White River Trout Fishing Tips

Arkansas White River continues to attract trout fishing enthusiasts. Its cold water is an amazing spot for fishing rainbow and brown trout. The tailwaters from Bull Shoals Dam in the middle of the towns of Lakeview and Bull Shoals, Arkansas are stocked with 9-inch rainbows that do not seem to discriminate bait. The river is truly a rich source of rainbows and all that a fly fisherman has to do is to get through them and look for the perfect fish.

Most large trout hide off the current. They usually take these pockets of water as their sanctuary. Stocked trout fish look for these currents and seem to flourish in the waves. Brown trout however remain your best bet as a trophy fish. They can easily be caught undercover in still and calm waters. You can also put your bet on 20-inch rainbows that ordinarily stay away from the dam.

Searching for the kind of trout you are looking for can both be exciting and fun. You paddle across the water in search for them, except that you are not allowed near the dam where the turbines are turning. When you paddle away from it, rise in water is ordinarily preceded by alert sirens as a warning that water levels may be rising.

Most experts will tell you that you can easily catch big trout in pockets of water as the river expands out. These pockets of water can be found on both banks where you can see tree stumps, up until the end of the trail. Near the right side of the river or towards its southern part, you can as well find some gently flowing flats. Along these areas, big trout can be found.

A two-pound brownie will prove to be a fight. Along with your natural strength, throwing a muddler minnow near these stumps will give you added power to strip it back. You will notice that there are grasses hanging over the flats and when released, the trout will be there looming larger than life.

Also, you are advised not to try a black PT. Some natives have already tried this but without success. The best way to do this is perhaps to go to the hare’s ear. Casting rods, on the other hand, will prove to be a difficult task. You may have to cast them a couple of times until the nymph can get through the overhanging grass.

Catching your prized trophy requires persistence. Always watch out for the best indicator before you make your strike. You must understand that a successful battle with your rod is half the challenge.

These spots in the White River are quite a rich source of trout. But finding and catching your prize will prove to be a difficult task, unless you have the required persistence and an eye for where you can best get your trout.

Resorts abound along the White River. Some fly fishermen stay in these resorts while taking their time in their hunt for trout. One of the best resorts in the area is White River Inn. It provides everything fly fishermen need. It is located a couple of miles downstream from the dam.

Source by James Field

If You Want to Catch More Fish, Learn To Think Like One

Yes, you can leave your fish catching success to chance, but if you want to catch more fish, you must learn how to think like the fish you are trying to catch. Consistent success and fishing enjoyment is more than just baiting up your hook, casting it out and waiting for the fish to bite. This one basic premise will improve your fish catching ability and will set you apart from the fishing novices. How do you think the fishing pros are able to consistently catch fish when other fishermen do nothing but drown their bait? They use the same fishing tackle, rods and reels, fishing lures and live bait as everyone else, but they always catch more fish.

You will catch more fish!

That little teaser should have caught your attention. However, learning how to put this technique into practice takes time, patience and persistence.

Let us start at the beginning. How do you learn to think like a fish? For starters, pick one of your favorite target fish species and begin to learn everything you can about that fish. It is important to understand things like, how it feeds, how it moves around each day, what are its migratory and breeding patterns, what kind of habitat it prefers, what type of fish or food source it feeds on, just to name a few. Also important to understand is how the current, tides and moon phases effect your target fish species’ activities and habits.

One way to start learning how to catch more fish, is to learn how to find your target fish species under any circumstances. Visit your local fishing tackle and bait stores. Get to know these people, because often they will have a broad knowledge of the fishing in that area. They can be a great source of fishing knowledge and how-to tips of not only learning where to fish, but also the why and how of locating fish. Instead of just asking them where the best fishing spots are, also ask questions about your targeted fish species. Try to learn what makes the fish tick, and what are it basics habits and tendencies. You will be amazed at how willing most of these folks are to share their expertise, especially if you are returning the favor and patronizing their store.

The next thing to do is to go fishing. Prepare yourself ahead of time with the proper fishing tackle, lures, bait and a notepad. Start in an area known to hold your targeted fish, and make notes about the current conditions; including, the date, time, wind direction and speed, temperature, tidal flow, water conditions and any other specific notes you feel like making. The most important thing is to start thinking like the fish you want to catch. Ask yourself, where would you be hiding and moving to. For example, if it is a real hot summer day, and the current is slack, and a low tide, the fish may not be up on the shallow flats. They may be looking for cooler water, so they may have moved to some deeper pot holes, or slid off a ridge or shallow bank and eased into deeper waters. Keep looking and when you find the fish, make more notes. The old saying that practice makes perfect is certainly true when it comes to catching more fish consistently.

To help you along, learn your local fishing waters and fishing grounds. Locate the ‘fishy’ areas and mark them on your GPS unit. If you do not have a GPS, then buy a nautical chart, or fishing chart. Locate shoreline points, eddys, potholes, sandbars, oyster bars, rock piles and submerged structures, and over time you will learn which places to go to depending upon the current conditions you are faced with, and that will make all the difference in your fishing world.

