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Fishing Unknown Bodies of Water

A large part of the fun in fishing is going to different places and fishing there. If you have a rod that you can pack, a set of flies and lures and tackle, you can fish virtually anywhere at any time.

One of the issues with fishing while traveling is that you won’t know the body of water well and you won’t have enough time to gain a lot of knowledge abophoto_1452109436269_d410ed332571ut it when you arrive. What you can do is learn about the characteristics of different bodies of water.

Methods that work in one lake will most likely work in other lakes, too. You can also visit a local bait shop and talk to the sales person about the area and the best lures for it. You can still be successful and catch a lot of fish even if you don’t find any knowledgeable locals to talk to. Certain lures tend to work in most bodies of water. You can also try using as bait some version of what the fish are used to feed on.

By now you are probably using online maps and tools a lot to get driving directions. The same technology can help you prepare for your next fishing trip away from home. With software like Google Earth, you can investigate streams, rivers, and lakes, find public access spots, hidden coves on lakes and ponds that you wouldn’t find if you were not using a satellite. You will still need to follow local fishing laws, but being able to do your research from the comfort of your home before you go on a trip is already a huge advantage.

In addition to investigating the maps, you also have online fishing forums at your disposal. Such forums are often dedicated to bodies of water, species of fish or geographic areas. Unlike brick-and-mortar fishing stores, forums are open 24/7, allowing you do to your research at night, after work, or at any other time that it convenient for you.

Deciding on the Right Time to Fish

The rule of thumb in regards to the right time to fish is very simple: go fishing when you can. Your life most likely revolves around your work schedule and your family schedule. If you are busy at work in the daytime, fish at night. The bodies of water will not be crowded. If you have time during the day, fish during the day. Some species of fish stop eating when the temperature of the water goes below 45 degrees, but others feed all winter long. If a body of water is frozen, you can catch fish through the ice. There is fishing-rod-474095_960_720 (1)fish biting somewhere not matter what time of the day or time of the year it is or what the weather is like.

Going fishing and experimenting will teach you more than staying at home. This being said, there are obviously certain times that work better than others, just like there are instances when you really need a service like more compared to other times. Most fish feed during low-light periods in the beginning and end of the day. Fishing is more predictable in the summer and winter, when the temperatures are stable than it is in the fall and in the spring.

During spawning, some fish are almost impossible to catch while others become fearless. Lunar cycles have an influence on fish, too. Traditionally, you will have better chances for success during three days before and after a new or full moon. Lunar cycles also have a direct impact on the tides. The rise of waters in lakes, streams, and rivers is very likely to excite fish and make them more active. The opposite is also true: a drop in water levels can shut the fish down. A big rain can elevate the water levels and make the fish more active.

Go and fish anytime you can and once you start noticing patterns, consider changing your fishing schedule to increase the chances of success.

Fishing and Weather

Every angler knows that the weather has an impact on the success of fishing. However, the agreement about the influence of the weather on fishing ends with thfishingis fact. For most of the things you will hear about the link between fishing and weather you can find facts that will prove the direct opposite.

Most experienced anglers would agree that cold weather makes the fish go deep and fishing becomes harder, though sometimes fishing in cold water can be very successful. Days with sunny blue skies may look like they are perfect for fishing, but in reality, they can be very tough.

This is why the best piece of advice about the connection between fishing and weather is to fish a lot and make conclusions for yourself. This is especially true if you are going on a fishing trip. You can use the Internet to learn more about the bodies of water, but you can’t predict the weather two weeks in advance. There’s no point in worrying about the things that you can’t change, which means that you should go on your trip when you can and make the most of it in the conditions that you will have to deal with. What can make a difference is shifting your trip by a few hours. Try to arrive before dawn or stay during the dusk. These factors can make a big difference in your fishing success.

One of the things you do know for sure about the weather is that in can change at any time, which is why you could be prepared for any weather conditions. Your safety should come first. It means that it is better to play it safe and leave before a potential storm hits than hope for another catch or two, even though fish are often very active right before the storm.

Drinking Fluids While Fishing

While it may sound ironic, a lot of anglers do get dehydrated during fishing. Fishing can also lead to faster dehydration compared to other outside sporting activities. This happens because the water reflects the rays of the sun and mulfishing-1681453_960_720tiplies the effects of both heat and light. Wading in river currents and walking with heavy gear burns a lot of energy and can also lead to dehydration.

For these reasons, you need to drink a lot of fluids during your fishing trips. Drinking plain pure water is best. You should bring about two to three times of what you think you’ll need and don’t be afraid to drink it all. If you start getting loopy and foggy-headed, you are probably dehydrated.

Our bodies will often send us warning signals when something’s about to happen. For example, people get tired gradually. You don’t just fall asleep and fall down. The same happens with the feeling of hunger. It starts small and grows more and more.

Dehydration works in a different way. Your body will not send you any signals about it. When you are thirsty or light-headed, you are already dehydrated. This is why it is so important to not wait until you get to dehydration. Drink water regularly throughout your trip and drink a lot.

For some people going on fishing trips means consuming alcohol. While it is true that beer and other adult beverages go extremely well with fried fish, drinking alcohol significantly speeds up the dehydration process and the alcohol kicks sooner and stronger when you are breathing fresh air.

