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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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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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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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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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I always catch a ton of bass in Florida when the water is murky. I am a stickler for using Zoom watermelon/red trick worms without a weight. I ALWAYS fish along banks and structure, nothing deeper than 4 feet. I ALWAYS hide from the wind and fish the calm water, I do not recommend fishing in heavy wind with the technique listed above. HAPPY FISHING!


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I really hate to mention Walmart but I saw a collapsible rod for gear fishing there that collapses down to about 16" and extends to around 5'. It was really light and I think it cost about $20. I had one of these a while back and it worked great on hikes. At $20 I felt comfortable taking it out hiking without the fear of breaking it. You'll also need a ...



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