One of the most laid-back, exciting and popular sport, is fishing. The sea, flowing streams or rivers are some of the places where fishing can be done; however, lake fishing is the favorite among them all to most anglers. Lake fishing consists of two types – fishing off a boat and fishing from shore. Both these options for lake fishing involve different techniques.
Fishing from a boat – is extremely effective and relaxing among the two lake fishing options. It includes fishing techniques like forward and reverse trolling, casting, drift fishing and using down riggers. Although different techniques work better for different types of fish, trolling is the most popular technique anglers choose while fishing off a boat. The act of pulling a single lure or multiple lures, by a boat moving slowly forward, is called trolling. Back trolling and forward trolling are more or less the same, however, the difference between the two is that in back trolling, the boat moves in reverse and considerably slower in speed.
Trolling motors are fitted to most boats, and because of their near-silent nature, anglers are able to traverse the lake silently and slowly without perturbing the fish. Boats with trolling motors make it easier for anglers to cast their lures in areas where more fish are likely to be. Inflatable kayaks or pontoon boats are excellent alternatives to expensive boat hiring, although using a boat is the best way to enjoy lake fishing. These alternatives are as effective as fishing from a traditional boat, and comparatively far less expensive, too.
Fishing from the shore – is what most anglers prefer to do, as it saves a lot of money on hiring or buying a boat. Although there are different techniques that can be used for shore fishing, â€˜still fishingâ€™ is one of the most popular techniques among them. For this technique, a stopper (floater), sinker and hook/s attached with bait is fitted to the fishing line. The stopper is attached to the fishing line above the sinker and hook/s to prevent the sinker from going down the line to the bait. Using multiple hooks for this rig is more effective than using just one as the bait will appear more natural to the fish. To attract and snare fish, an angler casts the rig, allows it to sink, and then slowly tightens the slack line by reeling it in.
Another technique that is popular with anglers when lake fishing from shore, is to cast many lures at different spots while walking along the shore. However, as shorelines usually have bushes, this technique may not be possible as such bushes will make walking and angling difficult. These lake fishing techniques are a great way to relax and enjoy your weekend.