My recent articles about line and knots spawned quite a few email responses.
Everyone has their favorite knot(s) that they've used forever, taught to them as a young angler by a kindly uncle or friend. Many want to learn new knots, but find them difficult to master.
If you're a beginner, sight challenged, or one of those that just can't seem to get it right, or maybe wear a 3-XXX glove and simply find it impossible to master the monofilament with sausage sized digits, I have a great solution.
Capt. George Tunison
Go to your local tackle shop and pick up a "Tie-Fast Knot Tyer." Old salts know this tool and if you've got a bad case of fumble fingers this tool is for you! It comes in two sizes (that I know of) for use in tying mono up to and over 100-pound test with ease.
I've used one for years to quickly tie a "factory perfect" knot every time. Small, inexpensive and easy to use this tool ties a basic non-fail gryp-knot to attach lures or hooks, a shank (Snell) tie for offset eyed hooks, nail knots and needle nail knots, nail knot splices, and for making great tapered fly leaders and line-to-leader connections for general fishing.
I can tie most knots and on the rare occasion that a knot fails it's always one of mine. I've never had a knot failure using this tool. Highly recommended.
Just upgraded some screens on my pool cage. Unfortunately, one day before the big blow. Put up three. Lost two. I also relocated to the west coast of Florida years ago because this side "never gets the hurricanes."
Anyway, if the winds have turned your favorite hole or flat to chocolate milk and the fish have vanished don't go home. Seek out cleaner, clearer, waters till everything settles and the water clears again. Sounds simple and it works.
If your water is less than pristine bottled scents dipped or sprayed on your lure or pre-scented lures, like GULP products, can help predators better hone in on your offering. Upping your lure size shows a bigger, more visible bait to the fish in murky water, for instance going from the mid-sized MirrOdine to the next larger size.
Experiment with color as well. Adding a fluorescent tail to your plastic grub choice or going from your chrome MirrOlure to a darker choice could save the whole trip. This is a time when the classic two-tone plugs like the old redhead and white shine because of the easier-to-see color contrast.
Did you know that according to sales records, red and white is the number one lure color choice of all time?
Topwater plugs still draw strikes, but typically a redfish has a tough enough time getting the hook. Muddy waters really skew their accuracy, but still exciting to watch the multiple attempts at eating the plug.
Lately, I've seen a lot of anglers fishing the rain-swollen minidams or weirs along Burnt Store Road, but I've only seen one angler do it right. Don't pull your four-wheel monster truck right up to the edge, stay back. Keep a lower profile and move little. Try standing nearer the roadway and make long casts up to the dam allowing a bit of distance between yourself and the fish. Almost always you will see folks fishing right on top of the fish at the edge of the dam.
Not a lot of 40-pound tarpon or trophy snook are going to feed in three feet of water with you standing on top of them six feet away.
If you really want to do it right put on a bug suit or coat yourself with your favorite poison and hit all the dams at night. Spend 30 minutes at each one, move on. The spreader holds some big fish at times and they do gather at the falls when it pours.
Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.flyingfinssportfishing,com.