Jan

06

Catfishing Made Easy: Effective Catfishing for All

It is easy to catch catfish if you follow certain basic methods. Remember that there are methods geared for different types of waters for catfishing made easy. This is because there are specific techniques and baiting lures for various fishes targeted.

Listed below are a few simple methods that have proven highly successful in use and lead to catfishing made easy.

Rigging
Depending on the bait you have used, you could hang the holder of the bait from a fishing line to a desired distance for catfishing made easy. Movement of the bait will make your catch difficult, so use a weight to cause the rig to remain inert. An optimal distance would be 18 feet by 24 feet.

As in the preceding method, you might also try using a slipweight to stabilize your bait. Any weight will do as long as it can slide in the fishing line. The fish will be unaware of the weight and by the time it realizes that the bait is phony, it will have been too late for it, to enable your catfishing made easy.

Multibait techniques enable you catfishing made easy by netting several catches at the same time. You just need keep a triple-way swivel along your line. This attracts more hits and so is an excellent mode of snaring many catfish all at once.

Choosing Your Bait
Veterans prefer using a shrimp or chicken liver as the bait to enjoy catfishing made easy. The skin and tail of the shrimp must first be removed, and its body should be large enough to roll along a number 6 hook. This is easier than the chicken liver, which entails your using pantyhose. After you enclose the chicken in pantyhose, with a protruding end, fasten it to the triple hook. While considering the choice of bait to use, you can opt for any of such excellent baits as dead or living smaller fishes, dough, minnows, paste of catfish, night crawlers, snails or blood worms. Bear in mind that baits produced by nature prove the most irresistible baits.

Chumming
This technique helps fishermen to experience catfishing made easy and gets them to reap a big haul of fish. It involves throwing balls of compounds of suitable recipes in the fishing territory. A huge number of catfish are attracted, provided they can feed on the thrown stuff easily. You ought to employ the same recipe as the bait on the hook. If you add a powerful smelling flavor to your bait, you can draw more fishes to it for further catfishing made easy.

Tackling
You should keep the grip secure. After the fish has been caught, remove the hooks by pliers, taking care to avoid the fins as some of them contain poison. You can easily get the fish off the hook by moving your hand up its belly from the tail, and clasping its body between your fingers. Employ the above tips for catfishing made easy and an enjoyable and rich catch of catfish!…

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Dec

21

Overfishing

Many people today enjoy fish regularly in their lives, but with many of them, problems like overfishing are completely overlooked. Recently, fishing in many areas has become hard to control and people are bringing in more fish than allowed to make a better living, even without a price. Putting stricter bans, larger fines and more enforcement behind these bans we would be able to gain a stronger hold on illegal fishing. This fishing harms the ecosystem, encourages species extinction and even if a person was to get caught he or she could sell the fish for much more than the fine. Why is there no one to stop these over fishers?

You may have heard of animals becoming extinct because of poaching for their fur or bones or other parts of their body but now we are starting to harm the marine ecosystem by exploiting the fishes of the ocean. Overfishing can severely harm the marine ecosystem by removing or bending links in the food chain. If one type of fish becomes less abundant than whatever eats that fish will start to die of hunger and whatever that fish ate will start to become overpopulated and it will be hard to control the species that are overpopulated.

Putting stricter bans on fishing will help control the overfishing problems but these bans are only as good as the enforcers. Without proper enforcement of these bans they are completely useless. One thing that these bans cannot help with, but other laws can is the problems with trawler fishing. A trawler works by deploying large nets and hoping fish of the type that they need swims into the nets. However this is a good means for producing a lot of fish, the other fish that swim into the net are trapped there as well. For every fish that a trawler catches there are ten other fish that get thrown out. This is huge waste of fish and over fishes the precariously balanced ecosystem.

Now in many places around the world fishing bans are poorly enforced or not enforced at all. And also in many places the benefits of violating these bans outweigh the cost of the fine. In Japan an Australian Blue fin tuna can sell for as much as fifteen thousand dollars. Many Japanese fishers fish these tuna illegally because the fine is not as much as a good tuna can sell for in the market. And so this leads to overfishing. And with overfishing comes an eco-disaster.

