Fishing Tips

It’s Not Fishing, It’s Catching

Jacques Cousteau, the famous French ecologist, once noted that if fishermen realized how effective the olfactory system in fish were and utilized it to create a fishing frenzy that all the fish in the world would be caught.

Migrating fish can find the place of their birth by following scents laid down years before. The secret formula in this trout bait utilizes certain attractants that create the feeding frenzy so accurately noted by Cousteau and others. The more you use the bait in a certain area, the greater the concentration of fish will be the next time you fish.

There are some basic rules that you need to follow when fishing this bait.

1) The best way to fish this bait is with a 6.5′ spinning rod and reel, preferably ultralight . When fishing with kids….long cane poles w/o a reel work well.

2) Trout are very, very line shy…You need to use 4 lb. Test line unless you are fishing for trout over 6 pounds. You can use 6# Test line if you are using fluorocarbon leaders. Fluorocarbon line is expensive but becomes nearly invisible in water. Do not use fluorescent line …It has been my experience that trout can see fluorescent line and are much less likely to bite. Line test and type are critical to great fishing. I personally prefer and recommend 4 lb. Test Berkley Trilene XL in the CLEAR. If I am fishing in an area that I know has LARGE trout, I use Trilene Professional Grade 100% Fluorocarbon in the 6# Test. I have only had two big trout break this line, both were huge Brown trout well over ten pounds. When I fish in an area that I know has BIG (I mean BIG) Browns, then I will up the FLUOROCARBON line to 8# Test. Under normal fishing areas, 4# Test Trilene XL will work well and will be strong enough to catch trout up to 7 pounds in lakes or ponds. Big Trout in a fast moving stream require an upsize to 6# test.

3) Hook size is also critical to your fishing success. I prefer a #14 treble hook but hooks sizes smaller (size 16 or even 18) are very effective. If I expect to hook larger trout, I like the bigger bite the size 14 offers. If the trout I expect to catch are small, then size 16 works better.

4) Another critical element to catching trout is use of weight. If it is possible to fish WITHOUT any weight on the line, then you will experience better fishing. By using a 6.5′ or 7′ spinning rod and reel this can be done with expected casts up to about 20′. If the area you intend to fish is further out, for example 40′…then you may need to add a SMALL pinch-on split shot approximately 10” above your bait.

Where to fish….. In ponds or small lakes big trout will usually be found in front of the rear end of where the water flows out. The two best points to fish for numbers of trout will usually be where a water flow enters a lake or pond and where water leaves a lake or pond. Trout, especially Brown trout, can also be structure oriented…meaning the will locate in the deepest holes and areas that provide some protection like big boulders or fallen trees. In a river, the biggest baddest brown trout will dominate the biggest, deepest holes, especially if the water is hard to access.

Bonito Hollow Trout Bait works best when used in lakes or ponds. The bait washes or dissolves off the hook rather easily but the scent it is secreting in the water will create a fishing frenzy IF there are fish anywhere nearby. IF YOU DON’T CATCH FISHING IN AN AREA IN THE FIRST 10-15 MINUTES RE-LOCATE TO A NEW AREA . If you go BACK to the same area in an hour or so, usually trout will have been attracted to the area by the scent left behind from your earlier fishing.

The final rule is ….Your fishing day may be over really quickly when using this bait and please observe your limits. I usually only use this bait when helping kids to fish as it is so super effective, I can take my limit in 10-15 minutes.

This bait is made from all natural ingredients but is not made for human consumption. The bait does have an ingredient to help it resist mildew (same ingredient used in many bakery goods) but the bait is best used when as fresh as possible.

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  4. Hello Jeff,

    I can add that the advise I gave translates to most fishing situations (freshwater or saltwater)….I just spent two weeks in the Florida Keys and fished basicly the same way (no weight, 10# Fluorocarbon line with smaller size hooks (in this case #8 single hooks) and had no trouble limiting out with whatever fish I targeted (in this case in Florida it was Mangrove and Lane Snapper). I didn’t use the Bonito Hollow Trout Bait but I would bet it would have worked great!. My biggest problem was the occasional REALLY big fish that I hooked that absolutely shredded my light tackle….

    The advise I gave was targeted for freshwater trout and was/is the best knowledge I can give for this specie based on 40+ years of fishing. I have caught a number of trout over 27 inches and lost a few I thought exceeded 30 inches. I generally never use any line larger than 8# FLUOROCARBON when fishing for freshwater trout. I give the larger fish that advantage in order to stay light to get the most bites possible. In the Ruidoso area, there are 10 pound + brown trout in the lake at “The Inn of The Mountain Gods” so you can (and will) occassionaly get stripped there. They also have some exteremely large carp in the lake that will “take you to the house” but if it is a large brown trout…you will invaribly see the fish as they tend to jump and give you a good visual picture of the fish on… Grindstone Lake also has some really big Browns…The largest trout I have found at Bonito Lake were in the 4-5 pound range and the 4-6# test line should work best there. The Fluorocarbon line is expensive and a little “stiffer” line that than the Trilene XL (stands for extra limp)..but if you want the extra advantage of an invisable line (more bites) then it is worth the extra cost. As always..Please stay within your fish limits. Tight lines!..RH

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