It is a bit ironic that we try so hard to preserve shrimp and make them happy with the end goal being to thread a hook through their head and wait for them to get crushed by a fish. But ultimately what we as anglers want are some big fish, and shrimp are the most effectively consistent live bait for fish. So here are tips to keep your shrimp alive and kicking as long as possible.
I never wanted to use a backpack for saltwater fishing because they aren’t usually waterproof and salt water quickly deteriorates the zippers if you don’t wash it down immediately. Plano has come up with a quick access zipperless tackle backpack that is great for gear storage and keeps you visible when wading through the backwater.
NRS has just released a new version of their already wildly popular Chinook vest for fishermen. When I say new what I mean is they released new colors because the vest is the exact same as it was before. This isn’t a bad thing however, since it’s hard to improve on something that is already great. The Chinook is packed full of features for kayak anglers and it is so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing it.
Spinnerbaits are one of the most popular bass lures and can be used year round with many different forms of retrieval. They are effective at fishing shallow cover on cloudy or windy days when topwater is not effective, however they can also be good on bright calm days as well. Spinnerbaits have a smooth flowing motion and have single or multiple blades that cause flashes and vibrations in the water.
C-TUG makes one of the higher end kayak carts available and their design is definitely different than the normal metal tube frame with rubber tires found on most carts. The neon green pads and slick black frame really makes it stand out and it just looks like a solid cart all around. I had the chance to run this cart down some rocks, steps, and slopes with a 13′ kayak – see how it handles.
Kayak rod mounting systems on the market today are excellent and there are a wide variety to choose from due the increasing popularity of kayak fishing. A few things to look for are rigidity, adjustability, and accessibility when it comes to a holder for fishing rods. Scotty mounts consistently deliver on all three of these, and they have excellent bases that keep the rod holders very secure.
Fishing reels can be difficult to pick especially when there are so many options in the market today. It is very hard to figure out who makes a quality reel vs who can put together a nice looking exterior. That is not something you want to figure out when you’ve hooked into a silver king on the flats. Find out which reels are best suited for inshore fishing!
It’s always fun working with smaller companies who have come up with a great fishing tool, and Backwater Paddles has done exactly that. The Assault Hand Paddle concept is simple – a paddle you can use with one hand that’s sturdy as a rock. The team at Backwater Paddle Company kept kayak anglers in mind when designing this hand paddle.
Bass anglers can make many mistakes while out on the water and to be honest it’s really not a big deal because for the most part we aren’t professional fishermen. However if you want to try to catch a few more fish, check out the top mistakes that anglers make. Try to fix a few of these next time you’re out fishing, I guarantee it will help you land more fish!
Rapala has added a scatter rap lip to the Husky Jerk lure which now gives it more erratic action. It is supposed to have a built-in triggering mechanism that adds a revolutionary evasive action perfect for casting or trolling. The lip should make this lure unpredictable in it’s swim pattern and let it change direction quickly and randomly on either a fast or slow retrieve.