Thinking, reading and fishing
Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
How to make crab trap?
这种笼子非常有效，把鸡颈放在中心即可。 Step by step 造法：
But at Academy, there are some good ones at $20 each.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Crabs are harvested using a variety of methods. Recreational crabbers, or "chicken neckers", may only use a piece of bait tied to a string while commercial watermen use crabpots or trotlines.
Most recreational crabbers use chicken necks for bait since they are considered scrap, are very durable, and crabs love them! Commercial watermen, on the other hand, prefer to use various types of oily bait fish, eel, and bull lip. Some watermen use frozen fish because it tends to break down (decompose) faster than fresh which seems to attract more crabs.
Eel - Cut into 4" pieces, eel is the ultimate crab bait and is used extensively by commercial crabbers on their trotlines. Because eel is considered a delicacy in Europe and Asia, its price has risen sharply thus making it prohibitive to use as bait.
Bull Lip - A tough cut of meat from the facial area of beef. Bull lip is fast becoming the bait of choice for trotlining since it is durable, inexpensive, and crabs love it. Bull lip is easily obtained from any beef slaughterhouse. Be sure to have an axe handy to chop it up!
Menhaden (a.k.a. alewife, shad, bunker, shiner, pogey) - The bait of choice for commercial crabbers utilizing crabpots. Menhaden is very plentiful, is relatively inexpensive and is an excellent crab bait. It is said that frozen menhaden catches more crabs than fresh, however frozen does not last as long. Since most watermen tend their pots daily, which includes re-baiting, the fast decomposition of the bait is not a problem. Make sure you use fresh if you plan to let your pots sit for several days.
Chicken Necks - A good bait which is used mostly by recreational crabbers ("chicken neckers"). Usually used with crab traps and hand lines.
Turkey Necks - A good bait which is used by both recreational and commercial crabbers. Turkey necks are durable and will generally last several days when used on a trotline. Can also be used with traps and hand lines.
Strictly a recreational activity, trapping crabs can be lots of fun and very productive. Since a boat is not required to trap crabs, it is a popular method of crabbing. One method is to crab from a public bridge; you'll know when you find one because other crabbers will be there. Crabbing from a public pier or dock, say at a marina, is another great way to utilize a trap. Wading out into shallow water and tying off your traps to sticks or poles is yet another way. And of course, a boat makes an excellent crabbing platform!
Ring Net - The ring net is the simplest and least expensive trap available. It consists of two rings each of a different diameter connected by netting. When baited and lowered to the bottom, the trap lies flat on the bottom. The crab will then approach and start to feed on the bait. When the trap is pulled up the top ring is lifted first this trapping the crab in the netting. The benefits of this trap are its simple design, ease of use, ease of storage (it folds completely flat), and its low cost. The drawbacks are that it only works in relatively calm water with flat sandy or muddy bottoms and that it must be lowered very slowly straight down.
Friday, July 07, 2006
How to fisning in N Jetty?怎样在石长堤上钓鱼？It’s ironic that rock-walkers usually try to cast their baits as far as possible at the same time that their boat-fishing counterparts are placing their offerings up against the granite. Most gamefish species, from pan-sized sheepshead to 40-pound redfish, tend to hold close to the structure
For jetty fishermen, a moving tide is imperative. No other saltwater locale is more affected by the direction and intensity of the current than the waters near the rocks.
Old Man Hall taught us to fish the channel side on a falling tide and the beach side during the incoming flow. Feeding gamefish roam the shallows as the water rises. When the tide turns outbound, those same species move offshore to patrol the rocky ledges and pursue current-carried forage. There is, regardless, no absolute rule, and no real substitute for an educated eye and long-term experience in “reading” the water.
A careful drop of the sounding weight could tell him a lot, the peculiar way it landed atop a rock at the jetty base, clanked against its barnacle-encrusted edges and plummeted into an obscure bottom break. Distinct thumps signaled hard mud. A hole like that literally “breaks” the current, attracting baitfish in droves.
It also sets the table for predators.
