If you want to experience a successful and exciting fishing trip, you don’t have to go somewhere have large bodies of water. There is a great variety of underwater life swimming around in your local pond! Sunfish, Bass, Crappie, and Catfish are just a few of the commonly found fish residing in your local fishing hole. The same as lake fishing, pond fishing is also a popular style of freshwater fishing, and there are many skills and be applied to it. Today, we will have a brief introduction about pond fishing and its skills.
Pond fishing is the method of fishing in a body of water that has a photic zone throughout its entire width and length. We generally divide the ponds into 2 kinds: the privately owned and the publicly owned. So, before you go fishing, please make sure that the owners allow you to fish when the ponds are private. And when the ponds are public, you should follow creel limits set by local or state agencies. Then, let’s talk about the fishing skills.
The fishing tackles
The fishing rod: As we all know, ponds come in all sizes but are generally small bodies of water, so you’d better use a fishing rod which is not longer than 6 feet. And the same time, you can choose a fast action, medium-light rod with a spinning reel, it will help you catch some small in the ponds.
The baits: When fishing in the ponds, we usually suggest you to use the live baits, especially the worms because they are attractive for fish in the ponds. If you want to use the artificial fishing lures, you can use the life-like miniature crickets, crawfish and minnows or plastic worms.
Most fish in the ponds have siestas, so it is hard to catch any fish during the heat of the afternoon. The early morning or evening is usually the best time for pond fishing. Only when you choose an appropriate time, you are probably to get the result you want.
Fish in the bottom of water
Because ponds are generally shallow, the fish will often locate in the deepest water as a safe haven where they spend the majority of their time. If there is any structure in a pond, it will attract fish. Creek channels, road beds, weeds, grass, brush, rocks or timber are prime places to find fish in a pond.
Use Temperature to Your Advantage
Fish like a specific type of water temperature because of the amount of oxygen in it, not to mention it’s what their body can tolerate. Fountains, streams and springs feeding into a pond can provide adjustable water temperatures that might be more appealing to specific fish.
Stay Hidden and Out of Sight
If you can see the fish then they can see you! In small bodies of water like a pond it’s not uncommon for fish to be able to see you. In fact, vibrations travel farther in small ponds and even if they can’t see you they can tell someone is near the edge of the water. Try to walk up quietly and stay out of sight, and use camouflage clothing that matches the local environment. You can find a wide selection of camouflage clothing on amazon for affordable prices.
Many people don’t like fishing in the ponds, because they think the ponds are small, and they can’t have a huge result. It is completely wrong, small ponds also have big fish as long as you use the right fishing skills. And if you are a beginner, the pond fishing is the most suitable style for you.
For freshwater fishing lovers, lake fishing is really a good choice. First of all, lakes can provide enough plant food and offer plenty of covers for fish to hide, so there are many fish live in the lakes. Secondly, people can use a boat when fish in the lake, and as we all know, boat fishing can help you fish with more freedom. Finally, lake fishing can help you enjoy a more beautiful scenery while fishing. Today, we will discuss some tips about lake fishing.
Choose the right fishing spot
Find a great fishing spot is always important for anglers, especially for beginners. According to some experienced people, a great place to start fishing is in your own area. And there are many ways to help you find such a place. First, you can use the Google Map, and it will tell you where have a lake, and the terrain around the lake. Then, you can also use the software which called Kingfisher, it makes a great guide to lakes across the country, and you can find lakes in your specific region and get an idea of what is available. Finally, the stuff in the local fishing tackles stores can usually give you some useful suggestions, such as where to fish is better and how to fish.
Choose the right fishing baits
The fishing tackles for different freshwater fishing styles don’t have much difference, but you should still pay more attention to the fishing baits. You can’t go wrong with natural freshwater bait such as cricket, worms, minnows, and leeches. Live bait can also be quite affordable. For artificial fishing lures, we recommend fishing jigs. They are the most versatile in lakes because they can catch just about any type of freshwater fish. Metal spoons work well during sunny days or when fishing directly beneath lights because the light glints beneath the surface of the water, catching the fish's attention.
Fishing in the inlets or outlets
Fish always hang around the lake to find a suitable place to live, and they find that place where water enters or drains from a lake will generally be much cooler and favorable to them. Bait fish like to hang around these areas, along with the big monster fish that eat them.
Try to fish deeper when the weather is hot
As we all know, all fish are cold-blooded, they can't keep their body temperature at a constant level, so the temperature of the surroundings can easily affect the fish’s movement. When the weather is hot, the temperature of the water will rise at the same time, so the fish will go deep to find a cooler place. So you should fish deeper when the weather is hot.
