Basic Fishing 101, How To Catch All The Fish You Want.

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Basic Fishing 101

Are you looking for a way to relax. Have you ever been fishing. If your like most people your Dad or Grandpa probably took you fishing as a child. Do you remember that first fish you ever caught. I know I sure do. It was a bluegill. Back then I thought he was huge but he most likely wasn't. But you know what fishing and going fishing is one of the most relaxing things you can do.

If your going to take up fishing be sure to check and see if you need a fishing license in your area. Don't want to ruin the fishing trip before it even gets started. You can start out fishing with some very basic fishing equipment. If your fishing in a farm pond it can be as simple as a cane pole, some fishing line, hooks, sinkers, and a bobber or two. However most people like to use a rod and reel.

And depending on what your hoping to catch you may want a lightweight rod and reel or something heavier for farm pond catfish. There's nothing like fishing with a bobber in a farm pond on a warm spring afternoon. When you see that bobber bounce up and down and then go under the water the excitement level is something else indeed. There's just something about watching that bobber go under the water.

When it comes to picking out a rod and reel pick out something your comfortable with. Graphite rods are most peoples choice right now because they are so lightweight. And right now you should be able to find a great rod and reel at a Walmart near you for $20 - $40. It should come with the fishing line all ready on it. You'll want a supply of various sizes of fishing hooks, sinkers, and bobbers of various sizes. And you'll for sure want a good pair of needle nose pliers and before long you'll be wanting a good fishing knife. A pair of scissors usually come in handy also. Buy you a good sturdy tackle box to put all your items in. A good cotton towel you can take home and wash often will also come in handy. And some people love a good folding chair.

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Buy yourself a fully stocked fisherman's tackle box and your ready to fish.

You can buy a fully stocked tackle box and have every thing you need to go fishing.
You can buy a fully stocked tackle box and have every thing you need to go fishing. | Source

Things You Need To Take With You On Your Fishing Trip

I like to fish in farm ponds all over the American south and I usually catch lots of fish. You may not know it but these farm ponds hold lots of big bass, nice size catfish, and an abundance of feisty blue gill.

If you've never been fishing before you need a rod and reel and the tackle to go along with it. That tackle needs to include bobbers, hooks, sinkers, needle nose pliers, a fishing stringer to put your caught fish on, hand towels or a roll of paper towels, and bait to put on your hook when you go to catch your fish.

I like to take a folding chair with me so I have a nice comfortable place to set. I also have a couple of metal fishing rod stands to keep my rods from being pulled into the water. Big bass or catfish can quickly pull your rod and reel into the water and you will lose it.

My Secret Method Of Catching Trout

Read all about my secret method for catching trout below.
Read all about my secret method for catching trout below. | Source

My Secret Method Of Catching Trout

Yes after many years of fishing stocked trout ponds in the mountains of western North Carolina I have come up with a way of catching trout that works almost every time with out fail.

You will need for this method a regular rod and reel, some clear bobbers of various sizes and a selection of trout flies of various colors. I have found that the black and darker colors work best in western North Carolina plus really bright green trout flies.

You want to use clear bobbers and attach your flie about 2-3 feet below the bobber. Cast into a area where you know there are trout and every once in a while jerk your rod to bump your flie and cause it to move. I guarantee you that a hungry trout is going to see it and come after it.

There are three trout ponds in front of the KOA Campground on Big Cove Road on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina where this method of fishing for trout works perfect. The method will also work in the big pools you find in the rivers and streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. You will find over 30 miles of streams that you can fish in on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. You can fish for $7.00 a day and the daily limit is 10 fish. The tribal fishing license is the only one you will need on the reservation.

The clear bobber is very important. So be sure if your going to try this method that you take a supply of clear fishing bobbers with you. When your using this method in large pools of water in trout streams cast above the pools and let the water carry the bobber and flie down into the pool of water. And if your lucky a big trout may be waiting for you.

I have used this method to catch trout when no one else was catching any at all. Over the years I have tried it around the United States and it will work great almost anywhere.  

