Tips & Tricks – USA

Fall may be in the air but boating and fishing season are far from over! Fall provides plenty of opportunity for a variety of gamefish such as, sunfish, crappies catfish, walleyes, and bass. Due to the cooling water temperatures and shorter daylight hours, it will have the fish moving from their summer locations to where they will set up shop for the winter. Jerkbaits will be the lures to utilize in this crispy season so, here are some of our favourite Rapala lures to use along with some awesome fall fishing tips that will help you reap the autumn harvest!

X-Rap

Many anglers will tell you that “covering water” is the best option for fall fishing and the best lure to use for this tactic would be the X-rap for long-casting jerkbait. The struggling baitfish action of this lure will have fish seeking it out. In early autumn you may want to use this lure to fish fast and erratically as opposed to later in the fall where you will want to slow things way down as you reel in.

Cooling shallow water temperatures will cause baitfish and predators to leave the shorelines and head to deeper water. On lakes and rivers that are full of weeds, you will find bass and walleye near bays, tributaries and flats. By retrieving a jerkbait over top of the weeds or simply on the outside edge, you will be sure to catch both smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as walleye.

RipStop

This lure has a tail design that creates a fast-ripping swimbait action. It has a strike-triggering power that has a hard-stopping, forward motion that stops extremely fast with just a subtle shimmy before coming to a rest. It then slightly lifts its head with a super low-rise that predators won’t be able to resist.

Bass and walleye have been known to hang out in deep portions of a point in early morning. As the sun and temperature rises, they may move a little further up on the point. Deep-diving jerkbait is the bait to use in this case. In the mornings, you will want to work the bait along the ledges and make some casts away from the point into open water for the chance to hit a suspending fish. Later in the afternoon, sun-hit rocks are the target you will want to aim for.

Husky Jerk

This lure is perfectly balanced and can be cast or trolled at any speed. The rattle chamber transmits sound waves that amplify through the water. They can suspend on pause which is an important feature when experimenting with different pause lengths. In early fall, quicker pause lengths are more ideal while later in the fall season you may want to consider have a 10 second pause before retrieving.

A tip that can help land that trophy fish is the tactic of “strolling”. Leave the bait behind the boat and let out another half or full cast of line. Slowly troll your jerkbait using the wind and the boat motor as you quickly pull the rod forward then slide it back to imitate a dance-like movement for the jerkbait. Weighting the jerkbait in the late fall will increase its running depth as the fish will be deeper at this time of year.

Ensure you don’t leave the dock without a variety of jerkbait, depending on the time of the season. By putting these tips and lures into practice, it can help you have the best fall fishing adventure yet!

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September 13, 2018


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Virginia offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the country. Whether you’re a casual angler or a serious expert, Virginia is a great place to cast your line. You’ll find picturesque rivers, lakes and streams, not to mention legendary hospitality in communities that welcome outdoor enthusiasts.

Whether you’re looking to break a record, fly fish, or catch a fish “this big”, there are plenty of locations across the state where you can get your fishing on. With so many freshwater lakes and rivers, plus an abundance of saltwater options, fishing in Virginia is top-rated.

It’s that special time of the year when anglers of all ages and levels of skill can enjoy superb fishing. Here are our top five Virginia fishing hot spots! Before you go fishing, be sure that you have purchased your 2018 freshwater or saltwater fishing licence. You can conveniently buy it online here.

 Lake Moomaw, Covington

Lake Moomaw is a hidden gem in the Appalachian Mountains. It has a maximum depth of 152 feet, with a layer of cold, oxygenated water 15 feet below the surface. Lake Moomaw is known for its trout fishing; there is a zone about 15 feet under the surface with cold oxygenated water where brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout thrive. Lake Moomaw was constructed for downstream flow augmentation (water quality), flood control, and recreation. Fishery biologists have determined that Lake Moomaw is a “two-story” sport fishery. This simply means that the reservoir would be deep enough for both warm water fish (bass, catfish, sunfish, crappie) and coldwater fish (trout).

WHAT TO CATCH: BROWN TROUT

Briery Creek Lake, Farmville

Briery Creek Lake is an 845-acre lake that is owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and is within the Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area in Prince Edward County. Briery Creek Lake is one of the most important largemouth bass fisheries in the state; it contains a variety of species such as black crappie, bluegill, catfish and pickerel. Try some large plastic worms for the largemouth bass in colors such as tequila sunrise to entice them from the dense covers. 

WHAT TO CATCH: LARGEMOUTH BASS

Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta

Smith Mountain Lake was created to generate electricity, and to help manage water flows, downstream. It is a vast 40-mile long, 20,600 acre lake, with 500 miles of shoreline, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural southwestern Virginia. The lake is nationally recognized for its bass and striper fishing, so it sees considerable fishing pressure. make sure this lake is on your list for a sweet fishing hole in Virginia!

WHAT TO CATCH: LARGEMOUTH BASS

Laurel Bed Lake at Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Russell County

Laurel Bed is a Department-owned lake located in Russell County on the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area. This 330-acre lake rests on the top of Clinch Mountain at 3600 feet of elevation. Over the years, considerable effort was expended to remove rock bass from the lake as they became overabundant and stunted in size, however rock bass have returned to the lake. Smallmouth bass fingerlings have been stocked to control rock bass abundance. If smallmouth can keep the rockbass population at a manageable level, both populations could enhance and diversify fishing opportunities in the future. Laurel Bed Lake offers anglers an opportunity to pursue trophy smallmouth bass in a large high-altitude lake that is similar to what many would expect to find farther north

WHAT TO CATCH: SMALLMOUTH BASS

Claytor Lake, Dublin

Claytor Lake, a 4,475-acre impoundment of the New River, stretches northeastward across the Pulaski County countryside for 21 miles. Possible catches from Claytor Lake range from bass to carp. Smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass (collectively called “black bass”) are the “bread and butter” fishes of this lake. Claytor Lake holds fewer largemouth bass than other Virginia lakes, and they grow slowly in this mountain reservoir. Anglers are encouraged to practice catch-and-release of trophy-size bass from the lake. Claytor’s steep and rocky shorelines make it particularly good for smallmouth bass.

WHAT TO CATCH: BASS, CATFISH, MUSKIE & WALLEYE

With so many great fishing spots to choose from in Virginia, it’s hard to know which one is the best. We’ve taken the hassle out of it for you by providing you with this list of the best fishing holes in Virginia. Hopefully it helps you get out on the water and catch that fish you’ve been dreaming about!

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June 29, 2018


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