Fishing

The Best Fall Bass Fishing Tips

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Are you ready to catch some bass this fall?
Not fishing junk but just use a different techniques for each different spot or cover.
As the scorching summer waters cooled the bass are moving from deep to shallow water in search of baitfish.
We all recognize when late fall changes begin to occur.
Here are some of our lure suggestions to help catch more fish in late fall: Lipless Crankbait: In fall bass are hungry and ready to fill up on their favorite baitfish in preparation of the long winter.
You can also utilize the lipless crank as a search bait when on the prowl for schools of active bass Tip: Toss your lipless crank into submerged grass, rip it out, and let it fall back in.
Jigs: Time has proven that the jig has been deadly on late fall bass.
Similar to the lipless crankbait, the jig gives the angler an alternative presentation of baitfish in solitude.
You can pair it with the trailer of your choice to create a swim jig, flipping jig, or skipping jig – imitating various types of forage.
The spinnerbait is known to trigger brutal ambush strikes and when you feel that tug on the pause, you’ll be shouting in excitement.

How to Catch a Bluefin Tuna for Your Christmas

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It’s a sight-fishing game once you hit the water.
Only a few captains know how to do that right.” Birds are always helpful when hunting down these ghosts.
Then you’ve got to get them to eat.
For better or worse, it’s all adrenaline-laced, run-and-gun casting with spin gear.” It helps to have the right plugs.
In fact, most of the time they will only eat stickbaits.
“You’ve got to be ready to jump on it when you get the weather.” Of course, every once in a while it all comes together—a good weather window, lots of fish pods feeding aggressively under birds.
Yet even then, it can take several dozen shots or more into feeding fish before you get one to eat.
Technological advances in spinning gear that allow anglers to put significant pressure on incredibly strong, fast fish well north of the 100-pound mark helps greatly.
Although no one has quite figured out why the ghosts of December will aggressively crash baits one day and then seem uncatchable the next, pulling your topwater plug through a pod of big feeding fish and having a bluefin explode on it makes an impression.
Pulling the boat for the season can wait just a little bit longer.

This BC Fishery is on the Brink with Only 250 Spawners Projected for 2018

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With roughly 250 spawners projected for 2018, the fishery is on the brink.
Federation of Fly Fishers, and B.C.
You can help by signing the petition, below.
In the autumn of 2017, while Thompson steelhead returns were estimated at under 200 fish—the lowest return on record—Fisheries and Oceans Canada (“DFO”), the federal department that regulates commercial fishing in Canada, permitted commercial and First Nations gillnet chum salmon fisheries in the Fraser River during peak steelhead migration.
We won’t know the extent of the damage until the spring, when provincial fisheries staff visit the spawning areas to count fish.
We can’t change what happened in 2017.
But we can change 2018 and the years to follow.
We can call on Canada’s federal government to permanently ban gillnets and other non-selective fishing methods in time for the 2018 Thompson steelhead migration.
And we can call on them to work with commercial and First Nations salmon fishers to promote selective salmon fishing and provide funding to support the transition to these methods.
Tell the Canadian government that they must remove gillnets and other non-selective salmon fishing methods that kill Thompson steelhead from British Columbia’s Fraser River and Johnstone Straight during Thompson steelhead migration.

Montana Cutthroat Fly Fishing

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Trees burned nearly 30 years ago in the great Yellowstone fires guided our train of horses into Bull Moose Camp, a congregation of tents situated at the confluence of the three forks of Hellroaring Creek—the same Hellroaring that meanders into Yellowstone National Park a mere eight miles south and eventually joins the Yellowstone River.
Hellroaring Creek proved to be primarily a dry-fly fishery, one where a well-placed fly almost always raised a fish.
According to the National Park Service, “Yellowstone cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii bouvieri) are the most widespread native trout of the park and were the dominant fish species prior to Euroamerican settlement.
Fish & Wildlife Service does not warrant listing the Yellowstone cutthroat trout as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
“Yellowstone Lake and the Yellowstone River together contain the largest inland population of cutthroat trout in the world.
Every clear, pastoral pool seemed to offer up plenty of smaller cutthroat (most fish measured 12 inches or less), while larger fish could occasionally be found tucked in the undercut banks lining the meandering creek.
After a long day of fishing, hiking, and riding, the simple acts of splashing water on your face to get the dust off, digging into a hearty meal, and then sitting around the campfire talking about nothing in particular tended to remind one of the real priorities in life.
Why do we fish, we often ask ourselves?
My final morning in camp, I pulled out a notebook and wrote the following, trying to find a way to capture the place: “There are no moose in Bull Moose Camp.
There are, however, plenty of cowboys, horses, mules, and a curious supply of rather good boxed wine.

