Bass fishing has become a huge industry over the last few decades. Pros such as Kevin Van Dam, Skeet Reese and Bill Dance make millions of dollars a year catching these fish. So why exactly has bass fish grown so rapidly around the world? The answer is simple: anyone can do it. From fishing in pro tours to simple family outings, bass fishing provides enjoyment and excitement for everyone. If fact, some of the biggest bass around the world have been caught be amateurs. So how exactly can a beginner like yourself start catching big bass? My list of bass fishing tips has been tried and proven for many years, and will guarantee that you catch bigger, better fish.
Though bass can generally be found anywhere, one of my most important bass fishing tips is knowing the most effective places to fish. One of the best places to catch bass is around wood cover. Wood cover include fallen trees, stumps, docks, or even floating logs. The fallen trees or stumps provide excellent cover for baitfish, attracting bass from all over the lake. Docks also provide shade for bass during hot summer months, which is a must if you want to find fish. While wood cover usually means great fishing, it can start to cause problems after a while. When the wood breaks down, it draws oxygen from the water, pushing the fish away. Because this usually happens on the lake floor, a buzz bait or top water frog is usually recommended.
In my opinion, weeds are far better cover for bass and produce much better fishing. The live weeds produce oxygen, helping the lake sustain much better fish than decaying wood. Weed fishing can be frustrating though, as it get caught around the line easily. For weeds close to shore, a weed less hook is most effective. It allows you to get the bait where it needs to be, but gives you the crucial hook set to catch that big bass. Top water baits are also very effective for shoreline weeds. Bass like to sit further in the cover and look up, attacking animals such as lizards or frogs as they run across the water. For deeper set weeds a weighted bait that bounces off the bottom is usually the best. As long as you don’t mind cleaning off your hook and trolling motor every once in a while, fishing around weed cover will get you big bass guaranteed.
When fishing for bass, you really have two options when it comes to bait. First is live bait. Usually used more by beginners, live bait is generally easier. When fishing live bait, you usually use the cast-and-wait approach. Constantly reeling in you bait and casting it back out will kill it pretty fast, making it a lot less effective. A bobber can help keep your bait off the bottom and out of the weeds. So now you’re probably wondering what type of live bait to use, right? The go-to bait is usually the shiner. A small, generic looking silver fish, shiners are hardy and drive bass crazy. If you are looking to switch it up a little bit, live crawfish also work great. Fishing with crawfish is usually better in rocky locations, where crawfish are naturally present.
Using artificial baits is kind of a large subject, so I am going to break it down into a few categories: soft and hard baits. Soft baits include plastic worms, frogs, lizards, etc. Over my years of fishing, I have found a single bait that produces more fish than anything else I have tried: Gary Yamamato Senkos. They are by far the simplest thing you can find, and at first glance you probably wouldn’t think they are anything special. Don’t be fooled, though, bass love them and they are great for beginner fishermen. Check out this video to learn the rigging and techniques for using the senko. Another great soft bait is the Zoom Horny Toad. These are great for fishing around weeds and docks, as they are weedless and provide great strikes. As a Florida native where weeds and grass is everywhere, these have become my go-to bait when fishing becomes tough. It is best not to use these when the weather is extremely hot, as fish want to stay in the deeper, cold water instead of coming up to the top. Hard baits can also be very effective for bass. Hard baits such as crankbaits are usually best when used in deeper water around rock or tree cover. Keep in mind, though, crankbaits are not weedless are will get frustrating if not used in the right places. Artificial baits can be very effective if used correctly, and is usually more satisfying than catching a fish on a shiner.
Carp fishing is by far the most famous type of fishing sport there is. Most fishermen or fish enthusiasts would even go for fishing a carp as a form of hobby or a competitive sport. This has been widely popularized in Europe as well as in North America. With carp fishing gaining much of its popularity, it has brought about the merging demand of quality and affordable carp fishing tackle.
But before anything else let us discuss first what is carp and fishing tackle.
Carp is a freshwater fish specie which is under the family of Cyprinidae. This kind of fish can be found and a native of Asia and Europe. There has been a different mixture, breed and color of carp as it is being introduced to various places in the world.
Fishing tackle is the genus or general name for equipment used for fishing. It can be either a gear or equipment which include but not limited to the following: lines, baits, floats, hooks, lures, reels, spears, baits, waders, gaffs, tackle boxes, nets, etc.
The gear that is attached right at the very end of the fishing line is known as a terminal tackle. To be more precise, fishing tackle is a term used to refer for any equipment that is needed in order to fish.
Now, let’s go towards the term carp fishing tackle. This is a term used to a collective items that serve as a fishing equipment in order to catch the famous fish – carp. Carp fishing has been widely known as a sport. With this, it is but a reality that fishing tackle used to catch carp is priced at a relatively high price. This is why fishermen who are into catching carp are very meticulous as to choosing the right tackle.
When choosing carp fishing tackle, it is very important to keep to oneself a list of the different items to buy. In this way, it would be much easier to look for one item at a time. Next stop will be coming up with a budget for the entire shopping spree for fishing tackle. Lastly, always look for bargains, discounts or sale online and even sneak in at a local store for cheap fishing gear. This will stretch the budget even more.
Carp fishing can be done in various waters. It can be done in rivers which to some can be a bit challenging to fish. However, the end result itself is rewarding. Having the right fishing tackle and determination to catch a fish are the key to catch the notorious fish – carp.
The best months for fishing are the three months the lake remains ice free; June through August. North Seal River provides the best quality and quantity of trophy Northern Pike seen anywhere. As a bonus, it is one of the few Canadian frontier lakes that offers four species of fish to pursue; Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling. North Seal River is approximately 300 miles long and being geographically as far northwest as it is, the water temperature remains cold for extended periods.
Thusly, fishing on the northern reaches of the lake would be most advisable and for this reason, we recommend “Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge”. It lies on the northern third of North Seal River, thus eliminating lengthy boat rides from their southern counterparts. Their camp boasts of the best food in Canada, the roomiest and fastest boats and the best accommodations in the outdoors.
Tackle, which would serve your needs at North Seal River, consists of spinning or casting combos in the medium to medium heavy range for Pike or Trout, light actions spinning gear for Walleyes and ultra light tackle for grayling. one can double up both Pike and Trout spoon selections that will work well for both species using 17 to 20 lb. line. For Walleye, Jigs and Twisters, Rapalas and Mepps Spinners seem to be the ticket with 8 lb line.
Grayling require a more delicate approach with Mepps Spinners in the 0# and 00# (size matched with 2 to 4 lb line). As with most fly-in camps in Canada, North Seal River Lodge provides Saturday to Saturday flight schedules (4 day packages are offered – check for availability). Camp prices, from Winnipeg to Lynn Lake, 6 1/2 days of fishing, all food, shore lunches (which are outstanding), guided trips and beverages (nonalcoholic) are $2,695.00. Extras are beer, overnight hotel in Winnipeg (Friday night), tips and licenses and flight to Winnipeg. North Seal River Lodge provides jet service from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Lynn Lake, Manitoba every Saturday morning, departing at 6:00 A.M. Overnights in Winnipeg are obviously a must and can run up to $100.00 per man.
On the return side, connections from Winnipeg can be made to most destinations as early as 11:00 A.M. North Seal River Lodge, as he has several outpost camps as well, practice catch and release, so no fish nor trophies come home. Superior Sport Fishing can facilitate your trophy whether Pike, Grayling or Trout, with a reproduction, so life-like, you can not tell it from the actual fish.