Introduction To Fishing - The Thrill Of The Catch

If you haven't fished before, you don't know what you're missing. If you did, you would be a fisherperson. Not only does it bring you closer to nature, there's the thrill of the catch. Imagine standing on the bank of a stream on a beautiful day, your rod bending under the weight of a good catch. This one's a fighter and you take your time, allowing the fish to tire itself out before reeling it to shore. When you finally land it, you realize you've just caught the biggest fish of your life. It's a great feeling and one you'll never know until you give fishing a try.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Night Time Bass Fishing - A Great Way To Fish


The classic image of bass fishing is lazing in a rowboat in the center of a lake on a sunny day. In spite of this, some smart bass enthusiasts have discovered that the finest way to get impressive bass through the summertime months is by fishing in the dead of night. 

There are a lot of reasons why night fishing for bass is a terrific idea, so if you haven’t tried night fishing yet, give it a shot and be set to reel in a few winners. 

Summer is the most fashionable season for fishing, which has both encouraging and negative aspects for sportsmen. Because bait and equipment are in so much demand during the hotter months of the year, these goods are abundant and easy to get hold of as retailers stock up in order to get the best bait and tackle to their customers. 

In spite of this, as fishing fans flock to lakes and rivers all over the country, all too frequently the calm and silence of the sport becomes very elusive, as numerous anglers hussle for position on the same water. The summertime crowds can take away a lot of the joy of bass fishing. If you prefer to fish at strange times of the night, it is possible that you will rarely run into the obstacle of congestion. Because only a minute percentage of bass fishermen come to the water in the dark, you should have no worry locating a pond or a river offering plenty of seclusion and a reserve of fish that is all yours for the taking.


An extra reason why bass fishing at night, during the summer can prove to be a sort of fisherman’s bonanza, has to do with the habits of the bass themselves. Bass like to stay cool, so they have a
tendency to go for the deepest waters that they can locate, through the intense heat of midday and afternoon. The deeper down in the pond the fish are hiding, the more difficult they are to catch and reel in. This can lead to futile afternoons of sitting in the oppressive heat and catching very few bass.
However, during the cool nighttime hours, the bass arrive a lot more readily into shallow waters. This means that they are simpler for anglers to find and to catch.


Even though nighttime bass fishing can be a lot more rewarding than trying to catch these elusive creatures during the day, there are some negatives to night fishing. One snag that many anglers are startled by during late night expeditions is insects. Be certain to take some insect repellent, to help you emerge from your night on the water without falling prey to mosquitoes and other balmy weather pests.


Another matter to contemplate is safety. Spending time in a boat when visibility is minimal, because of the lack of light, can be more risky than boating through the daytime, so make sure to take all of the needed precautions to protect yourself and your fishing buddies. If you plan to go night fishing I would definitely recommend investing in a hands free head torch.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Bass Fishing Basics: Get Started Today

There are different kinds of bass; the striped bass and the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass. The striped bass comes from the family of Percicthyidae and its other members include white bass and white perch. The striped bass and white bass are also known as temperate bass.

Striped Bass


Stripped bass fishing can sometimes be a very different activity compared to chasing those regular bass. The important thing to remember is that each and every fish requires a slightly different approach to maximize the possibility of success. The best way to go about things is to know the fish itself. Learn its movement and capability to escape prey.


Largemouth Bass


The largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass belong to the sunfish family Centrarchidae, whose other members include: bluegills, pumpkinseed and rock bass. These bass are also referred to as warm water bass or black bass.


 Smallmouth Bass


A smallmouth bass is a greenish brown color, with a vertically striped side. The easiest way to distinguish the two is simply by looking at their mouths.

If you recognize the upper jawbone extends past the eye then you know you have a largemouth bass on your hands. On the other hand, if the fish has a reddish eye, and the upper jaw bone stops before the eye, then you have caught a smallmouth bass.


Another good clue is the weight, a smallmouth bass weighs an average of seven and a half pounds. The best place to go smallmouth bass fishing is near rocky streams. Once you have caught them, they pretty much taste like a large mouth bass.


Bass fishing has progressively and gradually grown to be the most popular freshwater sport in the United States. Their popularity has increased due to the rise of the bass fishing tournament industry, that helps sell recreational fishing products and train other fishermen on how to catch bass.