One sixth of the world’s population relies on fish for a food source and the number is growing at more than 1% a year. Most of the people who rely on fish are in developing countries. When the fish is depleted these developing countries will have to fight with larger countries like the United States or Japan for the fish. This means higher sea food prices and more tax money being sent to wars around the world. Imagine today’s economy and wars multiplied by ten. This is what it would be like for people in the future if we cannot control overfishing. Our economies would be ravaged and the world would start to slide down a slippery slope away from economic stability.

People have overlooked this problem of overfishing for many years, now is the time to control this problem. Overfishing harms marine ecosystems by tipping the balanced scales of predator and prey. Companies are throwing away totally good fish and fishing bans are not being enforced. This is a problem of a breakdown between law and the common people. Now is the time for us as a nation and as a world to bring to a halt our overfishing problems and help restore the beauty and health of the marine ecosystem.…

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Dec

14

How Can We Prevent Overfishing?

Imagine that the sun is rising on beautiful day in our not-so-distant future. A myriad of colors are glimmering on the soft ripples of the ocean. Although the day seems near perfect, the sea is suffering. Several fish species have gone extinct and most fishermen are out of work. Economies that once depended on seafood are collapsing, or already collapsed, and many people are wishing they had acted before it became too late.

Overfishing is an environmental problem that we face today, and if steps are not taken to correct this problem, species such as tuna and swordfish will become extinct. Deep-sea fishing accounts for most of the world's seafood resource. Today's fishing methods are so efficient that many ships catch almost every fish in one single area at one time. Trawl bags are used to catch fish that live near the bottom of the ocean, drift nets catch middle-dwelling fishes, and purse seines catch fish such as tuna, which swim near the surface (Berg & Hager, 2006-2007).

Overfishing has already begun to affect our economy. When 230 United States fisheries were assessed, over fifty fish species were marked as overfished. The state of many more species are as yet unknown. In New England in the early 1990s, thousands of jobs were lost when a cod fishery went under. Many more thousands of jobs were lost just because of the dying salmon population in the Pacific Northwest (Environmental Defense Fund, 2007).

Some of the techniques that are used in marine fishing are incredibly harmful to other species and to the environment: "bottom gears-such as dredges and trawls-as well as midwater gillnets, inflict the highest level of damage to habitat and marine vertebrates and invertebrates (Science Daily, 2003)." Corals and other bottom dwelling creatures are at a high risk of being damaged by this kind of fishing gear. Overfishing is not the only issue here. Environmental damage is taking its toll, and so are the genetic effects on fish species.

Certain government subsidies encourage and aid these incredibly efficient ways of harvesting fish, which only makes this problem worse. There are no limits on the harvest taken from international waters, which also exacerbates the issue. Fish that are targeted by fishing fleets are not the only species that suffer from overfishing. Bycatch, the accidental harvesting of creatures such as whales, sea turtles, birds and dolphins, is seriously endangering these species.

Jeremy Jackson, a scientist from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, believes that the best idea is to mark off "no fishing" zones for a period of time so that the endangered fish species can replenish their numbers (Declining Fish Stock VLR, 2007). Although this plan would certainly aid the fish, it may not have a good effect on the economies of many countries. A commercial fisherman named Pete Dupuis points out that many people would be out of jobs. He also reminds us that commercial fishing helps support our economy and that such a move would have serious repercussions.

In order to totally understand the issue of overfishing, one must examine all aspects of the problem. Scientists and fishery managers have worked to answer an important question: why does it take so long for fish populations to replenish themselves?

In order to answer this question, scientists looked at what particular fish are being targeted more often than others. Fisheries seek out larger fish and bigger catches. What effect does this have on the environment? Scientists have dubbed this problem the Darwinian Debt (Science Daily, 2006). Researchers from Stony Brook University conducted a controlled experiment where they harvested captive Atlantic Silverside, a marine fish. They found that the largest and oldest fish were most important to the survival of the species.

