Archive for category Tip of the Week
Abu Garcia has come out with a fishing rod that may be one of the most versatile I have ever seen. I have not used the new Verdict series rod yet, but I promise you that I will have one in my boat for the spring. Watch as Mike Iaconelli talks about this new rod and what it could mean as far as saving time on the water.
If you are not a swimbait guy that’s ok. They are expensive, hard to find locally, and take a lot of practice to get to know when and how to use these lures. I have been using soft swimbaits more than hard swimbaits, but I can honestly say that these lures can produce a good number of strikes and more times than not they are quality strikes. Check out this video about the Sebile Magic Swimmer. Remember these are preditor lures that catch pike, muskie, walleye, bass and striped bass.
The moon phase has a lot to do with the way fish feed, spawn, and react to conditions. The most noticable time of year is when fish are spawning. I have experience this myself at Chautauqua a few years back while I was fishing for fun. I spent 3 days out on the lake fishing and the first 2 days I was catching prespawn fish for the most part, but the full moon hit the night between the 2nd and 3rd day and all of the sudden there were fish on beds everywhere. Watch the video clip below because it goes into detail about how the moon phase should tell you how to adjust your fishing day no matter what the species you are targeting.
At fishpittsburgh we pride ourselves at being honest. I have never ice fished. The last couple of years friends of mine have been trying to get me out with them and things just didn’t line up. Footage like this where guys are pulling in perch and perch using Salmo Cubby Darters makes me think about getting into ice fishing. I can taste those little fillets.
Here is a great little clip that goes into detail about how the baitfish move in river current and why vertical jigging mimics that movement. The clip also goes into details about the tackle and equipment that will help you be successful. Vertical jigging can be a great way to get some nice walleye in out local river systems.
I know Western Pennsylvania has some great walleye fisheries. From one of the best in the world, Lake Erie, to the not so common small lakes such as Woodcock and Wilhelm. Here is a little advice on how to troll for those fish and a couple lures to use. Any piece of knowledge from a professional fishermen is good information. These guys put countless days into figuring out what makes fish bite and how to catch them, even under the most difficult conditions.
Check out this new idea for drop shot fishing from VMC. The hook is on a swivel so it’s going to do two things: 1) it’s going to reduce line twist and 2) it’s going to keep the hook in prefect positions at all time.
This is a great video on how to rig soft plastic swimbaits. The Berkley Hollow Belly Swimbaits are some of the best on the market. I have been using them for about 3 years now and I have experienced a good deal of success at multiple locations. There are always more ways to rig these baits and it never hurts to try know things.
I am a huge fan of flourocarbon fishing line. Whether I am fishing for panfish, trout, walleye or bass this is my line of choice about 90% of the time. Certain techniques make braid, monofilament, and copolymer lines better, but most applications can be executed better and with more success with flourocarbon line. Here is Peter Ponds to talk about flourocarbon fishing line.