Fishing is a fun way to spend your vacation outdoors, to bond with your family and friends or to have as a hobby, but it can be a challenging thing for newbies especially and sometimes for even pros. If you are one of them or you just want to learn new things, we have got your back with our list of 5 must-know fishing secrets passed down through generations of great fishermen.
- Single overhand knot (FG knot) is very successful
So many fishermen have lost great fishing opportunities because of underrating this simple overhand knot. But recently, it was popularised amongst fishermen by the talented IGFA’s production coordinator and knot expert Adrian Gray. He has stated that it is the fastest knot anyone can possibly tie, and so easy he can do it literally in the dark. But it’s also deceptively strong.
Adrian was using this so cold “granny knot” for many years now and he only had great results with it. So if you were ever doubting the single overhand knot, just give it a try next time you go fishing; it might change your whole fishing life and become the only knot you use.
The knot itself is not hard to achieve at all. Everyone can do it and with practice, you will definitely be able to do it as fast as Adrian does it.
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- A dull hook is much better than a sharp one
Now, you might be thinking “how can it be better?” well, the answer is pretty simple - fish hang on to a bait or lure longer when they don’t feel the sting of a sharp hook point. It is an obvious thing yet everyone wants their hooks to be as sharp as possible. How about giving it a try? You can definitely trust Alaska’s best-known captain, Andy Mezirow, who says that through many years of fishing and trying everything out, he realized that dulled hooks catch more fish. His word is a guarantee we needed to try this method out as soon as possible.
He suggests snipping off the points and then filing them until they’re rounded, which might take a little time, but it is worth it.
But remember that dulled hooks require a much more powerful hook-set to drive them into a fish’s mouth past the barb.
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- The depth of the water is very important to know when choosing a lure
Some may not know that a fish’s vision is the best at the surface yet it is a crucial knowledge if you want to successfully fish in different places with different depths.
When you go past 50 feet, the colour spectrum becomes much narrower in most coastal waters and this is where you might fail if you haven’t picked the right lure.
The key to fishing is knowing the waters you fish in and most importantly, the depth.
You should use colourful lures when you fish near the surface, and whites or darker lures in deeper water where contrast is way more important than the colour.
You may also use plastic worms in deep waters, which will be great since the fish won’t be able to tell if they are real or not. That brings us to our next secret...
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- Use rubber plastic worms as bait
This might sound strange if you are new to the fishing game but it is a common trick for experts especially. It is especially effective in bass fishing. Many great fishermen find plastic worms as the best bait.
Plastic worms will always work only if you don’t peg them, because if the bass you try to catch gets both the hook and the sinker, then there is a high possibility of losing the fish. If you want to sink the bait, then you will have to peg it.
But even if you just cast a plastic worm into the water, the sinker is free to slide on the line, which will give you a higher chance to catch more fish.
You can use curly worms when there is some sort of cover in the water such as vegetation, or brush piles. You can also glue the worm on the hook to keep it in place.
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- Downgrade a couple of things for bigger fish
In case if you feel the fish suddenly stop biting the bait, but you know for a fact that they are still lurking around, you will definitely have to downgrade your bait and change your retrieval speed.
Firstly, you will have to downgrade, for example, from a seven-inch worm to a four-inch one. Then, you will have to slow down your presentation.
This situation will occur often, and most of the time the only solution is downgrading if you don’t want to go home empty-handed.
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When you have caught your fish or even a couple, grab a sharp knife and clean the insides right there in a bucket, especially if you have a long way to go back and cook the fish. And just in case if you don’t know how to cut, clean and cook a fish, we have a 6 step guide for you here.