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Fly Fishing For Bass – Why Not?

Here are some popular bass lures for fly fishing.

Here are some popular bass lures for fly fishing.

 Normally when you think fly fishing you think trout. Historically fly fishing is reserved for mountian streams and rivers. Fishing for bass is normally done the old way with conventional lures and baits. Here’s a twist, how about fly fishing for Bass?


So grab a fly fishing lure and head to your favorite fishing spot!

Bass Fly Fishing I left Los Angeles to go fly fishing at “the Canals” My flies: chartreuse/white and orange/white clousers (I found these two colors work the best), reddish crayfish, foam spiders (normally used for panfish, but the smallies attack it like crazy, EXPLOSION CITY! ), and a black pencil popper (no name for this fly I just tied what I think might work) I made. I lost count after 40 bass. All and all it was an awesome day of fishing. My next video will be of the Colorado River. All my fish were released unharmed. So GET LOST PETA!!! I had to remake this because my girlfriend thinks my videos are the most boring thing on earth. WOMEN }:| by Jerry Phan :D

Basics for catching wild freshwater predatory fish.

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To catch any fish, what is essential is the ‘understanding of the fish’, in other words, knowing their natural habits, which will allow anglers to gain an advantage and directly increase their chances of landing a good catch.

 

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In the case of common predatory species such as the Redfin (European Perch / Perca fluviatilis), which are undoubtedly a ‘prime catch’ in the UK, Europe and Australia, they have particular traits that, if exploited, could land you a decent meal. This fish is very similar, both in looks and in nature, to the American yellow perch (Perca flavescens), and fishing styles between the two are remarkably similar.

 

First and foremost, what an angler needs to know about Redfin is these fish are primarily predatory and usually ambush their prey. In order to achieve this, the fish will inhabit weed beds or hide between rock crevices, where they are practically invisible to their unsuspecting prey. This however only occurs when they are not schooling with others, fish which are schooling tend to do so in the open, and schooling fish will be much easier to lure than those which are hiding on their own.

 

The natural behaviour of sole dwelling fish can pose as a serious obstacle because weed beds, as even a novice angler would know, can cause snags. Knowing what lure to use is essential in redfin fishing, as using the wrong lure not only means no fish, but it also means you might end up losing your lures too. Depending on the environment that you are fishing in, whether it’s a stream, lake or creek, it is crucial to note and take into account the physical geographical aspects of the ‘fishing matrix’.

 

There is a variety of suitable redfin lures to choose from. All spin lures will be suitable for catching redfin, however you will want to adjust the weight depending on the distance you are casting, along with how deep the water is. Small hard body diving lures are also good to use in water which is around 2 meters or more deep, and finally the preferred method by many, the soft plastic grub style lures.

 

Before even considering casting your line, determining areas that have weed beds, driftwood or rocks needs to be done visually in order to decide which area you plan to tackle first. After determining the area, the next task would be to mentally mark out the ‘angling area’ for your first series of casts, and finally, decide on the type of redfin lure you will use, not that these lures are specifically for redfins, but these fish do respond to the aforementioned lure styles more so than most other fish.

 

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Using soft plastic lures is highly recommended by most seasoned fishermen, due to a variety of reason including ‘lure action’, which often imitate the actions of a prawn. However achieving the ‘lure action’ techniques will require a lot of practice as casting your line and slowly retrieving in a manner that makes the lure ‘look and behave’ like a meal for the fish is not an easy task. The best method is casting the line, then taking up the slack and a pause for a couple of seconds to allow the lure to sink, then a quick one or two jigs upwards and continue to retrieve for another meter or so, before repeating this again.

 

Having the right kind of accessories will help in this instance, light weight rods are normally the best starting point for freshwater fishing. Ideally a highly flexible spin rod with a 7lbs line will normally be sufficient.

 

Using either Fluorocarbon or mono-filament fishing line does not make a significant difference, but note that fluorocarbon lines sink faster. The tendency for the line to sink can divert the lure to an unintended position, as the line will sink towards weed beds at the bottom of the water. It is advised that regular and cheap mono-filament fishing line is best for beginners.

 

Another popular method of redfin fishing is using conventional fishing methods such as bait fishing, the best and most successful bait is definitely live earthworms, as it is for most other fish species. Threading regular live earthworms through a long shank hook, or double hooking a single worm using a regular or “suicide” shaped size 6 hook is more than enough to attract a good sized fish.

 

Prawns are also know to have produce good results when it comes to perch fishing, raw peeled prawns can be used, or live freshwater prawns (known as yabbies in Australia) can be collected by placing a net in the water and a piece of raw chicken in the middle. After an hour or two you can come back and drag the net out of the water to find the freshwater prawns clinging to the chicken. It is usually best to hook live prawns through the tail with the hook facing upwards at first, once the prawn has died, the hook can then be threaded through the head and exit in the middle of the tail underneath.

 

The best places to target are always going to be areas that are not often visited by fishermen, in places like these the conditions can often be good enough to land anglers a bucket full of good sized catches. As the professionals know, fish that have been hooked once are far less likely to take a hook again in future, they become far more cautious of hooks after being released, and their fear can also cause a similar reaction to other fish in the school they are in. So fishing in rivers that are not often accessed makes landing a catch on bait or lures far easier.

