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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!

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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.

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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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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – Observe the eyes of a fish you catch to learn about where it was holding in the water column – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers!  This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is about learning fish feeding habits from looking at a fishes eyes once you have caught it.

What can a fishes eyes tell you? Well for any of your fellow AMFisHers who may not know a fishes eyes can actually tell you where they are located in the water column and why they hit a bait your were using.  When you catch a fish, hold it horizontally and take a close look at where it’s eyes are pointing and sitting. Fish in many cases will always keep an eye on where the schools of bait fish are, for example if a school of largemouth bass are two feet off the bottom of the lake in 10ft of water they are most likely looking up towards schools of bait fish hanging out in the same area.

So with the example above if you were to catch one of those bass and examine it’s eyes once you bring the fish in, the eyes should be pointing upwards. A fishes eyes will actually remain in that position for several minutes, as they were locked in on bait fish they wanted to keep and eye on.  How can this help you? Well let’s say you are using your favorite spinnerbait and fishing it in 8ft of water with the bait running about 3ft deep and a fish strikes, once you look at it’s eyes it will tell you where the fish came from. If the eyes are facing upwards the fish came up at the bait from below it, if the fishes are are towards the front of it’s head the fish was chasing the bait from behind it in the same water column and if a fishes eyes are facing downwards then the fish struck the bait from the top.

This is great information for us as it quickly confirms where the fish are holding, with the example above any fish that had eyes pointing upwards was in 3ft or deeper water, any fishes eyes that were pointing downwards was in 3ft or less down from the surface and any fishes eyes that were towards the front of the head was right in that 3ft deep water column.  With this information you can continue catching fish with that same bait presentation until it stops working, then you start with either deeper or shallower baits to find what part of the water column the fish have moved to.

Fish usually tells us a lot about how they want to be caught, we just need to focus on what they are telling us. If you have been using a bait all day with no bites there is a reason for that, so don’t stick with one bait too long if it has not caught any fish. I usually give a bait a good 10 to 15 minutes, if there was zero interest I switch things up and start again. Focus on what the fish are telling you and you will start to catch more fish. Add in examining a fishes eyes once you catch it and you will increase your odds even further.

Hope you found this vlog helpful!

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