Does SondeCAM underwater camera spook the fish? That is definitely a legitimate question and one that needed to be tested. Especially since many people have seen just how sensitive fish can be to a bait dropping near them or to movement in the boat.
We've gotten into my two favorites, lines and monofilament. And while they have a ton of uses by themselves, they also work great in combination. So many times there are situations where you need the low-stretch properties of braid and the invisibility of fluorocarbon.
Chasing panfish on the hardwater is a favorite pastime in the northern states. Chances are if you are a fisherman from up this way, you've pulled at least a few crappies or bluegills through a hole in the ice. I've been a dedicated ice fisherman my whole life, and here are a few tips to put more panfish on the ice.
One of the more unique fishing opportunities that occurs in west Michigan is the lake whitefish spawning run. Every year towards the end of November, they crash the pier heads in full force. They can be caught during the day out in the open water on single eggs or you can wait until darkness and catch them jigging along the pier.
Many northern states are full of small, natural inland lakes. I grew up in an area of southeast Michigan that was absolutely full of them. I could drive any direction and be at a lake within five minutes. These lakes were often small, from a few hundred to a thousand acres or so. It was easy to cover whole lakes in a short period of time and fish didn't have many places to hide. However, these lakes get a lot of pressure both from recreational and tournament fisherman, so the fish can get pretty educated. Here are a few tips and tricks from my time spent on those waters.
There are few things more entertaining to me in fishing than the personality of a spawning largemouth bass. Each one is different. Some are eager to defend their nests, while others it takes a while to get them worked up. The process of getting each individual fish from a negative attitude to a fish aggressively defending its nest can be one of the most frustrating but satisfying ways to fish.
Growing up, my grandpa would take us out on an old rowboat each spring to catch bluegills. All we needed were a set of oars, a fish basket and some simple tackle, and we were ready for some of the fastest action of the year.
Early spring fishing can be feast or famine. Fish are often tightly grouped, but that also leading to a lot of dead water. Location can be everything, and sometimes you have to rely on subtle hints to get you to the right one.