1 Bass Fishing Method That Has Worked Well For Me Many Times

In this article I am going to explain the tactic I use for catching largemouth bass in Springtime. I know of no other activity that brings so much excitement as does largemouth bass fishing in the Springtime!

First step is to choose the lure! For this tactic it’s best to use rubber/soft lures. I personally prefer to use something with lots of action, yet lightweight so as to not make a big splash when it hits the water. My choice of baits is a 6″ salamander/lizard. I have used rubber worms to some degree of success but nothing compares to a salamander with curly legs. I usually choose dark colors for the murky waters. Pumpkinseed, watermelon or just plain black (in that order)are the most producing. A nice shiny one will work if you happen to be in a gravel pit or other lake that tends to keep crystal clear water.

Now find some good, strong worm hooks (The bigger the better IMO). Eagle Claws are my personal favorite because they tend to be thicker and stronger than other brands. Make sure you use a strong one! The skinny wire ones are nice to look at and have a nice feel but they just don’t normally have the strength to hold onto a 6+ pound largemouth. Also make sure you get worm hooks and not straight shank hooks. I prefer the ones that start to curve out and away directly after the eyelet. The type with an 1/8″ straight shot off the eyelet (look kinda like a J)are OK but they don’t seem to really twist and grab onto the fishes mouth like I prefer them to. I lose more fish by using those type than the more curvy type so I just avoid them altogether. After all, there’s no worse feeling than to set the hook on what feels like a submarine only to have it throw the empty hook at you the first time it breaches the water.

Now what you want to do is take your salamander and run the tip of the hook right into the middle of it’s head from the front toward the tail. Sort of like you would be running it right into it’s mouth if it were live bait. Once you’re into the worm about 1/8″ or so bring the hook out through the bottom of the salamander. Push the hook all the way in until the eyelet is covered by rubber and then flip the hook over and set the tip back into the salamander’s belly. You should now have a virtually weedless salamander with the hook acting as sort of a sail fin underneath. This is the perfect way to hook a rubber salamander for this tactic of bass fishing, you’ll see why in a bit.


Now comes the last and arguably most important step of all in preparing for water entry. Make sure you have some glass rattles! If you don’t know what I mean then go to your local sporting goods store and ask for soft bait rattles. They’re basically a short 1/2″ or so glass tube sealed off at both ends with a couple tiny steel BBs inside. I recommend the glass ones 100% over the plastic ones you can get. If all you can get are plastic rattles then it’s better than nothing but glass rattles make a sound that the bass just can’t resist! Take a rattle and shove it into the head of the salamander, just behind where the hook comes out. I know people who put them into the body of the lure but I believe it works better in the head.

Now that you’re all set and baited up it’s time to hit the water. When you cast make certain that you give your bait time to sink to the bottom! Cast out and wait until your line goes slack and you will be on the bottom.

Now that you have your bait on the bottom of the lake what you want to do is just give it a little jerk. Jerk your pole straight up to bounce your bait off the bottom about 4″-6″. Not a hard jerk like you’re setting the hook but just a little one to give the salamander some movement. This is where putting the rattle in the head instead of the body comes into play. If it’s in the body then the BBs just rock back and forth in the glass tube giving a small bit of sound. In the head though, the BBs will slam into the end of the glass when you jerk and then again when the lure hits the bottom giving it much more sound to carry through the water. This sound appears to attract Bass very well in my experience!

Now just wait and watch your line! Do not real your line at this time! Just wait!

Watch your line for about 20-30 seconds and see if it moves. If nothing hit it then you should have a slack line and that’s how you want it. This gives the fish a little room to move with the bait. The more they can move with the bait the more they trust it to be real and therefore the further they will gobble it down their mouths.

After the 20-30 seconds has passed give it another little jerk and again, wait! Don’t reel your slack in because you want to have a slack line. As long as your line is loose and has slack the bass usually will not drop your bait! (I have let a Bass run around with my bait for several meters without jerking and they usually do not drop it until they feel the tension on the line.) The slack line offers you time to get prepared to set the hook.

Repeat the jerk and then watch your line for 20-30 seconds until one of 2 things happens. Either you will get a hit or you will reach the bank.

When a fish hits, your line will either just do a little bounce and drop or it will start running out. If he has it in his mouth he’s going to run with it and he usually will not drop it until he feels tension on the line. What I like to do now is let him run out a little ways. Sometimes I will even pull a little extra line off my reel while the line’s still loose to give him more time to run with it and therefore more time to get it further into his mouth.

Once you decide he’s run far enough with it let him pull until the line is nearly tight and then set the hook! Don’t reel any of the slack in, let the fish take it out until it’s tight and you just get ready to yank your rod!

When you set the hook make sure you come straight up over your head as hard and fast as you possibly can! You want to make sure you’ve got that hook pushed all the way through his mouth. Then real him in. Of course there’s more to be told on how to land a largemouth bass but I’ll save that for another article.

