How To Do It - Performing Specific Fishing Tasks
Landing a Fish – How to Land a Fish
Landing that fish you just fought to the side of the boat can be the most important part of your catch. You have to get him in the boat if you plan on a nice fish dinner! Here's some tips to help you do that.
Fighting a Fish – How to Fight a Fish
When you hook a fish that bit your bait, it's time to fight that fish!. Learn some basics about fighting a fish - what to do and more importantly what NOT to do!
Choosing the Right Fishing Method
Here are some tips on how to fish - what presentation to make - based on the conditions you find. When fishing in a current, there are some things you can do to make you more successful.
Go with the Flow – Saltwater Flow
Knowing a little about your freshwater versus saltwater levels in coastal rivers can bring you a lot of fish.
Have a Fishing Plan
When you take a day to fish, do you simply head out to a favorite spot, anchor the boat, and fish all day – sometimes catching fish and sometimes not? Do you come home some days skunked, saying, “They just weren’t biting today”? Well, take note. There is something you can do that might cure some of those bad days. You need to have a fishing plan!
Reeling in a Fish - Pump and Wind
As I watch a lot of people who fish on my boat, it becomes evident that the actual process of reeling a fish in – that is “fighting” a fish – is new to most of them. The tendency is for them to simply start winding the reel handle regardless of what the fish is doing. Lots of reels end up with line so twisted it almost has to be replaced.
How to Use Fishing Tips
I receive lots of mail asking me for fishing tips or help for a particular area. The fact is that I have fished numerous places up and down the east and west coast of the US, including the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, I have not fished all of them recently – a man can only be in one place at one time!
Helping a Youngster Learn to Fish
Take the time and have the patience to teach and train a child, and he will be a really good fishing buddy to his dad and granddad – me. I though about how that transition takes place, and came up with some of the things I did for my son that he also did for his son to reach this point. Maybe they can help you as well.
Be a Line Watcher – Fishing Techniques
When you talk about a fish biting, most people envision a substantial jerk on their rod from the fish. But, sometimes that jerk can be subtle and sometimes even undetectable if you are not watching your line.
How to Tie a Wire Leader
Keeping a wire leader from slipping and cutting the end off clean is simple if you know how.
How To Release a Fish
Proper fish release techniques ensure a healthy renewableresource for future generations.
How To Tie a Bimini Twist
Long, non-slip double lines are a necessity when trolling for big billfish. Short versions are helpful and easy to tie.
How To Quickly Rig a Ballyhoo
There are lots of prepared baits and expensive riggingtechniques. Here's a method that has done well for me over the years.
How To Keep Your Catch Fresh
Fresh fish is the best fish, and keeping it fresh on the water is easy if youfollow these steps. All you need is some ice and an ice chest!
How To Remove Twist From Your Line
Sometimes spoons and baits will twist your line so badly you can hardly fish. Twisted line is weak line and you will certainly loose a good fish before it is over. Here's how to fix that.
How To Keep Your Gear in Working Order
Tackle is expensive and in salt water it can really take a beating. It can frustrate you on the water when things are not working right! Here's some simple steps toward saving that tackle.
How To Run in a Following Sea
There's danger ahead if your caught in heavy seas and the wayback in is with the wind in a following sea. Boats can breech and flip if they aren't handled right. Here's some tips.
How To Bake a Redfish
Before Paul Prudhomme made the redfish famous, we used this great recipe. It's almost a complete meal in one cooking. And - it is good!
How To Keep Bait Shrimp Alive Without Water
Sometimes it's just too difficult to carry a live bait aerator. Here's how to keep your shrimp alive without one! A simple, small ice chest, newspaper, and some crushed ice are needed.
How To Make Bait Tips For Jigs
Lots of people 'tip' their jigs with some small, enticing morsel of bait. Here is how to make bait tips from shrimp to add flavor and odor to your jigs. Thye are very tough, and they have the right smell!
How To Sharpen a Filet Knife
Everyone needs a sharp edge when cleaning fish. Here is a simples set ofinstructions for sharpening that filet knife before, during and after you clean those fish!
How To Tie a Float Stop
Lots of commercially available items can be found in your local tackle shop that call themselves 'float stops.' They work well, but can be expensive over the long run. Here is how to quickly and cheaply tie a float stop on your line to use sliding deep water floats.
Simple Fish Trolling Technique Basics
Trolling, whether near shore or offshore, is often the most productive method for catching a variety of saltwater gamefish. From blue water pelagics to close-in bottom fish, trolling is often the key to a good catch. Yet, many anglers don’t use this method either because they have had little success in the past, or because they simply never learned the basic techniques.