Here’s a little sample of some recent fishing in central florida. After massive system-wide spraying, the fish are returning to some shoreline cover in some places.
Top 5 Lures for cold water bass. 1. Jerk bait 2. Super Fluke 3.Lipless Crankbait 4. Hair Jig 5. Finesse jig.
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In this article I will discuss the best artificial lures you can use to catch Largemouth Bass. Each is good only in the specific situations I will describe.
In my opinion the spinnerbait is hands down the number one bass catching lure on the market. When selecting a spinnerbait to use you have to choose between two different varieties of blades. Spinnerbaits with willow leaf blades are designed to attract the bass primarily through sight. Spinnerbaits with a blade that is round with a cupped end are designed to create vibration and attract bass through sound.
Spinnerbaits are without a doubt the most versatile artificial lure you can effectively use. By varying your retrieve you can use them as a topwater bait or fish them effectively as much as four feet below the surface of the water. They are also somewhat weedless. This feature allows them to be used in the heaviest of cover. One of my favorite techniques with a spinnerbait is to retrieve it into small pockets of the weeds, especially lily pads. You will be amazed at how many strikes you will get while the bait is simply falling into one of these pockets.
The key concept to remember when fishing a spinnerbait is to be thorough. If you start by retrieving it near the surface make sure to try it also a few feet under the water if you are not having success. Carry a variety of colors and styles in your tackle box. It is a bait that will work, just be patient and use your full arsenal of styles.
As you fish deeper water two other artificial lures become the weapon of choice when trying to catch Largemouth Bass. The key factor in determining which to use is the activity level of the fish.
If the fish are very active and feeding heavily the crankbait becomes the lure of choice. Crankbaits also come in a variety of styles and must be matched to the fishing conditions. As always it helps to know what the bass are feeding on naturally. You can then match the body shape and color to the natural forage.
You also need to be concerned with the depth in which the bass are feeding. All crankbaits are designed to be retrieved at specific depths. This is accomplished by the size, shape and angle of the plastic lip near where you tie your line to the bait. When fishing a crankbait I like to use one that runs near the bottom, sometimes even bouncing off the bottom, much like a forage fish avoiding a predator.
When you think of cruising on a yacht you probably picture a millionaire smoking a cigar and drinking from a champagne glass. Too many Hollywood movies have built that image for us, and well, that picture isn’t far from the truth, but good news is, you don’t have to burn a hole through your bank account to book a yacht. In fact, if done the right way, renting a yacht can be affordable and a lot of fun. You might even consider doing it almost every weekend.
With so many companies offering so many options to choose from, booking a yacht can be confusing and even frustrating sometimes. While most yacht rental companies offer similar rates and services, you may want to do a bit of homework while choosing the right yacht rental. After all, you and your loved ones don’t want to have a bad experience at any cost.
Before you decide on the yacht rental company, there are some basic things you need to consider such as the reputation of the company, how experienced the management is, and the customer reviews etc. You may even want to check if the yacht charter has an experienced and trained crew. Here are a few quick pointers and things to consider before you book a yacht.
What’s the headcount?
The first thing to consider is the number of people that will be on-board the yacht for this party or sight-seeing tour. Based on that you can choose the type of yacht you want to rent. You can choose a Luxury Yacht that has a capacity of up to 30 people if it’s a small or mid-sized group. Yacht rental companies offers 35 to 150 feet yachts with professional and trained crew on-board to cater to a group of up to 30 guests. If you have more than 30 people, you could consider a bigger boat.
Define the purpose
Is this a fishing trip, or a birthday party? Renting a Sport Fishing Boat will give you a great fishing experience, as compared to a luxury yacht which is more suited for birthday and weekend parties. A Sport Fishing Boat will be smaller compared to a Luxury Yacht, and have a capacity of up to 8 guests. It is important to ensure that the yacht rental service you book gives you fishing equipment and bait on-board.
Do you have a budget in mind?
Have you and your companions decided on a budget already? Based on that and the number of people, you will be able to decide on the yacht charter for this occasion. If budget isn’t much of a constraint for your group, then renting a House Boat can give you a very memorable experience. These boats are usually about 90 feet long, and can accommodate up to 120 guests. House Boats that can enhance your yacht party with on-board features like a Barbecue Grill, Music, an equipped kitchen and air conditioned indoor and outdoor area for your guests.
Recollect having a bad experience at a hotel because of unprofessional staff? This is why it is extremely important to have experienced and trained crew on board. The crew should be professional and give good service. Apart from service, the safety of your guests should be a top priority and cannot be compromised under any circumstance. It is also important to check if the yacht hire company has a valid licence to run the business of yacht rental. Yacht rental companies offers yachts with professional and trained crew, to give you the experience of a lifetime while cruising.
Once you decided the who’s and the what’s, it is time to gather everybody to experience breath-taking views of the Arabian waters and enjoy this fun and addictive adventure.
Tautog, also know as Blackfish, are extremely tough fighters and very sneaky fish that can be difficult to catch. However, they are great on the dinner table. We will go over some useful information about how to catch these fish.
Anchor Retrieval System
A good anchor system uses two ropes, one attached to the front of the anchor, and the usual anchor rope attached to the back of the anchor. The rope attached to the front should have a small buoy on it. When you drop the anchor make sure the ropes don’t wrap each other, as this will defeat the purpose of the second rope. When it comes time to pull the anchor up, motor up carefully to the buoy, bringing in the other rope as you approach, then grap the buoy and pull the anchor in the rest of the way using the buoy rope. This pulls the anchor from the front, pulling it right out o the bottom and any rocks it may have been stuck under.
It is necessary to anchor the boat over the rocky structure that Tautog prefer. This can sometimes be very difficult, if you don’t get over the structure you wont be catching any fish. Once you get the boat anchored, remember that an area can be fished out, so it is necessary to let out anchor line as you fish to cover new ground. Make sure that you are anchored so that letting out line wll still place you over structure.
Tautog like to hide among rock piles and it isn’t unusual to lose a lot of rigs when fishing for them. We use a very simple rig which helps reduce the loss of tackle to a minimum. A simple monofilament leader with a loop is tied onto the line and then a hook with a leader is tied to this length of mono leader, with the hook able to hang down to the level of the loop. Then we tie a small loop with 12lb test mono, these are used to attach the sinker to the leader loop. This lighter sinker loop will break before the main leader does, and it is the sinker that often gets hung up with this rig, since it hangs down below the hook. This way you usually only lose sinkers.
We use crabs for bait. It is easy for us to catch them at the dock and is doesn’t matter what kind they are (except for spider crabs, we don’t use them). Most of the time we remove the legs, claws, and cut the crab in half, then remove the upper shell before placing it on the hook. If it is a very large crab we will cut the halves in half and use quarters
Let your baited rig down to the bottom. It is necessary to keep the line tight so you may feel the hit, otherwise the bait can be lost with no clue to the fact that there was a bite. If the boat is swinging back and forth, do not let the rig drag across the bottom, this will hang it up for sure. Always lift it off the bottom and let it back down as the boat moves. Banging the sinker on the bottom will make noise which can bring the tautog in to investigate.
With Tautog, you will often feel the tap-tap-taps and will want to instantly try to set the hook. This does not usually work, you need to wait until you feel the taps become tugs, then try setting the hook. If the fish is hooked, get him away from the bottom as quickly as you can so he can’t get hung up in the rocks. Remember not to lift the head out of the water as you try to net the fish, this is a good way to lose him.
When to Fish
In the fall when the tautog bite is really on you can catch a lot of fish, and they can be pretty easy to hook. During the spring and summer, they are not so aggressive and tautog fishing can be somewhat frustrating. Late October and early November are usually the best times to fish for them. Time of day is not usually an issue, far more important is tide, which needs to be running for the bite to be on. Slack tide in not usually very good.
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If you are looking for the ideal gift for the bass fisherman in your life, you are really only limited by the needs or wants of the recipient, your imagination, and your budget. What bass fisherman would not love a brand new bass boat from which to fish, or expensive sonar, or outboard motors?
But, if you are looking for something in the way of gear, there are many items from which to choose. Perhaps you are looking for something such as a fishing accessory, and again, you are limited only by putting some thought into what is wanted, needed, or can be afforded. You might choose a camera to take pictures of the one that did not get away, or a nice pair of polarized sunglasses to take the glare off the water. You could choose rain gear, deck shoes, or gear to clean the catch of the day. There are a plethora of fish videos, fish paraphernalia, T-shirts, hats, etc.
You can easily find ideas for this kind of gift giving online, but if you are fishing for a new or avid fisherman, and you hope to buy gear that will be sure to be appreciated, rather than buying a gift certificate or some other option, here are some suggestions and tips that could be helpful for you.
Every bass fisherman needs a rod and reel. These may be bought together or separately. Bass are fighters, and if you plan on buying a rod, you should choose a strong rod that is still flexible. A heavier, six to seven foot length is a good choice.
An open faced reel, or spinning reel, is a good choice when buying a gift for a bass angler. If your angler is fairly experienced, another good choice would be a reel called a baitcaster. Fishermen enjoy the added control they have when using a baitcaster, which allows anglers to cast more quietly and gives more power when pulling the bait from cover.
Another necessity when fishing for bass is a good line. If you are planning to buy a gift for a bass angler, and want to consider outfitting a tackle box, you should know a little bit about fishing line. Bass fishermen generally need from ten to twenty pound test line. Colors should depend on the water in which the fish are being caught, but if you know the areas in which the angler fishes, you can judge based on the availability of clear, green, clear blue, camo, and fluorescent. One color that is usually popular with most anglers is a clear blue line that is fluorescent. This particular color is great, because it can be seen by you above the water, but not by the fish, because it disappears in the water.
Finally, probably the most popular gift idea for the bass angler on your giving list, is tackle. Bass fishermen tend to use lots of different tackle, and they tend to fish in heavy cover, which means they lost a lot of tackle. For this reason, a constant supply is always welcome. If you know the preferences of your fisherman, it will be easy to buy tackle they will like, but if you are buying for a new fisherman, or really are not sure what to buy, here are some suggestions that could help you.
If you are a bass fishing enthusiast and visit a lake or pool with a high population of largemouth bass then the likelihood is that you have a working knowledge of he techniques that can be used to catch them throughout the year.
After all, they do have certain behavioural patterns that they follow year in and year out. If you are a seasoned expert then you probably have it down to a fine art by now, but ho much thought have you put into the lures you use?
Whether you are a novice or an expert, you should take the time to look into the different lures to see which ones work best with the largemouth bass in your local pool or lake.
Lures are essential pieces of equipment and using the right ones can really increase your catch rate. If you use the wrong ones then this can dramatically reduce your catch rate as well so taking the time to figure it all out is an excellent idea.
Of course, it is not only the lures you choose but also the way that you use them. This is why it is one of those things that you have to perfect over a season or two rather than just falling into it or picking it up right away. There are so many factors to consider – the clarity of water, the vegetation, the nature of the habitat. As such, you should investigate the nature of the lures and what they actually do so you know when to use them.
Spinnerbaits are a fine example of that. Largemouth bass absolutely love spinnerbaits and they can really improve your catch rate, but only if you use them correctly.
They are perfect for use in vegetative areas and also in shallow waters. They are especially useful for dragging along the bottom of a lake or through thick weeds. As such, they target he largemouth bass proactively and directly so you do not have to wait for them to bite. You should choose those with bigger blades though because they cause a greater vibration in the water.
They are not good for medium or deep waters though. For those, you need other types of lures.
Crankbaits are fantastic for use in medium waters, especially if you are skilled enough to get them to turn when the bass is approaching. Depending on the depth of the water, you can choose shallow, medium and even deep diving crankbaits. No matter what type you choose, they will have the largemouth bass eating out of your hand. Literally in most cases!
Worms are also fantastic lures, especially the plastic ones that are used on a regular basis. The bass go crazy for hem because they are so realistic and are textured as if they were real.
They are excellent for use in the vegetation and when fishing deep and well as in shallow pools. Worms are literally the great all rounders of the lures selection you have at your disposal so if all else fails, they should be the lures you turn to.
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When it comes to late fall and winter bass fishing, waters can be just above freezing making bass very slow and lethargic. In order to catch bass at this time of year you need to size down and slow down in order to entice them to bite. There are many techniques and lures out there that can be used in order to catch these bass, but one lure that has fallen off the radar over the years and deserves more popularity then it gets is the hair jig. These lures work great for cold water situations and have been know to catch bass in waters with a temperature between 35 and 40 degrees.
Hair jigs are one of the earliest artificial lures used in the sport of angling and was extremely popular when it came to bass fishing. But when the sport of bass fishing took off in the late 60’s early 70’s, tournament anglers started using jigs with rubber skirts and trailers.
A hair jig consists of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it with natural or synthetic hair tied to the hook, it is simple in design that can catch a wide variety of species including largemouth bass. Most anglers prefer these lures with natural hair (Deer Hair) for the simple reason that deer hair is hollow and when in the water gives the lure a breathing or life like presentation. Even when the jig head isn’t moving the hair is.
Even though a lot of anglers had put this lure into their tackle boxes and had forgotten about them, they are still popular amongst anglers hunting the famous bronze back(smallmouth bass). But that doesn’t mean that they will not catch largemouth, they will.
When fishing this lure there is one presentation that works very well in cold winter water when bass are hanging around steep rocky banks and that is the pop and drop technique. Begin by positioning your boat in deep water and make a long cast to shore, let the lure fall all the way to the bottom keeping your rod tip at the 10 o’clock position. Then lower your rod tip at the same time reeling up the slack in the line, give your rod tip a slight jerk or pop back to the 10 o’clock position then let the lure fall again. Continue this pattern all the way down the rocky bank and back to the boat. If you feel a tap or see a twitch in your line, set the hook.
When fishing this technique with hair jigs, you will want to start off by using the right equipment. Recommended is a spinning outfit that consists of a medium to heavy action 6 foot graphite rod lined with 6 to 8 lb test fishing line and start off with a 1/4 oz jig. If you find yourself not getting bites with the 1/4 oz size, switch to a 1/8 oz jig head, this will allow the lure to present itself with a slower fall rate.
Give this lure a try, I think that you will be surprised what this forgotten lure can do.
As a Bass Fishing Beginner, I almost gave up on the sport due to my lack knowledge and frustration. Now I enjoy sharing my experiences with those that love to Bass Fish.
Here’s a video from a couple years ago. Only difference from then and now is I only use braid for very deep water applications.