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Suggested Fishing Tips and Recommendations
Here are suggested fishing tips and recommendations that may help increase your catch rate!
Suggested "Go To" Largemouth Bass Lure
In our area, it seems Senkos are one plastic worm that seem to out produce other lures.
Give this one a chance when scouting out new waters or when the Bass appear to have "lockjaw" and just don't want to bite!
Also, we recommend Texas-Rigging them weightless and using Ultralight Gear. When algae is not a problem, Wacky-Rig them but continue to go weightless.
In particular, our favorite is the 4" Watermelon Red/Black Flake Yamasenko!
Senko in Action
Here is a short video of the Senko in action.
In this round, we used the Weightless Texas Rig and a Baitcasting Rod and Reel.
Had some light strikes but was able to hook up!
Good luck and good fishing!
Homemade LED Green Light
Here are the videos of our homemade LED green light. The first one provides an overview of the light, the second one is us testing it out, and then we added a third one to show what prompted us to make one.
While on the coast at a Seafood Restaurant, we noticed underwater green fishing lights were attracting a lot of fish by the Restaurant's dock.
When we arrived back home, we decided to try and make one ourselves!
From the coast
What gave the idea... fish activity under green lights while on the Coast!
While one the Texas Gulf Coast, we stopped at a restaurant for dinner.
While waiting for our food, we noticed the green lights in the water by the restaurant's dock.
Sure enough as it got darker, some nice looking fish started showing up!
Short video of our fishing light!
This version uses a homemade battery pack.
It was made using four AA batteries and hot gun glue was used to form the pack.
Later versions use a single 6v battery as well as a single 9v battery.
Short video of our field test of the light!
Had a little difficulty at the beginning as the light floated, so we had to add weight to sink it.
Else, it was a successful field test!
One Last Variation
Made changes to the PVC body. Found a substitute that worked - a waterproof container.
Also, did a battery test and was pleasantly surprised how long the battery lasted.
One More "Go To" Lure - GUADALUPANA FISHING FLY
Here is one more "Go To" lure we recommend. This one is a fishing fly that we first used for Trout Fishing during the 2012-2013 Season.
It's called a "Guadalupana" and comes from the Texas Hill Country - specifically, for Rainbow Trout and Bass that lurk in the lower section of the Guadalupe River!
Give it a try when you get a chance! And, do let us know if it worked for you! It's worked for Trout, Bass, and Panfish for us!
Also, do check out the COAF Guadalupana Fishing Fly - a variant of the Guadalupana that uses a smaller hook and grizzly hackle instead of a olive hackle.
Video of the Guadalupana in action.
Using a light fly rod, the action can be pretty good.
Did have a few missed hook sets; regardless, it was a fun outing!
Do keep this pattern in mind for community ponds and lakes.
Works with Tenkara, too
Coupled with a Tenkara Rod, the action can be pretty good especially when the fish are little, scrappy ones!
In this video, the Guadalupana does well; was able to get 25 fish in a small feeder creek.
Works for Trout As well!
In this video, the Guadalupana takes another limit of Trout.
This time it is a small, community pond that is stocked annually by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department!
Lots of fun even though the area is not much bigger than ponds you would see in front of a commercial building.
More suggestions to consider when fishing.... Good Luck!
Kayak Fishing, too!
For those who wonder if trolling with a kayak is worth the effort, here are videos of the Field Team having fun catching a few fish from our local lake!
For the complete playlist, use the URL below: https://youtu.be/fGixeQOffqo?list=PL-Vb1xFRmgFOHW0B7uX-ckIUnbtDn1fm4
Fishing on the Coast!
Ghost Shrimp Pump
Several suggestions when fishing on the Coast.
One is to try a Ghost Shrimp Pump; it will help you catch fish in the surf!
Keep in mind the daily limits for your area... in Texas it's 20 per day (as of 2016)
Jetty Party Boat
Then, try other ways like fishing a channel and/or a jetty party boat! Also, try using live shrimp and a popping cork rig. Be sure to use an aerator and a "minnow" net.
The aerator will keep shrimp live longer and the net will prevent contaminants like sunscreen lotion being introduced to the bait bucket.
Fish Tail Mount
And, when you do catch something, try a Tail Mount to capture that moment!
In then end, regardless if you do or don't catch anything, have fun and enjoy the beach!
- Making a Simple Green LED Fishing Light - Part 1 LED Circuit
Part 1 of a four part series of articles that describe how to make a simple Green LED Fishing Light that is portable and powered by a 9V battery. Part 1 provides details for making the LED Circuit!
- COAF Micro Fly Rod
HubPages article that details modifications made to an ultralight fishing rod/reel. End result is a Micro Fly Rod that may be of interest to fishermen who would like to take up Micro Fishing!
Field Team's 2015 Fish of Interest
Back in May Fshng84 caught a three foot alligator gar while kayak fishing on Lake Texoma.
Although foul hooked while trolling for Striped Bass, it still gave a good fight and was subsequently released to grow bigger!
PS: This was before the heavy rains that caused the water to go over the spillway in 2015!
Then, in July, NucLaroche and Fshng84 caught a 33″ Catfish using juglines on Lake Lavon’s Bratonia Park.
Been several years since we fished the park. Had been closed due to drought conditions.
Re-opened after the heavy rains in our area; same rain that caused Texoma to go over the spillway.
That same month, the Team headed to the coast and fished the Galveston Fishing Pier and the 61st Street Fishing Pier (also in Galveston).
While fishing the 61st Street Fishing Pier, Fshng84 caught a 27-1/4″ Blacktip Shark!
Had a great time in Galveston; do hope to come back again in 2016!
In October, on two consecutive trips to Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma, the Team was able to bring in a 20″ Rainbow Trout!
The first trip in October, the Trout went for a Y2K Egg Pattern fished on a Tandem Rig (lead fishing fly was an Olive Near Deere; trailing fishing fly was a Y2K).
Rainbow Trout Repeat
The second trip in October, the Trout went for a Rainbow Warrior fished on a Tandem Rig.
Similar to the earlier trip, an Olive Near Deere was used as the lead fishing fly.
This one has some great underwater video of trout lurking where we fished!
The last fish of interest for 2015 was caught at Denison Dam Tailrace while wade fishing in November.
Fshng84 managed to bring in a 29″ Striped Bass that went for a Craft Fur Clouser Minnow. Of note was a larger one was lost that same trip!
More by this Author
Re-published article that provides Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout fishing formation. Originally posted as a Squidoo Lens, the article has been updated and is available on HubPages.
Ghost Shrimp are abundant along the beach and make excellent bait when surf fishing. HubPage provides details on making a Bait Pump to catch Ghost Shrimp!
PowerBait is a popular dough bait for Rainbow Trout fishing. Here are four fishing rigs the COAF Field Team uses with PowerBait.