September 16, 2018

Tips and Tricks on How to Catch Rainbow Trout

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So, it’s rainbow trout you’re after? No wonder, as it’s quite common and incredibly easy to catch. But that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to do it! If you’re one of the people who have no idea how to catch rainbow trout, you’ve come to the right place.

The purpose of this article is to teach you the basics of rainbow trout fishing. The tips and tricks that you will learn from it will be a great start to what is sure to be a great angling adventure. 

Rainbow Trout Characteristics

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Whether any fishing trip is a success or not depends mostly on your knowledge of the environment, behavior, and diet of the fish you’re after. Of course, some luck doesn’t do any harm, but there’s much more to angling than waiting for a fish to take the bait.

When it comes to rainbow trout, they love fast running water. The species is popular because it responds to a wide variety of baits. As such, it falls under the category of fish that are fairly easy to catch. What’s more, rainbow trout are often stocked in rivers and lakes, which means that even rookie anglers can hope for a decent catch.

Be that as it may, rainbow trout is by no means a predictable species. They do tend to be temperamental. For example, it’s not uncommon for a rainbow trout to follow the bait around without taking it. Therefore, you should be ready to change your angling strategy often. You’ll also find that they are a worthy adversary once they jump on your hook. They will put up a fight and try to run away. But don’t let that discourage you - just fight stronger than they do.

Where to Look For Rainbow Trout

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They can be found in a wide variety of places, however, fast running water is the best starting point. Oftentimes, the faster, the better. ​Keep in mind that this species tend to travel upstream, against the current. Moreover, remember that they are big fans of structure.

You will often find rainbow trout in sections of extremely fast water, hiding behind or under rocks, logs, or any such structure. They save their strength by lurking for prey and ambushing it once it comes along.

How to Target Rainbow Trout

When it comes to targeting rainbow trout, your strategy will depend on your location. Although there are several ways to do it, you should first learn everything there is to know about local angling regulations. Namely, in many cases, you will need a freshwater license to fish for rainbow trout.

Generally speaking, you should be able to catch them with baits, lures, flies, and soft plastics. Most of the time, the type of tackle you choose will depend on whether you fish from a shore or a boat.

However, one thing that is sure to land you a good catch is patience. Seeing as rainbow trout have soft mouths, it's not so uncommon that they simply slip off if you drag it too tight.

Fishing for Rainbow Trout in Different Seasons

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You might not be aware of this, but you can actually fish for rainbow trout throughout the year. However, you do need to keep the season-specific weather conditions in mind. Here’s a short guide on how to catch rainbow trout in each season.

Spring

Although early spring weather conditions are nowhere near ideal for angling, there are numerous possibilities for a great catch. Indeed, it is usually still cold, and the water is neither clear nor at a good level. But, believe it or not, these conditions can be to your advantage.

First of all, cold air and cold water mean lethargic fish. During this period, rainbow trout actually avoid fast waters, staying at the bottom of runs or deeper holes. Hence, you’ll have to put in some effort into luring them out.

Another thing that will make it hard for you to spot rainbow trout in spring is a higher water level. Be it from the melting snow or sudden spring downpours, you can expect the level of water to be at its highest.

Summer

Summer offers stable weather conditions for pretty much any activity. As such, it's the time of the year when targeting rainbow trout is very easy on large bodies of water. Despite that fact, the hottest period of the year is certainly not the most popular among serious anglers.

One of the reasons for that is the significant rise in air and water temperatures. Since, for the most part, rainbow trout prefer to stay in cooler water, consider bringing a thermometer with you. You are more likely to spot them in waters with the temperatures ranging between 55F (12.7C) and 65F (18.3C) than anywhere else. Remember - during the summer season, the cooler, the better.

Furthermore, when fishing for rainbow trout in summer, try to do it at first and last light. Namely, these are the two times of the day when rainbow trout naturally feed. As the day goes by, you’ll notice that they tend to become inert.

Fall

As fall approaches, most experienced anglers naturally move southward in search of rainbow trout. There’s still plenty of chance for great catches, as long as you keep in mind how moody fall weather can be. Basically, your angling strategy will have to depend on the weather conditions and air temperatures.

For example, on summerlike days, rainbow trout tend to stay in stream pockets, as the water there is full of fresh air. On the other hand, you should go subsurface on winterlike days. Moreover, you will have to focus on the edges and tailouts, as fall fish generally feed along the banks.

Winter

Wintertime has unjustly been overlooked as a rainbow trout angling season. Seeing as the majority of rainbow trout available haven’t seen a bait for up to several months, they can be easy prey.

During winter months, rainbow trout typically lay low in shallow waters. They often cruise just above the bottom of weedy bays, coves, and inlets. They typically don’t go into water deeper than 5 feet. However, this behavior pattern is not to be taken for granted, as rainbow trout move about in a random fashion during winter.

