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TIPS FOR BANK FISHING   1 comment

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To the casual observer bank fishing can amount to just sitting in a lawn chair, sipping a soft drink and listening to the ball game on a radio or stealthily working the shoreline in search of feeding fish. Regardless by following a few simple rules one can have a great day in the outdoors.

The key to fishing from the bank is finding structure and/or vegetation in the water. Fish follow pathways along and around structure.  They will follow one kind of structure until it intersects with another.  Seldom do they cross large expanses of open water.  It makes they feel vulnerable.  If an angler eliminates those large expanses of water from his pattern, he cuts down the amount of water he explores thus improving the odds that he will find fish.

It is smart to fish areas with two different kinds of structure intersecting. This can be where weeds meet a fallen tree or rocky area.  Areas around rocky points, dam faces, or jetties can also contain vegetation that attracts fish.

Other promising locations are where feeder creeks or canals bring warmer water, oxygenated water and washes in insects from flooded areas upstream. Creek channels provide pathways between structures.  Fish often use old creek channels as they move from weeds to brush or shallow water to deeper water.

Deep water drop-offs are popular with fish. It provides them security of deep water yet allows the opportunity to move up into warmer water of flats to feed.

Additional locations along the bank include such areas as those with partially submerged trees or trees that have fallen into the water from the bank. Vegetation such as water willow, cattails, weeds and lily pads also provide food, shelter and a safe refuge from predators finny or on two legs.

For those in search of smaller species, such as crappie, sunfish and bluegill live bait is best. The bait can be small minnows and pieces of nightcrawler.

The amino acids in live bait are an attractant to fish coming out of a long winter of minimal activity. They also feed on zooplankton and insects found in and near vegetation in the water.

The larger predatory fish, such as bass, artificial lures are popular. When working a lure through an area it is important to work it thoroughly.  Fan casting a dozen or so times is a popular method to cover lots of water.  However the most productive areas tend to be closer to shore as opposed to those out further.  The water closer to shore is warmer and more likely to have structure.

When working artificial lures it is wise to vary the speed or the retrieve and the depth at which the lure might run.

It is important when working water from the bank to remain flexible and portable. If a given location is not producing any strikes or bites in 15 minutes, it is time to try another one.  You have to be where the fish are located.

FISH HUNTER’S VEST   1 comment

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Speculation is the origins of the fishing vest lie in New England in the 1930’s.  Anglers wore hunting coats while fishing because the large pockets could hold fishing tackle needed while wading streams.

The long sleeves and the weight of the jacket restricted movement while casting and anglers sought a more suitable alternative.  A sleeveless garment with pockets sewed on became the answer.  From those garments continued refinements developed.

Over the years anglers tried dozens of fabrics, zippers and designs.  The focus of each part of the vest was a design for the fisherman.   Closing pockets with the addition of zippers and snaps to holed tackle secure were the first steps.  Certain pockets were for certain tasks.  The idea was for the vest to allow the angler to stay organized and still have the freedom of movement required to cast.  Some vests have as many as thirty pockets.  They became mobile tackle boxes.

For the angler wishing to explore rivers and backwater streams in search of freshwater fishing, a fishing vest lets us carry all the gear needed without lugging along an entire tackle box.

The vest is not for warmth it is a traveling tackle box and day pack.  It should be large enough to go on over a sweater or jacket if needed.  A vest made of waterproof material is advisable.

The best vests have a couple of large pockets on the front to carry fly wallets and plastic boxes.  A large pocket on the back can hold rain gear, sandwiches or first aid kits.  Smaller pockets are handy to hold boxes of flys and spools of leader.  A zippered pocket is a good idea for that cell phone that might be handy in case of an emergency.

Some other things an angler, trout fisherman or not, include such “essentials” as insect repellent, hook hone, flashlight, pen knife, pliers, clippers, polarized sunglasses, water or soft drink and a sandwich or energy bar.

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