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Fly Fishing’s Winter Wonderland

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Even though the air temperature might be obscenely cold, if the water has not turned to ice, the fish must be warmer than I am.
Abdomen: Tying thread.
Body: Tying thread.
Abdomen: Tying thread.
First Outing My first winter fishing expedition was to a tailwater known for having heavy hatches in the summer, and migrations of large brown trout in the fall, and rainbow and cutthroat trout in the spring.
Abdomen: Tying thread.
Tie these flies in black, gray, white, blue, olive, brown, and red on hook sizes 22 to 18 or smaller.
Peacock Soft Hackle Hook: Curved scud hook, sizes 22 to 18.
Many midge patterns call for tails and upright wings, but real midges do not have tails and they have flat wings; I feel this distinction is important to tying good imitations.
Al Ritt lives in Colorado.

Don’t Get Lost At Sea

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If you do end up in the water, Life Cell will not only keep you afloat it will keep everybody together and provide a stable platform from which to operate your safety equipment at the appropriate time.
Light weight flotation device High visibility Fire, impact, and UV resistant Easy grip handles Quick release from bracket Floats off bracket if submerged
Keeps safety equipment together Easy to access in time of emergency Simple to use, even for the novice boater Keeps people together in the water Ensures compliance with maritime authorities
Impact Resistant – Drop tested to 100ft (30m).
Fuel Resistant – Soaked in Diesel oil for 24 hours.
Filled with closed cell PU foam – Therefore unable to absorb water even if casing is damaged.
316 stainless steel inserts and 3/16” (4mm) stainless steel hinge bar.
If you do end up in the water, Life Cell will not only keep you afloat it will keep everybody together and provide a stable platform from which to operate your safety equipment at the appropriate time.
Light weight flotation device High visibility Fire, impact, and UV resistant Easy grip handles Quick release from bracket Floats off bracket if submerged
Keeps safety equipment together Easy to access in time of emergency Simple to use, even for the novice boater Keeps people together in the water Ensures compliance with maritime authorities

Pompano Surf Rig

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Half the battle of surf fishing is being prepared with the right baits and the right rigs.
The standard Florida surf rig is the dropper rig, a multi-hook rig that allows you to fish more than one bait in the bottom three feet or so of the water column.
Typical components include hooks, weights, swivels, snaps, and foam or bead attractors.
When I’m tying my dropper rigs, I use a “rig board.” This accessory, which is easy to build, turns out uniform loops every time, and I can better control the length of each finished rig (32 to 34 inches).
The board is like a third hand.
The board has wooden dowels positioned for winding line to make dropper loops.
By winding my line around the pins, I am using 12 inches of line to produce a dropper loop 4 inches long, ideal for spacing between my hook and main line of my leader.
To assist in drawing down and tightening my dropper loop knot, I screwed in a threaded cup holder hook between the bottom two dowels in the triangle.
FS Parts Inventory To my board I attached three small utility boxes to hold: ✓Hooks: I use Mustad wide-gap “Kahle style” No.
Fishing for pompano is better when there is wave action and the waters are a bit stirred.

Fortress Anchor Chosen by Dave Carraro

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Fort Lauderdale, FL- Nowhere is it written that an anchor needs to be heavy to be effective.
At 21 lbs., Fortress Marine Anchors’ FX-37 is easily deployed, yet, in hard sand and 30 kts of wind, it holds up to 12,000 lbs.
That’s why Capt.
Dave Carraro, renowned for his adventures on National Geographic Channel’s series Wicked Tuna, outfitted his 44′ Calvin Beal F/V Tuna.com with a lightweight and highly efficient FX-37.
The FX-37 is engineered for boats 46’–51′.
Like all Fortress anchors, it’s adjustable to 32° or 45° to optimize the angle of its shank and sharpened flukes for different seabed conditions.
Rustproof and non-magnetic, the FX-37 is made in the USA from a precision-machined, marine-grade, aluminum-magnesium alloy.
Unlike comparable steel anchors that weigh twice as much, it can be disassembled for stowage and has no welds to fail.
“I can’t compare Fortress to any other anchor after 40 years of fishing,” said Carraro.
At 21 lbs., Fortress Marine Anchors’ FX-37 is easily deployed, yet, in hard sand and 30 kts of wind, it holds up to 12,000 lbs.