Now you know one more way to catch largemouth bass in the springtime! If you’ve tried everything else and you just can’t get them to bite, give this a try and your day might just get a little better. Of course I would never guarantee you’ll catch fish because once they hit the rest is up to you!

This is a technique I use frequently and have had quite a bit of success with it. In fact, I rarely Bass fish using any other technique in the Spring because I like this so much. However, that is not any sort of promise and shouldn’t be construed as such. Try this technique and see if it works for you. It does for me….that’s all I’m saying!

Source by Scott Beach

Fishing – The Perfect Pastime

Fishing is one of the most popular leisure sports in the world. It is a popular pastime and people of all ages and dispositions like to spend time waiting to catch a fish. Large populations all around the world are employed in the fishing business, as fish are one of the most traded in commodities in the global market. Here we are not going to talk about commercial fishing, but about recreational fishing.

Types of recreational fishing

Depending upon the gear used, recreational fishing can be divided into two categories:

1. If one uses a pole with reel-able line and bait or a lure of some kind on the end, it can be called pole fishing.

2. Another type of fishing is fly fishing which is like pole fishing, but uses a whipping motion to act like a fly above water and the reel is on the very back end of the pole.

Family-Owned Fishing Charter

Whether you are new to fishing or an old pro, you would certainly enjoy a fishing tour. Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks are a family-owned Darwin fishing Charter Company located in the top end of Australia. On their Top End fishing charters, you can do Barramundi fishing , deep sea fishing or reef fishing. Fish the Darwin Harbour or the outer reefs up to 100m offshore with Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks fishing charters. They have many years of fishing experience in the tropical waters of the Northern Territory coastline and they offer barramundi fishing trips to remember. Their speciality is giving you the ultimate fishing charter available in the magnificent tropical Top End waters of Australia.

Whether your goal is to land a barramundi or a premier light tackle sport fish or a prime-eating reef dweller, Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks covers the lot. From fishing as an individual or family to a conference group, party or corporate, Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks can cater to all your needs. Their wide variety of fishing experiences caters to all levels. This family-owned company prides themselves on providing a fishing experience never to be forgotten and an exceptional opportunity to make the catch of a lifetime. To know more about Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks and to book a fishing trip of a lifetime, drop by their website at www.darwinreefnwrecks.com.au.

Source by Tim Barrels

How To Catch Walleye In Kentucky

Walleye can sometimes be an elusive creature that forces anglers to think outside the box when trying to catch one on a line. Some days walleye hang out near the top of the water surface. Other days, they are content to lurk in the dark reaches of the water depths. Hiding behind large rocks and gravel overhangs for protection. It all depends on the day and mood of walleye. This white, flaky fish is suited for cold water in the medium water depths with gravel, sand or rock bottom surface.

Kentucky offers up a wealth of lakes and rivers that are home to walleyes of every shape and size. During spawn season, which occurs in early spring, walleye make the trek from the lakes into feeder streams. Other spawning areas include shallow clean surface bottoms that lie within tales reach of deeper waters. Walleye prefer murky water conditions with virtually no current.

One of the best lakes in Kentucky for fishing walleye is Dale Hollow Lake. This 28,000-acre lake is home to big sized walleye. Although the average is four pounds, there have been reports of walleye in excess of ten pounds or more coming from the waters. Situated along the Tennessee-Kentucky border approximately five miles south-west of Albany, Kentucky, Dale Hollow Lake is part of a hearty walleye stocking project. This results in flourishing walleye habitats that produce bigger size and quantities of the fish.

Other great Kentucky lakes for walleye fishing include the Green River Lake that is approximately two miles south of Campbellsville, Kentucky. Located in the central portion of the state, this lake is 8,200-acres in size. Another fantastic walleye hotspot is Lake Cumberland that produced the state record walleye weighing in at 21 lbs 8 oz. Located in the south-central portion of Kentucky, this lake is a massive 63,000-acres in size.

Outside of these, there is Laurel River Lake, which is 6,000-acres and located a mere two miles west of Corbin, Kentucky. Finally, there is Nolin River Lake for Kentucky walleye fishing. This 14,500-acre lake sits in the west-central portion of the state. In addition to lakes, Kentucky boasts a number of impressive rivers for walleye fishing. Some of the more notable ones include Worley and Blue Heron rivers.

The best times to fish in these rivers is nighttime during good moonlight exposure. With the right bait, walleye begin chasing what they think is a shiny minnow moving through the dark waters. Another river hotspot is the Joe Shoal. Sitting approximately one mile downstream from the Blue Heron Coal Mining Community Museum, this river reels in ten to thirteen pound walleye.

Source by Daniel Eggertsen

Fishing Boats – Escalure Fishing Tackle

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If you’re a first-timer and you want to purchase fishing boats in a hassle-free way, there are some tips that can help you out. These tips can be very useful when you are selecting the right fishing boat for you.

