If you’re looking for tips for fall fishing that will help you catch more largemouth bass, some of the best advice is to learn how to identify seasonal fishing patterns. By paying close attention to water temperature and the number of daylight hours, you can […]
Month: September 2019
Soft plastic baits are one of the most diverse tackle options for anglers. They crossover from freshwater to saltwater and come in all shapes, sizes, colors, styles, and even, scents. Since this tackle can be used in numerous environments to target virtually any fish species […]
If you’ve been thinking about buying a new boat, consider attending one of the upcoming boat shows near you this fall. Fall boat shows can be great places to take advantage of deals on year-end model boats. In addition, these boat shows offer you the opportunity to compare different boat models and features all at one place and time.
Check out this list of upcoming boat shows for 2019 and put one in your calendar now:
- September 27th through 29th: Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Show in Indianapolis, IN. Held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Show presents opportunities for you to view, try and buy from a huge selection of new, used, and year-end model boats and RVs.
- October 3rd through 6th: United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis, MD. Held at the City Dock, this show attracts boaters from across the country. Talk with major powerboat manufacturers, view hundreds of center consoles, and tour brokerage boats. This show is also known for featuring a wide selection of boating supplies, navigation equipment, fishing gear, clothing, and marine accessories.
- October 4th through 6th: The Maine Boat Show in Portland, ME. Over 40 exhibitors will be onsite in the Brick South venue with additional boats to see outside. You can shop deals by talking with manufacturers or brokers and asking about the types of deals they are offering for 2019 fall boat shows.
- October 12th through 13th: The Treasure Coast Boat Show in Vero Beach, FL. Boat dealers at the Treasure Coast Boat Show offer annual deals on new and used boats. New and closed out models are available to buy right at the show, often at some of the best prices of the year, as dealers typically offer special show pricing or other incentives.
- October 30th through November 3rd: The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This is one of the largest in-water international boat shows; exhibiting a diverse range of the industry’s latest boats and yachts of all sizes, worldwide model debuts, plus plenty of new marine products and accessories to enhance your nautical lifestyle.
If you want to look for additional fall boat shows in your local area, just search for “fall boat shows 2019” online. Once you’ve attended a show and narrowed down your list of dream vessels, remember check on your state’s boat registration requirements.
As one of the five states that borders the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is a notable fishing destination with both fresh and saltwater opportunities in the Southeast U.S. There are 119 freshwater public lakes throughout the state along with reefs and wrecks off the coast. […]
While articles about boat safety equipment generally note that certain boats are required to have at least one fire extinguisher onboard, few get into the topic of where should fire extinguishers be stored on a boat. That may be because the answer varies with the […]
If you need to join two different types of line or two lines of different diameters, the Albright knot is considered by many to be one of the best saltwater fishing knots you can use.
The Albright is a good knot to use when tying leader to line because it’s a strong braid to fluorocarbon knot. When you’re learning how to tie fishing knots, like the Albright, pay close attention to each step.
Follow these seven steps to learn how to tie an Albright knot:
- Form a loop in the fluorocarbon leader and bend the end of the fluorocarbon loop slightly outward. Feed the tag end of the braid down through the loop.
- Hold the fluorocarbon loop together while bringing the tag end of the braid back over the loop.
- Make ten to twelve wraps from left to right with the braid, wrapping around all three strands and taking care to place the wraps tightly and neatly next to each other. Feed the tag out of the fluorocarbon loop in the same direction that it entered it in.
- Slowly pull on the loop to tighten it while sliding the wraps toward the loop’s end. Tighten the loop by pulling on both the standing line and tag of the thinner line, making sure that the wraps do not go past the end of the loop.
- After moving the coils to the end, pull the small tag to keep the coils in place. Pull on the small standing part, and then pull on the tag end again.
- As an optional step, you can further lock the Albright knot (braid to fluorocarbon), instead of trimming the tag end, you can form a three-turn half hitch and tighten it by pulling in the direction of the loop.
- Test the knot and trim the tags.
From there, it’s just a matter of tying the Albright knot (braid to fluorocarbon) a few times so that you can tie it quickly on the water.
One tip to remember is that it’s helpful to practice your fishing knots at home a few times before tying them on a fishing trip. You’ll often be in a hurry to tie your knots while fishing, so it’s best to learn how to tie them confidently at home first.
After using this knot on the water, you’ll have to make your own judgment as to whether or not you feel it’s the best saltwater fishing knot for connecting two lines of different diameter.
The State of Michigan boasts 3,288 miles of freshwater coastline, more than any other state in the U.S., making it an incredible fishing destination. Adventurous anglers can experience endless opportunities with 36,000 miles of rivers and streams to cast along, 11,000 lakes, and over 150 […]
Before you read the following tips on how to fish a bucktail in the surf, let’s review what a bucktail actually is. It’s a leadheaded jig dressed with hair from a deer. Doesn’t have to be from a buck deer, but bucktail sounds better than doetail or deertail, doesn’t it?
Before the advent of plastics and synthetics, buoyant deer hair was the best available material to put on the shank of a jig hook (hair from squirrel tails was/is big on freshwater spinners, too). Now there are all kinds of soft-plastic bodies to put on jigs, either with or without bucktail hair. But a bucktail jig remains one of the best and most versatile lures for saltwater fishing in general, and especially for use in for surf fishing, perhaps because it can imitate the food of most gamefish.
Here are twelve tips for how to fish a bucktail in the surf:
- Carry a selection of bucktails in a variety of colors and sizes (weights).
- Focus mainly on jigs with a round or bullet head shape; these cast well and sink fast.
- Use a thin diameter line when fishing a bucktail in the surf to maintain control and feel in what is often a turbulent environment. This also aids casting distance.
- Match lure size to the size of local bait that are prominent at the time you’re fishing.
- While many colors of bucktails are available, there’s a good reason why a red head and white body is an all-time favorite, especially when bucktailing striped bass in daylight hours.
- Other top color considerations include chartreuse bucktails and bucktails with sparkled streaks, such as mylar or crystal flash, in the body dressing. The latter are especially good for blues and Spanish mackerel.
- Vary your retrieve depending on the available species. When fishing a bucktail in the surf, a fast retrieve just below the surface is good for bluefish and Spanish mackerel. A slow retrieve along the bottom is generally best for flounder, speckled trout, and striped bass.
- When local bait is small, a plain bucktail without any addition may be best.
- Soft-bodied trailers can make an appealing addition to a bucktail. Try a curl-tail version for stripers and flounder, and a shad-tail version for drum, speckled trout, and redfish.
- Natural bait is also a good addition to a bucktail; squid and fish belly are common, the former especially for flounder. Tough and durable are important attributes.
- Pork rind, now hard to find, has long been a popular and durable jig trailer, and is especially useful where bluefish are prevalent. In place of pork rind, try strong synthetic (and scented) strip baits.
- Retrieve a jig all the way back to your position, and through the surf line if you’re standing on the beach. Fish often follow a lure and strike when they think the prey is about to escape, so don’t stop your retrieve too short.
There’s no better way to learn how to fish a bucktail in the surf than to get out there and do it as often as possible. Make sure to have your fishing license each time you go.
That’s right. There aren’t any reasons to go fishing without a license. Now, can you fish without a license? Maybe. There are a few exceptions. For example, if you are under the age of 16. Or, when your state is holding one of the Free […]