June 4, 2020
This round of iFishNews Fishing Podcast discusses the Foam Spider and Scud. Been having a challenging time with Bluegill that were tight lipped... fish were guarding their nests and opted to ignore almost every fishing fly we presented them.
That said, the Foam Spider and Scud made a difference in getting them to strike! Do listen in on the podcast or check it out on YouTube!
May 25, 2020
Another iFishNews Fishing Podcast is posted. This round brings more questions and answers in a follow-up Q&A session with YouTube Viewer and Facebook Follower!
Lots of info that may be of interest to those thinking about juglining and striped bass fishing!
Do check it out... video and audio versions are posted!
May 17, 2020
Answering the mail this round from a YouTube Viewer. Questions on the jug lines we use and other details that may be of interest to listeners interested in Jugline Fishing for Catfish. PS... do check back on YouTube, hope to have the video version posted in the next few days!
May 11, 2020
Had a fun time fishing with jug lines this past Saturday. Posted the video on our YouTube Channel - COAF Field Team. Here is an accompanying iFishNews Fishing Podcast to point out a few lessons learned this round!
Key Take Aways:
- Have a backup plan for bait. Cooler temps and windy conditions, changed the pattern. No Shad at first. Luckily, able to pickup Nightcrawlers at a bait shop / convenience store.
- Adjust for wind, if too windy... move to calmer waters. In our case, across the cove to a leeward shoreline.
- Don't wind the jugline's line. The up and down motion resuls in a slack in the line, giving the chance for the Catfish to twist off the hook Instead, retrieve the line, keeping a steady strain on the line to keep the fish from throwing the hook.
- Circle Hooks tended to work better when the Catfish were slowly taking the bait and setting the hooks themselves. J-Hooks tended to work better when the Catfish struck hard on the first bite and then started to run. Best to have both available, and adjust as needed.
- Adjust jugline pattern starting sets shallow, deeper, and along a bottom slope and/or humps... move to the "money zone" concentrating the juglines as the Catfish tend to one of the sets.
All for now, and Good Luck and Good Fishing!
May 1, 2020
Made the run to the local lake for some fun fly fishing fun for White Bass. Took the kayak and made it to a fishing area that had lots of opportunity to catch a fish or two.
From past trips, made a few adjustments to make this trip go much smoother when fishing from a kayak in a seated position. Here are five tips for fly fishing in a kayak:
1. OPST Commando Head and Coated Running Line made for ease of casting from the sitting position. Much easier compared to the traditional weight forward setup we were using.
2. Minimize Clutter in the Kayak Cockpit. Lots of chances to foul your line; keep things stored in your lifejacket or tucked under it like your nippers and forceps will reduce line fouling while still at the ready when needed.
3. Line Management. May need to take up line and fight the fish on the reel, else allow the line to float on one side of the kayak. Do risk the chance of the fish running into the line. Be prepared to fight on the reel.
4. Railblaza Rod Holder or other rod holder that has a locking mechanism to prevent the fly rod from falling overboard.
5. Troll to/from the fishing area. Increase the "line in the water" and possibly hook into a nice fish while paddling to your fishing destination. And then, on the way back... do the same. Don't be surprised if this technique saves your trip from a strike out!
April 25, 2020
Able to get the jon boat prepared for a round of jug line fishing at the local lake - Lake Lavon. Put in at Highland Park, and had a fun time catching catfish for the beer batter fish fry recipe we like. Caught seven catfish - one Channel Catfish and six Blue Catfish. All went for fresh caught shad that we caught with the cast net at the boat ramp.
It was windy but luckily able to fish the leeward side of the point to minimize time in the windy areas. Catfish were taken in shallow water - 4-6 feet, as well as further out in about 6-10 feet of water. Did catch and release a Crappie and a White Bass.
No worries had more than enough for dinner that evening... beer batter fish fry recipe and the homemade tartar sauce still makes a tasty dinner! Hope to be back out again, especially with the new "fish finder" - Charlie the Maltese Doggie!
April 20, 2020
The Field Team continues to push the envelope in their push to expand communication with viewers and listeners. This round the Team hosts its first Live Stream fishing podcast on iFishNews.com! Do check it out!
April 18, 2020
Closeout the week with a little wine while we discuss fishing plans for the weekend! Key items this round:
- Still liking Strebel Creek Vineyard's Firehouse Red Wine
- Blue River trout are still biting after 6 weeks from the last stocking
- Tenkara fishing local ponds for a quick trip this weekend
- Temperature drop has a pattern mixed, play it by ear
- Livestream Podcast planned for Sunday on iFishNews at 6PM Central
- More videos and podcast in the future are planned!
April 15, 2020
A follow-on video and podcast of our recent trip Tenkara Fishing a creek. In this fishing podcast, we talk about lessons learned tenkara fishing in close quarters where brush and overhead branches limit the use of fly fishing gear and have clobbered our back cast.
Easily remedied with a fly rod and switch and roll casts, we wanted to try fishing with a tenkara rod... a 12' tenkara rod lined with 12' of fly line and 3' of leader and tippet.
We learned that the tenkara rod worked well fishing the creek especially the use of the "bow and arrow" cast. We also learned that shortening the fly line to 6' would help in working the fly under the overhang branches in the creek.
Do check out the podcast - be it the video on our YouTube Channel - COAF Field Team or listen here at iFishNews.com
April 12, 2020
This podcast has the Team hosting a virtual question and answer session with three Bassmasters - Roland Martin, Kevin VanDam, and Mike Iaconelli. Do listen in as the Team learns about moon phase and bass fishing, tips when fishing for spawning bass, and in particular... knowing when to move on to the next fish!