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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 23:12

Cold Weather Fishing Tips

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Though we at Shotem and Caughtem definitely have hunting on our minds we would be remiss to not discuss the huge advantages to cold weather fishing.  There are many advantages to the cold weather.  One huge advantage is that cld weather hunting or fishing is not for the faint of heart.  Dedication to the outdoors even in the cooler temperatures can yield some monster fish.  Better yet is that many fair weather fisherman/woman have already hung up their rods and have opted to stay indoors which means less competition.  Here are some tips to get you started on landing your Monster Catch.  

 

 

We've fished many of my crappie “hotspots” throughout the year and sometimes will catch them. But for some reason, during November and December the fish are considerably larger and in greater numbers.

Bass fishing is good too believe it or not. We’ve tried a lot of different baits but seem to always going back to using crankbaits. Any crank that is a minnow imitation will work.

A lot of the weeds will start to turn brown now but, if you can locate the greenest weeds in the area, chances are that you’ll find a bass.

We normally don’t fish with live bait for bass, but this is a good time to use a big minnow. We’d fish them a couple of different ways. If you don’t plan on moving around a lot and have shallower water, use a slip bobber and place the bait around the weed edges.

For deeper water, use a wide gapped, short shanked hook. Hook the fish from under the chin and up through the nose. A split shot will be placed about eighteen inches above the hook and dropped into the deeper water. While drifting along a drop off or deep weeds, the minnow will look natural and be easy prey for a hungry bass.

And don’t be surprised if a big ole catfish takes a minnow or two away from you. A lot of people think of catfish be easy pickings only during the dog days of summer. Guys catch many many cats through the ice. Why? They’re fish, just like crappies, bass and muskies. They may slow down a bit, but they still eat.

Now talking about muskies, November is definitely time for that fish of ten thousand casts. The month of November means musky.

Panfish, game fish, and monster fish; they’re all waiting to bite on the end of your line. Don’t for a minute take any time away from your hunting, but when you have one of those nice warm and calm days, head for the water. The fishing is still good and you shouldn’t let it pass you by. Up north, it’s nothing more than early winter. Down in south it’s simply late fall

We say it all the time, great fishing is not that far away. Although we’re excited about the 2013 hunting season, let’s not put the fishing rods away just yet.  Let us know your late season techniques in the comment section below and keep posting your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.