Mustang Survival® announced the launch of an opportunity to provide product input for its 2015 product line and a chance to win a new Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
Country music star, award-winning TV host and former soldier Craig Morgan is venturing into a new kind of service in 2014, when he will serve as the honorary chairman for National Hunting and Fishing Day, to be celebrated Sept. 27.
Light tackle and kayak anglers will have the chance to learn from some of the Chesapeake area's top guides along with author Shawn Kimbro during Light Tackle Fest 2014, the first day-long light tackle and kayak event sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) and The Technical Fisherman.
Get hooked on a cause at the Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2 in Wabasha, Minn. The festivities will start at Slipperys Bar & Grill where participants will learn how St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has awarded $25,000 to the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for their Angler and Hunter Education Program.
The new 1675 Pro Guide continues the Lund tradition of more innovative features and fishability at its core.
With the 2014 consumer paddlesports shows on the horizon a palpable buzz is building around the direction of the Johnson Outdoors Watercraft brand portfolio, the new Pro Staff and Adventure Team and the state of the paddling industry as a whole.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors March 15 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Nebraska Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, has announced exciting new capabilities for Lowrance, Simrad and B&G branded multifunction displays - Insight Store downloadable charts and Plotter Sync data sharing.
Chris Lane Fishing, Inc. announced a partnership today that makes Mustang Survival the official water safety sponsor of the 7th Annual "Reeling in Future Pros" Kids Camp and Chris Lane's 2014 fishing season.
Faircloth delivered a strong performance on the second and third days of the championship at Lake Guntersville, moving up to 7th against the 54 top bass anglers in the world before the final cast was thrown.
John Grubenhoff of Pasco, fishing Lake Wallula in Benton County, caught a stupendous walleye that scaled 20.32 pounds and taped 35.5 inches long!
The International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) will return to Tampa, Florida, January 28-30, 2015, at the Tampa Convention Center.
iON Cameras, a leading manufacturer of ultra-portable cameras designed for active outdoor lifestyles, has joined the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) as official sponsor for the 2014 season and beyond.
Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed two new members to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board, Cherl E. Frank Sullivan of Underhill and Johanna Laggis of East Hardwick.
Anyone with a valid Georgia fishing license, including lifetime and senior license holders, who wants to fish in Georgia's saltwater after February 28th needs a FREE, annual Saltwater Information Program (SIP) permit.
The summit will bring together state (including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources), federal, tribal and academia experts to discuss past, present and future status and management of yellow perch in Lake Michigan.
The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be March 7-8 at the Oro Valley Council Chambers at 11000 N. La Canada Drive in Oro Valley, Ariz.
Five members of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) top leadership will participate in a panel at this weekend's Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several city ponds and lakes across the state this month.
All other areas currently open to steelhead fishing on the Columbia, Okanogan, Methow, Wenatchee, and Similkameen rivers remain open.
According to a survey conducted by AnglerSurvey.com, South Florida remains the top dream destination of would-be traveling anglers with 43 percent of those surveyed choosing it as the location they would most prefer to fish if they had the opportunity.
The 2014 season kickoff will take place March 13-16 out of Bainbridge, Ga, with the pros vying for a first-place prize of $100,000 and an automatic berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
Following a day of dealing with some pesky kings, anglers at the Wahoo Smackdown IV Tournament in Bimini found and slammed over 27 fish on Saturday with "Ditch Digger" captained by Manny Legakis taking $6,500 including first place honors with 121.01 total pounds of Wahoo caught and second place for Heaviest Fish.
Collegiate bass anglers can cash in on tournament success and save money on custom team apparel thanks to the continued support of Ranger Cup University, which is open to anglers who compete in select FLW College or ACA events in 2014.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) Thursday introduced S. 2080 the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, bipartisan legislation that authorizes the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) - an unprecedented national partnership effort aimed squarely at protecting, restoring and enhancing the nation's aquatic resources and fish habitat.
Light Tackle and Small Plugs Catch Early Season Linesiders
Don't expect these early fish to be monsters. Most will be measured in inches rather than pounds but if you put in your time, you could catch bass in the teens. The fishing is best accomplished with light spinning tackle, seven-foot medium/light action rods with matching reels loaded with light line, six-to-ten pound test low-visibility monofilament. Since you will encounter many of these fish in water that is just a few feet deep, long casts will often be rewarded with hits, and lighter line will cast the small plugs further. Also keep in mind that the water in tidal rivers in the spring can vary dramatically in color depending on tide stage and fresh water flow from up river. It can range from turbid with silt from runoff to clear, especially on the incoming and high tides, so two to three feet of 12-to-15 pound fluorocarbon used as a leader is recommended because it disappears under the water and makes for a much more natural presentation of the lures.
Swimming plugs are the go-to lure for many light tackle guides, like Capt. Terry Sullivan of Flats Rat Charters in New Jersey. He spends much of the early season fishing from his bay skiff in the Nevasink and Shrewsbury Rivers, which feed into Sandy Hook Bay only ten miles from the entrance to New York Harbor. He favors small swimming plugs, most four or five inches in length and minnow-shaped to resemble the prevalent baitfish. He uses a variety of models that run at different depths, from just under the surface to four feet, so he can cover water from very shallow to flats near channel drop-offs. Color selection varies, too. The determining factor is frequently water clarity. If the water is clean, he tends to use natural colors like metallic silver, gold and pale olive green with darker backs. When the water is more turbid, switching to fluorescent colors like chartreuse can get more hits. And if you're fishing low light conditions that can occur early and late in the day or under heavy overcast skies, colors like yellows and whites can be more easily seen.
Keep your eyes open and be aware of what is happening around you. If you don't see baitfish along the shorelines or in the shallows, work the deep edge of flats or along channel edges. Try working the lures slowly at first. If the bass are not actively feeding they will be more attracted to a slower moving lure, which represents an easier meal. If you start to see bait showering on the surface or moving fast along the shorelines, pick up your retrieve a little. School bass can be very aggressive predators when they are actively feeding and will nail a lure fished at a more brisk pace. Bright, sunny days that warm the water more quickly tend to ignite more active feeding, while on overcast days you will often find the bass holding deeper and a little more difficult to get to respond to the plugs. If that should occur, switching to small plastic shad-type lures with paddle tails, and working them a little slower and deeper, can save the day.
Paying close attention to all these factors can make catching early season stripers in tidal rivers more productive. As always, when you're catching fish you're having a lot more fun. There are hundreds of coastal rivers that will play host to early season striped bass in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Connecticut. So get the boat prepped and the light tackle ready for some fishing fun - spring is right around the corner.
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