Tips on Choosing Your Fishing Spoon

Spoons are, as their name suggests, shaped like spoons. They come in many different sizes, directly relating to the size of the fish that the angler anticipates catching. The most popular version of this lure is the red-and-white “daredevil,” but they are available in a wide range of colors. From its evolution as a modified eating implement with its handle snipped off, a hole drilled into the narrow end of its surface to accommodate a line, and a hook somehow attached at the other end, the spoon has been specially modified in modern times for specific uses: namely casting, jigging, and trolling.

Casting Spoons

Beginning anglers will undoubtedly assemble a basic fishing kit that contains a casting spoon of some description-usually a “daredevil” spoon that is by definition a “casting” spoon. The daredevil is white and red, but casting spoons come in a wide range of sizes and colors. Such spoons are cast like any other; the movement they make on their retrieval provides a clue to their name. They are thick, have enough heft to allow them to travel easily through the air when cast, and make a wobbling motion as they travel back toward the angler through the water as they are reeled in.

Tips

• A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, especially when it comes to sharp hooks and flailing fishing rods. To avoid ripped skin and torn-out eyeballs, make sure there is plenty of room between you and everyone else around when casting from shore.

• Generally speaking, campers and hikers will want to use fleck-sized spoons with their ultralight rods and reels to catch smaller trout and fish for the frying pan. Spoons weighing in at 1/8 to 3/8 ounces are designed to snare mid-size trout, bass, and walleye. Still larger spoons ranging in the 3/4- to 2-ounce range are designed to catch lake trout and pike when trolled or cast from boat.

Jigging Spoons

The weight of jigging spoons is concentrated at the hook end of the lure, facilitating easy descent in the water. Their shape and weight also encourage them to suspend vertically and be “played” up and down by the angler at the water’s surface. One imagines the spoon moving as enticingly as a silver tray filled with appetizers at a cocktail party, dancing, if you will, in the lonely depths of a lake.

Trolling Spoons

This type of lure is lighter than most of its brethren and therefore is harder to cast than heavier spoons. The payoff when using trolling spoons is that their design allows it to move with an exaggerated motion when trolled through the water. This is one shimmery shank of metal that demands notice!
Spoonfeeding

When it comes to choosing the spoon to use, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Anglers will encounter a range of multicolored spoons lining the aisles of their favorite fishing store. But beauty is only skin-er, so-deep. Success with a spoon depends largely on an angler’s technique in using it. And experimentation is key to successful spoon feeding.

If at first you don’t succeed, try playing spoons in different ways through the water. A slow, steady retrieval will cause a spoon to wobble gently through the water; while a fast, erratic retrieval will demand that the spoon be noticed, although such a brazen display of wanting to be eaten may scare off more timid trout and bass. And size also matters.

Spinners

You’d think we were talking about mirror balls in a discotheque by the sounds of things. A spinner is not a fancy dance move, but a name given to a range of fishing lures that spin in the water as they are reeled in. The principle is an easy one to grasp: A flat, metal sliver spins around a shaft in response to the resistance of the water it is pulled against. The movement of the spinning metal sliver catches and reflects light from the surface, and makes a vibrating noise that attracts fish. Depending on the shape of a spinner’s blade, it can move and act in different ways. A long, slender blade moves slowly compared to a wider, more elliptical blade when pulled through water at roughly the same speed. Generally speaking, you’ll need to choose between fast-spinning, slender spinners, elliptical spinners that provide “medium-action,” and round spinners that turn more slowly. But that’s not the end of the story: Spinners are often tarted up with all manner of decorations designed to attract fish in the way an exotic dancer dresses to attract attention.

Tip: Spinners are available in different sizes. The lighter, smaller versions, like spoons, are better suited to campers and hikers with their ultralight gear.

Spinners sometimes feature brass beads that contribute weight for added casting oomph and determining how far the spinner will drop in the water. A more slender spinner without any fancy doodads is more properly designed for use near the surface, and attracts fish such as pike that swim in that region. Some spinners feature what appears at first glance to be a use that some mad barber has found for hair sheared from the victim of a botched dye job: brightly colored hair covering the “treble hook” at the end of the spinner. Designs such as these incorporate brightly colored animal hair and feathers that appeal to some fish, usually larger species such as muskellunge.

Like every act of angling, experimentation is the key to success, although varying your retrieval technique with spinners will likely yield less of a dramatic result than what you’d have with spoons.

Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits

Like spinners, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are variations on the theme of water resistance acting on a blade of metal and causing it to move in such a way that it reflects light and makes a sound. Spinnerbaits often feature two metal blades mounted on a Y-shaped shaft. The first blade in line vibrates above the blade below it when pulled through the water. The lower blade is often decorated with plastic or rubber skirting.

Buzzbaits are designed to be pulled along the surface and raise a fair amount of commotion because of their design. These lures feature a large spinner positioned in front of colored animal hair or similar material. Especially irresistible to bass, buzzbaits can be cast into weedy and woody areas and reeled in along the water surface.

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Internet Marketing Tips – Dealing With Forum Trolls

Forum trolls…every forum has them. It is a fact of life that you’re not going to get away from. It’s kind of like death and taxes. However, just because they are a fact of life doesn’t mean you have to lie down and do nothing about them. There are things you can do about forum trolls. The main thing, however, is not to become one yourself. This article will explain what trolls are and what you can do about them.

A forum troll is essentially somebody who comes to a forum for the express purpose of causing trouble. That is their main function in life. They will, many times, make an off color remark, usually one that is totally ludicrous, and then sit back and watch the ensuing chaos. They live for this. Well, as a responsible forum member, aside from not becoming one of these yourself, there is something you can do about these trolls.

