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I like the native american fish trap (fishing weir). It's relatively easy to build if you have the right access to a stream. The basic idea behind this trap is to create a funnel that the fish follow into a trap that they cannot easily get out of. To build it, you simple stake off an area with small branches pushed down into the mud. The water must be ...


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There are a few techniques that amount to just this. Trotline are essentially long lines with multiple baited hooks on them. YoYos are spring-activated contraptions that you set out and do the job of setting the hook. Finally, jug fishing involves tying line to a jug or large float. In general, these techniques are used mainly for catfish, though ...


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When I am out fishing what I look for in plastic/hard bait is the water clarity. In murky water I tend to use brightly colored bait. If it is clear water with good visibility I try and use bait that is colored as close to real as possible.


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Many fish will strike at any moving object of roughly the right shape. Generally shiny is better when improvising fake bait. However you can almost always catch a bug or worm of some kind to put on the hook. Anything small and gooey will usually do. If you do catch a fish, use their guts for bait.


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One of the most "packable" ways to fish for trout is using a tenkara rod. Tenkara the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing where only a rod, line and fly are used. Tenkara may have originated in Japan but its becoming very popular amongst anglers looking for fly-fishing simplicity and mountain-stream effectiveness. Eleven to ...


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The noise at first glance would seem to be the major concern, but in reality it is the vibration of the combustion engine that will increase your area of disruption. Fish are pretty sensitive to vibration and vibes can travel a long way in water. I am of course assuming the prop design and speeds are similar. If you were to use gas, vibration dampening ...


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Dig a bit and search for worms. Look under some old rocks or break open a rotting log and grab a couple insects. If you have a bit of granola or a raisin, or something similar, try that. If you can't find any of those, just go ahead and try with a bare hook, especially around feeding time; I've caught a couple fish that way.


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I like to fish trout with sweet corn. They seem to like it and it comes in small cans. Bringing a roll of fishing line and some small hooks should be enough. You can roll up the fishing line on a stick and make your own swimmer out of some light wood. At least this worked for me. It doesn't give you a bountiful yield of trout but should suffice if you want ...


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You can actually reach in to the water and grab the fish. No running or chasing. You just quietly get in position, and then when it's time, you quickly grab the fish. Thomas Elpel describes the process in his wonderful book, Participating in Nature: http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Participating_in_Nature.htm The nice thing is that it requires no equipment. ...


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Some small fish species such as the Smelt are eaten whole. In some fish the appeal is in the flesh of the fish and are therefore gutted and deboned. Gutting can prevent some tainting of the flesh. Like deer, the guts can deteriorate the flesh faster. One factor can be how fast you will refrigerate/ice your catch? Another concern with specific types of ...


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My experience is that I can cast farther and with greater precision with a baitcaster. That being said, you have to practice... A LOT. There is a tensioner for the gears. You have to balance the tension for your personal style to avoid backlash, but still get a good distance. Backlash is bad, very bad. It creates the worst tangle you've ever seen. A ...


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It depends on what you have access to. If you have plenty of cooling, then gut, bleed, and ice immediately. However only do this if you can keep it cold. This requires a LOT of ice because you have to have enough ice to bring the fish down to near freezing and keep it there. If you cannot keep the fish cold then you want to keep it alive. There are many ...


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One time in the Bihor mountains I watched a group of locals catch quite a remarkable number of fish by hand. They would walk upstream fairly fast running creek, two of them actually in the water, and several of them on the sides. The ones in the water would every once a while throw themselves down, scoop a fish with their hands and throw it to the bank, ...


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You can use a net to catch fish like you would do in an aquarium. Fastening a net at a strategic place in a rapid can, in theory, act as a fish trap, but I've never tried it.


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I'm going to be that guy and answer my own question, since it's languished for a while... Since there were no answers, I just went ahead and tried it. Verdict is that it works and seems to be very strong, but it is not easy to quickly switch leaders, since the braid-half of the loop-to-loop tightens around it itself much more than the mono/fluoro side of ...


