<![CDATA[WILDFound - General Fishing]]>Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:32:21 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Lighten Up]]>Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:54:41 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/general-fishing/lighten-upWhat pound test line do you use?
Fishing lines... There are so many choices; mono-filament, braided fluorocarbon, nanofiliament, ...all the different breaking strengths. What do you need for your style of fishing? Well to gauge where you are ask yourself how many times you've snapped your line from landing a big fish. As a bass fisherman I can tell you that though there are a few variables involved with what your throwing and what your fishing for, it shouldn't be a complicated issue. Heres what I've experienced.

Why Go Light?

I use to be under the impression that in order to net an 8 lbs. bass I needed 8 lbs. test fishing line; You absolutely don't. I've caught lunker 5 lbs largemouth on 1-2-4 lbs test (in fact I don't really don't go over 4 anymore). I would fish the heavier lines and find myself frustrated by high memory tangles, larger visible line which visually broke the surface of the water, and weakened lure action; all of which hurt my presentation and time on the water. Come to think of it the only line breaks I had were caused by snags, never (that I can remember) the force of the fish. 

Better your presentation by going lighter (or more so lesser in diameter and cheaper) in the fishing line department. Here's the pro's:
  • Better lure action and movement in the water
  • More sensitive line without the "curly Q's"
  • Get rid of memory thats more prone in thicker lines
  • Much less visible on the water's surface
  • Help reduce open reel tangles sometimes found with braided lines
  • Buy cheaper mono line for a buck and make it work great and last long
  • Cheaper mono is easy to tie knots with

Technique over Technology

You see it comes down to a simple game of physics despite all the marketing that takes place on the subject. Lines are "tested" to uncover their breaking points, or how many pounds of tension they can undergo before snapping. In monofilament line it really comes down to line diameter, the thicker the line the more tension it can endure. 

Braided line is definitely stronger but also tends to stretch as well as slip from open reel spools creating nasty knots as pictured above and lesser sensitivity. The perfect line is super thin, strong, and majorly sensitive (walleye and steelhead guys know what I mean). Here comes science.

What About Tension?
Tension is the force applied to any point of a line when both terminal ends are applying force unto the line. The thicker the line the more tension it can withstand without breaking. Even the lightest of line may surprise you in how durable it can be when used correctly. The bigger part of the equation is the rod your using. The "softer" the rod the lighter the line you'll be able to use, and here's why:
As noted by Newton's 3rd law every force is counteracted by an equal and opposite force. The fishing line is pulled by the fish and also equally pulled by the fisherman (in literal terms, the rod) But the secret lies in the bending action of the rod. It's also the reason you keep your tip up while playing the fish.

Tips for using lighter lines

  • Keep your rod tip up!
Basically your not ever fully drawing on the weight of the actual fish. Your line is simply tested against the strength of the fish's pull. Raising the tip of your rod spreads the force and uneven tugs of the fish along the length of the rod. Your flexible fishing rod basically keeps the force on any portion of the line uniform. This means that sudden changes of direction or extra strength on tugs won't apply sudden sharp increases in tension on the line. It's basically a buffer against what is known as "impulse" forces or an increased force caused by a change in momentum. 
  • Check your drag.
Be sure your drag is set to just below the breaking strength of the line. I do this by using a fish scale from the tackle box and running my line through the hook of it. Simply give it a steady tug with the other hand to identify how close your drag is to your line strength. If I'm using 2 lbs test I'm generally keeping the drag to about 1 lbs of force. No need to really go above that for the majority of fish I see on lakes and streams.
  • Hand grab the fish from the water or use a net to bring the fish above the surface. 
The only time the full weight of the fish can be pitted against your line strength will be if you yank the fish straight up from the water (Usually seen by the Bass Pro's on T.V.). The rod will still aid in reducing the tension in the line but be sure not to grab the line and lift it. This increases the tension dramatically and obviously ends in a snapped line moments before you actually land the fish. 
Happy fishing!
<![CDATA[Making Easy Eyes for Plugs]]>Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:04:57 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/general-fishing/making-easy-eyes-for-plugs
I love to make my own poppers and bass bugs and though I'm not a perfectionists I like them to look somewhat real, here's why; Big bass will often take some time to examine what they're browsing on before striking. Mature fish that have encountered different baits and lures in the past will turn away from common baits at over-crowded spots. Who knows maybe the shimmering realistic look of an eye may make the difference between a strike and no fish for dinner. 


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Time to dig into the wife's fingernail polish supplies. Make sure you tell her your doing this. Ask her what's cheap and disposable (I grabbed a $40 clear coat and she almost killed me) You need actually three different types. A deep black color for the black of the eye and whatever color you want the pupil ring to appear. I usually go with the silvery color below or a golden yellow. The wax paper provides the no stick surface you'll be peeling from later on.

The How - To

This is a pretty easy how-to so I'll keep it short. Cut and place about a 12 inch section of wax paper. Then start filling the sheet with little dots of silver (or whatever color you chose) fingernail polish down in 1/4 inch globs. The technique is to saturate the brush tip and barely touch it to the paper. Give the brush a couple up and down pumps to fill the eye to the size you want. Allow the fingernail polish to dry for 10 minutes. 

Once the polish is somewhat dry, use your finger and carefully indent the top of the bulge to give yourself a flat surface to add the black. Then add the black fingernail polish, I like to place the black dot in various sizes and places on the silver polish to give the impression of looking in a direction. Apply in the same manner for the remaining pupil globs.