Equipment You’ll Need to Catch Rainbow Trout

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When fishing for rainbow trout, many experienced anglers opt for the lightest possible tackle. The reason for this is the fact that rainbow trout have great eyesight and it’s easy to scare them away with heavy equipment. In any case, here’s a list of things you must have for your angling trip:

A rod and reel:

If you’re a rookie angler, it’s preferable that you choose a standard spinning rod and reel. Moreover, look for an ultra-light rod and reel, as they tend to be more flexible. What’s more, with a highly flexible rod, you’ll feel the hits better.

You also need to ensure that your rod, reel, and line are a match. In order to achieve that, you should look for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Usually, you’ll find it on the rod.

When it comes to rainbow trout fishing, 6 to 6.5 feet long are simpler to handle and offer great cast ability. On the other hand, a 7.5 to 8-foot long fly-rod offers medium to slow action but has proven nearly perfect for trout fishing.

A pair of waders:

Every serious angler needs a pair of waders if he/she wants to stay dry. Namely, wading gives you access to waters that you can’t reach by casting - you have to walk through them. Waders will be especially useful in streams.

A fishing vest​:

If you plan to fish for several hours or all day, a fishing vest is a smart investment. Anglers often call it “a wearable tackle box”, and that’s exactly the purpose it serves. However, if you opt for wearing a fishing vest, make sure you organize it beforehand. You don’t want to waste time looking for your gear.

​A hand net:

There are several reasons why a landing net can be a crucial asset on your angling trip. First of all, you’ll avoid any last-second break-off if you use it to land a fish. Second, it minimizes stress and injury to fish, especially if you’re catching and releasing. Finally, using a net will allow you to control any possible stray hooks and avoid hook-induced injuries.

​A stringer:

If the purpose of your angling expedition is to keep the fish you catch, you’ll need a stringer. There are many kinds of stringers out there, but type and length of the one you choose will depend on:

  • ​The type of fish you're after
  • ​Whether you're fishing from the coast or a boat

Although rainbow trout are delicate, a traditional nylon rope or chain stringer will work well. Furthermore, you can consider using a rubber string instead of nylon one, as they are much easier to clean and are gentler on the fish.

​A pair of polarized sunglasses:

Although polarized sunglasses are a bit expensive, experienced anglers claim that if you fish without them, you might as well do it blindfolded. Seeing how much of rainbow trout fishing depends on the angler’s eyesight, you want to ensure that your eyes are protected. A pair of high-quality polarized sunglasses will do not only that but also provide a clear visual of the fish movements under the water.

​How to Attract Rainbow Trout

There are several ways to attract and catch rainbow trout. What you’ll find below is a list of the most commonly used ones.

​Lures

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Lures are one of the most common ways to attract rainbow trout attention. They’re usually made from artificial materials, and they come in smaller sizes. In fact, you should probably go ahead and pick those 1/16 to 1/32 oz big, as they appear more natural in a variety of situations.

We went ahead and came up with several suggestions that you can use as a starting point in your search for the perfect lure.

  • Mepps Aglia 

This spinnerbait is a safe choice, particularly for rookies. They are, however, much more efficient as underwater lures. Namely, the blades will rarely spin on the surface.

  • Panther Martin 

Yet another spinnerbait,​ the Panther Martin is the go-to lure of most experienced anglers. Thanks to its compact design, it adds virtually no extra weight to the rod. Furthermore, it has proven to be reliable in any waters. On top of that, it comes at very reasonable prices. 

  • Rapala Original Floater 

Although floating lures are not the best option for rainbow trout fishing, Rapala Original Floater can be effective for trolling. A great advantage is that it is exceptionally light and it casts relatively easily.

  • Worden’s Flatfish 

This lure is not easy to fish with, as it is often too light. As such, it requires adding some extra weight which can cause it to “roll” when you need it to wobble. However, much like its predecessor, this lure is perfect for slow trolling rainbow trout along the surface.

Keep in mind that, to make a lure useful, you need to match it to the environment. So, when considering what lure to use, try finding something that resembles the surroundings.

However, don’t be afraid to use shiny and bright lures - rainbow trout actually like that. You can easily go with something pink or orange, too.

​Baits

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Although lures are a great way to attract rainbow trout, baits are a much better option if you’re aiming at trophy fish. They can be either natural or artificial, and your choice will mostly depend on your personal preference. Here are some things you should know before you start choosing.

  • Natural Rainbow Trout Baits 
  • Worms (e.g., nightcrawlers, garden hackle, red wigglers)
  • Waxworms (i.e., bee moth larvae)
  • Salmon eggs
  • Crickets and grasshoppers
  • Bait-store minnows
  • Crayfish
  • Aquatic larvae

Keep in mind that rainbow trouts tend to swallow live baits. Therefore, if you only plan to catch and release the fish, avoid using them.

  • ​Artificial Rainbow Trout Baits

Over the years, experts have closely watched and examined trout behavior. In the process, they learned a lot about what trout like and dislike. As a result, you can now easily find artificial fishing baits in a large number of shapes, colors, and odors.

When picking an artificial bait, you have to take its smell into consideration. Seeing as rainbow trout are predators, certain odors will trigger them into following the bait. A great point about artificial bait is that their smell travels long distances and is quite long lasting.

