Outcast Fish Cat Streamer XL-IR Pontoon Boat Review

The Outcast Fish Cat Streamer XL-IR pontoon boat is a lightweight high performance boat that’ll produce an exceptional fishing experience. Whilst changing from a float tube to a pontoon may become a bit difficult, this pontoon boat assists you effortlessly. You’re going to find that not only can this specific watercraft provide an individual greater outcomes but additionally provide a more comfortable as well as enjoyable angling encounter.

The Outcast Fish Cat Streamer XL-IR pontoon boat is definitely constructed to permit smooth and efficient manipulation with fins or oars. This enables your experience to be untroubled and a smooth ride ensures you will continue to be confident plus in charge of your angling excitement. This vessel handles all water flawlessly, under no circumstances causing you to feel nervous or unstable. Now this boat weighs around 56 pounds making it about the lightest weight vessel you’ll find. The boat’s short length and the compact dimensions helps make the move from a tube to a pontoon boat an easy changeover. The modest dimensions also permits it to always be easily controlled when utilizing oars or fins.

The seats are high up so your casting distance will be greater and you’ll have much better spotting for all those rising fish. This can make a significant difference to your fishing trip should you be used to a tube. The higher the seating typically is the less of a battle it will be to set up your fish. So now your catch will require significantly less work and still provide you with extremely effective results. The shaped plastic back as well as being very comfortable also sits straight up therefore reducing any back uncomfortableness.

The 6 piece steel frame includes an anchor system together with engine mount and is more ergonomic than the standard pontoon boat. It’s basically the entry level fishing machine that features a 6 foot aluminum breakdown oars, an adjustable foot bar and a mesh cargo deck. It’s presented as being a simple-to-operate pontoon boat. It moves faultlessly, it’s steady, and it is quite comfortable even when you spend a long time on the water. It truly is sure to please and the light-weight compact frame administers excellent transportability. There won’t be any inconvenience or challenge with attempting to transfer the boat to the lake.

Overall, with all the qualities this particular boat has, the cost is the most remarkable. The Outcast Fish Cat Streamer XL-IR Pontoon Boat will cost you just 600 dollars, approximately the sum you might spend on a tube. This product is essentially a kayak combined with a tube, and all with an incredible price cap.

When it comes right down to it you are always going to have to settle with a fishing boat, unless you’re made of money. However, for those of us who have to in fact buy with a budget in mind, we’ll investigate these relatively insignificant qualities in a boat. A watercraft that can cater to your pocket book as well as your requirements is practically a steal. With this said the Outcast Fish Cat Streamer XL-IR Pontoon Boat is here now to supply a fantastic fishing experience and yet still leaving change in your wallet.

Fishing Strip Pits, Fishing Grave Pits

I already know what your thinking, warm weather and clear water! Indiana Gravel and Strip pit fishing.

Fishing these pits can be very frustrating, and sometimes almost impossible. All of us have been skunked at one time or another. I’ll provide you with what I’ve learned by fishing these areas.

First you need to learn the lay-out of a pit. Strip pits have very direct drop-offs and high vertical banks from where they blasted out the land. Most of these have been re-claimed and fish spawning areas have been added (shallow water). In these pits they just took a big scoop shovel after blasting and loaded the coal into trucks. Sometimes you can find an old roadbed where the loaded trucks came in and out of the pit.

Anything different can hold fish. Underwater structure, points, pockets in the weeds.

Gravel pits are often deep (can be shallow), and if you look around you can probably guess where the roads went down into and out of these pits. These old roadbeds are prime structure for big Indiana bass. Don’t forget that points, weed lines, pockets are also good areas. Keep these areas in mind when your fishing these pits.

To get on with the basic’s. All the pro’s will tell you to downsize your lures and use the lightest line you can get by with. That’s alright if your wanting to catch lots of small fish, but if your looking for quality fish use Muskie size lures! Sure, you won’t catch as many fish, but the ones you will catch will be quality fish instead of all the dinks.

Sound and vibrations can make a bid difference. One night bass fishing while I fished a spinnerbait for more than an hour, I got it hung up in a tree and lost the blade. Being to lazy to walk back for a new bait, I started tossing it out without the blade and the fish loved it! I never have caught a bass on a spinnerbait in that lake.

Try night fishing for bass. At night you can use floating baits such as the Rapala and have lots of success. If your catching to many small ones switch to bigger baits. At night I’ll be out prowling the banks searching for active fish. Pre-rigged worms rigged wacky style are excellent baits. I’ll also use a 6 to 12 inch Texas rigged worm with the sinker pegged to throw into tree’s, limbs, and other obvious structure. Remember to hit the old roadbeds, bass will use them as a highway when they get the urge to feed.

Basically the only two colors of lures I use at night are black or white, just what-ever the fish like the best. Crappie and pan fishing in Indiana gravel and strip pits. The crappie disperse after spawning and can be found along weed lines and downed structure. You’ve really got to be sneaky as all fish in clear waters spook very easy. Best bait to use is a bobber and minnows.

