Tips To Catching Trophy Size Fish Consistently
catching trophy sized fish can be addictive. Nothing beats the rush of
landing a monstrous fish. The satisfaction of realizing all your hard
work has paid off, is very rewarding. Listed in this article are
best ways to land that fish of a lifetime.
To start with, GET OFF
THE BEATEN PATH.
Unfortunately this usually means driving a few hours north,but there
are a few gems closer to civilization. Usually, the more effort
required to get there the better. Lakes with no road access can be
killer, but not always. Some suffer from frequent summer and/or winter
kills,others just don't produce trophies for reasons unknown. Trial and
error is just part of the game, but research goes a long way.
Next, do your homework. Finding B-I-G fish involves more
planning at home, than it does on the lake. Shear luck should not be
your ace in the hole. A plan of attack is key. Start by doing some
research on the particular species you are targeting. By this I mean
scanning through good reference books such as the Alberta Fishing
Guide. They sell them at many retail and service stations all over the
province. This publication has a listing of over 1400 lakes and rivers
in Alberta. For each lake it tells you what kinds of fish,how big they
get,and directions to these lakes. Start with highlighting these big
The next step involves getting some hydro graphic maps of
targeted lake. These can be bought at any Alberta Registry Office.
Another good resource is the Lakes Of Alberta Directory, it lists over
200 lakes in this volume. Study these maps before you head out so that
you have a game plan ahead of time. But don't forget to take them with
you for reference when you're punching holes in the ice. Look for
obvious changes in structure. Points adjacent to deeper
water, Underwater humps, rock outcroppings,drastic
changes in depth, and inlet creek mouths ( especially at last ice in
the spring) are all good places to start.
Now find some good aerial maps on the web if you
are heading to a lake with no road access. These are usually free for
the taking. You can find oil roads, cut lines, creek and river
crossing, everything you need to get you there safely. Another good
source of route planning can be found in the Back roads Map book
Also widely available. These resources are priceless. An ATV
or snowmobile is pretty much a must have. As is a wall tent and stove
for over night trips.
I find that these first few steps are by far the most
important, of lesser importance is your preference of fishing
methods. But you can't beat the good old bait and jig head method. Some
days when the fish are more aggressive, spoons such as
Williams,and Len Thompson, jigging Rapalas and the like, will induce
some powerful strikes as well. Tip ups with large bait(I'm
talking 8-10") can be lethal when the fishing is a little slower. Don't
get caught in the sit and wait for the fish to come to you
syndrome. If they are not taking what your offering, MOVE.
Drill lots of holes at different areas that you have targeted
on your maps. Once you find the big ones then you can refine your
presentation. Sometimes they'll hit with reckless ferocity,
other times just a change in color, size, or a less aggressive jigging
style will coax the finicky bites. One other point I'd like to touch on
is landing a trophy sized fish. The biggest mistake I see is trying to
land a big fish when it's still green. The excitement of having a huge
fish on the line causes panic. TAKE
Wait until the fish has exhausted it's self.A large number of trophies
are lost right at the hole. When she's played out the body will be in a
more vertical position, therefore the head will start up the hole much
easier,and the fish won't thrash wildly when you try to lift it out of
the hole. BE
PATIENT and it will come to
you. Sadly,losing a few trophies is the best way to learn this. Just
like anything else in life, our mistakes are a powerful learning tool.
Some other items that will make you more successful are; a
power auger at least an 8",underwater camera system to see if
fish are present if they're not on the bite,a portable sonar if your
fishing in deeper water,a portable shelter for those cold winds that
come out of nowhere,a GPS for marking those secret spots for next time,
of course a cell phone,a variety of tip ups,2 or three rod &
reel combos (light,medium,heavy action),the warmest clothing you can
afford, sunglasses,camera,a head lamp for those night biters, and loads
One other issue i find very important (especially Walleye) is
time of day. Some lakes the big fish ONLY
bite during the morning and evening twilight periods
exclusively,for maybe a half hour. At one of my favorite Walleye
lakes,i don't even try for them midday. I fish for pike while the sun
is up. But it's a whole new world when you can hardly see in front of
you. Time of year can also be very important. The single best time, by
far, is last ice. Huge numbers of big spawners congregate in the
shallows at inlet creek mouths waiting for the ice to melt, to begin
spawning. Pardon the cliche,but it's like shooting fish in a barrel.
To sum it up I will list these points in order of
1) Get off the beaten path
2) Do some research with good reference books.
3) Get hydrograghic maps, and study
4) Find some good aerial photos to plan your
5) Drill lots of holes, move
6) Focus on first and last
7) Vary your presentation,size and color
8) LAND THAT BIG ONE!
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has been an
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I've always been very passionate
outdoors. Didn't get involved with ice fishing until I was
probably 20, but I was instantly hooked. Learned alot over the years by
trial & error. But that just makes success all the more sweet.
Really enjoy sharing my experiences with people who are as
enthusiastic about fishing, as I am.
Article Source :Lawny
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