Books with Tips & Techniques How to Catch Fish

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What Fish Don’t Want You to Know: An Insider’s Guide to Freshwater Fishing

Largmouth Bass Fishing tactics

Largemouth Bass Fishing Tactics

Surf Fishing, How to catch fish in the surf

Surf Fishing Guide

Catch Fish with your Fishing Lures

How to Make Fishing Lures

Trout Fishing Secrets

Secrets from the Trout Fishing Pro’s

Trout Fishing Secrets

Fly Fishing for Beginners,  learn to catch fish on a fly

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Flyfishing Unleased

Flyfishing Unleased

Learn to fish, Trout Fishing Extreme

Tout Fishing Extreme

A young Boy Learning to catch fish

As a young boy of only about 7 or 8 years old where I lived in the state of Indiana, I remember on many summer days walking to the nearby park to go fishing.  I was very adventurous even then.

I don’t remember learning how to fish or how to catch fish but my dad loved to go fishing and so did my brothers.  I expect my dad took me fishing since I was very young but by the age of six I knew enough to fish on my own.

On the days I walked alone to the park to go fishing I didn’t dare take my dad’s fishing rod and I must not have had one of my own so I carried a piece of string, a few small split shot leads and some hooks. 

Where to Catch Fish

Near the bridge and beside the storm drain that poured into the creek there was a cement ledge where I could sit that dropped off into a deep hole.  That was my favorite fishing place.  In the small slow moving creek, I knew the fish would be in the deeper holes.  The creek was always a little muddy so I couldn’t see the bottom or any fish but I knew they would be there. 

I had heard from my brothers who were about ten years older than I that there were carp and catfish in the creek.  They would also sometimes catch a black or a white sucker there too.  I remember them even bring home a big snapping turtle one day.  They nailed it to the tree out back in our yard and pulled the shell off to clean it. Once I remember they brought home some bull frogs they had gigged and we ate frog legs for dinner.  However these were only occasional events and since I was much younger than they, I seldom got to tag along with them. I was often on my own but that was fine with me. I enjoyed exploring on my own.

Finding fishing Bait

At the park I had to find my own fishing bait. Looking under some rocks I could usually find bugs or worms that worked great.  If it was too dry to find anything under the rocks I would catch some flying grasshoppers or find some crickets.  Sometimes if nothing was found I knew that almost anything could work for bait.  My brother once caught a carp on a piece of his white tee shirt and I have even caught bluegill and bass on nothing more than a shiny brass colored hook.

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I placed the bait, whatever it was, on the hook and dropped it into the hole just over the cement ledge.  I usually fished on the bottom but sometimes I would use a small bobber.  Both would get results but I learned that different types of fish could be caught at different levels in the creek.  Through experimentation I learned how to catch fish in this little fishing hole.

Fishing on Bottom or Using a Bobber

I found that fishing on bottom I often caught bullhead catfish and sometimes a carp would snatch my bait away.  When I used a bobber I was more likely to catch a bluegill, sunfish or shiners.  There were also a few small bass and goggle eye in the creek that could be caught either on bottom or with a bobber. I don’t think my brothers even knew there were bass in there at least they never said they caught any. So began my learning about fishing. I learned what baits to use and where to fish.  For the next several years I fished that creek from one end to the other. 

By the time I was 9 or 10 I had a bike that I could ride for miles to fish and hunt in every woods that surrounded the small town of Tipton.  I loved going out to the woods or creek every chance I could. I liked to hunt squirrels in the woods and rabbits along the railroad tracks.

Those were the days we didn’t worry about letting our kids out to play. I would even ride my bicycle through the middle of town carrying my pellet rifle or my dad’s single shot 22 under my arm. At that time no one ever considered it to be a problem. I can imagine what might happen these days if you tried it.

Fish in Small Creeks and Streams

With my bike I was able to fish the creek far out both sides of town. Then I found and started fishing other nearby creeks too.  Some were filled with smallmouth bass because some creeks looked too small to have any fish in them.  People would not bother to fish these tiny streams but I learned that even the smallest of streams had holes where bigger fish would grow and hide. 

How To catch Fish and What to Use

By this time I had a good fishing pole, a fishing reel and an assortment of lures.  I learned how to fish these small streams and loved to be the first one, probably in several years if ever, to toss a floating plug into a new hole.  Almost every time, BAM, a bass or goggle eye would come clear out of the water to grab that lure.  Top water lures are my favorite for fishing little streams. When I come up on a hole in the stream just a toss over the deepest part is all you need.  No need to twitch or move the lure. Let it set, be as patient as possible, it very likely will draw a strike. Let it float clear out of the hole before retrieving.  Then, if the fish watching it did not take it, it will surely grab the swimming lure before it leaves the water.  A big part of learning how to fish is learning patience.

Small Stream Advice on How to Catch Fish

Don’t ever think a stream is too small to have fish.  Unless there is some heavy pollution or someone else has fished the stream out recently there are often big fish in it.  I want to caution you though that a very small stream can be thrown out of balance or over fished easily. If you want to continue to catch fish there, catch and release is the best policy. A couple nice sized fish per season will not hurt but don’t keep everything you catch there or the next year you won’t catch anything.

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