When the largest, strongest fish are removed from a population, the smaller fish breed together. Genetics encourages the creation of more small fishes. In other words, the Darwinian Debt refers to a genetic process; the fish that remain in a given population become smaller and smaller as they breed, which also encourages other negative genetic factors, such as smaller and fewer eggs with a lower likelihood for survival. The genetic effect also damages foraging skills and other traits, causing the survival rate to go down. Fisheries are removing the largest fish from their ocean habitats, which has a major effect on the future of the species.

We must find a way to balance what types and sizes of fish are harvested, and we must also do it in a way that is environmentally sound. Although there are extreme solutions-such as Jeremy Jackson's idea of setting up no-fishing zones-we must find a way to balance our solution with the economy. Setting up no-fishing zones may cost many fishermen their jobs. This negative outcome would be almost guaranteed, especially since so many jobs have already been lost by the collapse of various fisheries due to overfishing.

The solution would seem to be to limit the number of larger fish that are caught. If larger, older fish are the fish that help support the populations due to their genetics, then these fish should be targeted for conservation efforts. This would require a more specialized form of harvesting. It may take more time and be less efficient than the techniques that are now in use, but it would be beneficial in encouraging fish species to replenish their numbers.

Of course, this would not be the only part of the plan. The second part would be to develop "catch shares." Steven Gaines, a scientist, conducted a study by evaluating 11,000 fisheries records and how they are managed (Environmental Defense Fund, 2009). Gaines came to the conclusion that the best way to get rid of the overfishing problem is to change the way the market operates.

In the video mentioned earlier, Pete Dupuis insists that creating no-fishing zones would not actually solve the problem; it would only "stall" it a little. He says that it would be like "fixing a leak in your sink by having a plumber cut off the water to the entire street. The leak is fixed, but there's no water." Steven Gaines appears to have the solution to this problem. Rather than "fix the leak" by cutting off access to the resource, it makes more sense to target the "sink." In other words, it would be more beneficial to both humans and fish if we were to start solving this problem by changing the way the market works.

A successful catch share program is better for the environment because it reduces fishing techniques that are damaging or wasteful. Both safety and profits are improved. In order to repair the damage that we have inflicted on the ocean environment, I believe that two things must occur:

Number one: A plan to protect larger and older fish from various species should be instituted. This plan also involves the designing of new, more efficient and less damaging fishing gear. If too many large fish are caught, they should be protected and thrown back. They should be handled carefully so as not to be damaged.

Number two: Catch shares and incentive-based programs should be instituted at every fishery. This allows fishermen to concentrate on careful fishing, rather than the fast-paced, overly efficient and environmentally damaging techniques they are currently using, techniques that are the result of competition with other fisheries.

First of all, it is up to the scientists to get the government to pass some kind of a bill that limits the number of larger fish that can be harvested. Some forms of captivity have protected whales and dolphins in the past. A number of larger and older fish should be captured by scientists and kept in an enclosed offshore area, much like the cages used in aquaculture. The scientists would use open-ocean circulation to reduce waste. Raising more fish from the eldest and strongest of the species would help replenish numbers that would be more likely to flourish in the wild, and keeping them very close to their own habitats would raise their likelihood of survival.

Thousands of catch share programs have already been set up all over the world. The goal is to encourage every fishery accept a catch share incentive program. The government should get involved by assigning various task forces to the issue, involving both scientists and economists. The scientists and economists should work together to talk to fishery managers and explain to them why operating with catch shares is better for everyone.

The most difficult part of the task will be changing things in developing countries. But, the more fisheries that change their habits, the better. America is the biggest consumer of seafood in the world, followed by Japan and China (Environmental Defense Fund, 2007). Once the government and scientists get the majority of these fisheries to switch to a catch share program, others will be more likely to follow when they see the positive benefits of the change.

Because catch share programs involve being more environmentally conscious, fishing practices would no longer be as wasteful, which would also help fish species in that it would be easier for fishermen to limit the number of large fish caught.

