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

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Ice fishing: ice rods, jigs and tipups explained

I am trying to learn about basic ice fishing and literally every article I read and every YouTube video I have seen so far, seems to use the following concepts interchangeably, even though I know they ...
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Is the fishermen's greeting "Petri Heil" accepted all around the world?

In Germany fishermen greet each other with "Petri Heil". I asked myself if this is only a German thing or is it kind of universal (at least in developed countries like EU countries, US etc.) for ...
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Rainbow trout fishing on a small, deep lake in eastern Ontario

I want to fish for rainbow trout in a lake called Mair Lake on Crown land in eastern Ontario: Map source: Fish ON-Line Details: Lake width: 1 km wide (0.6 miles) Max depth: 53 metres (175 ft). ...
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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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Prepping fish from lake

I am looking to start prepping some of the fish I catch. I usually catch smaller perch! Do you have to let the fish bleed out or could you fillet it without bleeding out
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Worm catching with electricity?

I have heard about people using electricity to catch worms, mostly around catching worms for fishing. How does this work? Is it safe?
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Why do largemouth bass collectively go into non-feeding mode?

I was at a cottage on Big Clear Lake near Kaladar, Ontario recently. I caught several largemouth bass from a dock with a simple worm/hook/bobber setup (the hook and bobber were very large): As a ...
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Avoid catching small panfish; only hook large bass

I'm a novice who fishes for largemouth bass on lakes in Frontenac County, Ontario. I use a worm, large single-hook, and a large round red/white bobber from a dock. Unfortunately, even with the large ...
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Free fishing for youth & seniors in Ontario — Sport or conservation license level?

“If you are under 18 years old or 65 and older You do not need to purchase an Outdoors Card or licence to fish. You will need to carry your government-issued identification with you, that includes ...
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Angle of fishing rod holder for dock

I want to make a fishing rod holder to hold my fishing rod while I'm sitting at a cottage dock. I'll be fishing for bass with a worm, a large red/white bobber, and a large hook (Ontario). I've noticed ...
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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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Difference between tippet and plain old mono or fluorocarbon?

What is the difference between tippet and plain old mono or fluorocarbon? Can't I just use fluorocarbon and save some cash? Tippet comes in small rolls such as this: Whereas you can buy a roll of ...
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If one falls through the ice while ice fishing alone, how might one get out?

I was talking to a friend from Michigan recently, and she mentioned how short the ice fishing season on her small lake was this year. This naturally led to the safety of ice-fishing, and how one ...
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Signal Crayfish in North Northamptonshire

I am applying for a licence to catch signal crayfish, but being asked what stretch of water I will be using. As this will be first time trying this, I wanted to know if anyone can recommend anywhere ...
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Can I preserve a freshly caught fish with a soft bag cooler?

I am currently in Denmark without access to a car. During the weekend I use the bus to go to some remote coastal place in order to fish. It takes 1 hour to reach that place. I carry one rod with me ...
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What's inside this fishing reel?

I saw a teardown of a reel and noticed a part inside the spool: https://youtu.be/_NKVN9fRD4k?t=327 Does anyone know what the spring does?
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How to release the line from a pre-spooled reel on a newly purchased Ugly Stik fishing rod?

I've just unpackaged an Ugly Stik fishing rod (stored for several years) and removed the plastic protective wrapping from the pre-spooled reel. The line under the wrapping didn't just come loose, and ...
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Can anyone identify this fishing-related tackle/object?

I've searched whatever I can on the Web, including doing reverse image searches, but unable to identify this... thing? It's like a screw-together weight, with two plastic washers forming almost a yo-...
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How do I catch fish with fish hooks but no bait?

As most survival kits come with fish hooks, I am wondering how do I catch fish without any bait?
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Does freezing cut bait affect its attractiveness to fish?

Some background: I go fishing 3-4 times a week at a local river for catfish, carp, perch, bass, and sunfish. My favorite bait for catfish (and the one that I find most consistent) is fresh cut perch/...
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Finding fish offshore

I'm trying to understand the process of fishing with a net. Two people with a small boat and a net, fishing in the sea within sight of shore. (My actual interest in this is that I am writing about ...
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Where to get replacement parts for a Ugly Stik GX2 fishing rod [closed]

Where can I get a handle for my Ugly Stik GX2. My handle fell off into the lake. I found the screw on the other side but the handle is gone. I couldn't find a single replacement parts dealer so far.
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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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Ikejime: Effectively hit the entire central nerve of the fish's spine

In search for the most humane ways to kill a fish, I have came across the technique Ikejei. This is said to be one of the best methods to preserve the quality and flavour of a fish. From what I got, ...
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Are saltwater-rated reels more dirtproof?

