Fishing Tackle For Success

Fishing Tackle

If you’re new to fishing there is some terminology associated with the sport but for the most part it all makes sense.  Take the word tackle for instance.  Tackle in fishing is basically anything you use to catch a fish.  In other words your rod, line, reel, hooks etc.  This may all sound rather simple but to be successful in catching fish you must learn about different tackle that is available for different situations.  Only then will you begin to get the most enjoyment from your fishing outings.

There are tackle items that all fishermen use as mentioned above but when you look into it, it all boils down to what you’re fishing for and the size of the catch you’re going after.  If you’re fishing for a big salt water fish like tuna you wouldn’t use the same size rod and reel, or any other tackle, that you would use to catch a freshwater species such as crappie.  The obvious difference here is not only the size of the fish but also the difference in the body of water.  A bigger fish would require a thicker pole and weighted line to go deeper into the ocean whereas most freshwater fishing is done in water that is not so deep and the fish doesn’t weigh as much as an Atlantic bluefin tuna which can weigh as much as 1500 lbs.

Fishing tackle is getting more and more sophisticated these days.  It’s has become a scientific researched endeavor.  There is so much time and money spent on improving tackle that sometimes the angler has an unfair advantage over the fish.  Before going out to purchase fishing tackle much sure you check your local fishing authorities and find out what’s legal in your area.  The idea here is to have fun and catch fish.  If you’re fishing just for sport and plan to catch and release you want to be sure that your tackle doesn’t harm the fish in any way.

Without going into much detail we have discussed fishing tackle here for the beginner fisherman.  Tackle in fishing is merely the gear or equipment one uses to catch fish.  When purchasing this gear one must consider the size and type of fish as well as the body of water you’re fishing in.  This might all seem a little overwhelming at first but I would recommend you doing some searching on fishing in your area.  The first thing you want to find out is what type of fish is biting in the body of water you plan to fish.  Most anglers are very proud of their catches and will post pictures as well as give information on what type of tackle was used to catch their fish.  There’s no need to reinvent the wheel here.  Try some of your own ideas but be sure to try things that have already been successful.



Fishing In The Dark (Night time fishing)

In today’s society you can do most things or activities regardless of the time of day.  Gyms are opened at night so we can work out after work and we can also find doctors available to fit our schedules.  Do you agree?  Well then, who says you can’t fish at night.  Yes, that’s what I said.  There’s nothing stopping you from fishing in the dark.  The fish are there willing and eager to participate.  All they need is a willing angler.  Fishing in the dark does come with it’s own unique challenges but with a little effort and the right equipment you’ll do just as fine at night or better then you’ll do at fishing during the day.

Think about some of the distractions you face when day fishing and you’ll soon see why fishing in the dark is becoming so popular.  I do a lot of my fishing in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland which is close to three large cities so you can imagine that if you don’t plan your trip at the right time there’s a traffic concern.  Not at night.  A 45 minute trip to the Bay during the day is cut down to a 30-35 minute drive at night.  At night you don’t have nearly the crowds of fishermen fishing the same area as you do at night and if you’re launching a boat you have plenty of room to launch it.  Of course there is an extra safety concern when boating at night so be very careful.  Once you get your boat in the water and navigate to your fishing location you want have to be concerned with jet skis and sports boats chasing the fish away.

If you do decide to go the route of fishing in the dark check with the fishing experts and organizations in your area to be sure that the type of fish you’re interested in are active at night.  I had great success at catching catfish in the dark and they put up just as much of a fight if not more in the dark as they do during the day.  I like to say that if you’re a true fisherman the type of fish doesn’t matter as long as it puts up a fight.  Imagine reeling in a monster catfish in the dark and not truly knowing where the fish is in the water.  You’ll remember the catch for the rest of your life.

All and all, fishing in the dark is a most exhilarating experience.  This type of fishing may seem a little strange to you at first but once you snag your first fish you’ll get the hang of it.  If you’re planning to go fishing in the dark in the summer you will find it much cooler than fishing during the day which is an added benefit.  Just make sure you’re using the right equipment and have adequate lighting; especially if you’re anchoring a boat in the dark.  Check all local fishing regulations in your area before beginning your trip.  Have a good outing.



