- Written by Andrei Loskoutov
The thrill of any fishing adventure begins with finding the right place to wet your line. Fishfinders allow anglers to quickly identify key targets and structure, as well as fish. A Fish Finder is a subset of a group of instruments called sonars. A Sonar consists of a transmitter, transducer, receiver and display.
In the simplest terms, an electrical impulse from a transmitter is converted into a sound wave by the transducer and sent into the water. When this wave strikes an object, it rebounds. This echo strikes the transducer, which converts it back into an electric signal, which is amplified by the receiver and sent to the display. Since the speed of sound in water is constant (approximately 4800 feet per second), the time lapse between the transmitted signal and the received echo can be measured and the distance to the object determined. This process repeats itself many times per second.
The display shows a history of the received echoes. The user can make a number of adjustments to tailor the display to his or her preference, such as senitivity, the depth range and chart speed. Displays use a variety of technologies, provide different resolutions and number of shades of gray or color. Each display is made up of a number of pixels, which are little square blocks that make up the images. The more pixels and shades of gray or color the better resolution and image clarity.
Echoes from fish within the beam will be shown on the display by illuminated pixels. What image appears on the display depends on a number of factors: the sensitivity setting on the fishfinder, the cone angle of the transducer, the speed of the boat, and the size, depth, speed and direction of the fish. A fish that is swimming directly beneath the boat, it will create a consistent echo that will cause a continuous line to appear on the display. A stationary fish caught in a narrow beam transducer appears as a single point on the screen as the boat passes above it, whereas under the same conditions the fish appears as an arch if a wide beam transducer is used.
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- Written by Trevor Clarion
Tying your own flies can be very rewarding and relaxing. It also has another benefit in giving you something to do if you are unfortunate to live where the rivers are frozen in winter, or fly fishing is closed for some months each year.
The tools are simple. You could make most of them yourself, however it would be best for beginners to buy at least a fly tying vice. There have been over the years quite a number of different vice types manufacturered. In my opinion, the cam type of vice is the easiest to use. This is a vice that has a cam lever to open and close the jaws. It's adjustable to various angles and hook sizes. Quick and easy to open and close.
The next thing to get your hands on are some hackle pliers. These are also a cheap spend, but really worthwhile. They are a little difficult to make a pair yourself.
Apart from these items, you'll need a pair of curved scissors with sharp points and another set with small straight blades. You probably could also do with a needle that is pushed into a stick. This is for fixing hakkles that have been inadvertantly wound under. You can also use it for putting laquer onto the finished head.
What sort of hooks should you use? My advice is to not fall for the trap of using any old hook. Buy proper fly hooks. These have a tapered shank and are usually hollow ground. These are lighter than normal hooks, a real advantage in dry flies.
The tapered shank lets the head, especially the eye of the fly be tied tighter and smaller. When you consider the work involved in tying a fly, why waste effort on the wrong hook. If you make a mistake, all you need to do is cut the fly off the hook and start again.
Something you could consider these days is the opportunity of actually buying a complete fly tying set. These sets cost only around $50 or so. They have vices, scissors, pliers, hooks and all the feathers and fur you need to get started. Some even come with videos or DVD's.
Whichever way you go, it is a cheap way to spend many an hour, in preparation of catching your next bag of fish. The satisfaction of catching your next trout on a fly you tied yourself is immeasurable.
- Written by Daniel Eggertsen
Crappie fishing is a great sport enjoyed by anglers of all ages and skill levels. One of the best methods to use when fishing for crappie is trolling.
This is an easy technique to use when crappie fishing and it is a very effective one when done correctly. So, how do you go trolling for crappie if you want to be successful and return home with a catch you can be proud of?
The first step is to know a little bit about the crappie such as, where they are normally found during each season and what they feed on. For instance, during the spring you can usually find the crappie moving closer to shore where they can be found in water less than five feet deep.
In the heat of the summer they will be out deeper in the water and they will be a little harder to locate. In the fall they will be moving back to shallow water and in the winter months they are the least active.
One reason that trolling is so popular is because it is one of the fastest and easiest ways for you to locate and reel in the crappie. It is a great way to catch several fish at once and have lots of fun in the process.
Trolling for crappie is a fairly easy method of fishing that needs a few accessories to get started. Once you have everything you need you are ready to start reeling in the crappie.
What You Will Need for Trolling
Trolling requires having a boat that is equipped with a trolling motor, fishing rods and holders. Plus you will need all the accessories such as tackle and bait as well. The trolling motor is extremely important because it will keep you moving at the same slow speed while trolling for crappie.
You need a motor that will move the boat around very slowly because the slower you move the better your fishing will be.
Trolling requires having several fishing rods with holders located on the side of the boat. They should be placed about two to three feet apart. It is suggested that you use different bait on each line for the best results.
This will help you determine which bait is attracting the crappie the most. When you are trying to decide which bait to use, most anglers agree that minnows are the best if you are going to use live bait. This is because it is one of their favorite meals that always seem to get their attention. Jigs are the best alternative to live bait and you have a wide selection of these to choose from.
The jigs should be set up with different weights on each line so that you can fish at a variety of different depths at the same time. This will allow you to cover more ground and determine the depth of the crappie much faster than if you were fishing just one depth.
Don't hesitate to experiment with different combinations of colors and sizes until you find one that seems to be getting the results you are hoping for. Normally, the best colors to use are yellow, chartreuse, green, blue and black.