The Best Knife for Fishing

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The Best Knife for Fishing

 

A lasting tradition of value, performance and quality, Buck has been one the leading manufacturers of one of the best and finest knives made in USA today. For over a century now, they have been known to make their knives so well and that’s the reason why they put their name on every knife that they make. Although the times have changed, the need for a fishing knife that is reliable continues to be the same. This is the reason why the Buck knives continues to find a way in which to improve their fishing knives so that they can meet the needs of every fisherman.Buck-Knives

Despite all the challenges that our economy is experiencing, Buck knives strives to earn confidence and trust from their clients with each fishing knife they buy. Whether it be one of their famous series knives or a custom made fishing knife, Buck knows that they have the right fishing knife for you and at a reasonable price. The Buck Model 110 is without a doubt one of the greatest knives ever made for fishing, find out more here.

Steel is the soul and heart of a knife. This is what buck does with steel which distinguishes them from their competitors. There are three factors that can be used to measure the degree of a quality blade: strength and ductility which determines how much force your blade can withstand, edge retention which is how long the sharpness or edge of the blade will last and lastly corrosion resistance which is how well your blade is shielded from the Mother Nature elements as well as yourself.

The process of the combination of raw elements at the Bucks’ determines the desired Rockwell Hardness and the level of quality of their fishing knives. These knives are made under the direct supervision of their in-house expert who makes sure that all the above qualities are met in every knife made. They take their knives through a precisely controlled process, changing raw steel into a perfect combination of ductility, hardness, corrosion resistance, hardness and edge retention.

Another crucial step that they take in the manufacturing process of their fishing knives is the grinding process. Grind refers to the gradual slope from the top all the way to the cutting edge of the blade. In their years of experience, Buck have found that the best grind for stronger, sharper blade is the semi-hollow grind, which is used in all their knives.

Lastly, the final test that Buck makes on every fishing knife as well as all other knives, is their final process which involves from testing the Rockwell Hardness of the newly made blades to the last test by their quality control team.

January and February Fly-fishing Clinic

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January and February Fly-fishing Clinic

Ultralight fly fishing is a great way to catch fish, but many people do not know where to begin. Not only do people not know about casting, rigging or knot tying, they simply do not know where the best areas are to fish. This January and February, however, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is putting on a plethora of events to help the public learn how to fly fish. The event is aimed towards those that either want a refresher or that have never went fly fishing before. While the pros will not learn much at the clinic, it is going to be a great clinic that costs a mere $5.

Two ponds are being filled with 1,000 catchable-sized trout in anticipation for the clinic. Brook, rainbow and brown trout have already been stocked on December 20th. If you want to go to the clinic, it is best to pre-register so that you know you will have a spot available. There are only 40 spots open for each clinic and they fill up fast.

The event will take place in Fayetteville and anyone interested will be able to call the Pechmann Center for more information. Currently, three clinics are scheduled occurring on:

  • January 18th
  • February 1
  • February 15th

All clinics will begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm. Those that attend the event will be catching fish using the proper technique and equipment. Loaner rods and bait will be available so that participants do not need to worry about purchasing their own gear for the event. This is a great opportunity for anyone near the Fayetteville area to learn how to fly fish. Among the basics that will be taught are:

  • Casting
  • Rigging
  • Knot tying

Anyone that is interested in going to the clinic can call the Pechmann Center at 910 868-5003.

Backpack fishing electronics

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So you are in the great outdoors, and you are feeling hungry – it’s nearly lunchtime. You come across a river, and your eyes brighten up. Lunch is served!

You’ve probably got a collapsible fishing rod in your backpack, which you pull out, put together, and cast away. Or if you are more badass, maybe you fish with just a line in your hand and yank it up just like that.

There’s just one catch(yes, I just said that!). You are hungry, and the fish are in a testy mood. What if it takes you five, ten, even 15 tries before you get a bite? How long should you keep your line in one spot?
The solution: really tiny portable fish finders that you carry with you in your backpack. They take no space at all – you won’t even remember it’s there until you pull out your fishing line.

smartcast-rf-15e-3v4xorThe fish finders have a sensor that you tie onto your fishing line before you cast it out. Then you throw your line, and the sensor will send sonar beams into the water, receive them, and send them back to your device.

 So far, Humminbird is the only company that makes these fish finders – there’s also Hawkeye, but Humminbirds are much higher quality. If you are a Lowrance or Garmin guy, you will have to wait until they come out with their own!

 The device will show you whatever the sensor is picking up – so you know within seconds of a cast if there are any fish in that spot or not. If there aren’t, just reel up your line and cast somewhere else!

It’s so versatile that you can take it literally anywhere. As long as your cast is within 100 feet of you, you can receive a pretty strong signal. If you are superman and can manage to throw a fishing line further than 100 feet away, you can probably dive in the water and grab the fish yourself!

 So now, instead of waiting, waiting, and waiting, you can know right off the bat, and not delay your lunch any more than it needs to be.

 Lunch? I want dinner! You may say. No worries – the portable device has a backlight, so any fish that tries to outsmart you thinking you can’t find it at night is gravely mistaken. It’s not that you won’t find it – it will find you, staring down at it as it lays roasted on your plate.

 The assembly is pretty simple. When you open the box, there will be a fish finder, a transmitter, and an instruction manual. You can tie the transmitter onto anything as long as it’s a string of some sort. So whether it’s a nylon fishing line or just some thread you stuffed into your backpack as a precaution, the fish finder won’t fail you.

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