This plan would most certainly be successful, but the difficulty lies in ensuring that fishermen would stick to the rules. It is tempting to catch all the large fish at one time, because most people would assume that this would raise their profits. Once a sustainability plan is enforced, there will be some people who will go against the plan. There will be some people who illegally harvest all of the larger fish, …

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Sep

26

The Secret to Catfishing

One of the best kept secrets to catfishing is what bait to use and how to keep the bait on the hook. These two issues have plagued fishermen for ages. Catfish are notorious for picking your hook clean and never actually “taking” the bait.

There are thousands of different baits that people use to catch cats all over the US. I’ve seen numerous types of commercial dough bait, dip bait, punch bait, blood bait, cut shad, nightcrawlers, homemade stuff, wheaties, cut perch, bream, etc. But, I’ve just never seen anything that works as well as LIVER!!!!! Chicken Liver works best, but beef liver and hog liver work as well.

Now, most people don’t like using liver for a very specific reason, they go through tons of bait and that starts to get expensive. The issue with liver is that its a soft bait, and easily picked off the hook. Another issue is that when you cast chicken liver you have to be extremely careful not to throw it off.

Here is the solution, and it’s a very simple one. After baiting your hook with the liver, wrap the bait with inexpensive thread. There is no need to tie the thread it will cut into the liver and itself to form a secure hold, just be sure to pull it tight. You will be able to easliy cast it, and the bait will stay on the hook better than anything you’ve tried in th past.

Another tip is to let the cat take the bait for a bit, don’t set the hook too early! Wait for a deep pull, don’t yank it back if it is just a tap. The taps indicate that the fish is picking at the bait and “testing” it.

Also, catfish are sensitive to hard spots in the bait caused by a metal hook. Using treble hooks only increases this sensitivity. My recommendation is to use “circle” hooks or “kahle” hooks. These hooks are easier for the the fish to take and their geometry makes for a much better hookset ratio.

Well, there you have it! Get out there and fish! Tight lines!…

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Sep

07

Basic Catfishing

The Mississippi River offers a bountiful variety of situations and opportunities, offering enjoyment and adventure for nearly any lover of the outdoors. One such opportunity is for unique types of fishing, and even more specifically, fishing for catfish. Mississippi River catfish are abundant, widely known, and quite popular, with some species growing to enormous sizes for a freshwater fish.

The three most common types of catfish that someone will catch when fishing the Mississippi river are:

The Channel,

Blue,

and Flathead.

The average size catfish will generally run from two to ten pounds, though catches in the twenty to forty pound range are not too uncommon, and a nice blue cat can come in at fifty to seventy pounds, with record fish growing to over one hundred.

Though the prospect of potentially catching such a huge fish gives an adrenaline rush to many sportsfisherman, and attracts just as many to the channels of the Mississippi, the locals who live it on a daily basis (commonly referred to as “River Rats” by its residents) have their own level of expertise, with tips and tricks that have been tried and true, sometimes for generations. There is generally a difference between what an avid sportsfisherman would be willing to do, and what a “River Rat” does quite regularly, so catfishing has a variety of popular styles.

Rod and Reel fishing for catfish is certainly most popular, and is easy enough for nearly anyone, from novice to expert, to catch the big one. An aptly named concoction called stinkbait is commonly used with this method. This can be a homemade treasure, made through trial and error with a secret recipe, or a storebought brand that came from the local baitshop. Either way, its going to stink…though for the weaker stomached individual, bottom-fishing with nightcrawlers could work well, too.

Limb-line fishing is another popular method, where a pole, usually a limb with a line tied to it, is baited and literally stuck into a strategic location in the riverbank, to be left overnight for the delight of any unsuspecting diners. Many poles can be set at once this way, with the spoils to be picked up early the next day. Caution must be used with this method, making sure that the poles are secure enough not to be taken by the fish. To avoid this, some will secure a weight and a large float, such as a milk carton, to the line. This method is an artform more commonly used by area residents in some locales.

Netting catfish is also fairly common in some areas. This is largely used by resident commercial fisherman who sell to grocers, restaurants, local residents, and the like. As with other methods, not all areas allow netting, so be sure to check the local regulations if you’d like to use it.

