Hot Fishing How-Tos

How To: Tandem rig a soft plastic bait

If you need some help rigging a soft plastic fishing bait, this quick video can help. Use tandem rigging to get it done. The tandem rigging is liked when short strikes become an issue. As baits get increasingly longer, the second hook becomes increasingly important. Particularly recommend is tandem rigging on longer baits, such as 14” and 18” models.

How To: Tie fishing jigs

In this tutorial, we learn how to tie fishing jigs. First, go through the eye of the jig with your thread, then make a fisherman's knot making seven to eight turns. Now, go through the loop with the end of the string and pull it tight. Then, cut the end off and make sure you have four to five feet of lead left. You can put a swivel on the end of it, then tie another fisherman's knot. When finished, this will go to your main line on your other rod and you will be ready to go! This is easy to m...

How To: Rig skip baits using a whole fish for fishing

So, you've mastered the knot tying process for fishing, and you already know how to catch bait, so now what? You need to put that live bait to good use... this animated tutorial from Marinews will show you how to rig skip baits using a whole fish for fishing. Catching bait might just be as hard as baiting fish, but it's all in good fun when you kick back with a brewsky in your hands. You can learn by simply watching the bait rigging animation at a moderate speed, or if need be, click on "lear...

How To: Tie a spinner bait on a fishing line

Spinner bait are good for attracting and catching bass when fishing. In order to have the lure and the bait working correctly when using this type of bait, you will have to attach the bait directly to the lure. This can be done using the improved fisherman knot. After threading the line through the bait, you should leave about 6-8 inches of line to tie the knot. Begin by making about 5 twists around the line and then thread the line through the hole created below the twists. After threading t...

How To: Add a mono leader to a braid fishing line

This great how-to shows clearly how to tie a length of braided line to a fluorocarbon leader. In the video, the demonstrator uses large rope so that the technique can be clearly seen. This trick has been gaining popularity in the freshwater fishing community lately in part because it helps to reduce twist and snarl, but absorbing some of the pull. Follow this super video yourself and see if the trick works for you. When you're out in your boat and you feel the tug of that big mouth bass, you'...

How To: Tie a Double Uni knot to join two fishing lines

Every fisherman has dealt with having to tie their own fishing knots, and when you come into a situation where you have two similar fishing lines with different rated strengths. Tying this fishing line together is simple and can be done with the Double Uni knot, sometimes called the Uni to Uni knot. Watch this tying animation to learn how to tie it.

How To: Make homemade fish bait

In this video, learn how to make fish bait - the easy way! This bait works well for perch, bluegills and other smaller fish. The ingredients for this type of bait are cheap and you probably already have a lot of them in your pantry or refrigerator.

How To: Tie a sliding Snell fisherman's knot

Know your knots! Learn to tie a sliding Snell fisherman's knot with this free video guide. When tying the sliding snell fishing knot, it's like tying the common snell, but you'll be adding an extra line. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Gut and clean a fresh caught trout fish

When it comes to fishing, anyone can catch one with a little bit of time and patience. But not everyone is willing to gut a fish. If you're daring enough to cook your own fresh caught fish, you're going to need to know how to gut and clean the fish properly. This video focuses on cleaning a fresh caught trout. After completing the cleaning and gutting process, either cook it right up or store it on some ice or in the freezer for later.

How To: Tie a basic polymer fishing knot

When fishing you want to have a strong knot attaching your hook to your line. Learn how to tie a polymer knot from a fisherman in this video tutorial. Take action: put line through the jig, keep slack in the line loop, and run the jig through the loop. Ron, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is a professional bass fisher and has qualified for the Bass Master Classic and has won two B.A.S.S. Western Divisionals. He has also recorded multiple top ten finishes on F.L.W. tourna...

How To: Tie a uni fishing knot

Check out this fishing tutorial video that demonstrates how to tie a Uni fishing knot. Th Uni knot is the most common knot used to tie Line to terminal tackle knot. Just follow the simple steps as outlined in this instructional fishing video and learn how to tie a Uni fishing knot. Start reeling in the big fish!

How To: Make catfish bait at home

Use this simple recipe to catch great catfish, and make it all from the comforts of your own home! First what you need is an old butter dish to mix in, as well as an old spoon. Cornmeal, flour, old cheese, kool-aid for flavor, garlic powder, tuna, and water are the simple ingredients you need for this wonderful recipe. Mix all of these ingredients together until the mixture is nice and thick. Next place the mix into the microwave and cook it for about one minute. After it is heated up, place ...

