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Deep Water Tactics for Lake Trout and Bass on Lake Jocassee

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Verticle techniques for DEEP water trout and bass.

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Minn Kota Riptide SP Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with CoPilot

  • Minn-Kota trolling motor, Owners manual, Warranty card
  • New Deploy-Assist Lever
  • CoPilot is standard, new redesigned foot pedal is available as an option.
  • Digital Maximizer

Product Description
Get optimized saltwater performance with Riptide SP’s reengineered electric steer control, new deploy-assist lever and a host of features that set the standard for power and control. Comes standard with CoPilot hand control. New redesigned foot pedal is optional. This motor features 55lbs of thrust and a 48″ shaft…. More >>

Minn Kota Riptide SP Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with CoPilot

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MinnKota Power Drive Foot Pedal

  • Fits power drive and riptide electric steer motors
  • Corded minnkota power drive foot pedal

Product Description
Replacement Micro Touch foot pedal for Power Drive and Riptide electric steer bow-mount motors…. More >>

MinnKota Power Drive Foot Pedal

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Electric Trolling Motors and Big Trophy Fish

When stalking big trophy sized fish in a lake or pond it’s important to be quiet. Even though paddling or rowing a small canoe or boat is probably the quietest way to “hunt” for your prize fish it may not always be practical. For example you may want to use a larger more comfortable boat that allows more fishing buddies. In my opinion the proper use of a high-quality electric trolling motor can maximize your chances to lure and land that big beautiful trophy fish that you can proudly mount on your wall.

By the way, here’s a real nice trolling motor for your Bass Boat.

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In a previous article I mentioned how important is to be quiet when stalking large trophy sized fish. You might think it’s strange that I used the word “stalking” to describe what is normally referred to as fishing. When targeting big fish of any species, it’s important to recognize that those fish are indeed intelligent. Most people think of fish as being stupid. That may be the case for small young fish. But even those fish are born with instincts for survival. They will be spooked by loud noises and sudden movements.

Big trophy fish, on the other hand, have survived so long because they’ve learned how to survive. In a heavily fished lake or pond, it’s quite likely that the big trophy sized fish have heard many boat motors, seen numerous lures, and heard fishermen talking loudly and banging the sides of their boat. Some of these fish may have been hooked and managed to escape. They have also seen their companions hooked and brought aboard a boat to never return. It’s not uncommon for fishermen to be reeling in a hooked fish and see another fish, or its mate, follow the hooked fish all the way to the boat. The large experienced fish, I am convinced, learned by these experiences. They associate the sights and sounds of fishermen, their boats, motors and equipment with danger.

I will even go so far as to say that I believe fish can hear and recognize the sound of electric trolling motors. It’s commonly known that humans, when compared to animals, have a very restricted range of audible sounds. A good example is a dog whistle. The human can’t even hear a dog whistle but every dog in the neighborhood hears it clearly. The point I am trying to make is that it’s important to purchase a high quality electric trolling motor that is precision machined to produce minimum noise.

I know of a fisherman in Vermont who works at a local bait store. During the summer he fishes early in the morning for trout and nearly always catches some big beautiful fish. He told me that he uses a small rowboat with no motor whatsoever. He puts out a live shiner on a small hook with no other terminal tackle such as a split shot or swivel. Then he rows slowly and quietly, making sure that the oar locks have been properly greased so they don’t squeak. While I myself would consider using a small trolling motor he swears that his catch is much smaller when he uses a motor of any sort.

That being said, the next best thing is an electric trolling motor. If you purchase a quality named-brand motor you will have the best success with catching big fish and avoiding problems, like noise and break-downs, which happen with the cheap motors. I suggest using the motor to position your boat in a desirable spot and then shut it down and either still-fish or drift with live bait or lures. I have also had good success slowly trolling with a live shiner at least 80-100 feet back from the boat. It is advisable to use an additional stinger hook, one that slightly trials the bait, in the case of a “short strike”. Be sure to troll slowly enough to allow the bait to swim naturally. Lures that I like for trout include the Phoebe and Thomas Buoyant.

In conclusion I would like to recommend a brand of trolling motor that I have used for years. Minn Kota, in my estimation, makes the most reliable and quiet trolling motors that you can find. If you happen to be in the market for an electric trolling motor take a look at Minn Kota first. I think that you will be glad that you chose superior quality over a less expensive and most likely noisier model. Now go out and catch yourself some big trophy fish. But don’t forget to be quiet… it may make the difference between catching tiny fish and large trophy fish that you can be proud of.

