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Written By: Mark Fong, February 17, 2014 Species:Bass,
A quick look at the calendar confirms that the end of winter is still over a month away. But as I am sure you know this has been an atypical winter. Drought conditions combined with periods of near record warmth have many anglers convinced that spring is near.
These conditions have created...read more ››
Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 10, 2014 Species:Bass,
Before swimbaits, before computer designed crankbaits and before high tinsel alloy spinnerbaits bass anglers were using lizards to tempt big fish. A good number of today’s young bass addicts have never had a lizard attached to one of their rods, despite the fact that lizards are just as...read more ››
Written By: Dan Arbuckle, Headwaters Fishing Team, February 7, 2014 Species:N/A,
The debate has been raging lately in the kayak business about "Is bigger better?" Many companies are focusing a lot of money and effort building the new ear of bigger feature rich stand up stable fishing kayaks. The Pro Angler, Jackson Cuda and Tuna, Nucanoe Frontier, Oldtown Predator, and the...read more ››
We kicked off this discussion of natural bait trolling in the last issue of the Fish Sniffer. Here’s the conclusion-Cal Kellogg.
Over the years my thoughts on the best speeds for rolling bait have changed significantly. There was a time when I was convinced that the presentation had to be made...read more ››
Written By: Forum Member: BlueBoat, February 2, 2014 Species:N/A,
let's face it, we all like to see arches on our fish finders. The problem is that it's not all that easy to get them to show up like we think they should.
There's three things on your fish finder that can be adjusted to make those arches look better.
The first thing is the boat speed, the second...
Written By: Cal Kellogg, January 22, 2014 Species:Bass,
A while back I had the privilege of spending several hours on the water with master swimbait angler and self described trophy hunter Matt Allen. The insights he shared with me were informative and often surprising, but the learning didn’t stop there.
While I found the wisdom he shared with his...read more ››
Artificial lures have been around for a very long time, but it’s a safe bet that history’s first angler employed natural bait and that goes for history’s first trout troller as well. These days with all the high tech gear and state of the art lures that are available to us, many trollers tend...read more ››
Fishing is like a lot of situations in life in that there are often multiple answers that are right and wrong and what’s doing the job today, isn’t necessarily going to fill the bill tomorrow.
As anglers we understand this rule thoroughly, yet at times we ignore it and fall into a rut as a...read more ››
Written By: FishSniffer Staff, January 3, 2014 Species:Bass,
First, let me say that as an angler I understand that bass fishing after a cold front can be very frustrating. Especially if you fish in areas with Florida-strain largemouth bass, cold fronts can pretty much be the excuse you need to park the boat and head to a deer stand or sit in the house...read more ››
Written By: Bob Gwizdz, January 1, 2014 Species:Steelhead,
To many anglers, steelhead fishing doesn't really begin until spring, when the fish begin moving up on their redds to do their annual duty to Mother Nature. But for some veteran steelhead fishermen, waiting until spring is missing the best of the season.
One such steelhead angler is Jon...read more ››
I grew up in the Bay Area and learned the productivity of fishing the rich waters of San Francisco Bay at an early age. Indeed, some of my earliest fishing memories dating back to the early 70’s concern accompanying my dad and uncle Bob on outings along the Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro...read more ››
Drop shotting for freshwater bass has been an especially deadly technique that has been practiced for a few years now, for which a growing amount of tackle is being developed specifically for this technique.
Special extra light tipped rods, featherweight reels, precision light lines, and...read more ››
Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 18, 2013 Species:Catfish, Sturgeon, Stripers, Saltwater Stripers, Saltwater Salmon, Saltwater Sturgeon, River Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, shark, Steelhead, Trout, Tuna,
Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for one thing, deer sightings were few and far between.
As I waited and watched my mind started to wonder and soon I was contemplating different fishing baits. My...read more ››
Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, November 5, 2013 Species:Crabs,
Last time around, I was mentioning that snaring crabs has become a very popular and productive manner for nabbing a bunch of tasty bugs. While "any ol' tackle" will do, for a while, to be successful for the long haul, proper equipment is a must.
Rods don't need to be the most expensive...read more ››
Written By: Cal Kellogg, October 24, 2013 Species:Crabs,
Say hello to your new deck hand…Who pulls his weight and more!
The Scotty Line Puller is the ultimate crab and prawn trap pulling machine. This compact puller makes for easy stowing, and attaches directly to your existing Scotty downrigger mounts. It’s high torque 12 volt motor pulls 1 crab...read more ››
Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, October 24, 2013 Species:Crabs,
When I see Halloween decorations being put up for sale, I get that special feeling inside me ... not the feeling of fear, or doom, or dread usually associated with the holiday, but the feeling of excitement knowing that crab season will soon be upon us!
Yes, big, beautiful Dungeness Crabs will...read more ››
Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, October 7, 2013 Species:Albacore,
ALBACORE! Just the very name of these longfins of the seas is enough to start a fever in any red blooded angler of the briny deep. These hard charging, hard fighting denizens of the open water are electrifying on the strike and breathtaking in their initial run after the hook up.
They are also...read more ››
ALBACORE!! The very sound of that name brings on a fever into the hearts of blue water anglers. Fast, powerful, and agile, these pelagic tuna provide plenty of sport for those who pursue them.
These tuna are what many would consider the perfect size for a game fish. Although 90 pounders can be...read more ››
When it comes to catching rockfish, not many people would think that it is a very difficult fish to catch. It is true that rockfish don't seem to be a very difficult fish to catch (most of the time!) but that doesn't mean that there aren't things you can do to catch bigger or better quality...read more ››
Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, August 29, 2013 Species:Saltwater Salmon,
No doubt this has been a very good year for salmon fishermen. After the last few dismal years (including two years where no salmon fishing has been allowed), this has got to be put into history as one of the better salmon years. For a while, salmon limits were a foregone conclusion, and the...read more ››
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