Work with the Wind
On days with a strong breeze you can expect the bait fish to get pushed closer to shore, meaning the big fish will come closer to shore to feed. Watch for drift lines and follow them, they will lead to bait fish, which will in turn lead to big fish.
Shoreline fishing or boat fishing
Shoreline fishing offers fisherman a wide variety of options with little prep time. By not relying on a boat to fish you can literally be ready to fish within minutes and you will have access to many of the smaller fishing holes that do not have boat access.
Compared with shoreline fishing, boat fishing can have a couple of options on how you would like to fish and a wider variety of fishing techniques you can use.
Finally, the most important thing for anglers is that they should have a sense of security. You should follow all local and state regulations when fishing in the lake. I hope you can enjoy your fishing trip.
Surf fishing is a kind of popular game fish all over the world, and many people fall in love with it. But you may ask that why I can’t catch as much fish as others. In my opinion, the main reason is that you know little about the skills of surf fishing. As we all know, different fishing styles have different skills, imagine if you use the skills of lake fishing to surf fishing, can you a successful surf fishing trip? Today, we will discuss the tips of surf fishing, and I hope it can be helpful for you.
Make a survey before fishing
No matter you are the first time to surf fish, or first time to fish in a new spot, you should take a walk along the beach at low tide, and make some notes:
1. Make a note of where the gullies, hollows and banks are.
2. Does the nature of the seabed change at all? Sand, shingle, mud...?
3. Any sign of shellfish beds? Cockles, razor fish, mussels, etc?
4. Any patches of weed and rough ground?
5. Are there any tackle-robbing (but fish-attracting) obstructions you need to be aware of?
6. Take this exploration one stage further by casting a bare lead (no hooks) from the low water mark. Bring it in slowly and you'll be able to feel changes in seabed conditions and contours.
Trust me, the data you get will make you have a wonderful surf fishing.
No matter what kind of fishing you like, appropriate fishing tackles are always playing an important role, and the gear you decide to use should be based on the target species you want to catch. For surf fishing, it's easy to get started with just a few rigs, some natural saltwater bait, and a surf rod and reel combo. Here are some tips for you to choose the fishing tackles:
You can use lighter gear and shorter rods for smaller species, while larger species will require heavier gear and a longer rod. For example, you may want to use a 7 to 9-foot medium heavy fishing rod for smaller species. For these larger species you should use a surf rod that is 12 to 15 feet in length with a heavy duty saltwater spinning saltwater spinning reel that has been set up with 20 to 25-pound line.
For fishing in the surf, you will want to use a fish finder rig, two-hook bottom rig, or the popping cork rig. These rigs will help you get your baits in the portion of the water column where the fish are feeding.
Please remember to bring more fishing sinkers like pyramid sinkers, egg sinkers, and a few teardrop sinkers in your tackles box for surf fishing, and the weight of the sinkers should be about 6 ounces. The Surf fishing is the sport of catching fish standing on the shoreline, and the current can be fast and strong sometimes, so you need the sinkers to help you put the baits into the right place.
You’d better choose the circle hooks for surf fishing. Use circle hooks in sizes 7/0 or 8/0 with larger baits that are used for species such as striped bass. For smaller species, you can downgrade the size of your circle hook to between a 2/0 and a 4/0, depending on the size of the bait you are using (with larger baits use larger hooks).
Tie the best surf fishing rig
Tie a good surf fishing rig is important for surf fishing, and a goof fishing rig should be:
1. Be aerodynamic in flight to enable long casting;
2. Present the bait on the seabed in a natural appearance;
3. Securely mount the bait whilst enabling the hooks to be unobtrusive yet take hold in a fish's mouth.
There are not only these skills for surf fishing. If you are really interested in surf fishing, I believe you will find more.
Surf fishing is the sport of catching fish standing on the shoreline or wading in the surf. Both live bait and fishing lures are used by surf fishermen and the majority of surf fishing is done in saltwater. This method of fishing can be confused with pier fishing however they are considered to be two different methods. Do you know the difference between them? And do you know how to improve your surf fishing?
What is the difference between surf fishing and pier or shore fishing?
Compared with pier or shore fishing, the biggest difference of surf fishing is the surfcasting. Then, what is surfcasting?
Surfcasting is a casting technique which separates the surfcaster from the ordinary shore, pier, or boat fisherman. Surfcasting uses the long fishing rods which between 12’to 16’. Then, the anglers will use both their hands and even their entire bodies to cast because a great distance needs to be covered to reach inshore fish that are feeding. But please be careful when you casting, and make sure that there is no one around you, because the surfcasting are easy to hurt people who stand around you.
