A Fishing Surprise in Long Island Sound

Fishing in Long Island Sound

Got A Surprise while fishing at Long Island Sound.

I went fishing for Alewife and use them for bait for Bluefish or Stripped Bass. I reached my favorite fishing site, prepared my long fishing rod and started casting my medium action fishing rod with medium size spinner reel.
In about 10 minutes I caught my first alewife. I hooked the snapper on the long fishing rod with a 4oz weight and casted it about 50 feet from the shore as live bait. I always like to keep the fishing line as straight as possible when fishing with bait so that I can see the slightest action on my lines. I waited about a minute for the bait and the weight to land on the bottom and then I started to reel in slowly to make the fishing line straight. As the line was almost straight, I felt like there was some quick fishing action on the line, but I thought it was the live bait I was using. Then the movement got a little too strong to be done by the Alewife I had on the hook. I was confused for few seconds then thought “Let’s check the bait”. I reeled the fishing line back in and to my surprise the Alewife had lost its tail. It was a clean cut job. Looking at the cut and considering how fast it happened I could guess its nothing but a blue fish to blame. This kind of cut in such speed can be done by either a blue fish or a shark. I know in these waters there are a lot of blue fish roaming around and in rare occasions there might be some sharks preying too. I casted the bait the way it is and got busy with the medium action rod.

Nothing happened the next half an hour and then I got something heavy in my medium action fishing rod. I started reeling it and to my surprise it felt like a rock. I was super excited. As I was reeling it, I was thinking it has to be a big Sea Robin. Blue fish or Stripped bass will fight hard and will have a lot of movement. Sea Robins are bottom feeders, will be heavy and wont fight a lot except for opening their wing like fins and try to stay down in the water. I had 8 pound fishing line in that reel and started to worry it might break. Fortunately the Sea Robin gave up and I landed it safe. Without much effort I got the hook out of its mouth and threw it back into the water. I was using a medium size Kastmaster in this line which is the best for Alewife fishing.
As I am fighting with this Sea Robin, my long rod showed no action at all. I started casting the smaller rod and caught two Alewives in about 20 minutes. And then notice heavy action in my long rod. I knew its something big. As this fishing rod is heavier and I have 30 pound line in it, I reel it fast without much trouble. And to my disappointment its another Sea Robin. It’s a lot bigger than the first one and the favor it does to me was getting the bait. I throw this one back and cast the line with another of my Alewife in the hook.

The tide was getting really low, it was also getting dark and with darkness came the swarms of mosquitoes. At one point the mosquitoes started to make me dance and I thought this is it. Let get the hell out of here. I reeled back the light rod and started packing up my tackle box with the heavy rod still casted just hoping a last minute action. I was done packing up all my fishing stuff except for the heavy rod. I stood behind the heavy rod just hoping to see a last fishing action in the line but nothing happened. I gave up all hope and grabbed the rod started to reel in and then I realized that the line feels heavy. My heart jumped. “Could it be a fish ?” I start reeling slowly and to boost my excitement I get a strong pull on the line. Yeaaa it is a fish. The line was about 60 feet into the water and I am reeling in with a steady tension on the line but the way the fish is fighting it doesn’t feel like a blue fish or bass. It is definitely a bottom feeder, it feels kind’a like a Sea robin. At this point I was determined to see what fish it is even if it’s a sea robin I wanted to reel it in as it’s the last catch of the day. When the fish was about 15 feet from me my excitement got another boost by the view of ghostly shape of beautiful flatness. It’s a flounder. What a catch. I reeled it in, landed it right on the flat rock I was standing on. It’s a legal size to take home. I quickly put it in my fishing bucket, unhook it and start walking to my car. What a catch.

