“It Won’t Be Long Now” – Great Spring Fishing Is On It’s Way

A great way and time to introduce youngsters to fishing is in the spring with the arrival of good old Blue fishing! Some of my fondest early memories are of Snapper fishing, Oh what great fun my childhood friends and I had! We would seine (drag) with long nets in the shallows of the bay for shiners, toss them in a bucket of saltwater and presto we had live bait for the day. The fierce fighting Blue fish pound for pound are some the hardest fought species you will encounter; as when in a boil and up in a latter they will bite on near anything cast into the water. My personal favorite is a hammered metal spoon such as a Hopkins lure of 1 to 3 Oz’s. with a single hook. This heavy-duty lure cast very nicely and holds up to the Piranha like bite of blue fishing. However Bucktails with cut squid, Got-cha Plug, Clark spoons and Spec rigs work nicely also. The sharp teeth of the Blue fish will tear the soft-bodied lures to shreds. Many people turn their nose up to having Blue fish for a meal, not me as I prefer the small Blue fish as they produce a fine dinner!

The old adage that Blue fish appear one week either side of Mothers Day is called;”the Blues blitz the beach”. This adage is still true today and if they don’t “blitz” they will certainly be about. We have great success finding Blue fish in the Indian River Inlet and at great near shore locations such as Fenwick Shoals. If you observe diving birds (terns) during this time of year then the chances are you will have found surface feeding Blues. Simply cast away and have at them for some none stop fishing action!

At night under the lights of the Indian River Inlet Coast Guard station, anglers cast lures hooking up stripers. Stripers like soft bodies attached to a lead head. Soft bodies such as swimming shad lures including Tsunami and Storm Wild-eye are brands of swimming shad and work well. Other lures such as Fin-s-Fish, and plugs made by Rebel and Rapala have great success as the stripers are typically feeding on the surface at night. Many experienced anglers will bide their time waiting for slack tide. Nothing works better at this time than live bait. Spot is a great live bait. Attached to some fluorocarbon and a fish finder rig it will often establish a bite when nothing else will. Finding a piling, bridge abutment or pier to drift by at slack tide will produce amazing success for catching nice size stripers when none have been caught all day!

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3 Mistakes You’re Probably Making When Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

As the weather warms and water temperatures in lakes and rivers follow suit, there is one freshwater fish that is as fun to catch as any and that species of fish is the smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass (sometimes called bronze backs, because of their deep golden color) can be found in lakes, rivers, and streams and are widely known as one of the hardest fighting fish, pound for pound, that can be caught in freshwater and in this article I will outline 3 mistakes that you are probably making when fishing for these beautiful fish.

The first mistake that many bass fishermen make is not paying attention to the forage in the river or lake that you are fishing. Hungry smallmouth will never be far from their natural forage, whether you are talking about sculpins, minnows, crayfish, frogs, or whatever natural forage that there might be, make sure that you match your lure/approach to that forage as much as possible. Don’t make the mistake of not matching your lures/approach to the natural forage in the body of water that you are fishing

The second mistake that many smallmouth anglers make is not being on the water when the bass are the most active, and thus the most likely to be feeding. Although there are multiple ways to determine when the fish that you are fishing for may or may not be active, my favorite is the moon rise and set. Where you aware of the fact that the moon rise and set both play a role in whether or not fish will be feeding? Well, these two occurrences sure do have an impact of fish behavior and the fishing will often be very good in the hour or two window that brackets either the moon rise or set. A simple internet search on the term ‘moon rise’ will provide you with any necessary information. Be on the water when the smallmouth are active, and you will automatically become more successful.

The third mistake that many smallmouth fishermen make is not utilizing live bait. I know that in many bass fishing circles, the use of live bait is frowned upon, but live baits such as worms, minnows and even leeches can be great baits to use when fishing for smallmouth bass. This fact is especially true when you are fishing for bronze backs in a river or stream. Live bait that is “drift fished” through the current of a river or stream can be a deadly tactic.

Making any of these mistakes consistently will result in you catching many fewer smallmouth than you should. The bottom line is that if you make any of these mistakes and take the necessary steps to reverse them, your catch rates will increase exponentially and you will experience the success that you should.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing a website focused on ri

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