Lightweight Tackle For Bluegill

My method for catching trout above is really fun and exciting if you do it with lightweight tackle and fish for Blue Gill. They will go after trout flies like crazy. Especially about a hour before sunset on a hot sunny summer day.
My method for catching trout above is really fun and exciting if you do it with lightweight tackle and fish for Blue Gill. They will go after trout flies like crazy. Especially about an hour before sunset on a hot sunny summer day. | Source
Lightweight Rods And Reels are so much fun to catch farm pond bluegill with.
Lightweight Rods And Reels are so much fun to catch farm pond bluegill with. | Source

Lightweight Tackle For Bluegill

I love to use a very lightweight rod and reel to catch farm pond bluegill. On a lightweight rod and reel the bluegill will put up a mighty fight that your going to really enjoy. I usually use a bobber and bait my hook with a small piece of red worm or nightcrawler.

If you live in a area where grasshoppers are pleantiful you can really catch bluegill and crappie. I usually fish the grasshopper with no bobber and just a split shot or two. I cast the grasshopper out where I see fish rising and the bluegill and crappie will usually grab the grasshopper as soon as it moves. Crickets will work for bluegill to but not as well as the grasshoppers do.

And another good thing with a lightweight rod and reel is that you can more easily cast your bait into those tight spots behind rocks and under tree branches. Often where you will find a abubdance of hungry bluegill waiting to feed on what you have to offer.

Clinton Hill With Big Farm Pond Catfish

Clinton Hill With Big Farm Pond Catfish
Clinton Hill With Big Farm Pond Catfish | Source

Farm Pond Catfish Can Be Really Fun To Catch.

Many farm ponds especially in the American south are filled with catfish and trust me fresh caught catfish are delicious. Click those links for great tips on catching catfish.

If your going fishing for catfish you should know that one of the best baits ever for catfish are chicken livers. If your going to use them its best to keep them frozen until right before your ready to use them and then keep them as cold as possible while your fishing with them. If you really don't want to use chicken livers for one reason or another peeled shrimp work great also. But nothing on earth will ever work as great for farm pond catfish as chicken livers. I often use a treble hook to keep chicken liver on the hook in farm ponds. Just be sure its legal to use a treble hook where you live and fish.

The Top Secret Stink Bait For Catching Catfish

I've used this Stink Bait Recipe for catfish for years and it always works perfect. No one has a better recipe for stink bait than this one. It works and it works great.


Ingredients For Your Stink Bait

1. 1 Eight Ounce Container Thawed Chicken Livers.

2. One Regular Size Box Rice Crispy Cereal.

3. One Sixteen Ounce Package Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

4. One Small Loaf Of Bread, Crumbled Up Very Small.

5. One Sixteen Ounce Package Strawberry Jello Mix.

I puree the thawed chicken livers up in a blender or food processor and then I mix everything up together very well together being sure that everything gets very well mixed together. I drain off any excess liquid and if it is still soupy I add a couple of tablespoons of flour at a time until I can form a ball of dough. This ball of dough gets formed around your hook and believe me this stink bait will catch more catfish than any other bait you could ever use.

If you use this stink bait in a river or stream try to fish it in big holes of water or where the water slows down behind big logs or a big rock. You will want to fish the stink bait in slower moving waters in a stream or river where the faster moving water can't wash your stink bait away before the catfish can find it.

Hunt Down Farm Ponds To Go Fishing In

I usually drive around in the winter months and ask for permission to fish in particular farm ponds next spring and summer. If you introduce yourself and ask nicely you'll usually receive permission to go fishing. I usually print some business cards off with my name and number and hand them out when I get permission to go fishing in a particular farm pond. I keep a journal an I write down the name and phone number of the person giving me permission to fish in a particular farm pond. This way I cover all my bases and don't run into any trouble when I go fishing in that pond.

I'm always careful to never leave any trash behind and I often pick up any trash laying around. This way I'm often able to fish in particular farm ponds for years to come.


Tips For Fishing Small Farm Ponds

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Farm Ponds can hold some of the largest catfish and bass you'll ever catch.
Farm Ponds can hold some of the largest catfish and bass you'll ever catch. | Source

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vigorelle 5 years ago from spain

Some great tips above like the trout tips food for thought

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