Another form of catfishing, called “Noodling”, is truly catfishing for diehards. This sport has been regaining popularity in recent years, often gaining renewed interest after having been handed down through several generations of a family’s history. A noodler swims in the water, fishing the shore with his bare hands. Following the river bank, he will search for caverns where the catfish tend to hide. Reaching inside these caverns will eventually yield a catfish… adept noodlers will then use their bare hands and fish wrestling expertise to land the fish. Though this sport can be very dangerous, resulting in injury, and even in death, most of its fond proponents wouldn’t catch a catfish any other way. The thrill of wrestling that thirty pound catfish out of its resting hole and into a boat, or onto the shore, has its own reward.

The method one chooses to catch a catfish is merely a matter of logistics and personal preference. Though, regardless of which method it is, whether someone is a lover of the Mississippi river, or purely a lover of sportsfishing, the crafty catfish is sure to play its starring role.…

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Jun

01

Women and Fly-Fishing – a Brief Introduction

The key to fly fishing is to find someone who knows something about it. Under ideal conditions, everything about fly-fishing is excellent. You'll be standing in a body of water that is ideally suitable for your standing comfortably without the water reaching your nose. If you're extremely lucky, the sun will be shining, the temperature will be well above freezing and the surroundings should be natural and rustic.

Although I've tied my share of flies, this in not a treatise on fly-tying. In the worst possible situation, you can generally buy flies and attach them to your fishing line without a great deal of anguish. Don't be surprised that many of them resemble bugs. It appears that fish are attracted to bug or bug substitutes. But it's the ancillary equipment that's more important.

What you don't want to do is try to stand in a body of water in conventional clothing. You'll need waders and most likely, you can get any color you like as long as it's military green. I believe that I've seen some in camouflage but the green is probably easier. And don't expect too much in the way of shoe fashion. The boots need to be sturdy, brown, waterproof and ugly in order to be useful.

Headgear of some sort is required. One of the givens of fly-fishing is that you'll likely be out there for hours, throwing out your line over and over, theoretically teasing the fish to attack the pseudo-bug that is your fly. If it's sunny, you'll want a hat that you can secure to your head somehow. If the wind hits you, wading after a floating hat is not easily accomplished. Your goal is to find one that will shade your face and your neck without looking like you're going to a fashion show or a construction site.

And finally, the obvious rod and reel. Although I didn't buy either, I am aware that you can go from a very reasonable investment to a down payment on an Italian villa for equipment, there is no direct connection between the cost of your rod and reel and the size of the fish you can catch. Keeping all things in perspective, if you plan to do considerable fly-fishing, it may be worth the investment for top-notch equipment. If it will be once or twice a year, the more modest gear will certainly suffice.

Most important is the act of getting out and trying it. Patience is an attribute that is vital. After having participated in fly-fishing five or six times, I have had an actual fish in my hands once. We didn't eat him, primarily because I had left my net on the bank of this tributary and he managed to slither out of my hands. But it's a good time, an excellent outdoor pursuit and something that doesn't require the skill of hunting or backgammon.

Just for the record, many women take the sport of fly-fishing very seriously and I mean no disrespect to those women who are accomplished at the sport. My background never included fly-fishing and as I participate in it later in life, it's quite an adventure.

I'll be getting out there this spring, as soon as the ice turns to water. I suggest that you do the same, making certain that you have someone there to assist with all of the procedures and paraphernalia. You'll be glad you did it.

Please note that these observations are entirely as a result of my own enjoyment of fly-fishing. I strongly suggest that if you would like to know more, do more or catch fish on a regular basis, please visit a sporting goods or recreational facility for training and supplies.…

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May

16

Minnesota's Panfishing Treasure House

Panfishing in Minnesota is always a popular past time. Got Kids? It's a great way to get kids into fishing. Perhaps the best thing about panfishing is that everybody in Minnesota is only a few miles away from a lake or pond full of panfish that will tug your line. Panfishing is exciting fishing so grab your rod. Let's look at a couple of the more popular types of Minnesota Panfish – crappies and bluegills.