It is always advisable to put into consideration the role that the fishing boat has to play. We all know that the fishing boats’ main function is to be utilized in fishing activities. But prior to your purchase, it is necessary to take into account some other purposes.

Do you intend to use your fishing boat in the ocean, lakes, or in other bodies of water? Before buying, it is always good to consider the place or the setting where you will be using your fishing boat. Another important consideration is the time your fishing boat will be used. Are you going to use it for day fishing and day trips or for fishing activities overnight? If you are planning to use your fishing boat for overnight fishing in the ocean, it is better to choose a fishing boat that features a hull. Fishing boats like these are made specifically for rough waters. They promise more comfort due to their ability to ride with the ocean’s waves.

Moreover, your budget definitely matters. Fishing boats can be costly so it is important that you know how much you want to invest for your boat. You should also ask if the fishing boat that you want to buy has a warranty. Since warranties are not uniform across dealerships, brands, or even the time of the year, you need to carefully scrutinize the warranty that comes with the fishing boat you wish to purchase.

Aluminum Fishing Boats

Aluminum fishing boats are growing more and more popular these days because of the many advantages they have over those that are made from fiberglass or steel. Aluminum fishing boats are typically more resistant to corrosion, rot and leaks and they are more power-efficient. Aside from that, aluminum fishing boats are also stronger and are easy to fix and repair once they get damaged.

It is true that you need more bucks in purchasing an aluminum boat but it will pay off in the long run with much savings in fuel, repairs and upkeep and maintenance and towing. Aluminum fishing boats are ideal not only for fishing but also for your recreational activities. They can be used if you want to cruise with your family, whether in fresh or salt waters.

Aluminum fishing boats are good for individual fishermen because they are really easy to manage. This type of fishing boat has a high strength-to-weight ratio making it easy to carry by just one person. It is also easy to load on an ordinary vehicle and set into the water when you are ready to use it. Another factor that adds to the aluminum fishing boat’s versatility is that it is easy to upgrade. This boat allows you to install some features that you may want.

Also, you can’t question the durability of an aluminum fishing boat. They sport a solid construction with metal pieces welded along the boat’s seams which prevents water from getting inside and makes joint disconnection less likely to happen. Unlike fiberglass fishing boats that usually shatter, aluminum fishing boats withstand impacts by means of deforming into dents or dings which can simply be hammered out.

An aluminum fishing boat is undoubtedly a good investment. Because it is lighter, it requires a smaller motor that require less fuel to operate. Talking about maintenance, an aluminum fishing boat just needs regular cleaning and not routine maintenance like waxing. With its many advantages, an aluminum fishing boat is truly of great value.

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Inflatable Fishing Boats

Have you ever considered an inflatable fishing boat, rather than a traditional “boat”? They cost much less money, and are extremely portable. If you’re looking for a boat, it may be time to give and inflatable boat a look. There are kayaks, personal pontoon boats, and motor mount boats that all come in inflatable versions. Seriously, there are even inflatable boats that you can mount small engines onto.

Personal pontoon boats are a wonderful way to fish a river. They offer speed and versatility that walking and wading can’t even compare to. With the aid of a personal pontoon boat, a person can cover miles and miles over river in a few short hours. These inflatable fishing boats offer an angler the ability to explore water that otherwise would go un-fished. This is especially true in the west, where rivers experience much less fishing pressure than other areas of the country.

Inflatable Kayaks can be wonderful for running rivers with a heavier flow. As a matter of fact, some inflatable Kayaks can be used in up to class 4 rapids! It’s true, although I would suggest that only experienced boaters try running rapids of this caliber right off the bat. Inflatable kayaks can be wonderful for those of you who fly into remote fishing camps. They fold up small enough to fit right on the float plane with you. Inflatable kayaks are also great for campers, seeing as how the kayak will fit into a backpack, so that it can be carried with you. Yep, if you like to hike into remote lakes, an inflatable kayak might be perfect for you.

There are even inflatable motor mount boats. My family has an inflatable motor mount boat at our cabin in northern Canada. We also have a small 5 horsepower motor for our inflatable that pushes the boat around quite well. Then when it’s time to leave, we simply deflate the boat and store it in the basement until the next year. It’s a beautiful system. The cost of one of these motor mount inflatables is considerably less than a traditional boat that can easily cost into the high thousands of dollars. We find our inflatable to be a cost effective alternative.

Inflatable boats come in all shapes and sizes in this day and age and offer boaters added conveniences that traditional boats just don’t offer. If you’re in the market for a boat, it may be time to give inflatables some consideration. A quality inflatable may make boating necessary for many people who thought that boating was beyond their budget.

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Source by Escalure Fishing Tackle

Fishing Tips: Bass Fishing

Will most common types of fishing is bass fishing. Bass can be found in ponds, lakes, streams, and reservoirs. In this article we will talk about a few fishing tips in understanding the conditions in places where bass are likely to be found. There are three main elements that must be present in the water for bass to survive. These three are food, oxygen, and cover. These variables can change including the water conditions, the water levels, the weather, and the food available for them.