Furthermore, the color of artificial bait can be quite enticing. Namely, artificial baits are usually much brighter than live baits and can trigger curiosity in rainbow trout. Even more so, you can consider combining artificial and live bait. Just make sure the smells are similar.

One thing to keep in mind when opting for artificial baits is whether the trout you’re after live in heavily fished waters. If they do, be ready to change your bait often, as they’ve probably grown accustomed to many of them. 

Hooks and Other Terminal Tackle

In general, you should choose hooks and terminal tackle based on the type of fish you’re after. Keep in mind that the key to a stress-free angling trip is keeping your tackle simple. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Single hooks (sizes: 4 to 8)
  • Weights (small split shots to sliding weights, up to ¼ oz)
  • Swivels (sizes: 10 or 12)
  • Small floats (pencil/stick or bubble floats)
  • A small spool of test line (​4lb)

​Conclusion

Rainbow trout, be it stocked or wild, is a great starting point for rookie anglers or people who don’t want to break a sweat while fishing. You will still find it challenging, but you will most probably walk away with a decent catch at the end of the day.

By writing this article, we did our best to teach you how to catch rainbow trout. But we can’t do it for you. Go out there and catch some yourself!

September 8, 2018

Bass Fishing – How to Fish With Plastic Worms Like a Pro

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Finding waters where bass is present is easy enough. But, successfully fishing for it means more than just casting the bait and waiting. Here you will learn how to fish with plastic worms on different rigs.

We will cover a few most popular rigging methods. Then, we will take a look at what kind of worms you should use to fill up your basket quickly. And finally, we will give you some extra tips.

Though it may seem simple to most people, fishing is anything but that. Before learning how to fish with plastic worms for bass specifically, make sure you have the basics covered.

So, get your supplies ready and give the techniques we’ve described a try to find your favorite!

​The Rigs

1. Texas Rig

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The Texas rig is simple and great for fishing around cover, such as grass where bass can be found. A medium-heavy action rod is perfectly fine for this rig. Also, high-speed gear ratio reels are very helpful.

But, remember that spending tons of money on equipment alone won’t guarantee you better results. At first, work with what you already have. And that applies to fishing in general.

For the Texas rig you will need:

  • A bullet weight (sinker)
  • An offset worm hook
  • A soft plastic worm

Any material for the weight is acceptable - lead, tungsten, brass, etc.

  • 1
    Pierce the tip of the worm head with the hook point
  • 2
    Push the hook point out of the worm about a quarter of an inch from the tip. Make sure the knot is just inside the worm
  • 3
    Slot the hook point into the meat of the worm farther down from the head

When you’re done, the first part of the worm should stretch straight from the knot to the hook point. That way, the second part is free to move in water. That gives it some action while submerged, which will attract the bass.

Additionally, that first part of the worm acts like a weed guard. So, there’s much less chance for the hook to get stuck in grass.

​2. Shaky Head

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On the Shaky Head rig, the tail of the worm stands straight up on the bottom. That makes it a bit better than the Texas rig. It’s more lifelike. For even better action, you may use a thinner worm.

Once again, work with what you already have. Learning how to fish with plastic worms is more than just following a tutorial down to a T. You will need to get out there and get some experience.

For the Shaky Head rig you will need:

  • ​A shaky head hook
  • ​A soft plastic worm

​You might be wondering what a shaky head hook ​is. The shaky head hook is a hook where the weight is integrated in the hook head. It usually has a hook keeper on it too. 

  • 1
    Slide the hook point sideways through the worm head.
  • 2
    Push the worm head all the way up the hook, past the hook keeper. That will keep the worm on the head of the bait.
  • 3
    Slot the hook point into the worm meat. Make sure the worm is straight across the hook, like in the previous rig.

As you can see, the only difference between this rig and the Texas rig is the hook. Though it is a simple design, it positions the worm just right to have a better appeal ​for the bass.

​3. Wacky Rig

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The Wacky Rig provides an even better presentation. On it, the worm moves naturally while it’s sinking. And when you move the rod, it has a swimming-type action. Also, the Wacky Rig is probably the most used one, because of its simplicity.

For the Wacky Rig you will need:

  • A wide-gap finesse style hook
  • A soft plastic worm

If you’re fishing around cover, you can use a hook with a weed guard.

The Wacky Rig is unique because the hook goes through the middle of the worm. Having both ends of the worm free is what gives it that natural action in the water.

The best way to use the Wacky Rig is to let the bait sink slowly. That will make the ends of the worm shake, attracting bass.

​4. Drop Shot

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Now, the Drop Shot rig is a more complicated method. But, it’s very effective and amazing in clear water. A spinning reel is optional, but preferred for this rig.

For the Drop Shot rig you will need: 

  • ​A finesse style hook
  • ​A drop shot weight
  • ​A soft plastic worm

Drop shot weights are designed to break away if you get stuck in the cover. You will lose some weights, but re-rigging will take much less time. You may use a lighter line and a smaller worm, if possible.

