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AMFisH blog post – Spring fishing tips to selecting the right baits for early season fishing!

Hi AMFisHers! Early spring fishing is just about here and it seemed like a great time to write a short blog post about tips on how to select the right baits for the early season.

This is a short video review of what size of baits to start off with and how/when to consider progressing up in size during the fishing season.

After the long winter months fish usually start getting very active once the ice melts off the lakes and open water is vibrant.  Spring is all about rejuvenation so we as #AMFisHers, anglers and fishing enthusiasts must remember one key thing come spring and that is size will matter!

Any baitfish from the previous year either were lucky enough to have survived the harsh reality of being eaten and have grown to a decent size or they were eaten.  Come spring fish will spawn the next generation of baitfish which will start off a very small fry of bait. Now taking this into consideration in the early months, the best approach for success in to match that same size of bait with your lures.

I would suggest looking through your tackle boxes and bait trays, to find all the baits you have between that 2 inch to 3 inch size and make sure these are lean skinny body style baits. This range in size is a great range to start with and why the baits need to be lean and skinny is that baitfish will not have grown much at all, so they will not have a chunky body style yet, they will be very skinny and with a long styled body.  Find these types of baits and add them into a spring “go to” fishing tackle tray!

As spring progresses and summer approaches you can increase the size of baits, both the length and girth of the baits you are using to once again match the size of the bait as it grows. The number two things to have at the top of the list for what baits fish will react to most are, does the bait have a body profile that the fish can relate to having seen or see regularly and two does that bait move and swim like something the fish have seen and reacted to in their natural environments. These two things are so critical when it comes to catching or not catching fish and they are far more important than color or scent.

Spring is a great time of year to catch high numbers of fish and some good quality fish, so you don’t want to be out there using the wrong baits and missing out on that hungry spring feeding frenzy!

Hope you found this post helpful and if you have any questions feel free to ask me.

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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – How to approach fishing shorelines – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers! This week AMFisH(LEARN more: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is a short video about how to approach fishing a new shoreline.

When it comes to fishing shorelines you has fished before and new shorelines the rule of thumb in most cases stays the same. When you approach a shoreline you want to start fishing, I always recommend starting with a very high confidence bait you love fishing! Now you might ask why, well it’s simple the second we as AMFisHers start using a bait we have caught fish on our confidence level increase astronomically.

Once you have that one confidence bait ready to go, take this part a few steps further by making sure you have another 4 to 6 high confidence baits ready, as they will come in handy after the first two passes across the shoreline. Next thing to consider is distance from the shore itself, you don’t want to be too far out and not getting the bait to the fish and you also don’t want to be to close casting past the fish, so a safe approach is to stay out far enough where you can try some cast’s really close to shore and some further out from shore. Once you find out where the fish are hanging out and striking the bait you can then adjust your position accordingly.

Below is an example of a typical shoreline one might see, that has a mix of some sandy beaches, trees hanging over the water, rocks and weeds, all excellent structure to fish!


I always suggest making two passes down a shoreline with the same bait, WHY well there are often so many good spots to cast that it is almost 100% impossible to hit every good spot with a cast, so by making two passes along the shoreline with each confidence bait you are increases your odds of determining if the fish are into that bait or not. You do not want to stop using a bait when the fish might be into that bait, so breaking things down like this is critical.

When it comes to those good spot and determining those good spots, this is where being very observant is of the utmost importance. As you slowly drift along the shoreline keep your eyes glued on any high fish catch percentage spots, these are the areas that stand out the most. Examples would be long submerged trees, large sunken rocks that are sticking up out of the water, sunken trees with thick bunched up branches, that shallow water that leads right into a deep drop off and those very shade filled pockets, these are all examples of high percentage fish catch spots. By studying the shoreline and determining where each cast should be will also help increase the amount of fish you catch!

The shoreline example below is more of a typical bay or inlet that would have some great structure around the shoreline with direct access to deeper water, again another great shoreline to find good quality fish and predator fish.


Fishing is kind of like opening a new puzzle and working on it for the first time, we as AMFisHers really need to focus on the important things that will result in a successful day on the water and once we have taught ourselves how to approach a strategy we can then deploy that same strategy in similar situations on different lakes to lead to even more successful fishing days.

Hope you found this video helpful!

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