How To: Rig a crankbait

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to rig a crankbait. It is so named because it floats on the water and does nothing until the crank is turned. The turning of the crank provides the action to the bait and attracts fish to it. To rig it, there is an attachment point on the diving lip of the crankbait; it can be a small hole for the line to be passed through or a split ring to attach the line. Tie the line to the lip with a clinch knot and you are in business. In case...

How To: Identify types of fly fishing flies

There are two types of fly fishing flies, and they are distinguished as surface and sub-surface flies with the surface ones being called dry flies. This tutorial will teach you how to tell the difference, and what this means. Make sure you know what's what and make sure you catch the biggest fish in the pond.

How To: String a roller-guided fishing pole

Learn from Captain Mark the Shark, an expert in charter fishing, how to string a roller-guided fishing pole. When stringing a roller-guided fishing pole, make sure that the line goes through the middle of both rollers. Discover why spinning rods have more guides than a roller with help from this professional fishing trainer.

How To: Replace fishing line on a reel for deep sea fishing

Mark the Shark demonstrates how to replace fishing line on a reel for deep sea fishing. First make sure to thread the fishing line into the guide ends and that you don't miss any. Put the rod in the rod holder so that you have two free hands to work with the line. Thread the line twice in the spool and make a knot to hold the line in place. Pull the line tight so it's snug against the reel and snip off the loose ends. Turn the crank and make sure that the line feeds into the spool very evenly...

How To: Tie a slim beauty shock leader knot for fishing

The slim beauty shock leader knot connects monofilament line to a heavier leader, that retains most of the original line's breaking strain. This knot was created to be strong, but cast to put together. Watch this video knot-tying tutorial and learn how to tie a slim beauty shock leader knot for fishing.

How To: Tie a sliding snell fishing knot

Check out this fishing tutorial video that demonstrates how to tie a Sliding Snell fishing knot. Just follow the simple steps as outlined in this instructional fishing video and learn how to tie a Sliding Snell fishing knot. Tying knots is a breeze after watching this tutorial. So start reeling in the big fish!

How To: Tie an end loop fishing knot

The End Loop is a loop knot for tying a loop in monofilament. The end loop is simple an quick to tie and very strong. These benefits makes the end loop a great choice for many situations. Watch this video fishing tutorial and learn how to tie an end loop knot. Tie an end loop fishing knot.

How To: Make homemade catfish bait to catch catfish

Catfish are great - they taste good and are friendly fish to catch. In this tutorial, learn how to save some money and make your very own catfish bait at home. This method of creating bait is very simple and can be made with ingredients you already have in your house. The ingredients for this bait might sound tasty to you, but don't try and eat it! The fish will find this concoction as yummy as a human would and you will be sure to catch plenty of catfish with this recipe!

How To: Sharpen a fillet knife

Believe it or not, you are more likely to hurt yourself or others with a dull knife. Not only are sharp knives better to cut with, they are much safer to use. When you are fishing, the fillet knife is one of your most important instruments. In this tutorial, you will learn how to sharpen your knife on the go and keep your instrument in tip top shape. In order to sharpen a fillet knife, place the blade of the knife in the "V" of an Accusharp tool before following the blade off the table. In th...

How To: Rig a slip sinker rig for walleye fishing

The slip sinker is used with the slip sinker rig to troll bait slowly across the bottom, primarily for walleye fishing, but also it will catch catfish and other bottom-dwelling species. If you want to find out how to rig the slip sinker rig, watch and learn from Wade Bourne of MyOutdoorTV.

How To: Reel a fishing rod

In this how-to video, you will learn how to reel a fishing rod. The most common mistake with people using spinning reels is that they are using it upside down and backwards. The correct way is making sure the spinning reel is facing downward and you are reeling forward. With a conventional reel, the reel should be facing up. The crank should be going forward. Never crank the reel backwards. Make sure the non reeling hand above the reel to help give you torque in order to fight a big fish. Wit...

How To: Rig a live crab through its horn when fishing

Using crab as bait is a smart idea, since crab has been known to work well with catching fish. But trying to use a live crab is far more difficult. Not doing it right can lead to you losing your bait or your getting injured. So in this tutorial, you'll find out how to hook a live crab through it's horn while fishing. Pay attention, take notes, and enjoy!

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