How to Catch More Fish : Tackle and Tips


Author: Chris Chandran

I lost three good fish due to my tackle not being up to par and I must admit that the fault is all mines. The losses could be prevented if only you had taken a little extra time to check and care for your tackle beforehand. Here is some couple of tips that I hope will help you from losing fish and lures.

Before and after every trip be sure to double check all the lures that you intend to use. Replace the standard bronzed trebles and rings that most American lures come with. Use those of the stainless steel variety and make sure that they are of the same size, or the action of the lure is sure to be sharpening the new hooks and flatten the barbs before putting them on. If you practice “catch and release”, barbless hooks are a must. They do not adequate to more fish lost, just as long as you keep the line taut during the fight. They cause much less damage to the fish and facilitate a quicker release. Last but not least, they are also safer for fisherman as accidents do happen.

A tackle back or similar lure retriever is worth its weight I lures. Save a lure and you get your money back (especially at today’s prices). Be sure though to use a snap with a swivel or the retriever will not be able to grip the lure. I must say that using a snap and swivel will affect the action of the lure and some might prefer to stick with a loop knot to retain the lures’ action. I guess it may be a question of more bites or more lures?

I was using Spiderwire Braid which the new types of line that make nylon feel as sensitive. Due to their low stretch, sensitivity is probably quadrupled; used in conjunction with a graphite rod, you could feel that lure fouling on rubbish or even a single leaf while trolling. All this results in more productive time spent on the water. Their fine diameter relative to their breaking strength means that finer lines can be used. Thus lure dive just a little bit deeper and more line can be spooled onto the reel than before.

We found our most productive lures to be Halco Sorcerers (or Scorpions as they are called in Australia) and Mann’s 10+. The Sorcerer was great for casting with a twitch, crank and twitch retrieve proving deadly on Jacks. The Mann’s meanwhile proved to be more productive on the troll as it got down deeper and was bumping the snags more often. However I have to admit that the largest fish of the trip was caught while trolling a Sorcerer quite a way off the bottom. Later we found out that there was an old tree that had fallen into the river at the spot and managed to catch a couple more fish from it.
Most importantly make sure that your reel has a smooth drag. A jerky, bumpy drag may result in straightened or pulled hooks and even a bust-off in an extreme case. Our Shimano Calcutta’s for example utilize a dry drag-washer system. A quick reel service beforehand to remove grease, gunk and oil from the washers is recommended.

The ability to cast a lure within six inches of a target again and again will result in a higher strike rate. The fact that I wasn’t getting my lure right into the mangrove roots by a ratio of three to one. Practice casting and it will result in more strikes and less lures in trees; that is one lesson I learned the hard way.

Article resources: “Rod and Line Magazine September 2000”

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Mangrove Jack Fishing (Top Fishing Games)

Freshwater Fish

Mangrove Jack

The Mangrove Jack or Lutjanus argentimaculatus (siakap merah/kakap) as it is known locally is one of our premiere estuarine sport fish. The Jack spends most of its juvenile years in coastal rivers or waters, before moving to offshore reefs as they reach adulthood. A wild Jack that weighs more than a kilo, in a river would be considered a good fish.

Jacks spend most of their lives in ambush of prey amongst the tangle of mangrove roots (or cover) they call home. They readily take lures and when they hit, they hit very hard. Then they speed off for home as fast as they can. If you reflexes are not quick enough, an encounter with a sizeable Jack can be an expensive affair.

Article resources : Rod and Line ( September 2000)


How to Hook Live Bait for Fishing (Top Fishing Games)


Who couldn't use some tips for fishing with live bait? It seems tome that any angler worth his or her salt should always be interested in making themselves a more effective angler? I know this is certainly the case for me, and in this article I'm going to reveal some great tips for fishing with live bait that will help you catch more fish as soon as you implement them. Through many years of fishing I've realized that the biggest key to fishing with live bait is that your bait appears as natural as possible. There are some basic principles that should not be ignored when using live bait.

When fishing with live bait, it is desirable to have a much shorter hook shank for two reasons. First, a short shank allows the live bait to swim naturally, and second, the shorter shank means the hook is more complicated for feeding fish to detect. Long shank hooks with live bait draw fewer strikes.

The type of hook used affects the appearance of the bait. If the hook is too big, the weight and thickness of the hook will inhibit the natural movement of the live bait. The live bait is quickly tired due to the load of the hook. In addition the large hook prevents the live bait from wriggling naturally. The sizeable wound created by the large hook also kills the bait in a short time due to the shock.

A large hook is also highly visible, and cautious predator will be quick to note that the outline of the bait fish is quite dissimilar. It is also a fact that the metal of the hook reacts with saltwater and creates an electrical field in the water. It is possible that the predator senses these unusual differences and might be put off.

On the other hand, a small hook can be hidden well, sometimes too well. The predator might take the live bait in its mouth and swim off but when it feels the weight in the line or the strike by the angler, the bait could be pulled out of its mouth without the point of the hook penetrating anywhere in the mouth of the predator. This is due to the small size of the hook keeping the point of the hook buried in the body of the live bait. Even if the bait has been swallowed into the stomach of the predator, it is possible for the predator to regurgitate the bait out, with the hook still embedded in the bait, unless the angler is fortunate enough to have the hook torn free of the live bait and get a hold within the jaws of the predator.

