Saturday, March 23, 2019


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6 Jerkbait Fishing Tips that Catch Bass

Here is a great fishing video to help anglers catch more bass with jerkbaits. This is not your cold water typical jerkbait video. Check it out! Lots of fish catches!
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How To Cure Fish Ich

Fish ich is probably one of the most common fish diseases among aquarium fishes. But how much do we really know about this disease?

The term Ich is a simplified form of Ichthyophthirius which is a type of ciliated protozoa. Similar to germs in the air, Ich is always present in fish tank water although in small quatity. But when the immunity level of the fish is significantly lowered probably because of stress or sudden drops in temperature that they become vulnerable and are afflicted. Another very common way that Ich can spread rapidly is when a new fish is placed into the fish tank with your other fish.

Ich swims freely in the water until it finds its victim and attaches itself to the fish. It is easy to notice Ich even under low microscope resolution, looking like a round mass. Once it happens upon its victim, it will attach itself to the host’s skins outer layer. When this happens, it wil begin to form a hard cystic like shell and feeds on the bodily fluids of the fish. These cysts can be seen by the naked eye, looking like white specks and after spreading more, it makes it appear as if the fish is covered in salt. Upon maturity, the cysts will pop and the parasites drop off the fish, falling onto the gravel, ornaments, plants and anything else.

At this stage they will begin to reproduce into the free swimming Ich that starts its cycle all over again.

Ich exists in nature but because of the ratio of water to fish, it does not cause much damage. But in an enclosed system like a fish tank where there usually is more fish than allowable, this causes infections that can be truly severe.

A very important fact to remember when treating fish ich is that while it is in its cyst bubble, it is shielded from any medication so treating it then is a waste of time, it is after it has falen from the cyst and is free swimming that it can be killed easily. Usually the fish ich life cycle takes approximately three days so to effectively heal the fish you would have to treat them for four to seven days.

Instead of using harsh medication like what many aquarists do, there are more natural ways for you to conduct your treatment as follows:

The first thing you can do is to increase the temperature of the water to between 85 to 88 degrees, since ich do not reproduce well in warmer water.

The next thing to do is to increase the aeration in the water by adding air stones so that there will be more oxygen for the fish. Fish ich also infects the gills thus limiting the ability of the fish to breathe.

Thirdly, add one teaspoon of canning and pickling salt to each gallon of water to reduce the osmotic pressure. This helps the immunity system of the fish to effective combat the ich. The salt in the water is also deadly to the ich.

Fourthly, do half tank water changes everyday. This removes a big amount of the free swimming ich. Water changes are extremely important in fighting ich outbreaks. Also vacumm the gravel every two days.

Finally, while I would prefer not use chemicals as much as possible, if the fish ich persists use a proper treatment specific for ich such as Rid-Ich which available at most fish shops.

Once your fish have won the batlle against ich, they generally develop an immunity to it and will be resistent to further outbreaks. But to ensure that it does not happen again, simple fish tank maintenance will do wonders and changing the water regularly is essential. Also, always quarantine fish that you have just bought for a couple of weeks before adding it to your established aquarium, no irregardless of how healthy the fish may seem.

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Bass Fishing Tips for Bank Anglers!

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What’s the best way to fish a crankbait? Professional Bass Angler and four time Bassmaster Classic winner, Kevin VanDam, shows you how to fish one of his favorite spring lures.

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Shore Fishing Tips

Shore fishing is a great sport and a fun way to spend the day fishing. It is fairly easy to do and not complicated, in fact it is one of the easier ways to fish that there is. In this article I am going to give you a few tips on how you can make shore fishing more fun for you and your family.

The location at where you plan to spend you day fishing is very important. Although you will be limited as to where you can go seeing as you do not have a boat, you can still choose from a few number of spots as to where you can go fishing. Ideally, you will want a location where there is lots of rocks, and weeds. This may be a problem for some people as they are afraid that they may get a few snags and lose their lures, but this is where most of the fish are. If you want to find the fish you need to look for sport as to where they will be.

The recommended lure to use for shore fishing depends on what you are fishing for. Bass tend to love Crankbaits, while Walleye will go for jigs and Powerbaits more. You can always experiment but usually these are a good basis to start from.

Time of Day
If you plan on going fishing from the shore, try to go ether in the early morning or in the late evening. These are the best times for fishing as this is their usual feeding time. If you are having trouble with shore fishing, then try out some of these tips and see if any of them work for you. The best way to go about this is to keep trying new things. If one thing isn’t working then leave it be and try something else. If you do this, you are guaranteed to find something that will work for you eventually. In the long run this means that you can expect to catch a lot more fish on your future fishing trips.

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How To Breed Discus Fish

If just maintaining healthy Discus in an aquarium is a challenge successfully breeding them and keeping the fry alive is even more so. Discus are fussy about their mating partners so just throwing any two opposite gender fish in a tank won’t do it. They are selective.