Finding such a place was, and still is, the mark of a seasoned jetty angler. Today we use synchronized GPS receivers and electronic depthfinders to pinpoint the same spots. A few hundred bucks worth of plastic, wire and silicon accomplishes in a couple of minutes what often used to take half an hour.
The old man’s beloved stripes will always be there, reminding us of countless mornings spent riding the swells and catching untold numbers of fish from the churning and mostly unseen universe of the world’s largest jetty system.
At 35,587 feet — more than 6 1/2 miles of meticulously stacked granite — the Galveston jetties are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest jetties on the planet. At their bases they’re roughly seven times wider than at their wave-washed peaks, a ratio that’s typical of most major jetty systems.
The deeply dredged artery of the Galveston Ship Channel cuts a narrow swath between Bolivar and, on the east end of Galveston Island, the South Galveston Jetty. Fish, crustaceans and invertebrates regularly hitchhike the currents between Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Fishing Skills and experience in TXhttp://blog.wenxuecity.com/myblog.php?blogID=4771&c_lang=big5
How to fish for the "Big Three" and when:
Redfish: The surf provides excellent red drum fishing. The best artificial baits are the heavier spoons and slow sinking fish shaped plugs. Plastic worms are also effective bounced along the bottom. "Bull" reds are best caught with natural bait. Fresh cut mullet, larger live mullet (6-8 inches long) and blue crab are the best baits. Both single and double-drop bottom rigs are good. A heavy grabbing sinker is needed to keep baits stationary on the surf bottom. Tackle varies according to angler preference. Surf and pier fishers for "bull" reds prefer rods more than 10 feet in length and stiff enough to handle a heavy terminal tackle. Reels should be large enough to handle several hundred yards of 25-40 pound test line and reels should have a good drag system. For smaller fish (less than 10 pounds), the best rod to use should be 6 1/2 to 8 feet long, has a medium action, and has a two-handed grip to help the anglers in long distance casting. Reels should be able to hold at least 100 yards of line. Line strength will vary depending on what type of habitat is being fished. Heavier line (17-25 pounds) is needed when fishing around oyster shell, rocks, or pilings. Lighter line (8-15 pounds) is favored when fishing the grass flats. Leaders are optional, depending on line weight and where the fishing occurs.Anglers must remember that there are bag and possession limits and minimum-maximum size limits on red drum. Be sure to be familiar with the regulations each year when fishing on the Texas Gulf coast.
Specks: Any light to medium action rod and reel combination is appropriate since most spotted seatrout caught are in the 2-3 pound range. The most popular terminal tackle for spotted seatrout is the popping cork rig. Best results are achieved by popping the cork periodically to simulate live action. By varying the retrieve, frequency of popping, and the depth of bait, the best action for the catching trout can be found. The best bait for catching trout is live shrimp. Live fish such as mullet or pinfish (especially croaker) and dead shrimp can also be effective. Spoons are very effective, particularly during the warmer months. Silver is probably the best color. Vary the speed and depth of the retrieve, as well as the weight and size of the spoon. A bucktail fastened to the spoon with the hook or a bucktail and hook trailed to 12 to 18 inches behind the spoon is often successful. Try the fish-like lures during the cooler months, although they can be effective anytime. They are especially good fished very slowly, during cold weather. When fishing shallow water during cold weather, some anglers move the point of line attachment from on top of the lure head to the snout tip to permit slower retrieval while keeping the lure off the bottom. Again, vary the retrieve, size, color, and weight. Floating lures have recently become popular with fishers stalking large trout in shallow water during the warm months. The movement of the lure at the surface may be especially enticing to trout.
Flounder: Flounder are taken by rod and reel or by gig.