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    Using a Palomar knottie the hook onto the line, about 10 inches from the end.
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    Then, thread the tag end back through the eye of the hook, from the hook point side downward.
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    Next, put the drop shot weight on:
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    Thread the tag end through the eye of the weight.
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    Lastly, put the worm on:
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    Slide the hook point into the head of the worm from a side.
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    ​Bring the hook point through the tip of the worm head so it sticks out a bit.

What makes the worm stand up when using this rig is the way the hook is threaded. The key to being successful with this rig is not to hop the bait off the bottom. When you cast the bait, let it sink and sit. Then, use light twitches of the rod tip to attract bass.7

​5. Carolina Rig

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Now, if you like physics or mechanics, you’ll appreciate the Carolina Rig. There’s just something beautifully technical about it. This rig keeps the bait on or near the bottom better than any other. Additionally, it covers a lot of ground.

For the Carolina Rig you will need:

  • An offset worm hook
  • ​A bullet weight
  • ​A bead
  • ​A swivel
  • A soft plastic worm

Any bead will do - plastic, glass, metal, etc. 

  • 1
    First, thread the weight and the bead onto the line.
  • 2
    ​Next, ​put the swivel on​. Any knot will work.​​​
  • 3
    ​Now, tie a 14-18 inch leader to the swivel and cut the excess tag. Any type of knot is fine here, too.
  • 4
    ​Then, tie the took to the leader.
  • 5
    And now ​put the worm on ​like you would on the Texas Rig. So:​​​
  • 1
    Pierce the tip of the worm head with the hook point.
  • 2
    Push the hook point out of the worm about a quarter of an inch from the tip. Make sure the knot is just inside the worm.
  • 3
    Slot the hook point into the meat of the worm farther down from the head.

In the Carolina Rig, the bead creates noise when it clicks up against the weight and attracts the fish. It also protects the knot.

In the spring, you can use a shorter leader. And later in the year, when the grass is a little longer, make the leader longer too.

​The Worms

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The fishing lures come in a vast number of shapes, sizes, and colors. So, it’s easy to pick one that will reduce your efficiency when fishing.

In this part of the article on how to fish with plastic worms, we will give you some general guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a worm for your rig.

​Add ​some contrast

This one is simple. Dark water - brighter colored worms, clear water - darker, more natural-looking worms. There’s a whole lot of biology and physics happening behind this principle. But, unless your last name is Darwin or Tesla, that’s not important. Also, remember that the weather conditions affect visibility in the water.

  • ​Dark water - bright colors
  • ​Clear water - dark colors

​Size matters

In clear water, you can get away with using a smaller worm.​In darker water use a bigger worm. Apart from affecting the appeal of the bait to the bass, the size of the worm also affects the sink rate.

  • ​Dark water - big worms (slow sink rate)
  • ​Clear water - small worms (faster sink rate)

​Pay attention to the tails

The plastic worms come with a variety of tails. They’re all designed to give the bait action when submerged. Use a worm with a tail in warm water, where bass are active. Especially in dark waters and when fishing around cover. In clear, cold waters, a worm without a tail works fine.

  • ​Dark, warm water - worms with a tail
  • ​Clear, cold water - worms without a tail

​Put on some weight

After choosing the worm size, you can fine-tune the sink rate using various weights. You want the sink rate to be slower in cold waters. So, use lighter weights in early spring and late fall. You can use heavier weights in warm water with active bass. Also, use the heavier ones when fishing around thick cover.

  • ​Cold water - lighter weights (slower sink rate)
  • ​Warm water - heavier weights (faster sink rate)

​Quick Tips on How to Fish With Plastic Worms

Now, to round up this lesson, we’ll give you a few extra tips. However, we must remind you that learning how to fish with plastic worms, and fishing in general for that matter, takes time.

You will have to try different tactics yourself and read many more of our articles. Multiple times. Also, it’s a good idea to surround yourself with other fishermen and hear their stories.

People always relate fishing to patience, which is true. But, fishing is also about doing the right thing at the right moment. Remember the following tips to make the most out of your casts this weekend.

  • ​You can use bobber-stoppers to prevent the weight moving along the line.
  • If you see the line do anything you didn’t do, odds are a fish did that.
  • Count how long it takes the bait to hit the bottom. If you cast again at the same place and the bait stops moving earlier than before, a fish probably grabbed it.
  • When fishing with plastic worms, set the hook as soon as you feel a fish bite.
  • Don’t be afraid to set the hook even though you’re not certain you felt a bite.
  • Reel down before setting the hook, and set it hard!
  • Keep the rod tip down as soon as you cast. You can then crawl the bait along the bottom by moving the rod tip.
  • When moving the bait - you can never be too slow, but you can be too fast.
  • Start with heavier weights, and move to the lighter ones if your initial efforts are unsuccessful.
  • When fishing with a plastic worm, always keep tension on the line.
  • Bass like to ambush their prey - look for them around cover
  • Bass are often active when it’s windy.
  • Pick your favorite spot and method - and be persistent.

