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I am an avid fisherman, and family man and married for 15 years. I have spent that last 5 years in “DelawareO” and have fallen in love with it! Give a man a fish feed him for day, teach a man to fish, and you won’t see him for the rest of the weekend!

Don’t be Afraid to try something new!

DSCF4410Seems like over the last few weeks, I have been asked a lot how I have become such a proficient fishermen.  I will now try to answer this question …so here we go! First and foremost I never really consider myself as proficient at fishing as everyone around me does. There is always something new to learn that will make you a better fisher-person! When you quit learning new ways to fish, and new techniques to try you are only hurting your possibilities of catching fish. When I first moved back to Ohio from Florida – boy I felt lost. When it came to fishing in Florida it was so easy throw some cut bait out and wait on a bite. What I figured out in fresh water was I needed to be well versed in different ways to fish, and not afraid to try new methods of fishing.
The first season fishing in fresh water was a very disappointing for me. I was trying to fish like I was still in Florida fishing in the ocean. While cut bait does work in fresh water it is not near as effective as it is in saltwater on regular basis. After my first season being pretty much a bust, I starting thinking about what I was doing wrong and what I could do different so I would catch more fish. Well my answer came from my wife Jessie – she has fished fresh water since she was kid. Lighter gear and a variety of baits my fresh water fishing was changed forever that day!
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My first step in more success in fresh water was putting down my big fishing poles and picking up an ultralight pole. This move alone helped me catch more fish. The lighter gear allows you to throw smaller baits, and also means that even the smaller catches are fun. After starting to fish with the ultralight pole I started dedicating my fishing seasons to learning how to fish one particular style of bait. By doing this I forced myself to learn how to fish artificial baits. One year I fished with nothing but spinner baits, the next year crank baits, then started fishing soft plastics. Dedicating almost an entire season to learning how to fish with new styles of baits can be frustrating, but the rewards are worth it. I’m always looking to increase my fishing knowledge but by far the soundest advice I can anyone in fishing is you don’t know if you don’t try! So get out there and wet a line take a friend or two with you relax and have fun! Always remember that someone was the first person to try something new that worked that person may as well be you! TIGHT LINES!!

Quit Worrying about Catching a Trophy

About an inch short of being a Fish Ohio Sunfish

About an inch short of being a Fish Ohio Sunfish

Jessie with a bass out one of our favorite farm ponds.

Jessie with a bass out one of our favorite farm ponds.

Yes I read a lot of fishing articles, and have found that most only concentrate on catching trophies. I started writing some articles of my own mostly on what works for me and my family. In that last sentence the last
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First Passport to Fishing Class

On the 5th of April it was a very chilly morning, about 17 degrees with the wind-chill to be exact. To my delight though I still had 14 kids show up for class. The kids that showed up sure were troopers; they endured the hour long class received some goodies, and then went on their way.

Trying to stay out of the wind

Trying to stay out of the wind

Getting registered

Getting registered

While enduring the cold the kids learned about knot tying, fish handling, casting, and also learned some information that pertained to the local area such as places to fish.
Jessie was heading up the casting station with some help form Mike. The little kids really had a lot of fun at the casting station. They spent quite a bit of time at that station practicing casting at hula hoops that were placed about 20ft in front of them.

Jessie teaching the basics of casting before they actually start casting

Jessie teaching the basics of casting before they actually start casting

They were so cold, but they all hung in there

They were so cold, but they all hung in there

Cold, but casting

Cold, but casting

Tim was teaching the fish handling habitat section with some help from Amanda. While at this station the kids learned the proper way to handle fish and learned about the habitat that the fish live in. We had to omit some of the demonstrations at this station due to the cold weather.

Learning about some fish handling with Tim and Amanda

Learning about some fish handling with Tim and Amanda

Elbert and Sharon handled the local information station and did a wonderful job. They taught the kids about the fishing regulations, the Fish Ohio program, and about how to identify local fish species. They also talked to kids about places to they are allowed to fish, and about the proper ways to ask for permission to fish on private property.

