To help maintain the quality of fishing in the U.S., various fish conservation strategies are utilized. Fisheries management is a complicated task because aquatic systems are always in a state of fluctuation and fish preservation methods try to meet the goals of anglers, which also […]
Month: June 2018
C.B. Bylander 6/25/2018 Minnesota’s rivers are often over-looked as fishing destinations because lakes are so abundant. Yet rivers deliver spectacular fishing. These waters literally take you away, and many especially enjoy them because natural scenery is more common and docks, boat lifts and the like […]
If you were introduced to fishing as a kid, chances are you learned how to fish with worms. Live worms come packed in rich black dirt, inching their way up, down and all around. Once you feel the satisfying ‘thump’ of a fish taking your bait, live bait fishing will have you hooked for life!
But fishing with worms isn’t just for kids. Many anglers use worms to catch species such as bass, trout, crappie, bluegill, perch and more. The truth is, most fish will probably eat a worm, no matter if it’s freshwater or saltwater, big or small. If you are looking to learn how to fish with worms, this quick guide will help you get started. Let’s rig and roll!
Learn How To Choose the Bait
You’ll want to stock up on worms with thick bodies that are anywhere from 4” to 8” long. Most bait shops will have a selection of red worms, earthworms and nightcrawlers.
Learn How to Choose Your Tackle
A live bait hook, aberdeen hook or octopus hook have long shanks that are a great fit for live worms. Match the size of the hook to the size of the worm. A size 3/0 to 5/0 should do the trick. You’ll also need your choice of bobber and a couple of light split shot weights.
Rig Your Rod
Use a lightweight fishing line that will be undetectable by fish in clear water. Tie a clinch knot to secure the hook to the tag end of your fishing line. Place the bobber two to three feet up from your hook, depending on the water depth. Add a split shot weight to your line to prevent your bait from floating to the surface. Check out this basic bobber rig video for more details.
Hook the Worm
Thread the worm along the shank of the hook, piercing through the worm two to three times. Leave a portion of the worm dangling off the end to entice the fish with it’s wiggling action.
There’s no need to work this bait. Allow the bait to drift with the current and keep your eye on the bobber. When you see the bobber submerge, set the hook!
Now that you know how to fish with worms, use our interactive map to find places to fish near you.
Debbie Hanson 6/14/2018 The top female anglers in the fishing community are women who inspire and empower other women to get out on the water by setting a strong example. Let’s tip our lucky fishing hats to a group of women aren’t as much about […]
Fishing knots can be intimidating for beginning anglers. Some knots are versatile, while others are rather specific for their use, such as when using different kinds of fishing line. Braided line knots are one of those cases. Braided line is unique in that it lacks […]
Known as one of America’s best fishing cities, San Diego fishing trips are popular among anyone looking for world-class fishing year round. The Pacific Ocean offers diverse game fishing inshore and offshore while bountiful lakes provide exceptional freshwater fishing. Here are some ideas to help you plan your San Diego fishing trips.
Fish San Diego By Sea: Book a Charter
Booking a charter is the best way to ensure successful fishing trips in San Diego. Experienced captains, the best equipment, and knowledge of the local waters, are ingredients for a memorable fishing experience. Common offshore game species include yellowfin, bluefin, yellowtail, albacore, mahi mahi, wahoo and marlin. There are five main landings in San Diego that are home to the area’s most reputable fishing charters.
- H&M Landing
- Point Loma Sportfishing
- Fisherman’s Landing
- Helgren’s Landing
- Seaforth Landing
Fish San Diego By Land: Pier Fishing
There are 7 fishing piers in San Diego and over 70 miles of beautiful beaches offering fishing opportunities for all skill levels. Fish from the pier or try your hand at surf fishing. Target popular species such as halibut, bonito, bass, perch, mackerel, yellowtail, sharks, rays and barracuda. If planning fishing trips in San Diego, be sure to try out the piers.
- Ocean Beach Pier – a 1,971-foot concrete pier with over a mile of railing, this is the longest pier on the west coast.
- Crystal Pier – known for high-quantity catches, this pier features cottages and hotel lodging onsite.
- Coronado Ferry Landing Pier – a small, hidden “pier” tucked behind the Old Ferry Landing Shopping Complex on Coronado Island.
