How the COAF Field Team likes to set up bubble fly rigs when they opt to use spinning gear over fly fishing gear. These rigs work for non-fly fishermen as well as fly fisherman, too! Here are three rigs that have proven effective for the Team!
How to catch salmon by mooching, including salmon mooching rods and reels, mooching rigs and setups, bait, and mooching technique.
This article provides instructions for tying a PMC Emerger - a fishing fly that uses minimal material and is simple to tie! It can be fished dry or wet and is used primarily for trout.
Salmon and halibut fishing in Ucluelet is a summer highlight, and yet many people have never been fishing on the West Coast.
Spinner fishing tips and secrets to give you an extra edge on the water. Follow these and you're guaranteed to catch more fish!
Top-reviewed braided fishing lines, along with knots, gear, and rigging tips to give you an edge on the water.
Sea fishing is a hugely popular sport around the world but the variety of tackle used and techniques employed can prove daunting for anyone just starting out. This page is a basic guide to tying some of the more simple yet common knots which you will require when sea fishing to help get you started and hopefully hooked on fishing.
Being wedged between the world-famous fly fishing states of Montana, Idaho, and Colorado, it seems like a no-brainer that Wyoming would be a fly fishing Mecca. Wyoming, however, is still largely under the radar in the angling world, and the Ham's Fork River is a forgotten gem.
The Grande Ronde is a river of legend for steelhead. Use this guide to figure out which stretch is the best for your trip, and come fall in love with one of the best rivers in the inland Northwest.
Wedding ring lures are a classic that can land trout, panfish, walleye, landlocked salmon, and many other freshwater fish. Here are some proven tips on how to use the wedding ring lure effectively.
This article explains how to catch blackfin tuna: everything from what tackle to use to what tactics work best.
St Catherines is a small hamlet across Loch Fyne from the town of Inveraray. The jetty is showing the worse for wear but still makes an excellent fishing spot at lower stages of the tide, particularly for summer mackerel. Page includes an easy and original suggested recipe for cooking up your catch.
If you fish for bass, bluegill, or crappie, this fly needs to be in your box! The Gurgler pattern will not fail.
How to rig Buzz Bombs, how to fish with Buzz Bombs, and easy modifications to catch more fish. A must-read for anyone interested in this time-proven lure.
A shore fisherman's view of fishing in Galveston, TX. Provides useful information and tips on area piers and other fishing opportunities for the land-based fisherman.
Would you get in a muddy river and stick your hand into a hole under the water in order to pull out a catfish? Believe it or not, this is called handfishing and is something that many people are doing these days!
A practical guide to get started trout fishing. Tips and advice on how to catch trout, including rods and reels, trout bait, trout rigs, trout lures and when and where to go trout fishing.
Flathead, Shovel Cat, whatever you call them, these cats are some of the best fighting freshwater fish in the continental US. Read on below and I'll share some tips and tricks I have used to land some of these behemoths.
Another location along the Guadalupe River that offers Rainbow Trout Fishing is at the Lazy L&L Campground!
There are many very good reasons for this being the case. For instance, good smells, wet air, good sounds, cooling, meditiation by cloud, and windy leaves.
How to use a drone for surf fishing: equipment required, initial rigging, casting, benefits, risks, and applicable laws and regulations.
How I catch sheepshead on this old bridge-turned pier in Florida. How to use fiddler crabs as bait; how to cook sheepshead.
I have fished the Manasquan Inlet for more than thirty years. It's a great family friendly fishing destination and a great fishing spot for striped bass, bluefish, fluke, and weakfish.
The Big Island of Hawaii is surrounded by dense reef that is full of tropical fish—most of which are indigenous to this part of the world. This article will help you find the best places to catch some of these rare species on the Big Island and prepare you for the type of experience you will have at the many fishing spots available in Hawaii.
I used to think that fishing for trout was for fine summer evenings when there were plenty of flies hatching on the water surface. But on off days I can catch trout with lures.
If you want to know which baits work best for catching giant flatheads and monster blue catfish you need to read this page. There are pics of the baits too. If you don't get a bite you can't catch the monster catfish!