Bass primarily feed on crawfish. These are easier for them to catch and are generally more available where bass are at.

However they could eat anything including mice, frogs, worms, salamanders, insects, leeches, and much more. Because they feed on such a wide variety of food it’s much easier to find them which are why people enjoy bass fishing so much.

A basic rule of thumb to follow it is that the cooler the water the more oxygen available. Oxygen is a major thing for finding bass fish. So if you’re fishing in the spring, summer, or early fall you will find larger bass will go lower where it is cooler and more oxygen filled water.

They will also go to areas that are concentrated in vegetation to find more oxygen as well. Oxygen can be found in plants, trees, stumps, and so on, which is a good place to find bass fish.

Cover is another important element of protection for bass. Since they are a fairly lazy fish they wait for their food come to them.

An interesting fact is bass do not have eyelids so they use cover to protect blindness. You can also find bass in covered areas such as fence rows pilings, docks, pieces of wood or decaying wood. You can even find bass in weeds or under rocks if they’re looking for additional cover.

Everyone has their own opinion on what is the best way to fish and bass fishing is no different. It is been proven that certain lures and baits such as Tequila 7 inch worms with an added scent work well for catching bass. For light bait Hellgrammites are particularly effective.

One final fishing tip we want to offer on bass fishing is bass are particularly lazy. You are going to have to go after them if you expect to catch them. You can have your bait no more than 10 yards from a bass and they will not swim to get it.

These are few fishing tips as it pertains to bass fishing. You will have to work at it and create your own luck if you expect to be successful catching bass fish.

Source by William Hutchinson

Lessons that Fishing Can Teach And You Can Apply In Your Life

There are a few unique lessons you pick up as you practice the way of the fisherman that become so deeply ingrained in your soul that whatever may happen they will always be with you and as such you will be applying them in your everyday existence.

These types of abilities are generally acquired steadily right up until they grow into an essential element of your way of looking at life. They become second nature to you and are in effect your guiding values. Each one of these had to be learned and practiced as you fished, and as you have lived.
Being Patient.
One of the first things that a fisherman has to contend with is frustration. The antidote is patience. The need for patience goes hand in hand with fishing and must grow into a skill. You will find many different types of days when fishing. You will have excellent times and lousy days, and yet each one of these requires a little bit of patience and sometimes more than just a little. Sounds like life and in life as in fishing patience delivers benefits (as well as much less tension).
Will Power.
There is a time when trees and under water obstacles seem to take up much more of your efforts than the actual fishing. As long as you keep your mind set on your goal, and have the will power to continue even when things are going wrong, you will succeed. Then suddenly a day will come when not only do you catch an odd fish, but you begin to catch more and more. This is a direct result of having the will to continue. In life something decidedly similar happens.
Being Prepared.
On a few occasions a fisherman will be so impatient to rush out and catch something that he won’t check his equipment and when the moment arrives he finds either the line all tangled up, or with out his lures or any of a hundred things that can happen to his gear, has happened. Be prepared and check your gear. In life, both business and personal, being prepared or anticipating your and others needs will be of great benefit to you.
Being Observant.
Lift your head up, look around. Stop and watch your surroundings. There, next to that boulder by the tree, there is a small pool and if you watch closely you will see a swarm of very small flies, and beneath that you will see, for a split second, a flash of silver. You can then place a small fly on your taper and go for that spot. You will find there is  a remarkable difference between looking and observing. You can look at something without being aware but when you are in an observant mode it isn’t simply your vision that is engaged, all of your sensory faculties and your brain get involved. Any time you are fishing feel the brief and hardly noticeable changes in the air, in the water and around you. If you can conquer this skill and apply it at other times you will not only have an advantage over the majority of people, but will also find your life to be much fuller.
To recap: Being patient, applying your will power, being prepared and observant, these are skills that will stand you in good stead wherever you are. Fishing hones these skills for you until they become second nature.

Source by Philip Robinson

Fishing With Red Worms

One of the best baits for fishing is the red worm and in this article I'm going to provide some tips for fishing with red worms that will make you a much more effective angler. I was introducing to the red worm by my fishing mentor in central Pennsylvania. Before being introduced to red worms I always used night crawlers for fishing. My mentor enlightened me to the fact that these worms can be much better bait than night crawlers for fishing, especially in certain situations.

This type of worm is much smaller than their night crawling cousins, which many times have to be pinched in half to use effectively as fishing bait. At the end of the day a red worm look just like a baby night crawler and is much more effective as fishing bait, especially when fishing in rivers and streams.

When fishing with red worms it's important to use gang hooks to rig them effectively. This way your red worms can be presented outstretched, they way God intended. Gang hooks are a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, and when fishing with red worm's size 8 or 10 gang hooks should always be used. Truth be told, with red worms size 10 should usually be employed. Size 10 hooks are small enough to be hidden by the worms body yet are not detectable to the fish. If you think size 10 hooks are too small to catch large fish, consider the fact that I personally hook and land 3-5 pound trout and smallmouth bass on size 10 gang hooks.

