Tips & Tactics
Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!
Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 24, 2014
Species:N/A,

As anglers and hunters we have tons of gear, rods and rifles, boats and ATVs, lines, lures, bullets and more. Depending on what activity you’re doing, everything I’ve listed so far is “core gear” meaning it is central to completing the challenge at hand.

Since you’re reading The Fish Sniffer...

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Spinning With Braid!
Spinning With Braid!

Written By: Mark Fong, November 13, 2014
Species:Bass,

At one time in the not so distant past, monofilament fishing line was the gold standard of finesse anglers. With the advent of castable fluorocarbon, monofilament soon lost favor. As innovative anglers continually push the envelope in search of new and better ways to catch fish, Tour Pros are...

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Steelhead Anyone?
Steelhead Anyone?

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 10, 2014
Species:Steelhead,

Have you ever caught a steelhead? If the answer to this question is no, you need to catch one ASAP. If you’ve caught one, you know why the guys who haven’t should!

When I hear the word steelhead, I think of super charged savage power. If sturgeon are the monster trucks of the fresh water...

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Fall Bass Focus On Baitfish
Fall Bass Focus On Baitfish

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, October 17, 2014
Species:Bass,

It’s that time of the year when the days are getting shorter and the day time temperatures are starting to cool down. This only means one thing: it’s the start of the summer to fall transition.

I look forward to this time of the year because these bass start coming out of their deeper...

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Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 2
Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 2

Written By: Cal Kellogg, September 19, 2014
Species:Sturgeon,

A lot of guys believe that the best time to hook a sturgeon in during the dead of winter. In reality this is actually one of the worst times to target sturgeon. The best fishing of the year takes place in the spring and fall. Typically the months of September and October offer outstanding...

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Delta Topwater Bass Action!
Delta Topwater Bass Action!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, September 16, 2014
Species:Bass,

 When summertime comes around on the California Delta, there’s nothing that will get your adrenaline flowing like when a giant largemouth blows up on your top water bait.

This time of year a key factor in locating these summertime bass is current. When it comes down to locating the areas I want...

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Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 1
Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 1

Written By: Cal Kellogg, September 1, 2014
Species:Sturgeon,

A lot of guys believe that the best time to hook a sturgeon is during the dead of winter. In reality this is actually one of the worst times to target sturgeon. The best fishing of the year takes place in the spring and fall.

Typically the months of September and October offer outstanding...

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The Art Of Knife Sharpening
The Art Of Knife Sharpening

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 18, 2014
Species:N/A,

“A dull knife is a dangerous knife.”… When I was a youngster this old saying confused me. In theory, how could a dull knife be more dangerous than a sharp knife?

In practice the answer is simple. With a sharp knife you can perform jobs with minimum pressure and maximum control. A dull knife...

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Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw
Trolling For Deep Water Mackinaw

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 6, 2014
Species:Mackinaw,

Deepwater trolling, shallow water trolling and jigging are the three most popular approaches used for subduing macks throughout the year at most western mackinaw lakes, yet before you can fish for them you’ve got to find them and this can be one of the biggest challenges.

Even in lakes that...

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Pitching For Bass
Pitching For Bass

Written By: Larry Nixon, August 4, 2014
Species:Bass,

If a bass could build its ideal habitat, the specs would be something like this: shallow water, in or near heavy cover with quick access to deep water nearby. While the nearby deep-water access is good news for anglers (you need some place to float your boat), pulling bass out of water in or...

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Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!
Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 24, 2014
Species:N/A,

As anglers and hunters we have tons of gear, rods and rifles, boats and ATVs, lines, lures, bullets and more. Depending on what activity you’re doing, everything I’ve listed so far is “core gear” meaning it is central to completing the challenge at hand.

Since you’re reading The Fish Sniffer...

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The Art Of Knife Sharpening
The Art Of Knife Sharpening

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 18, 2014
Species:N/A,

“A dull knife is a dangerous knife.”… When I was a youngster this old saying confused me. In theory, how could a dull knife be more dangerous than a sharp knife?

In practice the answer is simple. With a sharp knife you can perform jobs with minimum pressure and maximum control. A dull knife...

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Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?
Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 12, 2014
Species:River Salmon, Saltwater Salmon, Kokanee, Trout, Lingcod,

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the going gets tough or when big fish are the objective, I typically reach past the artificials and rig up with natural baits.

For example, if I’m after a derby...

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Surf Striper Lures
Surf Striper Lures

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, July 11, 2014
Species:Saltwater Stripers,

It wasn't too long ago (or so it seems to old guys like me!) that surf fishing for stripers was a "manly" sort of endeavor.

The ten to thirteen foot fiberglass rods coupled with reels capable of holding 250 - 350 yards of 30 pound monofilament line were quite weighty, and it took a bit of...

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Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!
Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, April 2, 2014
Species:Halibut,

Ask Bay Area saltwater enthusiasts what their favorite gamefish is and you’ll get several different answers. Some guys will point to the chinook salmon that traditionally roam the waters outside the Golden Gate. Others will name the voracious lingcod that lurk amongst coastal reefs. Still...

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How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner
How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 25, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

The conditions were ideal. It was late summer and a dense fog hung over the dark water. The groundswell was low and the surface was dotted with hundreds of marine birds. The screen of the sonar unit was cluttered with yellow and red masses punctuated by multiple arches indicating tightly...

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Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!
Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, March 23, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

Designed and produced by successful fishermen, Hot Spot’s deadly trolling approaches have been proven to catch more and bigger salmon time and time again. The Hot Spot trolling system was originally developed with for commercial salmon anglers.

Rigging techniques and tricks provide the vital...

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Using The Right Jig
Using The Right Jig

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, March 23, 2014
Species:Rockfish,

Jig fishing for rockfish off of our coast shouldn't be such a difficult thing to do. After all, aren't rockfish the dumb blonds of the fishing world?

Aren't these fish so stupid and unrefined that anybody at any time can catch a limit without even trying? Aren't these fish so easy to catch that...

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Bank Fishing The Fantastic Waters Of San Francisco Bay!
Bank Fishing The Fantastic Waters Of San Francisco Bay!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 3, 2014
Species:Saltwater Stripers, shark,

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...

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Drop Shotting For Rockfish
Drop Shotting For Rockfish

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, November 20, 2013
Species:Rockfish, Lingcod,

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...

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