Questions about the activity of trying to catch fish, usually in the wild, using a wide range of techniques

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If I get a ticket for fishing without license, will buying a licence make my ticket go away?

I live in Oklahoma where a relative and I were fishing. We are new to fishing and didn't know you needed a license. We got stopped and the game warden gave us two options: buy a temp license or get ...
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Where and when do I use these lures [new fisher]

This is my assortment of lures/bait: (The can is Gulp! Earthworms) I went fishing and caught my first fish today with the golden spoon in the red box to the 2nd far right (below the ...
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Newbie going fishing in a lake. Which of these lures would be best?

I'm new to fishing and I'm going to try to visit a lake in an hour or so. There are rumored to be pike, brasen, crucian carps and more types of carp too, eels and tench. I heard there are plenty of ...
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Is soda can fishing actually effective?

While out fishing on a popular gulf coast pier, I've seen some people pull in fish left and right using only a crumpled soda can as a lure tied to a hook and line. Meanwhile, I was using normal bait ...
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Drift fishing vs anchor fishing?

When bay/inshore fishing from a boat, one can drift fish (where you let the tide carry your boat) and anchor fish (where you anchor your boat to one spot). Besides the obvious, what are the ...
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What type of seabed attracts speckled trout?

What type of seabed should I be fishing on when trying to catch speckled trout along the Texas Gulf Coast?
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How to determine the thickness of ice?

Thinking about going ice fishing this winter but I am worried about falling through thin ice. I know that ice should be at least 4 inches (10 cm) if clear and 8 inches (20 cm) if cloudy, but how can ...
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Went fishing on the river for full day, caught one fish; normal?

My dad, brothers and I grew up fishing. However, the vast majority of our fishing has been set it and forget it fishing for catfish, mostly at night. My dad and father-in-law are in town for ...
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Any reason to prefer bow-fishing over rod-fishing?

Is there any reason to pick bow-fishing over rod-fishing. As far as I know it's extremely difficult to aim for fishes beneath the water surface. This makes me wonder if there is any rational reason ...
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Terminology and cues for reading river water when fly fishing

When reading or watching videos on about reading water for fishing in English, I often come across terms like riffle, run, pool, seam, among others. However, when I get o the river ready to float that ...
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What is the technique for fishing with live croaker bait?

I've heard good things about fishing the Texas gulf coast with live croaker bait. What is the technique for fishing with this bait? Specifically, where should one hook the bait and what technique is ...
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Can you help identify this fish i caught?

I think it may be a salmon but the green colour is throwing me off.
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Any tips for landing fish on barbless hooks?

I have started to debarb all my flies a while ago (it is much better for the fish if you are doing catch and release), but have been loosing some hooked fish that I was otherwise able to net when I ...
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When are the best times/months to catch speckled trout on the US Gulf Coast?

I would like to go fishing for speckled trout (proper name spotted seatrout) along the US Gulf Coast, specifically near Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay. What months are the best times to catch speckled ...
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What types of live bait should I use to catch red drum?

I want to go fishing for red drum (reds) on the Texas Gulf Coast and I would like to use live bait. What types of live bait should I use?
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Catching largemouth bass with sunfish?

I have caught bass in the past but they have always been small largemouth bass or smallmouth bass. And this is with wax worms that I often use when fishing with my dad. My dad caught a big largemouth ...
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Can fish sense a person's heartbeat from vibrations through the line?

Fishing is 95% waiting and 5% action, well at least that's how it is for me. During the down time, I contemplate deeply on some obscure and inane things. For a while I've wondered if an angler is ...
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Transporting Large Amounts of Fish

I'll be going on an multi-day deep sea fishing trip where we are expected to catch between 150lb to 400lb of fish each (Yellow Fin, Ably, Dorado). I'll have a 3 day drive back home across the Midwest. ...
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Why do some fisheries have a lower size limit and others have an upper size limit for keeping fish?

My home river has a minimum size limit of 50 cm for keeping atlantic salmon, while I have seen online that some other places have a maximum size limit above which fish cannot be retained. Why is there ...
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Alternatives to Dacron backing on fly reel?

I am thinking about changing the backing on my reel for something thinner and stronger like gel spun line (I'm currently using 20lb Dacron). The goal is to fit enough backing into the reel for ...
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How do I setup a proper jig?

I live close to the Sacramento River in Rio Vista, CA, it's current is usually very heavy. I usually use anchovies for strippers and use a second rod to practice with lures. When I can afford it, I'll ...
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What is this fish hook type called?

I am trying to buy this kind of fish hook (picture below), but I have no idea what is called. Does anyone know what to search for? The main characteristic of this hook is that the hook eye is solid ...
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Fishing Rods: One Piece or Two Piece

A number of fishing rods you can buy have models that are 2 piece and models that are 1 piece. I have heard people say their rods snapped in half when they were 2 piece. However, it would be extremely ...
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Rod and Tackle Combination for Begginer Fisher

I want to get into fishing but don't know the technical side because I just fish with rods pre-setup. So I decided, that I wanted to get a spinning reel and am pretty sure I want a Shakespeare ugly ...
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Where/how can I catch American signal crayfish in the UK?

American signal crayfish are a delicious invasive species in the UK. I'd love to catch and eat some but I'm unsure how to go about this. Where/how can I catch American signal crayfish in the UK? ...
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Can I use wading sandals with waders?

