4 Simple Fishing Tips for Beginners

The first tip in simple fishing is making sure the rig is just right. There are two reasons making sure the rig is just right. First, a strong well tied fishing knot won’t break when setting the hook and second, certain knots swim your fly or lure in a way similar to the way fish swim making it more natural. There are many different ways of tying a knot and that all depends on what you are fishing for. Here are a few knots and what they are used for. The first one is a Turle Knot which is a great fixed knot for fly fishing and a Uni Knot is a loop left open that makes streamers and nymphs look realistic.

Second tip is making sure your lure is swimming properly. You need to make sure that your bait is naturally moving through the water and mimicking fish movements and you do that with your rod tip and reel speed. When you pull on your rod tip and reel down to gather slack but making sure to keep in contact with your lure. Some people think they are going to catch something if they just cast and reel as fast as they can but if you do that your lure will not look like a natural fish in the water. Just make sure to swim your lure as the fishing spot dictates and you will have a better chance of catching that monster fish or just catching something period.

Third tip is changing depths. Some people that fish the top of the water thinks it is fun but if there are no fish at the surface it won’t be as fun as you won’t be catching anything. If you are going to be fishing the top of the water, you want to make sure you are using a jig, spoon or a metal-lipped jerk bait to better your chances of catching something. You might have to go deeper to find where the fish are. There are going to be times where you will need to add or subtract weight when bait fishing or go to a sink tip or sinking line when you are fly fishing. Just remember if you are having any top water action you might need to go deeper to find where the fish are.

Final tip is changing location. If you have been sitting in the same spot for a while and have changed different lures and baits and there is nothing baiting, you need to move around to where the fish are at. But before you decide to leave the location you are at make sure you have covered all the water around you. Make sure to throw a couple of cast to your left, to your right, in front of the boat and in the back of the boat. You never know the fish could be anywhere and it is easy to move the boat to where the fish are.

With these few tips you will be able to catch that monster fish or a pile of pan fish this summer and possible into the winter, that’s if you think you have the summer fishing down to give ice fishing a try. Good luck fishing this summer.

Fishing Tip Number 5 – Catfish Bait – Use The Good Stuff

We have talked about finding Catfish before, but we haven’t talked much about bait for those delicious tasting fish. If you talk to some old catfish experts, they will tell you the “stinkiest” bait you can find is the best bait you can find. I find it stupid to argue with an expert fisherman who is recognized as an expert – because he has had great success in catching fish already. However, I must be a little squeamish when it comes to getting the vilest smelling bait on my hands. Oh, I don’t mind some fairly tough smelling things to get my hands in, but some of the ‘ole boys’ formulas are way beyond tough! I have used some of those recipes for catfish bait and the smell stays with you for days. You can’t get it off!

Therefore, I would like to talk to you about catfish bait that works and still comes off your hands when you wash them. The first one I would like to mention is hotdogs! Plain old hot dogs really work on catfish and they are easy to use when you are baiting your hook. You can use some old ones your wife or significant other is going to throw away. You can use ones that you just bought from the grocery store. Catfish either don’t know the difference or they just don’t care.

Another good bait you can use is chicken livers. They are difficult to have stay on the line, but I find that if you use a treble hook, you will be better off by far. There are several ways to but the liver on the hook and keep it there. One of the ways is to wrap it with sewing thread. While that works, it does take a considerable amount of time and time you don’t have your line in the water is time you won’t catch fish.

I prefer to hook the liver in the following manner. First, I puncture a hole in the liver so I can slide it over the end of the leader and down to the treble hook. Then I puncture the liver so it goes over each of the treble hooks. Don’t make these holes any larger than needed – just use the pointed hook and you will see it is quite nicely secured. You will be able to cast this several times without losing your bait.

Finally, I would encourage you to fish for cats at night. If you haven’t tried this yet, you should. Some of the biggest catfish are caught at night. I have found that fishing for catfish at night can be great fun. I would suggest a little different bait for night cat-fishing though. I find large shiners and shad work well and you can always rely on big juicy night crawlers. Remember, the big catfish are active at night and you have a good chance of getting a big one on your line. I would suggest a 20lb. test and a stiff rod. You do not want the joy of hooking a large fish to be spoiled by losing him to a broken line.

