A stitch in time saves nine goes the adage, and its spot on for aluminum boat corrosion treatment. Here are 5 tips for keeping your tin skiff in the water instead of in the workshop. 1. Keep them dry Half of the battle of stopping […]
Month: April 2017
Debbie Hanson 4/25/2017 Did you know that fish and wildlife agencies have creel survey programs in place to help gather important information about fish stocks in our state waterways? If you haven’t heard of a creel survey before, let’s start out with a creel survey […]
A tide is sea level fluctuation along the shore. Usually there are two high tides and two low tides each day. This predictable phenomenon occurs due to the gravitational pulls of the moon and sun. Understanding tides and fishing in each area is of utmost importance.
Saltwater fish are not the only fish affected by tides. Estuaries are areas where freshwater and saltwater mix. While learning how to read tides for fishing, I have followed professional bass tournaments which sometimes have events in tidal influenced areas such as the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the California Delta near Stockton, California.
If you are on vacation and time is limited for fishing along the coast, you will want to research fishing low tide vs. high tide. Is one better than the other? The answer, as with much of fishing, is “it depends.” In a Virginia River Bassmaster event, low tide was where the action occurred. However, high tide was the best fishing in a Sacramento River tournament.
High tide pushes saltwater well up into its upper reaches. Fish can chase prey items such as crabs and even birds well into the shallow, perhaps marshy areas that may have been dry a few hours earlier. Low tide pulls everything the water can carry back to the sea, often prey items.
Understanding tides and fishing and how current and direction is key to fishing success is crucial. Tidal bass know the tide will turn and take advantage of the situation. Anglers in landlocked states experience this feeding “on-switch” in reservoirs when water is periodically released below the dam. Opportunistic feeders will position near the mouths of creeks at low tide and let the water bring food to it. Bass will use any structure to position in areas that conserve energy and create ambush points.
Timing is important to understanding tides and fishing. You can fish anytime, but pay attention to the current direction and know that it will change at a predictable time and that you may need to reposition yourself to best take advantage of the tide phenomenon. Familiarize yourself with tidal charts. These can be found online, or better yet when you are getting your fishing license, pick one up at a local bait shop where the proprietor can help provide the best advice for where to be and when.
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Tom Keer 4/19/2017 The difference between a boating license and a boat registration is simple. A boating license is earned when a person successfully completes a course of study that teaches them how to properly run a boat. A boat registration tracks ownership of a […]
Houston, we do not have a problem when it comes to bass fishing. If there is one thing Texas freshwater anglers love, it’s bass fishing in Houston. You can launch your boat at the site of the recent Bassmaster Classic or take your family to […]
Buy a license, save the planet. That would be nice, right? While not 100% accurate, there is some truth in the statement. In fact, thanks to the Sport Fish Restoration Program, anglers and boaters help protect our aquatic natural places and the wildlife that lives there through the purchase of fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear, boat fuel, and much more.
So the next time you pick up a license, you should feel good knowing that your fishing license purchase supports these five conservation projects in your state:
1. Building public boat ramps
2. Keeping local waters clean so families can fish and swim
3. Maintaining a healthy fish population
4. Fishing education and activities for the kids
5. Funds long-term plans to protect our lakes and streams
In addition to the conservation benefits of buying a fishing license, there are other things you can do to protect and maintain your local waterways for future generations to enjoy. Be an ethical angler by following your state rules and regulations for catch size and catch limit, use catch and release best practices, and use the Boy Scout Rule by leaving your favorite fishing hole cleaner than you found it.
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Are you thinking about planning a trip to Texas? If so, don’t forget to pack your fishing gear because the Lone Star State has a lot more to offer than good barbecue and ten gallon hats. There are plenty of freshwater Texas fish species you can target. Check out four types of fish in Texas that will challenge your angling skills.
Blue Catfish. As the largest freshwater sport fish in Texas, the blue catfish is certainly capable of putting freshwater anglers to the test. This species can reach weights of over 100 pounds. Blue catfish are most commonly found in channels, tributaries, and river systems. Freshly caught threadfin shad or gizzard shad are good natural baits to try when fishing for blue catfish.
Alligator Gar. The alligator gar is the largest of the gar species. Alligator gar can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds (bigger than most Texas saltwater fish species). Which means that landing one is no small accomplishment. Aside from the challenge of bringing a fish like this to the boat due to its sheer size, alligator gar have plenty of sharp teeth that generally require the use of a wire leader. You can find alligator gar in large rivers and reservoirs, as well as in coastal bays
Longnose Gar. It won’t be hard to figure out where to fish for this Texas freshwater fish species since they inhabit most of the state’s river systems. However, hooking and landing a longnose gar is another story because of their snout is almost entirely bone and teeth. You can learn how to fish for longnose gar using a shad (live or dead) on a #4 treble hook. If you are lucky enough to get a bite, be sure to let the longnose gar run with your bait for a minute. These fish will often pick up your baits and run with them before they actually stop to eat. If you try to set the hook too early, you’re likely to miss your chance at hooking up.
Spotted Bass. While spotted bass aren’t quite as large as largemouth bass, they are certainly a feisty fighting fish species for their size. Good spots to target spotted bass include the Sabine, Neches, and Cypress Rivers in East Texas. Grab your spinning gear and cast out a shad, crayfish, or worm near areas where current flows around rock piles.
Now that you know about four Texas fish species that will challenge your skills, buy your Texas fishing license online and start planning your trip. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to fish in Texas!
Andy Whitcomb 4/10/2017 To consistently be successful while going early spring bass fishing in cold water, you need to be in the right place at the right time. One of the best bass fishing tips for early spring is to focus on location. Deciding when, […]