Friday, March 11, 2011

Advice On Lake Fishing For The Beginner Angler

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By Owen Jones

Lake fishing is quite similar to river fishing, or slow-flowing river fishing at any rate. The kinds of fish in rivers and lakes tend to be the same, which means that the tackle, bait and lures will be the similar too, although you may want a longer rod, say, a beach-casting rod to cast your bait further out into the lake. Lake fish will regularly grow to a bigger size than river fish, so your line should be more robust too.

Lake fish conventionally been classified under three general categories. That is to say, game fish, food fish, and bait fish. Bass, trout, pike, pickerel, muskellunge, perch, etc., are known as game fish because of their sporting importance. Carp, suckers, some of the catfish, yellow perch, etc., are though of as food fish.

This latter group is not considered to provide the sport that the so-called game fish do, but they do have a genuine economic and sporting value. The third kind are the minnows and tiddlers that can be used as bait for the first two classes.

It is not easy to explain the exact technique to cast protracted distances, but it does come nuturally to quite a few fishermen. Yet, if casting does not come naturally to you, you will need to study other lake or beach fishermen. If you are not happy doing that, you will be able to find a video on the subject. However, the best means to learn how to cast is to go down to the beach, watch an expert at work and attempt to do the same.

Nonetheless, lake fishing is enormous fun and the novice will quickly master the correct technique of lake fishing. Therefore, I have placed some handy tips here to help you learn lake fishing more rapidly.

  • Aim to adopt a smooth, whip-like cast. Nevertheless, if you crack the whip too hard, you will certainly lose a great deal of bait, flies or lures..

  • Timing is the all-important factor in both the back cast and forward cast.

  • Study the lifestyle of the fish that live in the lake that you propose to fish. All fish have both similar and dissimilar ways of life, so either get a book or video or join a club to find out more.

  • Most fish prefer some sort of cover, either for themselves or because their quarry will like it there. Be careful of weeds, reeds and submerged logs or you will lose loads of line and tackle..

  • As I mentioned previously, lake fish tend to be bigger, since food is copious and there is lots of room. A big bass, for example, could easily weigh 10-12 lbs, so ensure that your rod and line are up to the job. A rod of seven feet six inches to eight feet in length can take these sizes of fish.


Note from She's So Fly:  There are many different types of fishing, and lake fishing is one of the more simple and economic methods to learn, enjoy and discover the joys and excitement that the sport of fishing can bring to those who try it.  Lake fishing is also one of the easiest methods for single mothers to take their young children out and practice casting, putting a worm on, etc...out at a nearby county park or public lake access - pack a lunch, explore, fish and enjoy the day!
Lake fishing is not so truly different from other types of fishing, so if you put some energy into learning the techniques and fish concerned in lake fishing, you will soon master the art and turn into an expert at lake fishing.
(A She's So Fly "big catch of the day" while out lake fishing - at least I was not


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