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Tips for Baitcasting Fishing Line

May 6, 2011 10:46 am
posted by Terry

When choosing fishing line for your Daiwa Baitcasting reel consider the following tips.

  1. Line weight is based on what the angler is fishing for and the rating of the reel.
  2. Using a 15-20 pound monofilament line makes the reel easier to cast and easier to pick out backlashes if this occurs.
  3. A heavier line allows, the angler to cast longer distances and gives more control over lure placement.
  4. Braid and fluorocarbon lines can be used with a baitcasting reel.
  5. Remember to fill the spool half-full or you may waste a lot of line.
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Tips for Dock Fishing for Bass (Part II continued)

May 4, 2011 10:34 am
posted by Terry

When fishing on or near a dock for bass consider the following tips:

  1. Fish on docks that provide shade.
  2. Cast underneath the dock if possible.
  3. Fish by a dock that has covered boats that look like they have not been moved, the bass have probably not moved either.
  4. Fish on docks that are anchored by post and in 4 feet or less water.
  5. Fish midday not morning or evening.
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Tips for Dock Fishing for Bass (Part I)

May 3, 2011 10:30 am
posted by Terry

When fishing on or near a dock for bass consider the following tips:

  1. Fish on a dock that is surrounded by clear to moderately clear water.
  2. For fishing in front of the dock use topwater or spinnerbait.
  3. Fish on a sunny day.
  4. Fish on a dock that has bulrush patches or lily pads nearby.
  5. Summer time is the best time to fish on a dock.
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Tips for Grass Fishing

May 2, 2011 9:26 am
posted by Terry

Fishing for smallmouth bass in the grass can be a rewarding catch if a few simple tips are followed.  If the line on your Shimano spinning fishing reel is getting hung up, then the grass is too thick for the bass.  Try fishing in grass that is no taller than 3 feet and is surrounded by water that is at least 5 feet deep.  Look for bare spots throughout the grassy area and then cast your favorite jerkbait in one of those spots.

If fishing from a boat, try to keep 15 feet away from your target area.  Your goal is to catch the bass, not to spook them with your boat.

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Catching Walleye – How to Troll

April 29, 2011 10:21 am
posted by Terry

If you are fishing for bottom feeding fish like walleye, you need a fishing reel that you can handle easily. Your reel should not spin out of control if you are dragging your line to lure fish that are feeding on the bottom. A baitcasting reel isn’t that much different from any other reel that uses a fishing lure. Your objective is to bait your hook and be confident that your bait won’t be pulled off by the bottom fish who are used to nibbling at food rather than at snapping at lures. Using a bait that can stay in one piece until the walleye decides to swallow it whole is your main objective. If your bait can be pulled off in bits and pieces, you will be trolling a long time before you catch a fish. Trolling for fish is fun if you have patience and can maneuver your fishing pole from side to side.

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Fishing Tip – Best Time To Catch Bass

April 27, 2011 9:12 am
posted by Terry

For fishermen trying to catch bass, knowing the best time of year before getting out your baitcasting reel is crucial to increasing your odds of success. The time of year for bass fishing varies depending on where you are located geologically, but in general it is the spring and summer months. Bass are most active during these warmer months, but some skilled fishermen catch them the rest of the year.

Even though bass are known to be most active at warmer times of the year, no one knows for certain the way fish are going to behave. That is just another reason to make sure that your fishing reel, rod, and other equipment are in top shape. This is why there is no one lure in fishing that is proven to out-perform the rest, and no matter what time of year you fish, they are either biting or they aren’t.

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Tips for Ram-Feeding Bass

April 26, 2011 10:04 am
posted by Terry

Ram-feeding is when the bass moves forward quickly and overtakes its prey.  For the bass that are exhibiting this type of behavior, the angler has many choices of live baits that can be used in this situation.  However, the angler also needs to consider the type of Cayenne baitcasting fishing reel being used, the lake’s foliage, and the water temperature.

Live baits that can be used in this situation are worms, leaches, frogs and minnows.  Try to match the bait with the lakes foliage.  If the bait does not seem to be luring the bass, then try a different kind.  Last but not least, if the water temperature is below 55 degrees, try using a minnow for this type of feeding behavior.

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Three Feeding Behaviors of Bass

April 25, 2011 9:00 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth bass have three types of feeding behaviors.  These feeding behaviors can make or break an angler catching limit for the day.  So it is important for the angler to have his Citrix fishing reel and at least three different types of lures or bait that would match the bass feeding behavior of the day.

Basically there are three types of feeding behaviors.  The first of these is called ram-feeding.  Ram-feeding is when the bass moves forward quickly and overtakes its prey.  The next type of behavior is called suction.  The bass sucks in the prey along with the water around it.  The last type of behavior is known as biting.  In biting, the bass is in the chewing mood and is just waiting for the lure or bait to drop nearby its nesting area.

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Learning to Use Baitcasting Reels

April 20, 2011 1:44 pm
posted by A-Reel-Good-Time

Like many anglers, I started out using a spincast reel. The closed face spincast reel provides trouble free casting- who doesn’t want that? Still, I was curious about baitcasting reels. I figured that there must be some sort of advantage to using a baitcasting reel if so many fishermen I respect use them.

I called up a buddy who has several baitcasting reels and asked him to show me the ropes. Let me tell you, a baitcasting reel is not easy to master, at all! The effort put into learning to use a baitcasting reel is worth it. I loved being able to feel every play; you get a better sense of what is going on below the water. As a side note, you don’t have to replace your lures; I use crank baits, spinners, and top waters with my baitcast reel.

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Spawning Smallmouth Bass

April 18, 2011 9:42 am
posted by Terry

The smallmouth bass are beginning to spawn.  The perfect water temperature for spawning smallmouth bass is 55 degrees.  So grab your baitcasting or spinning reel and check out the temperatures at your favorite lake.

Besides having the perfect temperatures, you’ll also want the right lure and bait. Try using a curly tail that vibrates through the water or use jerkbaits in clear water lakes.  A minnow also seems to work well in clear water lakes.  Last but not least, try fishing near fallen trees, rock banks, shallow rock piles, piers and docks.  Smallmouth bass seem to congregate around these areas.

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