Health Benefits of Fishing

For many, fishing is a personal escape that provides great benefits for your mind and soul in the calming atmosphere.

Did you know that fishing is also an excellent physical activity as well?

Yes, if you are looking to keep your physical and mental body in shape and prolong your overall health, fishing is one of the best activities you can be regularly involved in.

Physical Benefits

If you are genuinely proactive and conscious about your fishing habits, this can be a great way to keep your physical body in great shape.

If you are lounging back in a lawn chair on the side of the pond with your line just sitting there however, you are not going to find too many physical health benefits from doing this for several hours.

If you are able to, consider going to a more remote location for your fishing where you have to hike back to a pond or river a couple of miles in.

Once you reach a spot like this, be sure you are standing up the entire time you are fishing and try and move around to different areas on the water. By constantly moving your body and finding different locations, you will not only increase your chances of catching a fish, but better your physical body.

These strategies can do wonders for your heart health, but you can also do great work for the rest of your body such as getting quality muscle workouts, exposing yourself to clean, fresh are, and getting natural vitamin D in your body from a little sun exposure.

Did you know that fishing can also have a tremendous effect on the overall health of your brain as well?

A study done in Japan showed that those who were exposed to the woods on a regular basis has significantly lower blood pressure and pulse rates.

Mental Benefits

One of the most obvious benefits for those who are fishing on a regular basis is the relaxed state of mind it puts you in. The calmness and serenity of being out on the water or in the woods alone can relieve a lot of stress you may be aware or unaware of.

Fishing can also help you boost your critical thinking and problem solving skills, while improving your overall mental fortitude.

If you haven’t caught a fish in a while or keep hooking the same one and can’t reel them in, this is naturally going to test your patience and overall mental strength.

Scenarios like this can help you figure out different ways to attack the fish from different angles and come up with alternative strategies in order to put yourself in the best possible position to catch the fish.

Once you do reel that big game in, your confidence can be boosted tremendously, which can lead to better performance in other areas of your life.

As the old saying goes, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.



Plano 3740 Waterproof Stowaway

Plano Waterproof Stowaway

Plano has introduced an enhanced version of the industry-standard StowAway boxes: the Waterproof StowAway. Utilizing what Plano calls the Dri-Loc Seal and three cam-action latches, the box locks down tight and seals out moisture to protect tackle from rust. Additionally,  the tight fit keeps tackle where you put it, so you’re not left picking apart hooks and other tiny pieces. The Waterproof StowAway  is available in Plano sizes 3440, 3540, 3640, 3740 and 3741 to match many of the most popular tackle-storage products the company makes. Retail price is $6.99 to $14.99.


Basic Trout fishing – How to rig a Jig under a Cork.

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Basic Trout fishing – How to rig a Jig under a Cork.

One of the simplest and most basic way to catch a trout is with a jig under a cork. Guys call them tourist rigs,  rattle corks, and clackers…  “Cajun thunder” is a brand that’s become a name for the rig.


There are two main shapes, egg and a cigar. Both will work and have their advantages. The egg is easier to see while  the cigar shape has less drag for the fish to feel.


Corks also come with and without weights- typically small brass beads. The weighted cork will stand up and be much easier to see when you’re fishing.  And the added weight makes it easier to cast.

They come in all kinds of colors. My personal preference is yellow/green. I find it easier to see than the traditional red.

The second piece of the equation is a jig head. I cannot overstate how important it is to buy quality Jig head. Most brands have small silver hooks. I prefer one with a 3/0 wide gap hook. See the difference in the photo below… if you use the cheap ones  them you want to miss a lot of fish.

hook close up 2
I don’t think jig head color really matters. You will find a personal preference. I like pink and gold.
Slayer makes an excellent Jig head –  its the pink one above. MirrOLure’s jig , the unpainted one in the first photo , is  less expensive and still has a great hook. I suggest using a  light jig-  1/16oz  or 1/32oz. The lighter jig will still bring the jig down without sinking the float.