Out of a group of eight Discus perhaps only two will pair up. A signal that the pair is ready to spawn is when you see them nipping the glass of the aquarium. Remove the pair to a breeding tank. A nearly vertical surface like a vertical tube or rock should be in the tank. The female will lay from 100 to 200 eggs on the vertical surface and the male will follow her fertilizing the eggs. Both the male and the female will guard the eggs not allowing other fish to come near. After 2-3 days the fry will hatch. Occasionally you will one or both of the parents nibbling at the eggs in an attempt to help the fry hatch.

The parents will move the fry to another area of the tank by mouthing them. They will attach the fry to this new area by sticky filaments. Baby Discus are not good swimmers. The fry feed on a mucous secreted by the parents skin, not exactly mother’s milk but it seems to work for the Discus. In 4 or 5 days the fry will be attached to the parents by the filaments and continue to feed off the secretion. In about 10 days the fry should be removed to their own tank and fed commercial food.

Discus can be fostered but it’s an involved process. After the eggs have been fertilized by the male, the surface and the eggs of course should be removed to a one gallon jar that is placed in a five gallon tank that has been filled with water from the breeding tank. The jar and the small tank should be exactly the same temperature as the breeding tank. The small tank should have filter and heater and maintain a temperature of 88 degrees F. The jar should have an air stone placed in it to maintain a current.

The eggs should hatch in 2 to 3 days and the babies start free swimming in 3 to 4 days. Now comes the challenge. The water must be changed and the fish fed every 4 to 6 hours. The water in the tank is used to change the water in the jar. The temperature of both the tank and the jar will be exactly the same. Clean water changes of 90% and the water at the same temperature is critical to the success of raising the fry.

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Tautog Fishing Tips

Tautog, also know as Blackfish, are extremely tough fighters and very sneaky fish that can be difficult to catch. However, they are great on the dinner table.  We will go over some useful information about how to catch these fish.

Anchor Retrieval System
A good anchor system uses two ropes, one attached to the front of the anchor, and the usual anchor rope attached to the back of the anchor.  The rope attached to the front should have a small buoy on it. When you drop the anchor make sure the ropes don’t wrap each other, as this will defeat the purpose of the second rope.  When it comes time to pull the anchor up, motor up carefully to the buoy, bringing in the other rope as you approach, then grap the buoy and pull the anchor in the rest of the way using the buoy rope.  This pulls the anchor from the front, pulling it right out o the bottom and any rocks it may have been stuck under. 

Boat Handling

It is necessary to anchor the boat over the rocky structure that Tautog prefer.  This can sometimes be very difficult, if you don’t get over the structure you wont be catching any fish.  Once you get the boat anchored, remember that an area can be fished out, so it is necessary to let out anchor line as you fish to cover new ground.  Make sure that you are anchored so that letting out line wll still place you over structure.

Tautog like to hide among rock piles and it isn’t unusual to lose a lot of rigs when fishing for them.  We use a very simple rig which helps reduce the loss of tackle to a minimum.  A simple monofilament leader with a loop is tied onto the line and then a hook with a leader is tied to this length of mono leader, with the hook able to hang down to the level of the loop.  Then we tie a small loop with 12lb test mono, these are used to attach the sinker to the leader loop.  This lighter sinker loop will break before the main leader does, and it is the sinker that often gets hung up with this rig, since it hangs down below the hook.  This way you usually only lose sinkers.


We use crabs for bait.  It is easy for us to catch them at the dock and is doesn’t matter what kind they are (except for spider crabs, we don’t use them). Most of the time we remove the legs, claws, and cut the crab in half, then remove the upper shell before placing it on the hook.  If it is a very large crab we will cut the halves in half and use quarters

Let your baited rig down to the bottom.  It is necessary to keep the line tight so you may feel the hit, otherwise the bait can be lost with no clue to the fact that there was a bite.  If the boat is swinging back and forth, do not let the rig drag across the bottom, this will hang it up for sure.  Always lift it off the bottom and let it back down as the boat moves. Banging the sinker on the bottom will make noise which can bring the tautog in to investigate.

The Bite

With Tautog, you will often feel the tap-tap-taps and will want to instantly try to set the hook.  This does not usually work, you need to wait until you feel the taps become tugs, then try setting the hook.  If the fish is hooked, get him away from the bottom as quickly as you can so he can’t get hung up in the rocks.  Remember not to lift the head out of the water as you try to net the fish, this is a good way to lose him.

When to Fish
In the fall when the tautog bite is really on you can catch a lot of fish, and they can be pretty easy to hook.  During the spring and summer, they are not so aggressive and tautog fishing can be somewhat frustrating.  Late October and early November are usually the best times to fish for them.  Time of day is not usually an issue, far more important is tide, which needs to be running for the bite to be on.  Slack tide in not usually very good.


Chris Bell has fished Rhode Island waters for 11 years. Before that he was a writer and PC administrator. He now guides Tautog fishing charters out of Jim’s Dock in RI on several boats and in the winter writes on various aspects of fishing for stripers, flounder, and other species and fishing techniques.

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