I took it home, cleaned and fried it whole with just a pinch of turmeric and salt, then got rid of the bones, scrambled and mixed it with a lot of onion, a bit of mustard oil and green chilly. It tasted awesome.
Flounder fishing is fun, especially if you know where they are. Flounders love squids. For flounder fishing I recommend use the half round flounder hooks with minnow and a slice of squid. Use weight depending on the water current, I usually go with 4oz weight. Cast it and wait. If fishing from a boat, cast it, let it drop onto the bottom and wait, move it every two three minutes. I usually lift it up about a foot and drop it. Flounders are hunters so people catch flounders with many different type of baits. In the southern States anglers use rubber minnows to catch flounders. A lot of times a slice of Alewife or blue fish will work just fine. A small fish of almost any species may work as it worked for me that day.

Anglers must be very cautious of flounder teeth when handling them. Flounders have razor sharp teeth that can bite off flesh from anglers hand easily. Use gloves or hold the fish with a paper towel or rag and unhook carefully. A lot of times flounder will put up the final fight when angler is unhooking the fish, so getting a good grip on the fish when unhooking is important.
Different states, even different fishing site may have different size limits to take home a flounder. Be aware of the legal size requirement when fishing.

Potomac River Cat Fishing

Catfishing trip in Potomac Park

Potomac Park

Every year my sister invites me to visit her but I just can’t make time to visit her. But this year she called and told me people are catching tons of Catfish in Potomac Park in DC which was about 8 minutes’ drive from her house in Alexandria, Virginia. I didn’t have much fun fishing this year so decided to go and visit her and do some fishing in DC.
I visited Washington DC before but never went fishing in DC or anywhere in Virginia. The Chesapeake bay area is one of the best fishing area for angling. There are so many species to fish for. There are few species of Bass including Stripped Bass (locally known as Rock Fish), two species of Shad, Bluefish, Croaker, eel, Perches, Tautog, Weakfish, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, White Catfish and many more . Fishing in Potomac river, especially Potomac park is fun because of the beauty of the place, its not far from city, there are a lot of trees in the fishing spots that provide shade and there are picnic tables and benches for a little picnic and fishing at the same time. Potomac park is very good for family fun and outing.

The first fishing day:

One end June Saturday with some friends we started driving to Alexandria, VA. We reached my sister’s house around 4pm.
I fish for Bass most of the times. Caught catfish before but it was the first time I was going fishing in Potomac River. I had some hot dogs for bait and was planning to grab some chicken liver on the way. But I was totally new there and it was already getting late so decided to try catfishing with the hot dogs I had with me. Me and my sister found a nice fishing spot next to a bench under some big trees for shade. I prepared the three fishing rods we had and cast them and came the rain. Scattered shower didn’t really left us drenched but was enough to spoil the fun.

Need right bait for catfish

We waited and waited for the Catfishes to show some action but nothing happened except for the petrol helicopter hovering overhead and bothering all the angler with loud noise. I started to wonder whether hot dogs were the right bait to use. My sister saw someone she knew fishing at a little distance. She walked to that angler and found that he was using shrimp and caught a Catfish. She borrowed few pieces of shrimp and I replaced the hot dog baits on two of my fishing hooks.

Finally a Cat

After about half an hour I thought one of the line seem to have come closer to the shore. Potomac River CatfishI decided to re cast towards deeper waters. As I started reeling the line in to my surprise, I found a fish was hooked on the line. I reeled it in and it was a nice medium size Catfish. To be more accurate it was a channel Catfish. As I landed the Catfish under the railing of the park my sister had a big smile on her face. She went “Finally a Catfish..” I was glad too. The next part was very disappointing. I thought it will be easier to get it over the railing and as I took the Catfish underneath the railing it got off from the hook and into the river it went. My first catch turned into my first loss. Anyway I had the fun of catching a Potomac Cat.

Catfishing or Cat Cheating

After trying for another half an hour the weather got really bad, it was raining on and off we were not staying dry anymore. Sister said “your brother in law will laugh at us if we go home without any Catfish today”. Damn, I had to catch something. But mother nature had something else in her mind. The rain got really heavy and we started to pack up, but right before we left, the other angler came to us and offered us the two Catfish he caught. My sister and I looked at each other and smiled, we both knew what to do. We took the two Catfishes home and everyone thought we caught them. That was my first fake successful fishing trip to Potomac river.

