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Crickets The Other Live Bait

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Several years ago I got turned on to using live bait. Before that time I had used worms. Yes worms are live bait too, but the world of live bait is much more than a crawler on a hook. Minnows, crawdads, and crickets are also a big part of live bait fishing. I have enjoyed using each type, but crickets were my first venture into the "other-world" of live bait fishing.

A good friend of mine, Tom, first showed me how to use crickets when stream fishing for trout. We were Trout fishing the Silver Fork out side of Kyburz, California. The water was running and the scenery outstanding. Our plan was to hop boulders from up above and fish our way down stream. First on the agenda was my introduction to using crickets as bait.

Tom grabbed a black cricket out of the cricket cage and said, "You just run the hook under the collar". What? Was this cricket wearing a coat or something? I found that just behind the head of the cricket is something that looks like a collar. The trick is to gently guide your hook under the collar and out the other side of the collar without killing the cricket. It is actually much easier than it may sound.

Next I went for a fishing bobber and was quickly corrected by Tom. No Bobber and if I needed, only the lightest of a sinker. The idea was to cast onto the rushing water and let the cricket float down stream. I studied by cricket teacher as he gently flipped his line onto the water and the cricket floated down the creek. Then he was gone. Fish on!

Since then I have learned that many people use crickets for a variety of other fish including Panfish and Breen. This technique is different from the one I used my first day. Many people use a bobber or a float with a #6, #8, or #10 hook. They then put a lightweight split shot about 6 inches from the cricket. The idea is to let the cricket slowly and naturally descend through the water. As with Panfish, you will try several times and may adjust your bobber depth until you find the right spot.

I have learned that fish like variety in their diet, just like we do. Live bait is definitely preferred by fish over artificial and they can strike at it aggressively. So feel free to explore a live bait option to worms. Crickets: The other live bait.

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Fall Bass Fishing Enjoying The Fall Outdoors

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The great outdoors, its natural splendor beckons mans natural instincts. As men have grown accustomed to living in high rises and suburban haven, they could not still shrug off the call of the wilds.

Man has started off as natural hunters even with the convenience of department stores and groceries, there is still nothing quite like the natural high of catching your own food. From necessity, fishing has evolved into a sport, now hordes of fishermen are now sportsmen because of these and bass fishing is one of the greatest challenges this sport offers.

Just try to look at its development and you will really see the diversity. Before, fish is only considered as part of our everyday needs, but as time goes by it was later transformed into this kind of sports which the people particularly the anglers are getting fond of.

The satisfaction that they find in bass fishing cannot be compared to any other hobby. Be it young or old, many are becoming quite fond of it. Although there are a lot of things to be considered once you get yourself into Bass Fishing but still they disregard all of these.

The allure of bass fishing is never seasonal and the call of the waters never ceases. Be it not for the coldness of winter, bass fishermen would not be held back from getting into their boats lugging their gears. It is too much of a passion for those who truly understands the essence of having to catch the bass.

Moreover, the game of bass fishing does not choose any age. Once you are hooked to it, you will certainly find the pleasure of bringing home the trophy fish. Sometimes, anglers even tend to disregard the weather condition because of their urge to catch bass fish.

Bass Fishing has become a competition to other anglers because at times they are fond of recording the biggest fish that have been caught and it precisely gives not only fulfillment but as well as honor on the part of the individual that was able to catch it.

The bass fish is a trophy fish because of its ability to give a good fight when it is caught. Its capability to grow into big sizes makes it a good wall mount without the need to wander off to the deep blue sea. Bass fishes are mostly fresh water fishes and this doesn't require expensive boat rentals as well horrendously pocket burning fees and gears.

And since it is fresh water, you can do bass fishing even in fall!

Trying to look at the tips on how to succeed in the game of bass fishing, there is a very important thing that must be consider there. That deals on the weather condition. It is a must to consider that aspect in bass fishing. But of course, you should leave the water when a storm came or when there is lightning that comes into the area.

It is an advice for you to start to fish early in the morning or in the evening because bass is active on cooler temperature. You are surely to catch bigger trophy fish if you will have the bass fishing on the right time.

