Thursday, December 10, 2015

Low Tech Fishing

Some of the tackle I used. --I bought some Plano tackle boxes from Wal-Mart that fit into a backpack that was lying around the house. If you are fishing from the shore, it makes it so much easier to transport your tackle and free up your hands --Berkley 6'6" light medium action rod --Gander Mountian brand spinning reel --Sufix 4lb fishing line (you need light line to cast those light weight jigs) --various Bobby Garland baits --Gulp Waxies (I feel like the added scent triggers more strikes by sluggish fish) I try different jig weights depending on how much current or wind. What I mean is, I want a slow fall with the jig through the water and maintain constant feel of the jig. Many strikes happen on that slow fall, and if your line has a huge bow in it from the wind you probably will miss the strike. Keep in mind, it is very important to watch your line as it falls. A keen eye will pick up on the tell-tale tick of a light strike. Just as important as keeping contact with a slow fall (especially in colder water), don't tie on a jig so heavy that it falls unnaturally fast. I have found it matters less in the summer months when the fish are much more aggressive though. Now for color combinations with the jig bodies. I am no expert in this field, but this is what I do. Clear water and sunny days, I use colors that closely resemble minnows or shad and even opaque jigs. I like a metallic flak on sunny days. Stained water, I like brighter colors, and in low light, I use dark colors. It sounds crazy to use dark colors when its darker, but they stand out against the lighter surface. When I fish at night, for example, I use purples and dark organge. It doesn't cost much to change jigs if the action isn't hot. Even if you are catching fish, some subtle changes in color can really improve your success. Just stay open minded and try to adapt to what they want. To be honest, I never really figured them out this day. I was catching some fish, but I feel like if I had more time, I could have really got on a pattern. I would like to thank everyone for checking out my blog. D

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