And there you go. You’ve now learned the basics of how to fish with plastic worms. All you have to do now is go out and try it. Like we said, you must get real experience to become a successful angler.

September 6, 2018

How To Get Fish Smell Off Your Hands In A Minute

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How to get the fish smell off your hands? If you think that there’s no way to do that, you’re in for a real treat!

Every single person that has handled at least one fish in their lifetime knows this smell. And, even though some consider this smell as a sign of their success, we bet that the people near you will disagree immediately. Regardless of how good it feels to catch a fish, prepare it on your own and enjoy that delicious taste, that iconic fish smell is something that will haunt you long after.

You probably know that no matter how many times you wash your hands, the smell will linger around. That’s why we tested out numerous methods to get the fish smell off your hands successfully. After reading this article, you’ll be prepared to tackle the fish smell and get rid of it in no time.

First Things First - How do they get so stinky?!

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The thing we find unpleasant about fish is how slimy and oozy they are. However, this slimy coating on their outside, which carries a distinctive odor, has a pretty important purpose for them. It serves as a protection and it keeps them safe from infections and other bacterial hazards under water.

Certain fish are so slippery that predators and humans just can’t succeed in grabbing them. Well, this coating is great for fish, but not so great for our noses. This fish slime carries a certain unpleasant odor that just can’t come off as easily as we’d like.

For the fishermen out there, we have another bad news. The smaller fish used as bait are one more reason your hands smell bad. Dead fish has bacteria in the flesh, which causes them to stink much worse when exposed to the air.

Solution No.1 - Stainless Steel

This might sound weird at first and you might even ask yourself “What does steel have to do with fish smell?”. Well, surprisingly enough, stainless steel is a very efficient method of removing different odors.

The reason for that lays in its composition, as its compounds help neutralize the bad smell. That way, stainless steel preserves its durability and resists getting rusty.

There are bars of stainless steel that will be perfect for you to get the fish smell off your hands on the go! Whether you use it with water or not, you’ll still see how efficient these bars are! All you’ll have to do is rub the stainless steel bar in your hands just like you would do with a soap bar.

What’s more, you can put these bars in your dishwasher after you are done. Bottom line? It’s cheap, efficient and the easiest way to get rid of fish smell in seconds.

Solution No. 2 - Chemicals can help neutralize the bad smell

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There are numerous products that have their own strong smell and are capable of fighting the unpleasant odor quite quickly. No, we’re not talking about some mysterious products - we’re talking about products you already have in your pantry:

  • ​Vinegar
  • ​Lemon juice
  • ​Baking soda
  • ​Mineral oil
  • ​Baby wipes

The first two, vinegar and lemon juice, work just great in fighting odor. However, there is a slight drawback you should consider before pouring these liquids on your hands. Both can make your hands really dry.

You don’t have to worry, though, with some hand cream or a moisturizer your hands will be as good as new. Most importantly, you’ll get rid of the nasty fish scent.

Alternatively, you can try using mineral oil or baking soda, as they both work great at removing strong scents. What’s more, for those wondering how to clean up a fishy cutting board, mineral oil is the key.

Lastly, try using baby wipes. They are great at neutralizing strong smells. That’s actually not so surprising when you think about their primary purpose, right

Solution No.3 - Try using abrasive cleaners

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This one is pretty logical and here’s why. When you’re handling fish, the slimy scent gets attached to the upper layer of your skin on your hands.

Regular soap just can’t deal with that, while abrasive cleaners will essentially remove that outer layer of the skin. By doing so, the stinky oils attached to your skin will disappear, too.

Here are some extremely efficient abrasive cleaners for you to try:

  • ​Toothpaste
  • ​Liquid pumice style soap
  • ​Soap stones

Our go-to product would definitely be toothpaste. It’s a product everyone has in their bathroom, and it does a great job at fighting bacteria. So, it’s not a surprise that it may help you fight that stinky smell as well!

What would work even better is a toothpaste-baking soda combo! Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Mix a bit of toothpaste and some baking soda into a paste
  • ​Rub it onto your hands and give it a good scrub
  • ​Rinse it off
  • ​Enjoy the regular, fresh smell off your hands again

​Final Thoughts

All right guys, now you know how to get fish smell off your hands with simple products such as stainless steel bars, vinegar, toothpaste and other stuff you probably already have in your home.

If you try these methods both you and those who surround you won’t have to suffer from the strong fish smell no more. Isn’t that just great?

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September 5, 2018

5 Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

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If you went fishing a couple of times and managed to catch some fish, don’t start thinking that you are an expert just yet. Anyone who considers themselves a serious angler should master five basic fishing knots.

In case you have been using the same old knot that you learned how to make when you first started fishing, it’s high time that you enhanced your skills.

