphic image. Pixels Found on LCD liquid crystal depth finder display screens. arranged in rows and columns The pixels are so close together that they appear connected. Using planer boards allows the angler to run mutltiple lines by planning the boards off each side of the boat. Planer Boards Used for trolling. Pocket Small opening in weeds or indentation on a shoreline. Used for flying fishing and bass. On Great Lakes rigging a single release is used and a snap. Upon a fish strike the board will release to play the fish. Pick-Up Term for soft bite or lite hit from a game fish. Point A outcropping or finger of land projecting into a water system. Plankton Small or microscopic plants and animals that float or drift in great numbers especially at or near the surface. PH Meter A meter to measure acidity or alkaline. PH A measurement for liquids to determine acidity or alkaline. A rating of 0 to 14 is used.
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. LCD’s display the water below by dividing the screen into thousands of pixels. They work on the principle blocking the horizontal polarized light reflections by the vertically oriented polarizers in the lenses. Pitching A fishing technique by under handing a lure to a designated spot or area. Polarized Sunglasses Polarized sunglasses reduces glare from the sun and allows the angler to view into the water. Poppers Surface lure with a cupped mouth creating a splash when popped. planer boards are flat made from plastic or a dense floating foam with a beveled edge. In purchasing a LCD depth finder the higher number of pixels the better screen resolution and clearer images. keeping the board on the line.All you need to know about “FISHING”
PFD Abbreviation for Personal Floatation Device or Life Jacket. water with less than 7 is acidic. Polarized lenses may also react adversely with liquid crystal displays LCDs depth finders in reading the display screen. Pit Old mine that filled with water. and serve as food for fish and other larger game fish. They are attached to the fishing line by the use of a line release ( clip on / tension clip).
Prism Type of flash finish on lures in manufacturing or added by using lure finish tape. Red Worms A earth worm mainly used as bait for sunfish and perch.
Quick Strike Rigs A fishing rig of multiple hooks placed on live bait in order to set the hook upon a strike of a fish. An artificial reef is man made built for the purpose of promoting a underwater ecosystem in areas of generally a featureless bottom. impoundment and flowages. Ripple Tail Type of flat tail made on soft plastic lures that ripple or undulate in the water. and squirrelly tail. Reservoir A type of water system that is developed by the use of a dam.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Pork Rind Made from pig skin pork rind attach as trailers to lures for added action. swimming tail. squirmin tail. Reef Any submerged structure protruding off the bottom. Also called curly tail. Post Front The weather after cold front moves through bringing clear blue bird skies and cooler temperatures. Red Tail Chub A commercially sold minnow as live bait for Northern Pike and Walleyes. retrieve or trolling technique which makes a successful presentation.
Rattles Small metal balls used on inside of lures to create sound. Lure types and color. water depth. Found mainly on reservoirs. Riprap A man made stretch of boulders and rocks to prevent land erosion attracting many game fish. Presentation A term encompassing all elements in catching fish.
. structure. natural such as rock piles or sand that vary in size and depth. Used primarily for ice fishing and muskie fishing with suckers.
Rough Fish Fish not considered sport fish and generally not regulated.
Saddle Lake structure that narrows and opens to a wide area. cherry and garlic.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Rosy Reds A commercially sold minnow as live bait available in the winter months for ice fishing. Single Strand Leader A leader component made from a single steel hard wire. Seven Strand Leader A type of leader material using seven strand flexible wire. the bottom of the net is drawn shut to trap the fish. crawfish. Scoop Made in metal or plastic. liquids and jellies applied to lures to mask the human odor and attract game fish. Scents come in numerous different flavors or odors ranging from forage scents.
Sanctuary Area’s where fish are protected by the state Natural Resource Department. After the school is surrounded. Scents also are impregnated in manufacturing of soft plastic lures. shad. anise. crank baits. minnow to spices. inline spinners. salt. Shad Tail A type of tail on a lure that shakes back and forth. and spinner baits are generally used. Search Lures Lures used in a quick presentation such as fan casting a areain order tofind aggressive fish. Rubber Core Sinker A type of elongated sinker with a rubber core to attach ( twist on ) fishing line. Used on soft plastic lures. Scents Also known as fish formulas and attractants are marketed as sprays. Seine A net laid out in a circle around a school of bait fish. a handle with a strainer type scoop to clean ice fishing holes. fruits and vegetables. Short Strike Term for missed fish or short bite. used for Muskie and Northern Pike on jerk baits and gliders
Slot Limit Fishing regulation which requires release of fish within a listed size range (or slot). Once they take in the bait they can pull the line through the sinker eye not feeling any resistance which would cause them to spit out the bait. When a fish strikes a trolled lure. Slow Roll A fishing retrieve by slow rolling a spinner bait or weedless spoon over cover. Soft Plastic’s A category classification of any lure made from soft plastic’s. Slough A narrow stretch of water such as a creek of stream off a lake or river system. A slip sinker rig is well suited when still fishing the bottom for light biting fish such as walleyes. Slip Bobber A fishing rig component that uses a float/bobbermade of wood or dense foam around a hollow tube. Ski Short term used for describing a Muskie / Musky.
