The Big Fish Story - On A Not So Big Rod
In southeastern Alaska, there's a good place to fish for halibut - Ketchikan. And the scenery ‘is to die for’ – just really nice. Sally and John Balch live in Ketchikan. Their favorite halibut fishing spot is nearby but, it's a secret spot, so don't ask where it is, we don’t know either.
The Balches were fishing one Sunday and had been having good luck landing cod and halibut; so they decided to stop around before it was noon. Sally started pulling in her gear, but then felt a tug on the line. Sally thought she had snagged the bottom on something. She then reeled in the line with all her strength, tired, and burned out – she gave the rod and reel to John.
John and Sally fought the halibut over the next hour. They reeled it to the surface three times, but each time the halibut regained it’s strength and swam back down to the bottom of the ocean.
After more than an hour, they were successful in catching the ‘The Big Fish’, and after another hour were able to bring the halibut into the boat.
Back in Ketchikan the Balches towed their boat over to the local lumber yard where John works and used the fork lift to unload the halibut from their boat. A small crowd gathered to listen to repeated tales of the adventure, and the Balches filleted the fish and gave away pieces to anyone who wanted a piece.
The halibut was 7 feet in length and weighed around 323 pounds. Sally caught the large halibut with a bargain $39 Penn rod and reel combo. Just goes show you that you don’t need the top of the ‘line’ equipment when fishing. A lot of things happen when you least expect it.
Just What Is the Stream Trout?
The term stream trout is actually a term used to encompass any of the stream trout. Brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout are all called stream trout because they like the running waters. But, stream trout do not have to be found in streams. This sounds strange but it's quite simple. By putting stream trout species into lakes, the fish can grow larger and offer more to the fisherman. And, in many cases, that is just what fisheries do.
From Personal Belly Boats to High Performance Racers - An Overview of Inflatable Boats
Inflatable boats, also called rubber boats or dinghies, have been around in one form or another for thousands of years. They now come in many different sizes and models and include inflatable kayaks, sport boats, and inflatable catamarans. Their versatility and relatively low cost have contributed to their popularity, and more and more water enthusiasts are discovering the advantages of owing an inflatable boat.
Teaching a Kid to Fish
Teaching a kid to fish does not have to be difficult, if you follow the right steps. There is an old Chinese proverb that states:
Online Fishing Forums Change the Way Anglers Fish For Information and Photos
As the landscape of the World Wide Web changes at lightning speed, so do many online trends. Communication and the exchange of information have become instantaneous and the rate at which we can find and receive information is incredible. A recent trend that has caught on with online anglers "fishing" for more information is online fishing forums.
Steroids Running Rampant In Fishing World
You knew it would come to this sooner or later....
General Overview About Trout Senses
When fly fishing for trout, it is of crucial importance to understand their senses. Trout are fish, after all, and make different use of their senses than we do. Understanding these senses can greatly increase the prospects of a successful fly fishing trip. Many anglers make the common mistake of thinking trout are not very smart. As far as hatchery born fish are concerned, this is mostly correct.
Fishing on Your Pontoon Boat
Fishing on your pontoon boat can be both a relaxing and fun experience. Fishing from a pontoon boat can much more enjoyable than fishing on other smaller vessels. While fishing on a pontoon boat, you are often free from worries regarding the sturdiness of your vessel, or tipping the boat over while leaning in for larger catches.
Importance of Artificial Light While Swordfishing
The use of light, either chemical or battery powered plays an important role in catching swordfish. There is no question that the use of artificial light increases the probability of catching a swordfish.
Fly Casting - the Overhead Cast
The overhead cast is the most basic fly cast. Learn to execute it well and you will be able to easily adapt the skill to the side cast and backhand casting.