​Five fishing knots that we consider fundamental are:

  • ​Improved Clinch Knot
  • ​Palomar Knot
  • ​Turtle Knot
  • ​Blood Knot
  • ​Snell Knot

Also, regardless of the knot you decide to use, you have to remember the following things every time you head fishing:

  • In order to make a tight knot and get rid of friction, always wet the line
  • ​To avoid tangled lines or snags, trim the end of the knot
  • ​Take your time; perfection isn't achieved overnight
  • ​Make sure you're using enough line to able to successfully complete the knot

If you want to learn how to make these fishing knots like a pro, as well as to find out what each of them is used for, take a look at the infographic below. The instructions we provided will allow you to master the knotting technique and become a skillful angler in no time.

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July 22, 2018

Angler Area’s Top 29 Fishing Related Blogs To Follow

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We know how often you have to scroll through numerous different pages and blogs in order to find the proper information you may be looking for. We understand how obnoxious that can be so we have put together a list of 29 fishing blogs we think you should follow.

These blogs will not only provide you with accurate information, but they will help you become the best angler you can be.

Please Note: The blogs featured here are arranged in no particular order. We're fans of all of them.

​The following blogs get our "Top 29 Fishing Blogs" Badge:

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Austin Kayak

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Kayak fishing is a sport in itself. This blog takes you on a ​kayak fishing journey from start to finish. If you have been considering taking up kayak fishing, this blog will help guide you in the right direction.

It's resourceful without overloading you with information that you may not necessarily need. It offers a friendly atmosphere in a well-created blog space. They even have a product space where the best products used are reviewed.

Line & Sight

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This family blog offers a fully rounded fishing experience with a personal touch. There are multiple different guides on fishing in different water scenarios, including salt water and fresh water.

The blog offers its readers the ability to share their experiences with others right on the platform. This allows you to connect with multiple different people who have the same interest in fishing by simply signing up.

Kayak Fishing Blog

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Liam is the blogger behind this Kayak fishing blog, he is resourceful while giving his perspective on new ways to enjoy the sport. He speaks on maintenance for the kayak, safety measures and even gear that works best.

It is a full rounded blog with a display that works well. 

Field and Stream

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Finding a good blog that will provide valuable information on stream fishing can be a bit difficult. This blog pays close attention to stream fishing as one of their main topics.

It offers fly fishing tips, personal stream stories, gear reviews and the latest tactics to help you catch any fish you want to catch. It creates a glossary space where you can find what you need in one simple layout.

Dish on Fish

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​Did you have a successful saltwater fishing day and now you're in need of a tasty recipe? If so, this blog offers the ins and outs of great seafood cooking.

It offers nutritional recipes that help you learn how to incorporate healthier meals with seafood to your everyday diet. It's simple meals for everyone in the family. 

My Delicious Blog

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My delicious blog is exactly what it says to be, absolutely delicious. It offers excellent recipes that are not only easy to make but they revolve around eating healthier and adding seafood options to your everyday meals.

Nicole, the blogger behind this blog has made it easy to find a new recipe whenever you need it. 

Mad River Outfitters

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This fly fishing blog is constructed with the idea that information on fishing should be straightforward without unnecessary details. It provides important tips and tricks​ (they have a ton of fly tying guides) that allow the reader to work on their fishing skills with ease.

A unique feature this blog has is that it offers everything from trips, classes, guides, and instructions. They offer even a store with fishing gear and gadgets that help you become a better angler.

Trout Fisherman

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Fly fishing is a sport on its own, therefore, it is important to learn how to do it the proper way. The key is working on your techniques and learning from others. This is exactly what this blog intends to do.

It is written in a friendly manner that allows you to perfectly understand the message the writer is trying to convey. Offering multiple different tips, tricks, and guides to perfecting your fly fishing ways, this blog will help you achieve what you sought out to do.

Angler Wise

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From fishing gear reviews to best-tasting fish to catch, this blog has a little something for everyone. Its versatility and layout work perfectly because it gives you the ability to find exactly what you are looking for every single time.

There are so many options, you will spend hours on the blog looking to learn something new. We love the idea of a one-stop shop. 

Duranglers

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Specializing in the San Juan, New Mexico fishing market, this blog takes a closer look at fishing in this area while providing valuable information on fly fishing in general. If you're a fan of fly fishing, you have to check it out!

There is even a section of stories where personal stories are shared. 

Aspiring Fly Fishing Blog

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Aspiring fly fishing is a blog dedicated to beginners that want to take fly fishing to the next level. The idea is to have all the information you need in one single space. The great aspect of this blog is that it takes the journey of a father and son while they fish.

Think of it like a diary that you won’t want to stop reading. The stories are heartwarming and funny while teaching you something new along the way.

They also offer guided fly fishing trips so if you're ​about to visit New Zealand, it might be something to think about.

Rakkenes.com

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Rakkenes is a bilingual blog that features everything you need to know about fly fishing and fly tying in Norwegian and English. This detailed blog provides step-by-step information on numerous useful fishing techniques and hacks for different kinds of fish.

Not only do they share information on the fish, but they also share which baits and lures will work best with that fish.

