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TO PRE-FISH or NOT TO PRE-FISH? IS THIS REALY A QUESTION!

TO PRE-FISH or NOT TO PRE-FISH? IS THIS REALY A QUESTION!

Pre-fishing is extremely important when it comes to fishing tournaments. Better yet, it is important to pre-fish for tournament success! Pre-fishing is as important as going to the gym for a body builder! Practice before the main event and you will have a better picture of the lake! The only way to unlock a lake is to keep fishing it before competition! However, it is important to move on once you have located fish. Remember, your goal is not to land every fish during the pre-fish. Pre-fishing helps paint a picture of fish location and lure selection. Finding fish before competition and knowing what they want to eat is essential for tournament success! Practice, practice, and practice to find the fish you need for winning.

My very first event of the year, I failed to pre-fish and it proved deadly. My partner and I had nothing to show for! Furious with this outcome I went back to the lake and hammered out a 15lbs. bag! Every day on the lake is a learning experience. Pay attention to what is working and what is not and you will catch more fish! If you can, get out and pre-fish before the tournament. I guarantee it will help you in your future trip!

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be MASSIVE and your fish be MONSTERS!

-Peter Natev

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Spring into Fishing!

Spring brings season of hope and anticipation of new dreams and goals for fisherman! As the seasons start to open for almost all the fish, the idea of what can be caught runs rapid through angler’s minds! This spring set some goals for yourself. Goals in fishing are important just like goals in all aspects of life. Setting goals can help you become an angler. This spring set out to learn new techniques with the fish that are open and bring what you have learned to the tournament scene. Techniques can be shared between fish, so learning something new with one species will definitely increase the number of your main target species! The beauty about fishing is that there is always something new that can be learned. Fishing is a very dynamic sport! It is constantly changing with the number of variables affecting the outcome of successful day! Don’t always wait for the perfect conditions to fish because if you are waiting then you’re missing out on an educational fishing trip. Even if you don’t catch a fish there is something to be learned. The bottom line is that you have to get out and practice. Set yourself a goal of learning! This spring practice, learn, and fish to be successful when it counts!

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be MASSIVE and your fish be MONSTERS!

-Peter Natev

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Man vs. Nature!

There is something special about river fishing! It brings me back to simpler techniques and times. River fishing to me is less stressful because I don’t carry the bass fishing tournament mindset. Time spent in the river is a time for letting go of everything. The noise of the water, the smell of the air, and the nature around me, sets the perfect stage for catching a fish.

River fishing is man vs. nature at its finest! The power of the fish paired up with the raw power of the river makes the fight all that more special. No matter the size of the fish caught there is something special about landing a fish in the river.

The beauty about river fishing is that anyone can try it! But please, respect the shore line and the waters by not throwing your trash all over the place. Please dispose of your trash in the proper trash bin. Also, respect other anglers by giving them space! Don’t start fishing their holes because you see them catching fish.

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be MASSIVE and your fish be MONSTERS!

-Peter Natev

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The Power of Perch

Hard water fishing can be a bore and snore at times! Looking down an 8 inch hole can make watching paint dry look like the Super Bowl of entertainment. If you are bringing someone who has never ice fished before in their life you better be getting fish! It can be cold and windy so if there is no hot action from the fish to keep them warm, they are going to be turned off!

Don’t take them out for fish that take a long time to catch! The idea is to keep them catching and focused on the fish! Enter the almighty and powerful Perch! Perch fishing is the answer and lure to keep newbies having fun! Perch will bite just about anything and are all over the lake! From a foot to eighty feet of water, Perch can be caught! From minnows, to spoons, and even little tubes the options are endless for bait! I like to drop shot a minnow for them! I find I feel the bite a lot better on the drop shot as you feel the weight of the bite instead of the sinker!

The best part of Perch fishing is that there are so many Perch wanting to inhale your lure! Keep a few for yourself as they make for a tasty fish! Deep fried or pan fried coat them with a batter and you’re in Heaven!