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Sinking Line A flyline design to sink below the surface of the water for getting a wet fly or streamer down deeper. Can be found with different sink rates for different fishing styles Sinkers Any type of weight used for fishing rigs. Size Limits Fishing regulations which limits anglers to keep fish based upon size. A snubber is a length of surgical tubing with a swivel attached at both ends. Slit Refers to the lake bottom content also known as muck. the snubber stretches out to absorb the impact and then retracts. Slip Sinker Any sinker that fishing line passes through. wood. made from lead or steel. Snubbers Used on trolling rigs from the Dipsy Diver to the leader. in which the fishing line slips through to a line knot/stop above the weight and hook. Inside the tubing is a coiled piece of heavy line. The slip bobber is used for deep water live bait presentations mainly for walleyes and crappies and panfish. rocks or on the bottom. weeds. Slider A trolling rig by attaching multiple fishing lines to a single down rigger cable and weight by using sliding releases. Snap A rigging component used to connect the lure from a leader or directly to the fishing line.
Spring Fed Water system that is supplied water through a underground spring. the act of releasing eggs into the water by female fish for fertilization by male fish. Split Shot Type of round weight made from lead or steel that is pinched on fishing line. spoons are made from metal with hooks attached. Split Shotting A finesse rig by using a small split shot above a single light wired hook using live bait or small soft plastic’s. Usual lengths approximately 4 to 5 feet.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Soft Tail Lures Hard bodied lures incorporating a soft plastic swimming or shad tail. Splash Tail A surface lure with a bell shaped metal tail attached on the end that flaps side to side also known as a flap tail. Split Ring A lure component (wired ring) connecting the hooks to the lure. Spawn Sac’s are made from fish egg’s or roe tied together in using a fine mesh netting. virtually used for all game fish with thousands of varieties and colors. Spoons Considered one of oldest lures used in fishing. Stick Bait
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. Spawning Reproductive activity of fish. Spud A ice fishing metal chisel to clean frozen over holes. Spawn Sac’s A effective bait used for Salmon. Spinning Reel A open faced reel mounted underneath the rod. Stained Water Refers to water color caused by minerals tree roots or drainage. Spinner Bait A safety pin styled lead head wire blade (s) lure with a single hook dressed with rubber skirt hair or soft plastic’s. Steelhead and Trout when spawning occurs in streams and rivers. Spincaster A closed face spinning fishing reel mounted on the top of a rod employing a push button release for casting. The line is retrieved in a spinning fashion over the bail. Used as bait on a drift fishing bottom rig.
brush piles. Stragglers Term used when a school of fish move and a few stay behind. Swivels acts as a line stop and rigging connectors for bottom rigs also connects the fishing line to a leader to prevent line twist.All you need to know about “FISHING”
A lipless slender plug or topwater lure that is given action by the angler manipulating the rod and reel. Strip On’s A old time fishing rig also called Prescott Spinner. old bridge pilings and fence posts. Made from stiff wire with a rotating blade on front. cribs and rocks which creates habitats for feeding fish. Also called Neutrally Buoyant Lure. The wire is slid through a minnow attaching a double hook on the end loop. Stink Bait Home made or commercially bought stink baits are concoctions of ingredients that produces a unique aroma that attract catfish and carp. Swimming Lures Any type of lures that are designed to swim as a baitfish by providing a wobble. Suckers A commercially sold minnow as live bait for Northern Pike. Suspending Lures In context used to describe a suspending crank bait. making the bait go back-and-forth to resemble a wounded baitfish. Structure Underwater structure is basically all solid objects rising from the bottom of a lake or river that isn't part of the actual bottom as in tree’s. Stinger Hook Additional hook added to a lure or jig as called trailer hook.
. Swivel A rigging component with many uses. Suspended Fish Fish that relate to open water away from structure." Stick-Ups Any above surface stationary structure such as tree stumps or limbs. Stringer A steel or nylon cable with or without snap hooks to keep fish. which is called "walking the dog. vibrate or wiggle motion. Walleyes and Muskies. upon stopping the retrieve the bait will suspend at that water level.
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Tackle Box A container that stores fishing equipment in a organized manner for transporting and protecting the tackle from the weather elements. Taper Underwater structure gently slopes downward. Tail Gunner A muskie rig by attaching a combination of a single hook. Thermocline During the summer months lakes stratify into layers. Terminal Tackle A category classification for rigging components such as: hooks. Test A measurement of fishing line strength as stated on the label. Upon a fish strike the rod will follow a downward motion indicating a fish strike. push the hook to the eye. turn the hook and insert the point back into the lure with out exposing the point of the hook. These are areas underwater where warmer layers of water meet cooler layers. Thumper Tail Lure A jointed surface lure with a rotating rear section using a metal cupped tail blade. Tinsel A metallic filament used in lure tying to provide flash and color on great lakes flies. The function of a tip down is a rod holder and a strike indicator. baitfish hang just above the thermocline. Texas Rig A weedless bottom rig used on soft plastic lures. To make the rig weedless insert the hook about 3/8 of a inch in the front of the lure. Terrestrial Term used to describe land-based insects which are often food for fish. Tail Spinners A tear drop weighted head jig with a blade mounted on the tail used for vertical jigging. snaps. Used on soft plastic worms. shaped as a H with a base.