How to improve your surf fishing?
Details determine success or failure. Here are some simple things which can improve your surf fishing, and it won’t take you much time to learn it.
As we all know, the soaking soft baits are only lasting a few casts as once they've been in the briny for a little while they become water-logged and too soft to hold up through the action of the cast or the impact of the water.
For this problem, salted bait is one useful solution. The salting process involves putting layer upon layer of salt on the fish until most of its moisture has been removed. This results in a tougher bait that is more resistant to the wear-and-tear of surf fishing.
Another way is to try using ghost cotton: Ghost cotton can be wrapped around the bait a few times to hold it together and to keep it tighter on the hook. This will strengthen the bait against the water's impact when it's cast and will also make it more difficult for any of those frustrating pickers to get away with your bait.
As we all know, we generally divide the fishing line into 2 types: braid line and mono line. They both have advantages and disadvantages when fishing. If you want to have a successful surf fishing trip, you’d better know the difference between them and how to use them appropriately.
Braid lines have very little stretch and have a low tolerance to abrasion. If the wave is strong or the fish has a heavy hit, the braid lines can’t work well.
Monofilament lines have a strong stretch, but they are not as sensitive as braid lines, and can’t cast distant. Also while the flexibility of mono will allow for some give through the impact of a wave, its larger diameter, sometimes up to twice the diameter of braided lines, can create issues.
Casting too far or too short is always a problem for surfcasters, it is correct in most conditions that the further you cast your line the more likely you are to catch fish. But sometimes, you need cast short. This determined by the species you are hunting.
As fish tend to congregate around structure and drop-offs the location of these can locations can sometimes be in quite close to the shoreline. Sometimes they can be right out the back of the location you are fishing.
Sabiki means "to catch bait" in Japanese. A sabiki rig is a string of fishing lures connected together onto a single leader, it consists of any number (usually between 6 and 10) of small fishing hooks, each one on individual dropper lines which are a few inches long. The individual dropper lines are then tied to a longer leader in series, about 6 inches (15 cm) apart; a weight is tied to the end of the leader. The individual hooks are decorated as lures or tied like flies similar to those used in fly fishing. Sabiki rigs are very effective for catching threadfin herring -- the best tarpon bait.
How Sabiki rig works?
The hooks connected to the main leader of the sabiki are made from tiny gold (usually but not always) hooks. The hooks are covered with foil or Mylar plastic clipped with scissors we think so they're the shape of a tiny fish. Some very effective varieties are impregnated with fish or shrimp and some are even made from fish skin. Sabikis are a proven, effective, and simple way to catch bait. Many experienced anglers prefer sabiki rigs instead of cast nets because the baits are less injured and usually stay alive longer and are much livelier. Some very effective varieties are impregnated with fish or shrimp and some are even made from fish skin.
In short, a sabiki is a lure for baitfish, and one that's perfect for catching tarpon bait. They come in different sizes for different sized baits. We're talking about small ones used for small baitfish and large ones used for larger baitfish.
At the bottom of the main leader is a clip. The clip can be opened so you can connect the bottom of the leader to what is called a "Bell" sinker (Bell lead) or a pyramid sinker. On the other (top) end of the leader is a small barrel swivel. You tie your leader to the empty ring at the top of the sabiki rig, and lead to the bottom. We also use "Teardrop" sinkers, "Bank Sinkers, and if you're in really deep water, what's called a "Disk" sinker.
How to catch fish with sabiki rig?
Experienced anglers always summarized the process of sabiki fishing into 5 steps:
First of all, you should find the school of the fish you want to catch. It is possible to catch some fish if you don’t find the school, but it will not be as productive.
Secondly, the sabiki rig is then lowed into the water. A simple jigging motion will make the small jigs dance and attract the bait to the jigs.
Thirdly, you should feel a slight tap as bait fish bite the jigs. It is possible to catch several fish at once. Reel up the sabiki rig and remove the bait from the hook and place in your bait container.
Then, continue jigging the sabiki rig till you have caught as much fresh bait as required.
Finally, catch the fish you want.
What should you pay attention to?
The shadow of your Kayak naturally attracts bait fish! Sit in one spot for a little while, drop the sabiki on!
The Sabiki rig can be cast a good distance without foul… and you can easily hit a bait ball 20 yards away. Stop your bail as soon as the weight hits the water. This keeps your line of sabiki flies from stacking up and becoming tangled. Reel in as soon as you get hit.
Once you feel that first bite, keep pressure on the fishing line! You can keep it in the water for a few seconds trying to get that stringer full… but don’t do it for too long. Struggling bait fish will tangle up a sabiki (especially with a lighter weight).