These 5 Small Stream Creeks and Rivers Give the Classic Fly Fishing Experience
Small Stream By Will Jukes
Updated. We spend a lot of time around here talking about fishing the big rivers in the Columbia River basin, or the open waters of the Pacific Coast. And why wouldn’t we? They’re great fisheries, and unique to the Pacific Northwest. Small stream fishing – little fish, tight casts, long hikes and 2 to 4-weight rods – often takes a backseat. It’s easy enough to find those streams in other states, places like Colorado, Idaho and Montana. So why spend time on that when Washington has so much of its own fishing to offer? Continue reading The Best Small Stream Fishing in Washington (Part 2 of trout fishing series)→
Martha’s Vineyard has long been a bastion of fun for everyone from the average tourist and their family to the President of the United States. Quaint shops, nice beaches, great people, and a wonderful island to explore. But Jaws was filmed here for a reason – off the shore of this tourist attraction is a haven for sharks. There are a huge number of species of shark that can be found off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, and off the coast of Cape Cod as a whole. Everything from blue sharks to dogfish sharks, and from porbeagles to makos. But in the warmer months of the summer, you can find great hammerheads, tiger sharks and great whites.
Shark fishing has been a bountiful business off the Cape, with multiple charters offering shark fishing tours, with basically a guarantee they will get time on the rod with one of these monsters. The advancements that have been made in recent years as far as gear is concerned have benefited the monster shark fishing community perhaps more than any other. What was once used for school bonito is now able to handle the line for sharks, because of advancements in braided line. Reels and rods have gotten smaller, lighter, and more able to handle the fish as well. The key to getting a shark on and landing it is to have your gear set up properly. The best bet is to use 10 – 20 ft of 480 lb to 500 lb braided cable connected to the hook and a swivel that is rated above 250 lbs. From that point, you can use 80 lb braided test, and you will be able to put enough line on the reel to allow the fish to run. Most reels will be able to handle 500 or 600 yards of this line, and it is much lighter than monofilament.
The next item on your shark fishing checklist is chum. Placing a 5 gallon chum bucket off the side of the boat is key to creating the optimum chum slick to attract the sharks. Some of the captains I spoke with bring 6 five gallon buckets, and they hang one off the front and one off the back to start, and then keep one midship all day to maintain the slick as required. The goal with your chum slick is to attract the sharks, and not feed them.
Choose areas that appear to have a water temperature between 65 and 68 degrees ( or close) and that may have some activity occurring already. The bait should be standard – oily fish like mackerel or bluefish, which are plentiful and very easy to grab on the boat ride out. These fish will secrete oil into the water and assist in attracting the apex predator of the seas that you are chasing. When using the mackerel, butterfly the fish t o remove the spine which will result in more fluttering action, and assist in a hook set.
Speaking of a hook set, when the bait is taken, the general rule of thumb is to wait 5 seconds, then reel tight and give two big pulls to set the hook in the jaw of the shark. At this point, the fight is all that is remaining. With braided line, keep it tight the entire time, and when the hook has been set, it is a waiting game to see who gets tired first. Fight the good fight, take the picture, and release the catch. Shark fishing off the Vineyard offers many great opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience. Make sure you allow someone else to have the same experience you were able to enjoy.
Most fishermen have probably thought about how to get paid to do something that they love. If this is something that you have considered, there are a lot of different ways to make a fishing career. You may just be starting out in life, or you may be considering a new position for your retirement. Either way, you might be surprised at how many opportunities are out there to get paid to fish or be around fishing. Here are five great ways to get paid to fish:
This is a gimme, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Commercial fishing is a tough way to earn a living, especially in harsh climates like Alaska. However, all of your long days are compressed into seasons away, and you return to lots of free time to fish the way you love.
Going Pro is a Great Fishing Career
If you are really skilled, you have the time and freedom to travel and you can market yourself into some sponsorships, then professional tournament fishing is a great fishing career. This is a difficult thing to start if you have a family who depends on you to be home every night, and you need a large regular income. However, it’s a great way to reinvent yourself if you’re ready to pull up roots.
Become a Guide or Charter Captain
If you live in or are willing to move to a destination fishing area, then becoming a guide or charter captain is a great way to get paid to fish. It does require some startup capital, but for many, it can be a wonderful way to spend your retirement years, or even to begin your working years doing something you truly love.
Become a Fisheries Scientist
Not everyone is a fan of fishing enforcement. However, there are a lot of great jobs in fisheries science, and it is a great opportunity to combine education, career, and a love of fishing. Fisheries scientists who work for universities and agencies get the opportunity to explore protected waters, travel the world fishing and create their own projects to demonstrate population, life history, management and even the science of fishing gear. It can be an excellent way to do what you love in ways that no one has ever tried before.
Invent, Review or Demo Gear
Gear is a great way to turn fishing into a profitable endeavor. If you’re clever enough to invent a new lure, you can do very well if you know how to patent and where to market. Bloggers from every industry have done well reviewing items through blogs and online videos. Fishing gear is no exception. Finally, if you are a blogger or reviewer, some companies will send you free gear and possibly even pay you to review their items for them, as a part of their social media advertising campaign.
If you love fishing and you’re ready for a life change, there are a lot of great opportunities to begin making money in a fishing career. All it takes is some courage, the resources you need to support the change, and a love of fishing.
As we get to the dog days of summer, fishing in the Northeast of the USA has taken a bit of an upswing from all reports. We’ll be taking a look at Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in this report, and where we stand as we hit the midpoint of summer, and get into the hottest temperatures of the year. What is the bite like going into the second half of the summer, and where are some great places to go in these New England states? Continue reading Southern New England Fishing Report→
Citizen Science Projects Are a Great Way to Contribute to Local Conservation Efforts
by Debbie Kay
Currently, there are a large number of active citizen science projects that fishermen can participate in. They range from providing data on your catch, tagging or watching for tags, clean water monitoring, and watching reefs and other shorelines. Here’s a look at a few projects from all over the United States: Continue reading Citizen Science Projects for Fishermen→
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