10 tips for sight fishing carp

Targeting carp during the warmer months is an exciting way to spend time on the water.

These fish are abundant and fight hard. As an added bonus, few anglers pursue carp.

Sight fishing can take this experience to a whole new level. There’s nothing like seeing a 10-pounder swim right up and inhale your bait.

Late spring and early summer can be the best time of year to do this.

Here are some tips for sight fishing carp:

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A crash course on crappies

I’m going to be honest with all of you. I wanted to put together an article on tips for fishing spring crappies, but presenting myself as any sort of expert on the subject would be disingenuous.

Don’t get me wrong, I love fishing crappies. They fight hard, taste great, and are relatively available in my part of the world. But I haven’t spent much time exclusively targeting these fish.

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When to switch fishing lures

Picture this: you’re out on the water at one of your favorite fishing spots. It’s a beautiful day, but the fish just aren’t biting the way you had hoped.

That’s when the inevitable question comes to mind: “Should I switch lures?”

We’ve all been there. It’s frustrating. And to complicate matters, there doesn’t seem to be a good answer to that age-old question.

That’s because the “right” solution varies based on each scenario.

Here are a few things to consider when contemplating making a change:

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How to keep your minnows alive longer

Utilizing minnows is one of my favorite ways to catch fish year-round. But I use this approach extensively in the winter months. When it comes to quality bait, it’s hard to beat the real thing.

I used to think of my minnow stash as easily-disposable. But throughout the years, I’ve found a number of benefits to keeping my bait alive and kicking as long as possible.

Maintaining my current crop of minnows from the local bait shop not only saves time and money, it also minimizes my use of these living resources while allowing me to catch more fish per purchase.

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