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Month: August 2018

Travel Fishing Tackle: 5 Tips To Get Your Gear There Safely

Travel Fishing Tackle: 5 Tips To Get Your Gear There Safely

Alycia Page 8/31/2018 Traveling to new destinations is exciting, especially when fishing is involved. But getting there is sometimes a nerve-racking process, especially if you are traveling with fishing tackle and gear. Anglers invest in quality travel fishing tackle and, if it’s lost or damaged […]

5 Deep Sea Fishing Knots: Which To Use When

5 Deep Sea Fishing Knots: Which To Use When

Debbie Hanson 8/23/2018 Offshore game fish require the use of the very strongest knots, but there’s more to figuring out which deep sea fishing knots are best to use than just strength alone — the type of line material and rigging situation will make a […]

Toccoa River Fly Fishing Tips

Toccoa River Fly Fishing Tips

When researching tips for a new fishing spot, I like to start with that state’s fish and wildlife site.  Not only will they provide good public access points, but you can learn about the species available and area regulations. Thus, for information on Toccoa River fly fishing, you may want to start with the Georgia fishing site.

Located in Northern Georgia, this river becomes impounded to create the Blue Ridge Reservoir for opportunities to fish for smallmouth bass, walleye, and white bass. But if trout, mainly brown and rainbow, are the goal note that when fly fishing Toccata River there is a section that has special regulations. On a stretch operated by the U.S. Forest Service, from November 1 through May 14th, it is a “Delayed Harvest Stream” where all trout are released and only artificial with one hook can be used. That designation means this stretch may be a great place to start fly fishing for larger trout.

Toccoa River fly fishing also can be accomplished by canoe or kayak. This lets you cover and explore long stretches of water, perhaps narrowing down locations to return to fish from shore. However, be advised that there some rapids so take all safety precautions and make sure all your gear is secure.

Do your own online investigating of Toccoa River fishing reports. As a wise man once said, “trust but verify.” One report I read claimed the entire river was good fishing, but I’d like to narrow it down a bit. Maybe even consider hiring a guide to really learn some tips. I also like to monitor water discharge rates and the weather forecast.  And then or course, don’t forget another vital part to a successful fly fishing Toccoa River trip is to get your fishing license

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.   

10 Great places to go Fishing in San Antonio, Texas

10 Great places to go Fishing in San Antonio, Texas

If you’re looking for great fishing in San Antonio, Texas, you’re in the right place. Many public parks offer scenic settings with outdoor activities and phenomenal fishing. Stay to enjoy the hiking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic areas and even camping. Here are some of […]

Great fishing in heart of Minnesota’s Metro area

Great fishing in heart of Minnesota’s Metro area

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Inshore Saltwater Fishing: 10 Tips for Beginners

Inshore Saltwater Fishing: 10 Tips for Beginners

Inshore saltwater fishing trips are a fun and educational way for everyone in the family to spend time together outdoors. Protected bays and estuaries generally offer calmer waters with plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of saltwater species such as spotted seatrout, crevalle jack, flounder, redfish, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel. It can be such an exciting experience because you never know what might be tugging at the end of your line while fishing in just a few feet of water!

 

If you’re new to fishing in saltwater spots, these ten tips for beginners can help you get started. 
 

  1. Make sure that you have a valid saltwater fishing license for your state. You can buy or renew your saltwater fishing license either online or by phone, which makes the process super easy and convenient.
  2. Check a local tide chart when planning your inshore saltwater fishing trip. One of the most important inshore fishing tips is to plan your trips based on tidal movement. Mangroves and oyster bars can be good spots to fish on an incoming tide, whereas channels and passes can be productive spots as the tide goes out. To make it simple, remember that the baitfish will generally follow the tide, and the game fish will follow the baitfish.
  3. Start out with a 7-foot, medium weight spinning rod and reel combo that’s rated for 10 to 20-pound test line. This set up will cover you in a number of inshore situations from shore or pier fishing to fishing in bays or estuaries.
  4. Bring along your polarized sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses will not only protect your eyes from the sun, but will help you spot fish beneath the surface. These types of sunglasses are made using a special lens technology that cuts through the glare on the surface of the water.
  5. Try to fish early or late, particularly when fishing in warm climates or during the summer months. If you plan to fish from a pier or the shoreline, you can usually find a better spot and will have a more comfortable fishing experience during the cooler hours of the day.
  6. Use live or natural baits. Natural baits, such as shrimp or baitfish, offer you the best opportunity for consistent action. Natural baits can easily be rigged on a circle hook underneath a popping cork. As a general guideline, you should match your hook size to the size of the bait that you plan to use.
  7. Treat your live bait right. Make sure you keep your live bait in a covered bait bucket or in a livewell out of any direct sunlight. If you don’t have a livewell with an aerator pump, invest in a bait bucket aerator that will maintain sufficient oxygen levels and keep your baits lively.
  8. Consider fishing from a public pier to start. Public piers are great places to gain experience with inshore saltwater fishing gear, rigging baits, and landing fish. This is particularly the case when on fishing outings as a family because kids can easily take breaks when needed.
  9. Keep your eyes on the water. Look for baitfish jumping on the surface or any change in water color that might indicate a depth change or drop-off. These are two signs that game fish are likely to be nearby. If you have the kids along, ask them to help you look for signs of baitfish or fish habitat — it’s a great way to keep kids engaged in between bites.
  10. When practicing catch and release, keep your catch out of the water only as long as you can hold your own breath. The best way to snap a picture is to keep the catch in water using a rubberized net or fish gripper until the camera, photographer, and angler are ready.

If you want to find a few good saltwater family fishing spots, just use the places to boat and fish map. You already have a list of inshore fishing tips that can contribute to your success!

What To Do When Reporting Boat Accidents

What To Do When Reporting Boat Accidents

Andy Whitcomb 8/14/2018 Boating can be fun, relaxing, or even exhilarating. However, close attention to boat safety can ensure that this on-the-water experience is not the wrong kind of exhilaration.  If a mishap does occur it is important to know the process of reporting boat […]

How To Get an Out of State Fishing License

How To Get an Out of State Fishing License

From coast to coast, the United States offers endless fishing and boating options for the adventurous angler. An east coast saltwater angler may test her fly fishing skills against salmon in Colorado’s Gunnison River. A young urban angler of Detroit could chase new challenges catching […]

5 Saltwater Fishing Hacks You Should Be Using

5 Saltwater Fishing Hacks You Should Be Using

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Fish Contamination Awareness: 4 health safety tips

Fish Contamination Awareness: 4 health safety tips

Properly prepared, a fillet of fish is delicious and good for you. However, as with just about every other food, there are some health risks too.   For example, recalls and alerts for possible bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli contamination in meats and […]