Modern Bass Fishing has its roots in the Southern United States, originally for the purpose of food-hunt. The sport has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry. The sport has changed radically since the 1950’s from modest beginnings and has develops into the second most specifically sought after game fish in the USA. The sport has driven the development of all manner of fishing gear, from rods, reels, lines, lures, and electronics to modern 'Bass Boats'.


Competitive bass fishing alone generates approximately two billion dollars annually. Overall the latest numbers place the value of the sport at over seven billion US dollars.


The majority of participants no longer views Bass as a food fish. Nowadays, most fish are released as soon as it they are caught. In competitions anglers are penalized heavily for dead fish, in some cases dead fish are not weighed. Fish turned in for weighing are immediately released or placed in tanks and treated for stress and injury to their slime coats, then released back into the water.


Sports fishermen and governmental wildlife departments have initiated the Largemouth across the world. Largemouth bass can be found worldwide, Japan, Australia and South Africa have active programs of stocking. The subculture of competitive Bass Fishing has followed the fish across the globe. There have been a number of tournament events in the USA involving invited participants from Japan, South Africa and Australia.


Anglers themselves had created an organization where fishers can best enjoy the camaraderie of bass fishing with fellow sportsmen. Bass Fishing Clubs take their existence all the way to United States, and are split up by the western, central, and eastern divisions. These Bass Fishing club are an assortment, from competitive to recreational.


A usual bass fishing club will give and offer its member with newsletters, and occasionally periodicals that provide information about upcoming events, contests and tournaments. Bass Fishing clubs are a great way to get involved in tournament fishing as they can often be used as springboards to enter national tournaments.


Most of these bass fisher clubs have their own web pages where you can gather more information about the club specifically, including fees, locations, pictures and write ups of past events and tournament regarding bass fishing sport.


Unfortunately, we cannot give you the best insights on the most suitable technique in bass fishing because everything differs in one way or another. A small bass is differently caught from a big bass. The technique lies within your hand. It depends on you what technique to use best.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Rainbow Trout In The Uk.


Rainbow trout were introduced into the UK from the US in the early 1900’s.

This introduction coincided with the need to build extra water supplies for the growing industrial cities such as Bristol and Birmingham.

For a fish that is unable to breed naturally in all but a few British rivers the Rainbow trout has been an incredible success. This is due to its eagerness to feed compared with the native brown trout and its habit of shoaling.

Both of these soon made it a firm favourite with the fishermen and because of the Rainbow trout’s faster growth rate it was a favourite with the fish farmer as well.

The only fly in the ointment was that two different strains of rainbow trout were used – the Kamloops and the Shasta strain. Unfortunately these strains became sexually mature at different times of the year.

This resulted in fishermen catching ‘coloured’ fish in both late and early season.

The development of egg treatment solved this problem by producing Diploid rainbow trout which were all sterile females. This resulted in ‘clean’ fish all year round. As a bonus these trout also grew faster.

The introduction of these ‘sexless’ rainbow trout had another benefit for the angler. It opened the door for the abolition of the closed season for rainbow trout. Pressure from both fishery owners and fishermen forced the abolition of the closed season.

The fishery owners benefited from this move and the faster growth rate of these diploid rainbow trout soon resulted in a new national record fish.

As a result a race began between fish farmers to grow bigger and bigger rainbow trout to meet the demands of the anglers.

Another race began between fishery owners to stock these ‘jumbo’ rainbow trout to attract fishermen to their fisheries.

Selective breeding has since pushed up the growth rate of both rainbow trout and brown trout even more.

Coupled with intensive feeding programs and egg treatment this has produced today’s Jumbo rainbows.

This has led to a totally confusing situation in the record fish list where separate records now exist for all trout species. There are now separate records for fish which have been recently stocked against fish that have been in the water for a period of time or fish that are ‘wild’.

Note. The current British record for rainbow trout stands at 33Lb. 4oz.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Fly Fishing From A Canoe

 
Some people like to fly fish from their canoe. But there are advantages and disadvantages to this unusual combination of activities.


People usually fly fish from land, standing still in water or from a larger boat. Fly fishing from a canoe may seem crazy at first, but there are many advantages to be had. There are also disadvantages, but after you overcome them, you are sure to have a wonderful fishing adventure.


