Sometimes the best part of fishing is when you dont catch anything but get a chance to see a sailboat silhouetted against a blue sky, listen to a birds song, or watch the beauty of a dragonfly as it skims across the water's surface.
A lake in Colorado is nearly bursting its banks after an explosion of goldfish that well meaning pet owners have dumped there!
From the video, it looks like the goldfish are a little bigger than the usual "feeder" fish you can pick up at Wal-Mart. On the other hand, they're not as big as some of the koi you find in lawn pools. Still, they're big enough to present problems. Aside from gorging themselves on food needed by other fish species, they may spread diseases often found in aquarium fish.
Although I'm not a biologist or DNR employee, I'd say the price of bait goldfish should drop in that area.
It's finally happened. A female angler has been named Angler of the Year by a major tournament organization--in this case Anglers Insight Marketing or AIM.
Since there are so many professional female anglers out there, you can hardly say they are knocking at the door. Fishing in general is still a male dominated sport so maybe you can say women are in the foyer?
Many anglers think muskies (muskellunge or Esox masquinongy) are a cold weather fish and and only go after them in the late fall, winter, and early spring. All I know is that I used to fish a hole where I caught them in the middle of summer. At any rate, since it's early spring around here, it may be time to head out for some BIG fish.
When it comes to fishing for musky, I like to use a wire leader, since muskies have teeth, and make sure it's at least around a foot long. Some people like to use something like 100lb. mono but, mono-filament that heavy is a little hard to find. I team up my leader with a decent line. I've heard that 20 lb. is a minimum but I use a 65lb. braid. After that, use a decent baitcasting reel on a fairly heavy rod. You have to use a rod for your type of fishing. I'd say you'd probably want to go with either a med. heavy or even heavy rod because it's not uncommon to find musky over 40 inches. I've seen people let their surf fishing gear double for musky and that seems to work pretty well.
Many anglers swear by Power Pro line. Usually, I'm part of the group that figures all the line from major manufacturers will fill the bill but, I've been a Power Pro fan since back in the day when they were still including a cutter on the box that saved a lot of scurrying around looking for a knife or scissors.
The days of "cutters on the box" may be over but they still make a decent line that more than adequately fills a reel if a good braid is needed.
Anglers are often a frugal lot. Whether it comes down to using old spark plugs for sinkers or using home made lures, if there's a way to cut the budget, guys have tried it.
When it comes down to your line, it's hard to save if you change line yearly as recommended. If cat-fishing is your game, you can save a few bucks with South Bend's offering called, simply enough Catfish Line.
After catfish, it seems to me that trout are probably the most prolific fish in the world. I'll have to do a little research on that idea.
Anyway, as you can tell from the narrator in these videos, he's definitely not American or Australian. (I'm lousy with accents so, I'll just say "European" and change the subject!) Here's his take on the best baits for trout.