Fall bass fishing is particularly good because during this season, there is a lower temperature and the colder the time is the higher the chance for you to grab on the bass fish.

Northern California for instance, has always been known for its abundance of the bass fish. This usually happened during the Fall Salmon Run in the Sacramento River, but oftentimes, this Season looks absolutely phenomenal, and may not be seen again for many years to come. That is why people who are involved in fall bass fishing always grab the chance whenever this season comes because this only comes once a year.

Fall Bass Fishing is like a delicacy, it is VERY special for those who have a taste for it. Like age, it does not need to consider the best seasons for going into bass fishing. This is important nonetheless if you want to drive your goal of winning the game and catching the biggest bass fish for you to track the record of the biggest bass fish caught.

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Get Polarized Lenses For Great Fishing Sunglasses

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Fishing sunglasses do not contain images of fish, but avid fishermen claim they do make it easier on your eyes when you are fishing. Fishing sunglasses is a name given to sunglasses that contain polarized lenses. This type of lens in sun glasses makes it easier to see when you are on the water because they reduce the glare caused by the reflection of the sun on the water.

When you choose fishing sunglasses, there are many designer sun glasses to choose from. The most well-known polarized fishing sunglasses are those made by Oakley and Hobie. Both have excellent quality lenses that are very durable and able to withstand hard knocks. They are scratch and shatter resistant and they are not just for fishing. No matter what type of outdoor activity you engage in, wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses is really beneficial for your eyes.

The name fishing sun glasses was applied to polorozed fishing sunglasses because they became the favorite of fishermen. They found that with the reduced glare on sunny days, they could keep track of their lures in the waster much easier. Now these sun glasses have become really popular for other sports such as golfing and snowboarding.

The polarized lenses in fishing sunglasses contain vertically oriented polarizers. Since light reflects horizontally, this vertical polarizing ability neutralizes the glare and protects your eyes. Polarized fishing sunglasses also help you to see better in bright light, but if you look at a computer screen when wearing these sun glasses some of the displays on the screen may actually become invisible.

Polorized fishing sunglasses have also become known as sports sunglasses because of their popularity among players of most major sporting events. In protecting your eyes from the UV rays of the sun, fishing sunglasses are way ahead of ordinary lenses. The color tint in these sunglasses also has an effect on the clarity of your vision. This is really a matter of personal taste and you would have to see what color you like best.

Getting the fishing sunglasses you need for the next big fishing trip with your buddies is not as hard as you think. Most of the designers of sunglasses have an online presence or have authorized online dealers where you can place your order. By ordering your polarized fishing sun glasses online, you will also get them much cheaper. Why not buy a pair for your buddy while you're at it?

You need proper fishing sunglasses when on the water.

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Big Bass Fishing Adventures

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When your talking about big bass fishing you can't go just anywhere to catch big bass. You need to know where to go, and when to go. These two items of big bass fishing will let you become a master. Once you have mastered these two concepts rest assured you're becoming a better fisherman then most.

The first point to know about big bass fishing is where to actually find the fish. Then of course once you've found them the next point to learn is how to catch them. Of course with a rod and bait, but what are the different techniques, tricks, and presentations you use to land yourself a winner. The tougher part usually is locating them however, there are many factors that contribute but you can learn them.

Time to Do the Deed

When it's time to do your big bass fishing, make sure you know how to read a map. When you find out the location you need to be in order to catch the bass, you need to know how to get there. Knowing what the water depth is and understanding what it means will help, and going on a day when water clarity is maximized can help greatly.

The temperature needs to be right, so check with the local fishing authority to make sure you are visiting at the right time. There are also some things to look for when it comes to locating big bass on any given body of water. Look for vegetation areas, as the bass like to harbor here and it is a perfect place to find them. Finding shallow water that is also close to deeper depths of water is the best place to find the big bass. Keep in mind that structures may get in the way of finding the bass, so stay away from them

Fishing with Friends and Family

A lot of the excitement that comes from big bass fishing is when you do it with family and friends, and a friendly competition is healthy for any group. So as my father and I have small tournaments between ourselves to produce the biggest bass, you can do something similar to spice up a trip with friends or family.