A payday of Catfishing

The next day with better weather and determination we headed to the same spot in Potomac Park. This time I was armed with some frozen un-cleaned Crappy my brother in law had caught few days ago. We went to the same fishing spot. Cut the crappies to bait and casted. For about an hour didn’t catch anything. And then got a hit. It was a good size Channel Catfish. And after that for about half an hour nothing happened. This time I started to get bored. The weather was really nice and sunny, the helicopter was really loud and noisy, I was just not catching enough fish. I noticed another angler family reeling up Catfish one after another and I am thinking “what is wrong with my hooks ?” . My sister walked to them and found that they were using chicken gizzard for bait. She bought few pieces of the bait and brought them to me. I replaced my baits with them and boom, got a hit. Another nice size Catfish. After that with the gizzards I caught five good size Catfish in that same spot in about an hour.

Catfish loves chicken

In fact, Catfish are bottom feeders, they love all meaty stuff that fall on the bottom of the water. But they love chicken. Catfish love almost everything about chicken. Chicken leaver works great for Catfishing. Chicken leaver works better because they have stronger smell of blood that attracts Catfish from a distance. Chicken gizzards work good too. Other fish work good as Catfish bait but one thing to remember when preparing these baits. Make sure you don’t wash or clean them. The smell of blood and the natural fishy smell on the fish pieces will attract Catfish a lot more than cleaned fish pieces. I had good success fishing for Catfish with pieces of un cleaned herrings. Some people do good hunting Catfish using hot dogs too, it just didn’t work for me for some reason. I guess the DC Catfishes doesn’t like processed food.
Patience is another important ingredient for Catfishing. Sometimes you won’t catch for hours, and sometimes you will catch one after another.

Herrings are Making Love

Atlantic Herring

Early spring is the time when the anadromous Herring schools enter the rivers and tributaries of Maine, Rhode Islands, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and most north eastern states. Off course the timing may vary depending on the climate and temperature. But this is the time when they move from the sea to feed, grow and spawn.

The love making Herring Way

Herrings are orgy lovers. A school of herrings will get together very close to each other, get excited and do the dance. Herrings fertilization is external, as female herrings release over 20,000 eggs per female which can be up to 2,000,000 depending on the size and health of the female, the males release clouds of milt simultaneously. The sperms fertilize the eggs and the fertilized eggs will form a thick layer of eggs in the bottom water. Sometimes the thickness of the layer can be up to 2 centimeter (3/4 inch) The eggs usually hatch in about 7 to 10 days depending on the weather and temperature. Usually these layer of eggs can be seen in waters not deeper than 20 meters.
In early spring they are in the rivers of the North East, they are feeding on the spring blooms of planktons offered by the warmer waters of early spring. They will get bigger and heavier until they are ready to release their eggs. Like Salmons, its not a death penalty for the Herrings. They will complete the process of laying eggs and will get back to the waters they were from and will come back next spring.

Herring Fishing

Here is the best part. Herring fishing is really easy. As they are always in schools, they are always competing for food. For Most Herrings, Sabiki jigs work the best. Sabiki jigs are the ones that have six hooks on one line. You can get them in almost any bait and tackle store, even in Wallmart or Kmart. See the instruction with the jig, use the right weight at the end of the line and enjoy. I caught four herrings at a time with a Sabiki jig. What happens is, when a herring bites one of the baits, the others from the school will compete to get the next one they can see, the result is the ultimate fun for an angler. I have seen angler catching six herring in one cast. Cast masters work for them too. Some people reported catching some big Herrings with crank baits. Usually herring fishing is better during high tide.
Where to go ? Almost all the water bodies connected to the Atlantic. Harbours are really good. Like Shads they are fished in fivers up to 30 miles away from the sea.

