Tying a good Fishing Knot

February 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing Methods

There are several things that you will want to keep in mind if you want to tie good fishing knots. First, the quality of your fly fishing knots will directly affect how well you can fish. The knots used are typically the weakest point of a rod and line assembly. This is due to the fact that the line is usually weakened when it is tied, and is often responsible for line breaks and the loss of fish. The first step in making certain your fly fishing equipment knots are secure is to make sure you lubricate the knot as it is being tied. Using a liquid to lubricate the knot will lower the amount of friction heat generated when you are tying your knot. When heat is generated during the typing of the knot, the line is weakened and can snap under strain.

Next, once you have lubricated and tied your knot, you need to test the knot. This is done by pulling on the leader and the line and seeing if the knot holds. It is best to do this because you want to ensure there is a good amount of strength in the knot before you cast your line and discover the knot was incorrectly tied, resulting in the loss of your fish. If you notice that your deep sea fishing knots seem to slip, you will want to make certain that you are tying your knots correctly. A properly seated knot will not slip or move when put under strain. It is always suggested that you trim your fly fishing knots prior to casting your line. The trim should be done as close to the knot as possible without nicking or otherwise damaging the knot or line. This can be tricky at first, but once you have practiced, you will be able to trim the knot cleanly.

If your knot is lose and you did not properly seat or test the knot but trimmed it, you will notice that your knot is much more likely to come loose. This is due to the fact that the knot is not tied tightly enough, allowing movement within the knot. This is something that you will want to avoid as it can result in the loss of the leader and your fish. When you tie sport fishing knots, make certain that you are careful in how you grasp your lure and leader. It is extremely easy to cut your finger on a lure if you are not careful when you are typing these knots.

Salt – A good addition to Bait

February 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Carp Bait

Adding rock salt or sea salt to ground bait or paste will improve your catch rate.
The addition of salt gives that extra flavour which carp and general coarse fish are attracted to.

Do not use table salt, as there are added chemicals which may harm fish. Read more

Bream

February 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Coarse Fish Species

Common Bream are one of the larger members of the Carp family found in British freshwaters. Mature bream are known as “Slabs”

Bream Statistics:
Scientific Name: Abramis brama
Maximum Weight: 18lb
Average Weight: 3-4lb
Maximum Length: 14-16 inches
Life Span: 15-25 years

Bream Characteristics:
A mature bream has a dark back and a greenish tinge with silvery grey sides and a whitish belly. Young fish are silvery and known as “Skimmers”. Bream are relatively thin fish, but make up their weight due to the depth of their shape. The are easily identified as larger fish have a hump shape and their mouth face downwards as they are bottom feeding fish.

Where to Catch Bream:
Slow moving rivers and canals. Gravel pits, lakes and large ponds.

Feeding Habits of the Bream:
Bream are often found feeding on soft bottoms, so muddy areas are best. They feed in shoals so if you catch one be prepared for others.

Bream Baits:
Maggot, meat, sweetcorn, hemp, bread flake

How to catch a Bream:
Popular methods include waggler or pole fishing methods with a simple float and hook.
Feeder methods with maggotts and ground bait in the feeder with maggot or corn on the hook.

As they are a shoal fish, when you hook one try to throw a few maggots in to keep the other bream feeding and not spooked.
A bream will often put up a good fight, but then just float to the surface ready for netting. The fish are very slimy and will leave a trail of slime in the net!

Perch

February 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Coarse Fish Species

The Perch belongs to the family of Perciformes – fish with spined fins. It is a hunting fish a will often feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Statistics:
Scientific Name: Perca fluviatilis
Maximum Weight: 7lb
Average Weight: 6-8oz
Maximum Length: 20 inches
Life Span: 13 years

Perch Characteristics:
The Perch has striking looks well suited to its predatory life. Its flanks are olive green with six or seven black stripes, camouflaging it among weed and reeds.

Where to Catch a Perch:
Perch can be found in any freshwater system, lakes, rivers, streams, canals and ponds.

Feeding Habits of the Perch:
The Perch is a predator and will use weeds and reeds against its colour to blend in with the environment. As the fish or bait passes by they will strike. At certain times of the year, Perch will group to feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Baits:
Small fish, fry, worms, maggots, meat

How to catch a Perch:
Popular methods include waggler or pole fishing methods with a simple float and hook.
Feeder methods with maggotts and ground bait in the feeder with a double red maggot on the hook.
Spinning – Small mepps spinners are very good.