Planning a big bass fishing trip can become not only a wonderful memory yourself, friends and family but also a tradition. While you may look down your nose at fishing trips it's a don't knock it til you've tried it sort of sport. So get some friends or relatives together, get online and start searching for areas close to you where you can go fishing for big bass. It's an outdoor activity you won't soon forget.

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Salmon Fishing The Basics You Need To Know

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You will find that there are several types of salmon that you could be after. You'll find them in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans too. In the Atlantic, you will find the founding father of all salmon. This is the original fish name of a salmon. You will also find a wide range of salmon that are in the eastern North American areas that in lakes of all sorts. These don't migrate as they like freshwater better.

The brown trout is one of the most well known of salmons. Yes, he is a salmon even though most think he's a trout. Red salmon is also known as Sockeye salmon. These are found off of the coast of California and into the eastern pacific. You will find them off the shores of Japan as well as in the Andayr River in Siberia. Pink salmon is another option and is found in California, Canada and in Korea.

Another common type is Chinook salmon. These are known as spring salmon as well as blackmouth, and King Salmon. You'll find them from the southern Californian coast to the Bering Strait. You can also find them in Alaska, Russia and in the Yukon Territory.

Baits For Salmon

You can use many varieties of baits on salmon. In freshwater varieties, go with plugs, worms, lures and flies. In saltwater, go with flies, streamers, crustaceans, and lures.

Gear For Salmon

For fly fishing, you'll need a twelve to sixteen foot graphite or fiberglass rod. You will need fly reel and line too. In bait fishing, you'll need a ten foot spinning rod and bait caster reel with up to a twenty pound test line. For Chinook's, you'll need a boat or a trolling rod. As you know, the Chinook are the largest of the salmon so you will need twenty to forty five pound test line.

When you are after Atlantic's, go for a fly fish or use spoons, natural baits and plugs to help you. On the Pacific side, use trolling just off the shoreline and use estuaries.

No matter which of the mighty salmon you are after, you are sure to get a good fight. Be prepared with a full tackle box and a large cooler when you are after King Salmon!

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Basic Carp Fishing Pointers

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Frustrating as it is, carp fishing is awesome. Carp are really good at sucking in and blowing out suspicious baits. It's such an excitement to see the whole action in a fraction of a second as you hang on for dear life while the reel is trembling with a loud noise.

Carp happily devour on the surface as long as you keep the pellets, biscuits, chic peas, bread, and re-hydrated corn coming in, and these are inexpensive baits as well. Just attach them to the hooks, most preferably the bread. Have the biscuits softened by dipping it in the water for about 2 minutes, then, place them in a sealed sandwich bag for about an hour. Since different brands have different textures, just experiment to know which is firm enough to cast. Another way to hook baits is super gluing the pellet into the shank.

Once they get into feeding, let them feel comfortable around the bait. This gives more opportunity for the fisherman since they begin to not feel picky. This tactic can be useful for zig rigs.

As soon as they're feeding, cast the bait but make sure not to drop the bait directly onto the feeding carp. Cast away from the feeding area then slowly draw it in position. While the bait is till hanging, keep the food coming in so as to keep the carp from going away.

How to Set-Up?

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Fishing Reel The Excitement In

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Picture it: a father and son waiting on a harbor over a lake, their bare legs dangling over the water, each of them holding a fishing rod. It's a scene bound to endear children and excite families, simply because fishing has long been used by humans for both relaxation and industry.

Put simply, fishing covers all activities involved in hunting and catching fish and other aquatic animals such as octopus, turtles, shellfish, and squid. Fishing first began about ten thousand years ago. Fishing was considered a game for the lower classes in ancient Greece, but the Chinese regarded the skill as a gift from the gods.The ancient Egyptians were known for their fishing implements and improvised fishing methods, most of which are captured in illustrations in the pyramids, and in papyrus documents.

Fishing today can take on many forms, from the simple boat on the lake, and occasional conversation amongst friends or relatives; to the larger, industrial boat in the middle of the sea, with its gigantic net.

