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Extending the Fishing Season

Fishing season is too short in most parts of the world! For example in Maine most people get perhaps 6 months maximum in freshwater and in saltwater fishermen usually only get about 4 months. Of course most fisherman would like to fish much more and I’m here to tell you that it’s often possible – with a little effort. Here are a 5 ideas that may help.

1) Fish for more species. For example, I’m a bass fisherman primarily, and the decent fishing doesn’t start until May. However the trout fishing is very good in April and by going after trout I get an extra few weeks in the spring. Similarly when the bass fishing stops, there is plenty of other fishing left.

2) If the waters you fish get shut down, don’t give up, there may be other places still open for your favorite types of fishing. For example for trout and salmon fishermen in my state, once the waters close in the fall during breeding season, there are still a few streams flowing into big lakes that remain open.

3) Gone Fishn’ – Fish nights and rainy days as well. You’ll get more fishing in and the fishing is even better sometimes at those times. Fishing in the rain is fun when the weather is nice, and night fishing can be absolutely deadly, especially on larger fish. Be careful at night however!

4) Have rod, will travel…Traveling doesn’t necessarily mean lots of money (although it can). See a bit more of the world, or at least the State, and try fishing new waters. Camping works well with fishing for example.

Try to combine even a family vacation with a quick morning out fishing, or bring a small pack rod along when on business trips as I often do. Mysteriously my trips to nice fishing locations often get extended a few days.

5) If in the north, consider ice fishing. If you’ve never done it, you may find it becomes your favorite type of fishing. Many rarely fish in the warm weather but concentrate on fishing through the ice.

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