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. Tippet The monofilament section of the fly rig between the leader and the fly. weights swivels. crawfish and lizards. while larger game fish are found suspended in or just below it. snap swivel and blade to a soft plastic lure or live sucker to add attraction and color. To rig a bullet weight is threaded on the line then a hook is tied. and bobber stops. Generally. The ice fishing rod is held on a tip down balancing on a pivot rod at a 45 degree angle upward maintaining depth control of the bait. Tip Down Used for ice fishing a tip down is made of wood or plastic. this is the themocline and where fish are often active. inland stream flies as well as bucktails. split rings.
Upon a fish strike the reel will turn moving the trip rod releasing the flag. weeds to rocks etc… Also used in fish migration context. Treble Hook A three pronged hook used on most all lures. mounted on the bow or stern. Used for all game fish. Trolling boards allows the angler to run multiple rod set-ups by placing sliding releases on the connecting line.
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. The tip up rig is placed over a ice fishing hole on the cross piece with the metal tube turned vertically and placed in to the water. Used for controlled drifting / casting and boat positioning. Torpedo Lure A top water lure shaped as a cigar or torpedo. They are drawn through the water by a connecting line from the boat or mast to the board itself unlike a planer board that is connected to the fishing line. Centered on the cross piece is a metal tube filled with anti freeze attached to a reel on the bottom and a trip bar on top. Trolling Board A trolling board are either single ordouble in make up. Triggering The act of causing a fish to bite / strike a lure or live bait. Tributary A stream that flows into a larger stream. Trolling Motor A electric small fishing motor powered by marine batteries. The retrieve used is “Walk the Dog” using short cadence snaps making the lure move side to side. Trolling A fishing method where fishing lines are pulled behind a boat to attract and catch fish. The amount of line used is held by the trip rod using the metal wire with the flag. Trailer Hook Additional hook added to a lure or jig as called stinger hook. Transition A term used when describing changing of water bottom conditions such as hard to soft. rigged with a jig or hook inside. Topwater Lure Any lure that floats on the water also known as a surface lure.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Tip-Up Used for ice fishing a tip up is a set rig using a cross piece of plastic or wood with a spring loaded wire and flag attached. Topper Lure A straight top water lure with propellers in front and back. Tubes A hollow bodied soft plastic lure tipped with tentacles.
Twitching A fishing retrieve.
Walking Sinker Used on bottom rigs made from lead or steel The walking sinker is designed to pivot on it's heel and let the line slide through the eye. or a Gore-Tex-like material. This allows wind and wave action to mix the entire lake. Favorite bait for panfish used year round.
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Vertical Movement Up and down movement of fish through water columns also a fishing technique by jigging. However. Waypoint A GPS term for location. nylon. Can be insulated to supply warmth. Typically made of neoprene. Walk the Dog A fishing retrieve used on the surface by snapping a torpedo type lure with short cadence snaps to move the lure side to side. the act of popping a minnow type lure on the surface to sub surface creating a erratic motion of a distressed baitfish. spot. the larvae are milky white or light tan about 3/4" in length. warming may occur too rapidly in the spring for mixing to be effective. or destination (latitude/longitude) that can be stored in memory to be recalled and used at a later time for navigation purposes. fly boxes and other equipment while fishing. especially in small sheltered lakes. Waxworms The wax worm is the larvae of the wax moth.
Waders Protective outer clothing used to keep the fisherman dry when standing or float-tubing in water. Mixing allows bottom waters to contact the atmosphere.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Turnover Fall cooling and spring warming of surface water act to make density uniform throughout the water column. raising the water's oxygen content. It's shape also prevents it from rolling and the streamlined shape resists snags. Vest A piece of clothing used to hold various tools.
Vise The tool used to hold a hooks or lures in place while tying or building lures.
Wolf River Bait Rig Popular river bottom fishing rig named after the river it is used on.All you need to know about “FISHING”
Weedless A term used to describe making a lure. lizard or crawfish. Weedline A weed line or weed edge is caused by a change in depth. The basic components are a bell sinker with a length of line to a three way swivel connecting to the rod and a short leader to the hook. or transition of the bottom type. Wobbler A international term used to describe a jointed plug or crank bait. and serve as food for fish and other larger organisms. Worm Harness A fishing rig using a leader with multiple single hooks for night crawlers along with a combination of blades and or floats. Wire Line Used for deep water trolling. Worm’n A bass fishing technique using a soft plastic worm. Cast drop and drag slowly.
Zooplankton Small or microscopic animals that float or drift in great numbers in water. fiber or plastic guards over the hook.
. wire line is available in single wire or stranded made of copper and nickel-copper alloy and stainless steel. especially at or near the surface. jig or hook minimize snagging on weeds or wood by using a wire.
All you need to know about “FISHING”
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