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Hook, Line and Threader

This is a pretty neat product,  for those that use live minnows.  

 

  • Holding the bait upside down, carefully insert the Threader into the mouth of the live bait. Slide the Threader through the body, making sure to follow the digestive tract of the bait. Continue feeding the Threader through the body until the hook of the Threader emerges through the anal opening (Figure 1).
  • Attach the loop of the pre-tied leader to the Threader hook (Figure 2).
  • Pull the Threader back through the body of the bait until the shank of the hook is set inside the body of the bait (Figure 3), and the leader is pulled through the mouth (Figure 4). NOTE: You can rotate the hook for weedless applications.
  • Attach the leader to a swivel to quickly change baits. FOR DEEP WATER: Attach a split shot weight 12″ to 16″ from the bait onto the fishing line.

Harnessing Solar Power On The Water

This is kinda neat :

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By Todd Ceisner
BassFan Editor

Troy Lindner was in the midst of a cross-country drive early last year with his father, iconic fishing personality Al Lindner, when the idea started to take shape in his head.

“We were calling motels trying to find a place where we could plug in the boat to charge our boat batteries,” Troy recalled. “My dad was like, ‘I’ve been dealing with this sort of thing for 40 years.’ That’s when it dawned on me – we have this giant boat floating in the middle of a lake or river and we’re getting blasted by the sun. Why not harvest the power of the sun and put solar panels on the boat?”

The elder Lindner, who knew very little about solar energy, responded with intrigue and words of encouragement.

“If you can figure that out, go for it,” Al said.

When he returned home to southern California, Lindner reached out to solar companies to see if anyone offered anything that could be installed on the deck of a bass boat or possibly on the outboard. It needed to be durable, waterproof and efficient enough to charge 36-volt batteries and an outboard cranking battery.

His search came up empty until he came across Ocean Planet Energy, a Maine-based solar company owned by Bruce Schwab. Schwab tipped him off that there was another individual asking the same questions about solar panels and bass boats.

Schwab put Lindner in contact with Brian Meyer, an Iowa angler with an automotive background. Meyer was already a couple steps ahead of Lindner in the search for a durable and efficient option to utilize the sun’s rays to charge his boat’s batteries. He’d already outfitted his outboard with a small solar panel that allowed him to trickle-charge his cranking battery while on the water.

Forgetting The Personal Items You Need

This is an interesting video, from a very interesting fellow.  Funny fellow actually.  What he says though are some great ideas, some of which I already do.  As someone that does not own a boat (yet), I am often stuck fishing from shore and I take some of my fishing equipment everywhere I go just in case the opportunity arises.  Duct tape though ?  Well, good for boaters anyway.

 

Shallow Water Anchor Systems

This is an interesting article by iBass360 :

Shallow Water Anchor Systems for bass boats, you see them more and more. The first time I saw them I was not exactly sure what I was looking at. “How do those things work?”, I asked. “These are Power Poles” the angler answered, “They are the next thing you are going to want to add to your rig.”  Like Kleenex, Power Pole is both a brand and a synonym for a Shallow Water Anchor System. When I started asking around, I found that every owner had a strong opinion. They either loved what they had or were adamant that they would buy the other system when they got their next boat. Power Pole, and their main competitor, Talon, are automated anchoring systems which deploy quietly with the touch of a button, anchoring your boat in depths of 8-10 feet. They come in several colors – one sure to match your boatanchor5 - Copy

Both systems are easy to install and, fortunately, very resilient to accidental attempts to damage them. Accidental damage? Well, I am sure your first thought was similar to mine- “what happens when you take off and they are still deployed, won’t they pull the transom, motor and all, off the back of the boat?”.  Their real benefit is when the wind is blowing, they still hold you firmly in place despite the wind, current and waves. This allows you to reduce use of the trolling motor as a means of holding you on a spot or on structure- a real battery anchor1 - Copysaver.

Both systems deploy in seconds, quietly locking you down right where you want to fish. Think of the many situations where having a Power Pole or Talon could give you an advantage. It all sounds great, but a lot of guys say, these are toys for the Elites, something the weekend warrior just can’t justify in terms of spending money for something they think won’t be used that much. My observations have been quite different. Guys who have them definitely use them, some days putting them up and down dozens of times. I haven’t met anyone yet who put one of these anchoring systems on their boat and took it off because they didn’t get great use out of them.   In fact, most who have them say they would never go back to not having them, saying that not having them would be as bad as fishing without a trolling motor. So let’sanchor10 look at a comparison offering just the facts, breaking down the main features and considerations of these two anchoring systems.

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The Sunday Quiz

I’ve been meaning to get some of my fishing buddies together and do a quiz with them.  Thanks to The Angler’s Club, I don’t need to put it all together now.  Awesome

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By Ben Team

Here’s your latest installment of our Sunday Quiz, weekly questions to test your knowledge of fish and some of the strategies used to snatch them.  This week’s theme (themes, really) is tackle and technique – specifically, what technique to use with a given lure.  Be sure to  to let us know in the comments or on social media how you scored, and what you’d like us to cover in future installments! Now, without further ado:

Sensitivity is imperative when working a Texas-rig; without it, you won’t detect bites.  Which of the following line types is the densest, and therefore, most sensitive?

  1. Monofilament
  2. Braid
  3. Fluorocarbon
  4. Fishing line does not alter sensitivity.

You are fishing over an expansive, weedy flat.  Which of the following presentations will allow you to present a stationary bait, just above the top of the weeds?

