Well, I met a friend who loves fishing and he has been intrigued by how fishing lures are so important in having the best catch of the day. I often head to fish with my friends but maybe its a stroke of luck that I do not have, I often find myself going home empty, without any fishes.
Well Is fishing a sport or not?
This is one question that has stirred up a lot of debate. Let’s look at some facts that say it indeed is a sport.
As the dictionary definition goes, “a sport is something that needs physical exertion, something that requires a skill set and something that is competed by an individual or a team against another for entertainment”. This means if fishing fulfils these conditions it is a sport and not just an outdoor activity. You might think that there is hardly any physical exertion in casting a rod in water and pulling out a fish. But what if the fish is a Marlin of over 100 pounds? Here take a look.
Fishing might not be a spectator’s sport. But the one who casts, reels and pulls out the fish will thoroughly enjoy every bit of it. Like any other sport, fishing requires a lot of physical exertion and skill. Pulling a huge Trevally or a Marlin out of the water can make even the toughest angler work put a sweat. Fishing techniques have to be practised and straightened out before one becomes capable of luring and hooking up one of the monsters from under the sea.
Some of the skills that you need while fishing: • When, where and how to look for fish. • The type of bait and hook to use. • Technique to hold and pull the reel (depending on the fish) These skills are learned and perfected through repeated practise. There is more and enough competition in fishing. You either compete with your fellow anglers to catch the biggest fish or the most fish. Finding the perfect equipments are essential especially the lure.
What is a lure then?
A fishing lure is a type of artificial fishing bait which is designed to attract a fish‘s attention. The lure uses movement, vibration, flash and color to bait fish. Many lures are equipped with one or more hooks that are used to catch fish when they strike the lure.
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The type of bait used specifically for the type of fishes in the water.
Fishing lures can be made of wood, plastic, rubber, metal, cork, and materials like feathers, animal hair, string, tinsel and others. They can have many moving parts or no moving parts. They can be retrieved fast or slow. Some of the lures can be used by alone, or with another lure.
One advantage of use of artificial lures is a reduction in use of bait. This contributes to resolving one of the marine environment’s more pressing problems; the undermining of marine food webs by overharvesting “bait” species which tend to occur lower in the food chain. Another advantage of lures is that their use promotes improved survival of fish during catch and release fishing. This is because lures reduce the incidence of deep hooking which has been correlated to fish mortality in many studies.
Different types of baits for different water conditions
1) FRESH WATER
Freshwater fishing is when a fisherman fishes in a body of water that has less than 0.05% salinity. You can find freshwater in ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and they can be both man-made and naturally occurring. Freshwater fishing is different than saltwater fishing because the species of fish are entirely different.
- Use plastic worms when fishing for largemouth bass. …
- Use crank baits in a variety of situations. …
- Use spinnerbaits in situations where other lures would get hung up. …
- Use jigs any time during the year. …
- Use spoons for a number of different species. …
- Use flies when fishing for trout.
2) ICE FISHING
Ice fishing is the practice of catching fish with lines and fish hooks or spears through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water. Ice fishermen may fish in the open or in heated enclosures, some with bunks and amenities.
- Use Clam Outdoors Psycho Shad
- Use Custom Jigs and Spins Diamond Jig
- Use VMC Tingler Spoon
- Use Rapala Ultra Light Rippin’ Rap
3) SALT WATER
Well, i think we know this very well, it refers to fishes that we fish out in the open sea. These are the ones that grow in size, difficulty to catch and rarity and increased in prices sold to fish markets for the masses. Some are even for competitions on how big your catch is (i am sure we have seen fishes bigger than humans, yes, they are in the deep blue sea)
- Use Bucktail Jig
- Use Crank Baits
- Use Flutter Jigs
- Use Hammered Spoon
- Use Lipped Plugs
In early time, fishing lures were made from bone or bronze. The Chinese and Egyptians used fishing rods, hooks, and lines as early as 2,000 B.C., though most of the first fishermen used handlines. The first hooks were made out of bronze, which was strong but still very thin and less visible to the fish. The Chinese were the first to make fishing line, spun from fine silk. The modern fishing lure was made commercially in the United States in the early 1900s by the firm of Heddon and Pflueger in Michigan. Before this time most fishing lures were made by individual craftsman. Commercial-made lures were based on the same ideas that the individual craftsmen were making but on a larger scale
Below we will explore 8 Reasons why you are not catching the fishes
1. THE FISH AREN’T BITING
When you fish hard and don’t catch anything, it’s easy to say the fish are simply not biting, or not active. That may be generally true but the results of some fishing tournaments prove that this is not a valid reason. There are some occasions in tournaments when no one catches fish, but that is usually under extreme weather conditions. Frequently, at the end of the day, when there are many participants in an event, someone has caught a fish or two or many. So there were some fish biting on something, somewhere. You didn’t find them or couldn’t figure it out.
2. A COLD FRONT TURNED THE FISH OFF
Cold fronts do affect fish but there are still ways to catch them. You can use smaller lures, fish deeper, fish tight to cover, and fish slower.
3. IT’S TOO WINDY OR NOT WINDY ENOUGH
Wind can be your friend or your enemy. If it is blowing too hard to fish effectively or to control your boat, it can hurt. But wind can position baitfish and the fish you are trying to catch, so wind can be your friend. It can also help you drift areas quietly. It all depends on wind strength. If there is no wind, use lures that are better in calm conditions, like finesse lures and topwater plugs.
4. IT’S TOO HOT
At times it can be so hot that fishing isn’t fun. But the fish still have to eat. You can beat the heat by fishing at night, by fishing for the first and last few hours of the day, by finding shaded areas to fish, by dressing properly and drinking a lot of water, and even by going swimming to cool off.
5. IT’S TOO COLD
Fish are cold blooded, so temperature affects them in different ways than it affects people. Many species still feed underneath a frozen water surface, and ice anglers repeatedly show that you can catch fish no matter how cold the water gets. When the water is very cold, you should fish slowly, use small lures, and fish deep.
6. THERE’S TOO MUCH BOAT TRAFFIC
A lot of boat traffic can be dangerous, and it can make fishing uncomfortable. But it can actually make some fish, like bass, bite. Waves created by passing boats stir up baitfish and confuse them, making them easy targets and turning on bass. Sometimes waves crashing into docks, grass beds, and other cover cause bass and other species to feed, so try to figure out and fish what places would be affected in this way.
7. I DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT LURE
As noted in another article, lures are first made to catch anglers, not fish. Any lure that you use, within reason, can catch fish. Of course, it’s foolish to use a surface lure for bass when the water is 35 degrees, but most lures will work most of the time if you just use them in the right places and under the right conditions. Have a good selection of lures to choose from, so you’ll have confidence in what you’re using.
8. I’M FISHING THE WRONG PLACE
Move. If you’re fishing from a boat, change areas of the lake and types of cover you’re fishing. If you’re fishing from the bank, try another area or a different type of spot. Knowing when to make a change is something that many successful anglers have in common, and it often comes from thinking the situation through, and from acquiring lots of experience.(adapted from Ken Schultz – fishing enthusiast & expert)
I hope this gives you an overview about the importance of understanding the type of baits, lures for the type of water you are interested in catching your fish. Happy FISHING!
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