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In the summer, Florida spotted sea trout are extremely active in the inter-coastal saltwater rivers and bays. These fish are one of the most prized by anglers not only because of there excellent meat but for the fight they deliver when hooked. When in season, the sea trout may be very active but can elude many fisherman. Trout are picky eaters and knowing the right strategies will prove essential when targeting the this species of fish.

The first key to success is to know what trout are eating and where they are looking for it. The food of choice for trout are live shrimp and small bait fish. Many saltwater anglers are using these baits on the bottom with the weight and leader method. For sea trout, in most cases this method just won't work. This species of fish tend to feed near the surface and won't usually be looking for food deeper down. When targeting trout with live bait, you can use a float to keep your bait towards surface or simply free line the live shrimp or bait fish. Remember, in almost any saltwater situation, there will be tide flow. Keep in mind that floating of

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Everyone knows that choosing the right fishing lure is essential to getting the most out of a fishing trip. Unfortunately, many people's understanding of how fish perceive colors is way off base. Here we will look at the five most common mistakes you may be making when you select a lure. We'll set you on the right path and show you how to successfully increase your haul on your next trip. Avoid these five mistakes to land more fish in less time. 

Mistake #1. Using Reds or Orange in Deep Water

To understand how fish perceive colors, try swapping out your bedroom light bulb for a significantly less powerful bulb. At night, you will notice that every color in your room is different and you can't distinguish between colors. The deeper and dirtier that the water is where you fish, the less colors will be visible. To catch more fish, you must use lures in the colors that fish can actually see. Those who fish in deep or dirty fresh water with red or orange lures may not realize that the lure simply looks grey to the fish. Fish such as bass that live in dark,

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Spanning the borders of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, Lake Erie is the fourth-largest of the Great Lakes.  It is also home to one of the world's largest freshwater fish populations.  Based out of Lorain Harbor in Lorain, OH, Eyepopper Fishing Charters spends the fishing season making excursions out into the beautiful Central Basin of this massive lake.  Whether it's your first time out on the water or you are an experienced angler, you will be able to benefit from the wisdom of the Eyepopper's experienced crew.

The Eyepopper has been taking fishermen with all levels of experience out onto the waters of Lake Erie since 1998.  This 27-foot Sportcraft Fishmaster features a 310hp motor, GPS-Lorance 5200, Fish Finder-Color-Eagle, and AutoPilot interfaced with GPS.  It's also equipped for comfort with updated upholstery, a private restroom, and a hardtop to prepare for any weather.

The Eyepopper has an experienced crew with over a century of combined fishing experience under their belt.  The vessel is piloted by Captain Denny, who has been fishing in Lake Erie since

Fishing charters offer great services for anglers, allowing them to find professional guides who know the hot local spots and who can help put a client "on the fish" consistently. The words "fishing charter," though, often bring to mind the idea of a fly-in camp in northern Maine or sitting in the fighting chair off the coast of Bimini. Confusion Charters takes the idea of professional guides, but places it within reach of even day-trip anglers: Lake Michigan, just off Chicago's shore. For individuals or small groups, even on a small budget, it's possible to get a package half-day or full-day fishing trip in the rich fishing waters just two or three miles out into the lake. Chinook and Coho salmon, lake and brown trout and even yellow perch can be caught from one of their modern, comfortable boats; for families or business groups, it makes a great outing.

Operating out of the Montrose Harbor on Lakefront Drive in Chicago and from the Northpoint Marina, about an hour north of the city, near the Wisconsin state line, Confusion Charters owns several modern, well-appointed fishing

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"Tradition Lives on With Handmade Wooden Lures"

Handmade wooden fishing lures, dating back to the late 19 th  century, are the objects of desire for many collectors, but they're not just historical objects. The father-son team of Fred and David Hall in Florida combined life-long passions for fishing and woodworking as the basis for their specialty company, Hall Em In. Making lures since 2005, their creations have attracted a serious fan base and, from reports in the fishing magazine, for good reason. Made from fine, exotic woods, the lures show individual behaviors unlike anything seen with mass-produced plastic ones. Their designs - and names - reflect their origins in the experience and passion for fishing for the Halls and their fishing friends: Boca Bite, Chokoloskee Chomp and Capt. Steve's Menace are just a few examples. They are available from a select number of retail outlets in Florida, but can also be ordered through their website. Tackle boxes made from pecky cypress wood and treasure boxes and shadow frames to display collectible lures are custom-made from exotic woods,

The Rescue Step isn't just a cool piece of gear - it's life-saving. A simple step that attaches to the outside of the back of small boats, the kind normally used for fishing, The Rescue Step provides a means for you to get out of the water and back into the safety of your vessel if you ever happen to fall overboard.