The Snake River is enormous, and most anglers miss out on the best fly fishing in the river. Here's a quick rundown to get you started in finding your own secret Palouse fishing hole along the mighty Snake.
This is a guide to trout fishing in the Ozarks. I grew up in the Ozarks and have spent many years fishing for Trout on our local streams (Niangua, Eleven Point, Roubideaux, Current, White rivers and Lake Tanycomo).
Southern Flounder are a very tasty fish highly sought after by anglers. This article will help the reader increase his catch. Includes tips on where to look for flounder, gear, tackle and baits.
Finding fall crappie is a lot easier than most people think. While the use of electronics gives some an advantage, this knowledge of basic location elements will help you greatly increase your catch rate this upcoming fall season.
No one wants to be on the water and have their equipment fail them - ruining a great day of fishing. The truth is, anglers often create their own problems by not fishing their equipment properly.
They're not called The Fish of 10,000 casts for no reason. If you want to make fewer casts between fish, you're going to need a solid grasp of the basics.
I love fishing the New Jersey shore. Besides dogfish (sandshark), blues, small sea bass, flounder, and porgy, I've begun catching triggerfish recently.
A fishing report brought to you, not by an expert, but a fishing enthusiast! Fishing on The Jenny Bird, out of Tar Cove, Magothy River, Pasadena MD
Learn to clean and gut a trout. Improper care of fish poses serious health risks, and can cause the fish to taste poorly and make it spoil sooner. Several tips for handling your freshly caught fish.
The Sea Striker Gotcha jerk jig is a great piece of fishing tackle and is the standard Bluefish/Mackerel catching lure on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
How do you chose the best fisherman's tide watch? Find the features that matter and get some ideas no one else will dare..
Fly Fishing for Women is an article designed to get you started fly-fishing. It includes essential gear, types of casts, terminology and all the necessary information to get you on the water catching fish. Written for anyone wanting to learn to fly fish.
One of my favorite spots in Michigan, the Sylvania Wilderness Area, is a small backcountry canoe camping reserve with great fishing for Smallmouth Bass.
The first step in taking up deep sea fishing as a hobby or otherwise, is feeding your curiosity with the proper information. One can easily gather misleading information on the matter that may cause more confusion in the long run.
Good places for kayak fishing on the Texas side of Lake Texoma. Do check it out... and Good Luck and Good Fishing!
Seattle is known to be a fishing mecca, being home to many species of salmon in particular. While fish may be abundant here, many people truly have no idea where to start (locals included). This guide will help find some of the the best spots for Seattle area fishing, and what you can expect in each location.
Learn how to crab fish with a net. It's cheap and easy to get ready, and with a few simple steps, you'll be catching and enjoying crab in the next crabbing season!
Still fishing, drift fishing, trolling & casting. These are the four basic methods for catching crappie. The only decision left to us: use live bait or plastic?
Find fantastic places to go fishing in the UK. Browse through the venues to discover some some great pegs and have a proper baggin' session!
How to tie a Purple Marabou Orange Thing or PMOT for short. It is a simple pattern, fished on the bottom in short hops and pauses to entice hesitant Bass. It uses two marabou plumes tied along the hook shank, causing the fishing fly to ride hook bend up!
A complete overview of what to look for in a salmon trolling reel, along with reviews of the top-performing models, and plenty of bonus salmon trolling tips!
Salt water shark fishing in Brevard County Florida can be done from offshore islands in and around the Palmbay, Melbourn areas situated on the Indian River, as well as from piers. You can catch hammerhead shark and black tip shark.
This article talks about how to catch crawfish, crawdads, or crayfish, whatever you prefer to call them.
A sabiki rig is a set of small lures used to catch bait fish, but here is one variation that is used for catching White Bass (or Sand Bass). Do check it out!
The meat of the blue crab is considered by many to be the sweetest and best tasting of all crabs. You won’t get the large sections of meat that you get from the king crab or the snow crab, but the flesh from the blue will be tastier.
