The way a live bait is rigged when trolling can make a world of a difference when it comes to the way the bait swims through the water. Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals explains a few simple techniques that will get your bait swimming the right way, depending on they type of fishing you want to do.
Once you leave the comfortable world of visible shallow water cover, knowing exactly what’s below is a key to catching bass. Traditional two-dimensional sonar depthfinders can be your underwater eyes, but they’re sometimes a bit myopic. They will show “bumps” and “things” and “stuff,” but unless an angler is extremely skilled at interpreting that 2D display, that’s about all they will see.
Proper technique allows kayak and canoe fishermen to land large fish without getting dumped overboard. Offshore kayak fishing is a relatively new technique, and many anglers are learning on the fly. Safety must always be the first priority.
A popper is a lure that usually tapers toward its widest at the front, where it has a concave or slanted, flat face. The line tie is near the center of the face. When jerked forward in the water, the lure makes a popping sound as it throws air and water forward.
You can do a lot more with this lure than just cast and reel it. There are a lot of ways to use a spinnerbait, and a number of different retrieves that can make it more effective. Here are three retrieve methods that can increase your catch.
Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals gives advice on how-to most effectively slow troll live baits while offshore fishing. It’s important to note that trolling live bait is not the same as trolling dead baits and lures. Live baits would quickly die if pulled at similar speeds. Not to mention, look very unnatural.
Find your boat’s proper trim for best running attitude. Many things can affect the performance of your boat, but one that’s consistently underutilized is proper trim. Running at the right attitude will increase your speed, reduce your fuel consumption and greatly improve the comfort of your ride.
Mixed-bag action during the spring migration Wreck fly fishing is fun and rewarding, but purists will need to check their mindset at the dock. For dependable action, chumming is key. Frozen block chum and freshly cast-netted baitfish really get the snappers, jacks and mackerels prowling the upper portion of the water column.
As more and more people are using the surprisingly good, and relatively inexpensive, underwater GoPro video cameras people are seeing first hand what only a few ever got a chance to see. For the first time many Sportsman are seeing what’s it like at the base of their favorite jetty or what really is sunk at artificial reef number nine.
A hard- or soft-body toad is absolutely tantalizing to bass near cover. Working the bait on the surface in-between a mat of grass or stretch of lily pads produces exciting strikes from bucketmouths. It’s why the baits are so popular amongst bass tournament anglers, and why a number of lure-makers are producing impressive amphibian imitators.
Chain pickerel, or jack, are the ruin of shiners and fingers, but great fun nonetheless. How often have you heard “Oh, crap! It’s a bass,” from your buddy when his fish jumps in the middle of a dogged battle? That’s right. Not very often.