After falling overboard himself on a solo fishing trip, Edward Bronser, later the founder of The Rescue Step and a retired man who often took such solitary fishing trips, was stuck in the water.

Stranded 300 yards from shore in over 30 feet of frigid water, he didn't have much time. Scrambling at the sides of his fishing boat, he found that he couldn't pull himself back onboard. His strength waning, he further struggled to pull himself aboard by putting his feet on the blades of his boat's motor. Nothing worked. He wasn't able to pull himself back onto the boat. Luckily, another boat came by just as he had resigned himself to the fact that wasn't going to get back on his boat. Later a doctor told him that a few minutes more in the water would have meant the end

"Carry Flies and Lures the Lightweight, Handy, Organized Way"

When you don't want to lug a conventional tackle box with you - but still want to have a selection of flies, lures and other small items handy while out on your favorite stream - the TackleTote offers a solution.  Looking like an oversized trifold wallet, it has plenty of storage space, including pockets, pouches and a fleece panel for favorite flies. A zippered pocket in back makes a secure place to keep a fishing license, identification, cash or other valuable. Straps with D-rings allows you to snap on small tools. The TackleTote can be worn on the belt or with a strap around the neck. The tough, water-resistant fabric and tough construction allows it to stand up to a day on the river. It's a handsome design, too.


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Reasons Why the Shimano Curado Baitcast Reels Stand Tall among Bash Fishing Reels

If you are looking for the perfect fishing reel for largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass and peacock bass then look no further than the Shimano Curado E Low-Profile Baitcast Reels. Many experienced bass fishermen in the past complained about their difficulties with finding a high performance bass fishing reel until this series was released by Shimano. The Curado 200E7 became an instant hit with bass fishermen all over the world as soon as it was released on the market. The great news is that the manufacturer has gone ahead to revolutionize its design to the extent that its performance level is now light years ahead of rival products.

A question you may inevitably be asking right now is what sets Shimano Curado apart from its competitors? One of the greatest qualities of these popular bass fishing reels is the fact that their design is very smooth. They are portable and extremely lightweight compared to other fishing reels on the market for bass fishing. However, they perform exceptionally well

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Fish, like most other animals, tend to be attracted by lights--especially at night. Unfortunately, most dock and boat lights that you will find tend to be too difficult to be able to see once they're in the water. The products manufactured by Hydro Glow Fishing Lights, on the other hand, are equipped with waterproof, high-output LEDs that allow you to see fish and attract them right toward you.

Darrell Keith, the president of Hydro Glow, has been in the business of manufacturing quality fishing lights for more than a decade. The products his company makes can help you be more successful at off-the-boat and off-the-dock fishing as well as flounder gigging, shrimping, and ice fishing. All models are high quality, energy efficient, and virtually unbreakable. They are also perfectly tailored to the kind of fishing you are looking to do.

According to Keith, his products principally make use of green lights because his research has proven that these attract the most fish. The green lights draw in the most plankton because they use this light to reproduce. Since baitfish like to

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Located on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island (the third biggest island in the United States), Thorne Bay Lodge is a hunter's and fisherman's dream destination. The lodge is nestled in the forested hills covering the island and is only a hop, skip, and jump away from the water. In fact, visitors to the area must take either a 30 minute float plane ride or a 3 hour ferry ride to reach the island. The folks from Thorne Bay Lodge pick you up at the dock.

Thorne Bay Lodge acts as a homey and comfortable base camp for those wishing to explore the island's many opportunities for outdoor adventure. At the heart of the lodge's many offerings are saltwater fishing, river fishing, and hunting opportunities that are available as both guided or self-guided outings.

River fishing on Prince of Wales Island is unlike fishing anywhere else. Thousands of streams are fed by 8 major river systems and nearly all of them holds fish. 1,500 miles of road give visitors relatively easy access to the best fishing areas. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you will have the chance to fish for

Fishing for the Southern Appalachian brook trout is a truly unique angling experience. You trek into the isolated headwaters of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, or the Cohutta Wilderness in Georgia, with the mist on the cold waters, and mountain laurel along the banks, searching for that elusive native brook trout – fishing doesn’t get any better than that.