Good Fishing!

Where Is The Best Offshore Fishing? Venice LA That’s Where!

Venice LA Has The Best Offshore Fishing In The Country

If you love offshore fishing you have a perfect chance to enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime in Venice, LA this summer. Venice is known for some of the best offshore fishing you can find.

Although a small town, people travel from all over the country to Venice to charter a boat and go out into the Gulf of Mexico. With Venice LA only being a short drive out of New Orleans, many fishermen fly into NOLA, stay a couple nights in the world famous French Quarter then go out for the best fishing on the planet. If you have never taken a fishing charter in the Gulf, you are in for the time of your life. Old or young, male or female you can be sure that you will catch fish and come back onshore exhilarated.

Here are just some of the reasons why Venice LA should be your next fishing destination:

Multiple Fishing Charters to Choose From

There are offshore fishing charters that go out on a daily basis. You can book in advance or you can travel to Venice and then make your booking. You can book charters of different sizes – if you want to fish alone there are small charters available, but if you are bringing along friends and family there are larger vessels available for hire.

Wide Variety of Fish

One of the biggest draws to Venice for offshore fishing is the variety of fish available in the Gulf. Whether you are looking to catch marlin, tarpon, sharks, yellowfin tuna, swordfish, mahi-mahi or Wahoo you can be sure that you will find them here.

Experience of Fishing Captains

Another reason Venice is consistently voted a top destination is the quality of the fishing charters. The fishing boat captains out of Venice are extremely experienced. The boats are all very well-maintained and you can rest assured that you will not have any trouble while out in the water.

Year Round Fishing

Unlike many other fishing destinations New Orleans is year-round – you don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy your hobby. Although you can deep-sea fish year-round in the Gulf of Mexico, if you want the best of Louisiana fishing and to catch the big yellowfin tuna, the summer is the best time for their migration.

Affordable Fishing Trips

The fishing charters out of Venice are affordable. With the cost of living in Louisiana relatively low compared to the rest of the country, you can enjoy a first class fishing trip for less than you think. If you compare what you would pay in other fishing destinations, which are usually tourist resorts, you will see that you pay very reasonable fees out of Venice. In fact, it is so affordable that many people come several times a year.

Travel is Easy

Venice is close to New Orleans and flights in to the city are very inexpensive. With New Orleans being the second most flown into city in the country, booking a cheap flight is easy. You can fly into the city and then rent a car to drive to Venice. Southern Louisiana has many fishing lodges if you choose to stay the night. Some of the fishing charters even offer overnight trips!

Charter Fishing for Everyone

Although most people think of fishing charters as a mens’ getaway, it is extremely common to have the entire family out on the boat. We are also seeing more and more of companies using fishing charters for exhilarating team building exercises.

Today, offshore fishing is more fun than ever. When you think offshore fishing charters you should think Venice, LA!

Looking to Book The Best Fishing Charter You Can Imagine? Venice LA has the best offshore fishing in the country!

Fishing Tips

Whether you are fishing in the Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter, there is always more to fishing than actual fishing. There is the view to consider, the effects of the season, the beauty, the peace, and the challenge as well. Fishing has something to offer everyone.

Obviously, you need a rod and a reel. When buying equipment for the beginner, children, or someone who will not be fishing very much, consider purchasing a rod and reel as a package. This offers the most savings. It doesn’t make sense to purchase a hundred dollar rod, along with a hundred dollar reel for someone that won’t fish much – or won’t learn to fish at all. Also consider a pre-packaged tackle box for this group.

A basic tackle box should include various sized hooks, sinkers, bobbers, needle nosed pliers, and fishing line. Many fishermen use a net to make it a little easier to bring the fish to shore once it has been reeled almost all the way in. Depending on the fish that you are trying to catch, you may need a small and a large net.