The things you need to know when fishing for Herrings

Find out the local regulations about Herring fishing. In different states there are different creel limits. In some states there might be restrictions about methods of angling to be used for Herring fishing. Learn about them before you start. Grab a local fishing guide from any bait and tackle store and check for the do’s and don’ts about herring fishing. If you go fishing for “Land lock Herrings”, you have to pay extra attention to the local regulations as most of the states have specific regulations for them. Land lock Herrings are considered endangered species in many states.

What to do with the Herrings you caught

Herrings taste good if cooked right. Some people doesn’t like the strong fishy smell they have but when cleaned and cooked they taste great. Clean them and just fry them with some salt and they will taste good. For some curry flavor, use just a pinch of turmeric and salt, marinade them for few minutes and fry. You can fry them with bread crumb for an extra crumb and crisp, they will taste great. In fact there are many different ways of cooking Herrings. Check out our recipe section for more Herring recipes.

Don’t like to eat Herrings?

No problem. Herrings makes great bait for Cat fish and they will give phenomenal result for American Eels. To use as bait, just cut them into slices, put them on your hook and cast. Some people reported getting very good result with bass fishing when using smaller Herring as live bait.
Unfortunately Atlantic Herrings are not very tough, so you have to be extremely soft and cautious when handling them if you want to practice catch and release.
A smart angler always goes with the season. This is the season of Herring fishing. Go catch some Herring now.

Must Have Fishing Accessories

Fishing Rods

To enjoy the sport of fishing and feel the art of it, there are some “Must Haves” for any one without which you can’t go fishing at all. Also there are some other commonly used accessories which will make fishing a lot enjoyable. The best way to get started with fishing is to learn about the tools for fishing, learn about the options you have in fishing and to get the fishing gear and accessories together so that you can enjoy your fishing day.

To get started with fishing equipment, fishing rod and reel are the most fundamental. You can go with the basic sets if you have some experience or you can go for the fancy ones. If buying for children, safety should always be the first concern. There are several companies that manufactures fishing rods and reels specially designed for children’s use, they actually work pretty good for kids to fishing safe. You should also choose basic tackle items including hooks, fishing lines, sinkers, and floaters or bobbers. Nose pliers are very useful when knotting a hook. To keep all your fishing accessories organized what you need is a tackle box. Tackle boxes can cost as low as $6.00. A net can be very useful for pulling out a fish out of the water. Based on what size of fish you catch, your net has to be small or big. Smaller fish can escape through the gaps in a large net so net size is important. If fishing different size of fish, two net of two different size is an option to consider.

If your style is to cast and relax with a beer or a book or lot times when you cast and wait for a bite, an electronic alarm might be very useful. Especially when you’re fishing in a windy day or fishing at night, this wonderful device will make your fishing a lot easier and less confusing. It allows your fishing line to thread through it’s slot in the alarm head. When there is a bite, the alarm goes off and the LED light flashes to let you know that something in the other end of the line is waiting for you.

Dressing up for fishing is very important. Imagine you are going fishing on a boat away from the shore wearing light clothing and find it’s too cold to bear. The whole fishing trip will be wasted. Check the weather news, dress well to be comfortable with the temperature. You’ll need a fishing hat and sunglasses. Polarized sun glasses are a lot better for fishing compared to regular sunglasses because they reduce the glare of the wave a lot and make it a lot easier to see what’s under the water. Depending on quality and location of purchase these glasses can cost as low as $5.00 to $700. If not wearing long sleeve cloths, you must use sun block to prevent getting sun burn. For site fishing a wader can increase the fun a lot. With a wader you can walk into the water up to chest deep waters. If you love site fishing in tidal water, a wader is a must. Waders can cost from $45.00 to $500.00. A vest with a lot of pocket in it is another option to consider. For fishing in fall and spring, a good water proof jacket is almost necessity. Gloves and rain suits can be useful as well.

