10 Great Fishing Tips for Catfish

Want to hook more good-eating, hard-fighting catfish? These 10 tips can help.

  1. Fish the morning shift. Catfishermen often disregard one of the best fishing times—dawn. On many waters, catfish activity peaks just as the sun rises. Be fishing at daybreak, and your catch rate may soar.
  2. Don’t cast a shadow. Catfish spook when a shadow crosses the water. Remember this when fishing. Keep the sun in your face or to your side, not at your back, to avoid casting a shadow on the water you’re fishing.

  3. Worms for trophy flatheads. Done this way, worms entice big flatheads almost as well as live-fish baits. Run an 8/0 Kahle hook through one end of a worm, then run it back through the worm’s collar, leaving the end of the worm hanging. Continue with additional worms. You want as many loose ends as possible and enough worms to create a tennis-ball-sized wad. Small fish—sunfish, suckers, etc.—will nibble the worms when they’re fished on the bottom. A big cat nearby will watch the little fish, and if nothing disturbs it, Ol’ Jumbo knows it’s safe to go out and eat. When you notice the nibbling stop, that means the small fish are fleeing as the big cat approaches. Prepare for a strike. Read more

Those wonderful, yummy crappie

CrappieLast week, I did something I love to do: I went crappie fishing.

I don’t get to crappie fish near as often as I want. And when I do get to go, I often discover the fish were biting marvelously the day before yesterday and the week before last, but for some strange reason, the bite at the time of my visit is sadly off.

“They got a bad case of lockjaw about the time you pulled out of your driveway this morning,” I often hear.

Not so this time. The crappie in my favorite lake were on a tear, gorging on threadfin shad to get in shape for the spawning season just ahead. Even I had no trouble hooking and landing them.

I was fishing with four friends: Jerry Blake, Jim Erickson, Darryl Morris and Brian Rodgers. We had been fishing just minutes when Erickson hoisted an almost-2-pound crappie into the boat, and Blake quickly followed with another dandy. I got snagged in a brushpile right off the bat, but soon landed a crappie, too—a 1-pound-plus black crappie full of fight. Read more

What Line Should You Use Anyway?

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIn today’s fishing industry there are three main types of line that fisherman pick at the beginning of every fishing season. Usually there is a forgone conclusion that this lucky line, which is spooled on their favorite reels from the first cast of spring until the last casts of early winter, is the only line they will need. Line advertising, outdoor television shows, and fishing pro’s all seem to have their preferences as to what they use, but is what you are using really the best option for the type of fishing you do? This critical decision really does matter and can be the difference between the fish of lifetime or a memory that will haunt you forever.

As fisherman, we put so much emphasis on the rods, lures, reels, water conditions, time of the year, weather, to even which lucky hat to wear on a given day that we often disregard one of the most fundamental aspects of catching a fish. With so many variables that have to come together at just the right moment to create a successful day on the water, some things just shouldn’t go overlooked because of thought process of its always worked for me. With this in mind, choosing the right line for the job will not only increase your hook up potential but also allow for better casts, better presentations, and better hook sets. Read more

Summer Walleye Fishing Tips

Summer Walleye fishing tactics are essential if you want to catch these fish in the warmer weather.

It’s well known that it can be tougher to catch these glorious fish during this time of year, so care needs to be taken to try different tactics from what worked during the Springtime if your normal walleye techniques aren’t bringing in the quantity or size of fish you desire.

The first tip to fishing for Walleye n the summer has to do with where you will find the fish. When the weather warms up, the Walleye move into deeper water where the temperatures are cooler. This means you must go farther away from the shore to find the Walleye. Underwater structures are a big favorite of these fish during the summer, because these also help lower the water temperature as well as create a great place for bait fish to hang out. Where the bait fish go, the Walleye will follow, and this is true no matter what season or month it is. Read more

G&G Spinnerbait Company – The Little Things Make the Difference

img_2660I know it has been said before, but sometimes doing what everybody else isn’t doing can be the best kept secret when it comes to catching fish. A tight-lipped presentation of a tourney pro who wins a few fishing tournaments becomes all the rage as soon as that secret gets out. A new lure will hit the fishing scene and become the must have lure in everybody’s tackle box but then suddenly die back down as quickly as it appeared once the fishing world has had its time to adjust. These little patterns have existed since fishing was simply throwing a spear in the water and hoping for the best. However, one small company located in central Indiana has gone back to the basics of what makes a lure special and packaged it just right so that all these lures do is catch fish.

In an era of low-cost goods and out-sourcing to the lowest bidder, all G&G Spinnerbait Company spinnerbaits are custom made by hand to the specifications of each individual order. Another noticeable difference is that each lure is crafted with higher gauge wire than what is normally found on most spinnerbaits so they really hold up well. All of their baits are also composed of higher quality components where normally this is the place that a lot of other bigger companies go cheap to save on costs. The end result is a tank of spinnerbait that runs true every time and won’t fall apart after a couple decent bass put it to the test. Read more

A Panfish Technique You Need to Try

PanfishOver the winter I was reading through many of my older fishing magazines trying my best to beat cabin fever. As always, there were all sorts of articles on bass, panfish, muskies, catfish, and other species along with all the different way to catch these fish. I began to think to myself about fly-fishing and why I never really tried it before. This got me thinking even more; why would I need a fly rod to cast a fly? I know it sounds crazy, right? No ultra-light in the world is ultra-light enough to cast a fly, but what about casting a fly with a bobber.

I began looking on-line for clear plastic bobbers. I was searching for some sort of float that would be hard for the fish to see but also heavy enough that I could cast it with ease no matter what the size of the lure that was on the other end. This brought me to a “water bobber”. I found all different types of water bobbers for different presentations and situations. Now this was getting exciting. Read more

Crappie Fishing in Early Spring

One of the most fulfilling activities for many people is spring crappie fishing. This is the time of year that my son has a huge interest in going fishing with Dad. Cabin fever has been prevalent for several months and as the ice lifts off the local waters and temperatures start to rise, the ever-so-active crappie nears spawning time. As spring draws near crappie move toward their spawning areas. If you are a fisherman who enjoys crappie fishing and has chased them before, you know that springtime offers up the hottest crappie fishing of the year.

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Ice Out Small Pond Bass

Thank God spring is finally in the air. For most of the country, this has been a winter for the record books. Ice is going to be slowly disappearing from lakes and ponds all over the Midwest and some of the best fishing of the year is getting ready to start. Bass fishing especially picks up even before the ice is completely off of the water. There are a few tricks on smaller bodies of water for those early season bass. With a little luck, you just might catch your biggest fish of the year before the season really even gets started.

Slow Rolling a G&G Bait Company Original

Slow Rolling a G&G Bait Company Original

First off, when it comes to bass fishing these early season ponds, focusing on the north end will put you right where the fish will be. This area receives the most sunlight throughout the day so naturally this section will be the warmest. Since this side is the warmest, it will also have the most active early spring life such as insects, lizards, frogs, etc. Bass will be right there up against the shoreline in that warmer water too trying to put on weight while getting ready for spawn. Read more