Okay, so aliens come down to earth one day and impose a strict new fishing law that says each angler can only fish with one style of lure for the rest of his or her life – which one would you choose??? Never mind the fact that thinking about tackle would probably be a low priority if we had a bunch of extraterrestrial beings running around telling us how to fish. But just play along here folks, okay??? So, what’s it going to be? What’s the one lure you’d put in your box?
Now that the heat of the summer (finally) seems to be behind us, it’s time to start thinking seriously about fall trout fishing.
This is the time of year that the fish begin to feed actively in preparation for the lean winter months to come and that means you can have some outstanding action over the next several weeks.
To help you cash in on the autumn trout bonanza, here are some tips and techniques to think about. Keep in mind, however, that there are no absolutes in the world of fishing and trout operate on their own schedule with their own agenda. Think of the following more as general rules of thumb with which you can get pointed in the right direction.
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Just as George Washington and his Continental Army were on the verge of starving to death in Valley Forge in the spring of 1778, an amazing thing happened.?? Sometime in March, the ice melted and the Schuylkill River, along which Washington and the boys were camped, began flowing again. In April, the first wave of alosa sapidissima, otherwise known as “American shad” arrived to spawn in the river like a gravy train from the heavens.
In the world of angling, no fish is as highly coveted as George W. Perry’s all-tackle world record 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass.??Perry’s record catch took place way back on June 2, 1932 at obscure little Montgomery Lake in Telfair County, Georgia. Since then, legions of anglers have dedicated their lives solely to the pursuit of besting that catch.
Why all the fuss? First of all, a new world record largemouth is said to be worth millions of dollars in endorsements to whoever catches it.
The other day I was driving down a major boulevard in Sacramento and I got behind a black SUV sporting a yellow and blue bumper sticker that read “Fishing Hurts.”
As I followed the lady for a few blocks, I started thinking about how scary the anti-fishing and hunting movements are becoming. It starts with a bumper sticker here and then the next thing you know, there’s a protest down at the local boat ramp. The next time you show up, there’s a no fishing regulation in place at your favorite lake.
My apprehension turned to rage when the anti-angler turned into the parking lot of a trendy sushi joint. I guess fishing for fun is a reprehensible act but fishing to supply restaurants with hamachi, maguro and unagi is perfectly acceptable!