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7 Secret Fishing Tips

 
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The Boat Man



Joined: 18 May 2008
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Location: Perth Australia

PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:36 am    Post subject: 7 Secret Fishing Tips Reply with quote

Hi All,

Below are a few basic secret fishing tips. Have a read and add some more if you have any.

1) Clean your hands before you start fishing. Don't clean with regular soap but try to go for something more natural that won't scare fish off. The chemicals from perfumed lotions and soaps which we all use will be transferred to the bait when you touch it. Fish don't like this taste so get your hands clean. If you cant wash with natural soap, try washing in the water you are intending on fishing in or rubbing some fish oil into your hands. Stinky fishy hands are everything that a fish would want!

2) If fishing from a boat arrive slowly at your fishing destination. If you arrive in a blaze of glory you are sure to send the fish swimming away.

3) Keep your hooks sharp or if you can't be bothered, buy new hooks often. Blunt hooks are next to useless. If the hook doesn't accidentally catch the tips of your fingers then it is too blunt.

4) Keep your gear in good condition. Most amateur fisherman use there gear and leave them in a storeroom for the next 6 months to rot away. Make sure to clean your gear with fresh water after every use. You should also do a proper clean of your reels at least once a year. This clean should be thorough to ensure the longevity of your equipment. You should pull apart the reel to clean it and to oil the inside mechanics. Don't overdue the oil otherwise you may damage the fishing line. Use a few drops of oil sparingly.

5) Use a net to bring your fish onboard. The greatest opportunity for a fish to escape is the point directly after you pull it from the water. Use a net to ensure your prize catch doesn't swim off in a hurry.

6) Keep all algae and weed chunks off your bait, line and rigs. Algae and weed will scare off the fish so make sure your line is clean.

7) Look for darker water. If you can see clearly through the water then the fish can see clearly back at you. Rough water, dark water and deep water are all good places for fish to hang out.
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Mr.Grimm



Joined: 11 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Boat Man -

Good tips for the basics. I have read all these in books and now that they're online they don't seem so secret.

For point number one, skip the soap and don't contaminate the water you're about to fish. Just grab a handful of dirt and rub like heck. The beauty shop calls it exfoliation but it gets rid of the smells fish find disdainful.

I hope power boaters fishermen or not will read well point number 2 as someone else's blaze or glory clears out the fish too.

All in all here's to cleaning the fish you catch!
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The Boat Man



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just use the salt water and wash my hands for around a minute.

I also try to not use de-oderant on the day (probably going a bit far and the others on the boat don't like it but helps with the fish!).

The worse thing is when a jet ski zooms past and really spooks the fish! Very annoying.
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