Live bait is an excellent choice of baits for all fish. Use minnows for bluegill and bass, shiners for bass, small live bluegill or goldfish for flathead catfish, and live shad, creek chubs for Muskie. Muskie are stocked in some lakes.

Night time fishing is a plus, and use big baits. No matter what it is, use big baits for Muskie!

Over-all, fishing at night can improve your odds of catching big Indiana bass, big Indiana Muskie, big Indiana walleye, big bull bluegill and slab crappie.. Just remember that fish can spook very easy in clear water! If bank fishing walk softly and keep a low profile!

That’s just my style fishing and it isn’t for everyone! I hope you enjoyed the article, and I hope you’ll catch more and bigger fish!!

How To Catch Any Fish – Fishing For Giant Trevally (Ulua) With Bait and Lures

Description

Giant Trevally (called “Ulua” in Hawaiian; “GT” in Australia) have been an obsession of mine since childhood. Growing up in Hawaii they were the ultimate near shore gamefish. They are the largest member of the Jack family and are the kings of the reefs where they live. You see them on bumper stickers a lot down there for whatever reason. However, despite several close encounters, I was not able to finally land one until age 34.

Giant Trevally live in tropical reefs throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean. They are pure muscle and a very, very tough adversary even on heavy tackle. They typically charge out of the reef, grab your lure, and then charge back in and brick you in the rocks.

I had one trip to the Republic of the Marshall Islands where every single Giant Trevally I hooked broke me off in the rocks. I was only using 50lb braided line and that was not enough to land a single one, even ones that I could see were only in the 10lb range. I never underestimated them after that and do not fish for them with less than 100lb braid.

Giant Trevally top out around 200lbs but fish that size are nearly impossible to land on sportfishing tackle because there is almost no way to keep them out of the reef. The hook will bend, the line or rod will snap, or something will give before a fish that size will. Anything over 100lbs is a real trophy.

Tackle

If you are fishing for these using poppers or stickbaits, you need a very stout spinning or conventional setup capable of making long casts with these heavy lures. I would not go with less than 100lb braided line and a 200lb monofilament leader (poppers) or 100lb fluorocarbon leader (stickbaits). The only reel I would fish with is a Daiwa Saltiga. I would pair it with a high end rod from Japan made specifically for this type of fishing such as a Smith Komodo Dragon (poppers) or a Carpenter Coral Viper (stickbaits).

If you are fishing with bait from shore as is common in Hawaii most people use a conventional reel with a long rod for casting past the rocks. You need a reel that can hold a lot of line since you can’t chase the fish. I personally have not caught any this way.

Whatever tackle you use, make sure everything is in top condition. If there is any weakness in anything – hooks, split rings, lure, line, knots, rods, etc – you might as well not even both hooking them in the first place because the fight will be over immediately. Hyperwire split rings from Owner are a good choice when you need to use a split ring.

Techniques

Giant Trevally readily eat baits but are much, much more fun to catch on topwater lures.

Lures

Giant Trevally love large poppers such as those made by Heru, Halco, and many other manufacturers. You cast them as far as you can, and then retrieve them with long sweeps of the rod so that the poppers kick up a lot of water. You should vary your retrieve speed to figure out what they like. The strike is often dramatic as they launch out of the water in a shower of spray trying to annihilate your popper. As with all topwater lure fishing, you have to wait until you feel weight on the end of your line before setting the hook as the fish often miss the lure on the first try.

Giant Trevally also love stickbaits such as those made by Heru and Orion. You can use either surface or subsurface stickbaits; my preference is subsurface. With the subsurface stickbaits you can’t see the strike coming, so all of a sudden you just feel a violent yank as the fish tries to pull your arm out of its socket. When fishing over a reef you have to be careful that your expensive stickbait doesn’t sink into the rocks.

No matter how you fish for them, make sure you get a solid hookset. They often grab the lures in their mouths and hold them so tightly that the hooks don’t penetrate and then they just spit the lure out. Set the hook hard multiple times. To increase your chances, replace all treble hooks with heavy single hooks. They almost always grab the lure head first. You can get away with just a single hook suspended from the head although I like to add a hook at the rear to catch other species that might bite.

Baits

I never fish for them with bait but I know in Hawaii octopus and eels are popular baits to use from shore.

Where to get the big ones

The Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia have some big ones that can be caught on poppers and stickbaits. Indonesia has some good GT fishing, as does Fiji and many of the remote Pacific atolls. I have also heard about some good GT fishing in Oman of all places.

Winter Tents Versus Summer Tents – Debunking the Myths of Winter Camping

When one hears about winter camping, the activity is often attributed to images of tough, morbid scenarios: a suicidal recluse in a frost-molded landscape; a masochistic, distorted leisurely stroll in subzero woodlands; or a noble display of arctic pain in a ravaging blizzard tempest. Contrary to initial impressions however, using winter tents actually offers an experience more unique and relaxing than its summer counterpart. And with the right camping gears, equipment and preparation, it will not be difficult to have the best time of your life.