Fishing with red worms obviously also involves carrying your worms with you, and having an effective way to accomplish this task is also important. Having an effective way to carry your red worms is especially important to the river / stream angler. Just throwing the Styrofoam container in your fishing vest will work, but having an effective red worm carrier is a big plus.

An effective worm carrier keeps your worms within easy reach, while still keeping your hands free for fishing. This way your worms are always at your fingertips and you know exactly where they are at all times. The most effective worm carrier that I've ever come across is the JRW bait bag. This is simply a small pouch that clips to your fishing vest, shirt, or pants and carries your live worms while fishing. The use of a bait bag is a must for anyone that's fishing with red worms.

My favorite place to use red worms for fishing is in the flowing waters of rivers and / or streams. Allowed a red worm to flow naturally with the current, as it rolls along the bottom, is an extremely effective fishing technique. This technique is effective for trout, bass, and walleye. Heck, it's effective for any fish that swims in the current of your favorite river or stream. The bottom line is that fishing with these worms can be much more effective than fishing with other worm species.

Source by Trevor Kugler

How to Make Homemade Carp Baits Using Superior High Protein Ingredients!

Protein has always seemed to be part of the key in carp bait success, but there is much confusion about which ingredients to use! The how and why of using whole and treated proteins to create world-class pre-digested, probiotic and prebiotic active homemade baits is absolutely vital to understand as much as possible to truly maximise your results! Read on and transform your catches right now!

Anglers have used protein as the basis of their baits ever since Isaac Walton using rabbit meat. The high protein milk protein bait cult of the seventies and early eighties only led more and more people to seriously think that whole proteins such as caseins were vital to big carp success. But there is far more to protein baits than using whole proteins!

In the earlier years of carp fishing for instance in the seventies when I began carp fishing, we used very simple seeming yet complex baits for carp called ‘specials’ which were paste baits made predominantly and ironically enough, from many of the most often used bait ingredients today. The biggest difference in bait recipes back then was that most anglers used water in their baits. But then more and more people used eggs to bind their special pastes together as this relatively insoluble material made paste baits more durable and longer-lasting against pest fish.

Then the idea of heating paste baits really took off and instead of using paste baits which were normally anything from golf ball sized to even as big as an orange, the size of baits were dramatically reduced to usually under 25 millimeters in diameter. At the stage of using eggs and boiling baits, carp baits became known as ‘boilies’. At this stage and around this time many developments were manifesting which all led to huge breakthroughs in catching far more carp compared to simply doing things by more haphazard means. Carp fishing became far more methodical as more and more anglers did more and more methodical testing and research.

The milk protein approach of Fred Wilton spread far and wide and anglers found that using milk proteins such as soluble caseins to bind their baits meant that their baits were super-resilient against pest species and instead of using pastes and re-casting every 30 minutes, anglers were able to cast out and fish overnight knowing their baits would be usually intact if not taken by morning.

But the boiling of baits and the coagulating of globulin proteins in special pastes meant that the most vital parts of baits got locked up as they were made drastically less soluble, this defeating the primary action of baits I.e. to become solution and produce a very significant concentration gradient of feeding triggers, attractants etc in the water column!

The key to bait success is in the actual size of the molecules or bits of information that carp detect and respond to chemically and bio-chemically in different ways and in the ways that water reacts with such fine aspects of your bait in action. Baits work in solution. This is of paramount importance to understand. And this is the only way that carp can detect your baits other than at close proximity by vision or by audible means, or by subtle electrical means.

But chemically, carp detect the commonest substances found to be stimulatory to feeding responses by the interaction of the very fine parts of molecules interacting with proteins and ion channel surface ligands for instance in the olfactory system, where for instance a blend of amino acids in solution will activate the receptor in such a way to send signals to the brain of the carp in the appropriate area that triggers motion and feeding responses causing fish to seek the source of the dissolved substances they are experiencing.

They do this to determine if a stimulus is an opportunity or threat; carp baits can be both! Your purpose in creating baits is not to create a food source but to supply an incredibly potent true feeding stimulus which may indeed have beneficial factors for the fish, but primarily will ultimately get your hook into the mouths of fish (without satiating them!)

To supply a source of stimulation in enhanced ways truly maximised and optimised internally and externally is a fine art and takes testing and experience of levels combinations and so on, of ingredients, additives, enhancers, processes and so on. There are easy short-cuts however. Modern anglers seem to want ever faster short-cuts in the form of products off the shelf. But using these simply leaves the angler in the power of bait companies and their pricing policies and at the whim of ever changing fashions!

Originally high protein carp baits based around soluble milk proteins and hardened by soluble whey and caseins etc and bound with eggs were really thought of as the pinnacle of carp bait design. Anglers not using such high protein baits were actually not respected and regarded as ignorant! But it eventually transpired that the nutritional theories which led to the high protein bait revolution had many holes. For instance carp have only a limited capacity to digest and assimilate milk proteins beyond a certain point. Satiation is a major problem in using high protein boilies. How many eggs can you eat at any one time?

