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The tin can that started my fishing passion!

Hi fellow anglers, fishing enthusiasts and AMFishers, this blog post is about the tin can that started my massive passion for fishing!

Who knew a tin can filled with some spinnerbaits could have that massive of an affect on me as a youngster, but it sure did!

I grew up with parents who were not very into the outdoors outside a couple of camping trips per year, so I am pretty sure fishing and the outdoors was just part of who I was and who I wanted to be in life. After having subscribed to the mailing list for the Bass Pro Shops online ordering catalogue, I knew I was spending time on something that had really intrigued me.

I would spend so much time looking through the catalogue at all this fishing stuff I had no idea about, which was very overwhelming but I was all over it trying to read through every bait description and watch every fishing show that was on TV to learn as much as I could.

Not to this red tin can below, I believe it was called the Tin O Spins, which came filled with 10 assorted spinnerbaits. I started out fishing with spinnerbaits as that was the simplest bait I had read about and it also was the most common bait I would see fishing guys using in magazines and the shows. Man oh man was I one happy camper when my first order from Bass Pro Shops arrived, this tin of spinnerbaits really did change my life!


I was doing everything I could to learn as much about fishing, all my time was dedicated to checking on when the shows would be on, to scrounging up enough money to buy some fishing magazines and even spending that hard earned weekly allowance money of an order from Bass Pro Shops. 

The unfortunate part was I did not get out much and basically lived fishing though my magazines and TV shows, because of my parents not being outdoorsy it was tough to get to any lakes, so you could bet that on those two camping trips per year I would vanish and spend my time casting even though I had limited understanding of what I was actually doing.

Now all these years later I have fished well over 1,000 times, caught some very good quality memorable fish and run a fishing blog and video blog series, looks like all that time back then was spent well.  There is definitely something to be said for finding what you passion or passions in life are and taking as many steps that are needed to live those passions!


As of today my written blog has reached many people around the world as has my video series and when I spend time responding to questions and comments it feels like it’s the best way to spend my time, helping others learn to catch fish is what I know I was put on this earth to do.

If you are looking to learn more about a specific fresh water fish species or multi species fishing, then AMFisH is the right place for you! Make sure to visit all my social pages, where you will find a lot of value add content and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can follow the bi-weekly videos series!

I would love to know what started your passions and love for fishing so please feel free to share and engage with me on any social platform you are on…looking forward to chatting with many of you soon!

The AMFisH guy…tight lines!

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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – differences between flipping jigs and swim jigs – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is about the differences between flipping jigs and swim jigs.

To many these baits might all look the same BUT there are some very key differences between these two styles of baits. Although they may look very similar they serve some different purposes for different presentations. Flipping jigs are normally fished as slow presentation baits, by adding a soft plastic trailer to them so the bait resembles a crayfish and it flipped or pitched into thick weed cover areas and fished right off the bottom. Swim jigs however are designed more for swimming the bait along as you would a crankbait, so the presentation is quite different from that of a flipping jig.

Can you do either presentation with either bait?  You sure can, but does one bait do the right job better, it sure does! Flipping jigs are made with stronger weed guards, stronger thicker hooks and in various weights for various depths of fishing. Due to the fact that flipping jigs are designed to fish in the thick stuff, around sunken trees, stumps, boulders and brush it is important for these baits to have nice strong hooks and to be made more weedless.

Swim jigs usually have much thinner style hooks that are not as strong, which definitely helps on the hook set when a fish is following the bait your are retrieving and strikes. The thinner style hooks will penetrate very easily and the that slight hook flex will act as an elastic band keeping pressure on the fish where a much thicker hook could produce far too much power and be pulled away from the fish or right out of the fishes mouth. A swim jig almost always has a much more defined appearance, with painted eyes, gills and overall bait fish coloring where flipping jigs are mainly solid or blended colors with limited lifelike looks to them.

This is a typicall swim jig style, very detailed fish appearance with a detailed skirt to match a swimming bait fish when you are using this like a crankbait. Be sure to always add a soft scented trailer of some sort, as it will add some weight, scent trail and added action to the bait.


This is your typical flipping jig, very simple looking with zero real life appearance to it, but made much stronger and bulkier to be fished in those thick cover areas. These are great when rigged with a creature bait or craw style soft plastic bait.


Once you know these differences it makes things easier as some bait packages do specify if a bait is a swim jig or flipping jig, while others needs further examination to find that information and we all know what happens when you go into the jig isle, there are 1000 different jigs staring at you, not easy to tell the differences at a first glance so take the time while looking at them.

Hope you found this vlog helpful!

The AMFisH guy…

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