Tips For Catching Perch Through The Ice
As with other fish species, perch are more susceptible to be caught through the ice when light conditions change, so the mornings and/or evenings are usually very productive times of the day to be fishing for perch. Perch also tend to “school up” and suspend over deep water during the winter, whereas during other seasons, perch are spread out over an entire lake. This is an advantage to catching lots of perch, as long as you can locate a school.
A simple “rule of thumb” when it comes to ice fishing for perch is that during the early winter they can be found in area’s that perch are found in other seasons (shallow weed beds or just of of a shallow weed line) and during mid winter perch migrate, school up, and suspend over the deepest basin to their prior haunt. As late winter approaches, perch tend to head back to shallow weed beds to get ready to spawn as the ice melts and spring begins. Depth finders and electronics make finding areas such as the ones outlined above easy, although so does an intimate knowledge of the lake that you are fishing from fishing it at other times of the year. In any case, when fishing for perch through the ice begin your search by following the simple “rule of thumb” outlined above and finding the perch will be easier.
The next thing to consider when ice fishing for perch is the the type of bait or lure to use. No matter what lure you choose to use when ice fishing for perch the best method for catching perch through the ice is jigging. The most popular jigs to use while ice fishing for perch are: small lead head or buck tail jigs, small flash spoons such as kastmasters or Swedish pimples, and swimming jigs such as a Rapala jigging rap or Nils master jigger.
All of the above lures/baits are productive when jigged through the ice, but whichever type of jig or lure you are using will be much more productive when the jig is “tipped” with maggots, a grub, a small minnow, or even perch eyes. An extra piece of “live” attractant is usually more than a perch can handle and will trigger a bite. The next time that you head out onto the ice in search of perch, keep these simple tips in mind and you will have a bunch of perch laying next your your hole or holes in the ice, I promise you.
Tuna Fishing Tactics – Trolling and Jigging
Commercial tuna fishing operations catch tuna much differently than common anglers. They bring tuna in by the masses, rather than catching just a few at a time. For tourist fishing charters, the most common technique for catching tuna is trolling. Tuna trolling lures are the cream of the crop out of all of the other lures. This article will cover the basic strategies, lures, and techniques for tuna fishing.
The basic strategies for tuna fishing include trolling and jigging. Trolling involves pulling a lure or group of lures behind a boat. This way, anglers and charters can cover a lot of ground in very little time. The more ground you cover; the more likely you are to catch more tuna. Using an umbrella rig is a great idea if you plan on trolling for tuna. This tactic has a worthy purpose for catching fish. Basically, the umbrella rig is mirroring a small school of bait fish or ballyhoo.
When fish see this small school, their predatory instincts kick in and they usually go for one of the lures. The lure that is most commonly struck is the one in the back. Its common among tuna and other game fish in the ocean to attack the weakest fish in a school because they are the easiest to catch.
Jigging is a simple technique where an angler uses a tuna fishing lure and lifts the lure up and down in the depths. This imitates a potential meal for a tuna or any other game fish lurking down below. As I stated earlier, the ballyhoo is a good trolling lure for tuna. There are other good ones as well, including a few plugs. If you have ever heard of a gotcha lure, then that one works good too.
Walleye Fishing Jig – Casting, Vertical Jigging Tips and Methods
Casting Jigs For Walleye
No other artificial walleye lure will catch walleyes as consistently as a lead head jig designed specifically for the walleye. If you think about it, there is an excellent reason the walleye jig is so universal. Walleye spend the majority of there time on the bottom of what ever type of water they are located in.
Among the most versatile of artificial lures for walleye , a walleye jig can be fished many different ways.You can cast from and anchored or drifting boat, jig vertically for walleye while drifting with the wind or current, or troll slowly while bumping the jig along the bottom. And, you can fish a walleye jig plain when the walleyes are biting, or you can tip it with live bait when the fishing is slow.
Casting walleye fishing jigs
One of the most commonly used fishing techniques used while jigging for walleye is casting. Casting works great when the walleye move into the shallows and is typically the preferred method by most walleye anglers in this situation.If the walleyes are in the shallows it’s important not to spook them. Make sure you anchor far enough away, but still being able to cast into the shallows.
If you plan on working a shallow reef , anchor in a deep water position , so the the wind will push you to the edge of the reef. If do not get any walleye bites, don’t quit! move you your boat about 20yards to left or right and anchor again. Repeat this process until you get a walleye hit.
If the walleye are not schooled, and are located at different points about the reef, or breakline, drift your your boat near the reef or breakline but but not on it, then cast your walleye fishing jig towards the shallows working the jig back towards you.I would recommend you have your electric trolling motor ready to keep you running parallel with the reef or breakline.Use your trolling motor to keep you boat drifting parallel to the reef or breakline. If you catch a walleye toss out a marker and work the area until the fish stop biting then move on.
If the walleyes are suspended off the bottom , count your jig for walleye down to different depths after you cast then begin to reel your line in. When you get a strike make sure you remember your count. (I right it down). Then repeat the same count on the next cast.
Remember casting jigs for walleye work best when the fish or in the shallows.
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