When fishing with rod and reel, light tackle offers both the greatest sport and best chance for catching flounder. Both artificial lures and natural bait can be used. Over barren bottoms, leaded plastic worms (worm jigs) are often very effective. In heavily vegetated areas, shallow-running spoons are best. Flounder prefer live to dead bait. Live shrimp retrieved slowly along the bottom often produce excellent results. Killifish (referred to locally as mud minnows) fished in a similar fashion, is good bait. These fish can often be taken in large numbers with the cast or minnow seine.When to fish:It is generally best to fish during tidal changes, from the end of low tide through high tide and back. When the tide is moving, fish that feed will become more active because bait fish are on the move. As for weather, low pressure patterns will spurn feeding as well. If you watch the weather-people, and they talk about high pressure, the larger fish will feel that atmospheric pressure, and are less likely to move. Unless you can throw bait in front of their nose, you aren't likely to catch any large fish.Black drum will spawn in the Spring, generally from March to April, and Red Drum, or Redfish, will spawn in the Fall, from late September to early November. You can expect to catch very large fish during these spawning runs. Bulls, or large males will run rampant through the Galveston complex and along the jetties feeding as much as possible before the spawn. Flounder will do the same in November, and when the waters begin to cool before the winter. Trout are plentiful almost year round, unless a serious cold front hits the area. From May through September, you can catch almost anything throughout the Gulf Coast complex.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Equipment for fishing big Nine in Texas
Speckled Trout:Soft plastics (chartreuse, pumkinseed), Top Dog, Mirrolure (51M), Spoons as lure;Live, small croaker, Live medium shrimp under popping cork to 10' as bait;light to medium tackle, size 3 to 5 hooks, 10-20lb test line6' - 8' light to med rod, Penn 45-5500 or similar size reel.
Redfish (Bull):Soft plastics (Red), Spoons as lure;Fresh Shad head, cut mullet, live finger mullet, small crabs as bait;Heavy, size 7 to 8 hook, 30-40lb test, 120lb shock leader,Med. to heavy, 8" to 10' rod, Penn 65-8500, 505HS or similar.
Redfish (Keeper):Soft plastics (Red), Spoons as lure;Cut mullet, live finger mullet, small crabs as bait;medium to heavy, size 5 to 8 hook, 20-30lb test, 80-120lb shock leader,6' - 8' light to med rod, Penn 45-5500 or similar size reel.
Flounders: mall spoons, white plastic bumped along bottom, gigging as lure;live mud minnows, finger mullet as bait.light to medium tackle, size 3 to 5 hooks, 10-20lb test line 6' - 8' light to med rod, Penn 45-5500 SS or similar size reel.
Jackfish:Fresh Shad head, cut mullet, shrimp as bait;Heavy action, size 7 to 8 hook, 30-40lb test, 120lb shock leaderHeavy, 8' to 10' stiff rod, Penn 8500, 505HS or similar.
Gafftop (catfish): SQUID, dead mullet, shrimp shad head as bait;light to medium tackle, size 3 to 5 hooks, 10-20lb test line 6' - 8' light to med rod, Penn 45-5500 SS or similar size reel.
Sting Ray:Cut ribbon fish, any cut bait, shrimp, squid as bait;Heavy action tackle, size 7 to 8 hook, 30-40lb test, 120lb shock leader Heavy, 8' to 10' stiff rod, Penn 8500, 505HS or similar.
Sharks:Any fresh, indigenous cut bait,Heavy action tackle, size 8 to 10 hook, 40-50lb test, steel leaderHeavy, 8' to 10' stiff rod, Penn 8500, 505HS or similar.
Black Drum:fresh dead crab, de-shelled and dead mullet as bait;Heavy action tackle, size 7 to 8 hook, 30-40lb test, 120lb shock leader,Med. to heavy, 8" to 10' rod, Penn 65-8500, 505HS or similar.
Croaker and sand trout:(live small croaker makes excellent bait for specks,)fresh dead shrimp as bait, light tackle, size 2 to 4 hooks, 10-15lb test line6' light rod, Penn 25-4500 or similar size reel,beginner likes them very much.
自2003年10月,钓得超过20磅的大鱼数 Number of Bull Reds Over 28 Inches
caught by Texasredfish since Oct. of 2003:
迄今最大红鱼Biggest Bull Red To Date
45 inches - 50 pounds
caught March 12, 2006
迄今为止最大的黑鼓鱼Biggest Black Drum To Date
43 inches - 51 pounds
caught February 4th, 2006