Some other items to consider for fishing are fillet knife, line clipper, flashlights, wading shoes, scissors and fishing belt. A gaff can be useful for game fishing. A tackle bag can be used instead of a tackle box, pliers and pocket thermometer can also be useful. If fishing on a boat, a fish finder can turn fishing into catching. A fish finder will show you where the fish are and you can actually go to them and cast.

Having enough fishing accessory to get the job done makes fishing a lot better. Imagine you loose a bait and don’t have any more left in your tackle box. So its important to plan before heading out to fish and prepare your tackle box with enough supply for the trip.

Most of these fishing accessories are available online or in baits and tackle store near you.

To avoid wasting money, make sure first you decide what kind of fishing you want to go for and what fish you want to catch. Different baits and lures works for different fish and you will need different fishing gear for different fishing locations. As an example if you always for site fishing, you wont need a fish finder or if you always go fishing on a boat, you wont need a wader. How to decide which fishing gear to get ? You can read books on fishing. The publication for anglers in your state is a very good source of where to go for what fish ? Your local bait and tackle store should be a very good source of information. But most of all, the best source of information on fishing is other anglers. When you go fishing notice what other anglers are doing. Anglers are usually very friendly with other anglers. Ask them about what fish they are fishing for, what bait or lure they are using. Ask your family and friends who loves fishing. If you can team up with a fishing buddy, fishing would be a lot more fun.

Saltwater Fishing Tips

saltwater fishing With the right knowledge anyone can catch the big fish.

Almost everything about Saltwater Fishing is different from Freshwater Fishing. Fishing techniques, fishing baits & lures and accessories, fishing methods all will change based on what kind of water you are fishing in. To begin with, saltwater fisherman have to use significantly stronger and heavier tackle and equipment compared to what is used by a freshwater fisherman. And of course depending on what you are fishing for you will have to select your fishing accessories.

In this article we will discuss two different categories of saltwater fishing.

To begin with, the light medium category includes fishing for species like Snook, Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout. Bays and other similar estuaries are the places to fish if you want to fish for these fishes. Some inshore fish such as the Pompano can also be included in this category. Some of these fishes may contain worms in summer, so if you catch them to eat them, watch for the worms. And also make sure you find out if they are safe for consumption in the area you are going fishing.

A light to medium action rod with a spinning reel in the class of Penn 710 / 712 or 4500ss spooled with a good quality 10 pound test monofilament line works good for this category of fishing. How to find all these information about fishing gear ? Read the label of the item you are looking at when you go to buy them. Fishing gear used for saltwater fishing tends to last shorter due to the effect of the salt from the water but If you take good care of your fishing equipment they will last long. Its important to wash your fishing gear with fresh water after fishing in saltwater to get rid of the salt on them.

Begin with tying an 18 inch shock leader using 20 pound test line or fluorocarbon for terminal tackle. Fluorocarbon is significantly less visible under water so it brings better results. Use a saltwater rated barrel swivel or attach the leader tying line to the main line on the reel. A preferred choice of hook will be Eagle Claw, its better using a 6/0.

Fishes belong to the medium to heavy category are species such as Bluefish, Smaller Jacks, Spanish Mackerel. These fishes are found mostly near shore regions of the Gulf of Mexico and the Lower East Coast. Smaller Schoolie, King Mackerel can also be included in this category.

The large Spanish Mackerel and the young Kingfish have very similar look, so checking out a saltwater species book is highly recommended before heading out to catch some of these fishes. The easiest way to identify the difference of these two species is, the Spanish Mackerel will have a “black flag” on the anterior part of its dorsal fin where the Kingfish does not have this special detail except for the very young ones. The second way to tell the difference is by the lateral line that runs down the body. In a King Mackerel the line drops off sharply when in Spanish Mackerel this line drops gradually behind the pectoral fin.

Check your local fishing regulations to be on the safe side. Some states might have some items banned for saltwater. Especially be aware of the baits you use. Some live baits might be invasive species and create big problem for local waters if not used carefully.