The following are a few types of common fishing methods.

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Bass Fishing Bigger The Knowledge The Bigger The Fish

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Why is it so important to have more knowledge under your belt when bass fishing, simple, more fish?

Is your catch of bass becoming less on every fishing trip, did you ever wonder that the bait you are using is not to the fishes liking or could it be your choice of location to catch a whopper be the wrong speck.

If just starting out to join in the fun of bass fishing then it is important that you fully understand the needs on how to bait. Which bait to use - where are the best locations for bass fishing. The bigger your knowledge the bigger the fish.

Bass Fishing is practised by anglers who claim a sense of satisfaction when the fish start to bite. To become successful in this type of venture then you have to consider two things, the understanding of how to locate bass and to learn all there is to know about different techniques, presentations, and baits. All this information can be found in fishing manuals. Collect as much knowledge as you can from other anglers who are more familiar with the sport.

Just to know how to read a map will be beneficial when locating bass, the most practical places to search for lively Bass is after cold fronts and early spring. Weather conditions can either hamper or go in your favour when fishing for bass. If you are familiar with your waters then this will help a great deal in locating the best place to cast your rod. Water depth and temperature is a vital element that you need to be aware of because the depth or hollowness of the water will decipher if this part of the river - stream is where the bass are biting.

A consistent bass angler does more than just jump in his/her boat and cast bait. That is why fishing tournaments are so popular -competitive and fulfilling to all who take part in these contests.

There is much more than meets the eye behind this sport. Lake maps, what are they you ask, well there are two types; most anglers refer to them as the Hot Spot map and the Topographical. These route finders are different; the Topo outlines more in detail where as the Hot Spot map displays the best fishing locations.

Vegetation areas - Irregular contours -Shallow water close to deep water areas - Points and point drops are main issues to look for when it comes to locating bass on any given waters.

To become as popular as the sport it self then, you have to think like the fish. I know this may sound insane, but you have to choose a quiet part of the stream or lake away from jet skis, kiddies paddling or playful dogs when fishing for bass. Any excitement may upset the apple cart. If you were the fish would you stick around with all the commotion above water?

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Choosing The Perfect Guide On Your Fishing Trip

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"Do I really need a guide?" is usually one of the first questions asked from anglers going on their first fishing trip. It's impossible to accurately answer that question with a "yes" or a "no", but we can give you the information you need to know to answer the question by yourself.

Guides can be worth having as long as you know exactly what you're getting. For example, most people don't realize hiring a guide is no guarantee you're going to catch a trophy fish. The guide will take you to the places known to have fish, but catching them is still up to you.

If you don't know what you're doing, the guide can only help you so much. However, if that's the case, a guide may be well worth it to you. Since you will be arriving at a lake you've never been on before, and you only have a few days to catch fish... a guide can really be a big help. Without a guide, you could spend days just trying to find out where the fish are.

Most guides are great anglers themselves. They spend all spring and summer on the lake and know what works and what doesn't. Here are some things to discuss with any potential guide so you can see if you want to hire him:

-The type of fish you want to catch

-Whether you're looking to catch lots of fish, or just trophy sized fish

-Has the guide ever fished for the species you're after?

-What technique will the guide expect you to use?

This is what you'll typically get when you hire a guide:

-Expert advice on the best locations to fish

-Expert tips on how to best catch your fish

-A well prepared, delicious shore lunch

You must decide if the above is worth paying the price for a guide.

Not to be overlooked is another option to considered. You can hire a guide for just a day or two (be up front about this) and then use his (or her) advice on what to do the rest of your fishing trip. This will save you money and still get you that expert advice you're looking for.

Now, if you're going on a fly-in fishing trip to a lake that you know (from your research and talking to others) is full of fish... you probably don't need a guide! There, I even answered your original question for you. That's because lots of the remote lakes have so many fish that even a beginner couldn't help catching all they want.

How much does a guide cost? You can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $200 per day plus a tip of around $25 per person. So, it simply becomes a matter of how much help a guide can be to you, and whether you're willing to pay for the service.

There, now you can decide if you want to hire a fishing guide. Here's to you and fishing!

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