Every angler, at one point or another, dreams of what it would be like to become a tournament angler and for some, it even becomes a reality. However, you should know that it’s not as easy as one may think! I am by no means a professional angler, but I have fished my fair share of tournaments, and I continue to work hard towards my passions of becoming one. In this blog, I will talk about some tips and tricks to help you out when it comes to tournament season!
It felt just like another striped bass that morning. Reeling in a catch from 50ft of water, it was heavy and with no real fight in it. Finally, when I had it thirty feet from the boat, I saw a flash of its side and that’s when the line peeling began. With the rod bent over, I held on as the reel screamed. I had just hooked into my personal best striped bass coming in at 27lbs fishing at San Luis Reservoir, a fresh water
reservoir. What an awesome experience!
I know I talk a lot about crankbaits, but I throw them more than anything else in the world. My favorite being Strike King's XD series, which has opened up a huge world for me, one that was very unfamiliar not too long ago.
Hi fellow anglers! Early spring fishing is finally here and it seemed like a great time to write a short blog post about tips on how to select the right baits for the early season. This is a short video review of what size of baits to start off with and how/when to consider progressing up in size during the fishing season, watch here:
For the longest time, the angling community has shared their fishing experiences via word of mouth. How else would you be able to describe the experience with the conditions and the details?
Even if you were lucky enough to have a friend standing there with a camera or smartphone to get a photo of you holding the fish, there's still not much to go off of about the story of that catch.
For myself, sharing our experience with the community is important. Every time that I listen to a fellow angler or read a thread on a fishing forum about a certain angling experience, I tend to learn something. Any good angler learns from their own experience, and the word of others as well.
With all this detail in every story and in every catch, the pictures of the catch that anglers have shared contain a nice shot of the fish but doesn’t tell anything of how it was caught, what that battle was like, what was used, or how the fish was even hooked up. No good story started with the end and yet a picture of your catch only provides just that. Anglers need a better tool, something that can tell their story for them. For me, it's a GoFish Cam. With it you can actually capture and share the entire angler’s experience from the cast, the bite, the hook set, the fight and landing the fish. GoFish Cam allows you to capture video of that fish, full of life, in its environment.
Instead of showing a friend a picture of a fish and having to tell a full story, try capturing a video of that catch, let them live the story versus hearing it, and see the difference in their reaction!
As a last point, what’s funny is I’ve focused on what happens if you get a catch… but what about if you don’t end up landing it? “Let me tell you a story… of the biggest fish that got away!” How many times have you heard that before? Well, there’s never really been a way to actually know what that was or what happened… until now!
Check out a clip of a big one getting away here:
Interested in giving bottom-fishing a go? Great! I've gone ahead and highlighted the Top 10 issues that anglers face when bottom-fishing below. Make sure you know what's to come and tips to avoid them so you can bottom fish better!
As a tournament angler, I require the right knot for the right application. The knot can mean success or failure. Quality line is extremely important, but even the best lines get nicked, cut, stretched and wear out. It is important to re-tie regularly to ensure you don’t lose your expensive lures, in-line fishing cameras, or other in-line equipment, and most importantly that fish of a lifetime.
Fishing is a great hobby for all ages. Anywhere around the world you'll find communities of enthusiastic anglers. If you're thinking of getting in on the action, here are a few tips to catch your first fish!