Camping in the winter is rather ideal. The bugs are frozen and dead. No ticks are there to eat you alive in your sleep. Even the mosquitoes are too busy shivering to death. And if you’re worried about the ants that might take your hotdogs away, they are already too preoccupied keeping themselves alive under all the earth and snow to even think about bugging you in your campfire grills.

The climate in the winter is also perfect for relaxation and cold and snow are far easier to deal with than heat and rain. Even if you camp in the nude, it will be not enough to keep the summer heat from making you toss and turn in unease all night. It will not take the sticky feeling away, either. In the winter however, you can easily dress for the occasion to ward off the chill and have a great time. A sudden downpour can also ruin your entire camp and can force you to pack up and leave if you are camping in the summer. If snowflakes are the only ones falling from the sky though, you can either savor the experience, or if you find that the weather is too capricious, you can just comfortably stay inside your winter tents as you would in your homes-no need to suddenly retreat back to the urban jungle.

The demands on your gears in camping in the winter season can be higher than normal, but in such a wintery undertaking, if you take your choice of equipments some good consideration, you will not have a difficult time to relax and enjoy in a cold and trying environment. From a selection of winter tents, it will be wise to choose one that is bigger than you would often have as you will need more room for your slightly bulkier equipments, and since you will be spending most of your time inside. Moreover, in addition to the typical things that you will need such as clothing, food, water, eating and cooking utensils, backpack stoves and fuel, you will also need a warm sleeping bag, wool socks, a winter cap, mittens with lightweight liner gloves, a pair of snowshoes and a headlamp. Apparently since it is winter camping, you will need things that will help you stay as warm and as comfortable as possible, and of course a light source to help you pass 14 hours of darkness.

Camping in the winter definitely offers an incomparable experience amidst a challenging and cold environment. It makes an ideal time to get you to truly unwind without having to worry about pesky insects that may ruin your retreat, or heat and rain that may take away the comfort of sleeping. With the right preparation and gears, winter camping will be an unforgettable experience that will make you want to return for a second one.

Night Fishing For Catfish – Enticing Trophy Catfish Into A Feeding Frenzy!

Equipment you will need:

  • Boat
  • Boat Anchors
  • Separate 12v Battery To run lights
  • Night Lights
  • Submerged Lighting
  • Live Bait Keeper
  • Chum bag
    Rod Holders

  • Heavy Bait Casting Or Spinning Rig
  • Insect Repellent

Night fishing for catfish can be a very rewarding fishing trip. Trust me If you do it correctly you will catch fish, not only will you catch fish but some will be lunkers! Catfish feed at night and are very active, and when they get into a feeding frenzy fishing action can be incredible! Catfish are attracted to submerged lighting And have a very keen sense of smell. So If you can locate their nightly haunts you can entice them on to your hook with some simple methods I will explain here. But first you must be setup and prepared for night fishing it is totally different at night then in the day. Things you take for granted during the day, don’t apply at night.

Boat Setup for night fishing

Before you even think about going night fishing for catfish you need to have the following items:, lights for inside the boat,either battery or Coleman fuel type lanterns with two mantles. Set up your lights so they distribute light evenly inside the boat. I personally fish from a 20 foot pontoon and I have 3 halogen battery powered lights hung 2in the front, left and right and one hanging from my canopy in the rear. (I have used my Colemans but they attract a huge amount of insects)

You also will need a secondary light on your person. This light is used for re-rigging your fishing poles. Trust me, no matter how prepared you are before your trip you will loose some tackle, from line crossovers, or snags, or fish snapping your line. (you can limit this by using heavy tackle and making sure your line is fresh) I personally use a led light that clips to the visor on my ball cap.

You also will need a light to illuminate the water surface I recommend 12v halogen light that can be directed outside the boat. Mount it on the side of your boat, in the center. I personally use and adjustable halogen that I can clip to the railing on my pontoon. Direct the light at a 60 degree angle from boat to water. This will illuminate the surface.

You will need a submerged light source. You are probably asking your self right now why do I need submerged lighting? The submerged lights will generate plankton swirls that will attract bait fish. Once the bait fish start schooling The big cats will come. attract schools Submerged lighting rigs come in a variety of sizes and shapes, the one I use is 36″ long about 4″ in diameter. Center the submerged light in the illumination pattern of the surface water lighting you just set up. Anchor your submerged lighting about 12 ” off the bottom, (without an anchor they will float on top of the water).. make sure the light completely submerged under the water. I recommend you use a 5lb weight as an anchor. If possible, anchor the submerged light about 2 to 3 ft from the boat.

You will need a secondary power source for the submerged light, the water illumination light and to operate your aerator pump for your live bait or live well.”do not use your boats power source” This will drain your battery.”you don’t want to get stuck on the lake at night right? If you take a well charged 12v marine battery as your second source it will last through the night.

