Fishing FAQ

10. How do I start my own fishing guide service? I guess we should start with one of the toughest ones. If you were to ask 10 fishing guides this question, it's likely that 9 of them would try to talk you out of it. Once your angling activities move out of the realm of a pastime and into the realm of necessity (putting food on the table for your family), fishing takes on an entire different focus. All that being said, however, if there's another way to make a living while doing what you love to do, we don't know of any. Start with a realistic business plan. Just because you're good at catching fish, doesn't mean that you can make a living at it. Are you good with people? Do you plan on providing your services in an area that has tourism potential? Do you have something unique to offer to a market that is seeking what you can provide? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself before considering opening a guide service. Be realistic and not a pie-in-the-sky optimist.--Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life
9. How do you fish for bass? Bass are a predatory fish and they like to eat other fish. So many, many lures work well for bass, as does live bait. Bass will not eat dead items or lures fished without any action. Be sure to keep whatever you are using lively such as worms and minnows. Artificial baits need to be worked with a steady retrieve.--David Walker, Evinrude E-Team
8.What is the biggest state for fishing? I feel like my home state of Tennessee probably ranks as high as any!--David Walker, Evinrude E-Team Great bass fishing can be found in almost any state. My favorites are Missouri and Texas.--Chad Brauer, Evinrude E-Team In terms of quantity of fishing licenses sold and days spent fishing, no state comes close to Florida. Recent calculations put the number of fishing participants in Florida age 16 and older at 2.77 million. Runner-up is Texas with 2.53 million participants.--Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life
7. How does barometric pressure affect fishing? It is tough to tell exactly what barometric pressure does to bass, but as a fisherman I see certain tendencies under differing weather conditions. What causes these to happen is not certain. Low pressure is usually associated with cloudy, rainy days and bass tend to be more active on these days. They seem to be more aggressive and you often get more bites under these conditions. High pressure usually comes with blue bird skies and the bass tend to be less aggressive. You generally get fewer bites and the bass keep close to any surrounding cover. --Chad Brauer, Evinrude E-Team
6. How do you put new line on a fishing reel? Good question, depending on the type of reel will determine how you should set the spool. On spinning reels simply lay the spool flat on the surface holding rod tip above it --with your hand that is not turning the handle on the reel pinch line between your thumb and index finger. Steadily retrieve until spool is almost full. 
 
On reels like baitcasters have someone hold your new line spool for you with a pencil so spool will turn freely while you hold tension on line with free hand. Turn handle on reel until reel is almost full.
 
Be careful not to overfill your reel, this will result to tangled lines known as backlash.--David Walker, Evinrude E-Team
5. How much is a fishing license? No easy answer here--it depends on the state, whether you are fishing fresh or saltwater and whether or not you are a resident. Most state fish and wildlife departments have websites to make your license-shopping easier.--Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life
4. Who invented the fishing rod? Now this one has us stumped. The cavemen perhaps?
3. What bait do you use for bass fishing? One of the best things about bass fishing is there is no right or wrong way to do it. The two most important things to learn are what the bass are currently feeding on and how they move seasonally. These two things change in different regions of the U.S. but if you can locate the bass and present something that looks like what they feed on, you will catch some good ones.--Chad Brauer, Evinrude E-Team
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2. When is the best time to go fishing? The best time to go fishing is in low light condition, being on the water at first light or then again in the evening when the sun sets. Those are the times when fish become most active and are easier to catch.--David Walker, Evinrude E-Team
1. What's the best fishing knot? The most important thing is to pick one knot and learn how to tie it correctly and quickly. I personally use the palomar knot. It is easy to tie and retains the strength of the line.--Chad Brauer, Evinrude E-Team

Our friends at the know-it-all website Ask.com recently shared with us their list of 10 of the most frequently asked questions about fishing. Here are the answers.