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So You Want to Start Muskie Fishing?


Due to the size, power of the fish, the strain of the lures themselves, muskie fishing is unlike any other freshwater fishing -- it requires specialized tackle from the rod to the lure and everything in between. I am hoping this guide will give you an idea of what is required before heading to a vendor interested in separating you from your hard earned cash. I am hesitant naming specific brands until they start putting food on my table -- however, do keep in mind, you get what you pay for. There are no shortcuts and I guarantee you, skimping now will result in lost fish, broken gear and ultimately, spending more later. Do it right the first time!

Rods & Reels

Fishing the Mississippi River

Whether you call it Old Man River, the Mighty Mississippi, or just the Mississippi River, it is the largest and longest river in the country, if you include its main tributary, the Missouri River. Most people do not think of the Mississippi River as a place to fish, rather a muddy, polluted, channelized waterway. It is true that the river is deeply damaged, but it still manages to offer unparalleled fishing opportunities even to this day.

Inshore Saltwater Fishing Along The Atlantic Coast Of The USA

Atlantic Croaker

Atlantic Croaker or "hardhead" are popular saltwater fish common along the Atlantic coast. The fish get their names because of the "croaking" noise the make when removed from the water. Croakers are hard fighters and prolific feeders. They are caught on a variety of baits and lures and even go after flies in shallow water areas. Croakers are easily accessible, being caught on piers, jetties, small boats, charter boats and head boats.


Bluefish are an exciting gamefish. They are found all along the USA east coast, sometimes in large schools. The fish are voracious feeders and are known for their sharp teeth and ability to demolish even the strongest tackle. In some areas cut baits are used, including squid, fish, bloodworms or other baits. Anglers also troll, jig, cast artificial lures and fly fish for bluefish. The fish have dark, oily meat but are excellent smoked.

Sea Bass

Summer Crappie Fishing

If you're looking to max out on crappies this summer, look no further. To some fisherman, crappies are the only pan-fish worth catching and might even be the only species they ever fish for, and with good reason. But have you ever noticed when you're out trying to catch some bass, you end up catching nothing but pan-fish (crappies, bluegills and such)?

And then when you want nothing more than to come home with a stringer full of crappies, they're nowhere to be found?

Well if you're in the mood to spend a day at the lake raking in the crappies like a pro, then take a look at what the pro's say about what they use and how they use it.

First of all, around this time of year (August as of now) when the water temperature finally begins to warm up, you won't find crappies in the shallows. By this time, crappies are done spawning and typically abandon the cover they used during spring, which means you'll have to do some work trying to find schools of them.

5 Carp Fishing Tips For Beginners

Tip 1. Choosing a suitable carp water

Choosing a water to carp fish on is heavily dependent on what you want to achieve from the sport. Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet in the countryside, a tough challenge or just to catch as many fish as possible there is a water for you.

Club waters - These are waters available to fish upon joining an angling club or society. These are usually one of the cheapest ways of getting carp fishing with angling clubs all over the UK from as little as £40 a year to fish. Clubs are very variable though and your enjoyment of the sport will often depend on the other members and types of fishing they prefer. e.g. If you join a popular club for match fishing you can often expect your fishing to be curtailed on a Sunday morning by a match fixture. The best approach is often to contact a club and ask if it is possible to walk round a venue to get a feel for the place and chat to a few anglers.

Crappie Fishing Mistakes

How To Avoid Common Mistakes That Can Cut Your crappie Catches 50% or more!

Every crappie fisherman has had his good and bad days. The trick is to avoid the common mistakes all crappie fisherman make so you can always increase your chances of a good catch. Lets face it, to most us our fishing time is precious. Most of us work full time jobs and when we go fishing it is our release on the constant stresses of life. I did some extensive research about crappie fishing and came up with the following common crappie fishing mistakes.

Fishing For Crappie Mistakes #1 Patience Doesn't "Pay"

When fishing for crappie We have all heard people say that patience pays when fishing. Unfortunately that is not correct when fishing for crappie. Crappie are a schooling fish and it is important to find these schools. So when your fishing for crappie it is very important to be on the move constantly to find the crappie schools.

Fishing For Carp Using Method Feeder Tactics

It surprises me just how many carp anglers don't use the method more often when fishing for carp. Maybe it's the thought that the method is associated with catching only the smaller fish, rather than the bigger carp. In fact, method fishing tactics can produce some huge carp in the right situations, and when using good method fishing tactics to outwit the biggest fish in the lake. I often use the method for many of my fishing sessions. If I have 3 rods out, I will commonly have at least one on the method as I fish for carp.

Bass - Fishing Topwater Baits

Author: Jack Phillips

Bass fishing with topwater baits is without a doubt the most fun you can have fishing for large or smallmouth bass. People watch these bass tournaments on the tube and see all these pros using plastic and spinner baits jigs and crankbaits, forget about the fun and excitement you get with topwater baits. Topwater baits create great action and stories to pass on to family and fishing friends.

The best time I find for topwater bass fishing is in summer, the colder the water the slower the response, and the more you have to work that bait. Early morning and evening are best for topwater bass fishing.

The Secret Bass Fishing Techniques

Author: Holly Stevens

One of the best bass fishing techniques would have to be splitshotting. This can make all the difference between a successful days fishing or sitting twiddling your thumbs all day.

Without doubt you should take the time to practice this bass fishing technique and not only will it make your a better bass fisher but it will give you more enjoyment when your out fishing during the cold winter months.

If you desire to master bass fishing then this is a technique that you must learn.

If you do decide to put the effort in you will learn very quickly how to master the art of the fall and winter bass fishing. By taking the time to learn techniques you will be rewarded with exceptional smallmouth bass.

Best Lures To Use In Fishing

by: Travis Clemens

The evolution of fishing gear and accessories along with the development of the bass fishing industry brought about the development of various lures specifically used for different fish species.

There are many types or class of lures and they all depend on what type of fish works for them. Many only work for specific types but some cover a wide range of species of fish.

Below are some of the typical lures used for fishing.

Light Standard Casting Lures

For Standard casting lures, they are mostly able to attract a wide range of fish varieties from albacore, bluefish, bonita, oho and crappies. These lures are also excellent for certain species of bass fish and work best when retrieved from water at low to medium speed. They pass through water with undetectably synthetic material.

Their sizes are excellent for lightweight fish and a host of freshwater species. They range from 1/16 oz. to 3 oz.

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