Floro Leader

The last part of the Rig is leader material. You can use plain monofilament but I find a flurocarbin leader works better. Fluro is more abrasion resistant, you’re less likely to get cut off, and because of its chemical makeup the fish can’t see it as well. I suggest using at 15-20 pound test although I have used 30 pound test in dark or stained water. The heavier line helps prevent you from getting cut off but it may also spook the fish.

Putting the rig together
the rig

Tie the main line coming from you fishing rod to the un-weighted side of the cork.

Tie your leader to the weighted side of the cork. You want enough leader to keep the jig just off the bottom. For example,If you’re fishing in 4 feet of water you want about 3 feet of leader.

Then tie on the Jig head.
You can put any kind of rubber body on the Jig head. Locally people fish a lot with Gulp. But Saltwater Assassin, or a traditional curly tail grub both work great.

Fishing the Rig

Throw the bait as far from the boat as you can get it. A 7 foot rod makes casting the 3 foot plus rig a lot easier. Allow the rig to rest for a moment or two and then give your rod a quick snap. This causes the jig to jump in the water and the cork will make a rattling clacking sound draws trout. Most of the time you cannot snap your rod hard enough. The louder the better!

After the snap, reel up your slack line. Count to ten and pop the cork again. Some days the fish like a faster pace other times it like a slower pace. You’ll have to experiment find out what the fish want.
Many times they’ll strike it when the cork is still and you’re not working it all.

You can also cast this rig on the backside of your drift and drag it behind the boat. Just pop your rod every now and again and allow the boats drift to take up the slack. This “no reeling required” method is great for kids!

A few alternates on the rig:
Try using a plain hook with your plastic bait rather than a jig head. It allows the lure fall through the water column more slowly. Late summer when the fish are lethargic this will draw lots of strikes.

Another alternative is to bait with shrimp or piece of cut bait. You will catch more catfish and sharks this way but it can be productive when the fish just won’t  hit plastic.

Try using a popping cork instead of the rattle cork. Some days the chug of the popper will draw more fish.

Final word:
This rig is a simple and easy productive way to catch trout. But don’t be surprised if you catch a Spanish mackerel, blue fish, flounder, or Red!

15 Baits That Won the Bassmaster Classic

15 Baits That Won the Bassmaster Classic

Key Lure: Zorro Aggravator (spinnerbait)
Site: Lake Mead, Las Vegas, NV
Winner: Bobby Murray, Hot Springs, AR

Key Lure: Okiebug S.O.B. (spinnerbait)
Site: Percy Priest Reservoir, Nashville, TN
Winner: Don Butler, Tulsa, OK

Key Lure: Fleck Weed Wader (spinnerbait); secondary bait: Bagley Honey B (shown)
Site: Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, AL

Key Lure: Mann’s Jelly Worm (6-inch)
Site: Lake Texoma, Pottsboro, TX
Winner: Hank Parker, Clover, SC

Key Lure: Norman Deep Little N (crankbait)
Site: Alabama River, Montgomery, AL
Winner: Paul Elias, Laurel, MS

Key Lure: Ditto Gator Tail plastic worm (5-inch)
Site: Ohio River, Cincinnati, OH
Winner: Larry Nixon, Hemphill, TX

Key Lure: Toledo Tackle plastic worm; secondary bait: Bagley DB3 (shown)
Site: Chickamauga Lake, Chattanooga, TN
Winner: Charlie Reed, Broken Arrow, OK

Key Lure: Stanley Jig with a Luck “E” Strike Guido’s Bug trailer
Site: James River, Richmond, VA
Winner: Guido Hibdon, Gravois Mills, MO

Key Lure: Poe’s RC1 (crankbait)
Winner: Rick Clunn, Montgomery, TX
Site: James River, Richmond, VA

Key Lure: Culprit worm (6-inch)
Winner: Bryan Kerchal, Newtown, CT
Site: High Rock Lake, Greensboro, NC

Key Lure: Bomber Fat Free Shad (crankbait)
Winner: Mark Davis, Mount Ida, AR
Site: High Rock Lake, Greensboro, NC

Key Lure: 3-inch generic tube bait
Winner: Denny Brauer, Camdenton, MO
Site: High Rock Lake, Greensboro, NC

Power Frog trailer; secondary bait: Berkley Frenzy (shown)
Winner: Jay Yelas, Jasper, TX
Site: Lay Lake, Birmingham, AL