In fact in the early years of the original milk protein baits they were often simply pastes mixed with water which perhaps lasted half an hour on the hook. And in those days soft pastes where of course favourable because you could strike your hook point clear of a soft bait far more easily than if baits were hard! The use of all sorts of ingredients which bound baits up but made them hard really were in some ways more of an issue when boilies came along when the trend was to make very hard resilient baits.

One idea using baits high in caseins for instance was that carp would have to such much harder to take hook baits into the mouth and there would be a higher possibility of hooking fish this way using rock hard baits. This was of course in a context of the time, when far more baits were much softer and in paste form still.

These days the situation is reversed. The wary fish are far more easily caught on soft baits than smooth-surfaced machine-rolled hard boiled or steamed baits! Carp can easily sort the density and movement characteristics and other features and so on of hard baits even without touching them with their lips. They can waft then, fan them, even roll their flanks on them or lift them or fan them using fins. Carp can easily determine if a bait is suspiciously buoyant or too heavy due to weight of a hook, or if it is tethered in some way!

Most baits that get taken in the mouth which result in a hook up have been in and out of many mouths without those fish running, because so many fish simply spit hooks out without moving an inch from the position of sucking a bait in! Part of the way to defeat such fish is to leave boiled baits in lake water for 24 hours so that micro-organisms get to work breaking down the proteins in the bait, just as they would with free baits being put out and left for 24 hours on the lake bed.

Generally speaking most anglers are just too impatient to leave their hook baits out for 2 days. Therefore fish have been trained by anglers into the association that washed out baits are usually safe to consume!

But the interesting point here is that carp have also been conditioned to consume washed out baits because in fact these baits are more energy-efficient to consume compared to fresh baits! Baits are not strictly about food but are absolutely about stimulating true feeding responses!

You can have a really nutritionally-stimulating so-called food bait which carp are simply not willing to feed on because either they associate aspects of it with danger. Or carp may have simply been fed too much of it so they do not require the nutrition that standard methods of formulation and processing of readymade or homemade food baits supply!

There are very many situations on lakes where so many similar food baits have been used that the fish are predominantly too wary to feed on fresh food baits and really only feed on them with confidence once such baits have been on the lake bed for a considerable time. I mean enough time for microorganisms such as anaerobic bacteria to break down the more energy-draining aspects, the proteins down into free form amino acids, organic acids etc.

This energy short-cut of digestion is a crucial cornerstone of carp bait success. It is the difference between feeding fish and satiating them and creating a situation where your free baits are harnessed in real time induce the maximum number of takes possible. It is the difference between making very high protein milk protein boilies and fishing them fresh against such baits which have been partially pre-digested and cured. The difference in bait performance and catch results is enormous!

A number of anglers use monosodium glutamate as a taste enhancer in their baits. Basically this is an artificial salt form glutamate discovered by Karl Henrich Ritthausen by treating wheat gluten with sulphuric acid. Wheat gluten is a basic binder used in special paste baits before and around the time that eggs were first used by growing numbers of carp anglers to bind their baits.

Wheat gluten is an excellent binder but is not particularly digestible to carp and it locks up bait ingredients in a relatively insoluble matrix unfavourably (as do liquid and powdered egg also.) There are a number of superior materials to exploit instead of these!

Personally I avoid using eggs in any form as these lock up baits far too much. As wheat gluten is far less used these days it actually forms a valuable part of your bait making arsenal in binding baits without eggs. I personally prefer other materials but the reason I use wheat gluten here as an example is for the fact that the salt form of an amino acid, glutamic acid, has been acid-hydrolysed or split, from the whole protein, into the free form amino acid. This form of split protein, the amino acids and broken peptide linkages are the forms which carp readily detect even in relatively low concentrations! (Glutamic acid is a perfect example of a true feeding trigger!)

All proteins that you will use in your carp baits contain glutamic acid. And you can split or pre-digest or enzyme-treat or use hydrolysed forms of proteins to compose your baits and stimulate feeding by their high concentrations, and avoid the use of MSG which actually causes micro-bleeding at brain receptor sites (as does aspartame and aspartame-based artificial sweeteners such as Splenda!)

In order to make your food baits superior you need to split your protein ingredients as much as possible into their free form amino acids so you create a very significant excess of them in your baits. This aspect of your protein in your baits is what leaches out and stimulates true feeding!

Two of the most significant and superior carp bait ingredients are calcium caseinate (soluble casein) and enzyme-treated fish protein. There are many other hydrolysed, enzyme-treated materials that can be exploited, including keramine, hydrolysed keratine, enzyme-treated liver powder, and concentrated yeasts.

Some of the most used materials which are split using acids in the food industry to drastically improve flavour, taste, palatability and consumption are maize, rice, wheat, rapeseed, and various pulses (including soya.) Use this fact to stimulate your mind to consider possibilities of how to split aspects of your baits to seriously improve the feeding stimulation of your baits (beyond mere ‘food bait’ digestibility factors!)