I love to fish for fun - I'm not a professional fisher. North Dakota has many lakes and rivers rife with fish. Here is my experience on South Hoffer's Lake and a section of the McClusky Canal.
For kayak fishermen, a fish finder is the ultimate upgrade. Quickly locate fish and fish holding structure to spend less time searching and more time catching.
Are you dying to find out where you can go hillbilly handfishing? How do you sign up for noodling catfish with the guys from Animal Planet? Find out here.
With these tips and tricks for catching nightcrawlers you're bound to find dozens of them right in your backyard. Don't wait ... check this page out and start saving money on bait today.
The striped bass or “Striper” is the top salt water trophy fish in the northeast region, from Maine to Georgia.
This article covers speckled trout fishing. It includes tips on tackle, gear, baits, and when and where to target speckled trout.
Everything you need to know to start catching lots of delicious surf perch! Gear, rigs, bait, tips, and places to go!
If you want to catch monster northern pike, dead baiting is a great method. Check this for some tips that will help you bag a monster pike.
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!
This article describes the basics of fishing for anyone who wants to learn to fish but is primarily written for the woman desiring to learn the basics in fishing.
Everything you need to know to get set up to catch trout. Includes rod, reel, line, and tackle suggestions. Tips from a well-seasoned angler.
In this guide I will teach you how to create a simple basemix for making your own boilies at home, also some helpful tricks and tips.
Wintertime brings many things I could do without: cold weather, wind, and low water temperatures and thus slow fishing. Yet not all is lost. Sheepshead, thrive in this cold winter water.
Not all spinning reels are cut out to handle the demands of saltwater fishing. These top performing models are ready to handle tough conditions and big fish.
Learn the ins and outs of fishing at the pier located at Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island, Florida. Included are tips on baits, best spots, and tactics, along with photos and videos.
The best fishing rods for backpackers. These rods are the best combination of packability, durability, and fishability.
Five of the best bass baits and lures on the market. Tips on how and when to effectively use these lures to catch more bass!
Lake Erie walleye fishing has really been heating up the last couple of years and below we will discuss one of the more popular options right now for catching them, drift fishing, and give some insight on what to use, how to use it, and what to expect.
Learn the basics on how to catch pennsylvania steelhead. Suggestions on fly or bait choice and popular equipment. A great guide to get you started. Fish on!
How-to guide and explanation of ultralight dropshot fishing techniques for anglers targeting perch in freshwater. Covering tackle, bait and location.
There are few things more frustrating than a bad snarl of fishing line on a good day of fishing. Use these proven tips to keep your line tangle-free.
Countdown of the best Yellow Perch fishing baits, and how to fish them effectively. Perch love these!
Lurking in the shallows of rivers and lakes in Central and South America you'll find the wolf fish. Here's my technique for catching, killing and preparing this prehistoric looking beast.
Fishing and other outdoor pursuits can be hungry work. This page helps you decide which foods are practical and best suited to your trip, so you can get the most out of your chosen outdoor adventure.
How to catch sheepshead (also known as sheephead and convict fish.) All you need to know about tackle, bait, and how to catch more fish.
One of the truly great rivers of the Northwest, the Grande Ronde River of southeastern Washington hosts some of the best smallmouth fishing in the west.
The beach adjacent to Cairndow War Memorial on Loch Fyne is recommended as a low water fishing mark. Spinning is possible beyond the weed at low tide, with decent bags of mackerel possible in the summer months.
Cast nets can rip if they get overloaded or caught on something. Here's the right way to fix those tears while keeping the rest of the net properly balanced.
Wade fishing is one of the best ways to fish for river smallmouth if you like the exercise and don't want to deal with a boat. Check out my tips on the best baits to use for catching smallmouth bass in the river.
Cutting whole squid the right way for fishing bait is very important. It will help you catch more fish easy. This article will teach you to prepare squid for bait.
Leeches are an abundant and natural food source that fish gobble up! Whether you fish for trout, bass, walleye, pike, catfish or panfish, leeches will catch them. That is why leeches are always in hiding - so they don't get eaten. Leeches are...
