When Winter Panfish Behave Badly

Monday, December 01 2014 5:34 pm - for Ice Fishing
A common mistake some anglers make is thinking the world below the ice is static.  The mistaken belief that nothing changes.  We have all probably been lulled into a great bite where we set up on a location and the fish basically make us look good.  The fish accelerate towards your presentation, rise up and than greet you.  The reality is that you can use several different presentations and fish those presentations several different ways and get bit.  We go home with a bounce in our step and a grin.  We also go home with confidence. Confidence however, must be…
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Just as the broadhead is the most important item in the bowhunter’s tool kit, the hook is what gets it done for anglers. Like all tools, you need the right fly fishing hook for the job. That’s because a fly is most effective when tied on the proper frame. Most times, we’re lucky. The pattern we choose to tie, if published, will suggest the proper hook(s) that can be used. Choose your hook for the task at hand. For instance, this Tiemco 400T Swimming nymph fishing hook is ideal if you want to add animation to your nymph pattern. But…
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  You could spend hours trying to narrow down what crankbaits are most important for putting fish in the boat. Crankbaits are available in all styles and shapes, making narrowing down the options a tough choice when stocking the tackle box. Here are six proven styles that will cover all the bases — and put fish in the boat. Wake Bait A wake bait is a shad-profiled bait with an angled and short square bill. It is the design of this bill that keeps the lure on top; creating a wake and a seductive side-to-side retrieve. An excellent choice for…
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Early Ice Bluegills

Saturday, November 15 2014 7:42 pm - for Ice Fishing
Early Iced Bluegills With OutdoorsFIRST Media As the ice forms early this year because of an anomaly called the ‘polar vortex’, ice anglers across North America are getting ready to chase down their favorite targeted species. For many, that’s the best fish in the frying  pan; bluegills. ‘Gills are abundant and available in thousands of lakes and rivers, and are active and willing to bite all winter. Finding them is not rocket science, but finding the largest bluegills in each system isn’t easy. Here’s a top ten list of tips to find and catch some bull bluegills this early ice…
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How Walleyes React to Noisy Baits

Wednesday, November 12 2014 11:07 am - for Walleye Fishing
Do you remember the days when your dad told you to be quiet whenever he took you fishing because you will spook the fish? Well, forget that noise. Dad was only half right. True, there are actions and sound that can spook fish. Their instincts warn them of danger when they hear an anchor banging on the bottom of a boat, the pounding of footsteps on shore, a rock tossed carelessly into the water or even the vibrations created by the approach of your boat. The fish react to survive and quickly dart for deeper water, away from the boat,…
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What if, rather than carrying that smartphone or tablet in your hands, technology allowed you to actually "wear" these indispensible devices? Imagine having the device always at the ready in front of your eyes, convenient, low profile and completely hands-free. Aqua-Vu, technology leaders in smartphone-sized underwater viewing systems, recently released the Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case. The first wearable underwater camera holster, the Pro Viewing Case fits any Aqua-Vu Micro Series system, allowing anglers to view with unprecedented mobility, convenience and nearly hands-free operation.The first wearable underwater camera holster, the Pro Viewing Case fits any Aqua-Vu Micro Series system, allowing anglers…
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Bass are considered warm-water species, which means that most family’s favorite time to head to the lake (summer) is also when the bass bite is best. Temperature change, and how fish react to the mercury climbing or dipping, is important knowledge for fishermen. Knowing how fish react to their environment and throughout the various seasons can help hone your approach and improve your catch rates. Cold- and Warm-Water Fish All species of freshwater fish are cold blooded. Unable to maintain their body temperature at a constant level, as humans and other warm-blooded animals do, their internal temperature and functions are…
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With fall underway, the cold weather and high water means brown trout are in full swing with their migration back into the rivers. If you love fly fishing for big browns then fall is the time to do it, and there is no better way to entice a big brown to bite than with large fly streamers. Don’t get me wrong, streamers can be productive year round. But with the large lake run fish entering the river, streamers become a potent tool in catching these aggressive fish. Now is the time for fall streamer fishing with the big browns migrating…
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This autumn, your favorite trout fishing river may be faster and higher due to heavy rains. While fly fishing and wading may be difficult, you can always try swinging streamers. Swinging a fly streamer is one of the easiest, most intuitive and effective ways of catching trout I know. Essentially, you cast slightly upstream, mend the line as required, and let the flow take the streamer until it swings in the current below you. At the end or during the swing, you can add life to the streamer by twitching a rod tip or raising and lowering it here and…
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Is it possible to troll for walleyes without using line counter reels? Sure, and it’s possible to hammer a nail with a screwdriver if you work at it long enough. But it’s all about using the right tools for the job. A line counter reel is basically a medium- to large-sized level-wind reel fitted with a device for measuring the amount of line let out. What this does is allow you to more precisely set out lures in pre-determined patterns (amount of line behind the boat allowing lure to reach desired depths) and duplicate successful set-ups to more effectively fine-tune…
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