This is important, allow the eyes to dry for 24 hours. 

If you try to peel them to early they will bend and distort.

Once they are fully dry the next day they're ready to go. They can peeled (as seen above) and gently pressed onto your lure of choice. 

The last step is simply to seal them in with clear base fingernail polish. (Make sure you use the cheap stuff!)

I like to glob mine on extra thick to give some depth to the look of the eye. 

Allow to dry for 30 minutes and your all set. 

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<![CDATA[When to Introduce Your Child to the Open Reel]]>Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:08:54 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/general-fishing/when-to-introduce-your-child-to-the-open-reel       There are no greater satisfactions than to see your kids light up with enthusiasm as they hold up their trophy bass. Your mind goes back to that sunny day you probably shared with your father holding up your trophy; the next link in the chain is set. You feel accomplishment yourself in that your kid is falling into the same love affair with fish that you have, and now you can share it. Not only does this tip apply to fishing reels but many things throughout your child's skill building. Number one in my list is success.

Put the reward within sight

   Your son or daughter sure loves casting in the backyard when all their friends are riding bikes and going swimming... sure. Getting some one on one time throwing the practice lure is helpful and fun to do, but make sure your kid does't start veering in the direction of "chore" mindset. It does't need to be scheduled like a piano rehearsal. I know what your thinking, "If i get them good at it in the backyard then I can spend a lot less time teaching my kid on the water." This is another one of those times when rational thought does't come close to practicality. Invest your time going through the frustration with your child on the water and that "frustration" will turn into laughing and joking before you know it.  

What's the magic age?

Short trips

There is no magic, just like there wasn't any magic when you were potty training. Kids are ready when they're ready. The tell-tale signs that I picked up on are listed below:
  • Pointing or picking up the rod in the garage
  • Talking more about fishing when you bring it up. (not just yes no responses but genuine interest responses that lead to several questions)
  • Asking about fish I've caught or my fishing stories (My son also asks me about the same story I told him about fox while hunting, he wants a gun for christmas this year...)
  • Your kid can sit down and watch most of one of their favorite movies. This is a good gauge of patience in something that interests your child.
  • Can your child actually use their gear? Even if it's just a cartoon themed closed reel they still need the basic of basic skills. The cast is almost optional but still it's a great idea for them to be able to cast their own rig. 
I started my son probably too early. He was 3. This meant the trips were very short. I had to pack snack and even pull-ups at the time, and he tended to be a wondering gnome at times. I look at my fly in the water and then my son launches a handful of gravel that sprinkles the zone I'm working at the time... 
The number one rule here is to remember that this is fun, make it about your kid. 45 minutes for a 4-5 year old is a looong time. This means it might literally take you 30 minutes to pack up for only 30 or 40 minutes at the lake setting up their gear, detangling the bird's nest, finding and providing a drink or snack, wandering around and picking the "approved" spot. This is a patience test. You really can't get around this one. Hang in there it's worth it!

Try the night fishing scene

This one worked the best for my son. We got the lantern, the big night crawlers, fold up lawn chairs, a cooler, I got to grab my big catfish pole which was awesome in my son's eyes. I'll be honest I did this in a loving manipulative way. I knew that he and in general most children are afraid of the dark and get sleepy at that time. He would't wander around and was sat still in the chair due to being tired. (Remember to pack blankets, even in the summertime) He ended up conversing for awhile until curling up on my lap under the blanket sleeping. 20 minutes later I hit a channel cat, smaller one, so I set the hook and woke him up by having the pole in his lap. He tugged and grunted and reeled and reeled and in came this 8 inch channel. His mind was absolutely blown, under all that quiet black water this fish was swimming around?  He literally told the story for days. Perfect...

Go where the fish are!

If fishing the day make sure you go to a good warm water shallow spot with little drift. Whats important is that your child catches something. Picking through a swell of bluegill will keep your son or daughter thrilled eve if they're all 3 inchers. Things to do to facilitate this:
  • Make sure the hook is small, small hooks can catch big fish but big hooks can't catch small ones.
  • USE LIVE BAIT! I know you like the sporting challenge of jigging or spinning but your child needs to catch fish and the last thing you need is your kid to see you reeling in the day while they're just getting hung up on the same log with their rooster tail. The lures will come later.
  • Set their bobber to an optimum depth. Put it in the bluegill zone, this is generally visible and shallow (2-5 ft.) near some overhang or structure in the water. Off the dock is a great place.
  • Farm ponds: Great place to nail consistent fish.
  • Take them somewhere you know will produce fish. 

Enthusiasm and tips

This is simple. I probably don't have to mention it but you definitely don't want to under do this step. Show you excitement for each fish, ham it up. Make sure your kid doesn't sense your fishing and they just happen to be there. Your responses should be genuine. High fives, fist bumps, touchdown dances, have fun with it. Make sure everything associated with fishing is in the positive. You don't want your first few trips together associated with deep sighs or scoldings for tangling the line for 6th time. Your a parent and it comes with the territory. Be patient and have fun with your kid and you'll have a fishing buddy for life.

Things of note

  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Food and drink
  • Appropriate layering
  • Stay away from the crowds
  • Buy them their own stuff, gear that is size appropriate
  • Get one on one, not with a group of buddies plus your kid. It's about them.
  • Let them decide how long to fish, don't make them stay.