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!!

Take a Journey through Genoa


 

Sunset along Red Bank Road

Sunset along Red Bank Road

Delaware County History Abounds in Genoa Township!

Genoa Township has three listings on the National Register of Historic Places, and one is a mysterious archaeological site.  In 1879, Professor John T. Short explored two Indian mounds in Genoa Township.  In the 1880 History of Delaware County, an extensive record of the dig explains where they were and what they found, but today the Spruce Run Earthworks has [Read more…]

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!

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…]

Let’s Get Kids Outdoors With Passport To Fishing

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I had the pleasure of being able to attend the Passport to Fishing seminar held by the Ohio Division of Wildlife on October 17, 2013. Just as my profile states I love to get children started in the sport of fishing. The seminar that I attended has provided me with all the necessary tools to do just that. I really could not be more excited than I am right now. [Read more…]

Fishing off the Beaten Path Pays Big!

I am often asked what is the key to all of my success in fishing…to be honest that can’t really be answered with one blanket statement. I put a lot of time in to my fishing. The biggest element to success in fishing is [Read more…]

Just because you’re Fishing Local doesn’t mean you can’t Buy Local!

About four or five years ago I had just started fishing in Delaware and one day while fishing at the front of Blue Limestone I was truly mystified by the gentleman standing beside me. I’m not a shy person at all so I started to talk to him. What really puzzled me was the bait that he was throwing [Read more…]

As the Seasons Change, the Bite in the Olentangy Heats Up!

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Time for a quick update on the fishing right in downtown Delaware, Ohio.  The Olentangy River runs right through Delaware, and every fall the fishing in the Olentangy always heats up as the temperatures cool down. The last few days have been really good fishing in the river.
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Delaware, Ohio Fishing Files. Get The Family and GO FISH!

Lets Talk About Fishing!

Fish1Hello all I am Jason the newest addition to DelwareO, and I am very excited to be here! I would like to get started by sharing with you all the wonderful places we have to fish in Delaware County. The amount of water that we have to fish in Delaware County is really massive; I won’t be able to cover it all in one article. You could fish every day of the summer, and not fish in the same place twice! I will focus on some family friendly fishing spots for now. [Read more…]

DelawareO’s Newest Writer Will Lure You In With His Fish Tales.

“Reelin’ it in!”

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We are excited to welcome Jason Campbell to the DelawareO Jason has been a resident of Delaware for five years. He grew up as a child in Marysville, but now calls Delaware home. Jason was a crew chief on the F15 aircraft, for 10 years while serving in The United States Air Force. He is a very avid fisherman, fishing at least five days a week if not seven. He always takes his family fishing with him, and is a big advocate of fishing being a family affair. He really enjoys getting kids started in fishing, and if he has it his way every child in Delaware will have a fishing pole and know how to use it!