The Southern Appalachian brook trout is not really a trout at all – it’s a member of the char family (Salvelinus fontinalis). Sometimes called brookies, speckled trout, or specks, these spritely fish make their home in the high, lonesome country, home to majestic trees and stark cliffs, of bear and deer and bobcat. Their native habitat is the cold, clear headwater streams of these watersheds.

It’s a thing of beauty, this brook trout. The fish’s body is dark olive to almost black, marbled by squiggly vermicular markings. Its sides are adorned with red spots bordered by halos of light blue to lavender. Underneath, its belly is red (vivid red and orange during spawning, especially in the males), as are the lower fins

For the absolute best of the best for Massachusetts deep sea fishing, Ocean Runner Charters is the place to go.

Piloted by either Captain Rich Flannery or Captain Curt Maxon, the Ocean Runner is a 36-foot Northern Bay boat built in 2006. It was constructed in Maine with the original and sole purpose of being a one-of-a-kind fishing monster. The Ocean Runner was built to and has proven itself to provide the highest quality offshore deep sea fishing experience possible.

The Ocean Runner's 500 horsepower Volvo diesel engine gets the job done out at sea by providing a 19 knot cruising speed. In fact, the Ocean Runner is the fastest fishing charter boat in the Green Harbor area. It's speed and quickness make for less time spent getting from spot to spot and more time fishing and making some of the best catches of your lifetime.

For days when the weather just doesn't work out in their favor, the Ocean Runner has a fully enclosed, heated cabin. All of the Coast Guard required safety equipment (including an eight-person life raft, survival suits, and life jackets) is carried

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Rhode Island charter gives passengers of all ages and skill levels a chance to fish aboard one of two prime vessels with an expert crew.

The waters around Rhode Island are full of an extremely wide array of fish, from bass to tuna. By fishing aboard either the C-Devil II or Lil' Devil, passengers have the opportunity to learn from some of the area's greatest fishermen. Well-equipped and ready to take you on an unforgettable day of fishing, C-Devil II Sportfishing offers clients of all ages and skill levels the chance to experience either inshore or offshore fishing.

Co-captains Lynn and Kelly Smith own the charters for both the C-Devil II and the Lil' Devil. Kelly has more than 25 years of experience as a charter captain, and he was in charge of the first C-Devil in the late '80s and early '90s. A full time fisherman, he uses his knowledge to teach clients as well as fishing commercially around the world. Lynn, who has been named one of Rhode Island's rising stars in the fishing industry, began her career in recreational fishing as the first mate of the C-Devil II. Today,

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Juglines are one of the most effective tools for catching big catfish. Juglines allow you to cover a lot of water and put a lot of bait out for the catfish to find. Catching catfish on juglines may not be as fun as catching them on rod and reel, but if you are trying to catch bigger fish and try to catch fish to eat, there is no way faster than using juglines.

You will need the following equipment to make a jugline.
1 jug
40 feet of nylon trotline string
5 swivels
5 hooks
1 can white spray paint
1 weight

The jug needs to be fairly large. You can use a two liter soda bottle, milk jug with a screw on lid, or juice container with a handle. As long as the jug is fairly large, has an area you can tie string to and is water tight, it will work. You can purchase nylon trotline string at most general good stores or outdoor and sporting good stores. You will want 5 medium sized swivels and 5 hooks. The size of hook is based on the size of fish you might catch and the size of bait you are using. In Texas your jug must be white in color. If

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There are a great many representations of buzzer nymphs available on the market. Some of them are very good and no doubt most of them will have caught fish at some time. As far as I know, there is only one bow-tie buzzer and that is the pattern evolved by Frank Sawyer. Any others are simply copies of the original in just the same way as all weighted nymphs are developments of the Sawyer Pheasant Tail.

Frank Sawyer spent a lot of his life teaching others how to use his original nymphs, the Pheasant Tail, the Killer Bug, the Sawyer Swedish and the Grey Goose. All require much the same technique and are used the world over with varying levels of skill.

