Live the Dream: Fish Year-Round
October 25th, 2017 by Curtis Condon

Anyone can wet a line any time of the year, but being a successful year-round angler requires years of experience and practice. It means developing the skills of a jack-of-all-trades, and being able to fish whenever and wherever, using whatever tools and tactics are required by myriad situations and challenges that will be encountered.
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Pop was a year-round angler, and his rate of success was legendary. How the fishing guru of my childhood did it was beyond most observers.

When asked about it, he often dodged, “I’m too poor to golf and too young to play shuffleboard.”

Pop was more upfront with his fishing groupies. He said the key to fishing successfully year-round was all about change, and a person’s ability and willingness to adapt.

Here are three basic changes he recommended:

Change gear. This may seem obvious, but changing it up means more than just using different bait or tackle. Matching the correct rod, reel and rig to a given situation also is important to get the best touch, presentation and accuracy in any season.

Change tactics. Most anglers understand the importance of changing gear to fit circumstances, yet they often use the same techniques and tactics all the time. What works in spring doesn’t necessarily work in winter. For instance, it’s best to fish horizontally (closer to the surface) in warmer months and vertically (deep) in colder ones. Forage, feeding habits and activity levels are also different.

Change locations. There is nothing that says you have to fish the same spots all year. In fact, you will probably enjoy more success by moving around. Certain bodies of water are better suited than others for different times of the year. Figure out the best ones for each season and species.

For more detailed advice about fishing year-round, ask other anglers, browse fishing magazines, or check out free apps such as Pro Angler and My Fishing Advisor.

Give the Gift of Outdoors
With Christmas fewer than 60 days away, it’s not too soon to be thinking about gifts for family and friends.

Presents with a personal touch are favorites, so this year why not make gifts that say something about you and your love of the outdoors.

One of the easiest is a framed scenic or wildlife photo you took. If you want to get more creative, there are hundreds of gifts you can craft from incidentals found in woods, waters and along trails.

Check out Pinterest, Etsy and similar websites for ideas.

App of the Month—Google Earth
Google Earth provides an aerial perspective of the surface of the Earth and has many applications for hunting, fishing, boating, backpacking and other outdoor pursuits. Combine the free app with the desktop version of Google Earth for even more versatility. Free ArcGIS topographical maps can be downloaded and overlaid on the Google Earth maps to measure contours and plot elevation profiles for lines of travel. The app is available for Android and iPhone devices.

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