- Shelter Island Pier – a shorter pier on San Diego Bay, yet extends 500-feet across the T-shaped end.
- Oceanside Pier – a long 1,942-foot pier that offers a chance of catching pelagic species.
- Imperial Beach Pier – the southernmost pier in San Diego, it extends 1,491 feet over the Pacific Ocean.
- Embarcadero Marina Park Pier – a less popular pier yet quality fish are attracted from a nearby artificial reef.
Fish San Diego By Land: Freshwater Lakes
San Diego is home to more than 25 freshwater lakes and reservoirs that provide vast fishing options for land-based anglers. Target diverse species including trout, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, sturgeon, catfish and bluegill. Here are just a few well-known lakes for San Diego fishing trips.
- Lake Cuyamaca – a remote 110-acre mountain lake with scenic state park surroundings.
- Santee Lakes – seven small, stocked reservoirs with straight shorelines and onsite cabins.
- Chollas Lake – a tiny urban lake that only allows youth fishing.
- Lake Jennings – a large lake with an adjacent campground.
- San Vincente Reservoir – one of the largest lakes in the country at 1,100 acres and 14 miles of fishable shoreline.
- Lake Miramar and Lake Murray – suburban lakes that are easily accessible.
- Barrett Lake – one of the world’s best bass fisheries, tickets must be reserved in advance to fish here.
For more ideas on where to fish in California, check out our interactive map and don’t forget to purchase your California fishing license on our states page.
Fish depend on healthy habitats in order to survive and thrive, which is precisely why fishing conservation areas are so important. Thankfully, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) fisheries experts, regional fishery management councils, federal agencies, and state agencies have ways of working together on […]
Offshore saltwater fishing is a renowned style of angling pursuit in the coastal United States and it’s easy to see the appeal. Access to remote fishing grounds, a test of skill and the thrill of reeling in large, powerful game fish. But with reward, comes risk.
Responsible boaters understand that ocean fishing safety is always priority one, especially when venturing offshore. Boat captains are responsible for outfitting their vessel with an array of offshore fishing safety gear and procedures. One critical item that all boaters should include on their ocean fishing safety checklist is a ditch bag.
A ditch bag is a compact, buoyant bag that is stocked with critical ocean fishing safety gear that you might need in an emergency. If you had to abandon ship, the items in your ditch bag would enable you to summon help and survive in a life raft. It should be stored in a secure, accessible place on your vessel so that it can be grabbed quickly in an emergency. Here are some key items to include when packing your ditch bag.
WAYS TO SUMMON HELP
● EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
● PLB or Personal Locator Beacon
● Handheld VHF Radio
● Handheld GPS
● Satellite Phone
● Cell Phone in Waterproof Case
● Solar Charger
● Distress or Strobe Light
● Handheld and Laser Flares
● Dye Marker
● Signaling Mirror
● Air Horn
● Extra Batteries
SURVIVAL GEAR & TOOLS
● Flotation Device
● Folding Knife
● Knife Sharpener
● Cutting Board
● Space Blankets
● Waterproof Charts
● Light Sticks
● Flotation Device
● Life Vest Rearming Kit
● Raft Repair Kit
● Compact Fishing Kit
● Sunscreen & Hats
● Duct Tape
● Fire Starter
NUTRITION & HYDRATION
● Emergency Food Rations
● Drinking Water Packets
● Protein Bars
● Peanut Butter
● Trail Mix
● Extensive First Aid Kit
● Motion Sickness Treatment
● Vitamin C Tablets
● Disinfecting Wipes
● Copy of Passport or ID
● Spare Credit Card
● Boat Documentation
● Copy of Health Insurance
● Emergency Medical Forms
● Spare Car Key
● Reading Glasses
You can find a wide selection of ditch bags online or in most boating or outdoor retail stores. Learn more safety tips on our offshore fishing safety page and check out our boat safety checklist.
Photo credit Ken Schultz With 22,745 acres of Lake Ray Hubbard fishing to enjoy, Dallas-area anglers have a lake-fishing jewel to explore in this manmade body of water. Check our fish species section to learn more about bass, crappie, sunfish, hybrid stripers, white bass, and […]