You will need all Your poles pre-rigged If you have the rigs I would set up 3 poles, per person in advance of getting on the water. The reason I suggest this is because it’s real pain the “blank” To re-rig at night. You will end up doing it anyway, but if you have spare poles already set up, use them first before you have waist valuable time with poles out of the water.

Locating the cat’s nightly haunts

It has been my experience the bigger cat’s roam the shore lines or back waters in search of food at night. Every body of water will be different. I highly recommend you do some research on the body of water you intend to night fish for catfish on. At Minimum Get a topographical map of the area before you attempt your trip. These can be attained at any of the local bait and tackle shops in the area. (I recommend you visit one of these shops to get the local scoop anyway, if you dig deep enough these guys can pin point on the map Where to start fishing. This will save you lots of time.)

Enticing the Cats to your boat.

Once you have your water surface lights and your submerged lights set up and ready to go you don’t even need to do the next step, you are ready to start fishing. The submerged lighting will get the schools of bait fish coming, but I take it step one step further because if you play on the catfish’s extra sensitive sense of smell you can drive the Big cats into a feeding frenzy! OK You say how?

Well the answer is by introducing “chumming”. Chumming releases a slick of dead fish smells and fish guts that the small bait fish and catfish feed on. There are many commercial chumming systems you can purchase and they work very well, but I use a simple very inexpensive method that anyone can set up. First you will need a nylon netted bag that you can close tight. (a good example would the netted bags that you put golf balls in that have a string closure adjustment) This is what I use, works perfect, very inexpensive. Next, get some good size freezer bags, 3 should do for one nights trip.

Next, Purchase about 2 dozen good size chubs and cut them in 1″ to 2″ slices, make sure you do this in a pan that will not drain all the juices. Fill the freezer bags pieces and juice all together, and let them sit outside in the sun all day long. Yes it will stink to high heaven by the end of the day, but that is what you want! Now stick the freezer bag in side the meshed bag that can close. Close the bag tight and tie a line at the bottom of the bag about 2 feet long. Attach about a 2lb anchor to get the bag to the bottom. Now tie a line at the top of the bag with enough lead line to get the bag on the bottom. Now before you lower the chum bag to the bottom take an ice pick, or something sharp that will puncture the bag, but not tear the plastic. Punch the freezer bag numerous times, then lower to the bottom an tie it off on the side of the boat.

Now its time to fish! But before we go there lets re-visit Your catfish rigs. There are many catfish rigs you can use, and they all work in situations they are designed for. When you are fishing at night and you have submerged a lighting setup,you want get your line about 2 ft away from the light source, approximated on the outer edges of the source’s beam.

You will be fishing only a short distance from the boat, so your rigs need to be set up to fish in close proximity to the boat. You could fish tight line with a basic catfish hook and a small sinker. Or use a slip bobber system. I prefer to use the slip bobber system.

I use the single hook rig. Both rigs shown in the illustration work fine but I just have preference for the single hook rig. I do use the double hook rig when fishing for other types of fish. I use all heavy duty, open face, and spin cast rod and reels with 30lb test. When you do get a lunker on your line you want the tackle set up to handle the fight. You miss some smaller cats, but it’s well worth it when you catch your first 10lb plus catfish.

Baits To Use

both Channel and Blue catfish will eat just about any small fish like Suckers, small shad, or bluegills both live or dead. I use both live bait and dead “cut bait” I will normally set one pole up with a small live gill no more that 3inches in length. My other poles will be baited with cut bait, normally LARGE suckers 6″ or longer cut in 1″ to 2″ chunks.

Now Bait your rigs,Get Your Boat Setup and get ready for an exciting Night fishing for Catfish Trip! Once you catch a lunker 10 pounder + You will be Hooked for life! So have fun and good luck!

Fishing the Current River of Missouri’s Ozarks

There is no doubt that the Current River is the most diverse stream in Missouri. It begins as a spring creek style trout river, and slowly transforms into one of the best smallmouth bass streams in the nation. Besides these species, there are also populations of Rock Bass, Walleye, and of course Bluegill.

The first twenty miles of the river make up the classic trout water. The river begins where Montauk Spring rises in the streambed of Pigeon Creek. For three miles below this point, the stream is stocked once a day with rainbow trout from March 1 through October 31. The upper part of this stretch which flows through Montauk State Park is managed for flies only. Artificial lures such as marabou jigs and single hooked rooster tail spinners fished on a spinning rod are perfectly legal, along with traditional fly gear. The rest of the river in the park allows all lures and baits. Montauk Spring Branch also flows through the park. The first quarter mile is catch and release only with flies only .Below there, all baits are allowed until it reaches the Current River, and fish may be kept. This area is also stocked daily.

Below Montauk State Park for nine miles, the river is managed for trophy rainbow and brown trout. The trout population varies from year, but you can count on there being between 250 and 700 trout per mile, which is a respectable number. Most are browns, but there are quite a few rainbows as well, including a number of wild trout.  This is a great area to float, but there is wading access at the lower end of Montauk State Park, Tan Vat, Baptist Camp, Parker Hollow, and Cedar Grove. This is a year-round fishery, with the best fishing in the seven miles between Montauk State Park and the Parker Hollow Access. Between Parker Hollow and Cedar Grove there are certainly trout, but wading can be tough, and the fish numbers are not terribly high. Artificial lures and flies only are allowed, and there is a restrictive length limit in place.