The Frank Sawyer Bow-Tie Buzzer (BTB) is completely different. It is true that a few fish will be caught whilst using it as a conventional weighted nymph but as such it is far from deadly. When fished as Frank intended, it really comes into its own. The natural buzzer nymph hangs in still water, just a few centimetres below the surface. In its struggle to transform itself from nymph to fly, the buzzer seems to rotate in the water

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By Joseph Vance

If you spend enough time in the American South, you will eventually be exposed to bass fishing. Whether fishing from a bank, dock, or boat, the largemouth bass, or Micropterus salmoides, is one of the most popular game-fish from Texas to Florida. The species has even been introduced in the Great Lakes and in freshwater near the Hudson Bay. This feisty predator has already inspired an entire culture of competitive fishing and is quickly becoming the favorite catch of anglers across the nation.

Largemouth bass are characterized primarily by their large mouth, with the upper jaw extending well beyond the eye. They also have a set of dark spots along their sides that form a jagged stripe extending from the gills down the length of the body. The dorsal fin is nearly split; the rear section is composed of several soft rays, while the anterior contains a set of sharp spines. Unlike the spines of catfish, these do not contain any form of poison, but they can cause lacerations which should be thoroughly cleaned and dressed to avoid infection from other sources

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By Tammie Painter

You've found the perfect rod and reel, tied a box full of beautiful flies and have honed your cast in the backyard. Now you just need to find a place to catch some fish. With all the waterways in Oregon, it can be tough to choose a fly-fishing spot. Factors such as what's biting, the location's proximity to your home and current fishing regulations all need to be considered before heading out. To help you narrow your choice, check out the following top ten choices among Oregon's fly fishers.

Trillium Lake: At only 25 miles east of Sandy, this spot is convenient for most people in the Portland area. Follow Highway 26, take a right on Forest Service Road 2656 and then turn onto Forest Road 2612. To stay clear of the people fishing from shore, opt for float tube fishing at this spot. Cast toward the lily pad clusters as the fish like to lie in wait for the dragonflies and other bugs that perch on the leaves. Even if you don't catch one of the lake's rainbow or brook trout, the lake has lovely views of Mount Hood.

Hagg Lake: You want to catch fish when

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By Bridget Webber

Trout fishing can be a challenge for anglers who do not know much about how trout think and behave. Learning what makes trout afraid or attracts them can help anglers who want to know the secrets of successfully securing a great catch.

Trout vision
Trout have a blind spot, much as drivers in their car have. There are a few areas where they just cannot see properly. How water and sunlight react can also have a bearing on how well they see. Knowing how to cast a line in a trout blind spot and take advantage of refraction caused by sunlight on water can be a great help when fishing.

When light rays pass from air and then to water they become bent. This process is known as light refraction. Trout peripheral vision is close to the ground. You are less likely to be seen by your prey if you stay as low to the horizon as possible when refraction takes place. When you put a lure in the water, you do not want it to fall in the blind spot of the trout you hope to catch. Instead of casting a lure into the rise, caused by a trout you observe ‘rising’ to the

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Many fishermen and fisherwomen got their start watching a round bobber while waiting for a strike. After all, most anglers started fishing for bluegill and the most common method of catching bluegills is with a small piece of bait being suspended under a bobber. However, bobbers are used for more than just catching bluegills on small farm ponds. They are an important part of bait fishing for many different species and are also used with some artificial lure presentations.

Due to the wide variety of situations when bobbers may be used, there are many different shapes, sizes and colors available on the market for anglers to consider. In addition to choosing the right shape, size and color, anglers also have to choose whether or not to styles with built-in weights. Weighted bobbers generally have a small ring of lead near the bottom of the body. The weight helps the bobber to stand up straight, making it easier to be seen. This is especially important when using light baits that might not pull enough on a bobber without weight to make it stand up properly. The weight also helps to aid

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The Bow River in Alberta starts out high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, fed by the melting Bow Glacier that feeds Bow Lake, which is its origin. From Bow Lake, the river flows through some spectacular mountain areas, including Banff National Park, through the foothills towards the city of Calgary, and then to the prairies beyond. The Bow River is known among anglers as one of the best trout streams in the world, with both rainbow trout and brown trout, famous for their size as well as their fighting ability.

The upper portion of the Bow River, in the area near Banff, has trout that are much smaller than those that can be caught downstream, but the surrounding scenery will more than make up for the smaller size of the fish. The angler on the upper Bow River will be fishing in an icy, fast, clear mountain stream surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. There is always a good chance of spotting bald eagles, black bears and elk while fly-fishing in this pristine wilderness.

After descending from its mountain origins, the Bow River flows through Calgary, a modern city of over