Since the inshore bans were put in effect, many of these species have made a come back more abundantly then ever and you might find some when you fish for them. Keep in mind that some of these fish are migratory, you will have to find out which part of the season they are available for fishing.

Lastly, a very important part of handling saltwater fishing equipment is maintenance. Salt is Sodium Chloride which is corrosive for most of your fishing gear. Its very important to wash all your fishing gear with fresh water to clean up the salt they get from fishing.

Happy Fishing, enjoy !!

Freshwater Fishing vs. Saltwater Fishing

What water body you prefer for fishing ?

Angling is fun, usually anglers enjoy it no matter what kind of water body he is fishing in. personally I love fishing of any kind. I love fishing in creeks and lakes surrounded by woods in a windy day because it makes casting easier. I also enjoy fishing in the beaches and mouths of the rivers when the day is sunny and less windy. But a lot of anglers love fishing exclusively on fresh water or saltwater. Possibly that’s why the DEP has two different type of fishing license available for anglers. Some angler will stand very strong with their decision, some will stand as strong as they will stand for their lovers.

The facts of Freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing

Lets talk about some facts about fishing in freshwater and saltwater fishing here.
When fishing with baits, freshwater fishing is usually slower paced fishing when you have to wait longer in between bites and catches. Sometimes its even harder to find fish in freshwater if you are site fishing. But Site fishing in freshwater is more productive compared to fishing on the beach. A lot of times lures will work better in freshwater compared to salt water which will save you time and money because you wont have to buy baits and wont have to fix the bait on the hook again and again.

In the other hand, fishing in saltwater can be fast paced and more challenging. If you can find the right spot and time for your saltwater fishing, you will catch left and right. The key to success in saltwater fishing is to go fishing at the right time. That is you will have to follow the movement of tides. Usually the best time for fishing in saltwater is from two hours before high tide to two hours after high tide. Usually when the tide is at its peak, fishing might slow down a little. Mouth of rivers are usually the best spots for fishing in saltwater. The reason of this kind of timing for fishing is, when the tide is half way in which is usually two hours before high tide, there will be enough water for all kind of fish to enter the river looking for food. Most of the coastal species of fish enters the rivers when with tidal waters and when the tides starts to go out they will follow the out going tide and go back to the sea. that’s why, if you go fishing at the mouth of a river at the right time, you will have hundreds of fish swimming you by. All you have to do is use your fishing skills and catch them. But the challenging part of saltwater fishing is, you will have to deal with the force of the incoming and out going tides. Using a wader is essential which makes this kind of fishing a little expensive but it increase your success a lot and at the same time you will have to deal with the tide current. Another problem with river mouth fishing is, you will have a lot of weed floating around you, especially end of spring and until mid fall there will be a lot of sea weed in the water. They can spoil the fun of fishing at the mouth of a river.

When and where to find fish

The truth is, the more challenging fishing gets, the more fun it becomes. When I started fishing at the mouth of a river, I knew a little about it. I was spending hours in the water wearing my wader in cold early spring and catching nothing. I was about to give up on that site. One day one of my buddies called me and told me that he was going to that spot. We went together and we caught a lot of fish. When I asked him he told me about the tide factor. I was going to the place at low tide, that’s why I was not catching anything. But after that, I had some of my most successful fishing in that very spot. All I had to do is get their when the tide is right, used rubber minnows and I did good. Best time for fishing in tidal waters is, right after the tide starts going out and right after it starts coming in. Marine fish tends to search for food more actively when the water is moving and they are less active when the tide is at its peak and it’s bottom.

Fishing pier does work

If you go fishing from a pier at the beach, you might want to use live bait, it will cost you some money but live baits usually work great. Another thing is because of all the baits from all the anglers on the pier, fish will be drawn close to the pier, so you wont have to worry about finding fish. The down side of fishing with live bait is, it will make you waste some time because you will have to put the bait on your hook every time you lose one and also you will need to learn what bait works for your prey.