Bass Fishing For Beginners

Bass Fishing For Beginners


You probably already know that fishing is one of America’s favorite ways of relaxing, but do you know which kind of fishing is among the most popular?  If you said bass fishing, you’ve guessed correctly.  Why?  Maybe it’s because these fish are found at many locations in the country or maybe it’s because they put up such a fight when you hook em.  Fact is these fish can be an easy catch if they’re in abundance and you’re using the right bait so by studying your fishing location and using the right type of bait you should be on your way to an exciting day of bass fishing.


Today bass fishing is popular from the beginner fishermen to the seasoned anglers.  There has been so much written on the matter that one can spend an entire day at the library reading about the subject or if you prefer you can catch a program on TV of bass fishermen sharing their ideas and tips.  Either way you can quickly come up to par on what it takes to master the sport.  Of course an half hour TV show can contain hours of fishing compressed into a 30 minute segment so don’t think that it’s going to be that easy.  Plan to spend your day or at least half a day on the water to meet your goals.


This article is all about bass fishing for beginners.  Bass fishing like any other type of fishing can be done from a boat or the bank so I won’t go into water craft selection here.  If you have one, good for you, but if you don’t, do not fret.  Bass fishing can be done and done effectively from the shore line.  You will need a rod and reel that is preferably built for bass fishing and you will need the correct type of bait.  This is where knowledge of your particular fishing location comes into play.  Maybe you know fishermen in your location that can share some thought on bait selection or maybe you’re fishing in a state park where a ranger or other park personnel can assist you.


One of the most used bass fishing baits is plastic worms.  These worms come in all sorts of colors and sizes and are easy to find.  What makes plastic worms a fishermen favorite is because when they are old and shredded up they are still of good use for fishing.  Bass like to attack wounded prey and a worn out plastic worm maybe just what they’re looking for.  So make sure you don’t throw them away.  Some of the other baits used are crank baits, spinnerbaits, jig and pig, bucktail jig, topwater plugs, tail spinners, and spoons.  With so much to choose from you can spend more money on bait then what the fish are worth.  That’s why it’s important to do your homework before making your selection.  Also, keep in mind that there are natural things in the water that bass feed off so if you’re fishing off the bank and are near an old log that’s in the water you may want to dig in the dirt around it for worms.  Bass love these treats.


I hope this article has given you some much needed and useful tips on the art of bass fishing.  As stated earlier, this article is about bass fishing for beginners but I think I’ve included some tips that all can use.    Remember  to do your homework  on the subject matter and get as much information as possible about your fishing location.  Most of all, don’t overcomplicate things and remember to have fun.




Fishing The Chesapeake Bay

Fishing The Chesapeake Bay

A very popular fishing destination, Chesapeake Bay offers the sport fisherman lots of opportunities to go for a fun filled fishing trip. The most popular fish species are speckled trout, drum, croaker, spot, bluefish to name a few.  There’s nothing like Chesapeake Bay striper fishing which are called rockfish. However, it’s important to remember that the area falls in two jurisdictions. Maryland and Virginia. Therefore, it’s important to have a good idea about the regulations before heading out.

Both states require licenses before you can legally drop the hook into the water. Not only that, they are very clear about the amount of fish and the size of the fish that you can keep. And this can change according to the species of the fish. All you need to do is go on their respective websites and choose which type of license you need.


Getting Started

There are basically three ways you can enjoy fishing the Chesapeake Bay.  Rent your own boat or take a fishing charter. The renting option is good if you are comfortable operating a boat and you have done all the necessary homework regarding weather, regulations, and popular fishing areas. Renting has sub-category and that would be kayak fishing, provided you are feeling up to the task. However, if you are from out of town and do not want any of those hassles, charters are the way to go. In fact, fish charters are so popular in this area that even more, seasoned fishermen prefers it. Some of them will even work with you and do a custom pick up and drop point of your choice!

However, the main reason for their popularity is because the charter captains have excellent knowledge where each type of fish is swimming around. And what it takes to catch them. The good news is that most of the port towns in this area have charters available. The bigger charters are located in Chesapeake Beach, Deale, Kent Island, Reedville, and Solomons. Another great thing about charters is that they will provide fishing gear and even ice the fish for you when you catch them! Of course, it goes without saying the boats themselves will be well stocked with food and beverages. After all, who wouldn’t want to relax in a chair, waiting for the fish to bite while nursing a cold one?! Which brings us to night fishing. Yes,  fishing the Chesapeake Bay at night is popular in this area during the summer time. The most common fish caught after hours are croakers and spot.


