No reason to discriminate when fishing for right bait.Byline: FISHING By Gary Lewis For The Register-Guard
My fishing tackle is sorted in clear plastic boxes, labeled and divided in tidy categories. Lake trout lake trout
or Mackinaw trout or Great Lakes trout or salmon trout
Large, voracious char (Salvelinus namaycush) found widely from northern Canada and Alaska to New England and the Great Lakes, usually in deep, cool lakes. , salmon, steelhead, kokanee kokanee
a freshwater salmon of lakes and rivers in W North America [after Kokanee Creek, in British Columbia] , rainbows, brown trout brown trout
Prized and wary European game fish (Salmo trutta, family Salmonidae) that is favoured for food. The species includes several varieties (e.g., the Loch Leven trout of Britain). The brown trout is recognized by the light-ringed black spots on its brown body. , bass and catfish - when I'm packing for a trip, I grab a box and go. But sometimes I wonder if I'm making it too complicated.
I've found that a lot of the gear that I used to use for bass, I'm now putting to work on brown trout, rainbows and steelhead. Last month, I fished out at Long Hollow Ranch near Sisters, and after the fish quit grabbing my flies, I switched to my new CastAway Castaway
shipwrecked sailor; lost for eleven years. [Br. Lit.: “Enoch Arden” in Benét, 316]
commander of H.M.S. Bounty who was cast adrift by mutinous crew. [Am. Lit. spinning rod and a crankbait. I was casting for bass, but I was catching 16- to 20-inch rainbows and brown trout one after the other.
We make distinctions based on what we think the target fish will eat. But the fish is basically asking two questions. "Can I eat it?" Or, "Will it eat me?"
Going back through my journals, I find big rainbows that ate my bloodmeal bait when I was targeting channel cats; hatchery hatchery
a commercial establishment dedicated to the hatching of bird eggs to provide day old chicks and poults to the poultry industry.
the contents of unfertilized eggs. Used in petfood manufacture. rainbows that attacked crankbaits; and grayling grayling, common name for a brilliantly colored fish belonging to the genus Thymallus, of the family Salmonidae (salmon family), and closely allied to the smelt. Graylings are found chiefly in clear, cold, fresh waters of the Northern Hemisphere. that ate plastic grubs. The first time I tried a Body Basics beadhead egg fly for trout, I caught a bass. My friend Bob Pengra landed a big carp that smacked his spinnerbait while he fished for bass on the John Day.
Several years ago, when swim baits were the next hot bass fishing craze, a few people employed them for big browns and bull trout, with astounding a·stound
tr.v. a·stound·ed, a·stound·ing, a·stounds
To astonish and bewilder. See Synonyms at surprise.
[From Middle English astoned, past participle of astonen, results. We tend to classify lures into neat little categories while the fish look at each bait as a potential meal.
I have always loved big minnow minnow, common name for the Cyprinidae, a large family of freshwater fish which includes the carp (Cyprinus carpio), and of which there are some 300 American species. The European minnow is Phoxinus phoxinus. imitations. There's something about a painted balsa wood Noun 1. balsa wood - strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats
Ochroma lagopus, balsa - forest tree of lowland Central America having a strong very light wood; used for making floats and rafts and in crafts or polycarb impostor that speaks to me of the big fish that might eat it.
Last summer, I fished a Fish Belly Twitch Bait for the first time. It's a slender lure with big eyes and sticky hooks. Neutral buoyant, it neither sinks nor rises to the top when you pause the retrieve. Little twitches drive the brown trout and smallmouth wild.
Lately, some new 2008 model lures have crossed my desk, and I plan to put them to work at the earliest opportunity. Lucky Craft Lures (www.luckycraft.com) entered the swimbait market with the Real Bait Premium Trout line. These lures have swimming action and liveliness due to eye placement, fin position and jointed body action. The front hook is a blood-red Daiichi to give the fish a target. The weighting system was designed to match the weight of a live fish. The T130 is 136mm or 51/2 inches long and will be available in 10 finishes.
Lucky Craft Lures' Real Skin Slender Pointer is a thin suspending jerkbait with three red Daiichi treble hooks. This means wherever a fish hits this bait, it gets stuck. And the lure is covered in real fish skin - sewed together and glued to the lure.
The new baits feature Lucky Craft's weight transfer system, so even in the wind they cast like a bullet and suspend horizontal in the water, to stay there no matter how long you pause them. Expect an erratic side-to-side action and a running depth of three to four feet.
Growing up with a fishing rod in Oregon and Washington, I never learned how to fish with live minnows. It's against the law in both states. If you want to stay within the rules, but want to feel like you're cheating, try Berkley's Gulp! Alive! It comes in different shapes and sizes. The bucket I have is full of three-inch pseudo-minnows, charged in smelt-scented gravy.
Berkley's goal for this product is to mimic and literally replace live bait. Scent dispersion creates a "zone of influence" that makes this lure more effective the slower you fish it. Run a single red hook through the back and let it hang below a bobber. Rig it with a small jig head and crawl it through the rocks or bounce it on a dropshot setup. However you would rig a minnow, you can fish this bait. Try it for channel cats, crappie crappie: see sunfish.
Either of two deep-bodied freshwater North American fish species (family Centrarchidae) that are popular as food and prized by sport fishermen. Native to the eastern U.S. , bass, predatory rainbows and browns.
Here I go classifying again, but the fact is big fish eat little fish and they're not particularly fussy when the potential protein value is high. Often, a big baitfish bait·fish
n. Chiefly Chesapeake Bay & North Atlantic Coast
A small fish, such as a minnow, used for fishing bait. imitation is the only thing that will provoke Mr. Big. He's hungry. Invite him to dinner.
Gary Lewis is author of "Deer Hunting Tactics" and "Hunting Oregon." He can be contacted via wwwGaryLewisOutdoors.com.