If you walk into any sporting goods store, you will see that there is a huge variety of equipment available for fishermen. You don’t need all of it. You don’t even need most of it. But there are some gadgets that make fishing a bit easier. For instance, you can purchase an alarm that will tell you when there is a fish on your line. You could alternately watch your rod to determine that as well.

Clothing that you fish in should be comfortable and suitable for the weather, but there is some specialized clothing for fishermen. You will need a hat and sunglasses, and you should consider a fishing vest that has numerous pockets. Depending on the fishing that you are doing, you may need chest or hip waders. You may also consider waterproof jackets, hats, and gloves.

Other items that you may want to consider purchasing include: scissors, flashlights, a fishing belt, forceps, wading shoes, a gaff, a tackle box, a thermometer, pliers, and a knife. Bug repellent is necessary in some areas and seasons, and a good sun blocker is advised.

Remember that you do not need every piece of equipment available. Fishing is very enjoyable, and can actually be done, as a hobby, for little or no investment. However, if you allow it to, it can become a very expensive pastime. Consider your needs, and choose your equipment with care.

Spring Smallmouth Bass Location and Jerk Bait Presentation

When the snow melts and the temperatures of the lakes and rivers start to rise it is time to get ready for pre spawn smallmouth bass. Hard bodied or jointed jerk baits designed to suspend in the water are a great option this time of the year, especially on windy overcast days when the smallmouth seem to be most aggressive. Conversely, it seems slower moving weightless plastics seem to perform best on calm sunny days.

Tackle and gear: I usually for 3 poles rigged up for fishing with a jerk bait.

  1. 7′ Medium fast action rod with a 5:1 reel or greater, Abu Garcia makes a couple of great reels for jerk bait fishing. Line it up with 15lb braid with a fluorocarbon leader and you have yourself a great set up for your larger hard baits and larger spinning lures.
  2. I love this set up on still sunny mornings. 6’3″ medium light Quantum MXP rod, 4:1 spinning reel, 10 lb braid with 18 inch 8lb fluorocarbon leader. This is my go to soft plastic jerk and twitch bail set up. #3 and #4 wide gap and offset hooks, 1/64-1/32oz weighted offset #3 hooks (optional).
  3. 7′ Daiwa Medium spinning rod with a 4:1 or greater spinning reel with 6 lb fluorocarbon line. This is a wild card rod, in the past I have had success with this using weightless flukes as well as smaller hard bodied bait. What I have found is that since fluorocarbon line sinks it has a tendency to bring the hard and soft plastic baits a little deeper and the 6lb line has a little better feel with the lighter baits than the 10lb baitcasting setup. If I could only take one I would take this one because I believe it is the most versatile but the other set ups are specific to the task..


  1. Hard Bodied Baits – Husky Jerk #10, Floating Raps #7, Berkley Cutter 90 are some great choices. Natural colors in clear water and heavily fished areas, white, pearl, perch and Chartreuse are winners in the spring in stained water.
  2. Soft bodied baits – Zoom super fluke 5″, these just have great movement and seem to out fish any other soft plastic jerk bait I use. In recent years I Berkley Gulp Alive, KVD and others have come out with good quality products as well. Texas rigged weedless, these baits are dynamite in the spring.

LocationSpring is such a great time for smallmouth because no other time in the year are their patterns more predictable and so many large females being “stacked up” in the same place. Focus on areas deepwater drops and inland spawning areas 10ft deep with gravel bottom and ground structure is a great place to start. Egg laden large females will be actively feeding and can have several trophies sitting in the same small indentation or around the same stump. Small mouth will spend most of the winter in 30-40 feet of water then move in to shallow flats right after ice out and till the spawn which usually starts when the water temperature gets to the mid or upper 50’s. Any large flats in 8-15 foot of water next to 30-40 shelves are great place to start. Look for a gravel bottom, often times a nice rock pile or stump could hold 10 large females during this time of the year.

