One of the beautiful things about blogs is that you can write about many diverse topics, and today, the topic I’ve chosen is weird fishing tips. Why talks about that, in the TFG boating blog? Because you boaters are almost certainly fishers, as well – and if you aren’t, well, you ought to be. And last week when I took my kids fishing, they were shocked when they discovered first-hand that one of these weird fishing tips was true.
Weird Fishing Tip #1 – When speckled trout are feeding on shrimp, bubble-gum pink will out-fish natural shrimp color patterns. I have no idea why, but this is a fact that experience bears out. The next time you go spec fishing in an area where there are lots and lots of shrimp, give it a try – you’ll see!
Weird Fishing Tip #2 – You can sometimes free a snagged lure by tensioning the line, and plucking on it like a guitar string. You have to get vigorous – we’re talking Megadeath, not Jimmy Buffett. And it works much better with braid than mono. But when all else fails, give this a shot and every now and again, it’ll save you from breaking off.
Weird Fishing Tip #3 – Hot-dogs make excellent topwater baits. You don’t believe me? Try rigging one up, and see just how easy it is to walk-the-dog. Plus, it leaves an excellent oil trail. And when the fish want a little more splash, just slice off the rounded end and carve a concave face onto the ‘dog. (Warning: each hot dog is only good for one or two fish, so bring an entire package if you plan on fishing all day).
BONUS TIP OF WEIRDNESS: When you need to sweeten up your artificial offering, fish eyeballs often do the trick. Just pop one out of a baitfish or a keeper in the cooler, and thread it onto the lure’s hook.