Key Lure: Smithwick RB1200 Rattlin’ Rogue
Winner: Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, MI
Site: Three Rivers, Pittsburgh, PA

Key Lure: Strike King Red Eye Shad (lipless crankbait)
Winner: Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, MI
Site: Lay Lake, Birmingham, AL

Key Lure: Gambler Ugly Otter
Winner: Chris Lane, Guntersville, AL
Site: Red River, Shreveport, LA

How to tie a Perfection Fishing Loop Knot

step-by-step tutorial

While there are several knots used to create a non-slip loop, the perfection loop is one of the more popular choices and retains excellent breaking strength of your mono filament or fluorocarbon leader material. Photos: Steve

step 1

Hold the main line coming off the reel with your thumb and index finger and create a loop by passing the tag end behind the main line.

step 2

Pinch the base of the loop to hold it in place for the next step.

step 3

While pinching the loop with your thumb and index finger, take a turn around the first loop with the tag end.

step 4

After completing the turn around the first loop, a second loop is created.

step 5

With two loops in place, take the remaining tag end and place it between the individual loops.

step 6

Now pull the second loop over the tag end and back through the first loop. Tighten by pulling on the second loop.

step 7

Strong and effective, the finished knot is ready to be put to the test.

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Fishing Spoons

Fishing Spoons

The metal fishing spoon lure was believed to be first used back in the 1840’s. Spoons are a simple design, an oblong shape, concave on one side that catches water producing a wobble and light reflecting flash imitating a fleeing or crippled bait fish. Because spoons appeal mainly to the sense of sight they work best on clear or lightly stained water conditions.

The long standing popularity of spoons results from ease of use as a fish usually will hook itself when it grabs a spoon. Spoons work best for larger predators such as northern pike, largemouth bass, muskies, walleye, salmon and trout.

The action of a spoon is based on it’s shape and thickness. A long spoon will display a wider side to side wobble than a shorter spoon. A deep concave spoon will also produce a wider wobble than a flatter spoon. Thin spoons used for trolling have an erratic wobble compared to thick spoons but thick spoons have advantages as well, the extra weight casts better, sinks faster and will run deeper than thinner spoons.

There are five types of spoons: Casting, trolling, weedless, jigging and the surface spoon. Spoons are stamped, forged or molded from brass, copper, steel, lead, plastic or wood. Most are painted on one side with a polished metallic surface on at other side to reflect the sunlight making the spoon visible. Some spoons have a hammered or rippled finish that transmits light in multiple directions such as baitfish scales scatter light.

When casting or trolling a spoon the speed is critical for success, if fished too slow or too fast the spoon will not wobble properly, you should experiment to find the precise speed for each spoon to perform its best. When casting a spoon anglers will cast 10 to 20 feet beyond the area they believe the fish are and retrieve through the strike zone. For flat line trolling from behind a boat the speed and amount of line out should be the main consideration, as well as in using depth control rigging such as downriggers and dipsey divers.

Rod Action with Spoons
Dependent on the species you’re targeting, small spoons for stream trout, larger spoons for bass, pike and salmon or vertical jigging for walleyes the preferred choice when casting/jigging spoons is a stiff tipped fast action rod. Ultra sensitive, soft action rods are not recommended as they do not telegraph the fish strike as quickly a fast action rod will accomplish. Your success in using spoons is to immediately set the hook upon feeling a fish bite.

Spoons & Leaders
Anglers using casting, weedless or trolling spoons should attach their lines via a leader with a ball bearing swivel and snap or a combination snap ball bearing swivel.This allows freedom of movement for the spoon and will keep the fishing line twist to a minimum. For surface and jigging spoons the best is to tie directly to the eyelet or snap. Both will work better without too much play at the lure line connection.

Spoon Attractors
The main fish attracting component on a spoon is the flash, some spoons have additional attractors placed on the spoon or are added by the angler, they are: Clickers: Two small willow spinners on split rings located the end of spoon for vibration and noise. Flippers: A small oblong piece of plastic (red or yellow) for added color attached on the split ring and hook. Trailers: For added color and profile Feathers / Tied Tail / Soft Plastic or Pork Rind.