The eight miles between Cedar Grove and Akers Ferry is managed as a put and take trout fishery. It is heavily stocked with rainbow trout between March and September. In the four miles between Cedar Grove and Welch Spring the best trout fishing will be in the spring and fall, as that is the only time trout are stocked. Below Welch Spring until Akers Ferry, the water is significantly cooler, and trout are stocked all summer long. The best fishing is generally near the mouth of Welch Spring, where trout are stocked extensively. Below Akers Ferry, there are pockets of trout all the way to Pulltite Spring seven miles further downstream, but numbers drop significantly the further below Akers Ferry you get.

Between Akers Ferry and Round Spring, the fishing is spotty for both smallmouth bass and trout. There are decent rainbow trout numbers in the upper half, and decent smallmouth bass numbers in the lower half, but the fishing will be marginal. Smallmouth bass fishing picks up in earnest at the mouth of Round Spring. Between this point and Doniphan, Missouri lies some of the finest smallmouth water in the state. Fish in the one to three pound range abound, and larger fish are not uncommon at all. Rock Bass and Bluegill can also be found in great numbers. Around Van Buren, walleye enter the scene. This is one of the best stream walleye fisheries in the nation, and big Ozark strain walleyes abound. The next world record could come from the Current River. Jigging, trolling, and live bait fishing are all popular to catch these big walleye.

Every fisherman in Missouri should try fishing the beautiful Current River. Its crystal clear waters are home to some of the best fishing to be found in the United States. Whether you like smallmouth bass, trout, walleye, or just a big stringer of bluegill or suckers, this is a great place to go.

Which Are the Best Lures to Harvest White Striped Large and Smallmouth Bass

If you are a novice wanting to explore the best ways of using lures to harvest white, striped, large and smallmouth bass, the myriad of choices can seem daunting. But take heart. All is not lost.

While there are thousands of lure designs out there, bass lures can actually be broken down into 9 categories.

They are: Spoons Jigs Spinner-Baits In-Line (French) Spinners Crank Baits Jerk Baits Soft Baits Top-Water Flies Spoons are just what the name suggests. An oval concave slab of metal, sometimes painted, or sometimes not, with a hole to tie line in on one side, and a hook on the other.

Sometimes, they are made to be weedless for fishing in heavy cover. They are very versatile, as they can be jigged,hopped, trolled, fished vertically or just cranked in. They usually have a wobbling action, and can be augmented with rubber tails, bodies or pork skins to enhance their appeal. They can be fished deep, or shallow. Spoons are most often used for vertical jigging in deep structure, mainly in cold water when bass are suspended and not very active.

They work best when bass are in tight structure, such as along a creek channel. Bass often bunch up in these areas. The technique is to locate suspended bass with a depth-finder, then jig the spoon up and down right in front of them. That is all there is to it.Alternatively, spoons can simply be cast, allowed to sink to the desired depth, and retrieved straight. The drawbacks to spoons are the limited designs available.

No matter what color they are, a spoon is basically a spoon. Some of the more well known brands are the Daredevil,

Worth, Little Cleo, Johnson Silver Minnow, etc….

Jigs are the most versatile lures available. They consist of a hook with a molded lead head on them. They can be dressed with feathers and fur, much like flies, or have plastic bodies of every shape imaginable placed on them, without removing the jig from the line.

This makes it very rapid to change colors, sizes and styles on the water.Another type completely covers the jig head, and is referred to as 8tube lures. Even real minnows and other live bait can be impaled on them, with very effective results. One of the top lures for bass in deep water is called a Jig & Pig, which is a jig with pork skin bodies on them.

They can even have small spinners on them to provide extra flash. Jigs can be trolled, casted, flipped, vertically jigged, and even fished in tandem, under a bobber, or without one. They can be fished directly in heavy cover.

Spinner Baits are simply a jig on a safety-pin type wire, bent at a 90 degree angle, with one or more spinner blades on the end of the wire, and a hook on the other. The lead head rides between the two. They can be dressed with feathers, plastic bodies or bait, and fished shallow, deep or jigged. They are usually cast out and retrieved just under the surface, near cover. They are highly effective in the warm months.Popular models are made by Heddon,Strike King, and custom lure makers.

In-Line spinners are a wire, threaded through a lead body, or weighted beads,with a loop in the end to tie line to,and a hook on the other end. A rotating spinner is in front of the body and spins on the retrieve, sending out vibrations through the water that bass can detect from considerable distances..

The hook can be dressed, or plain. They are usually cast out and allowed to sink to the desired depth, then retrieved near cover. They are especially effective on active, feeding fish.Popular models are Mepps,Panther-Martin, Blue Fox and Rooster

Tails. These are one of my favorite lures to use. I am partial to Rooster Tails. Another variation on this design is the rear mounted spinner, such as the Little Suzy and Little George lures.