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15.2 lb Trout! – Fishing for Trout and Salmon – Trolling Caught 15.2 lb lake trout and even nice-size salmon! An awesome day on the water. To learn more about the Viper Spoon, watch this video Watch this short trolling for trout video where we tell you where we were fishing, how we were fishing, and what we were using to catch those dandy lake trout and salmon!

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Catch Big Fish Using These 6 Easy Tips

Anyone can learn how to catch big beautiful trophy fish by following some common sense tips and techniques. Maybe you’ve never caught a really big fish and you’re wondering why. I’m willing to bet that if you’ve spent much time fishing you probably had at least 1 “big one that got away“. That happens to everyone, including experienced fishermen who forget to follow some basic rules. The tips I cover here will be targeted at freshwater fishing but apply to both fresh and saltwater. Learn how to locate, lure and land that fish of a lifetime.

First of all you don’t have to spend a lot of money or travel to exotic locations to catch trophy fish. Almost any pond or lake that has water year-round and enough depth to support fish during both cold and hot dry months, will hold a good number of big fish. You can even catch huge trophy fish from shore if you know how to find the right spot. I have caught large Bass, Walleyes, Trout, Salmon and Pike from the shore. I have also caught saltwater Striped Bass, Bluefish and Sharks from the shoreline. Here is the basic outline for success. We will go into more detail in future article and on my website.

Striped Bass Caught from Shore During Spring Run

  • Use Large Real Bait

What do I mean by real bait? Well I mean the things that fish actually feed on to live. Do you eat plastic steaks? Do you cut pictures of food out of a magazine and eat them? Of course you don’t and neither do big fish. While imitation lures do have their place and time, all they do is imitate Live Bait. Also to eliminate catching small pesky fish, use bait that only trophy fish can swallow. I’ve used 12″ shiners in Florida and 6″ perch in New England, where it is legal to use smaller fish as bait.

  • A Quality Reel is a Must

A quality fishing reel makes all the difference in actually landing a big fish. This is one place where it makes sense to spend some money.  Once you finally get that trophy fish to chomp your bait after waiting a long time, it would be a shame to lose it because of a cheap reel. A good fishing reel has a finely tuned drag that allows the big fish to run and get tired without breaking the line.

  • Use Thin Low-Visibility Line

Trophy fish did not get big by being stupid! So it helps if the fisherman is smarter than the fish. In lakes near populated areas, fish that have lived a long time have probably seen many hooks, lines and sinkers. So it doesn’t take much to spook a big fish. Use the thinnest line possible and the minimal terminal tackle. Tie the line directly to the hook and use the smallest sinker to get the bait to the correct depth. You can land a 20 lb fish on 4 lb test line if you have a quality reel.

  • Sharp Hooks is a no Brainer?

The need to even mention this is proof that trophy fish can be smarter than fishermen. You can do everything else right and get that monster Trout or Walleye to grab your bait. With a pounding heart you wait that necessary 3 seconds and then pull back on the fishing rod to sink the hook. The behemoth doubles your rod over and the drag screams as he goes on his first run. Suddenly the line goes slack and the fish is gone! What happened is that a cheap or unsharpened hook just pulled right out of his mouth. Dang it! Don’t let that happen to you…it’s painful.

  • Learn your Lake and your Fish

Every body of water is different and the habits and locations of fish can vary considerably. The length of this article will not permit a discussion to cover this subject. One quick example is to locate the thermo-cline in the summer and the fish will be just below it. Some fish come close to shore to feed at night. Some wait at the edge of weed beds at mid-day to ambush bait. Others feed almost exclusively at night or early morning. Your local bait shop can be a great source of information if you are humble enough to listen.

  • Patience, Patience, Patience

“Run and Gun” is a common practice these days that you’ll see on the Bassmaster TV shows and magazines. Power up that 250 HP motor and scream across the lake scaring every big fish within 200 yards of your boat! Yeah that’s perfect for the impatient generation that needs constant stimulus to avoid thinking at all costs. If that’s what you want, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you want to enjoy the beauty of nature, discover your inner self and catch trophy fish, then take it slowly and quietly. Catching the Trophy Fish of your life will be well worth it.  You might even discover that you like yourself.

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Big Trout on Lake Ontario

We had  a Fabulous Day of Fishing on Lake Ontario Last Spring

Lake Ontario Trout

Spectacular Early Spring Morning

  It was a fantastic early spring morning that we set out to begin our fishing excursion.  The water had a light chop and was clear as gin. The scourge of large lakes, wind and thunderstorms, were nowhere in sight. We were looking forward to a fine day of Lake Ontario trophy trout fishing. There were 4 of us, plus the Captain and Mate on the boat that day. Aboard were the 3 Amigos (Mike, Johnny Q., Tommy) and myself enjoying a 3-day fishing trip away from the madness of work and everyday humdrum life.