Feeding stimulation always must come first! Your baits must generate as many bites as possible as fast as possible in real time; that is vitally important to understand and to optimise and maximise in as many unique ways as you can! Revealed in my unique readymade bait and homemade bait carp and catfish bait secrets ebooks is far more powerful information look up my unique website (Baitbigfish) and see my biography below for details of my ebooks deals right now!

By Tim Richardson.

Source by Tim F. Richardson

Summer Crappie Catching: Catch a Big Batch of Crappie!

Old School Crappie Fishing Family Secrets

Summer Crappie Fishing

In Many areas of the country the department of natural resources will create fish attracting structure for anglers, they uses concrete blocks with re-bar and other misc. material. Both Artificial or natural structure is great for summer crappie fishing. This replicates the natural cover and it’s a great place to find fish. Use the following methods during the summer months to fish around artificially created structure, and natural cover.

Remember : Fish around any structure, man made or natural, Crappie absolutely love structure!

Step#1 Use about 100 ft of half-inch anchor rope and drop anchor (if you are in a boat) about 100ft from the structure you are going to fish around. You want the wind or current to push your boat towards the attractor.(If you are not in a boat , get an anchor rope, tie an anchor to it , and throw it out there… you will see why in a moment)

Step#2 You can use your normal summer crappie fishing rod and reel setup, and for bait you can use “grass shrimp”, if available or “Missouri minnows”. When baiting up, make sure most of the hook is hidden inside the grass shrimp.

Step#3 Tie a 1/2″ long bass sinker to the end of your fishing line.

Step#4 Tie a number 4 Aberdeen gold hook about 6 inches above the sinker at the end of the line. Bait this hook with (2) grass shrimp, or (2) Missouri minnows.

Step#5 If you are in a boat, drop another anchor to keep the boat from being blown all over the place.

Step#6 Cast your bait as close to the anchor line that you can without getting tangled. Start to reel your bait in very slowly, occasionally “pop” or jerk your bobber using your wrist.While you are reeling in try to stay as close to the anchor rope as you can. Make sure you continue to “pop” the bobber as you reel your line in.

You see, Crappies love to hide in the shadow that is created by the anchor rope. This method can be used when you go summer crappie fishing or spring crappie fishing where there is artificial or natural structure.

Source by Mark Fleagle

All You Need to Know About Fishing Tackle

The most basic piece of equipment required for fishing is fishing tackle. Fishing tackle is a generic term that refers to equipment such as lures, bait, lines, rods, reels, nets and trawls, downriggers, outriggers, gaffs, harpoons, clevises, floats, and traps.

The kind of fishing tackle that you will require depends on the kind of fish that you are angling to catch. It will also be dictated by your experience in fishing. A fishing tackle can be as simple as a soda can with fishing line attached to it, or a pole with a line tied to the end. These simple forms of fishing tackle are used to fish near the bank.

Advanced users may want to consider a rod and reel arrangement. This type of fishing tackle uses reels to store a large amount of line. This enables you to cast your line further. A rod and reel arrangement is essential for fishing in deeper waters and for tackling larger fish. There are many different types of fishing tackle that employ the rod and reel arrangement. The four basic kinds are: spin cast, spinning, bait cast, and fly casting. For more information, visit our website at http://www.seaisletackle.com.

Spin cast

Spin cast fishing tackle is ideal for beginners as it is easy to use, after a bit of practice. A spin casting rod has a straight handle and line guides to prevent the line from running awry. The reel is mounted on top of the handle of the fishing rod. The fishing line comes out of a small hole in the cover of the reel. Spin casting is used to catch fish such as bluegill, crappie, and other pan fish.


Spinning fish tackle is so called because the casting reels spool spins as the line is cast out. The design is similar to spin casting fishing tackle except that the reel is usually mounted on the underside of the handle and the line is released by using the index finger. This sort of design takes a bit of practice, and is only recommended for more advanced users. The advantage of a spinning tackle is that it allows you to cast your line over a larger distance and lets you use a variety of fishing lines.

Bait casting

Bait casting is one of the most difficult forms of fishing tackle to use. As the line is controlled by your thumb, you have to put in many hours of practice to ensure that you can control the line properly. The advantage of bait casting is that it gives you an unbelievable amount of accuracy and control. In fact bait casting is the preferred method of fishing tackle for professional bass fishing.

Fly casting

Fly casting is regarded as the pinnacle of fishing tackle. This is the most difficult of all fishing tackles and requires a lot of practice and patience to master. The basic movement is similar to spin casting; however in fly casting, instead of relying on a weighted lure, the weight of the line itself carries the artificial fly to the fish. Fly casting allows you to cast your line with speed, accuracy, and gives maximum range. Fly fishing is a highly competitive sport and attracts thousands of enthusiasts every year.

Source by Robert Feuring