Weather & navigation

Depending on the time of the year, Chesapeake Bay offers good weather throughout out most the year. However, it’s always a good idea to check the weather before heading out, especially if you are planning to do the navigating yourself. Bad weather can just be a nuisance or it can be dangerous. Storms in this area can gather relatively quickly. Thunderstorms can be quite brutal. Therefore it’s imperative that you take a look at wind forecasts, water temperatures, tides, and all other weather related information to conduct a safe and fun excursion.

Once you have all the weather sorted out, the next thing on the list would be navigation. After all, you need to get to where the fish are located. There are many websites that provide GPS waypoints, for both, fishing locations as well navigation. And while you are at it, you might as well check out some of the other attractions these waters have, such as shipwrecks and artificial reefs.


Where to stay

Once you arrive at Chesapeake Bay, you will need a place to stay. Luckily this area has a huge variety of hotels, inns, and bed & breakfast joints.  So if you’re thinking about fishing the Chesapeake Bay in general or planning a Chesapeake Bay striper fishing trip there are quite a few historical places that offer old style cottages set on amazing pieces of real estate for your enjoyment.



Alaska’s Fly Fishing Paradise

Have you dreamed of exploring the wilds of Alaska? Go fly fishing on the country’s vibrant waters? Searching for large rainbow trout?

Well join an Alaska fly Fishing Float trip alongside the Bristol Bay coastline of Alaska. Fly fishing float trips provide an exciting way to discover and go fly fishing in this immense wilderness. Fantasize camping on the bank of a distant stream and being awaken in the morning from the sound of salmon splashing in the water.

The awakening sound you’ll be hearing are of salmon gushing and splashing their way up stream. These float trips are for fly fishing only and will leave an angler satisfied with their catch.

Alaska float trips utilize numerous rivers in the region of Katmai Nation Park which includes the Grizzly Creek, Moraine Creek and the Alagnak River. Floating trips adventures like Ed Blank’s Adventures on the Fly have been floating these three rivers for almost 15 years now and they have huge confidence in the grade you will give their trips. These adventures however
emphasize that fly fishing is all they do and thus is all that’s allowed.  Forget about spinning, it’s not allowed.

Those who have experienced it will tell you that the best way to fly fish is on an Alaska float trip.  You can try any of the three distant float trips that the adventure package offers to the rivers in Katmai National Park. The adventure has the biggest run of salmon and the rainbow trout are hilariously wild and put up a tremendous fight. The adventure can put you on three various rivers in Katmai. The Alagnak river features spring dry fly fishing for great salmon runs and rainbow trout.  Grizzly Creek is the adventure’s secret tiny river that can perhaps challenge your endurance ability. The fly fishing float trips offer an exciting and fascinating way to discover this great fishing scenery.

As you know, a float trip includes camping. You will be boarding a float plane and fly to a lake located near the the river you have selected. It is comfortable camping considering that you can bring lots of gear. Items such as tents for easy stand-up shelter, dining tents with weather proof screening and an abundance of tasty fresh food will outshine any lodge on the land.  The cost of these trips is a small price to pay for the lifetime adventure you will experience on this outing.

The guides on these trips can locate several species of fish for you but the top choice on this trip is the rainbow trout.  As dictated by regulation, the only way to catch most of these monsters is by fly fishing alone.  Your guide will informed you of all pertinent regulations that pertain to your trip but for the most part you will be using one hook without a barb for all rainbows.

Most of the large rainbows on these trips weigh in at a whopping 5 to 12 pounds and catches as large as 15 pounds are not unheard of.  Various species of char, brayling and salmon adds to the exhilaration each day of the journey.  The fish are there for your liking, whether you like to fly fish dry flies for rainbow trout or cast a ten weight for a king salmon weighing 60 pounds.

You should now have enough information to know if one of these cool fly fishing escapades are for you.  Check out some of the adventure offerings for a lifetime of memories of the best rainbow trout, salmon, char and brayling fly fishing in Alaska.  These packages offers the finest float trips in the country.  Experience the Alaska’s wild far away from the crowds, the place you desire to be.