This trip will illustrate one of the techniques used to fool trophy size Trout in clear northern lake water. Although we were stalking big Brown and Rainbow trout up to 16 pounds, we were using almost invisible clear 6-lb test fluorocarbon leaders. Of course we were taking a chance on a large fish breaking the line, but we were also raising the odds that we would actually hook some big fish. Even in an enormous lake like Ontario, the trophy fish get very smart and wary. They will turn away at any presentation that doesn’t look natural. While heavier line might make it easier to land a fish, we were more intent on quality over quantity.

The technique paid off in a big way! While other boats were having trouble catching anything (the Captains stay in radio contact) we were slammin’ the fish. We took turns at who was next to grab a downrigger or planer-board rod as it was struck by a fish. It was up to each of us to watch intently until a rod tip flew up, pull the rod  carefully out of the holder and play the fish to the boat. With only light leader we had to rely on the proper drag setting of the reel to allow the fish to run until we could pump it toward the boat. What fun we had that day!

Here is a picture of Mike with a beautiful Rainbow trout that hit early on in the day.

Mikes Ontario Rainbow

Mike Holding his Monster Rainbow Trout

Everyone caught their share of fish that day. As the day became hotter and sunny we let the downriggers lower to 15 feet. Early in the morning we had been trolling in only 10 feet of water and just 6 feet under the surface. As the sun gets higher in the sky the fish tend to go deeper. Hoever, since it was early spring the big fish would remain relatively close to shore all day long. Toward early afternoon I lucked into a perfect fat 16 pound Brown trout that put up a glorious fight.

John's Fat 16 Pound Brown Trout

John's Fat 16 Pound Brown Trout

Needless to say it was one of the best early spring days weve ever had on the water. We set back toward shore with smiles on our faces, a good beer buzz, and hearty appetites which we dealt with at a local Italian restaurant. The memories of that day will stay with us forever. Of course we were also looking forward to Summer fishing when the big Salmon would rule!  But that’s another story.

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Welcome to Catch Trophy Fish!

Welcome to Catch Trophy Fish!

Sunset in Vermont

Beautiful Vermont Sunset

The purpose of this website as its name implies is to help you catch large fish of any species more often.  We will offer you pictures, videos, stories, techniques and tips that will make your fishing trips more productive and fun. I don’t consider myself the expert on all things fishing, but with 50 years experience I have a lot to offer. Here’s what you can hope to achieve:

  • Catch more and bigger fish on a consistent basis.
  • Learn to use techniques that become second nature when you finally understand why they work.
  • See pictures and videos of huge beautiful fish and master the methods to catch them.
  • Discover how you can do all this within a short distance from home…wherever you live.
  • Acquire the knowledge of what tackle to use for certain fish depending on conditions.
  • Attain the expertise to catch trophy fish from shore if you don’t have a boat to use.
  • Experience the joy of appreciating nature and its beauty while reaping its bounty.
  • Grasp a new appreciation for the inner beauty that resides within you and all living creatures…by learning quiet patience and peaceful thought.

I will do my best to show you how to start catching bigger fish than you ever thought possible. You can do this without even travelling far from home or spending a ton of money on guided fishing trips.

Of course you may want to throw in a guided charter excursion now and then, but that is more for the type of fishing that you may not have available with your own boat or equipment. For example you may want to go Tuna fishing but don’t have the boat to get 30 miles off shore safely. Or possibly take a 4 person charter on Lake Ontario to catch trophy Salmon and Brown Trout. There are also ways to do that without spending a ton of money.

However, most of the time, by following the guidelines I will present, you can locate fisheries close to home and start pulling out monster fish that you never thought were there. The lakes, ponds or saltwater shorelines that you have fish for years will suddenly start yielding fish that make your heart pound.

Join me and my fishing buddies as we tell our tales of shared fishing enjoyment and show you how, why and where we caught some big beautiful trophy fish. Though this website is quite new, it will grow with time to include rich content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Once again” Welcome Aboard”! The journey is about to begin. Join me and my long-time fishing buddies as we reminisce about past fishing excursions, talk about more current exciting outings and look forward to the new experiences we will share with you. “Tight lines” to all…

A Nice Florida Bass

A Nice Largemouth to Make Anybody Smile

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