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Any of you guys or gals into fishing? Huntin seasons over so i've been breakin out the fishing gear. We can fish year round here in alabama but hunting takes over during the winter months.I like spring and summer bass and crappie, but night time jug fishing is what gets my blood pumping. The feeling of launching the boat at about 8 pm and throwing out about 90 jugs baited with shad. Then when they start to runnin the fun is on. You never know how big the fish is till you pull him up, 20 pound cats are common our biggest so far went about 50lbs. We can easily fill two coolers a night if the moon is right.

How bout ya'll anybody else here fish?

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Work is for people that don't know how to fish!!!
We've got trout, bass and crappie all year.
Spring and fall steelhead runs.
Salmon, halibut, sturgeon, rock fish and bottom fish in the spring and summer.
When the warm ocean currents flow within small boat range. We can chase after those lightening albacore.

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We actually fish more than we hunt. Hunting seasons are brief in Colorado, but you can fish all year round! Our mountain lakes are still frozen, but should be thawed in about 2 weeks or so and the rivers are running muddy from spring run-off, so not too much fishing right now.

During the winter months its ice fishing and summer months its fly-fishing! I'm ready for warmer weather!!

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I really enjoy trolling after the cohos (silver salmon) during the spring and summer months.
They usually weigh in at between 8 and 12 pounds and when hooked, you get some great acrobatics.
When the day is heavily overcast, they will be running at 5 to 15 feet from the surface. This year I'm going to try a 7 to 9wt saltwater fly rig. Outstanding, I'm looking forward to this years days on the water.

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Would someone please explain this jug fishing to me. I've been hearing about it only a short time and near as I can tell, ya tie some line on a colrox bottle and throw it in the water. Is this just a take on a trot line?

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Here is the best explanation I could render up. If you want to look at the basics your'e right about the clorox bottle with a line. But that's like saying hunting is shooting deer. It's true, but it's also much more than that. Basically jug fishing is a way to have as many lines in the water as you can handle and catch a nice mess of catfish for some good eating. The line, usaully cotton twine, is attached to a large hook on one end and the bottle on the other. You bait the hooks and drop the jugs over the side of the boat. You lay a long line(they aren't attached to each other or anything but the hook) of them usually in a circle or half circle with each one 10-15 feet apart. Then when they are all out you watch them with a spotlight when one starts moving out of the normal pattern it usually has a fish. We have used 20oz, 2 liter, bleach bottles, and milk jugs for a long time. But lately everybody around here has began usuing what we call "noodles". You take one of those 5ft long foam pool toy "noodles"(hence the name) with a hole in the center and cut into 1ft sections and insert a 16in piece of 3/4" PVC pipe in the hole. Then drill a hole in the exposed end of the pipe and attach your line. We attach a small loop of nylon line to the pipe end and add a swivel on the loop then attach the cotton twine to the swivel this helps keep the line from breaking.

It's different from a trot line in that you have to stay with the jug. A trot line you can bait and come back in the morning. With the jugs you stay out all night, we usually put out first jug in at about 8:00pm and pull our last jug out at about 5:00am the next morning. Then seein how we're already there we fish topwater bass and then go home and sleep until time to go to work .

Here is a pic from one juggin trip last summer. The cat on the left(of pic) weighed almost 20lbs the other weighed about 10lbs. The night we caught the 50 pounder we left the camera at home.Nobody ever accused me of being the sharpest tool on the shed!! lol

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Thanks for the reply bnowo7o7. I'd headr about that jugging deal in a few other places but couldn't find out what it was.

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Yeah anytime. But if your'e ever down around Birmingham, Al during the summer and want to try it send me a PM or email. We fish a resvoir about 35 min east of B'ham.

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Im into fishing big time, i usally fish Georgian BAy located in approximetly in the middle of ontario (i think) I basically go for anything out there, i ahve my spots were i know i can catch certain types of fish. Basically i fish for bass pike musky trout and salmon

when i get board i get the ultra light rod out and go fo sunfish always fun Big smile

i am also interested into getting into fly fishign this year, anyone else do it is it hard to learn?

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A key point in fly fishing is to make sure your equipment is matched. That you have the proper set up for the kind of fishing, stream, river, lake, blue water, etc..., and the rest is practice.

I picked up a 12 wt set up the other day. Blue shark and Halibut on the agenda.

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u need different types of fly fishing rodes for different bodies of water??? Is it not just a general rod i could use for all Bass pro shops has some combos for like $300 thinking about getting one of them for a learner. Will they be ok for what i am doing (looking into rivers open lakes pond moving water) pretty much any type of water i want to use it in

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