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From the Fishers Mouth - 15 March 2011
« on: March 17, 2011, 12:01:33 AM »
From the Fishers Mouth
15th March 2011

Fishing is portrayed as a relaxing pastime. Sitting in a boat with waves lapping gently, whilst you lounge with a cold beverage waiting for a nibble, sounds like an idyllic way to pass time. However it’s not often that such relaxation affords results by way of a fish on the end of the line.

Fishing in fresh water in particular is much more challenging than in the ocean. The diversity of species available to anglers in salt water allow options for one of the many species swimming about to nibble away, but fresh water fish are far more difficult to tempt.

To achieve regular success in our inland rivers and lakes, you need to be able to locate where the fish are living, and present them with a lure or bait that they find attractive.

As anyone who fish’s regularly will attest, identifying where fish are congregating is the single most important aspect to success. To put it simply, if you are not fishing where the fish are, then you are very unlikely to catch one. If you fish where there are higher numbers of fish, there is a far greater chance that one of the fish in that school will make a mistake and eat your lure or bait.

To catch more fish, you need to spend time and energy looking for where they are living and concentrate efforts there. Despite this strategy, you may not get a bite from even the biggest school of fish and again, you need to move on and search for a fresh group of fish.

The dream of sitting back, heaving in fish after fish is shattered, as the constant effort required to find and tempt fish means that your day on the water is very active.

Using technology to locate fish and structure that can hold fish is the key to spending more time fishing where the fish are, rather than fishing fruitlessly in barren waters. Fish finders are the most important tool in this regard, allowing you to see under the water and identify fish and submerged structures with vivid detail.

Most boats these days are equipped with a fish finder of some sort, but they all work on the same basic principle. A sound wave is pinged below the boat and anything that reflects this wave is recorded on the screen. The strength of the signal reflected back is indicative of the size of the object. The larger the object, the bigger the display on screen.

This is simplified significantly, but the easiest way to learn what the screen is showing is to drive over an object in clear water (Blowering is perfect) and compare what you see on the sounder with what you can visualise under the water with your eyes.

Image: Late afternoon on an inland river is a special time as James MacDougall demonstrates


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