Grab Some Fishing Gear

fillet knife

First things first, get yourself some fishing gear! A tackle box, a variety of supplies to fill it, and a fishing pole are what you will need to enjoy your time at the lake. Picking out these items is fun and will get you pumped up to go spend some time reeling in all types of fish! Make the choices fit who you are, the style and type of fish you are going for will help you decide. There are so many benefits to fishing that it will be sure to become one of your favorite pass times! Spending time in the outdoors with the fresh air, soaking in the beauty as you listen to the wildlife that surrounds you, it is good for the soul! And catching fish is so much fun because there are so many varieties of fish to go for. Reaching into your personal tackle box, like a suitable fillet knife for fish filled with all the fishing gear you carefully selected, along with the happy feeling of accomplishment, will have you going home with a catch to be telling fish stories about to all your family and friends!

You don’t have to start big, just get yourself a tackle box that you like, and pick out enough fishing gear to get you started. A simple fishing pole will work to get you going, and basically, that is all you need! Well, also a place to go fishing, but that is part of the fun, picking out where to go! Once you have caught your limit, the nest part you get to enjoy is preparing some yummy recipes with your fish, and there are a lot of them! Experiment with it, try a few recipes and soon you will find a favorite one! Finding a favorite dish will also help you to know what type of fish you will be fishing for most often, and make it easier to pick out which fishing supplies you will want to fill your tackle box, and what type of fishing pole you will have the most luck with.

Imagine yourself, after a stressful day or week, coming home and looking forward to something that will lift your spirits, that will help you to relax, and that will give you time to reflect by yourself or spend that quality time with important people in your life. You grab your tackle box, filled with all the gear you picked out, along with your fishing pole, and you head off to your favorite fishing spot. Your mood is instantly better, the fresh air feels amazing, and you can’t help but smile. Sound good? Give it a try, and soon you will find yourself thinking of the next time you get to go out and cast a line!

Catch a Red Fish

Florida red fish seem to be most active and ready to eat when the water temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees. They also seem to shut down their feeding when the water temperatures get below 60 degrees. So a fisherman should definitely carry a thermometer if they’re fishing from shore or a boat that doesn’t already have one.

Red drum like oyster bars. They will used their tough heads to move oyster clumps out of the way to get at the marine worms, shrimp and mud crabs that are usually under the big groups of oysters.

Another red drum haunt is grass flats. They love to forage for small fish, crabs and other crustaceans that hide in the sea grass. Large schools can be seen certain times of the year cruising the shallow grass flats around Florida. They also like to search mud flats for prey. Often they will be the first predators to venture up onto a mud flat but they will leave as soon as the first sharks appear.

In the more southerly parts of Florida, red fish can be found among the mangrove roots at high tide. They will pluck crabs, shrimp and small fish from among the roots whenever they get a chance.

Anytime a fisherman can find a red fish’s preferred prey items they can usually find red fish nearby. Large amounts of shrimp in the sea grass will undoubtedly draw the red fish in. Any large groups of fish like mullet, sardines, glass minnows, pilchards, pin fish… will also attract red fish.

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

• Scented plastics
• Gold spoons
• Spinner baits

Red fish have four nostrils which tells you that their olfactory system is very important to them. A stinky scented soft plastic is an excellent choice to catch a red fish with.

Gold spoons are very shiny and put out a lot of vibrations that are picked up by the lateral lines of fish. For some reason the gold spoons seem to work better than silver spoons for red drum.

A spinner bait is another great artificial lure to catch a red drum with. The spinner bait will put out a tremendous amount of vibrations attracting predators from quite a distance. The shine and movement of the spinner bait can be irresistible to red drums in shallow water.

Gone Fishing

Purchase a state fishing license

Every state has their own rules about using water for sport. There are a variety of licenses to choose from, including those for daily use, short-term, annual, and lifetime. Check the state’s fishery departments to find out if there are any specific requirements, such as age limits.

Wear boat shoes

Before stepping on a slippery boat, be sure to invest in some non-skid boat shoes. Many first time fishermen and fisherwomen make the mistake of wearing shoes that are not conducive to being on a slippery surface. Also make sure to avoid wearing shoes with a dark sole, as they can very easily leave dark colored scuff marks on the deck of the boat.

Use new hooks

Before going out on this adventure, be sure to purchase new hooks. Don’t be tempted to use old hooks passed on by a friend or family member. Not only are new hooks sharper and more efficient, they are also safer to use. Old hooks can rust and be difficult to maneuver. It could result in a painful injury when removing the fish.

Seek advice

Fishing seems like an easy sport that does not take much thought. In reality it’s a very skilled sport that takes time to master. Ask for tips and advice from those who have been fishing for a long time. This can be anyone from a friend to a professional at a tackle shop. Invited someone with experience to come on the excursion with you. Their knowledge can help you throughout the day.

About Alligator Gar

They don’t spawn until they are around 10 years old and can live several decades. On the average the males live up to about 36 years, the females up to 50 years. They can live up to 58 years, grow up to 10 feet long, and weigh up to 300 or more pounds. The young eat insects and larval fish while the adults eat crustaceans, birds, fish, mammals, rats, and turtles. Their roe, or fish eggs, are poisonous, not only to animals, but also to humans.

While they are native to the Mississippi basin, they extend into Missouri, Ohio, and Texas as well. Populations for gar are decreasing as they require very exacting conditions to spawn successfully. The water temperatures must exceed 68 degrees. Those specific conditions are not always easy to obtain. Levees that have been built have walled them off from their spawning waters.

Another reason for the reduced population is that they have been extensively fished. They were once a favorite target for bow fisherman. Plus, in the past, when gar were caught accidentally, fishermen would sometimes break their beaks as they considered them a dangerous fish to both swimmers and game fish. So the gar would starve to death, and this too reduced the population.

It seems the only redeeming quality, from a conservationist biologist’s standpoint, is that the gar eat silver carp. This is an invasive species that is multiplying. Eating silver carp to reduce those populations seems to be the gar’s claim to fame. They are also being considered in the in the fight against another invasive species called the snakehead fish.