Archive for June, 2011
- Outfit your boat with 4 to 6 heavy duty baitcasting reel outfits. The rods should be at least an 8 feet in length.
- Use a 2 ounce sinker with live bait on a 6/0 hook.
- Next, adjust the rods so that the bait is near the bottom and the line is kept vertical.
- Lastly, in your boat, make sure the rods are perpendicular to the gunwhales and use a trolling motor to control the drift speed.
Drift fishing can help an angler catch catfish that are hiding in large flats, around boulders, logs, or other large obstructions in the river.
- Bait a pflueger baitcasting reel outfit with live bait (frogs, catalpa worms, shad, nightcrawlers or crayfish) when fishing for flathead catfish.
- Channel catfish prefer dead or prepared baits. Bait your spinning reel outfit with any of the following: limburger, cheese, doughballs, stinkbait, and chicken livers.
- Blue catfish will bite live, dead or prepared baits. They are not picky eaters.
Its catfishing season! Catfish are found in water temperatures ranging from 70-85 degrees. They can reach weight of 50 to 100 lbs and bringing them in can be a challenge. Catfish can put up a fight, so its best to have quality tackle.
Choosing quality tackle will depend on the type of catfish being caught. Channel, flathead, white and blue catfish are the most common species. When fishing for channel or white cat on a clean bottom river, use a medium power pflueger spinning reel outfit with a 14lb mono line. For blues or flatheads, a pflueger heavy baitcasting outfit with a 50lb line will be much studier if fishing in heavy cover.
Like humans, largemouths depend upon their five senses for survival. However, they depend mostly on their vision to find food. According to research, these fish can see well in all directions. The water clarity is the only thing that hinders them from seeing far. In clear water, largemouth can see more than 20 feet.
To determine which bait or lure will work best for the angler, consider the following tips:
- Try using a lure that has some red in the coloring. According to laboratory test, this color is recognized more by bass.
- When fishing in discolored water, use bright or fluorescent lure colors.
- In clear water, try using a dark or drab color lure or live bait.
The largemouth bass may be the favorite fish of bass anglers, but it has several relatives. So don’t be surprised if one of them happens to grab the bait from the line on your Pflueger spinning reel.
The largemouth has at least five relatives. These relatives include the: Smallmouth, Spotted, Suwannee, and the Guadalupe bass. All of these bass can be found in the in the same lakes and streams as largemouths. Their coloring and markings are very distinguished, so don’t confuse them with a largemouth.
The current work record is a 22 lb 4 ounce largemouth that was caught in Montgomery Lake, Georgia. This largemouth was cross between a Florida and Northern largemouth. To catch a largemouth this size, an angler would need to use a heavy duty Pflueger baitcasting reel with a heavy abrasion resistant line. Having the right tackle can make the difference between a world record and a second place.
However, for the angler that wants to catch largemouth but not set the world record, a baitcasting or spinning reel will work just fine. Basically if the angler is fishing around a weedy or brushy area, it’s best to use the baitcasting reel. A baitcasting reel will allow the angler to place the lure or bait next to the brush. The reel allows a more precise cast but the angler may need to practice casting with this reel.
If the angler is fishing in a clear bottom lake or shallow stream then a spinning reel will do just fine. Just watch the weight of the line. As long as the fish don’t weight more than the weight of the line, the angler should not have a problem of landing the largemouth.
Paddlefish will be found in low current waters in all seasons except springtime. In the spring, which is the spawning season, they shift location to up stream areas where the water levels are higher. You can try your luck in catching paddlefish in both situations, although you will have better luck in the upstream moments.
Catching paddlefish is lots of fun, especially because you do not have to be a seasoned fisherman to do it. Another thing which makes it so much fun is the simple equipment used. You won’t need to invest in expensive equipment to snag this precious fish but you must keep it heavyweight. The paddlefish is huge, weighing over 200 pounds on average so your equipment must match up to this weight. With less than $200, you can assemble everything you need to go ‘paddle-fishing.’
So what do you need? You need:
– Baitcasting Reels
A rod between 10 and 15 feet is okay. The longer it is, the further you will be able to cast. Any line would work, but a 30 pound monofilament works best for the paddlefish. The heavier the line, the better it will be at baitcasting. 5 ounce weights and 8/0 or 10/0 are good enough. The gaff will be used to land the fish.
It all begins with tying up. Use a large, treble hook and leave up to 2 feet of line which you will tie to your weight. This will ensure that the weight is on one end and enhance the retrieving process.
