FISHING TIPS, part one.

Here at ‘Acelures’, my aim is to be helpful to all lure fishermen/women who are just starting up, whether you are fishing for Perch, Pike, Zander, Bass, Cod etc I intend to help and guide you in the right direction! Below you will see a list of fishing tips that we think will help you on your way to catching more predator fish effectively, smoothly and with no harm to the fish.

 

  • LOOK AFTER THE FISH. Always handle the fish with damp hands, they don’t like our dry rough hands on their moist skin. Don’t keep the fish out the water any longer than is necessary, and always hold it upright in the water when returning it until it is ready to swim off on its own.
  • LET THE FISH REST. If the fish you just caught puts up a big fight or its the heat of the summer and oxygen levels are low, it may be worth thinking about letting it re-cooperate a bit of its energy back before getting it out on the bank and unhooking it, if this is the case just keep it upright in the landing net at the waters edge for a few minutes.
  • TAKE SOMEONE EXPERIENCED. If you are fishing for pike or other fish that have sharp teeth or are awkward to unhook and you are not experienced in unhooking them, take an experienced angler with you who knows what their doing, they can teach you how to do it.
  • CARRY SIDECUTTERS. Unfortunately every now and then you may get a hook stuck too deep to get out or get one stuck in such a way it will cause too much harm to the fish to dislodge, in these circumstances it is best to snip the hooks with some side cutters, the fishes stomach acids will dissolve the hook in time.
  • USE BARBLESS HOOKS. When buying lures you will find that a large majority of them come with barbed treble hooks, It is a good idea to change these to barbless ones, as they are a lot easier to remove from the fishes mouth. A lot of anglers nowadays will also change the trebles for single or double hooks instead.
  • KEEP MOVING. When lure fishing it is wise not to stay in one spot. If the fish are not in your swim then you will not catch them. Walk around a bit and cover some ground, find the features like weed beds, overhanging trees, lily pads, streamer weed etc, be persistent until you find them.
  • USE BRAID. There are a couple of reasons for using braid over mono, firstly it has no stretch to it unlike monofilament (standard fishing line) therefore you can feel every little bump or knock on the lure. Also its tougher than mono, it has good resistance to abrasion, handy if your fishing somewhere with a rocky bottom.
  • UNHOOKING MAT. It is a good idea when fishing to always carry an unhooking mat. Most fish are a bit delicate out of the water so keep them on a damp soft surface whilst unhooking them, do not lay them on hard or dry surfaces.
  • READ THE WATER. Look for signs of bait fish, are there shoals of fish darting about, Are they being chased, Are there any water birds feeding off them, where there is bait fish, predators are usually close by.
  • DON’T TAKE MANY LURES. You don’t need to take hundreds of lures with you fishing, take a handful with you and learn how they work and how they move in different conditions, try them at different depths, different retrievals and different speed, get to know your lures.
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