Smallmouths often need to see baits a couple times before they decide to strike if they are not actively feeding so if you see a good-looking spot take 3-4 casts before moving. When they are feeding and you catch one make sure you cast right back to the same spot because big females are rarely alone at this time of year. This can be some of the most fun, fastest fishing of the year. When they are feeding it is not out of the realm of possibility to land five four pound fish in ten casts.

When it is overcast and windy it seems to stir the smallmouth up and have the best bite. Anytime I’m using a jerk bait in the wind I always use bigger and heavier hard bodied baits. I also work the bait faster than I do with soft plastics. Rapala Husky Jerk 10 is a favorite bait in these condition with white, Chartreuse and pearl white being hot colors. I always check with a bait shop or online about hot colors on a particular body of water.

Soft plastics are an art form, and my go to set up on calm sunny days. I work the bait at about 3-5 feet of depth with longer pulls mixing with short twitches. One key tip is to keep constant slack in your line especially when using the braided line set up, it will give the bait more of an erratic darting motion and the twitches more realistic look. Also use the line as your strike indicator, when you see that slack tighten set that hook. I remember one time a friend and I were in the same boat using the same colors and the same bait. The only difference was he added a tiny weight and was working the bait at a rate that he was averaging 3 casts to every one of my casts. At the end of 75 minutes it was 14 fish and he had 1 and I was averaging about 16″ per fish with a couple of four pound, nineteen inch plus smallies. The only difference was I had no weight added and was working the bait very slow, sometimes as slow as 4-6 seconds between actions. This method is especially deadly on a sunny calm morning, the smallmouth aren’t as stirred up as they will be when the wind picks up but they are always up for an easy meal. This is often the first lure I start out with and the last one I end with.

For the people who fish them, spring smallmouth bass fishing is in a class of its own. Using jerk and twitch baits is one of the most fun ways to catch them. Tight lines!

Tips for Ice Fishing

You always want to make sure you have all the right equipment before hitting the lake. Here are a couple of the more important equipment you need for ice fishing, always have proper winter clothing, back-up winter clothing in case you fall in the water, fully charged cell phone, so if anything happens you have a way to contact someone, if you are out fishing alone. You also need a bucket, ice scoop, auger, bait, tip-ups or fishing pole and you tackle. You want to make sure you always go through your check list every time you hit the lake.

Once you are out on the ice, finding the right depth matters. Most fish will generally stay in a specific depth during the winter, which can make it easier to find them. If it is a common lake you have fished regularly during the summer months you will know all the premium spots and depths of the lake. If you aren’t familiar with the lake you can hop online and look for a map of the lake and it will show you all the different depths of the lake and you can check out the depths for the species you are looking to fish for.

Now that you have found a spot to fish, you can start drilling holes in the ice for your tip-ups, if you have some and a couple of holes to fish from while waiting on your tip-ups to go off. Remember to spread out the placement of your holes. If you put them close to each other you have the worries of them getting tangled when there is a fish on and some people say having them close together loses you chance of catching a fish as there are too much bait in one area.

You are ready to start fishing, some people say you ice fish like you are summer fishing, which isn’t true. You want to make sure you are going slow and steady as fish don’t expend as much energy during the winter months.If you are looking to give your fishing a jump start, you can always chum the hole before you start fishing. Sometimes chumming your hole can actually bring more fish to your area. You can use minnows or wax worms and let the fish go to town. Always have different types of bait with you, as you never know what the fish are looking to eat on that day. If you move your bait or jig too fast, a fish might let it go to save some energy. If you are going to be fishing for bluegills or perch, you want to fish the bottom as they love to feed off the bottom during the winter months.

Now that you have a few tips for a successful ice fishing trip. Get off the computer and put those tips to the test. Always remember to be safe and know the thickness of the ice before walking or driving out on the ice. You don’t want to start your ice fishing trip having to turn around right away from falling in.

Michelle Harolds is an avid outdoors woman. She enjoys hunting and fishing while listening to nature waking up for the day. She enjoys sharing her passion with the world and helps run a website selling hunting clothes and gear. Browse their selection now!