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Month: August 2015

7 Tips for the Perfect #FirstCatch Fishing Photo

7 Tips for the Perfect #FirstCatch Fishing Photo

Debbie Hanson 8/30/2015 There’s nothing more exciting than watching a new angler reel in a first catch. Of course, it’s also a momentous occasion that must be documented properly. You may only get one chance to capture the perfect #FirstCatch fishing photo, so read through […]

Waltzing with Sailfish

Waltzing with Sailfish

Stephanie Vatalaro 8/28/2015 I wouldn’t call myself an avid angler, but I come from a long line of fishermen. In my family, fishing is a rite of passage. My legacy began on Lake Erie. I reeled in walleye there as a youngster and continued angling […]

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

5 Fishing Lures That Do Double Duty

If you are like me, the first saltwater fishing lures that come to mind are for deep sea tackle like soda can sized skirted plugs used when trolling for marlin or giant jigs that rocket to the bottom for halibut or reef fish such as snapper. But in “skinny” water or when schools of feeding fish are in range, saltwater anglers cast fishing lures that look similar to freshwater lures but may be a few sizes larger, heavier, or brighter.

Here some examples of saltwater and freshwater species that can be caught on the same lure.

Try a Baitcaster, or Spinning Tackle

 

  • Inshore redfish will hammer fluttering spinnerbaits that are a favorite of largemouth bass.

  • Pelagic mahi-mahi can be caught with flashy salmon and trout spoons.

  • Amberjack can be tempted to blast the same large chugging topwater plugs that a muskellunge might whack. (Or that a striped bass would launch skyward, in either saltwater or freshwater for that matter.)

  • And fishing guide, Capt. Clay Eavenson of Tampa, Florida catches “tons of snook” using the lipless Rat-L-Trap crankbait which can be used to catch walleye among other species in freshwater.

Fun with Fly Fishing

 

  • Tarpon flies will also get inhaled by northern pike. And vice versa.
    skyway tarpon clay

  • Tarpon can be taken on a pike fly.

  • All saltwater and freshwater fishing lures try to imitate a prey item. Generally, saltwater fishing lures are built to attract attention from greater distances or depths but many lures will work in both types of water. I can’t wait to chuck some of my larger freshwater lure collection in the surf to see what happens.

When fishing in the ocean, make sure to check your coastal state regulations before you go. And then tell us about it. Have you caught saltwater fish with freshwater lures? Or the other way around?

Photo courtesy of Capt. Clay Eavenson


Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.   

Your Awesome Angler Name for National Hunting and Fishing Day

Your Awesome Angler Name for National Hunting and Fishing Day

Debbie Hanson 8/23/2015 National Hunting and Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday, September 26th. So, what better way to join the nation-wide celebration than by awarding yourself with a special awesome angler name for the day? That’s right, you can actually give yourself a […]

Kayak Fishing is a Quiet Ride

Kayak Fishing is a Quiet Ride

Tom Keer 8/19/2015 Saltwater fishing takes on a whole new dimension with a fishing kayak. Not only can you get to places you previously couldn’t reach by boat or by boots, but the quiet ride makes them perfect for getting up close and personal. Fishing […]

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

The Best Bass Lures: Getting Jiggy With It

Smallmouth bass can be caught on many different fishing lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics but the classic bass jig is the best smallmouth bass artificial bait or lure. A jig is a weighted head secured to a hook. One of the reasons it is so popular is its versatility. Here are 4 reasons the jig is among the best smallmouth bass lures:

Bass Jigs Drop Quickly

A quickly sinking bass jig forces a fish to make a decision. It says, “You snooze, you lose, Mr. Bass!” A fast drop also helps because it immediately gets the lure into the strike zone which is near the bottom, usually around rocks. This is a more efficient lure than say a lipped crankbait which would take several cranks for the lure to reach the lower depths.

Smallmouth Bass Are Fooled by Bounce

Paired with a shad type body or standard grub tail, this fishing lure can be reeled steadily like a swimming bait fish with a tantalizing wiggle of the tail. Or, the jig can be bounced up and down with a slower retrieve perhaps in a “tube” to present it diving and darting to trigger smallmouth bass strikes.

Cast Farther with a Bass Jig

The jig is efficient with its dynamics in water and in air as it shoots great distances with a strong, well-timed casting technique. There are no fluttering parts to drag in the wind like a spinnerbait or some spoons.

Wire Hooks Hit Minor Snags

If working a new area or near the bottom (as you should), snags happen. Wire hooks on many jigs might bend enough with applied pressure to release from rocks. In the worst case scenario, angler and jig may become separated. However, the cost of replacement is minimal compared to most crankbaits or other lure types.

The jig is a must in any smallmouth bass tackle box. In fact, many times it is the only lure I carry to the river, along with a handful of different soft plastic tipping options. Before you get “jiggy” with smallmouth bass, be sure to check your state regulations.


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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.   

The Lionfish: A Crazy-Looking Saltwater Fish

The Lionfish: A Crazy-Looking Saltwater Fish

Debbie Hanson 8/16/2015 If you happen to come across a crazy-looking red or brown striped saltwater fish that has 18 venomous spines and appears to have swam straight out of a National Geographic documentary, your first instinct is probably going to be to swim in the […]

The Great Fishing Bait Debate: Part 2

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5 Secrets to Know When Using Artificial Bait

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Family Fishing Trips in the South

Family Fishing Trips in the South

Tom Keer 8/6/2015 It’s starting to cool off down South, so plan a family fishing trip as the fishing gets hot. Here are some places to go for salt and freshwater fishing: Guntersville, Alabama I’ve talked about Lake Guntersville before because it’s featured in the […]