Ultimate Fishing Site

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The Ultimate fishing site is a blog that offers just that, “the ultimate fishing experience.” This blog offers from fishing trip guides to destinations and what to expect in these areas. The complexity of the blog allows you to be able to find all the information you need in an easy display.

It also includes guides and video tutorial to further elaborate on the given topic.

Orvis

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Have you ever wanted to have a blog where you can find cool tips and tricks and purchase what you need? If so Orvis is the perfect blog for you. This blog offers fly fishing guides while providing the proper gear and where they can be accessed right on the site.

This makes life a whole lot easier because you don't need to search for the item. If you are in interested in the item can go ahead and purchase it right, then and there.

​Nsfa-​Adventures

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If you are looking for a step by step guide on how to catch your desired fish, this is the ideal blog for you. This blog offers a step by step guide on fishing with clear and captivating images that flow off the page. The beauty of this is it allows you to fully understand what each step is trying to convey.

The Hopper Juan

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Created by Juan Ramirez, this blog takes you on a journey with Juan. He created a blog that is informative and personal all at once. He allows the reader to feel as if they are with him learning every step of the way.

​Juan is a part of Member of the Montana Fly Company Design Team and travels to fish in different states. The beauty of this is what he learns he shares with us.

Yobi Adventures

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Are you a beginning angler and want to have a specific place where you can find guides dedicated specifically to beginners? The Yobi Adventures blog makes the effort in focusing on taking beginners on a ride towards becoming better anglers, one guide and step at a time.

His easy-going guides are easy to follow and make learning fun.

Oregon fly fishing

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Quick, easy tales that paint a picture for anglers that want to get ahead and learn the tricks of the trade from the industry. This blog is the perfect space for those that are a bit more advanced in the world of fly fishing. It also offers videos for easy comprehension.

Fishing with Rod

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Fishing with Rod is a blog devoted to fishing trips and experiences around British Columbia. It takes you on different fishing trips Rod himself is on.

The great aspect about this is you get to see the trails, moments and what he was able to catch along the way in a detailed composition.  He also shares new tips he learned on all his trips. 

Payne Outdoors

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If you're interested in kayak fishing or a specific fishing product review, look no further​. This blog was created with the intention of being the perfect fishing review glossary.

The reviews are extensive and provide plenty of details on what the pros and cons of the items are as well as how well they will work in different scenarios.

Take Me Fishing

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The Take Me Fishing Blog is the perfect mixture ​of education and entertaining. The blog offers information and experiences on not just fishing, but boating as well. It This concept works well because it allows you to understand fishing on boats.

If you are a fan of boating this blog will provide you with useful knowledge while being personable.

Outdoor Canada

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If you are a Canadian angler this site will be of great asset to you. The blog works around fishing, outdoors in Canada. They have extensive guides for fly fishing, ice fishing, hot spots, and what are the best places to fish during any season.

It is all laid out in one simple blog that is easy to navigate through.

Go Saltwater Fishing

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Are you a saltwater angler? If so, this blog will teach you a thing or two about saltwater fishing. The blog breaks down saltwater fishing in all aspects, from fishing on a boat to shore fishing.

It even has an area that teaches you how to cook the different ​fish that you catch.

Canoe Kayak

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If you want a space that is dedicated to kayaking and DIY fishing projects this is one of the best. This blog offers kayaking with direct information and video footage that allows you to feel as if you are on the trip with them.

The DIY projects featured on this blog are just as great because they offer ideas on how to use objects found around your home to create contraptions that will help make fishing on a kayak a lot easier. 

Spey Brothers

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Just like the name states, this blog was created by a set of brothers that are passionate on fishing, salmon fishing to be exact. The blog touches base on all fishing types, but it does take a close look at salmon fishing and where you can find the best salmon.

Not many bloggers and anglers focus on salmon fishing. Therefore, this blog stands out from most as it does cover every area of the topic. 

Bonefish on the Brain

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An easy, relatable blog with information on catching the best catch you possibly can. This blog has a friendly aspect to the knowledge that is being shared. There is plenty of information on how to catch bonefish as the blogger is a huge fan of bonefishing.

We love the idea of this blog being conversational. It gives us the ability to truly feel as if we are connecting with like-minded people. 

Bud N' Mary's Florida Keys Fishing Marina

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Bud N' Mary's Florida Keys Fishing Marina blog is the perfect place when you are looking for a blog that offers extensive information from how-to articles and future hurricane events. The blog is purposely dedicated to ocean fishing in the Florida area.

This can be very useful if you are in the Florida area and need to find specific information for your next fishing trip. Additionally, the blog has tips and tricks to achieve a grander catch.

Sea Fishing for Beginners

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Are you a beginning sea angler? Do you want to find a space that is dedicated to beginners? If that is the case, this blog may be the perfect place for you. Just like the name states, Sea Fishing for Beginners is a blog dedicated to making a beginning angler into a professional in no time.

The guides are easy to follow​ and straight to the point.

​Conclusion

These blogs take the guessing game out of fishing and provide information that will help you become a better angler in little to no time. Please let us know if you have a fishing blog that is your personal favorite.