Crappie fishing is a good choice for the family. They are easy to fish and don't require a lot of exotic equipment. Light spinning tackle and cane poles are both effective gear for crappie. Crappie fishing is great in shallow water near vegetation. Small minnows, called crappie minnows, and a small jig fished below slip bobbers are the preferred setup and often the best way to catch this finny friend. During the spring, crappie are most often found at depths of three feet or less, and they are rarely by themselves. Crappies prefer warmer water than most fish in this area, which is why they will be the first fish into the shallows after ice out. Crappie tend to stackup in such spots. Crappies are tougher to find in hot weather, but can still be caught.

Don't laugh the next time you hear your buddy saying that she is going Bluegill fishing. A nine-inch Minnesota bluegill on a light rod will fight as hard as a smallmouth on regular tackle. Bluegills can be recognized by the powder-blue coloration near the bottom of their gill cover. Bluegills eat both insects,small minnows and worms or grubs. They prefer slow current in streams or rivers and weeds or woody cover in ponds and lakes. A small tackle box is all that you need. Keep small jigs and a some light weight lures and you are ready to go. Keep your eye on the water temperature and when it hits 70 degrees get out there and have some great fun with the bluegills. When the water temperature hits 70 the bluegills build nests in a couple feet of water and will attack most anything that comes near the nest. Bluegills are fun fishing regardless of when you are fishing.

Panfishing is great for the family so remember to take a kid fishing! Panfishing is a wonderful how-to for all those assorted, taken-for-granted, fish that we all learned to fish while catching. Panfishing is still what I do with my uncles and grandpa when they can't handle blasting across the lake at 50 mph or trolling through an opening weekend walleye chop anymore. Fish panfish just to have a good time and shoot the breeze with your fishing partners. And occassionally, you have the adventure of accidentally hooking up with a northern or walleye while panfishing. Just remember, panfishing is always pretty reliable for the fish fry. So don't embrass yourself just hit the weed edge with a minnow and a slip boober about 6" to a foot off the bottom and you have more than enough to clean.…

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May

09

Bowfishing Tips

Bowfishing is a different method to fish by using an archery bow to shoot and retrieve fish. The barbed arrow that you use to shoot the fish is attached to a line and reel that are mounted on the bow. People that go bowfishing often hunt for carp in freshwater and sharks and rays in saltwater. Bowfishing is a fun and exciting way to fish and I spent the last few years practicing and getting better at it. In this article you will find some basic tips that have helped me bowfish over the years.

Here's some important things to need to remember if you plan on bowfishing:

  • Be sure to check your areas local laws about fishing. You will most likely need a license to fish in your state.
  • Check the laws regarding equipment. Some states have laws that will tell you what kind of equipment is allowed to use while bowfishing.
  • Find out what kinds of fish you can catch. Some areas have laws that will only let you fish certain types of fish.
  • If you are not experienced with a bow, you may want to consider taking a safety course for archery fishing.

Here's some tips that will help you become successful at bowfishing:

  • Learn how to tune your bow. Tuning is the process of ensuring that your bow is setup properly for optimal performance. You should also learn how to calibrate the nock on your bow.
  • Learn to tie great knots. Making sure you have a good knot on your line will ensure that it doesn't slip or come lose when you are fishing with it.
  • Practice your shot. It will take some time to get good at shooting your bow and hitting the target every time. It took me several weeks of practice to learn how to hit my target 90% of the time.
  • Remember that you are shooting into the water. The water will create some resistance when the arrow hits the water. So you will have to compensate for the added resistance from the water when you are shooting your arrow at fish.

You are not limited to sitting in a boat all day when you are bow fishing. While some people enjoy still hunting, I prefer the stalking method. To stalk the fish you can be on foot or in a boat and you will remain in constant motion while looking for fish. Another method that some fellow fisherman of mine enjoy is the ambush method. It's best to ambush the types of fish that crowd in schools because you have a better chance of hitting one with your shot.