I get so much grit in my spinning reels. I try not to drop them in the mud/dirt/gravel that dominates the creeks and rivers where I fish, but it's often unavoidable in the rush to unhook and release a ...
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Fishing Line Terminology

To be clear, I know nothing about fishing. On another project, someone told me he used 50lb fishing line, and when I looked it up to buy some, I found it said this: "Premium Mono Line 1/4Lb Spool,...
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License Not Needed for Fishing in County of Residence

It seems pretty clear but I would like to make sure that I don't need a license or permit to Catch and Release in Florida, in the county that I live in. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife ...
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Sea fishing rod all rounder

I'm looking at getting into sea fishing, I used to do coarse fishing. I'd like an all rounder rod to try pier fishing and maybe some beach casting or fishing from a sea wall. What should I look for ...
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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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What is the name of a dip net with solid metal mesh/bowl?

My dad likes to use dip nets to catch escaped crabs when we drop one, but likes the ones with a solid metal mesh or bowl. I know such a thing exists because we have an old rusty one full of holes and ...
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Snorkel in the mouth during the diving cycle or not?

What is the best practice when spearfishing/freediving/snorkeling: Retaining the snorkel in the mouth in the diving cycle or remove it before the duck dive and put it back once in the surface? ...
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How can one know where to throw one's spear when spearfishing?

Spearfishing has been around ages and everyone has heard of how great the Native Indians were at spearfishing. As we all know, light is refracted (bent) when it enters water. The key to spearing fish ...
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What do I lose by putting crappie nibbles on everything?

Lately, I've been sticking crappie nibbles on the hook of almost anything I toss into the water, from trout magnets to marabou jigs to swim shads to inline spinners. Am I losing anything by doing so?...
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How to achieve tension in fishing line?

Context Newbie fishing person here. Trying to catch some trout in Steel Lake (Federal Way, WA). Since I am unaware of the right technique, I observed how the other people are fishing in that area, ...
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What is the name and availability of this lure?

Found this Mepps jig/spinner in my Dad's tackle box and don't know its age: It has a metal jig body, flat bottom, black with white eyes, single hook with a week guard. Trailing is a spinner blade ...
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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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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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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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Camping site suggestions

My friend and I are planning to go camping for three days next week. Since it's winter here in the US, we're targeting the south east side (FL, SC, etc.) I am looking for suggestions on camping sites ...
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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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How long can fresh water fish live on a stringer?

A fish stringer goes through the gill and mouth of a live fish, providing a way to keep them captive and alive in the lake or river they are caught from. I would imagine the key to survival is how ...
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How do fly fishing lures work?

I'm new to fishing and I don't know how these things work. Do I need to add some weight to make them sink or fishes will come at the top to bite them? I've seen some videos where they use some weight ...
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Reel locks when reeling in then bail flips open. What am I doing wrong?

The reel seems to jam when I reel it around and then if I put pressure on the reel handle, or the line, the bail flips open. I’m sure there’s something I am doing wrong. Video attached for reference. ...
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Rods for shark fishing

I was looking at jawbone 2 xtreme blanks, the sledgehammer model is 10' with 100-250 pound line rating. It's E glass with 28-36 ounce lure rating. I've been looking all over the Internet for something ...
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Shore based shark fishing

So I have wanted to catch sharks like 7 gill in california and I have some questions about reels and rods. So I want to be able to cast my bait out to where the sharks are but most people seem to use ...
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Does less riverside vegetation lead to fewer fish?

On the river I have been fishing, there is a section where the road was rerouted, and another where a dam was torn out. In both cases, those sections of river have fewer bushes and trees and the grass ...
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Looking up fish species by body of water and vice versa

U.S. here (and specifically New York state but that's probably irrelevant). Is anyone aware of any websites, apps or DEC resources that allow you to look up what fish species live in any given lake/...
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Catch and eat the Fish UK

If I go fishing in the UK (West Yorkshire), am I allowed to eat the fish I catch? I was told that you’re not allowed to eat/kill the fish and must return it to the water after the catch. Any help ...
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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? I'...
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If you are stranded at sea with a basic set of fishing equipment, how reliable of a food supply are fish?

We have a question about desalinating water while stranded at sea, and another that asks if you can get desalinated water from eating fish. However, even if you could get desalinated water from fish ...