Proper Fishing Net
So many big fish are lost during netting that it is necessary to talk about it here.
First, dark netting is best because it doesn’t frighten fish as much.
If another person is doing the netting, make sure to place the fishing net in the water before bringing the fish alongside the boat.
Try to net the fish headfirst if possible, and it is usually best to wait until the fish is well played out before trying to net it.
Never make wild motions with the fishing net, always make a slow sweep or leave the net stationery.
Usually, fish will try to escape and will swim right into the net.
Fish Care after your Fishing Trip
For those that don’t know, it is important to place the fish on ice immediately after they are killed. Clean them as soon as possible after you are done fishing and pack in plastic bags on ice.
If you are not going to eat the fish within two days, freeze it by double wrapping in plastic wrap or bags to prevent freezer burn.
Spread fish packages out near the cooling elements for quick chilling. Thawing is one of the most important parts of this.
Decide at least a day ahead of time if you want to have fish and thaw the package out slowly, in the refrigerator, for 12 to 24 hours.
This is so the ice crystals melt slowly. Rapid defrosting at room temperature makes the meat mushy and tasteless.
Cut off the lower hook of a treble to run a wobbling spoon close to the bottom. The remaining hooks will ride with points up, and it is less apt to hang on the bottom.
Netting with the Fishing Net
The biggest mistake is working a big fish up to the side of the boat and then repeatedly jabbing at it with the net.
This just spooks the fish and makes it want to bolt.
Try this: have a net that is large enough to handle the biggest fish you will probably catch.
When one of you is working the fish close to the boat, lower the rim and bag of the net into the water on the opposite side of the boat and hold it still.
Now your partner can lead his fish around the bow and guide it headfirst into the open bag. When the front half of the fish is through the rim of the fishing net, move the net toward the tail and life out.
Making Carp Fishing Bait
Carp isn’t a favorite among most (at least for eating), but those that do are an avid group.
Here is a recipe for making carp fishing bait that is sure to hook more than 1.
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 3 toss. Sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 pkg. strawberry gelatin
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tbsp. Vanilla
Mix together the dry ingredients, and then add the water and vanilla. Stir well, until the gelatin is dissolved. Cook over a low to medium flame, stirring constantly, until the mixture is quite stiff. Form into balls.
Then all you have to do is press a ball of carp fishing bait onto a hook and go fishing.
How Old Is Your Trophy?
You can find out if your fish is an old one by checking out the following things:
- Eyes sunk in more than usual
- Cheek regions concaved due to muscle atrophy
- Discolored areas infected by fungus
- Leathery tight skin due to lack of fatty tissue
- Large head in comparison with the body
- Decrease in stomach size and girth No fresh scars on the lower caudal fin, indicating that it h hasn’t been fanning a nest during spawning.