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Enjoying Nature and Family Time in Fresh Water Fishing Boats

Whether it is a hobby or sport, fishing can be fun especially when out with the family or angling friends. Freshwater fishing has become more accessible for those living near freshwater bodies or for those visiting regions with lakes and rivers. It is a recreational experience not just limited to the experts but also to be enjoyed by beginners as well, with the right guide and tools including suitable freshwater fishing boats. Fresh water fishing allows anglers to appreciate nature and even support nature conservation through their fishing jaunts.

For a satisfying and comfortable fishing trip, a suitable fresh water boat is critical. There are many kinds of fresh water fishing boats readily available, ranging from the all-purpose boats, bowriders, dinghies, deckboats, electric boats to even houseboats for a fishing getaway.

Some of the popular fresh water fishing boats include the aluminum boats, bass boats and the inflatable boats. All the different kinds of boats have their own merits and unique features. Its ultimately the fishing enthusiasts’ preferences, budget and the fishing spots that determine the freshwater boats selected.

Aluminum boats are usually small and lightweight as expected of the popular metal. These fresh water boats have proven to be durable especially for freshwater fishing. Their simply crafted design which feature riveted aluminum hulls with bench seats make them versatile to be operated in shallow waters, inlets and coves, among other fish-friendly spots that are usually not accessible by other kinds of boats. Measuring from 8 feet up to 24 feet in length and usually taking up to 8 people and being trailer able make these fresh water boats popular with both beginning and seasoned anglers. Usually powered by outboard engines, the aluminum boats offer two steering options- tiller and remote.

Bass boats are another popular type of boat especially in tournaments, but they are also commonly used for fresh water fishing by seasoned fishing enthusiasts. These boats have low and sleek profiles though the tournament style models can stretch up to 18 feet long with up to 250 horsepower. The fresh water fishing boats used for casual angling to relax with a few friends or another family member can be smaller in size and engine power. Being purpose built to get to the bass quickly, these have bigger outbound engines and storage space to keep the live catch and other fishing tools. It is common to find raised casting decks or platforms in the bow of the boat or even in the stern area. Bass fishing boats can be made from fiberglass or aluminum, giving owners more options.

Easy to store and transport, the compact design of the inflatable fishing boats can belie the power and durability of these popular fresh water fishing boats. These versatile boats can be used for motor sports, scuba diving and both saltwater and freshwater fishing trips. The inflatable catamaran styled ones can also be good enough for white water rafting as well. Their versatility and durability is a big attraction among the freshwater fishing hobbyists.

The Fastest Growing Water Sport – Kayak Fishing and the Evolution of Kayaks and Fishing Hand Paddles

Paddle sports are the fastest growing water sport today. Kayaking, canoeing and rafting are now destination activities. With all the green and eco friendly activities available, paddle sports have dominated the outdoor adventure scene. Paddle sports are low impact on the environment, inexpensive, thrilling and always memorable.

Not to be left out, the fishing and sporting communities wanted in on this explosion. Kayakers, anglers and sportsmen merged concepts and technologies. Along with diversity came opportunity. New specialty equipment, gear and accessories evolved. Fishing kayaks and kayak fishing hand paddles evolved from this call to action.

With the rapid growth of paddle sports, there has been a definitive diversification of the sport into various disciplines. All the technological and manufacturing advancements have fueled the sudden increase in the sport. Kayak fisherman and kayak sportsman have recently dominated the growth in the paddle sports arena.

Kayak fishermen, also known as kayak anglers, and kayak sportsmen require specialty equipment, gear and accessories to effectively pursuit their sport. Their fishing kayaks and fishing hand paddles are specifically designed to accommodate their dynamic environments and distinctive sporting activities.

Kayak anglers and sportsmen have designed boats for easy access and mobility. Many facets of their kayak design reflect accoutrements that were found only on motorized fishing vessels. Today you can find rod holders, live wells, storage compartments, battery wells, fish finders, anchors, etc. If they can fit a specialty fishing accessory on a twelve to fourteen foot kayak, they will try to get it on there! They even have twin hulled, foot propelled and battery operated kayaks for the hard core anglers.

For ease of access and dismount, the anglers use a modified version of the sit on top kayak, or SOT. SOT’s were a natural conversion platform for kayak anglers. These boats are self bailing, meaning that any water that gets in the kayak will be drained away by gravity. Getting on and off is much easier that a sit in kayak. Turning or sliding around to access tackle or gear behind you is much simpler evolution.

With this approach to fishing from kayaks, came another conundrum that caused problems in the kayak angling community. How do you paddle and fish at the same time? Think about it. Can you hold your fishing rod and a kayak paddle at the same time?

Paddling your kayak and fishing at the same time became a comedy on the water. It takes two hands to wrangle a seven foot kayak paddle, no matter how you hold it. Throw in a fishing pole, and you soon realize you need three hands!

Kayak fishing hand paddles evolved from pioneering anglers solving this problem with ping pong paddles, Kadema paddles, modified badminton racquets and the sort. They could hold onto their fishing rod and with the other hand paddle their boat stealthily toward their prey.

It soon became apparent that flailing a seven foot paddle is not conducive to shallow water, or skinny water fishing. The fish can see you! The best way to sneak up on your prey is to glide stealthily toward them. While holding your fishing rod, using a little six or seven ounce fishing hand paddle to propel your kayak, about 16″ long, is perfect for the task.