A crank bait comes in several designs.The most common is a hard plastic, or balsa wood body that resembles a pregnant perch. They are painted to match various bait fish and crustaceans.They have a plastic lip at the front that imparts a violent wiggling motion to the lure on the retrieves, and sometimes makes them dive rapidly,depending on the design. They are usually fished deep near structure, and are simply cast out and retrieved.

Other types have minnow, or thin shaped bodies, or even look like a boomerang (Lazy Ike), but they all work the same.

They work best on schooling bass. The most well known of these types of lures is Rapala. Other models are Heddon, Fred

Arbogast, Tom Mann, and custom lure makers.

Jerk Baits are a relatively new phenomenon. They are a minnow-shaped,floating body with several treble hooks on them. They have no action on their own, but must be jerked to each side, in a technique called walking the dog. They create a surface commotion that drives bass insane at times. They resemble a struggling animal on the surface,irresistible to a hungry bass.

Soft Baits are the king of all black bass lures. The most common is the ubiquitous plastic worm. If you could only have one lure for bass, this is it. Plastic worms have accounted for more bass than all other baits combined,including live bait. They are simply soft plastic worm-shaped molded lures.They are usually rigged Texas style,with a special hook piercing the head,

back out and back into the body, with a slip-sinker on the line directly above it. This is the most weedless lure there

is. It can be fished right through the heaviest cover. They can also be rigged Carolina style, with exposed hook points

for special situations. There are crawfish, and other shaped models, but the worm is by far the winner. They come in every color/combination there is.

They work everywhere, anytime of the year. They are cast out right into heavy cover and allowed to sink to the bottom.

Then, they are retrieved ever so slowly, with short,light jerks of the rod tips. If there are bass around, they will bite these. This is as close to can not-fail as it gets. They can also be flipped, and jigged in special situations. The

biggest marketer of soft baits is probably the Zoom Lure Company.

Now we come to 2nd most fun way to catch bass. Top Water lures are just what the name implies, a plastic lure that floats

on top of the water. Most have a cupped head, or lips attached that makes a loud splash, or pop, when jerked. This attracts bass from great distances, and incites them into a murderous rage at times. They are cast out near cover, and retrieved in short jerks, with pauses in-between. When a bass hits, the water will literally explode, with the bass often coming completely out of the water in heart stopping leaps. Top Waters are most effective in the shallows, in the morning and evening.

Popular models include the Chugger, Popper, Crazy Crawler, Jitterbug, and my favorite, the Billy Bass. There are other types with a veritable arsenal of treble hooks on them, shaped like thin minnows, with spinners on them such as the Devils Horse, and Tiny Torpedo. They are all deadly.

Camping With the Elderly – Pointers to Remember

Camping is not only for young people. Even the elderly will surely enjoy going on this kind of vacation that will surround them with the beauty of nature and give them a relaxing quiet time. If your whole family is planning a camping trip anytime soon and you want to bring grandma or grandpa along, be sure to heed these practical pointers to ensure that the trip will be a success.

Plan Ahead

Proper planning and preparation are essential for any camping trip, more so if you are bringing elderly persons with you. For one, it would be smart to choose a location that is nearby. This way, you do not have to travel far to get to the campground. Select a campground that offers amenities that would make your stay more convenient and comfortable. Older people do not do well in long travels. Also, be prepared for unexpected scenarios like bad weather. Bring rain gear to protect everyone from catching a cold due to the rain.

Prepare Comfortable Sleeping Arrangements

While it is all right for you and the kids to sleep on the hard ground, the same setup may not be all right for an elderly, especially one who is suffering from health problems like arthritis and or one who has special needs. It would be a great idea to bring an outdoor air mattress. Air mattresses can ensure comfortable sleep and help prevent muscle and back pains.

Enlist the Help of a Caregiver

It would also be great if you can enlist the help of a professional caregiver during the camping trip so that grandma or grandpa will have company while you go on to do activities that they won’t be able to do like hiking, skiing, trekking, and so on. Aside from this, the caregiver can take care of all the elderly person’s needs from medications to nature calls so you do not have anything to worry about anymore.

Go RV Camping

Instead of going tent camping, it would be better to go to this trip in your RV. An RV offers more comfort and convenience. Not only that, there are many RV campgrounds all over the country that offer practical amenities to make your stay more worthwhile. Choose one that is located near your home and one that offers affordable rates.

Do not Rough it Too Much

When planning for activities to do during the trip, be sure to consider the fact that you have an elderly person with you. Even though you are not expecting grandpa to join you in the hiking adventure or grandma to partake in the fishing trip, you should still consider their needs. You cannot be gone for too long even if there is a caregiver watching over him or her.

Most of all, be patient. Bringing elderly people to your camping trip would mean extra work, effort, and preparation on your part. But once you see the delight on their faces when they see how beautiful the surroundings are, all your efforts will be worth it.

