or Not - Fish 'n Tips
This does not involve the spinner flies, but is a
technique that is very difficult to accomplish.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
This happened a couple years ago at a small
private lake in southwestern Pennsylvania.
It was a beautiful morning for catching trout as the sun began to rise and the
trout were feeding on top water insects.
I started out with a brown hackle spinner fly and
caught several fish. My wife and I, after a few hours of fishing, decided to
have a lunch break. There was a small snack and bait shop nearby so I visited
it for a soft drink and sandwich.
But before going, I baited my hook with a worm and
attached a bobber about five feet above the hook and cast it out. While I was
gone, I was hoping that a trout may pick up the bait.
I was gone for about 20 to 30 minutes. Upon
returning, my wife said my bobber had went down once, but came right back up.
After a couple of minutes, I looked out across the
lake for my bobber and it was gone. So, in turn, I jerked the rod and
discovered that I had a fish on. The fish was pulling very hard and causing
quite a disturbance on top of the water.
A fisherman, close by, asked if he could give
assistance by netting the fish. Upon netting the fish, I began to untangle my
line for the net and discovered my bobber was about four feet from the fish
and the hook was five feet from the bobber. In other words, the fish did not
have a hook in it, no place.
You are now wondering, how did I catch the fish,
this beautiful 18" Rainbow Trout?
If you remember, I cast my line out and let it
drift for about 20 to 30 minutes causing a large amount of line to become
floating in the water. Well, the fish swam into the line and the line became
tangled around the fish and when I jerked the rod, it tightened up the line
around the fish's head like a lasso and held the fish. The harder it pulled,
the tighter it became.
Now, this is a technique that I have not been able
to accomplish ---- LASSOING TROUT
TROUT FISHING TIPS
1) Worst Time to Fish----when
the snow water is running into the streams. They
what I call "Lock Jaw"
2) Best Time to Fish----when the
ice on a lake is melting and an opening has
Fish at the edge of the ice and continue to fish at the edge as the
3) For best results for catching
trout on spinner flies----use a slow retrieve and a
4) After the lake has completely
opened up from the ice covering and begins to
fish the shallow water with a spinner fly at a slow retrieve.
5) Locating fish while fishing
from shore of a lake, cast in a fan covered area
moving and adjust to different depths by counting to 5 or 8 before
the lure. This covers the different depths and helps to locate the
the fish are feeding in that area.
Fish lures close to the top of the water
on cloudy days
and lures that
sink on sunny days
Tips for Small Mouth Bass - Early Spring
1) Know your spawning areas for the small mouth
bass because this is the
key factor for catching BIG Spring
2) When checking out spawning areas for smallies,
check out those protective
areas around islands, usually the back
current side of the island. Those slow
moving current sides of the island where the
water is shallow.
3) In low visibility water conditions, using bait
with some bright colors or bait
that has plenty of vibrations will increase
your catching ability.
4) When the temperature starts moving past the 40
degrees, this is when the
bass start cruising around. They are looking
for the spawning areas
and they begin the aggressive feeding trends
until the bedding period
5) As the temperatures get to 50, the feeding
increases and by the time it reaches the
60 degree mark, they are very aggressive and
start their spawning cycle.
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