Catching Trophy Walleye and Water Temperature

If you are looking to catch Walleye trophy fish what is the best thing to do or not to do?

Let me say first that, Walleye fishing is what you make of it and only experienced anglers understand that it is often a game of chances, and when these fish shut down there is no way to turn that frown upside down.

Now, the key word to focus on here is catch, and in order to catch you need bait and for the wily but aggressive walleye it won’t be just any ordinary bait.

But before we get into feeding this toothy critter, let us dwell on the nature of your prey for a moment. Walleye grow from a fertilized egg to 1 ½ to 2 inches by late spring and to 4 to 6 inches by autumn. They start out with plankton and quickly change to small aquatic insects and then to minnows.
Once they achieve six to eight inches in length, in order to maintain their size their diet will be mostly minnows. Unfortunately for the walleye this becomes their downfall.
In order to maintain their size and still grow they must eat almost on a continuous basis and they must do this throughout their life because they never stop growing. I think that of all the factors to consider in a successful strike, water temperature would rank high on the list.

In fact it has been found that the feeding frenzy peaks for walleye when the water temperature hits 64 degrees F and that water temperature has a lot to do with locating this elusive prey.

Spring

So, you will want to look for Walleyes in the spring to gather and spawn in gravelly or sandy bays with winds that stir up wavelets. This action is necessary to expose areas to lay the eggs, keep the eggs aerated and prevent them from being silted over. This is of course for ideal conditions for spawning. You will also find them off shoreline bars or in open water gravel flats.

Reservoir walleyes spawn over a three-week period, primarily after dark, in water depths of 3 to 12 feet. However, they are highly adaptable and if necessary you can find them in waters 36 feet deep. Again, water temperature is important because spawning will occur when the water temp rises to 48° and during this time and up to 10 days later the females rarely bite. Now, the good thing is that after the spawning, they go on a month long feeding pig out.

At this time you will find them in 15 ft. of water or less because the low angle of the sun allows them to stay in the shallows. After all is said and done the biggest drawback of spring walleye fishing is inconsistent weather.

Summer

In summer, walleyes frequent sand bars and points mostly at night, feeding on crayfish and minnows. Now as waters warm throughout the season, walleyes move further and deeper into the cooler, darker waters. While moving to these depths they are often attracted to structure, such as islands, underwater land forms, or deep weed beds. You will find that you will have to work really hard to have any success at this time of year. The reason being is simply that bait fish are plentiful and larger than what you’re offering.

Carp Fishing Tips – Deep Water Or Shallow Water

The margins are that area which is very near to the bank. Many beginning carp fishers think the best chance to catch a fish is to cast as far as they possibly can toward the center of the lake. Carp are in these margins during daylight and the hours of darkness. Therefore the margins provide an excellent opportunity to improve success.

The angler could simply drop the bait below the rod tip and be fishing the margins. However this probably not the best location to fish since it is to close to a person. Carp by nature are wary and cautious. They are easily spooked by sudden movements, noises or vibrations. They may be swimming close to the angler in the margins but this does not mean that they are going to be comfortable enough to feed while in such close range. It is best to fish the hook bait as far to the left or right as possible when fishing the margins. In this way the angler can move move around a little bit more without taking the chance of spooking a fish which might be investigating the bait.

When fishing the margins try to locate a spot that has features which are attractive to carp. Simply putting the bait anywhere in the margins would be the same as casting a bait into the open water while hoping for the best. Try locating areas in these margins with suitable features like a dip or shelf on the waters bottom, a patch of weeds or gravel, a sunken branch or a clear spot where the fish might have previously fed. It will be worth the effort to put the bait near either of these features since carp like to hang out in these kind of areas.

Some carp become so wary that the slightest unnatural things in the water will spook them. Including fishing line. One way to overcome this problem is by pinning the line to the waters bottom. When the line is pinned down the fish can swim around without touching it which might spook them. A back lead should be used in order to pin the line the waters bottom. A back lead is a weight which has a plastic clip that is attached to the line. This will sink to the bottom taking the fishing line with it. A paper clip and a small ledger can be used for a home made back lead.

One of the advantages of fishing the margins is that a carp won`t have to be reeled in as far as it would if it were hooked twenty yards toward the middle of the lake. However this does not mean the fish should just be quickly reeled in. It still needs to be played to ensure that is tired before attempting to get it into the landing net. Trying to rush a fish and get it in before it is ready very often leads to a lost fish while it is making a powerful dash for its freedom.

No need for those long and accurate casts while fishing the margins. Simply walk to the desired spot and drop the bait. Then walk back to the anglers station and put the rod in its rest. If an angler is not confident with their casting ability then margin fishing is ideal. The tackle can be be baited and put in the exact same location every time.

Another advantage of margin fishing is that eventually loose bait will accumulate around the hook bait which will be attracting more fish. Pretty soon they will become confident and begin to devour the hook bait. Building a bed of bait at long range and then consistently casting the hook bait back on the bed can be very difficult. With this method the hook bait can be dropped on the bed every time.

Many beginning carp fishers will continue to ignore the margins and cast long distances in order to catch fish even though this is a mistake. The margins actually do produce some really large fish. This method of fishing is so simple that it makes it ideal for anglers of all levels. So for an opportunity that has as many carp to catch as any other location give the margins a try. You will have to be quieter and keep vibrations to a minimum but fishing is meant to be a tranquil sport anyway.