AMFisH daily blog post – specific baits for specific lakes.

Hi AMFisHers,

This AMFisH daily blog post is about specific baits for specific lakes.   Over the years I have learned to have specific baits organized in individual tackle trays that I use on certain lakes.

This is quite a unique strategy as you have baits in the trays that have worked well on a specific lake you fish and continue to add to that tray after each outing.   You success rate increases by a good 85%, simply due to the fact that you are using baits that have worked on that lake before!

Having trays sorted by lakes gives you the upper hand, as the baits in those trays have produced in the past on that body of water and you have developed confidence in using them.  The key to doing this correctly is leaving your baits out as you fish and at the end of the day reviewing what baits you caught fish on.

You do this on about 4 outings on each lake, this should give you about 10 to 12 baits that you were able to catch fish on.  These baits go into a tackle tray listed with that lakes name and you use them each time you fish that lake, building more and more success on those specific colours/patterns.   On each outing bring along another 4 baits you think might work due to them being the right size for the fish in the lake, right presentation, right action, various aspects of that bait that can lead to success.

At the end of the outing take 10 minutes to sort these baits out and only the baits that worked for you go into that lakes tray, to be used next time.   You will quickly see that the puzzle pieces have come together and that ever so annoying guessing game at the start of each outing will not be a factor anymore.

There will be time when things in those specific trays do not work, could be due to a storm that rolled through, fishing the wrong spots, any number of reason can affect success BUT the key thing is you will have tried your best with various confidence baits that you know have the ability to catch fish on that lake.

Some other advantages are that you can travel with light tackle, one or two small trays at most.   Another advantage is your gear remains very organized in these few trays, avoiding the clutter of scrambling for a bait you want but can’t find it in the 10 messy fishing trays.   All in all it’s a win win situation for you, so give it a try with one lake and grow from there.

Hope you found this blog post helpful…..tight lines!


This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – what colour baits to use in stained and clear waters.

Hi fellow AMFisHers!  This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog is about what colour bait to use in stained and clear waters:

I have been asked on numerous occasions while fishing as to what colour to use and if colour makes a big difference.  Well it was time I shot a video on this topic as there are many variables that come into play.

The rule of thumb is when the sun is out go to a bright bait that will be visible to the fish and catch lots of flash.    On the flip side during an overcast day you should go to a dark natural colour as it will show more of a contrast in the water due to the lack of light catching it.

Well the above is what we have all done BUT I have also proven this wrong on many outings, this is where things get tricky.  The key thing to note is the fish will always let us know what they want so keep that at the top of your list, while trying baits.   I have done the reverse of what I wrote above as the fish were telling me to do so, they were hitting bright baits on overcast days and darker baits on brighter days, so again follow what the fish dictate to us.

In theory everything above is what should work but the factors we must consider and things like what is the light penetration like in deeper water?  What will a darker bait running in deeper water during a bright day look like?  These are key questions you must ask yourself while out on the water.

Say the day I very overcast with short patches of sunlight,  well you use that darker colour bait BUT should you be fishing a deeper depth you need to remember that the bait may drown itself out in darker water bellow, this is where you will rely more on things like scent and noise to combat that.   On the flip side you may want to also try a bait with a brighter flash, that can also help combat that darker water.

This works the same way with sunny days and bright colours, in that deeper water you might want that darker bait, as there will still be light penetrating below so the profile of a darker bait may stand out more.

In this vlog I clearly demonstrate how lighter and darker colours can get lost in various colours of water, sometimes even blend in so much that they can barely be seen at all.   This is definitely something to keep in mind as doing the wrong things can result in not catching any fish, so paying attention to details like this can increase your chances of catching fish.

Hope you found this vlog helpful!

The AMFisH guy…