Fish habits tend to change with the weather, and their preferences for bait can quickly change if the weather changes. Updating your tackle box and fishing equipment to suit the season, or the weather for the day, is a simple, effective way to catch more fish. From the type of bait that you use to the test-weight of your fishing line, your tackle is the most important factor in catching fish throughout the year.
If you are planning on ice fishing, take the time to evaluate your gear. Additions such as an ice auger and a tip-off, or a small device that makes a sound when a fish is on the line, ensure your fishing trip is productive. A jigging rod, or a lightweight, flexible fishing rod, is recommended for ice fishing, while bait can vary depending on the type of fish you are trying to catch.
Bait can include minnows or artificial minnows for catching walleye, and use teardrop jigs to to catch panfish. You should also update your hooks before heading out on the ice. Large pikes are caught using pike hooks, while smaller fish, such as panfish, are caught with size 10 or 12 hooks. Don’t forget to add a gaff hook to your supplies. A gaff hook is used to lift larger fish through the ice, preventing an accidental release of the fish.
Warm Weather Fishing
From late spring until cool weather in the fall, fly fishing is at its best. Fly fishing equipment can be quite complex, as some fishermen like to tie their own flies, but if you are content with a store-bought fly, you can easily transform your tackle box for the season with just a few exchanges. During the summer, particularly late summer, update your tackle box to include salmon eggs, spoons and spinner baits to catch more fish.
Freshwater fishing is also a popular summer sport. Cast live bait from the shoreline to catch perch and other fish, or set out treble hooks on a trout line to catch fish that feed near the surface of the water. Carry extra treble hooks in your tackle box during the summer to quickly replace any hooks that are damaged, and carry baits such as chicken liver to catch catfish during summer evenings.
Throughout the Seasons
Some fish, such as bass, require changing your lures at different times during the year. For instance, in winter, baits such as plastic worms are used to catch bass, while baits such as crickets are used during the warmer months of the year. In all seasons, it is necessary to try several types of baits if one type isn’t working.
A combination of live baits, including grubs, worms, minnows and locusts, are an important addition to your tackle, while traditional standbys such as plastic works, jigs and matte-finish teardrop baits are used as an alternative to live baits.