May 26, 2018

22 Pier Fishing Tips That Are Guaranteed To Increase Your Catch Rate

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​​Looking for a new, productive, and fun outdoor activity to pass your time? Pier fishing is exactly what you need.

Whether you're looking for an activity that grants you lots of alone time or something that you can enjoy with your friends and family, pier fishing is the perfect solution.

There's some things you need to know before you start, but fear not! Below we have listed all of the critical pier fishing tips.

​Table Of Contents

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​Getting Ready

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    A sturdy fishing pole/rod- It is critical to get a fishing rod that is sturdy, durable, and can take the weight of your catch. Pier fishing does not earn you huge catches or marlins. So, for your first time, it is best to get a basic conventional spinning rod that can take up to 50-pound resistance.
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    ​Sharp hooks - Your hooks will catch the fish and keep them attached to your fishing rod. You will need to get a J-shaped hook as they are the most effective for pier fishing.
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    ​Weights/Sinkers - Just because you are catching fish at the pier, it doesn’t mean you can’t go deep. Your sinkers will help you keep your bait deep into the water to attract the fishes dwelling there. Weight/sinker of 1-2oz weight is more than sufficient for your pier fishing.
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    ​Bait - You can easily find the right bait at your local pier shop. Some of the most effective and popular fishing baits that you should get are sardines, bloodworms, squid, shrimp, and anchovies. You can also try getting live bait as they are much better at attracting fish.
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    ​Sharp Knife - You'll need to cut your bait into the perfect size so that they are properly attached to your hook. Keep a knife handy as it will also help you fillet your catches.
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    ​Scissors and plier - You’ll need the scissors to cut through your fishing line. ​​Unhooking the fish with pliers is much easier on you and the fish. The fish will take less damage and it can also protect your fingers if you're dealing with some particularly toothy catches.
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    Medium-sized bucket - You don’t want a bucket that’s too small to hold all your catches. Getting an extremely large bucket will not be necessary as pier fishing will not get you any massive catches. Just get a medium-sized bucket from your local pier shop.
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    ​Tackle Box - ​A tackle box is a container that will help you store all your fishing tools effortlessly. ​Getting a good tackle box will be a worthy investment.
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    ​Comfortable ​chair - Yes, you are there to catch the fishes but it is also important to enjoy the moment. Take a comfortable picnic chair so that when the fish are not biting you can relax and enjoy the nature.
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​Pier Fishing Tips

  • 1
    Fish at the right time - ​The best time to fish is early mornings and sunset.
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    ​Use a tide calendar - ​To maximize the chances of getting bites, make sure you fish during the transition from low tide to high tide. As the tide comes in, the bigger fish come towards the shore looking for food.
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    ​Choose the right location -  ​Look for kelp beds or reefs along the pier before you set up your fishing gear. Some experienced fishermen also love to fish near sandbars and troughs to catch bigger fish.
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    ​Watch the birds - ​Birds know how to read fish movement and patterns and are constantly trying to catch them too. All you need to do is follow the birds and lower your rod where they are flocking. You are guaranteed to find some great catches.
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    ​Look for ​wave breaks - Fish love to swim around the locations where the waves break, mainly to look for food on the edges. ​If you’re looking to catch some bigger fish, this is where you need to drop your line.
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    Look for underwater structures - Look for any ​underwater structures near the pier. Fish love to gather around and hide inside.
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    Get the right bait - ​​Different kinds of bait work in different locations and catch different species of fish. Having said that, shrimp and squid are excellent ​all-around baits that will catch a lot of species.
  • 8
    Invest in good polarized sunglasses - ​Not only they ​protect your eyes ​but they also let you see through ​water which is great because you can now fish by sight.
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    ​Don't look too far -​ One of the best things about pier fishing is that you don't have to cast out far. You're already in deeper water and lots of fish also hang around the legs of the pier​​​ just waiting to be caught.
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    ​Search for "hot zones" -​ ​Look at a bottom contour map of the area you want to fish in. It will help you find out about the fish ledges and other bottom structures. You can also target any large rock structures or weeds as they are deemed “hot zones” and are filled with exciting and better catches.
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    Fishing at night -​​ Don't knock it until you try it at least once. ​Night-time fishing can produce a lot of good bites and big fish. ​Don't forget head flashlights.
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    ​Jigging the bait - ​​Just dropping the bait and waiting for a bite will get you some fish in its direct path but the close-by targets will ​miss it. ​To attract more fish, lower your rod occasionally and then raise it slowly. Make sure that your movement is slow and gradual so it won't scare the fish.
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    ​Mark the "hit zone" - ​A lot of different fish species travel in groups. If you find one in a particular spot, it's likely you will find​​​ more in that same spot. Once you caught one, mark the ​"hit zone" so you can return to the same spot.

Use these pier fishing tips and catch the best and the biggest fish in your location. While it’s important that your catch bites, don’t forget to enjoy the process. Take a big picnic chair, some snacks, some drinks, set up your fishing rod and enjoy the nature!

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