Category Archives: Fishing Tips & Other Wonderings

Fishing is so much more than tips and techniques, though you’ll find plenty of it here. It is also about getting away and getting in touch with ourselves, our friends and families. This page gets into all aspects of fishing. You may learn something new (or maybe just some nuance to an old approach) about a particular method for catching your favorite species, but you’ll also be exposed to more personal and thought-provoking content on topics and stories such what it is to approach fishing with a minimalist mindset, or one woman’s magical day with her family on the Texas Gulf Coast catching her first bull redfish.

river fishing tips

Learn How to Read a River to Find More Fish

Outdoor enthusiasts and reading don’t always go hand-in-hand. Most of their reading is research for the next adventure. Beyond that, it’s precious time wasted where they could be outside. For some activities, like fishing, reading isn’t saved only for the fishing reports and weather. Experienced anglers understand the importance of ...
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angler holding trophy northern pike catch

Fishing for Northern Pike, the Wolf of the Water

This Christmas Eve post spotlights one of the most sought-after freshwater gamefish on the planet, the Northern Pike. In life only a few things are certain, death, taxes and that the Northern Pike are biting. These hard-hitting fish are the most reliable big game predator around because of their incredibly ...
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gear list for ice fishing

Gear Checklist, Recommendations and Tips for Your Ice Fishing Adventure

Winter does two things for anglers. It either drives them inside for sixth months and forces them to count down until spring or it pulls them from their warm home to the nearest ice. Ice fishing has never been for the faint of heart. Getting up early, finding a spot ...
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angler fly fishing for winter steelhead

Best Fly Fishing Gear and Techniques for Winter Steelheading

When people think winter fishing, most imagine setting up a shelter, drilling a few holes, tying on a jig and seeing what they can catch for dinner. While ice fishing is entertaining, there’s something to say about bringing the fly gear out on a sunny winter day. The fish don’t ...
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fishing scaled mirror carp

Getting Your Tactics Right for a New Carp Lake

Guest Post by Andrew Patterson -- Fishing a water for carp that you've never fished before can be a pretty daunting experience. It is why many anglers stick to lakes they know and catch the same fish each season. However, if you are prepared to put in a bit of ...
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Targeting Monster Fall Muskie: Tackle and Strategy Tips

Targeting Monster Fall Muskie: Tackle and Strategy Tips

Fall is the time of year for the leaves to change, chili, cinnamon rolls, and pumpkin-spiced everything. Fall also gives you the best opportunity to land the MONSTER muskie (or musky) of your dreams. Throughout the summer, the fish of 10,000 casts has been bulking up, preparing for the long ...
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channel catfish fishing

Old-School Catfishing Techniques and a Disgusting but Effective Bait Recipe

Although I have been catfishing many times, for this story, I called in an expert, my dad. He grew up on the banks of the Attoyac River, deep in the heart of East Texas. His childhood was spent running trotlines and fishing for catfish. Although he left the Attoyac over ...
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smallmouth bass caught on drop shot rig

8 of the Best Smallmouth Bass Lures and When to Use Them

The aggressiveness of the smallmouth bass makes them an exciting species to target. But, like many things, fish behaviors change with the seasons, temperatures and weather and so do their feeding habits. So, in order to make consistent catches throughout the year, it’s crucial to choose fishing lures based on ...
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fishing for shark from the surf

Shark Surf Fishing: Nature’s Perfect Predator Beach Thrill

Guest Post by Dena Standley — I can’t talk about surf fishing for sharks without telling the story of my very first surf-fishing experience.  I had grown up fishing in the lakes of East Texas, as was a rite of passage for any kid who grew up within a driving ...
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rod building kits

Rod Expert Builds One-of-a-Kind Custom Bass Rod for Friend

Guest Post by Tim Carter —  This particular build I’m going to discuss is for a friend of mine out of Virginia. He is an active-duty sailor and close to having his first baby - and a custom-built rod. Let’s hope he gets to use it within the first year ...
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redfish surf fishing tips and tackle

Surf Fishing Redfish: Tackle and Tactics for Success

Guest Post by Dena Standley — There is a special kind of magic in surf fishing for redfish. This fish has many names depending on what part of the country you are in, and the size of the fish. They are technically known as red drums, but along the gulf ...
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texas gulf coast redfish fishing

Surf Magic: Fishing for Bull Redfish on the Texas Gulf Coast

Guest Post by Dena Standley -- My favorite spot for fishing is in the Crystal Beach area of the Bolivar Peninsula, just a ferry ride across the bay from Galveston. It is one of the few beaches left that allows you to drive onto the beach, making it easy to ...
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