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Google says: http://www.bassresource.com/beginner/reel_selection.html http://setthehook.com/reels/reeldifferences.htm http://www.fishingtalks.com/when-would-one-use-a-baitcast-over-a-spinning-reel-278353.html#10 Hopefully someone with some knowledge of the subject will distill these into a proper answer. For now I'm getting some ink in the page.


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I fish daily in a kayak and have caught and eaten thousands of fish from snapper to mackerel to wahoo. I throw them in the hull of the kayak with no ice and continue to fish, sometimes for several hours. Been doing this for years and have never had an issue.


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As for the Potomac, it can be complicated because you have a large freshwater river with tributaries in multiple states that opens to the ocean. If you plan to saltwater fish you can find license information here. If you are staying in the fresh water portions you can find the license you need here. Depending on where you are along the Potomac things can be ...


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make a surgeon's loop in the end of the leader use a loop-to-loop connection to join the leader to the fly line use a surgeon's knot to join the leader to the tippet This isn't the strongest knot, but it is small, quick to tie and reliable. Look on the Grog's Knots (animatedknots.com) site to find lots of other knots. tippet is usually 3-4 feet, total ...


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Yes, it is possible. In my experience, the best attractant is food. You want to put the attractant out well in advance, and preferably over a number of days. Anything blood based will work for most bottom feeders (catfish and the like). Rice also works fairly well for catfish, over a period of time. For active predators such as bass, you have a harder ...


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Much depends on what you are fishing for and how you are fishing for it. I was an avid freshwater angler for almost forty years before my wife and I moved to Florida, and I have the garage full of tackle to prove it. What I found when I got here is that my lightest freshwater combos were too light for most saltwater fishing. Probably the most practical ...


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well, I'm not a good bass fisherman, so I can't say much, except that the only times I've caught smallmouth was in rocky ledges of the lakes using nightcrawlers on the bottom. Maybe add some boulders/large rocks in certain parts of the lake and perhaps the bass will congregate in those areas.


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You never mentioned what kind of baits you are using (from your description of what you are catching, I would assume worms or crickets) Small mouth Bass primarily eat live creatures. Most places where I fish for them, we use crawdad imitating baits. We fish rivers that are primarily rocky and they feed heavily on crawdads. Smallmouth will also hit things ...


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The list of fish in that area is relatively easy to find, but the trick is identifying useful areas - the fishing trip websites don't give too much away. One useful place a friend told me about is between about 5 and 10 miles south of Friendship, northwest of Allen Island. This time of year you cam expect cod, pollock and halibut. Going further south you ...


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Perhaps this is too obvious an answer but there's a little thumb-screw bolt that goes through the reel from the other side and screws into the handle to keep it in place. It sounds like this was loose when you started fishing and completely detached from the handle while you were fishing. It's normal that you'd have to tighten this from time to time but may ...


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I have found the side cast, and here, to be very useful in the situations you describe. I spent a number of years fishing small streams in the Blue Ridge of VA, and this type of cast gave me better reach than roll casting. I also favored a 6'6" rod in 1 or 2 wt. The short length of the rod kept me out of a lot of overhanging vegetation, but it also limited ...


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I don't know if this is local to New Zealand, but this is fairly common practice for both shore-based and boat anglers. You can either buy or make a Berley Bomb, which is exactly this. It is ground up fish / blood / bits frozen into a block, then hung in the water to defrost and disperse. If you are surfcasting, you can put one out a few hours before ...


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There is no reason to kill, bleed and gut the fish immediately. The ideal way to preserve freshness is to keep the fish alive as long as possible. Depending on your situation this is best accomplished via a livewell (found in most recreational fishing boats), if fishing from shore, a traditional fish stringer or a wire basket are your best bets. Once you are ...


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I can relate to the desire to fish close to home. I rarely travel more than 30 minutes to fish. However I think you would be missing out on a lifetime experience if you didn't spend some time fishing the small brook-trout streams out in Rappahannock, Madison and Greene Counties. I'm talking about the Rapidan, Rose, and Conway rivers for starters. The ...


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I suggest keeping it alive in a keep net. That way all of your problems disappear.



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