The reality for millions of anglers is, freshwater fishing is better than no fishing. If you live far from the coastline, just enjoy freshwater fishing. But when you can, go for a fishing trip to the coast. It will change your mood and will be time well spent.

7 Tips to Find the Right Fishing Reel

Fishing Wheels

Fishing Reel, the First Tool for Angling

You can go to a store and buy a fishing reel without thinking at all and many times the reel may even work for you, but to make sure you get the right fishing reel for your need you will have to do some thinking before you buy it. Not all fishing reel will perform well for all kinds of fishing. And some reels will work for few different kinds of fishing. In this article I have tried to identify seven key points to consider when choosing the right fishing reel.

1. Fishing Reel with Non-slip Grip

A good fishing reel will always have non slip grips on both the hand crank and the reel arm where your will hold. When fishing your hand will get wet, non slip grips will make sure that you wont have to worry about loosing control of the reel and will have a great grip when fishing.

2. Ball bearings

Most important part of any reel you will buy today is ball bearings in them. They controls the smoothness of the retrieve and how fast the reel can stop. The more ball bearings the wheel will have the smoother the retrieval will be. In most low end reels there will be two ball bearings, the mid-range fishing reels will have 3 to 4 bearings, the top end fishing reels will have 5 or more. Another thing depends on ball bearings is, how much the fishing reel spins backward when you stops spinning the reel. You want it to be the least possible. A simple way to test it is, spin the reel a little bit, then let go of the crank handle, pull the line lightly, if the reel turns in opposite direction (not the spool), the ball bearings are not doing their job very well. The more ball bearings a reel will have, the less unwinding will happen. This is very important because this can cause a line to break when a fish pulls the line suddenly and of course it affects your control.

3. Line capacity

In most cases, the size of the spool will determine how much line can be put in the fishing reel you are buying. Read the labels on the reel pack, it will have all the info you need to know to decide which fishing line to buy for the reel. The two key info to look for are the max pound of test the reel will take and the length of line can be put on the wheel. Its important to have a reel that is built for the line weight you will use. If you want to use a 30 lb line on a reel designed for 8 lb line, you will be fighting with your gear not with fish. In most cases you will be fine using a low lb rated fishing line with a high rated reel, but if you do the opposite you will have a mess. Its important to remember when you fill reel with new lines, you have to leave some empty space on the top. If your fishing line comes all the way to the edge of the spool, your line will get tangled every few minutes.

4. Spinning vs. Bait caster

When deciding between spinning reel or bait caster reel, you will have to think about the kind of fishing you will be doing. Different fishing reels are designed to give different effect with the lures and baits they are used with. Large plugs and bait style lures are commonly used for bass fishing, bait casting reel works very good with them. With these reels you can have a better control on your cast and they wont create too much action on the lures. In the other hand, spinning reels will create more action on the lures. They work better for trolling , casting spoons and spinners.

5. Size and species of fish

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the type of fishing you want to go for is important. The size of fish is also an important point to think about when choosing the right reel. Different species of fish will behave different when fishing, the fight they will put up will also be different then each other. A 4 lb bass will behave completely different than a 4 lb cat fish. Also if you fish in areas filled with underwater obstacles that will snag your fishing hook, you might want to get a sturdier fishing reel than you would in clear water.

6. Reel size and weight

Going back to your fishing style again. If you fish all day every time you go fishing, you might want to get a light weight reel. But if you prefer fishing by trolling most of the times, you could go for a heavier reel. Also if you use lure and keep casting, light reel is a better choice, but if you prefer to use bait, make a cast and sit down and relax with a beer, a heavier reel will work just fine for you. How much fishing line you will put on the reel is very important to think about.

7. The fishing rod for the reel

No matter what fishing reel you buy for your needs, your fishing reel must marry the fishing rod you will use. Different fishing rod will have different connection system for the reel. You must make sure you are buying the right fishing reel for the right fishing rod. Also size and capacity of the reel and rod must match. Usually all fishing rod will have info about what fishing reel should go with them.