Catfish Bait – Fishing For Catfish at Pay Lakes – Details Here!

Many catfish anglers frequent pay lakes for the opportunity to catch a trophy catfish. Many time these anglers do not have boats or the fishing savvy to hunt for the big catfish in the wild. But many of these anglers never catch a trophy cat because they don’t position themselves correctly to catch these large catfish at these pay lake pounds.

Catch trophy blue catfish, channel catfish, and flathead catfish at pay lakes there’s a few tips and techniques you need to know to be successful. Many times if a pay to fish area has multiple ponds, the pond with the trophy catfish will be separate from the other ponds. Also if there are multiple ponds. chances are one will be stocked with channel catfish in the 1 ½ to 3 lb range specifically for table fare or for the novice fisherman.

Just like in the wild blue catfish, channel catfish, and flathead catfish will relate to structure that is located in the pond. If any where in the pond there is are known submerged debris or tree trunks the big catfish will be close by. Also, if you do not want to compete with other fisherman fish your local pay lakes at night. Get to your local pay lake before dark so you can pick the right spot to catch your trophy catfish. If you can find a submerged stump close to shore that is great because big flathead catfish, channel catfish, and blue catfish cruise the shore lines at night.

There are questions you need to ask the pay lake proprietor before spending your money. First ask to see a list of the types of fish and their weights that are stocked in the ponds. Next if there are multiple ponds get specifics on which pond or ponds hold the trophy catfish. Next ask how deep the ponds are Just a note, the deeper the pond the better. If the pond has a deep hole ask specifically where it is located. Also ask where known submerged structure is located.

The ideal spot to set up for your bait fishing catfish trip in a paylake is 6 to 8ft deep flats near to the deep water. Also find areas with submerged rock and wood cover that are adjacent to the shallower flats and ledges.. Normally the big catfish in pay lakes will be close to lots of cover and the deep water.

The best catfish baits for pay lakes are natural bait fish such as goldfish, creek chubs, and shiners. The ideal size for these baits are 3 to 4 inches in length. If you are targeting large catfish such as blue catfish, channel catfish or flathead catfish in pay lakes you need to have heavy tackle too match your prey. A surf rod 7 to 8ft in length, medium power and either a bait casting or open face reel designed to be spooled with 25lb to 50lb test line. My preference in line type is a fireline.

A catfish fishing rig for a pay lake is a good hardy large slip bobber rig. To make a slip bobber rig slide the bobber stop up the line firs. Next slide your 6″ to 8″ long slip bobber up the line first. If you are night fishing I recommend you get one with a small battery powered led light on top. This will help see your bobber at night. Next tie on a two way ball bearing swivel to the line. And last tie a 6 to 8″ leader with a 6/0 to 7/0 hook. The large hooks are important. Next either fish your catfish bait live by hooking right through or just behind the dorsal fin. Or if you are fishing dead cut bait, cut your bait fish into large chunks and put them on your hook. Make sure the barb of the hook is exposed.

Well folks that concludes my article about bait fishing for catfish at pay lakes. May your next fishing trip be a success! Have a great day!

Florida Lake Okeechobee Fishing Report

Lake Okeechobee is Florida’s largest lake and is also the second largest body of freshwater in the continental united states. Okeechobee is a Seminole Indian name and is derived from the Seminole word “Oki” meaning water. Lake Okeechobee is a shallow lake that averages only 9ft. The lake is part of the Florida everglade region which is a vast region of fantastic freshwater fishing for multiple species of fish. The lake supports commercial and sport fishing and is worldly renowned as a excellent fishing lake.

Lake Okeechobee is nationally recognized for its large mouth bass and black crappie fishing. If your looking to catfishing this lake is also the place to go. Largemouth bass fisherman should try spoons and spinnerbaits in the grass flats, and plastic worms and flipping jigs in the heavier cover. Use Golden shiners for live bait for bass. The best areas will around the rim canals.

When Fishing for Black Crappie , or as the locals call them specs. Fish the deeper water near edges of the canal shoreline. Also fish the pilings under the Highway 78 bridge. Only fish the Kissimmee river when the river is flowing steady. Use Jigs ,or fish live shiners near vegetation stands. The best time to fish is early in the morning or late in the day. Standard jigging techniques work well , but to locate schools suspend minnows at various depths to locate the schools. You will have to move often to locate the crappie schools. Once you find the schools fish until they no longer bite then move on and fins another school.

The best areas for bream is the rim of the canals around lake Okeechobee that lead to the Kissimmee river. Use Beetle spins and crickets for bait.

We will list 12 Area’s on or around the lake that have been known to hold largemouth. Bass, black crappie, or specs, and othe panfish and catfish. You can also visit the Florida Fish and wildlife conservation commission webpage and click on Interactive maps to get more detail information.

