Questions tagged [fishing]

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

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How to store fresh dead bait shrimp for a short period of time?

I buy live shrimp at a bait shop on the weekends and use most of it but I always have some left over that I have been throwing out. Is there a way to save recently dead shrimp in the freezer to ...
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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 the best practices are either. I ...
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Is Salmon caught in the seawater or freshwater? Which is the preferred way, and the most ecological way?

Salmon is an anadromous fish, that means it is born in fresh water, it spends most of its life in the sea and it returns to fresh water to spawn. I was wondering when fishermen fish salmon. I guess ...
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What's the best way to use bucktail jigs to catch Butterfly Peacock bass?

I would like to fish for Butterfly Peacock bass with some bucktail jigs, but I haven't been able to find information on the best way to rig my line to have a successful setup. I live in Florida and ...
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Knot to tie a hook onto the middle of a line

If I have a fishing line that's secured at both ends, what knot would I use to tie a hook onto the line? My situation is I'm making some rigs for fishing behind a boat, with 10 hooks spaced a foot ...
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What do fishing regulations mean by "no bait?"

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has said the following as part of the fishing regulations: Starting September 1, the Parks Highway streams and many other Mat-Su and West Cook Inlet waters ...
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Fish Flasher - Reading Bottom

When using a flasher type fish finder, a hard bottom is displayed as a wide red band on the screen indicating a good return signal. The wide red band in the picture below covers between 10 and 12 feet....
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Pully rig hook release problem

So I'm still learning about beach fishing and trying different rigs. Been using the pully rig on one rod with big baits (bluey, squid/worm wraps etc) and now and again on the cast the hook releases ...
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Easiest way to preserve a fishing catch - with cooking or pickling

I'm looking for the easiest way to cook or preserve fish at the river or lakeside with as minimal preparation or cooking involved so they can be eaten later. Mainly trout, pike or walleye. Ideally I ...
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What type of fishing lure is this?

I've been using an old lure with great success and I'd like to know more about it. what is this type typically called? what are the proper uses? what fish will likely take this lure? It dives deep ...
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How to identify a good location to catch Signal Crayfish near River Don

Would anyone know how to identify a good location to catch Cray Fish at the River Don? I live in Doncaster (UK) and so the River Don would be ideal to catch the American Signal Crayfish. Looking at ...
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How to recognize an ocean desert from the surface?

There are large areas of the ocean that are essentially lifeless, often called ocean deserts. If I am traveling the ocean, and not familiar with potential sea life in the area, can I tell from clues ...
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When fishing in the Ocean off the US coast, at what point do fishing laws stop?

If you are fishing in the ocean off the United States Coast. At what distance from shore do US fishing laws no longer apply? The US Coast Guard listes, boundaries at 12, 24 and 200 Miles. ...
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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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How much fish can a saltwater angler catch per day? [closed]

If a saltwater angler goes out on a boat, how much could we expect that person to catch during a typical day? I would like to set some personal expectations. Obviously if the variables are against ...
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What tool(s) would be useful for trimming fishing line?

After tying on a new fly when fly fishing, you need to trim the excess string. As this needs to happen every time, what tool(s) would make the job easier?
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What advantage would noodling have over fishing with rod and reel?

We have a question about how noodling compares to regular fishing for the effect on fish populations, but after reading about it, I am failing to see what the advantages to the humans are. Basically, ...
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Is noodling more detrimental to catfish populations than fishing with a rod and reel?

I understand how noodling for flathead catfish can be hazardous for the human. This activity has resulted in bloody knuckles, broken wrists and even death. These hazards do not even include those ...
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Is fish tickling a reliable survival skill?

The practice of tickling fish in an attempt catch and eat them has a long history, and is often mentioned in passing in some circles. If I was going to focus building a single skill, I wonder if ...
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How does dental floss compare to fishing line in a survival situation?

It is possible to catch fish with a hook and dental floss, and the flies can just be stored stuck in the brim of a hat or very small tin and then one improvises a rod from a stick. The advantage of ...
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What are the benefits of a baitcaster over a spinning reel for bass fishing?

I have been looking at new rods and several people have suggested a baitcaster. I currently have a spinning reel that I am comfortable with but I would like to try a new rod/reel type. What am I ...
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What are these fishing things called "Pre-rigged sets"?

