The Palomar knot is a simple, multipurpose and strong knot. It can be used for tying fishing line to a swivel or snap, but it is mostly used to tie the line to a lure or hook. Because of its versatility, it's a great knot to learn and master.
Bass Fishing Blog
This map of the AEP area highlights ponds, campsites, and some fishing notes. It may also contain some of my recorded catches.
This map of the Akron area highlights various ponds, rivers, lakes, and other notes about fishing in the Akron, OH area.
Once the weather gets colder and the snow starts flying, fishing can be a non-starter or off-limits for some. If you’re an avid angler, the fishing off-season can be a real downer. Here are some activities you can do in the fishing off-season.
Fishbrain is your personal fishing log, map, and forecasting tool in one app. I will be reviewing the app, comparing both Basic (free) and Pro features. This is a review of only the Fishbrain app and I will not be comparing it to other fishing or angler apps on the market.
Whether you are spooling new fishing line onto a spinning reel, a baitcasting reel, or a fly fishing reel, the best knot to use in all cases is an arbor knot. This is great, because the arbor knot is really easy to tie and you only have to learn one type of knot to spool your lines to all of your types of reels.
Bass fishing in Spring can be one of the most exhilarating activities for the average bass angler. Calm air, warmth, a gentle breeze, and a sense of unity with nature - this is a feeling that not many experience.
If you’re just starting out using the wacky rig, the idea of using it can be…well…wacky. Here are a few tips that will help you out with fishing this type of rig and hopefully will help you catch more bass when using it.
Visiting the same fishing spot over and over can become boring. Sometimes you just need some new scenery, a new challenge, or maybe just something closer to home. This is a good opportunity to start exploring new ponds, rivers, and lakes. I’ve got a few tips that will make this process easier and more enjoyable.
Whether you are like me and walk along the bank, constantly trying to find good spots, or if you have that one spot that you fish all day, follow these bank fishing tips to make your experience much better.
There are many things that you can do to improve your fishing game. Here are a few tips for using plastic worms to help you achieve that goal of catching those lunkers.
During the little fishing time I had that day, I made a few largemouth bass observations from the ones I caught and the ones I was attempting to catch.
All in all, we were very impressed with the new Lowrance fish finder and how well we were able to pick out structure using it. We were also impressed by the new location and by how well we were doing in open water, since we typically stay close to shore, fishing for largemouth bass.
Early in the 2012 season, I came across a great spot along the Cuyahoga River in Akron. It’s a great spot for wading in your bare feet and keeping cool. It’s a little bit of a hike from the parking lot, but well worth it. I’ve caught several Smallmouth Bass from many different angles along the shore and from the island in the center of the river.
I know it’s not very big at all, but here is my very first muskie. And at the time of writing this post, it is the only muskie I have ever caught. I really wasn’t sure what it was at the time, but after looking at the photos, I figured out it was a muskie and not a pike based on the direction of the stripes.
After a painful winter of 2011, I went out in Mid-March 2012 to Wingfoot Lake pond and caught these beautiful largemouth bass. This was at the same pond I caught my first large bass. If I remember correctly, I was using Berkeley Gulp Alive minnows at the time.
For Christmas 2011, I asked Santa to upgrade my plastic tackle box to a canvas tackle bag. He didn’t bring me one, but he did give me a gift card for Gander Mountain and asked me to pick out my own. Given the small amount of lures and baits I had at the time, this is what I picked out:
Late in the 2011 fishing season, I was talking to my uncle about the places he used to fish with his buddies when he was younger and before he had his bass boat. One of those places was AEP's ReCreation Land (formerly called Ohio Power).
After catching this crappie, I immediately texted my uncle asking what species it was. I had no idea… I was still new at fishing at that point.
This happened at a small pond in Southgate Park, which is connected to Boettler Park in Green, OH. This was some time ago, but I believe I was using a black slug on a Texas rig. I caught a good sized bass and went to unhook him when he flailed. The hook scraped across my thumb, leaving this cut. I’m looking at my hand as I write this and I can faintly see the scar.
I caught this in a little pond in Wingfoot Lake Park back in 2011. I was fishing with my brother-in-law that day. Luckily he was there to take the picture, because apparently I had trouble holding it up.