Area #1 South Henry Creek Flats Florida Lake Okeechobee Fishing Report The flats stretching from the boat lock at Henry Creek south to Chancey Bay has plenty of vegetation and bass. Bulrush, grass and hydrilla grow on a shoal surrounded by sand, about 3/4 mile southwest of the levee. The shoal tapers to a small reef, where bass like to spawn. Fish the outside edges of vegetation with live shiners, topwater plugs and plastic worms. Toss weedless spoons behind the weedline. During summer, cast vibrating plugs and shallow-running crankbaits over the reef for schooling bass. .

Area #2 Nubbin Slough Bass are caught year-round at Nubblin Slough. At the mouth of the slough look for the small islands and rock piles that are surrounded by maidencane. Toss a spinnerbait, Jerkin’ Sam or Rat-L-Trap around these structures during fall. In spring, position the boat on the inside of the vegetation along the boat run that has a sand/shell bottom. Cast a plastic worm, Lunker Lure or spinnerbait. During summer, fish plastic worms in the bulrushes and pencil reeds..

Area #3 Behind Eagle Bay Island Okeechobee Lake Fishing Reports This area behind Eagle Bay Island near the Government Cut provides great action for all species of panfish. Tannic stained water makes it difficult to see bluegill beds, so drift until fish are located..

Area #4 Eagle Bay Eagle Bay is a prime largemouth area from January through April when the lake is at its fullest. It’s good year-round because the water is about two feet deeper than the surrounding area. Summer bass hold here because of the depth and vast hydrilla growth. Try plastic worms and lizards in spring, and switch to topwater plugs, buzzbaits and spoons in summer. Bass move to the outside edge in fall, and topwater lures, vibrating plugs and spinnerbaits are effective.

Area #5 Cast plastic worms and spinnerbaits for spring largemouth holding on the peppergrass in this shallow area. Throw topwater plugs early and late in the day during summer..

Area #6 North Of North Lake Shoal (Kings Bar) The rocky area north of North Lake Shoal (Kings Bar) provides excellent bluegill fishing in the bulrushes and cattails. The panfish bed on scattered rocky patches within the vegetation and are easily caught on worms and crickets. Move east about one mile and drift the open water for winter crappie.

Area #7 North Lake Shoal (Kings Bar) North Lake Shoal (Kings Bar) is a large weedy island with a variety of vegetation, including lily pads, hydrilla, eel grass, maidencane and bulrush. Bass are caught year-round on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. This is a great area for flippin’. Trophy bass often lurk in the maidencane growing inside scattered bulrushes.

Area #8 Tin House Cove For Lake OkeechobeeLake Okeechobee Fishing Report Plastic worms and lizards take spawning spring bass in Tin House Cove. In summer, the largemouth move out to deeper water. The peppergrass holds bass year-round, and schooling largemouth also chase threadfin shad on the outside weed edge. Cast vibrating plugs, spinnerbaits and topwater lures for these active fish.

Area #9 From Indian Prairie Canal North To The South End Of Tin House Co. For Lake Okeechobee The wide area on the backside of the emergent vegetation, from Indian Prairie Canal north to the south end of Tin House Cove, yields numerous bass. During spawning season, if water is high, a secondary area behind the cattails in the grassy flats offers good fishing all the way to the levee.

Area #10 Indian Prairie Canal South To Horse Island Okeechobee Lake Fishing Report Fishing Report A mixture of peppergrass and reeds extends from Indian Prairie Canal south to Horse Island. Live shiners fished on the points of dense vegetation are recommended for bass. Toss surface plugs and weedless spoons in the sparser cover. The bottom is about three feet deep, and consists of sand and scattered flat-top rock. Behind this area, throw spoons and top water lures for spring bass in the mixture of maidencane and bulrushes. A boat trail behind it can be worked in windy conditions. Horse Island and Worm Cove are also good places to fish plastic worms.

Area #11 From Dyess Ditch To The Southern Point Of Horse Island For Lake Okeechobee This sandy area from Dyess Ditch to the southern point of Horse Island is one of the top spring bass spots on the lake. This area, known as North Shore, has a peppergrass flat more than 1/2 mile wide. Trophy bass hold along the outside edge of grass on the west side of the bay. Live bait, plastic worms, surface lures, vibrating plugs and spoons produce year-round. Sparse hydrilla patches mixed with maidencane, reeds and pads are used by spawning bass between December and March. This protected area is particularly good when the lake is rough. In summer, bass stay near open water and will move into the shallows as the water cools.

Area #12 Dyess Ditch to the Harney Pond Canal For Lake OkeechobeeThe sandy bottom from Dyess Ditch to the Harney Pond Canal between the two beacon lights holds largemouth year-round. The stained water from Fisheating Creek is filtered by dense vegetation, resulting in relatively clear water. Spring bass will spawn where there are holes in the hydrilla. Spinnerbaits, topwater plugs and weedless spoons take bass around the hydrilla and peppergrass beds.

Well I hope the 12 areas identified in this Florida lake Okeechobee Fishing Report will help on you plan your next freshwater fishing trip to Florida. Lets Go Fish’in!