While many anglers simply cast a line hoping that a fish will come around, sight fishing is the practice of looking for fish with your eyes, then casting directly to them.
It’s a unique style of fishing that seems to have more in common with stalking game than traditional angling. Sight fishing takes patience and practice, but when done right, it can be one of the most enjoyable forms of fishing you’ll ever experience.
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Many anglers will whisper and speak in hushed voices for hours, then they’ll drop their rods, stomp their feet, and make all kinds of racket. The noise on the boat reverberates through the water, scaring off fish for miles around, so keep movement and noise to a minimum.
Accurate casting is essential for sight fishing. Once you spot a fish, you need to place your lure in the perfect position, or your trophy will keep cruising along. Take the time to practice casting with the rod, reel, line, and lure that you will be using during sight fishing. Whether this is a fly rod or a spinning reel, accuracy will lead to more fish in the boat.
One of the most noticeable indicators for fish is the action of “tailing.” While feeding, species like bonefish, redfish, and permit will have their mouths to the floor, with their tails up higher. In shallow water, you will be able to spot the tails sticking up over the surface, advertising the presence of your fish.
If you can see a fish, a fish can see you (or at least the large silhouette and shadow of your boat), so you need to keep your distance and not get too close. Some anglers want to get close so they can see the fish better, but a long cast is a better choice. Keep your distance and fish will stick around for you to catch them.
If you sight a fish, deliver a perfect cast, and put the lure right where you want it, but nothing happens, what should you do? Many anglers will move on; after all, that fish isn’t biting, so let’s go find another one that is. However, taking the time to deliver three or four different lures or baits to a fish may trigger the strike you are looking for. Don’t give up just because your fish passed on the first lure.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.