Using the proper salt water fish hook for what you are fishing for will give you more hits with better results. Also here's a video with the correct way to bait your hook.
Spearfishing at night is an exciting adventure. This article covers what you need for night spearfishing and some experiences and tips to make your next spearfishing trip successful.
Big perch are an overlooked species which offer the serious angler the opportunity to catch specimen sized fish without devoting endless time and effort to the chase. And these days there's more and more waters with big perch in them.
Every year my family takes a trip to Hazelton, BC, where I catch coho, chinook, sockeye, and steelhead. My wife is from the Gitxan Nation, whose name means people of the Skeena River.
How well can you read a lake? Fun informative quiz on features in freshwater lakes where different species hang out.
How to tie a Foam Rubber Spider Grasshopper, a variation of the Foam Spider. It is fished dry, and has been a consistent producer of Bass and Panfish for us!
When it comes to packable, portable, store-anywhere fishing rods, telescopic fishing rods are tough to beat. Here's are some of the best on the market, including one I never hit the trail without.
Atlantic croaker are caught with a variety of cut baits including squid, crabs, bloodworms, clams, and other baits.
One of my favorite methods for catching striped bass is drifting bait through the current. Here's a few tips for striper bait and tackle.
The greatest joys in my life have come from helping others get what they want. Sometimes you can even do that while out fishing.
The first time I tried to open a minnow trap it took a little figuring out. I felt like I was playing with a steel puzzle.
The days are long and hot, the water's hot, the grease is hot, and the sun's rays cling to you like that weird kid from 8th grade. Its prime catfishing time across the country and I'm going to share some tips with you on how to maximize your success this summer.
The best baitcasting reels for every budget, as well as casting and maintenance tips to improve your casting distance and accuracy while keeping your spool backlash-free.
A run-down of the best fishing rod holders for every situation; from boats and kayaks, to shore and surf fishing.
This article provides instructions for tying a COAF Damsel Fly - a variation of the Damsel Fly nymph pattern. This variant simulates a small minnow or crawdad swimming along the bottom!
Many people fish for speckled trout with lures only. The problem is there are nearly as many lures as fishermen and it can be hard to separate which lures catch fish and which catch fishermen.
If you've never tried it, you don't know what you're missing. Sight fishing for carp in shallow water is (almost) as thrilling as chasing bonefish in tropical flats, and the flats of Illia Dunes are within easy reach of inland northwest anglers.
If you're looking for the ultimate in lazy fishing, this has got to be it. Here's how I catch fish using nothing more than a plastic bottle, some cornmeal and a rock.
This is an essay of fun, challenge, danger, fear and back to fun. A morning on the lake went from fishing for Northern Pike to fighting for our lives, or so it seemed at the time. `
The rainbow trout is found stocked in lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds all over the world, and it's easier to catch than you might think.
Countdown of five of the best trout baits of all time! Includes rigging tips, as well as scent and color suggestions. All guaranteed to help catch you more trout!
Headboats—relatively inexpensive charter boats that take out large groups of people fishing—are a great way to get out onto the great lake and find some jumbo yellow perch. Walk on or call in.
When targeting fish at a specific depth, line counter fishing reels provide unbeatable trolling depth control. Keep your lures in the strike zone for more bites all day long.
Check you local regulations to be sure this lightweight, cheap, non-corroding crab trap design is legal in your area.
Suggested spots to fish for rainbow trout on the Blue River in Oklahoma, specifically the area around Hughes Crossing.
Swimbaiting is one of the fastest growing techniques for catching giant smallmouth bass in great quantities.
Downrigger trolling is often the most productive method of salmon fishing. Learn how to select an effective downrigger rod and discover the best-performing models on the market.
Are you tired of spending a lot of money on overpriced bait? Now you can catch your own bait for free — and we will tell you how!
In the shadow of one of the most famous steelhead rivers in the Northwest, a top-notch trout fishery exists for those in the know.
Tips for kayak enthusiasts who are interested in trolling for fish with their kayak, and for fishermen who would like to try their luck from a kayak!
North Denver Fishing is a great way to explore the nature side of the city. The lakes are the perfect getaway from the busy city!
