These tips will help you catch more fish, and enjoy yourself a little more as well.
I just received these tips and wanted to share each tidbit from members of the Wrangler Rugged Wear Outdoor Advisory Team with The Examiner readers.
I have written stories about all of these featured tipsters and greatly respect their outdoor savvy. I hope you can gain from these suggestions.
GO CROOKED: Woo Daves tunes his crankbaits to run crooked.
“When I’m fishing boat docks I know the bass are usually going to be on the shady side,” Daves says. “So I will tune my Bagley’s crankbait to run off to the side just a little, so it can bump each piling, triggering strikes as it comes off. This little trick catches a lot of bass other fisherman miss.”
TALK TO THE FISHES: Daves offers this advice:
“After you catch the first fish of the day, let the fish tell you how to catch the next one. In a manner of speaking, ask him where he was. Was he on a point? Was he on a shaded bank or warming up in the sun? Was he on a rock, clay, sand? Was he in stained water or clear water? Did he react to the lure in anger or eat it for food?
“Put all this information together and a lot of times you can determine a pattern quickly and have a great fishing trip.”
DON’T GO ALONE: One sees fishing and hunting differently with advancing age. Bodie McDowell, the dean of outdoor writers offers this perspective:
“There was a time when many of us fished or hunted alone. For safety and enjoyment, fish or hunt with a friend. Not only will it be safer, but you may pick up a fresh tip or two, proving that old sportsmen – as well as old dogs – can learn new tricks.”
GET PERMISSION FIRST: Farm ponds offer terrific fishing. Look for them as you drive around.
But, before you wet a line, get permission from the owner. Sometimes such permission will not be granted because the owner has a commitment or a lease arrangement with somebody else.
McDowell explains how important it is to speak with the owner of the pond. After receiving permission, Bodie says you should discuss their policy for keeping or releasing fish, offer to catch and clean a few for them, and also offer payment or services to help maintain the pond.
FLIPPING GRASS? When flipping heavy grass, Daves recommends anglers use a small crawdad imitation because it slides through the heavy cover to the bottom more efficiently.
“Some craws have big flappers, which prevent them from dropping through the grass to the bottom,” Daves said.
Daves typically uses a craw with small pinchers like the Zoom Crittercraw. He also sprays it with a fish scent that makes the lure slick, so it goes through heavy grass a lot better and fish hold on to it longer.
BE A NIGHT OWL: Ron Tussel, host of “The Pennsylvania Sportsman” television series, discovered trophy fish – stripers, walleyes, bass and muskies tend to feed at night and anglers should take advantage of that.
“I think the wall-hangers are a little less cautious at night and, of course, there’s less pressure on them at night,” Tussel said. “Anglers need to change little in the way of gear or tactics. They’ll want to wear a good headlamp and bring a strong beam flashlight or spotlight for navigation.”