Wednesday, January 27, 2010

  • TIP #1The zone where slack water meets moving water is the ticket in a river situation, says Hank Steele of the Rapala Fishing Club. "Try any of the smaller size Rapala lures," he says. "Floaters, Jointed, Mini Fat Raps, they all work for a lot of river species. Match them up with thin-diameter line and a light-action rod so you can cast them a decent distance. Look for any kind of current break, and fire your bait across the current so it washes down through the current break. Twitch it and pop it as it swims down through that zone, and those fish will fire out from an ambush position."
  • TIP #2- Whether you’re casting or trolling, when you finish doing your ’precision’ work along the edges of a structural element, consider spending some time fishing deeper basin water near the structure. Again, whether you’re casting or trolling, try to position your lures so they are running at the same depth as the top of the structure. It’s common for fish to slide off the structure and suspend at that depth. Contrary to what we used to believe, these fish are not necessarily dormant! They can be caught. This tendency holds for many species of
  • TIP #3- Purposely force yourself to constantly change things up until you start catching fish, says Rapala’s Mark Fisher. "The worst thing you can do," Fisher says, "is get into a rut. There are many kinds of ruts. A lot of people just fish a certain way every time they go out, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The best way to grow as a fisherman is to try new things. If you keep
  • TIP #4 -Before putting your lures in the water, consider two very important questions, says Rapala Pro James Lindner. "First," he says, "what are the predominant prey species in that system, and how big are they likely to be right now? Second, how clear is the water?" Water clarity plays a big role in determining what lure colors are generally going to be most productive. In clear water, lean toward natural colors like silver, bone, white and brown. In stained water, it’s often good to start with gold, orange, and reds. Shiny silver can be great also. In dark water, fluorescent colors are really king, things like Firetiger patterns and fluorescent chartreuse. But don’t count out high-contrast patterns like red and white or white with other striking colors. Also, no matter what the ’rules’ say, use them only as a starting point. Fish break the rules all the time!
  • TIP #5 -Bang baits off structure and you’ll catch more fish, according to Rapala Pro Dan Sura. "It’s not a new story," he says. "Anglers have been told to ’bump the stump’ for a long time now. But the collision of a bait with a structural element can trigger strikes no matter what it is. Try making your baits contact rocks, weeds, or brush of any kind. A lot of times, as soon as the bait breaks free and starts to swim again, after being temporarily slowed down or stopped,
  • TIP #6 -Consider this retrieve alternative as you try to figure out what will trigger the fish on any given day, offered by the pros at Rapala lures: Slow rolling a bait across the surface, so the lip just barely digs in, keeps the tail wobbling good and stirs up the water. It’s not a common retrieve, and it can really turn fish on. (Hint: cast out, and hold the rod tip high as you do this. It keeps the bait from digging down, and allows you to vary the speed while still keeping the lure in the surface film.)

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