For these reasons, drinking alcohol during your fishing trips can be very dangerous. Operating a boat in an intoxicated condition is outright illegal. Drink at the end of a fishing trip to celebrate it, but not in the very beginning of it to kick it off.

Staying Safe During a Fishing Trip

You can either prepare your own safety kit or just buy one. Most sporting goods stores sell first aid kits along with other fishing appliances. A typical first aid kit have its contents listed on the packaging so that you can easily see what makes various kits different and pick one that’s right for you.

It is a good idea to buy a kit that comes in a waterproof package. You don’t even need to open it after you buy it. Simply hide it away and keep it sealed. A good kit will contain everything you need to take care of the most common issues such as cuts, scrapes, and stings.

If you have certain medical conditions, you can create your own kit. For example, if you can develop an allergic reaction during your trip, include an EpiPen in your kit. If you have sinusitis, bring sinus relief medication. A small plastic box such as a plastic food container makes a great small portable medicine cabinet that you can take with you on a trip. One thing that you want to include with your kit is a tube of superglue. You can use for plastic lures and small lacerations.

Sunscreen is a must when you go fishing because on the water the sun gets you twice. The first time is when it shines, and the second time when the water reflects its rays. Apply sunscreen before you begin fishing. If you are on a longer trip, reapply sunscreen once or twice. Covering skin with clothing and not having a lot of exposed skin is a great idea, too.

You can get the sun burns on the water even when the sun hides behind the clouds a lot, which is why a wide hat and a pair of sunglasses can offer additional protection even on cloudy days.

Boating Safety Tips

You can get into trouble when walking through the woods or standing on a bank of a body of water, but when you get aboard of a boat, your risks increase significantly. While on a boat, you can move across a body of water much faster, be it in a small canoe or in a high-powered bass boat. No matter what boat you are using, you need to be smart and vigilant about staying safe. Many countries require that you have life jackets on a
boat. Sometimes youfishing-844970_960_720 (2) are encouraged to wear one, sometimes you have to.

In the last few decades, life jackets traveled a long road in terms of weight and comfort. Some of them come in the form or belts and vests that only inflate when they touch the water. Most jackets today stay cool in the summer, are comfortable to wear and almost unnoticeable and are very unobtrusive. Some high-end jackets made of fancy materials can be very expensive, but most jackets are very effective and not pricey.

When sailing on a boat, you first need to make sure that you are complying with all the laws. The bigger the boat, the more laws apply to it. Make sure that you have all the necessary licensing and don’t carry more people than allowed by law.

You do need accessible life jackets of appropriate sizes for all crew members. You may also need a horn or other additional safety devices. No matter what the laws require, having weatherproof radios or marine radios is always a good idea.

Boaters need to stay aboard because when in water, the risks of drowning or hypothermia increase. Even on the warm days the heat from a human body quickly transfers to water, increasing the chances of hypothermia. Make sure that people are sitting and are wearing life jackets when the boat is moving quickly.

Basic Facts about Fishing

Every decision that you will make about how you will fish and what you will need to bring with you should be based on the decision of where you are going to fish.

You don’t fish big lakes the same way you fish streams. This is why you want to start your fishing adventure with studying the bodies of water available to

The world of fish to a large degree is hidden from human eyes, but if you start watching the water and paying attention, you will realize that every swirl and splash provides you with information about what is happening below the surface of a body of water. Watching other animals, such as frogs, minnows, and birds will also help you identify where the fish are.

There are hundreds of species of fish that you can catch. While different species prefer different habitats, some of the fish live close to you. Although no two bodies of water are ever exactly the same, they are also alike in terms of what species of fish they will have. Freshwater streams are similar no matter where you go. What you learn in one location will help you get experience and get better at fishing the next location.

You want to learn to look for water that has both access and fish.

The best water for fishing can be public or private. Public water is typically governed by rules of a local municipality and you need to learn about these rules. If the water is private, you need to ask owners for permission to fish. Not doing so is illegal.

Getting access to a body of water doesn’t mean that it will have fish. Sometimes large bodies of water have tiny populations of fish and occasionally it works in the opposite way. The only way to know is to study the body of water.

Success in Fishing

In fishing familiarity and knowledge lead to success. If there’s a home with a dock on a lake, the person living in that home most likely knows the lake inside out and is able to catch fish even when others can’t. When you develop apps, the more you do it, the more successful you will become. It works in a sStationärrolle-1024x768imilar way with fishing: the more time you spend at a certain lake, river or stream, the more you will learn about it.

This, in turn, will lead to understanding the personality of the body of water and the things that happen with it as seasons and conditions change. Visit a river for a year, and you will learn when certain fish gather in the shallows and when other species of fish spawn. Fishing guides know their home bodies of water not only because of their talents but also because they fish a lot and learn a lot.

However, this doesn’t mean that you have to quit your day job or fish daily to learn a lot about a body of water. Even if you only fish for an hour a few times a week, you will gain understanding and knowledge that others don’t have. This is the reason why some anglers fish only a specific area for a specific kind of fish. At the same time, this is not the only way to really understand fishing.

To get started with increasing your knowledge, pick a fishing location close to your home and start going there regularly. Keep a journal about what species you catch and what they bite on. Also pay attention to the water, the weather and the exact location of the fish. With every fish that you catch you get closer to solving the puzzle of this specific body of water. Fishing regularly and doing so during different seasons will most definitely help you enjoy fishing more and become a much better angler.