Covering the basics of what spearfishing is, how to spearfish using a Hawaiian sling or pole spear, and tips to catch bigger fish while spearfishing!
These ultralight spinning reels are guaranteed to provide you with the best combination of weight and function, keeping your pack light and your creel full.
Lake Blackshear is an 8,500-acre reservoir located near Cordele, Georgia, just a few miles west of Interstate 75. Here's where to fish for bass, crappie, and many other species.
Four top-performing rockfish lures, including one local favorite of tournament fishermen. Learn how to rig and fish them to catch big rockfish.
Everything you need to know to get started trolling! Includes necessary gear, and species-specific strategies for getting more fish in the boat. Also, tips that even the veteran angler can use to increase his fishing success!
I'll break down the major types and brands and help you decide what kind of line will do best for your style of fishing!
Bream fishing is one of my favorite fishing pastimes. It is also one of the best ways to introduce kids to fishing. This article contains tips and advice for both novices and veterans alike.
Do you like topwater bass fishing? Read my review of the Rebel Pop-R to find out if the lure's worth adding to your tackle box.
Buying minnows to use as bait is always an option, but catching your own minnows is so much more satisfying.
Loch Etive is a deep water sea loch on the West Coast of Scotland. It is fished usually by boat and its twenty-four mile length contains a wide variety of species for the keen sea angler to target at any time of year.
Everything you need to know to catch Dungeness Crab. Includes gear, best baits, best traps, and where and when to go. Also, bonus tips from a veteran crabber! Fill the cooler in record time!
A look at a specific shore fishing mark, just beyond Inveraray, Argyll, Scotland. This page looks at the fishing ground, tackle required, advisable bait and the species of fish which are likely to be caught.
This is my favorite tie. A quick simple pattern with basic materials. A fly that you are not too scared of losing to the wily tree and rock trout.
Trout are one of the most popular freshwater fishes. They are not only great fighters but they are delicious as well. This article is going to show you which baits are the best trout baits.
I love to fish farm ponds for bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. I have caught bass in the 3- to 8-pound range many times, and seen even larger bass that I didn't get a chance to catch.
Working in Saudi Arabia gave me the chance to enjoy the excitement of fishing and diving in the Red Sea. See photos of some of our catch including moray eel and pufferfish.
Fishing has as much to do with the fish as baseball is about the ball. Rather, it is all about scenery and serenity, challenge and comradery, the rhythm of water and sun and wind. It is about the natural human.
If you are just getting into fishing, understanding the difference between different fishing gear available is important. This article will guide you through the different types of fishing waders.
PowerBait is a popular dough bait for Rainbow Trout fishing. Here are four fishing rigs the COAF Field Team uses with PowerBait.
It's best to get lessons from an expert. But if you want to use your new rod right away, the "start fast, stop fast" principle and our video will get you started.
How to make a fly line leader using a simple recipe. Also, ways to attach the leader to a fly line, and a bonus video on how attaching a leader to the lillian on a Tenkara rod!
The steelhead of the Clearwater are legendary, but there is another world waiting for fly fishers on this fantastic river, and it's hiding right under everyone's noses.
As the old saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. However, the night owl catches the fish, and fish taste a hell of a lot better than worms.
Better known for football and wheat fields, the rolling hills of the Palouse offer fly fishers with more opportunities for fly fishing than you would think. Some are unusual, some are spectacular, but all are worth an evening of your time the next time you're in town.
Saltwater fishing tips for how to catch sheepshead, including location, best baits, fishing gear, and technique. Video included!
Having a sharp fillet knife and knowing how to use it makes your catch of red drum easier to prepare, and even tastier!
A fly fisherman's view of the Lower Illinois River in Oklahoma. Provides useful information and tips when fishing this popular year-round trout fishery!
Going fishing? Want to save money on bait? These proven methods are so effective at getting worms to come out of the ground that you'll have more than you need!
A count-down of 5 time-proven trout lures, all guaranteed to put more fish in the boat! Includes size and color recommendations, as well as tricks for rigging and effectively fishing each one.