For starters, don’t feed them. In other words, when one starts a thread for the purpose of causing trouble, ignore them. Don’t respond to their ranting. If everybody would do this, the thread itself would have just one post…the troll’s. Eventually, the troll will get bored and leave. Yes, I know this is hard to do. You just want to take a club and bat these idiots over the head, but ignoring them is the best solution.

Next, report the troll to the forum admin. This will alert them to the problem and they’ll then be able to take care of them by deleting their account. Trust me, most administrators have absolutely no tolerance for forum trolls. As soon as you spot one and report it, it shouldn’t be more than minutes before the pest is out of your hair for good.

I don’t envy people who run forums. There are a lot of problems to contend with, forum trolls being one of them. But if we all do our part, ignoring them and then reporting them to the forum admin, we can help keep our favorite forum from turning into a house of vermin.

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Electric Trolling Motor Tips – Part 2 of 2

Props

Electric trolling motor props typically come in either 2, 3 or 4 blade versions. A 2 blade electric trolling motor prop is made for speed and power. This would be the prop of choice when fishing open water, deep water, and/or big water.

However, a 2 bladed prop does not fare well in the weeds. The weeds will simply get wrapped around your 2 bladed prop, and will eventually prevent it from spinning. This means you will need to constantly stop fishing, take your electric trolling motor out of the water, clean the weeds off your prop, and then get back to fishing.

Not much fun and definitely not how you want to spend your time especially if you’re in a tournament! Besides taking up your valuable fishing time, your electric motor will also be working much harder, trying to turn your prop which is choked by weeds. This will end up using double the amount of battery power, meaning you will run out of power sooner.

A 3 or 4 blade prop will actually eat through weeds, chewing them up along the way. This will allow you to fish the weeds very effectively. Your boat will go where you want it to go, and the prop will remain generally free of weeds allowing you more time to fish.

So although a 3 or 4 blade prop does not have the same power as a 2 blade prop, it gets the nod for fishing weedy areas and typically shallow water lakes or bays.

Bow Mount or Transom Mount

Whatever your preference, bow mount or transom mount, be sure to have a fish finder in close view. It is essential to be able to see the structure you are fishing, as you are moving along with your electric motor… it’s actually a must!

Personally, I prefer a bow mounted electric trolling motors as I like to fish form the front of the boat & I find that the boat is easier to control from this position. A bow mounted electric trolling motor also gets the nod if your main use for your electric motor is working structure.

If you are actually using your electric trolling motor to slowly & quietly troll along, then a transom mounted electric trolling motor is ideal for this situation.

Brands and a Key Tip to Consider

I personally use a Motor Guide, but Min Kota also makes a good electric trolling motor. These 2 brands seem to be the top 2 on the market. I would suggest that if you are comparing the 2 brands, pay close attention to the foot pedal.

The foot pedal is the key part of the operation and you will be spending most of your time using the foot pedal. So you will want to look at both models & ask if you can “test drive” them. Select the one you are most comfortable using.

Foot pedal comfort and ease of operation are important factors to consider when choosing an electric trolling motor.

As we say at Thundermist Lure Company… fish the good life!

Ivo Coia http://www.thundermistfishingtips.com/about-ivo/

Electric Trolling Motor Tips – Part 1 of 2

One of the most valuable pieces of equipment on any boat is an electric trolling motor. Although they can be used to troll with, their main purpose is for boat positioning, or for working structure.

Size

When looking to buy an electric trolling motor, there are a few things to consider. The first of which is size/power. You will want to ensure that your electric trolling motor is not undersized… oversized in this case would be better.

Keep in mind that fibreglass boats are heavier than aluminum. Thus on a typical 17′ ½ foot fibreglass boat, an electric motor with 60 lbs of thrust (or more) would be ideal – but for a 17′ ½ foot aluminum boat, 50 lbs of thrust (or more) would do.

Some other factors to consider when deciding on which size electric motor would be best, would be to consider the type of fishing you will be doing. If you are using your electric motor in river conditions with heavy current – or in tidal conditions or heavy wind conditions, you will want a strong electric motor in order to fight the current.

Shaft Length

Another very important feature to consider is the length of your shaft on your electric trolling motor. If your shaft length is to short, as soon as you encounter some wind and wavy conditions, your prop will be constantly bouncing in and out of the water, with each wave. (assuming your electric motor is a bow mount)

Not only is this bad for your electric motor (i.e. it is not recommended that your electric motor be operated out of eater) but you will also be loosing boat control. An electric motor with a longer shaft may be more cumbersome to lift & retrieve, but it sure does have many advantages.

How high the bow of your boat will be above water, must also be taken into account. The bow of a bass boat will sit very close to the water, so a shorter shaft size on your electric motor may be o.k. Where as a “deep V” boat, like a walleye boat, will sit higher on the water and a long shafted electric trolling motor is almost essential.

Power

If you have a choice between a 24 volt and 12 volt electric trolling motor, the edge should always go to the 24 volt model. The difference between the 2 models is that the 12 volt model will use 1 deep cycle battery, whereas the 24 volt model will use 2 deep cycle batteries.

The biggest advantage of a 24 volt electric trolling motor besides offering more power, is the simple fact that it will last at least twice as long. There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of electric power half way through your day of fishing… especially if you are fishing a tournament!

Until next time, good luck and good fishing!

Ivo Coia http://www.thundermistfishingtips.com/about-ivo/

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