Fishermen know the number of ball bearings and retrieve ratios of reels and the type of blanks, guides and reel seats of rods like it’s common knowledge. They also know that superbraid lines are thinner than monofilament and fluorocarbon lines are the least visible.
Fishermen concerned with the quality of the data used by N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries biologists to monitor fish stocks have been given a way to put their money where their mouths are — and there’s really no money required.
Have you had one of those days when you could see fish feeding but couldn’t get them to bite anything? If you answered “No,” please call me to go fishing; I want to know what you’re using. For the rest of us, I’m going to offer a few ideas that have worked in the past.
Much like fine perfumes, scented body wash and “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” shampoo, not all odors are bad ones. That’s a very basic and simple way to approach scents, but the truth is that beauty is indeed in the nose of the beholder. Something that smells rotten to one fish may be the perfect dinner invite to another.†
I don’t know that there is any single piece of fishing equipment that is less understood than a cast net. What? That’s easy. They are nets thrown to catch bait. While that is absolutely correct, unfortunately it isn’t quite that simple. During boat and fishing shows, I always get a bunch of questions on cast nets, which brought about this column.
Many fishermen are aware that the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show is held each July to introduce new fishing tackle. It is a closed show, open to media and buyers only, and some anglers would consider donating body parts to be able to walk the aisles and see all the fishing tackle and accessories.†
Winter fishing, especially late in the winter once the days start warming, can be some of the best and most fun of the year, plus, you are ready to shake off winter and get outside. †Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous times to be on the water.
If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to the end of 2015 and should be thinking about your fishing, hunting and other outdoor exploits for the coming year. Most of us would like to do things a little better, a little easier, and be a little more productive. That’s a good thought and there are things we can do during the winter that are helpful and fun.†