Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Gathering' started by GreenFrog, May 30, 2016.
My best friends Togue caught trolling a lure. I deep fried it.
delicious looking Lake Trout!
Ultra lite spin, or fly rod for trout and yellow perch. Both are a blast.
Brutal day today.
I wanted to try out my new rod and reel and finally had a chance. I also picked up some hollow body frogs and some double treble hooks to properly rig the solid body frogs I already have. From everything I've read and watched, two hooks are better than one on a frog.
I cast the hollow body frog in my favorite pond and WHAM!, Strike. And no fish.
After a dozen hard strikes and fish jumping and spitting the lure out, I cut the legs shorter as I've seen done. Then I cut them some more when the same thing kept happening. I couldn't hook a fish for the life of me. But man, I was casting like a pro and that topwater frog was a dream to fish in the scum covered pond
So to heck with this.
I rigged up one of my TNT solid body frogs with the double treble. Same thing and then finally... a nice healthy bass.
Not a great pic (I can't seem to get the hang of holding a fish with one hand and the camera with the other), but he fought like the dickens and I LOVE my new setup.
I just can't for the life of me figure out how I missed so many. I was hooking them better (and in the top of the mouth) with a single Texas rigged hook that technically probably shouldn't even be used for a frog. But everything about the two hooks along the side of the frog was saying it should have been working.
Could it be the pole? It's a much stiffer pole, but I was varying my hook set to try to hit on something that worked. I paused before the set, I (tried to) set the hook right away, I waited long enough to feel the fish fighting... he either spit it or I yanked it out of it's mouth every darn strike but that one. And several times the fish struck again after spitting it out.
But at least I caught a decent fish when I did manage to get the hook set properly.
I think I'm going to try a single hook again and with this same setup and see if I go back to nailing them. Something wasn't working right.
Landed almost a 2lb mackerel the other day, forgot to snap a pic. The sabiki rig I was trying had larger hooks than I normally use, and even though the macks were schooling right in front of me there were almost no bites, save for a few hard bites that weren't hooked, I assume they just bit the feather from outside. So all in all only brought 4 fish home, but that honker was twice as big as my previous largest. Landing around a 1 pounder from shore is great, as most are 6-12 ounces in these schools.
No frog feedback?
I found a video last night and the guy said to wait THREE seconds before setting the hook. Seems like a lot, but we will see.
If I miss today I am also bringing another pole with a frog with a single hook to toss in right away.
All bee Bach.
As I suspected, the bass were not hitting anywhere close to how they were yesterday.
I did manage to catch one on one of the topwater frogs though. And I did wait three seconds before setting the hook. Darn near had to go get my pliers he swallowed that frog so deep.
But I had half a dozen strikes where I waited three seconds and the bass had already decided it didn't taste right to him. Maybe I'll try some scent on the frog next time.
Single Stout hook works better for the "unrigged" frogs IMO. The pre rigged- like SPRO frogs work better sometimes. I almost always pull the frog away on the initial blow up out of a knee jerk reaction. Sometimes I will hook up- but if can not get a second bite on the frog- i will follow up with a big plastic unweighted worm crawled over the same path and let it flutter down the blow up hole. If they feel any steel- they generally will pass 8 times out of 10...if they only feel plastic- your chances are far better.
They should definitely feel less steel with the topwater frogs that come already rigged with a hook along each side. The ones I rig has the hook running along the bottom/belly before turning upwards. And really, I thought the bottom jaw pushing up on the hook while the top jaw pushed down on the frog body helped expose the hooks more on that style. Of course the hollow body topwater lures will collapse when bit, exposing the hooks more along the side.
I must have just gotten lucky that one day I was hooking up left and right. No pressure and hungry fish. Now they are wising up.
Smallmouth and sunfish fishing.
Some days things just go your way. I used to really like to hear Rick Clunn talk about the power of positive thinking with fishing. I have even heard Bill Dance talking about the same general idea lately- about the confidence on certain casts- that a fish will "be right there".
Well it just wasn't one of those days today. Two hours and only two little mackerel to show for it. Fished from the breakwater with a sabiki rig, same as always. I think these mackerel really only seem to like an incoming tide along with morning/evening timing.
Oh, and by the way, does anyone have a line on some simple diamond jigs that aren't super expensive in 1/3 or 1/2oz?
My first fishing trip since before my surgery. Six catfish broke the 20lb test line before I could get them up the ten foot bank. So I had to settle for this little one. Next time I'm taking the big guns! Caught on spinning gear using a cut up bluegill for bait. Weather was great, warm sun and cool breeze!
Checked Ebay or Walmart? I got some Hurricane brand Kastmaster clones a few weeks ago. Half the price of name brand.
I took a 12ft painting pole and attached a landing net to it. Handle was hollow so I slid it over the pole and bolted it down.
Works great on alot of things but crabs and crawfish. Its a catch and release net so it's stiffer rubber and they can crawl right out
That's a good idea! I think I'll. Do that too. Also I hooked 4 turtles and one was a snapper about 30 lbs. No way I was hauling him up the bank! I did manage to get the hook out of their mouths with a long stick so it wasn't to bad.