Spoon Colors
If you ever had the opportunity to open Grand Pa’s old metal tackle box it would be safe to say you would find quite a few of the traditional red and white casting spoons that where popular back in the 1940’s – 50’s. Following the same path as crank bait lure companies spoon manufactures have over the years introduced hundreds of new colors patterns and finishes using prism, holographic, glow and glitter all to enhance  vibrant colors and flash of spoons.

In selecting spoon colors to build your tackle assortment, the choices can be overwhelming but some colors have been tried and true over the years. For casting spoons in clear or slighty stained water the classic colors of red and white with nickel back, black and white with nickel back, yellow five of diamonds in red with brass back, and combinations of nickel/silver – gold/brass are your best bet. On stained or darker water use, firetiger with brass back or orange/yellow and nickel combinations.

For trolling spoons on the Great Lakes the universal best color is all silver or gold with including combinations of purple, blue or green hues to mimic the forage of alewives, ciscoes, and smelt. Many Charter Captains on the Great Lakes use spoons as their main lure presentation and usually have a couple hundred on board in multiple color patterns (some with creative color names) and size variations to accommodate all fishing conditions.

Each body of water or river system fish will have a tendency to favor a specific color. If you’re going to fish an unfamiliar water system and spoons are a part of your lure selection, it would be best to do research with local guides or the fishing pro shop for that lake or river.

Listed below is a reference guide to help you identify the common types of spoons and how they are used:
Traditional Casting Spoons

Stamped metal casting spoons are also known as Traditional or Canadian spoons. All display the distinctive back and forth wobble action as they run underwater based on their oval shaped cupped bodies. Casting spoon sizes range from ultra light 1/36 ounce for panfish up to over 3 ounces for big muskies, pike and lake trout. The most popular sizes are 1/4-3/4 ounce used for bass, walleyes and pike. All casting spoons have either a treble or a single (siwash) hook attached with a spilt ring which allows the hook to swing freely as the spoon wobbles.

Trolling Spoons

Trolling spoons are much thinner and lighter than casting spoons, a typical 3″ trolling spoon only weighs about a 1/8 ounce which makes them too light for casting.. They are designed to be fished using a depth control trolling system such as off a downrigger or diving plane. With the wide fluttering action they are an excellent lure choice for salmon, trout, walleyes or other open water species.

Weedless Spoons

When fishing in thick cover, aquatic weeds, wood and logs, you can’t beat using a weedless spoon to provoke a fish strike. Most feature a single hook design welded on the body with a wire guard to prevent most snags. Experiment with different retrieve methods. Try twitching and pausing letting the spoon settle into open holes. Or straight retrieve over and through the cover. Tip the hook with a trailer for added attraction using a soft plastic grub or pork rind. Weedless spoons come in 1/4 ounce up to 1-1/8 ounce.

Surface Spoons

When conditions are right during the summer months, large predator fish like bass, pike and muskies will take refuge in thick cover. This is an ideal situation for using surface spoons. When cast over heavy matted vegetation the spoon floats with the hook riding upward avoiding being caught up on snags. Most surface spoons are made from plastic’s with a few in wood with having an added attractor, mainly rubber skirts. When fishing surface spoons point the rod tip directly at the spoon whether you’re retrieving straight or using a jerk pause method. Upon a fish strike, never set the hook until you feel the pressure of the fish, then set the hook. As with all surface lures fish have a tendency to miss the lure, keep the lure moving even if the fish misses usually they will come back to strike again.

Jigging Spoons

When you locate a deep water school of fish such as walleye or bass on your electronics, one of the best presentations to reach them is vertically jigging. Jigging spoons are made of metal or tungsten, are flat, thick and heavy and flash when jigged. They are designed to get down quickly reaching the deep water holding fish. When fishing jigging spoons all of the action is applied by the angler using short jerks to encourage strikes, but keep in mind many strikes happen on the fall of the jigging spoon as well. Keep awatch on your line as it falls, if it stops or twitches set the hook. The best tackle for jigging spoons is low stretch line of 12-20 lbs with a medium to medium heavy fast action rod.