General Fishing Tips
Being from New England fresh fish is a staple of our diet. The upside is we get great seafood and the downside is, you really know if the seafood isn’t fresh. Learning how to keep fresh caught fish fresh is a must, and the only way to serve a catch from the sea. Step one when you are out fishing is to have a fully iced, insulated bin on deck, ready to store your catch. Once you reel a fish into the boat, you are going to want to kill it immediately. There are a couple ways to do this, one is with a club to the head, and second would be a poke straight through the fishes brain. Next you’ll want to make sure that your bin of ice also has some fresh water in it, to make almost a frozen slush for the fish to be stored in. If you have time while you are on the boat, remove the stomach and gills of the fish, and return it to the frozen bucket of slush. Your final step, is once you are off the boat, pack the fish with ice (inside the fish and on top) and store in another insulated freezer bin.
Get the right hook
When fishing you have a few important pieces of equipment, other than you the fisherman. Your rod, reel, and your fishing hooks! Your hooks are based in size on a measurement system, with 0 being the nominal number, and then a 0 followed by a 1 through a higher number based on the company. The higher the number on the hook, the smaller the size of the hook. Take note that different hook companies may have the same numbers, but the hooks can be different sizes. There are also different kinds and sizes of hooks for fresh water and salt water fishing, including double and triple hooks. Since every fisherman fishes different waters and is going after different catches, use a fish hook guide to make sure your hook is right for you. A good example of a well known guide is from a company called Teimco and shows salt water and fly fishing hooks. There is also a factor in the strength of hooks. Depending on fresh water fishing or salt water fishing, as well as the type of bait you are using, a light or heavy hook may be appropriate. Make sure also that the strength of hook you use matches the weight and strength of your fishing line.
The better your bait, the better your chances of catching fish. Just tossing on a worm or a hunk of something isn’t your best approach. If you can catch your bait on the fishing grounds you are fishing, that’s your best bet. The fish you are going after are already looking for food in their natural habitat, giving you a higher percentage of them taking your bait. If you can’t catch bait in the exact spot you are fishing, try catching some on the way out to your spot. It’s the next best bet to having your catch be attracted to what’s on the end of your line.
Use a Fish Finder
Using a fish finder not only ups you chances of catching fish, but also giving you information about what’s going on under the water. A sounder is a fish finder that bounces sound waves up from under the water and will tell you if there are fish. However just driving around with a fish finder on is not the best course of action. Use your fisherman skills to get around a fishing hole you’ve known to be good, and then turn on your finder. On a visual fish finder pay attention to the structures you are seeing. Very easily a rock or log can look like something different, so pay attention to where you want to be fishing before dropping your line.