Thanks @Paulyseggs looks like ebay has some good options. Its seems silly paying a lot for the simplest jig design in a piece of cheap cast steel. Id make em myself if I had the time.
Selftied dry flying ant, Tenkara rod.
Self tied red head grub, Tenkara rod.
Cinnamon 3" Gary Yamamoto bait; wacky rig.&
Hot red power worm;
Spent an hour on a creek with a buddy after the Tenkara Summit and i caught about 20 browns on a black kebari
Stopped by the New River at Whitethorne this evening. The red eyes were on fire again. I fished for about 2 hours . Stopped counting at 25 and taking pictures after these first five. I used my TFO Professional II 8’ 4wt. Lamson Liquid reel with a Orvis HD Trout WF4F line. Fly choice was “The Yellow Tail” for the two hours, unfortunately I went threw everyone in my box and lost them all. Snagged everyone on the rocks and logs in the hole I was fishing.
Crayfish _ Taught my brother the technique over the phone - told him he could make a funnel trap out of a plastic bottle and drop it in the creek behind his house.
2hrs. 20 crayfish. This was his first foray into 'foraging' or eating anything he's caught. I could see the smile in his eyes (thanks to facetime)
11" Slate Run brookie. Caught on a Green Wienie. Obviously a fly. He was released.
Slate Run is a fly fishing only stream in north central PA.
Went swimming in the ocean with friends yesterday. They didn't last long because the water was cold, but I waded back out to surfcast for mackerel. The conditions we're bad but I managed to get one little guy on a sabiki rig cast from standing waist deep in seaweed. I'll have to remember to snap pics from now on so I can better contribute. Beautiful trouts fellas!
A green sunfish in a self tied with the Tenkara and a wounded grass pickerel whom didn't I didn't hang around for publicity.
Trout through the ice.
Had a crappie drive home.
A little green halfway through,
But it got a little sunny towards the end.
Salmon fishing in Alaska
Tenkara, selftied beaded bugger;
I REALLY want to say white perch but I can't be sure. Had a perch dorsal and the behavior on the fight and take said perch..
@CivilizationDropout it looks like a shiner to me.
FINALLY got out today to fish this year. Its been a very bad year for me. I ended up with 9 channel cats. All were between 5-9lbs. I could not take any pics because of all the boats out today. I could barely stand it there were so many other boats out today.
glad you got out @tomme boy ...I have been missing your catfish pics with the bright colored sinker rigs.
i concur- that looks to be a rather large golden shiner- probably make great bass or musky bait.....
caught a Megalodon last month on coelacanth bait 20 lb. test
Just a few photos from this year.
Jack in Florida on Fly
Northern Pike in Wisconsin
Steelhead on Lake Michigan
Walleye on Wind Lake Wisconsin
That's impressive! Time to head for Scotland and try catching Nessie!
Nice variety! Congrats!
Mahogany Snapper caught on a nice hobo reel made by @HannahT
Cast netted sardines for bait
I'm enjoying the reel, Hannah. Great job on it and thanks again!
already hooked nessie had to toss her back too small besides it was time for haggis.
Two of the walleye from my latest trip to the Quetico. We also were catching big bass, pike and lakers.
Got skunked in the big lakes where everyone is fishing, but found a hole in the trees where the dam let's out and caught us some small ones. All tenkara.
Son holding his fish of the day, caught on his $5 made in China tenkara rod.
Awesome catch!! I'm glad you're enjoying the reel!
Chubs are a hoot on Tenkara, greens and other sunfish are great time wasters as well... Looka like fun!
Snakehead in South Florida, they are really becoming an issue down here! Their killing all the native fish.
Trout (650 grams).
Spinning rod and Kinetic mini wobbler
Nice brown, Tor! It's good to see you on the score board!
Two little rainbows caught with a little spoon lure. I used some pliers to get rid of the barbs on the hooks, as these little guys are catch and release even though they meet the 8 inch minimum length for trout here in Oregon. Don’t know why anyone would keep such small fish... they’re too pretty to kill anyway.
That is a golden shiner also known as a big bass bait
@Jakuka check out the way you have that hook snelled. The line should come in from the other side. It makes the hook act like a trigger and curls into the mouth. The way you have it it can trigger the hook to roll out of the way of the mouth. If that makes sense.
Check out youtube for other vids about it.
Good eye Tomme! Actually, I wondered if anyone would notice. Lol. I normally prefer and use a bent eye hook when I tie up snell rigs. Bummed this one off a friend when I ran out, tied it up and before I realized I goofed. Throwing to snapper and palometa the other day as the sun was setting I said screw it and didn’t bother retying again. But, had I been chasing big cubera or jacks with my heaver then you betcha I’d have never left it to chance.
I fish with my buddy and one of his sons every week. Yesterday I caught this cat and wasn't going to put it in the boat. I was just going to unhook it in the water and let him go. My friend's son insisted on a pic. I'm the ol' guy just relaxing and enjoying a day on the water. Look at the sky...what do you think? Is it going to rain?