While holding the spool with your thumb, turn the rod to the side so that the handle of the baitcasting reel is facing upward. Position yourself so that when you cast, you do not cast into the wind, otherwise a backlash will occur. When you are ready, cast your line, aiming for the opposite end from where you are. Release the thumb slowly without lifting it off the spool; otherwise the line will come off the reel. Baitcasting reels are great because they give you more control over the placement of the lure. They allow the lure to be placed just about anywhere paddlefish could be hiding or lying low.
Allow the weight to sink in for sometime and ready yourself for retrieving. Push your thumb down immediately the lure hits the water to keep the spool from spinning and then reel up the lure. Baitcasting reels have excellent braking system that you can quickly tighten if the spool continues spinning when your lure is already down. Repeat this process until you’ve covered the entire channel or moved closer to the shore. If you’ve nabbed your fish, bring it up the rod. You will have an easier time if you have someone else to help you here.
The reel position will be determined by the hand you intend to use to cast. If casting with your right-hand, keep the handle to the left side of the reel. If casting with the left arm, turn the handle to the right.
Baitcasting reels are prone to backlashing. Try not to jerk the rod or your line will become entangled in backlash. If you adjust the braking system correctly, it will control the spool.
When choosing a rod/reel combo, the appropriate weight range is between 2 and 7 lbs. Beginners might be advised to stick to a closed face reel (a reel that has a button that allows for easy release of the line). The Pflueger Fishing Company makes several high quality reels and reel/rod combos for all skill levels, and something like the Pflueger President Spinning combo can offer the beginner a versatility and ease that are vital when starting out.
OK, Now comes the tricky part: a good cast.
Always cast slightly upstream and allow your bait to drift downstream. The current will make your bait appear lifelike and lure the trout.
Bring the rod tip behind you slowly, and press and hold the button on the fly reel. Quickly bring the rod tip around to directly in front of you and release the button in the middle of the cast. Be careful not to whip the rod to hard or your bait will get thrown off the hook.
Do not overcast. Think of rod as the hand on a clock, and keep your rod at 11 o’clock.
If you’ve done things correctly, your line should fly freely and land about 25-35 feet in front of you. Congratulations! Chances are, it’ll take a few casts before the fishes to start nibbling, but you’re well on your way!
Spending a chilly morning on a peaceful lake fishing can be the perfect vacation for outdoor enthusiasts. Trolling is a fishing method used from a moving boat and can be utilized in Big-game or freshwater fishing. A trolling motor is quiet and transports the boat through the water slowly allowing the fisherman to drag a fishing line behind the vessel.
Baitcasting reels are recommended for trolling and the reel placement will give the angler added leverage when pulling in especially feisty fish. Pflueger reels are a high quality brand for fisherman to consider when shopping for a trolling reel.
The bait used during trolling can be a small live fish, dead bait or artificial bait. This style of fishing can be used when other forms are not in season or when water conditions are unsafe for other methods of fishing.
Anglers should remember to troll in front of schooling fish and to change lures often. Fish can be picky when selecting bait and once a lure becomes hot, it should be used until the fish stop going for it. A depth finder can be helpful in locating fish and allowing the line to sink deeper later in the day can also encourage the fish to bite.
Pflueger baitcasting reels will be in an angler’s collection of fishing gear for years. The durability is unsurpassed and it is sure to become a well-used piece of equipment.
Before you use your new pflueger baitcasting reels to find fish displayed on your depth finder you need to make sure you know how they work. A depth finder is SONAR which uses sound waves to spot underwater objects. The transducer produces a sound wave through the water. When the soundwave is sent by the transducer, the wave is short and narrow. The soundwave becomes wider and creates a cone shape which covers more area. Once the soundwave hits something it immediately bounces back to the transducer. The fish finder measures the distance in time it took the soundwave to return. Your fish depth finder calculates the distance and draws an image of a fish or the uprocessed sonar called an arch on your fish finder.
The accuracy of the measured distance can change depending upon the clarity of the water. Bubbles in the water usually caused by strong winds or currents will impact the signal. Once you are ready to use your new pflueger baitcasting reel, you should also be mindful of any algae or other microorganisms floating on the surface. Bubbles and algae disperse the soundwave and can cause accuracy issues.
Using the proper cone angle will help you accurately use your baitcasting reels. Wider cone angles are perfect for shallow or medium depths. Narrower cone angle will penetrate deeper into the water but show less fish.