I have a pair of wading sandals (made by Keen and designed for water sports) to which I added a few metal studs and have been using for wet wading while fly fishing in shallow streams. Now I wonder if ...
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Is there a good and fast way to dry used flies before storing them?

I have been spending many hours by the water recently and usually try a lot of flies before I find what is working on a particular day. The question is: what to do with all the flies that got wet ...
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What are the best practices to ensure survival of catch and release fish?

I have seen some folks handling fish in a rather rough way before releasing them. The other day I was in a similar situation and realized that I don't know well what are the best practices either. I ...
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What are the disadvantages of using a lighter fly line than the indicated for the reel?

I'm thinking about buying a new reel for my weight 8 rod (which I use for steelhead), but want also to use it for my weight 5 rod (which I use for trout). The reel is supposed to be used with lines ...
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Tackle for catching bass on live bait

What tackle do I need for catching bass on live bait in fresh water? Fish: Largemouth bass, Northern pike and Smallmouth bass Mean depth of lake is 8ft.
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What are good baits for Crabbing?

Now certainly if you're British you likely just had a wave of nostalgia over the idea of Crabbing! I did when I thought this through certainly. Crabbing is not only a great way to spend the afternoon ...
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Basic setup for trout fishing

I am a whitewater kayaker and my GF, who does not kayak, sometimes accompanies me on river trips. She loves the outdoors and is never bored when I am boating (besides driving my vehicle from the putin ...
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Is it ok to bleed a fish in muddy water

Sometimes I go to a secluded lake and want to take some table size Catfish home. However, the lake is particularly muddy and dirty, the water is actually brown. Is there a problem with bleeding fish ...
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Bleeding a fish without a cooler [duplicate]

So, when I go to this lake I can usually catch table size catfish and I want to take some home, however due to the rough terrain and long trails to get to this secluded lake, it would be a hassle to ...
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Are surface plugs effective for fishing in choppy water?

I tend not to use surface plugs in rough water, merely because I find them more difficult to fish. But are they less productive in choppy water than when the surface is calm?
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Fly casting in heavy cover/growth

I recently began learning to fly fish. However most of the streams I frequent are small creeks in the Southern Appalachians that have a lot of growth on the banks and overhead making casting rather ...
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Rod characteristic for spinning for small freshwater fish

Looking for an idea of the characteristics for a rod (length, action...) before I go shopping. Using small lures, commonly 2-4g bladed spinners or 12 g Toby, going after small brown trout and Arctic ...
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Optimal size for crayfish (crawfish) trap entry hole?

I'm interested in taking advantage of the delicious, invasive and underutilized crawfish here in Minnesota. I recently purchased several minnow traps (they look like two metal mesh cones placed ...
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Why did the handle come off my spinner rod?

I am brand new to fishing and have only made it out 4 times before this morning. Today I planned on fishing all morning. After a few casts (I have a Shakespeare Ugly Stik spinner) I noticed that the ...
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Fishing in Friendship, Maine 04547

I am going to Friendship, Maine 04547 for the first week of August 2014 , i am thinking about kayak fishing. any good spots? what kind of fish species should i expect?
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catching smallmouth/striped bass?

We have a new 9 acre lake that we stocked just last spring with minnows, georgia giants, perch, small mouth, hybrid striped bass, and koi. We're adding catfish and some other fish this year, But we ...
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A fishing pole for lake and ocean fishing

I'm looking for a fishing pole that can work for fishing trips to the ocean as well as lake fishing. I fish a lot in New Jersey (surf, bay, boat) and also visit lake Winnipesaukee quite a bit. Is ...
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Can you use a loop-to-loop going braid to mono/fluoro?

I have been using a double uni knot to go from braid to a fluoro leader, and just recently learned a perfection loop, and accompanying loop-to-loop for fly line to fly leader. For spinning gear with a ...
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European Made fishing rods

I am looking for a new fishing rod and reel (combo ideally) but prefer to support non-asian made products. Is there a European manufacturer of fishing rods/reels that doesn't outsource everything to ...
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Is it really necessary to gut a fish?

I'm obviously not a fisherman... If I like the flavors, is there any problem with cooking and eating a fish that hasn't been gutted? Any particular species? In other words, what are all the reasons ...
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True fish attractants?

Most "fish attractants" are actually just mechanisms to cover up human scent (as this article here as well as this one point out). They don't actually attract fish, but they mask any fish-negative ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

I am getting into fishing (I bought an entry-level spinner and plan on going to some nearby rivers/lakes) and have been reading a lot of conflicting information in regards to the sequence of events ...
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Pike fishing equipment & rigging

I'm planning on getting out to try some Pike fishing in Sweden this autumn. Never tried it before so I could do with a few basic pointers on equipment, suggestions for the following: a) Rod type, ...
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Fly fishing rig knots

I have been fly fishing with my dad for a number of years but recently I went on my own and hit quite the stumbling block... I didn't know how to set the kit properly, normally I drive the boat while ...
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New to fishing in Virginia

I just moved to Virginia (Fairfax County) a few months ago. I've done some hiking around the area, mostly by the Potomac. With Spring starting I want to get in to some fishing. Can anyone give me some ...