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Four Fishing Tips for Sunfish

June 6, 2011 3:15 pm
posted by Terry

    Bluegill Perch

  1. When fishing for sunfish use a spinning reel with a four pound monoline.
  2. Sunfish tend to hang out by deep water docks, piers and around weedy dams with a slow current.
  3. If fishing by boat, use a depth finder.  A depth finder helps the angler locate the fish quicker and easier.
  4. Sunfish can be caught with a worm, cricket, or a lure such as a curly-tail jig.
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Four Fishing Tips For Choosing Grub Colors

June 3, 2011 10:31 am
posted by Terry


  1. On a sunny day, smallmouths seem to be attracted to the smoke color grub.  This grub is used in clear water during spring and fall season
  2. When fishing on a cloudy or rainy day a chartreuse color grub seems to grab the attention of bass.  If the fishing water is stained (dark color) or visibility is poor, this bright colored grub works great.  The brighter the color, the more visible it is to the bass that is in the muddy, murky water.
  3. For the angler that is fishing in cold stained water, the pumpkin color grub works the best because it resembles a crawfish.  This grub works best when used in early spring.
  4. Last but not least, attach the grub to the line on a pflueger spinning reel.  A quality pflueger spinning reel can make a fishing adventure more enjoyable and allows the anglers the ability to make a precise cast.
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Grub Tackle and Retrieves Part I

June 1, 2011 10:20 am
posted by Terry


Basically there are four basic retrieves with grubs.  However before learning the retrieves, the angler needs spinning tackle.  Purchase a quality spinning reel with a medium to heavy weight 6 foot graphite rod.  Use a 6 to 8 pound monofilament line that is abrasion-resistant and has a little stretch.  If your line doesn’t stretch, it may break when reeling in the bass.

After purchasing the tackle, the angler is ready to learn how to fish with a grub.  Fishing with a grub is not hard to do but will probably require some practice.  The easiest retrieve to master is the swim.  This retrieve works best when your boat is surrounded by 8 to 10 feet deep water.  Cast your line and let your grub sink to the bottom.  When your grub hits bottom reel in quickly so the grub explodes off the bottom and then reel it in slowly so your grub looks like it is swimming naturally.  This retrieve really tends to set off smallmouths that are sunning by an isolated stump or rock.

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Grubs For Smallmouths

May 30, 2011 9:05 am
posted by Terry


One of the best baits for catching smallmouths is grubs.  Grubs are an inexpensive jig and come in many different styles and colors.  Grubs can be bought in sizes of 3, 4, and 5 inch but the 4 inch is considered the gold standard.

Smallmouths seem to eat grubs for a variety of reasons.  According to research, smallies prefer long-bodied grubs that resemble shad.  When smallies are active, it is best to use a steady retrieve with your pflueger spinning reel.  Letting the jig fall into the water also seems to trigger the aggressive bass.

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Bass Fishing With Soft Plastics Part II

May 26, 2011 11:52 am
posted by Terry

Texas Style Rigging

There are many different types of soft plastics to choose from.  Some favorites of many fishermen include the following:  lube, lizard, finesse worm, jerkbait, slug, ciraw creature, ribbontail worm, stickbait, curlytail worm, and swimbait.  These lures look pretty real and actually feel like real food.  These lures can be rigged by the Texas or Carolina rig method on a baitcasting or spinning reel.

The Texas-style rig is used by the fishermen that are fishing for bass in weedy cover.  When fishing in this type of situation, the fishermen uses a baitcasting reel that has been rigged Texas style.  In the Texas style rig, the hook point is buried in the worm.

Another rigging method used with soft plastics is the Carolina rig.  Bass fishermen use this when fishing on a clean bottom lake because the hook is exposed.  Since the hook is exposed, it is easier to set the hook and land the bass.

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Tip On How to Tie Marabou Flies

May 18, 2011 11:49 am
posted by Terry

Marabou Fly
Producing an artificial fly can be challenging, but the rewards are great when that mighty river-bound beast leaps from the water. A great fly used with a Pflueger Summit fly reel can have anglers catching their limit in no time, and spending more precious time outside at their favorite hobby.

My first fly resembled something that most anglers would vacuum up from underneath the couch, something between “clump of dog hair” and “I think that’s pasta.” My second fly was obviously closely related to my first, with a bit of toenail thrown in for consistency. Gradually, my fly tying improved to the point where I thought they might help me catch a fish.

The first try with my new flies, I might as well have sat by the riverbank and willed the fish into my net, issuing repeated and insistent mental commands to my underwater nemesis. It was not meant to be, however, as fish are apparently possessed of significant mental toughness and psychic defenses. Using my flies with a Pflueger Summit fly reel helped considerably, and I suspect that the fish know quality fly-fishing gear when they see it, even submerged at a depth of three to seven feet. From that point on, my Pflueger Summit fly reel went everywhere with me, convincing fish and anglers alike that I was, despite my laughable Marabou Flies, a competent fly angler.

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How to Woo Rainbow Trout Out of a Stream Bed

May 12, 2011 10:38 am
posted by Terry

Bass and pike may be big game fish, but nearly as many anglers dream of landing a huge rainbow trout. These gentle and skittish feeders prefer streams, simply because their eggs require the oxygen and cleanliness of moving water. Although they can be found in lakes, they are typically stocked or are located next to attached streams. Stocked fish are not wild and are easier catches for anglers. For sportsmen wanting a real challenge and a trophy worth bragging about, it is a better idea to head to the remote stream with fishing reels and lure.

Trout in streams tend to be smaller, and are easily startled because they can often see the angler. It is important to remain crouched and silent while approaching a stream pool, and be very silent, so not to arouse the fishes’ suspicion. Many fishing reels may be used, but fly fishing is favored among trout fishers. There are as many different flies as there are hairs on a horse’s tail, and their light weight gives a fly lure a noiseless entry. Fly fishing is appropriate for the natural flow of a stream, and even allows for small baits that floats on the surface, appearing just the same as a stranded insect.

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How To Clean A Abu Garcia Revo Baitcasting Reel

May 11, 2011 11:33 am
posted by Terry

It’s very important to do routine maintenance on your Abu Garcia Revo baitcasting reel regularly in order to keep it working at it’s best. It only takes a few moments, and in the long run it is going to save you money because you will prolong the life of the product.

After every fishing trip it’s important to take a slightly damp cloth and wipe down the outside of your baitcasting reel. Once it’s wiped down completely then you should take a second cloth that is completely dry to remove any of the damp residue from the casing.

The makers of the Abu Garcia Revo also make their own lubrication product. It’s a very good one to use, but if you have another favorite brand you can use that as well. Before this high quality reel is stored it’s important to put a few drops of lubrication into the gears, the handle, and the spool shaft. Don’t overdo it. Just a little bit of lubrication will work it’s way through the moving parts as you spin the handle a few times.

Place the fully cleaned reel into a soft cloth bag and store it in a dry place until the next time it is used.

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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 Fishing Line for Shimano Reels

May 5, 2011 11:37 am
posted by Terry

The type of fishing situation will determine the type of line needed for the Shimano spinning reel.  The most line weight needed for a spinning reel is usually 10 lbs or less.  Using more than this weight can cause backlash and other problems.

Beside the line weight, anglers also consider their fishing situation.  When fishing in or around rocks, anglers tend to use the monofilament line that is tough or extra tough.  If the water is clear, fluorocarbon line works great for this situation.  Last but not least, when fishing around the lily pads or grassy area, try using the braid or fused line.

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