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Relatives of the Largemouth Bass

June 24, 2011 10:15 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

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.

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Catching a World’s Record Bass

June 23, 2011 12:15 pm
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

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.

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Catching A Paddlefish – Tips and Techniques

June 22, 2011 7:22 am
posted by Terry

PaddleFish

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.’

Equipment needed
So what do you need? You need:
Baitcasting Reels
– Line
– Rod
– Hooks
– Gaffs
– Weights
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.

The process
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.

Tips
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.

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How to Use A Spinning Reel To Catch A Trout

June 21, 2011 11:27 am
posted by Terry

Trout

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!

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Trolling For the Catch Of The Day

June 20, 2011 10:08 am
posted by Terry

Trolling

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.

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How To Properly Use a Fish Depth Finder

June 17, 2011 10:00 am
posted by Terry

Depth Finder

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.

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How to Catch a Walleye

June 16, 2011 9:50 am
posted by Terry

Walleye

The temperamental walleye fish has a reputation for being difficult to catch. The walleye is a large river fish so baitcasting reels must be sturdy enough to handle the weight. The Pflueger brand has proven itself to be just that and with many decades of field testing, the baitcasting reels that Pflueger produces are reliable and affordable.
Spring is the best time to catch the walleye since they will be looking for sandy areas to spawn. River currents will attract them and their behavior will be detectably assertive. It is recommended to Use a piece of worm or walleye gullet on the jig to attract more fish. The males will swim in shallow water and are smaller than the females. The females will swim out to deeper water during the day so the males will be easier to catch. The jig should be either one quarter ounce or one eighth ounce.
If the angler is looking to catch a large fish as a trophy it is best to wait for the females to return to the shallower depths near the river bank. Trolling very slowly close to the shore is recommended. The baitcasting reels should be used from the boat. Casting from a sandbar near the weeds will prove fruitful. Using Pflueger equipment will assure that catching the elusive walleye will be a memorable experience.

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How to Catch a Spoonbill Fish

June 15, 2011 7:50 pm
posted by Terry

SpoonBill

The Spoonbill catfish is an extremely ancient fish having been on Earth for over three hundred million years. It is a large fish measuring as long as seven feet . Also known as a paddlefish it is not permitted to be fished in every state since it almost went extinct.
To successfully catch this fish it must be snagged. It is a rare thrill to drag a 10/0-12/0 three pronged hook and a five to sixteen ounce weight while trolling. This can be done by boat or by manpower. When using the baitcasting reel and rod, the rod should measure ten to twelve feet with a line weighing a minimum of sixty pounds. This is a seriously heavy and interesting fish to catch.
When a bending occurs at the tip of the rod, it is time to take a deep breathe, and start reeling in the spoonbill. Getting the three pronged hooked into the mouth properly may prove difficult to do but with practice a certain level of proficiency will start developing. Baitcasting reels provide more control over where to place the lure. They enable the angler to place lures right up next to logs.

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Reasons To Purchase An Ugly Stick

June 14, 2011 9:22 pm
posted by Terry

The unusual, unattractive name is more than enough reason not to buy this fishing rod. However, relying solely on the name is definitely a great way to miss out on something that will unquestionably prove to be an awesome buy. With that said, the awesome reasons as for why to buy an Ugly Stik are definitely straightforward and quite convincing.

For starters, the Ugly Stik is surely not ugly by any means. It is quite a good-looking fishing rod that has made its way to being one of the best sellers on the market. The well-respected popularity of this rod, coupled with durability, undeniable strength and a relatively low price adds to the list of reasons that back the statement regarding the Ugly Stik as being an excellent fishing rod to buy.

One thing for sure, as an avid fisherman, what more is there to ask for? The strength of this rod along with its coloration is what gives it its unique name. Even though, a lot of owners are quite fond of its appearance and performance, the name has managed to stick for many years.

Apart from that, fishing with this fishing rod will definitely be a fun way to catch a catfish on any fishing trip. The name is very distracting, but using it will totally erase any negative thoughts that ever came into mind. One way to show everybody how to fish is to do so by using this unusual named, truly amazing fishing rod.

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Fishing For White Bass

June 13, 2011 10:10 pm
posted by Terry

White Bass

White bass are easy to catch once they have been located.  In late spring, these fish tend to be caught around sandy flats, deep riprap banks, and by large boulders that break the water current.  Besides fishing from the bank, many anglers rely on trolling.  Trolling allows the angler to use a depth finder which makes it easier to locate and catch the fish.

To catch white bass, use a good spinning reel outfit with 4 to 8 pound mono line.  As for bait, try using a jig.  Live bait is not a requirement.  White bass bite in the early morning hours.  Last but not least, watch for circling gulls.  Circling gulls indicate that schools of white bass are feeding nearby.

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