  1. Football jig
  2. Shaky head jig
  3. Drop shot
  4. Neko rig

While glass beads help make Carolina rigs flashier, what’s the functional reason for using them?

  1. The glass bead helps keep the rig from getting stuck in rocks.
  2. The glass bead helps improve the sensitivity of the rig.
  3. The glass bead is buoyant, which helps make the bait float.
  4. The glass bead shields the knot from the continual thumping of the heavy weight.

Which of the following techniques is often effective when targeting easily spooked fish that are holding in shallow water?

  1. Umbrella rig
  2. Split shot
  3. Crankbait
  4. Topwater popper

Aside from adding a trailer hook, which of the following spinnerbait modifications can help you catch short-striking bass?

  1. Trimming the skirt so that it is even with the hook bend.
  2. Adding a longer trailer.
  3. Bending the wire arm closed.
  4. Tying on the spinnerbait upside down.

When wacky rigging a plastic stick bait like a Senko or Dinger, you can extend the life of each individual bait by doing which of the following?

  1. Putting a drop of quick-drying glue on the spot where the hook penetrates the bait.
  2. Using a thicker hook.
  3. Spraying the stick bait with adhesive or hairspray.
  4. Slipping an O-ring over the bait and threading the hook through the O-ring instead of the bait.

Contrary to popular belief, how does the lure behind a Carolina rig behave?

  1. It darts rapidly from side to side.
  2. It drags along the bottom unless you raise the weight up off the bottom.
  3. It repeatedly rises off the bottom as high as the leader will allow, falling slowly each time.
  4. It spins around its axis, creating a considerable amount of action.

What is one of the primary differences between a flipping jig and a swim jig?

  1. Swim jigs are almost always colored to resemble shad, flipping jigs are generally black or blue.
  2. Swim jigs typically weigh more than 1-ounce, while flipping jigs typically weigh less than 1/2-ounce.
  3. Swim jigs have silicone skirts, while flipping jigs have rubber skirts.
  4. Swim jigs have eyes located on the front of the jig, flipping jig eyes are situated on the top or bottom of the jig.

How can you alter a Texas-rigged bait to make it slip more easily through downed trees and other dense cover?

  1. Bend the hook open a little bit to reduce the chances it will catch any of the wood.
  2. Insert a toothpick in the front of the nose weight so that it. pinches the line in place, and then break off the toothpick.
  3. Add a small glass bead in front of the nose weight.
  4. Use a floating worm – if you get snagged, you can just wait for the worm to float free.

You have pulled your boat parallel with a steep ledge.  Which of the following crankbaits will let you target the greatest variety of depths during the retrieve?

  1. Deep diving crankbait
  2. Floating crankbait
  3. Lipless crankbait
  4. Jointed crankbait

If you want the answers, head on over to here

Weedless Shad

I like fishing weeds and am more of a Largemouth bass fisherman than Smallmouth.  More of a hunter of fish I guess.  Hence, weeds are bound to get in the way of finding those largies.  This is not a new lure on the market but one that I haven’t actually tried yet.  Perhaps soon, only three rather long months to go :

A totally unique body design combined with a wire-guarded VMC® single hook on the back creates the first truly weedless hard bait. A hard paddle tail gives the lure a wobbling, tail-kicking action with very low resistance. Swims effortlessly through weeds without snagging or picking up trash. When allowed to drop on a tight line, the lure swims slowly down, drawing in bites.

Repairing Soft Plastics

Most of us bass fishermen use soft plastics periodically.  Quite often actually.  Why keep throwing these things away when at least some of them can be repaired.

H/T William “Wild Bill” Prescott

Sons Of Fishing

 

I don’t have any sponsors but this is kinda funny.

15 Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

Yeah, it’s a weak spot of mine.  Best I get to work on this.  

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Here are 15 proven fishing knots we think will make you extremely versatile in bass fishing. These knots will give you a lot of options for joining lines, creating loops on lures, snelling, or just getting stronger connections and quick solid knots when you’re in a hurry to get your lure back in the water. We’ve illustrated how to tie each fishing knot, and made it easy to view on your phone out in the boat. So be sure to bookmark this link for later and share it with your fishing buddies.

Read it all here

Line Choices

Below is a fairly basic write up on fishing line choices.  Up here in Ontario, the colour choices are perhaps even more important being that we have alot of very clear lakes, rivers and streams.

Don’t Get Tangled In Line Choices

The Rio Grande River reservoir was the second stop of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series, Josh Bertrand’s rookie season. He arrived with reels filled with heavy-duty super line and 20-pound test fluorocarbon leaders. He used the combination to drag Carolina rigs around deep timber, at least at first. “When an 8-pounder wraps 20-pound test in a tree, it doesn’t matter what you have, it’s gone,” he said. So he switched to 25-pound test fluorocarbon leaders. “It helped me a lot,” he said. “I didn’t lose another fish that tournament.” When the scales closed, the Arizona angler had 99 pounds and 2 ounces, which was enough weight for fourth place.

Bertrand invests a lot of time matching line to the fishing conditions he encounters across the country. “Having the right line is really important,” he said. Choosing the correct line is not only for feeling bites and landing bass. “Line affects how your bait is presented.” He classifies line into three main types: monofilament, fluorocarbon and super lines, also called braid. He uses them all, from 6- to 65-pound test. It can be difficult to match the right one to current conditions when there is an almost endless variety of sizes and colors to choose from. But you can cut through the confusion, and put more bass in your boat, if you follow the fourth-year Elite Series angler’s guidance.

See more of the article here

 

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