Bowfishing can be a lot of fun, although slightly frustrating at first. But, once you get the hang of shooting the bow at fish, you will find that it's fun and exciting. Just remember to follow the tips listed in this article and you will be on your way to being a great bowfisher in no time.…

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Mar

08

Lake Tawakoni Catfishing – The Catfish Capital of Texas

As a resident of Quinlan, TX, I know first hand why Lake Tawakoni has been called the catfish capitol of our state. Fishing here for big catfish is as simple as grabbing your rod and some bait and heading to the lake. It is also a good way to introduce your kids to the joy of fishing.

Lake Tawakoni is located approximately 50 miles east of Dallas, TX and well worth the drive. There are several public boat ramps and a state park on the south side of the lake. And there are plenty of access points to bank fish if you don't have a boat.

Frozen shad has been the most productive bait lately attracting one 40 pound blue cat caught by Marty Bradford of Quinlan and a blue cat weighing 23.8lbs. caught by myself. There have been several other fish caught weighing over 10 lbs.

The rigs that have been used to catch these fish has been a 1 ounce slip weight above a swivel or pinch weight that is then tied to a 5/0 hook. The hook is then inserted just below the spine behind the head. The hook is then inserted back Thur the tail area. This is done because catfish tend to attack their prey tail first. Your then ready to drop your bait into the water. Let the bait go all the way to the bottom. Once there, reel the bait about 6 inches off the bottom and hang on.

There is nothing like not knowing if you have hooked just an small one or the equivalent of an underwater bulldozer until the line starts to make rod shake and the drag scream. Either way, catfishing here is one of the best ways to have fun for yourself and your family.

Be sure that you check to be sure that you have your proper fishing licenses and all necessary equipment to be in compliance with local and state authorities. This make sure that you have an enjoyable day on the water.

So, good luck and good fishing.…

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Feb

12

Overfishing, it Needs to Stop: The Effects of Human Demand for Seafood

Many people don't have the urge to fight for the defense of fish populations. One of my close friends once said, "I am a pescetarianism because fish aren't cute, they're ugly." Many people feel this way, but isn't that the opposite of what you were taught? Treat others equally, no matter what the shape or size. Everyone wants to save the Chinese Panda, dolphins and snow leopards, but has everyone turned their backs on the tuna? Believe it or not but, tuna canners actually supported the dolphins and required that their Tuna be caught in a "dolphin safe" manner because dolphins were often drowned because of certain tuna fishing nets. The public out cried for the dolphins, but didn't care at all for the actual fish being canned, described in the book Song For The Blue Ocean. How could people really not even give some thought to it? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tuna are majestic animals. Bluefin tuna, if allowed to, can live up to twenty years. It takes them twelve years to become mature and they wait for a group of tuna to form before reproducing. They grow to be 1,400 lbs and are quick learners. Many have learned to avoid any kind of boats if they come within a hundred feet of them writes Mr.Safina, author of Song For The Blue Ocean. They migrate for thousands of miles and move in synchronization,like the cute little fishes in the dentist's aquarium, except their enormous. This migration can take up two years to complete.
According to Mr.Safina and the N.O.A.A., because of the bluefins rarity and size, the market value for these fish are unfortunately the highest in the seafood market and at least half of the United States tuna are exported to foreign countries, especially Japan. Fishermen are making millions of dollars off these fish, and their populations are on the brink of extinction.

The next time you go to your grocery store's fresh seafood section, or your local fish market, think twice about what you are buying. I recently did some research on the local grocery stores around my hometown in Latham,NY. I found that one grocery store is actually partnered with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Linda Greenlaw, a fisherman that writes about commercial fishing. This greatly differs from another store which talks of no such partnerships, but instead emphasizes their use of state of the art technology 'flash freezing' and their use of farmed raised fish that have been scientifically fed to give consumers the texture and taste they expect. Try researching what you are buying, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Printable Seafood Guide available at montereybayaquarium.com, just click on seafood watch.

Sources:
Song For The Blue Ocean by Carl Safina
montereybayaquarium.org
noaa.gov
hannaford.com
pricechopper.com…

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