Tip from the Brave Angler:

To save money use mono filament fishing lines. They work just fine. But if you are willing to spend some extra bucks, you might want to get the braided lines. They are stronger, lighter and last way longer than mono filament lines. They will take your cast a lot farther than mono filament lines. They will keep your fishing reel lighter. But be very careful when handling a fish hooked with a braided line, it can cut your hand like a razor.

Love Night Fishing

Night Fishing

Night Fishing at the pier

Day Fishing vs Night Fishing

I enjoy all kinds of fishing. But especially love night fishing. For people busy like me, its hard to find time to go fishing during the day. So fishing at night might be a better option. I started night fishing because I couldn’t make time to go fishing during the day. But after night fishing for few days I started loving it more than day fishing. I found out that the fishing condition during the day and night are almost the same. Sometimes night fishing produce even better results than day fishing. I am not sure why but I guess its because there is less competition with other anglers and the baits left by anglers during the day attracts fish to the fishing sites and also because of the quietness at night fishes roams freely compared to day time.
Also I found that when I go back to the same fishing spot I fished during the day, night fishing produces better results. The fish just seem to bite more at night. Although its harder to see the line at night, its worth the effort because you catch more fish at night. This might be the reason a lot of day anglers turn into night fisherman. A night angler told me once that he feels better with night fishing because he catches a lot more at night.

Prepare well for Night Fishing

To start night fishing, be sure to check the weather forecast for that night. It’s going to be more difficult to move around in the dark. Finding things will also be difficult so make sure you organize your tackle box before you head out to fishing. Make sure you have a good flash light with you. When you go fishing at night and the weather is bad, it might get too dangerous. If the weather is not good, better don’t risk fishing at night, but if you still go, try to find a fishing spot near to your vehicle when you are site fishing. If fishing on a boat, stay close to safe areas or the launch ramp. If your fishing spot is a hike away, better not go fishing there at night unless you know very well about the area and it’s wildlife. This is one simple rule many night anglers forget.

Night Fishing or Moon Fishing

One big reason why many anglers love night fishing is watching the night sky. Keep an eye on the moon when night fishing. It might sound strange but most night anglers notices that most fish hide in the shadows when the moon is full. This might be because they want to hide from predators but if you cast in shaded areas when the moon is big, you will have better results. Also it will help you to understand the weather changes. Also keep in mind that when the moon is big, the tide will be higher.
Keeping an eye on the moon is just one way to make your night fishing better but you don’t really have to depend on it. If there is moon light cast in the shadows, if there is no moon or the moon is not bright enough, just cast in your favorite fishing spot, you will get bites. Some anglers say, night fishing is better when there is no moon, but some say they go night fishing only when the moon is full. Its better if you figure out for yourself which works better for you.

Respect the Wildlife

Night fishing can increase the fun of fishing a lot more but some simple caution must be taken when night fishing. Checking the weather is always one thing to do. Learn about the area you are going fishing. Find out what wildlife you might face when you are going fishing. One of my buddies fishes a lot in a river somewhere in western Connecticut and catches a lot of trout. One day he was doing so good that he decided to stay late and do some night fishing. But just before the sunset he saw two cubs and a mama bear crossing the river about a hundred yards away from him. He didn’t even think of night fishing in that area anymore. Raccoons, possums and even few species of deer family can attack you when threatened and especially if they are accompanied by younglings. they will be aggressive when they have babies with them and when they feel like their territory is being invaded. Not to mention you have to watch out for snakes when fishing.
Be sure to gear up for night fishing. Always have your cell phone with you so that you can get emergency help if you need. A flash light is a must. Some fish will be attracted to flash light and come to the light on the water when some will go away from the light. If the weather is too cool, some hot coffee in a flask will help a lot. If you can keep the core of your body warm, cold weather wont be able to hurt you.

All of these are just for caution. As long as you use common sense, you will do good with night fishing. I can tell you this, go night fishing few times, you will fall in love with it.