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Summertime, and the fishing is easy

Wed, Jun 06, 2012 at 12:00AM

Millions of people enjoy recreational boating, and most of them probably have their own ideas about the types of fun and activities that they want to enjoy aboard their boat. Fortunately, our Monterey boats are designed for different people and a variety of sports and activities, so there truly is something for everyone.

If freshwater fishing is on your list, we’ve got some tips for you.

Freshwater fishing consistently tops the list of favorite outdoor sports, and one reason is that it can be enjoyed by both beginners and experienced boaters alike. There are nearly 45 million freshwater anglers just in the United States. So whether you’re interested in extreme sports fishing or a laid-back attempt while puttering around a lake, freshwater fishing is a classic recreational boating activity and one that families everywhere enjoy.

How do people get hooked on fishing? It’s probably the variety – of fish, bait, rods, methods, locations, and levels of expertise. For sport anglers, largemouth and smallmouth bass are two of the most prized catches, but the list of possibilities is long.  

There are always plenty of things to keep in mind when you’re fishing, but these basic tips provide a general overview: Be organized – have all your gear, bait, cooler and such ready. Choose the right bait and line – the size of your bait should match the prey the fish are accustomed to, and the weight of your line should match the size of your bait. Keep weather and temperature in mind – bright sunlight and strong winds can bother fish, and they tend to be less active during hot, muggy days when water temperatures are also uncomfortable. Use good hooks and strong lines – it is very frustrating to have to talk about ‘the one that got away’ because you were not able to successfully hook it or it breaks your line while you’re reeling it in. Use the proper tackle – a twisted line and snagged bait also make it hard to catch fish, so be sure your tackle and trolling methods match the species you want to take home. This is one of the most vital freshwater fishing tips, and beginners should read up on it or ask a more experienced angler before they set out. Finally, make sure you bring sun, wind and rain protection – the weather is unpredictable – and clean your hands, and everything you touch, often.

Read some safe fishing tips here: http://www.takemefishing.org/fishing/fishopedia/fishing-safety/fishing-safety-tips.

Saltwater fishing is quite a different animal, and the topic for another blog.

Stay tuned, and good luck! If it’s something you learn to love, you will soon appreciate the old saying, “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.” 


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