The twin circle hooks on Yo-Zuri’s Sashimi Pencil SW caught my eye. I thought, “Really?” I already have enough trouble hooking fish with two or three trebles hanging down. More on that later.
The Pencil SW is designed along the lines of the classic “walking bait” or “slosh bait.” (Coined from the noise they make.) It floats semi-upright on its keel, and comes to life with subtle flicks of the rod tip.
The Pacu fish, a cousin of the Piranha, has made a name for itself in the world of predators by devouring human testicles. But that didn't stop British angler, Jeremy Wade, host of Discovery Channel's River Monsters, from putting his bollocks on the line to catch one late last December.
Wade's exploits beg the question: are you a tough enough angler to take on the Pacu fish? Before you answer that, here's a little more about your quarry...
I’m the “stubborn” type when it comes to bass fishing—as in I don’t like trying the new stuff. I’ve developed a stable of techniques that have proven to work for me, so new-fangled baits and gimmicky techniques just aren’t something that I would spend my valuable water time experimenting with. But being stubborn can backfire sometimes. Case in point: the Z-Man Chatterbait.
The chatterbait became an overnight success shortly after FLW Pro Bryan Thrift won the 2006 Stren/FLW tournament on Lake Okeechobee, Fla. The lake, also known as the “Big O,” covers some 730 square miles and features as varied a largemouth habitat as you’ll find anywhere. The most interesting aspect about Thrift’s win was that he caught nearly all his fish using a chatterbait.
Sometimes it pays to use baits of a different stripe. Take a note from my expereince ...
I was pre-fishing a BASS event several years ago on Oneida Lake, NY. Oneida is a fantastic fishery, offering outstanding action for both smallmouth and largemouth. But the lake had turned stubborn on this occasion.
The event featured a full field of contestants—200 pros paired with 200 anxious amateurs. Given the relatively small size of the lake, every crack and crevasse was getting pummeled with every bait, presentation and retrieve imaginable.
Looks like there's a new tiger trout state record in Utah.
This from the Salt Lake Tribune:"Fisheries staff from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are reporting a new state record tiger trout that was landed by Trent Perry of Santaquin on Feb. 16 at Scofield Reservoir. The fish checked in at 32 1/4 inches with a girth of 20 inches and an official weight of 15 pounds and .16 ounces. "
Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin is a popular sturgeon spearing destination, with the first sturgeon spearing season officially opened in 1903.
This year, Oshkosh resident, and sturgeon fishermen extraordinaire Mikey Galligan, etched his name in the sturgeon history books after he speared a whopping 175.3-pound female that measured 78.5-inches from tip to tale. The giant sturgeon was the sixth largest taken on Lake Winnebago since 1932 when records were first kept (sturgeon steaks anyone?).
The current record holder, super-spearer Ron Grishaber of Appleton, Wisconsin thumped a bemammoth weighing 212.2-pounds in 2010.
The crankbait is one of a handful of “dumb” lures. What I mean is, they can be fished successfully by simply casting them out and then cranking them back to the bank or boat. But if you’d like to increase your fish-catching quota significantly, and who wouldn’t, I suggest you add a bit of flair on your next retrieve.
Here are seven presentation techniques that might help you to land more fish:
#1 - Kneeling and Reeling The name pretty much describes this technique used to get maximum depth with your crankbait. To do this, make a cast and then kneel down and put your rod tip into the water. When you start reeling, you will be pulling the bait along at a lower angle as opposed to when you’re standing.
Crankbaits are some of the most versatile baits in your tackle box. They’re also some of the easiest baits to fish regardless of a fisherman’s skill level. They come in a myriad of sizes, shapes, colors and configurations. And believe it or not, they can be fished just about anywhere there’s water and fish willing to bite. But, it helps if you have the right gear.
Cranking Gear The right gear can mean the difference between catching fish and just slinging lures all day. There is some relatively standard equipment needed for cranking success.