Most anglers run from the wind, we tend to look for a place with little to no wind most of the time. We seek refuge in a pocket or cove where the wind will allow us to fish the way we want. But great anglers figure out how to make Mother Nature work for them. They look for the windblown banks and pick up a crankbait, spinnerbait or maybe they just switch to a heavier sinker. No matter what the technique, anglers have learned that wind blown banks tend to have active fish. The wind stirs the water column and moves plankton which in turn brings in the bait fish which then brings in the bass. So the next time you're tired of fighting the wind, don't fight Mother Nature, use the wind to your advantage and look for a wind blown bank and you just might be rewarded with a live well full of bass!!! This has been your Seaguar Fishing Angler's Tip!!!!
In 1979, while guiding a client, Rick Clunn discovered a bait that would change his career. A bait and technique so effective that a handful of pros tried to keep quiet and went as far as to buy every one of them up across the entire southwestern United States. The lure was the Rebel Pop R, a 2-inch concave chugger topwater bait with a white bucktail on the rear hook. This bait was responsible for several major wins by both Rick Clunn and Zell Rowland but never got the great exposure it deserved because they tried to keep it a secret. What amazed Clunn was how his client was fishing the bait. A slow steady retrieve instead of a popping retrieve that he thought ALL chugger style baits should be fished. It was a bait that Clunn realized would catch fish under many different conditions pretty much year around. So this weeks angler's tip: It just goes to show, that no matter how good you think you are, you can always learn something from even the most novice anglers. This has been your Seaguar Fishing Angler's Tip!!!!
Let's take a look at some of the myths surrounding Fluorocarbon fishing line. MYTH: All 100% fluorocarbons are created equal.
FACT: No. Just because the product says 100% fluorocarbon does not mean it is just like any other on the market. Only Seaguar makes fluorocarbon lines and leaders from beginning to end without any outside companies involved. The difference of quality varies from brand to brand.
MYTH: All fluorocarbons are stiff.
FACT: No, Seaguar produces incredibly soft and cast-able lines.
MYTH: All fluorocarbons have weak knots.
FACT: Originally, knot strength was the weakest part of fluorocarbon. With Seaguar technology, knot strength is not a factor.
MYTH: Pink fluorocarbon will disappear just as well as clear.
FACT: No. Actually adding color to 100% fluorocarbon makes it weaker, as the dye pigments mix with the fluorocarbon resins. It remains visible until sunlight is completely removed. Originally the color red began showing up on lures, then on hooks. It is believed that the red mimics a wounded baitfish. Red line then became popular, following the whole red theme. The claim is that since red is the first color in the spectrum that loses its color as sunlight is withdrawn, it will become more invisible the deeper it goes into the water column. The color red actually appears gray, as it is not reflecting the red rays from the sun. The simple test is: put the red line in the water and see if it becomes harder to see.
This has been your Seaguar Fishing Line Angler’s Tip.
As Mike Echols has pointed out before, in order to figure out the best way to catch fish, sometimes it requires a little adjustment in your approach. No matter how good your practice days are, conditions can change from one day to the next. Good anglers approach every day with an open mind and let the conditions dictate what they should do. During practice this past weekend, I was catching fish out of the bushes under sunny skies. Tournament day started with bright sunshine then around noon, the clouds rolled in and the bush bite died. Still two fish short of a limit, I switched from a creature bait to a speed worm out in front of the bushes, and finished out my limit and culled twice. So like Mike Echols has said before, the fish are still there but they may have repositioned themselves. I took Mike's advice and made a slight adjustment on my approach which allowed me to have a high finish and collect a check. This has been your Seaguar Fishing Line Angler's Tip.
With cold temperatures this time of year, there are two things you need to check often; your tire pressure on your boat trailer and the water levels in your batteries. Cold temps can drawn tire pressure down and create issues especially when traveling long distance. Another thing you should always do when cold weather approaches, put your batteries on charge. Cold air is hard on batteries and can reduce the life of your batteries if they are neglected. Make sure the water levels are good as well in order to get a full charge on your batteries. This has been your Seaguar Fishing Line Angler's Tip.
With the different types of fishing line available, monofilament, fluorocarbon and braid, one of these can be a problem. The problem begins at the very tip...the tip of your rod. Line guides on your rod or the wrong kind of guides are susceptible to being damaged or cracked with a sharp groove especially with the use of braided line. Braided line can act like a saw and with a lot of use, can actually damage all the line guide on your rod. What's the solution? Ceramic guides.... these guides are resilient and can hold up against the abrasive resistance and friction that braid creates. The best thing about ceramic line guides, they work great for all types of fishing line. This has been your Seaguar Fishing Line Angler's Tip.
Everyone has a tackle box full of lures. And everyone has at least one lure that they want to tie on when they really need a bite. For some it might be a jig or a worm, or maybe a spinnerbait or it might even be their favorite crankbait. But there's one thing all successful anglers have that's not in their tackle box...."Confidence!"This is what makes a good angler a great angler! They believe in their ability to catch fish when other anglers fail. Always remember, no matter what's in your tackle box, nothing is a greater tool for success than the element of confidence. This has been your Seaguar Fishing Line Angler's Tip.
If you're headed to the boat show this weekend and looking to purchase a new or previously owned boat. Here's the first question you want ask yourself "What kind of water will I be fishing?" Are you fishing small bodies of water like our local cypress tree lakes or are you fishing BIG water like Toledo Bend or Sam Rayburn. The bigger the body of water the bigger the boat you should purchase. If you're fishing the BIG water lakes, I would look at nothing less than a 20 or 21 foot boat as they will handle rough water a lot better than a small 18 foot boat. But if you're fishing the smaller bodies of water, your perfectly fine with an 17 or 18 foot boat. The main thing is... just make sure the boat you are buying can handle the water you're fishing safely!!!! This has been your Seaguar Fishing Line Angler's Tip.
Last week we talked about re-spooling your reels with fresh line. Today we'll talk about the importance of cleaning and lubricating your reels. Now some guys like to clean, oil and grease their own reels and that's fine, if you can put them back together properly. But there are people who will do this for you. If you're looking for someone, ask your local tackle dealer. The good thing about hiring this process out; if there are parts that need replacing, they usually have the parts on hand for the most common reels. Either way, it's something that should be done on an annual basis in order to keep the reel performing at its best. Trailering with your reels on the front deck of your boat, subjects them to a lot of road grime which can creep inside the reel especially the worm gear. A year ago I started trailering with my reels in the cab of my truck and what a difference it made. I was amazed at how clean they were this past December when I started cleaning mine. Reels of today are very technology driven and the cleaner they are, the better they'll perform.
It's that time of year....time to re-spool all your reels and get ready for a new season of bassfishing. There are so many variables we can't control when it comes to fishing, wind, rain, sunshine, or clouds are just a few. But one thing you can control is having new line on your reels. Fresh line can be the difference between landing that fish of a lifetime or telling the story of the one that got away. One brand that I have found to be one of the best is Seaguar. My preference has been Seaguar AbrazX especially when its come to fishing heavy cover or around rock jetties. No matter what your line preference is, new line will help put fish in your boat or it might just help you win a tournament. So don't cut corners or save pennies with old fishing line, re-spool today and eliminate one variable you can control...fresh line. To see the entire line up of Seaguar fishing line, go to Seaguar.com