Disadvantages


You will have to overcome some disadvantages before you even try to fly fish from a canoe. You might find it hard in the beginning to maintain control of your line, since you are closer to the water than usual. If you catch a fish, you might find it difficult to reel in without tipping the canoe. Especially if it is a giant fish! Another disadvantage might be the tendency of the canoe to disturb the water. If you can stay motionless and are accustomed to the boat then disturbing the water will not be a problem. When you get over these few disadvantages, you will experience the best fishing ever!


Advantages


The advantages of fly fishing in a canoe are significant if you can overcome the disadvantages listed above. Being in a canoe lets the fisher go over more water quickly. This is essential for good fly fishing. You can also get into untapped fishing holes that you otherwise would not have been able to reach. Such locations usually do not allow motor boats, so a canoe is excellent! Another advantage is the silence. They do not have loud motors or propellers, only smooth, quiet rowing. This is an essential factor for fly fishers!


If you have a canoe, you are ready to try fly fishing. It is helpful for you to own the shortest canoe you can get. A shorter boat will make fly fishing a lot easier. Try it sometime. It's relaxing and fun.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Fishing Rods



Fishing rods are a classic tool for catching fish, dating back at least to ancient Egypt, and possibly even further back than that. They can be easily made from all sorts of different things, ranging from plants like bamboo to modern man-made materials.


While fishing rods were once essential for catching food, today nets tend to be used instead, with fishing rods being used more often as a hobby or for sports fishing. Although the specifics are different depending on the kind of fish that is being fished for, the general idea is to put some kind of bait on the end of the line, throw it into the water, and then use a wheel to pull the line up again once a fish has been hooked. More sophisticated lines can float in the water for hours on end, waiting for a fish to come by, without having to be thrown down and pulled up again.


A fishing rod has more parts than you would expect, including the rod itself (the ‘stick’ part), a grip (where you hold it), a line, guides (to hold the line in position), a wheel (to pull the line back in), and finally a hook (to hook the fish). When you add the bait to this, you can either use live bait (for example, worms), or artificial bait, which is designed to resemble a small fish that the other fish will want to eat.


Having a good quality rod is important, as poor quality ones may snap (either on the rod or the line) if they are used to catch a large or particularly aggressive fish. The best modern rods have been tested over and over again to find the precise configuration that will best catch the fish – although skill still plays a part, it is not too difficult to master modern fishing. Eager to make the sport more challenging, many fishers have turned to fly fishing or ultra-thin rods to make competitions a little more difficult.

Fly Fishing



The sport of fly fishing has been around for years and years.  In medieval times, anglers fished for food, but the sport has evolved over the years to become a real test of skills.  Anyone who has become involved in the sport of fly fishing knows how addictive in can be – but in a very good way!


Fly fishing is markedly different from regular fishing.  With plain fishing, you use lures and often live bait to bring fish to your line and hook them.  When you are fly fishing, you use a fly that resembles a real insect that the fish feed on naturally.  The line is longer and you mimic the movement of the fly or insect on top of the water so that the fish thinks they are biting at a real insect.


Casting is constant in fly fishing.  You put the fly out in the water and then draw it back several times so that the fish thinks the fly is landing on the water and then taking off again.  With regular fishing, you cast your line and let it rest until the fish bites making the bobber sink into the water.


You can catch some pretty hefty fish using either method, but when you are fly fishing, you have the opportunity to “battle” the fish for survival.  This can be extremely satisfying as man battles nature for the top position.


Flies are made out of natural materials in fly fishing while regular fishing utilizes latex and plastic lures made out of man-made materials.  Many avid fly fishermen say that the fish are much more attracted to the natural lure rather than the man-made ones.  This, they say, makes fly fishing an amazingly satisfying sport.


You can fish just about anywhere – a local pond, a lake, or even a reservoir.  When you are fly fishing, you will want to go where the fish are most plentiful.  That means traveling (perhaps) to rivers and streams where fish like trout and walleye are known to live.  The challenge in fly fishing lies in making the fly look real to the fish below water.


Fly fishing in remote places like Alaska and Canada are great vacation getaways.  You can plan a fly fishing trip to many different spots including Mexico, South America, and even Russia.  That can be a great adventure – much more so than just fishing your local lake or pond.


Chess has been called “the sport of kings”, but many avid fly fishermen consider fly fishing to be the real sport of kings.  It takes skill, finesse, and a lot of patience to get good at fly fishing.  Thousands of anglers couldn’t agree more.  When you’ve been fly fishing once, you’ll want to go back over and over and over again.  May the fish bite well for you!