Tips & Tricks

Wait for the Weight

Posted by MNAngler On June - 9 - 20108 COMMENTS
Wait for the Weight

As kids, all of us are taught that we need to set the hook as soon as you feel a fish bite (or see the bobber go under). This mainly comes from fishing for pan fish because they are able to grab a worm or piece of corn off the hook in a split second. For years now, I’ve been fishing with texas rigged plastics. With this type of rigging, if you set the hook as soon as you feel a bite, all you’ll catch is disappointment. Some people will tell you to wait 2 seconds after you feel a hit.... (more...)

Using a Right-handed Baitcaster

Posted by MNAngler On June - 3 - 20109 COMMENTS
Using a Right-handed Baitcaster

About two months ago, I posed a question to my readers about whether I should use a left-handed or right-handed baitcaster if I am right-handed. I got some good information and settled on using the right-handed baitcaster that my brother gave me for Christmas. I’ve used the reel a few times now and can report on my personal experience. Before I took it out to water, I practiced in my backyard a few times. It took me a few casts to get used to my new rod, let alone the reel, but got the hang... (more...)

Fishing a Plastic Worm or Jig

Posted by MNAngler On May - 20 - 20107 COMMENTS
Fishing a Plastic Worm or Jig

On my last outing, I caught a nice 16″ largemouth by bottom bouncing a texas rigged Slurpie worm with loose bullet weight. But it was really a fluke that I caught it. The strike felt like a weed and it just so happened that I pulled hard enough to set the hook. In the hour after I caught my fish, I felt a lot of weed tugs. Some of retrieves came back with cabbage, but many did not. I’ve never fished a jig and pig, but I’ve heard the strike with that technique is a soft tick... (more...)

Tips for Taking Great Fish Photos

Posted by MNAngler On May - 13 - 20102 COMMENTS
Tips for Taking Great Fish Photos

With the Minnesota Fishing Opener just hours away, we all hope to catch that lunker that will make our season. And when we do, we’ll want to get a picture of it. Making sure you get a good picture is a lot easier these days than in the days of film, but there are some basic tips that can make sure the shot is a good one. I came across a cool article that gives tips on how to take great photos of fish from a kayak. A lot of the tips were great for taking fish photos in general. I’ll... (more...)

Fishing 101 – Where to Find Fish

Posted by MNAngler On May - 7 - 20103 COMMENTS
Fishing 101 – Where to Find Fish

No matter how experienced of an angler you are, you can always learn something new. That goes for any skill in life really. I attended a community ed class earlier this week about Fishing in the Twin Cities. As part of that class, the instructor, Sybil Smith, gave tips on how and where to find fish in any body of water. Most of the information were things any seasoned angler should know, but I still picked up a few tips. Here is a summary of some of her tips: Fish will always look for three... (more...)

Fishing the Twin Cities

Posted by MNAngler On May - 5 - 20104 COMMENTS
Fishing the Twin Cities

A few weeks ago I was at my in-laws to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday. To my surprise, my parents-in-law presented me with an early birthday present (it’s not til later this month). It was for a community ed fishing class titled “Fishing in the Twin Cities” that my father-in-law and I could attend. It sounded like a great deal because ever since I started fishing the local lakes with Mark, I’ve been wanting to see what else is around the area when Mark was... (more...)

Keeping a Fishing Log

Posted by MNAngler On April - 20 - 20103 COMMENTS
Keeping a Fishing Log

Why keep a fishing log? Because it will help you catch more fish. And what angler doesn’t want that? We humans learn by recognizing patterns. When we encounter a situation a more than once, we remember what works and what doesn’t and act accordingly. Experience is a valuable tool because people that have done something a lot will probably have encountered a situation before and know what to do if the situation occurs again. Fishing is no different. But when we’re fishing, there... (more...)

Where to Find Fish on Windy Days

Posted by MNAngler On April - 15 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Where to Find Fish on Windy Days

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The latter of those certainties has been one of three projects that has kept me from writing this week. The other two projects should finish up this weekend. I’ve got some drafts I’m finalizing in the next few days so I’ll be posting again soon. In the meantime, I saw a post by fishaholic Matt of Coloradocastersblog that can be helpful to many anglers. ... (more...)

Think Like A Fish

Posted by MNAngler On April - 10 - 20104 COMMENTS

The great thing about the being part of the flog community is that if I don’t teach you something, somebody else will. And if you miss it, I can pass it on. The moral of the recent post by Kramer Gone Fishing is simple: Look for something different. I can’t say it any better than he does. Read his article: You already think like a fish… Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle +1StumbleUponRedditDiggEmailLike this:Like Loading... Read More →

Angler for Life

Posted by MNAngler On March - 14 - 20103 COMMENTS
Angler for Life

I love getting things in the mail. I’m not talking about pieces of paper asking for money, snail spam, or those coupons circulars you could wrap a small child in. I’m talking about something that puts a smile on your face. Even if it’s something I bought on line that I was expecting, the momentary sting of ca-ching leaving my checking account is replaced by the childlike wonder of Christmas morning. Today was such a day. (Ok, so it actually arrived in yesterday’s mail,... (more...)


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