Like any angler that lands the Big One, I like to think luck is the crossroads of preparation, ability and opportunity.
The dead-calm conditions afforded us a stunning view of blacktip sharks, permit and frantic baitfish breaking the surface across the gigantic flat.
The question we get asked most often is: "How do I pick out a good fly rod and reel without selling a kidney?"
At daylight we awoke to a screaming wind coming from the northwest, a direction that severely limited our fishing opportunities. Plus, the temps bottomed out, dropping more than 40 degrees from the previous day.
Fish in the summertime can be a finicky bunch. Some days they want a crankbait moved quickly halfway between the surface and the bottom, other days they want a jig tipped with soft bait bounced aggressively right on the bottom. And then there are the days when they want something worked very slowly, and they want the bait right in their face. The only effort they want to expend on those days is to open their mouth and inhale a minnow or leech or nightcrawler. There are times when live bait will help you catch more fish. But, if you want to catch fish on those days when the bass, walleyes, panfish or pike are being super-selective, you need to use lively live bait. Here are some things you can do to make your live bait livelier.
Many years ago, after cutting neighbors’ lawns for several weeks, I had enough money in my pocket to buy my dream reel—a Mitchell 308.