Elbert and Sharon at the local information station

Elbert and Sharon at the local information station

I taught the knot tying, and rigging station as windy and cold as it was the kids did a great job and were actually very attentive. They learned how to tie a palomar knot, and how to set up a basic fishing rig, complete with a bobber, hook, and a split shot.

Teaching the little ones how to tie a palomar knot

Teaching the little ones how to tie a palomar knot

Teaching the basic fishing rig

Teaching the basic fishing rig

All in all we had great morning and all the kids left happy they may have been cold, but they were smiling, which was what really matter to all my volunteers, and myself. I will be holding more classes, but I am going to wait for summertime to come along so we can enjoy some warmer weather, and actually be able to get the kids fishing after class. Thank you to all the kids and parent that came out and endured the weather with us to make Whatever Bites Fishing Club’s first Passport to Fishing class a success! Would like to thank Full Boat Baits, Norton’s Sporting goods, Mad Moose Baits, and ODNR for making this possible.
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Miles was the happiest kid ever couldn't take his eyes off his new fishing pole!

Miles was the happiest kid ever couldn’t take his eyes off his new fishing pole!

She was so cold, but she was smiling when she left!

She was so cold, but she was smiling when she left!

Happy camper

Happy camper

Spring Crappie Fishing

My favorite time of year as the ice starts to melt my mind turns; well my mind is always on fishing, but Crappie start to dance in my head. Just short of getting out and catching some Blue Gill just to get some tight lines. Crappie have to one of my favorite fish to pursue right after the ice melts. Crappies are always a great fight on light tackle, and are mighty tasty lined up beside some roasted potatoes!  Let us take a look a couple tactics that should help you put some crappie on the end of your line.

Kaleb with a nice Crappie from Alum Creek

Kaleb with a nice Crappie from Alum Creek

It is important to know that in early spring the Crappie will still be out in the deeper water. They will start to move up into the shallower water as the weather warms up to spawn. When the weather is warm for a few days, and then a cold front comes through it can run them back out to the deeper water after they start to move in. Just keep this in mind when you are out chasing the paper mouths!

Out with Kaleb fishing for some paper mouths

Out with Kaleb fishing for some paper mouths

One of my favorite ways to fish for Crappie is really simple. I like to use a bobber with jig head, and twister tail under it. This set up allows me to work the bait all around brush piles, and stumps. You can slowly work the bait back to yourself with a light popping action that will usually get them to bite. This method has proven to be very successful for me after they move up into the shallower water to spawn, as demonstrated in the video below!

Crappie Dancer rigged under a bobber

Crappie Dancer rigged under a bobber

When the Crappie are out in the deeper water I still like to use a jig head such as a Road Runner, with a twister tail, or more common for me now is Crappie Dancer bait from Full Boat Baits. I remove the bobber when they are in the deeper water and replace it with a split shot about six inches up from bait. I like to let my bait fall all the way to bottom of the lake then slowly bounce it across the bottom. The earlier it is in the season the lighter the bite seems to be just remember not to set the hook to hard or you will rip the bait right out of the Crappie’s mouth!

Crappie Dancer rigged for bottom on Road Runner jig head

Crappie Dancer rigged for bottom on Road Runner jig head

There are many, many different ways to fish for crappie these are just a couple of the methods that work for me, and are the most productive for me. Many people like to use minnows when Crappie fishing set up under a bobber. I choose not to use minnows solely on my own personal preference. Now get out there and get some tight lines, and let see some pictures over at Whatever Bites Fishing Club!

Nice slab Crappie

Nice slab Crappie

Passport to Fishing class on the 5th of April at 11am at Smith park

On the 5th of April, 2014 Jason Campbell and a host of volunteers will be putting on a Passport to Fishing class sponsored by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources. This event will be held at Smith Park on Troy road in Delaware at 11am. This class is being held to help pass down the pastime of fishing to our younger generation, and to teach them about conservation. I only have 6 spaces left in this class, but if the class fills up I will start taking names for another class. This class was made possible by ODNR, Full Boat Baits, Norton’s Sporting Goods, Mad Moose Baits and Whatever Bites Fishing Club. If you are interested in signing your child up please email Jason at jjkc65@gmail.com
 