- Written by Peter Clark
So you love fishing, and you want to get your own fishing boat. You've got a lot of choices to make, including choosing a boat. Why should you buy an aluminum boat instead of, say, a fiberglass boat?
You'll find that you have a wealth of choices for buying boats. You can get, primarily, wooden or timber fishing boats, fiberglass boats and aluminum boats. All make fine boats, and for looks my choice is a timber fishing boat. Timber boats look great. They're often varnished so you can see the color and grain of the timber, and are hand made usually, so they have style. A timber fishing boat is a fine looking item.
But when you're thinking of buying a boat for fishing, it isn't really looks that count. Of course great looks are nice, but you need a boat that's tough, hard wearing, and long lasting, and doesn't take up lots of your precious fishing time on maintenance.
A timber boat is high maintenance. Trust me, I've had quite a few. You're always sanding timber, varnishing timber, repairing timber and lots more. Now if you're happy to be doing that then that's great, but recognize that's the price you pay for a great looking timber fishing boat. And a timber boat is often heavy, and will not last well, particularly if you aren't as diligent with your maintenance as you could be. And they puncture easily when you hit something, as I did last week.
But if you're not an enthusiast for working on boats then timber isn't your best choice.
What you want in a fishing boat is this. It needs to be tough. It needs to be low maintenance. It needs to be puncture resistant. It needs to last forever without spending hours working on it. It needs to be easily repairable. And it needs to be cost effective.
For me the best choice fishing boat is an aluminum fishing boat. Aluminum has properties which make it the perfect material for building fishing boats. It is very light and strong for it's weight, and can be easily welded, so is ideal for both building and repairing. It is extremely long lasting, and is very resistant to puncture. Now of course that doesn't mean it can't be damaged, as it can. But you need to hit it pretty hard to do some serious damage. And if you did that to a timber or fiberglass boat it will be very seriously damaged. And an aluminum boat may just dent, rather than fracture, so you can head right back home with nothing more to show than a dent, instead of possibly be the subject of a rescue from a sinking boat.
And it lasts forever if treated right. If you get a great aluminum fishing boat and treat it well you may well find yourself leaving it to your kids.
Because aluminum boats are light for their strength they often need a smaller engine, and the engine is probably the highest cost item. A smaller engine costs less, and uses less fuel.
And with a smaller engine they are also lighter and easier to handle.
And they require little maintenance. Make sure you hose your boat down after a day out, especially in saltwater, and if you drop a lead sinker make sure you pick it up, as it's not great to leave any other metal in contact with aluminum, otherwise you don't need to do too much maintenance at all. More fishing time.
And because aluminum boats last so well they also retain their resale value well. I bought a used aluminum fishing boat 2 years ago and it is currently worth a little more than I paid for it.
So there's plenty of good reasons to buy an aluminum fishing boat. Unfortunately they aren't cheap if you want to buy a new boat, but for the same reasons I've mentioned above, it's way better to buy a used aluminum boat, as a used boat is usually much cheaper than a new one, and retains it value well. I would never buy a new aluminum boat.
So grab yourself a great used aluminum fishing boat and get fishing this summer, it's the best way to get on the water.
- Written by Joe Martens
When it comes to shopping for pontoon boats there are a number of things you need to consider. The following pontoon boat tips can help you to consider the multiple factors involved in buying a pontoon boat so that you can get the perfect match for your fishing needs. The first thing to consider is if you want an inflatable pontoon boat or a solid pontoon boat.
Inflatable Vs. Solid
Both the inflatable and solid pontoon boats have their advantages and disadvantages; it all depends on how you plan to use the pontoon boat. The biggest advantage to an inflatable pontoon boat is their portability. After deflating the air bladders you can fit them in most trucks. Since they are inflatable they can also be lighter to carry into remote lakes and ponds.
The inflatable pontoon bladders may not be solid, but they are still very strong. They can hold up against encounters with rocks and logs without puncturing easily. Even if a puncture occurs, inflatable air bladders are easy to patch. However, inflatable pontoon boats are more difficult to set up and take down. It can take about five to ten minutes to set up depending on the type of pump you use.
On the other hand, solid pontoons are made from forms of tough plastic. They never have to be inflated and are similar to catamaran sailboats. They are more durable than the inflatable models and virtually nothing can puncture them. However, they are more difficult to transport - often requiring the bed of a truck at least. They are easier to set up since you don't have to do any inflating. You only have to attach the frame to the pontoons and you are ready to go.
Choosing A Size
Next you need to consider the size of the pontoon boat you need for fishing. There are number of sizes when it comes to pontoon boats. Each size will have its own advantages depending on how you plan to use it. If you plan on carrying more supplies then you will need a larger pontoon boat due to its increased weight capacity. However, you should never overload a pontoon boat. It isn't easy to tip a pontoon boat, but it will happen if you exceed the weight capacity.
You also want to consider how you will use the boat. If you plan on using it for a long river trip or spending a few days on the lake then a larger boat will provide you more room for all your gear. If you plan on traveling farther distance to a remote location then a smaller pontoon boat is easier to carry.
Lastly you should consider how many people are going to be with you. If you are going fishing by yourself then a small pontoon boat may be all you need. But if there are times that a friend or family member is going to go with you then you may want to consider a medium to larger model depending on how many people will travel with you. Choosing the right pontoon boat means you need to carefully consider how it will be used.