Fishing Trips

Slow Night

Not all outings are successful. I fished the Ohio River for an hour and only caught one sauger on a square bill crankbait. I wasn’t expecting to catch a sauger. Hopefully, I can go back and fish for walleye/sauger in that spot and catch some more.

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I fished about as much cover as possible in an hour and never figured out where the bass were located. There was very little boat traffic on the river tonight, which made for a beautiful evening. I only saw one other fishing boat, maybe others knew the fish weren’t biting.

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These are the kinds of evenings that you love to be on the water. It is also the reason why they call it fishing and not catching.

Fishing Trips

Kincaid Lake

Fishing a new body of water is one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoy trying to figure out how, and where to catch fish on a new lake. I spent a couple of hours on Kincaid Lake on Saturday. Kincaid Lake is located in Falmouth, Kentucky.

Saturday was a beautiful day in Northern Kentucky. The wind was calm, which made the water look like glass. This isn’t ideal for fishing, but it sure looks pretty. The lake has a natural shoreline which makes it very scenic as well.

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Whenever I arrive at a new lake, I like to see what kind of structure it offers. I quickly realized Kincaid offers a lot of visible shoreline cover. Rocks, boulders, fallen trees, stumps, and grass are all very prominent. I also noticed, because it was so calm, that there where hundreds of small bluegill in the shallow areas. Both of these things indicated to me to fish shallow and cover a lot of water.

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I started out my day using a buzzbait. The bass liked my lure of choice. I quickly started catching keeper bass. I never caught any giant bass, but my five biggest weighed about 10 pounds total.

I was happy with what I caught during a short outing on Saturday. I have a hunch that Kincaid may to turn into a favorite crappie lake of mine, too. I will have to make another trip there soon.

 

Fishing Trips

Anna Marie Island Smack Down

I just had an outstanding fishing trip with Captain Brady Nelson in Anna Marie Island, Florida. I was on a family vacation and the guys wanted to go fishing while we were in town. We were not disappointed with our decision. We were catching fish from the minute we hit the water, until the end of our trip!

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We met Captain Brady on the boat ramp at sunrise. The first stop of the day was to catch live bait. Captain Brady knew were to stop and throw out the cast net. In a matter of minutes we had hundreds of baitfish on the boat.

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We spent the day catching snook, redfish, ladyfish, jack, and trout. Most of our fish were caught on live bait, but a few came on a Johnson Spoon. We caught multiple Redfish over the slot limit size of 27 inches. The biggest Redfish was over 31 inches!

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The schooling action of the Redfish and Jacks was incredible. The water erupted with fish. Once this happened all we had to do was cast in the middle of the school and hang on.  We had numerous occasions where we all had fish on at the same time!

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We were also fortunate to see many dolphins, and a few manatees, and a shark during our trip.

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It was a great trip! We had a perfect August morning for fishing. The winds were calm, the sky was sunny, and the fish were biting.  Captain Brady knew where the fish were located; I would highly recommend him to anyone vacationing around Anna Marie Island,  Florida.

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Fishing Trips · Tips

Ribbit Ribbit

Frog fishing is one of my favorite ways to fish! There is no better strike than seeing a bass explode through the moss and weeds to eat a frog bait.

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Frogs come in a variety of sizes and colors. There is a huge variation in price point when purchasing frogs. Trust me, you get what you pay for. The cheaper frogs tear and fall apart after a few catches.

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Frog fishing is at its best when you can find a place full of weeds and moss. Frogs will float on top of this structure and not get tangled. You want to fish in areas that look like places where a real frog would live.

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Bass will swallow a whole frog. They are usually hooked on the top of the mouth and will rarely come off once hooked.

We caught these fish this past week in Northern Indiana. We were fishing a pond with a lot of vegetation. The weather was bright, calm, and sunny, but the bass were still eating the our frog offerings.

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Frog fishing is an extremely fun way to catch bass. This technique catches all sizes of fish from giant bass to large northern pike. Once you catch one on a frog, you will have a hard time throwing another lure.

Fishing Trips

Man’s Best Friend

I’m not sure who loves fishing more, me or our dog, Tucker. We took Tucker with us on a Michigan trip and he loved every minute of it. Tucker was ready to go from the time we hooked up the boat to the time we got back to the truck.

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We were fortunate enough to catch some great largemouth and smallmouth on this trip. Tucker got more excited than us when we caught fish.  As soon as he knew we had a fish on he would go nuts!

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We had to pick a pet friendly hotel during our trip to Michigan. You might be surprised on how many hotels are pet friendly. We brought food and water on the boat for him. We also had to stop and “stretch our legs” from time to time.  When we had multiple rods on the deck, we just made sure that bait was hanging over the side of the boat in the water.

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Taking your dog with you does create some extra work, but I think Tucker appreciated going!

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Fishing Trips · Tips

Great Fishing Near You

Ponds and local community lakes can offer great fishing.  Some of the fish living in these waters may have never seen a bait.

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These type of ponds or lakes will prove to be a hidden gem. Many residents that live on these bodies of water have no interest in fishing.  They may have no idea there are fish in them. Almost every pond or community lake has been stocked at some point.  Typically they are stocked with bass, bluegill, and catfish at a minimum.

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Megabass FX Knuckle Squarebill Crankbait

Bandit Lures Crankbaits Series 100

Here is how I approach fishing ponds and small lakes.  You need to start with lures that mimic what the local fish eat, such as minnows, frogs, and insects. Keep it simple; soft plastics, crank baits, and top waters will cover most all situations you will encounter. Choose natural colors like green pumpkin or watermelon when using soft plastics. For top waters and crankbaits, again, keep it natural. The only time I would change this is if the water is dirty with visibility less than a foot.  I highly suggest using spinning tackle because you will be using light weight baits. These lures may be difficult to throw using bait casting equipment. I also suggest using 8-10 pound test line for these lures. Spinning tackle typically works better with this light line.

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Culprit Original Worm

Yum Dinger

Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver 3.50

Remember one thing; get permission before you start fishing these areas. Most homeowners will never say a word, but you never know.

What do you have to lose? I know you will be surprised by these great bodies of water in your own back yard.

Fishing Trips · Tips

Bass Fishing in Trash

Plastic bottles, styrofoam cups, grocery bags, moss, and logs make for quite the eye sore.  To a bass it looks like home.

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A bass’s ideal home has thick cover with lots of shade to hide. This picture shows a great place to catch a big bass.

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When fishing structure that looks like this you must have the right tackle to get the bass out of this cover. Often, when a bass bites it will get tangled in all the structure. More times than not, the bass will break your line. Make sure you are ready to get the bass out of its home when it bites.

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Here is what you need to convert the strike into a catch. First, heavy braided fishing line. I like 65lb. Power Pro line. This may sound like over kill at first.  Trust  me, you will break your line with anything much lighter. Second, a pole that has enough back bone to get the fish out of the cover. I like a medium-heavy to heavy action St. Croix  flipping stick. Third, a high speed reel. This allows you to quickly get the fish out of the cover before it gets tangled.

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It is horrible that people treat our lakes this way.  This type of cover is becoming more prevalent in many lakes. Don’t  be afraid to put a lure right in the middle of it. You may just catch a monster bass from the trash.