(Note: I'm a total noob in fishing). I've seen some so-called "pre-rigged sets" with a hook and a float attached onto some line and wound around a piece of plastic: They usually come with some ~7m (...
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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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What is the reasoning behind not disposing of fish guts in the water?

Quite a few fishing regulations say something similar to this, Don’t dispose of fish entrails or other byproducts into any body of water 2018 Colorda Fishing Fish die in the water all of the ...
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Why couldn't you eat frozen bait shrimp?

We have a question about how to store dead bait shrimp, both answers suggest that you can simply eat the bait shrimp, but one says, As for freezing them, they won't be alive anymore but they should ...
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What type of fish is this?

I caught this fish in a canal in South Florida that I believe is brackish because I also caught some Florida Gar. At first I thought it was a Blue Gill but I am wondering if it might be a Mayan ...
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If I get a ticket for fishing without license, will buying a licence make my ticket go away? [closed]

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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Can ocean/saltwater fishing gear be used for freshwater/lake fishing?

This is one of those instances where I need answers that are written as if you were speaking to a 5 year old. I don't know a whole lot about fishing. My uncle likes to go fishing on the long island ...
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What additional equipment is needed for bowfishing?

As it is the time of year when carp spawn and are in close to shore, I have been seeing people along the lakeshore with archery equipment, bow fishing for carp. If one were to already have a bow and ...
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What are some alternative ways of fishing - i.e. catching fish?

If I'm out in the wilderness and want to catch fish to survive, what are some ways I can do this without a conventional fishing pole/line?
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How to fish from a kayak?

As a present I was recently given a Pelican Odyssey 100X. Before getting that I had fished using a neighbor's regular kayak. Is fishing from the shore the same as fishing off of a kayak, and is ...
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Fish aren't biting, how to get more bites?

I live in Miami, Florida. I have been attempting to catch fish in a canal near where I live with a light rod, 8lb test mono line, and size 6 and 8 hooks. I have primarily been using night crawlers as ...
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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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Would worms work well in this pond for trout or bass?

So this is my local pond that I like to bring my kayak down to and fish off of. If I get some worms: What hook setup should I put them on? Where should I look to fish with the worms in this pond? ...
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Where do I attach a bobber?

I am going to use live worms for fishing in a local pond, but i don't know where to put the bobber on the line. I have a regular ball shaped bobber and a taller, skinnier one. Where/how to i put ...
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Telescopic surf fishing rods - Are less segments better?

I am looking for a telescopic surf fishing rod of about 14 feet length & lure weight up to 250grams/8oz. Is it better if a telescopic surf rod has less segments or does it not matter ? This one ...
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Where in USA can I buy high end telescopic surf rods for fishing?

I am in USA and I am looking for "high end" ($100 or more) telescopic fishing rods for surf/beach fishing. The specs I need are : - 12 ft (or more), - Lure weight up to 8oz/250 grams (or more), - ...
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Beach fishing - Should I get waders or long rod to cast further into the sea?

Many beaches where I want to do surf fishing (from shore) are almost flat for many feet into the sea. Some of the beaches have a steep slope into the sea. I hope to catch striped bass, perch or ...
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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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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 daredevil-...
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Fishing spots in greater Atlanta area?

An avid novice angler with some experience with bass fishing, I recently moved to northern Atlanta. I love the cultural dynamics here in Atlanta, but haven't had a chance to meet other anglers. I ...
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How do you determine worm color for Large Mouth Bass

When I was growing up and fishing for Large Mouth Bass with my grandfather we primarily used plastic worms. Color and style matters a lot, and different worms had significantly different results. To ...
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How long will worms last in the refrigerator?

So, my two kids are old enough to go fishing and have fun, but they get bored after an hour or so. I purchased some worms from a local shop, and at our rate of fishing, it's going to take a while to ...
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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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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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Tackle needed for basic fishing in Miami?

I have just purchased a 6' light action Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 spinning rod and a 3000 size Penn Pursuit 2 reel. I also have some 8lb test mono line. I live near Miami Beach, Florida and will be ...
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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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How to clean and cook Asian Carp

To start I am from the Midwest in the United States. In the recent years, many lakes and rivers have been taken over by an invasive species of fish called Asian Carp. These fish are disgusting/slimy ...
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Are there fish in lakes with a lots of glacial flour?

Often times in high alpine lakes you will see lakes like this, where the color comes from the rock/glacial flour suspended in the water. The lakes and sometimes even streams are very pretty, but if ...
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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. ...