Perch fishing will have the novice wanting to go out more and more! Once they become comfortable with hard water fishing, venture off and tackle some Lakers and Whities!! Hook them up with one of these brutes and they are hooked for life!!

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!

-Peter Natev

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FISHING DEEP

Learning to fish deep is an essential skill that every angler must learn if they are to even think about going pro. Sure you can make a good career out of pounding the bank. Guys, like Tommy Biffle and Denny Brauer are deadly when it comes to shallow water fishing. However, if you want to excel to levels of success like Kevin Van Dam (or somewhere close to his level), you’re going to have to learn deep-water fishing!

Don’t let fishing deep scare you! Conquer the beast like David dominated Goliath. Use what works for you. Bring your flipping attire out to deeper water. Using the same concepts you would along the bank apply it to the deeper depths of the lake. Look for those irregularities on your electronics like drop-offs and humps. Subtle changes will hold fish and depending on the lake, the slightest change in consistency will hold fish. It is without question that electronics are vital to your success in deeper water, but polarized sunglass will make all the difference!

Polarized sunglasses will cut the glare of the water like a birthday kid cutting into their birthday cake. The polarized sunglasses allow one to see any vegetation pockets and holes. The bass are waiting there in order to ambush their prey. In this case, flip your bait into it and pull the fish up like it’s their rapture.

Heavy weight is a must when fishing deep. Add some weight like you’re a sumo wrestler. I am not saying throw back the fast food burgers like you have a coupon book! Use between 1/2oz. to a 1oz. weight to get your bait down deep and fast. If you’re in a weight class as Steve Urkel, you’re in trouble! You need that extra weight for bottom contact! Stay in contact with the bottom, not your ex and you will peg a lot more fish!

A Crankbait is a fantastic deep-water bait. Crankbaits can cover a lot of water fast and efficiently. Once again contact with structure and the bait will get you more fish. There are more selections of crankbaits on the market then there are on “eHarmony.” So finding a crankbait to get to the depth you desire should not be a problem.

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!

-Peter Natev

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THE FANTASTIC FALL!

It has been a while since my last blog but I have been keeping busy! I have been working on my own website recently which all of you should visit www.peternatev.com. It is still in the early stages but still worth checking out! At www.peternatev.com you can access all my links from Twitter, to Facebook and even get some exciting fishing tips you can not find anywhere else! Follow me on Twitter to check out what I am up too! I will even notify my followers when I have a new blog out on www.bountyfishing.com! Enough about my site lets get into the nitty-gritty, FALL SMALLIES!

Fall is the time to hammer and weigh in BIG Smallmouth Bass! Smallmouths feed heavy and are eating just about anything that swims this time of year! From smelt, crawfish, and gobies, all Smallmouth want to do is eat and eat, in order to get all fat and juicy for the winter cold! On deep lakes, it is best to look for the 20-30ft range. That being said, the best lures to use this time of year are baits that resemble the forage they are chowing down on! Use lures such as tubes, to match the crawfish by dragging it along the bottom. It is important to always have contact with you’re the tube on the bottom. Use a heavy tube head to ensure you are in contact with the bottom structure.

Jerkbaits are fantastic smelt imitator baits! They best resemble the slender profile of the smelt. Use them to cover the the water for any suspended fish. Work the bait in variety of speeds and jerks until you get a bite. Pay attention to how you work the bait and replicate it cast after cast once a Smallmouth crushes it!

When the bite is tough and all else fails, finesse the Bass by using the good ol’ drop-shot! Use a foot lead from the weight to your hook, to just get that bait off the bottom. Tip your hook with a goby or minnow lure and I promise you’ll get bite! Bottom contact is important with the drop shot as well, so don’t be afraid to use a 1/2oz. weight. If you can handle the chilly weather and windy days, get out and go Smallmouth Bass fishing in the fall! Fall is a fantastic time to smash any of your personal best Smallie records or any fish for that matter! There is nothing else like Smallmouth Bass fishing when they are on the feed in the fall.

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!

-Peter Natev

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Quick Tips: Making Fishing Simple

1) “Match the Hatch,” a statement we have been hearing for years. