In this article I’m going to discuss some of the keys to success when fishing for smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass are amazingly fun to catch, and are know as being one of the hardest fighting fish that swim in freshwater. In my experience these fish, pound for pound, most certainly live up to that reputation.
Many anglers don’t realize that smallmouth bass can be caught from the flowing waters of small rivers and streams just like trout. As a matter of fact, many times these fish can be caught in the exact same waters that you go trout fishing. This is how I like to catch smallmouth bass. I actually use my trout fishing rods and reels when fishing for ‘bronze backs’ and it’s a ton of fun.
In any case, when fishing for smallmouth bass, these keys to success will serve you well.
Use Small Diameter Line – As I said, I like to use my trout fishing gear when fishing for bronze backs, and my trout fishing gear is quite light. I use an ultra light rod and reel spooled with four pound test monofilament. The smaller the diameter of line you use, the more bites you will get, it’s as simple as that. This is a key to success when smallmouth bass fishing, especially in clear water situations.
Use Gang Hooks – This key to success is integral when fishing with live bait (especially worms). Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, which allow a worm to be presented in an outstretched and natural manner. This makes a big difference in bite rates, and is a key to success when fishing for smallmouth bass. Gang hooks should be a part of your smallmouth bass repertoire, especially in river and stream situations.
Being On The Water At The Right Times – When fishing for smallmouth bass it’s important to be on the water when the bass are the most active. This can be accomplished by learning ways that the weather & moon impact the behavior of fish. There’s no need to become a scholar on these subjects either, the basic rules will do fine. Learning the ways in which these two forces of Mother Nature affect fishing is certainly one of the keys to success when fishing for bronze backs.
Begin using these simple keys to success and start catching more of these wonderful and feisty fish. Catching smallmouth bass on light gear can be as much fun as can be had with your clothes on and these keys to
Fly fishing for trout? Salmon? Bah! For a different experience, it is all about tarpon fly fishing in Florida.
There are a lot of different types of fishing experiences. There are also many ways of gauging the success of any fishing trip. To many anglers, the number of fish that you have in your live well, cooler, or stringer is the way you measure a successful trip. To others it is the enjoyment of the external surrounding environment and the immersion into nature that makes the experience successful. To others, it is the sport. It is the challenge of taking a large fish on light tackle. Fly fisherman understand the idea of challenge.
Tarpon fly fishing in Florida is a good example of the idea of sport. Many people have compared this form of fishing to hunting. The tarpon is a saltwater fish that comes to the shallow offshore flats and coastal rivers to feed. Many tarpon grow up to 8 feet long and some can weigh as much as 200 pounds. The top of their mouth, where the hook must be set, is covered by a bony plate that some have described as being a bit like concrete.
The tarpon is usually sought in the coastal waters of the Florida Keys in a small skiff. The fisherman stands in the front of the skiff and the guide positions it to intercept schools of tarpon that are moving in from deeper waters to feed. The fish are swimming fast, bearing down on the skiff in small schools of giant fish. The fisherman must make an expert cast to drop a fly in the path of the oncoming fish and hope one stops to strike it. Then the hook must be set in that bony upper mouth. In most cases, the fish will throw the hook rather quickly.
If the hook is set, the challenge has really just started. The tarpon is a feisty fish. It may be one of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound anywhere. It will make long wild runs and then suddenly pull with stubborn bull dog tenacity. And they will jump. The tarpon is known for their high arching jumps that can set the fisherman’s heart to racing wildly. In fact, it is common to ask the returning fisherman how many fish he “jumped” rather than how many he caught.
It is really not the catching that is important in tarpon fly fishing in Florida or along the coastal waters of the other Southern states in the tarpon’s range. It is the hunt that is the thing that draws the fishermen. The flesh of the tarpon is bony and not good eating and in many places the fish is protected and catch and release is the norm. It is the human being against the denizen of the sea that this is all about, not putting food on the table.