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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Benefits of Fishing

Fishing is a group and an individual sport regardless of a person’s age. People are intrigued enough to gather around and watch others land fish. Companies make beginning angler kits for tots and toddlers so they can participate in the action. Additional reasons people enjoy this outdoor activity include fresh air, sunshine and vitamin D. A few of the most popular reasons are given below.

Reduce stress. Fish along the shore of a river, stream or lake. Cast out into the surf from the beach. Relax in your boat while fishing the pond. You may hear birds singing and see butterflies flit from flower to flower while you sit under a shady tree waiting for a bump or tug on the line. Enjoy a pressure-free day and have fun.

Sneak in simple aerobics and exercise. Exercise starts with moving from the vehicle to the water. You’ll probably carry a cooler in addition to your tackle box and fishing rod. Wading in the water is a form of low-impact exercise and less stressful on ankle, knee and hip joints than hiking. Casting lures is a good aerobic activity that promotes cardiovascular health!

Increase and renew agility and dexterity. Tying on a hook or lure takes skill. It also requires small, intricate movements that refresh the body’s fine motor skills. Casting the line out, reeling the line in, and moving the pole are activities that require muscles you may not use very often.

Discover your place in the environment. Outdoor skills like map reading and guiding yourself with a compass are part of the talents of an experienced angler. Learn to recognize signs that indicate pending change in weather. Fishing requires the knowledge to identify different varieties of fish, as well as learn their habitat. Participate in surveys and seminars sponsored by local groups and government agencies while you make a positive difference in the ecosytem.

Catch a Pompano

Florida pompano like the water temperatures to be between the mid 75 degrees and 65 degrees. This is when they are most actively feeding. If the water temperatures climb to above 80 degrees or down to the low 50’s they can die. One of the keys to finding where these fish are is to find the right water temperatures. They will migrate from north to south and vice versa to find the right water temperatures. They will also migrate from inshore to offshore to find comfortable water temperatures.

A fisherman interested in catching “pomps” inshore should look for sand bars or sandy spots near grass flats or deeper channels. They are sand specialists and like to feed on shrimp, crabs and small fish. They will root around in the sand to find hiding shrimp and crabs to eat which is why sandy spots are the key to finding these fish inshore.

Most fishermen catch “pomps” off of the beach. These fish can be found chasing their favorite prey item the mole crab a.k.a. sand flea. The mole crabs can be found buried in the beach sand just within the upper wave line. They stay buried until a wave passes over them and they deploy their plankton catching claws to feed themselves. This is why fishermen can catch these fish within feet of where they are standing if the sand fleas are prevalent.

They key to finding most predatory fish is to find their food sources. An abundance of sand fleas in the surf or shrimp in the grass flats or schools of small fish can often signal the presence of schools of pompano. A fisherman should use whatever lure most closely matches what they are feeding on.

The 3 best lures to catch a pompano depends upon the angler but this fisherman prefers;

• Scented baits
• White paddle tail swim baits
• Orange or pink feathers

The pompano has a much evolved olfactory system. This means that the more odor molecules your bait has, it will have a higher probability of being found. There are many different brands or scented baits on the market today. My favorite is a white, scented, artificial 3 inch plastic shrimp lure.

A white shad swim bait with a paddle tail coupled with a red jig head can be a deadly combination for unwitting “pomps”. When they are targeting small bait fish anglers should match the hatch and fish with similar looking lures.

The third type of lure is the feather jig. These fish like pink and orange colors for some reason. Maybe because it mimics the colors of the shrimp and crabs that they prey upon. When these fish are running inshore, fishermen will be shoulder to shoulder vertical jigging for these delicious fish from bridges.

Start Fishing As a Hobby

Research the best rod and reel for you and off you go. Fishing tackle shops will be able to offer advice on equipment and you will pick up more tips along the way. Your equipment does not have to be expensive, particularly for hobby fishing. Research reviews on the various size fishing rods, the type of fish you will likely be after locally, and just ensure that you have a decent quality reel. Prefilled tackle boxes are a great way to start. A basic tackle box generally includes various sized hooks, sinkers, long-nosed pliers or other implement to handle fish safely, and a standard fishing line. There is an array of these available depending on the environment that you will be fishing in. Again, ask for advice.

Local fishing charters are a great way to get started before you invest time and money, as they generally provide all equipment and assist with baiting hooks etc., and lots of general advice. The charters are a great outing either alone, or with family and friends and make for a very social atmosphere and a great learning environment.

Join a local fishing/angling club and get involved in everything that they offer. Apart from the social aspect, the fisherfolk will likely offer to take you out on their boats and there will also be club competitions, general fishing including ladies days and boating events in which you can participate.

Before you start, you will need a mandatory fishing licence which are readily and cheaply available online. Search for your state’s website and purchase online with options for different length of time options – licences are generally then emailed directly to you.

Taking the Plunge Into

Alberto:

This knot is tied using two unequal lines of different size and material.

Blood:

Two lines are joined together in this type.

Double Uni:

This is the easiest possible fishing knot as it simply combines’ two lines together.

J Knot:

This type is a strong leader of the line knot.

Nail:

This joins the fly line to leader.

Slim beauty:

The leader is joined to the line in this category.

Willis:

It attaches the leader to lead core fishing line.

Albright special:

This is yet another type of knot which joins two lines of varying size and material.

Bristol:

This knot attaches a leader to a double line.

FG:

This is used with braided line and a leader of line knot.

Seaguar:

It combines fluorocarbon line to monofilament line.

Surgeons:

It helps to tie two different knots together.

Yucatan:

It joins a leader to line knot. The best is mono to braid knot.

Australian Plait:

This makes a 100% strong double line loop.

Bimmi Twist:

This knot is created with a double line to connect the hook, lure and leader.

Dropper loop:

It creates a loop anywhere possible in the line.

Homer Rhode loop:

This knot makes a loop connection to enable tackling with heavy line.

King Sling:

This knot forms a loop at the end of the line.

Kreh loop:

This is made by tying a lure of fly to a line along with a non-slip loop.

Perfection loop:

It enables tying a loop at the end of any fishing line in an easy way.

Spider hitch:

This knot creates a double edge or loop.

Non slip loop:

It is created by tying a fly to an edge with another non-slip loop.

Rapala:

Enables tying of fly to a line along with a non-slip loop.

Surgeon’s end loop:

It helps in tying a non-slip loop at the end of the edge.

Equipped with this preliminary information, get started. Again last but not the least set of instructions for you are here!

• Choose the right fishing knot and tie it up accurately.

• Always lubricate the knots.

• Ensure that the trim tag ends close to the knot.

Keep fishing!