Here’s a past article that tell more about the program: Let’s Get Kids Outdoors With Passport To Fishing

Tips for Big Bass in Early Spring

I like to fish for anything, and everything that I can possibly get to bite the end of my line. However over the course of the last few years one of my favorite pastimes has been getting out to some of my favorite spots for Largemouth right after the ice has melted off. The bigger bass move into shallower water to spawn in early spring, making them quite a bit easier to get your bait to. I have several tactics that I like to use in the spring to try and get the monsters to bite. It all depends on where I am fishing and how deep the water is. Initially, I like to cover a lot of water with deep diving crank baits fairly quickly. Usually it is in a bright craw dad type of pattern. Once I start to get a few bites I will slow down and start to work that area slower. I usually stick to 3 main kinds of baits in early spring, the diving crank bait, lipless crank bait, and soft jerk baits.

Caught on diving crank bait.

Caught on diving crank bait.

 

This is a diving crank bait in a craw pattern.

This is a diving crank bait in a craw pattern.

 

personal best largemouth caught on diving crank bait.

personal best largemouth caught on diving crank bait.

 

Lip less crank bait

Lip less crank bait

 

Caught on a lip less crank bait in about 1ft of water.

Caught on a lip less crank bait in about 1ft of water.

I am not a huge fan of lipless crank baits, but it is really hard to argue with the results they provide when working bass over in shallow water. The lipless crank bait starts to sink just as soon as it hits the water. I like to work them kind of slow in the shallow water making them look like bait fish in distress, 9 out 10 times the bass just won’t be able to refuse this offering. I do tend to lose a lot of lipless crank baits which is why they aren’t my favorite, but they are defiantly productive. The more you learn the water you’re fishing the less baits you will lose. That is just part of the fun that is fishing. My last mainstay bait in the early spring for me is a soft plastic jerk bait.

Soft plastic jerk bait, and how I rig it weedless.

Soft plastic jerk bait, and how I rig it weedless.

 

Caught on soft plastic jerk bait.

Caught on soft plastic jerk bait.

 

Another bass on the soft plastic jerk bait.

Another bass on the soft plastic jerk bait.

There are many times that I cannot get the larger females to bite.  I can see them just can’t get them to chase anything, when this happens I go to the soft plastic jerk bait rigged weed less. I love this set up because it can be worked very slow, and you don’t have worry about it snagging up when working around cover. I usually keep several colors of these baits in my box. If I am fishing in clear water I prefer to use a more translucent bait than if I am fishing in dirty or stained water.
I get asked how to know what color bait to use? The simplest answer that I have for this question is literally quite simple,. I try to stay with somewhat natural baits.  Match the bait that is swimming in the water, but also have bright colored baits, and baits that are black. If you are not catching anything on the color bait you are using, pull another color out that tackle box and keep on trying. I recommend only keeping maybe 6 different colors in your tackle box one of them will do the trick. Spend the time at the water, and one day luck will be on your side. You will catch a Delaware Monster!

As spring arrives keep those lines tight, and take your kids fishing!

Let’s Take a Tour through my Tackle Box

 

This is the gear that goes on most every fishing trip.

This is the gear that goes on most every fishing trip.

Time to take a virtual walk through my tackle box, and my other fishing gear! I have a lot of tackle in my box so I’m ready for whatever the fish decide to throw at me. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you have [Read more…]

Fishin’ Files- Sunbury’s up ground reservoirs #1 and #2

Not many people outside of local Sunbury residents even know that these reservoirs  exist. But rest assured I have the low down as I stumbled on to them this last summer through word of mouth and a little research. [Read more…]

Winter time Fishing Tactics

While I haven’t ever ice fished I do fish in the cold weather all the time. I always fish until the ice covers the whole lake, and even then I just head to river where I can almost always find a nice little hole to fish in the middle of winter. [Read more…]

Fish Ohio Great Way to Recognize Anglers both Young and Old

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The Ohio Division of Wildlife offers a great program to recognize anglers for great catches in Ohio waters including private ponds; the only catches that don’t qualify are fish caught in pay lakes. The Fish Ohio program provides a hat pin and certificate for your first [Read more…]