No Boat? Join Your Local Bass Club
Having been an avid basser for years, and not having the wherewithal to purchase a boat, I've often felt cheated and frustrated about not being able to get out to deeper waters (where I was certain the real bass were). Having succumbed to this delimma for some 40 years or more, I finally had something come my way that I never knew existed: my local bass fishing club.I mean, I knew bass clubs existed, but I didn't know they were for me. For one thing, how can you join a bass fishing club if you don't have a boat. Additionally, isn't it just the best bass fishermen that are in these clubs? These guys do tournaments and such. Not sure if I could measure up.Low and behold, the old saying "you won't know if you don't go" proved itself once again. Thanks to an Internet buddy, I was enlightened. I got the address and went to my first bass club meeting. It was simple, friendly, fun and I was fishing with them that weekend.First off, let's address the notion that you have to be a great bass fisherman to belong to one of these clubs. This is not true. In fact, most of these anglers are people just like me, only with a little more experience (remember, I didn't have a boat - I was bank fishing). Most of these people are happy to share that experience with you.Secondly, you do not have to have a boat. In fact, most clubs are looking for non-boaters to help share the expense of the trip with someone who owns a boat. Brilliant!That really surprised me. Why didn't I know this years ago? It makes perfect sense, yet somehow this information escaped me.Owning your own boat can be expensive. A decent boat purchased new can easily run you around $15,000. Ouch. Then there is the issue of storage, insurance, fuel, the trailer, something to pull it with, maintenance and a whole slew of other expenses that come with the package.But not for the non-boater. I paid my bass club dues (very affordable) and within 2 days I was out with the gang on my first local bass club fishing tournament - in a boat. My share of the costs was extremely reasonable compared to those in the last paragraph. It was a 3 day trip and we even shared the cost of a room.Don't ask how the fishing was; that's a whole other article.In this club, we go out once a month to a different lake and have our own little bass tournament. Each time we go out, the non-boaters are matched up with a boater (also a different one each time). This way, you get to learn a little something from everyone.So, if you are bank bound like I was, and want to head out for more exciting fishing, go online or open up the phone book and contact you local bass fishing club. You could be out on the boat in no time. Whether or not you catch any fish remains to be seen.
Techniques of Wet Fly Fishing
Many anglers who are new to fly fishing consider dry fly fishing the "traditional" way of catching trout. Well, that's not entirely true. Wet fly fishing dates back hundreds of years, well before dry fly fishing came around.
Challenges of Nymph Fly Fishing
When nymph fly fishing, the angler is imitating the juvenilestage of aquatic insects. As such, all fly fishing is doneunderwater, not on top of it. Thus, unlike when dry fly fishing,an angler will not see a rise or the fish itself pop through thesurface when gulping in a fly.
The Yellowfins from HELL!
Hi Lee Palm/Red Rooster crew(San Diego - California).. Keep my rail spot cool for me - won't you?
Four Fly Fishing Tips
Good Fly Presentation
A Guide to Non-Typical Catfish Fishing Techniques
What You Need To Know Before You Sell Your Boat
As the owner/operator of a full service boat detailing-yacht maintenance business I can't help but chuckle sometimes at seeing the extremes that otherwise bright, intelligent, successful, people will go to in a misguided attempt to save a few dollars.
The Low Down On Worms
We all know that plastic worms are one of the most productive lures there are, but did you know certain worms have special uses? I have a whole tackle box with nothing but plastic worms in it, hundreds of them!
Trout Species ? Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout: Few freshwater fish can match the fighting spiritand beauty of a Rainbow Trout.
Hawaii Sport Fishing
If you're coming to experience Hawaii sport fishing, youhave one heck of an adventure awaiting you! Anglers from allover the world journey to these deep blues waters teemingwith trophy fish. This is where you come to get the bigones. In fact the biggest fish ever caught on rod and reelwas a blue marlin caught just off Oahu, weighing in at ahefty 1805 lbs.! Hawaii is so legendary among sport fishingenthusiasts that several "big-game" tournaments are heldhere every year, including the granddaddy of them all, theHawaiian International Billfish Tournament, luring fishermenfrom all over the globe.
Concentrate on Your Fishing
I was watching a TV Show with Bill Dance and he was talking about concentration. I thought well this is going to be a boring show but of course, it wasn't. Matter of fact it made sense.Bill says Concentration not only makes you a better fishermen but also helps you forget your daily woes.
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