Therefore, the size of the hook should match the size of the live bait. Too big a hook, the live bait may not be taken, too small and chances of getting a hook up are lessened.

In my opinion I prefer to use a short shanked hook for live bait as there are fewer hooks exposed. Basically I use the gape width between points and hook shank as my guide for choosing hook size for the live bait. The thickness of the gape should be approximately the similar or slightly smaller than the thickest cross sectional width of live bait where it is hooked. As the live bait is hooked up lower or above the thickest portion of the live bait where it is thinner, therefore the hook point will expose. The point to hook the live bait varies with the situation. Normally while fishing offshore there will be a strong current. I normally hook the live fish just behind the neck at the shoulder just before the dorsal fin. This allows the fish to swim in nature facing the current, thus staying alive longer. This method applies whether I fish with a balloon rig near the surface, mid water or just off the base.

If I’m fishing the bottom near the coastline in areas of nil or very slow current with a running sinker rig, the hook is placed at the underside of the fish, behind the caudal fin near the tail. At all times makes sure the hook position is not pushed plane against the body of the live bait, especially when the leader is pressed flat against the body of the live bait, as if the live bait was in the mouth of the killer. This will ensure that the point has a good chance of sinking into the mouth of the game fish, when it takes the live bait in its mouth.So plan you next trip accordingly, choosing the right hook application for your particular outing. Successful catches are most often determined by the terminal tackle you use, and the most important part of that terminal tackle is the hook. Choose wisely and fish often.


Fishing For Beginner (Top Fishing Games)


The Rod

As a beginner fisherman, I would like recommend a fiberglass rod, either solid or hollow. Solid rods are cheap and extremely hardly. They can take a lot of abuse without breaking and if they do break it is usually at metal ferules. These can be changed for just a few Ringgit/Dollar. The disadvantage is that they are heavy and the rod action is usually slow. They are usually made with lower quality components-guides and reel seats – hence the low prices. Hollow fiberglass rods are much lighter and have better action. They are not as tough as the solid rods but are more users friendly because of their lighter weight. Later in your fishing interests you may want to upgrade to graphite rods but for now and with your budget, one of the above would do.

The Reel

As for the reel, look for something in the same class ie 20 lb. What we call a spinning reel will do just fine. Forget about the multipliers for now. The reel will need to have a line capacity of around 120 to 150 meters of 20 lb line. A well-known brand is usually a better buy. Look for one that is suitable for saltwater, as estuary is saltwater. Although most reels do not specify usage for salt or fresh water, the better tackle shops will able to help you here. If not, look for reels that specify stainless steel bearings.

Article Source:
Rod and Line Magazine - September 2000

Enjoying Free Bass Fishing Games (Top Fishing Games)

Author: Edward Chen

If you happen to read this during the off-season for fishing, then you must be really missing the waters. Well, you can't go back soon. Unless you can fly to a secluded fishing destination outside the country just to follow that hobby. If it's winter where you are, you've go to fly somewhere else where the sun is always shining and the fish are always swimming. If that's not possible, then you might as well try your hand at the free bass fishing games available online. This is the next best activity you can enjoy, since the fishing port is closed this time of the year. Use these games to hone your skills while you wait for the fishing season to reopen.

These free bass fishing games are well like by gamers, fishing fans or otherwise. Non-fishing enthusiasts can find enjoyment in these games too. This is because you don't really have to learn the basics of fishing just to play the game. Furthermore, you can use the game to show you how real fishing is done over the waters. Try your hand in this fishing game and you'll know for sure if you can get into the real hobby or not. Here, you get the hang of the sports while enjoying the game.

With free bass fishing games, you won't struggle with real fish. What you do is you try to beat a computer program. While this may not seem appealing to some sports fishers, it is the closest you can get to the thrills of fishing during the off season. If you haven't tried it yet, get the console and play the game. You might just find the fun that you're looking for all along. Let the game hone your skills and techniques. If you were able to beat the best records in the game, you might as well join the tournament next season.

A good collection of free bass fishing games easily downloadable over the internet are the In-Fisherman Freshwater Thropies and the Rapala Pro Fishing game made by Activision. Rapala creates the best fishing lures in today's market. And this game carrying their trademark follows their old tradition of creating only the best. The Rapala Pro Fishing game provides the best graphics in all of the fishing games available today. You can choose which boat you'd like to sail on. There are bass boats and air boats available. You can also choose to have girls accompanying as you fish over the waters.

There's another good set of free bass fishing games that can be downloaded over the internet today. These are the Pro Bass Fishing series. There are two versions available and they were released in 2002 and 2003. In this game, you can play in a networked mode with your other friends. It is also possible to play the game through GameSpy, an online gaming portal.

These are the best free bass fishing games today. So if you want to take fishing to the next level, try the computer console. It could just all you need to keep you occupied throughout the days where fishing is not yet allowed.

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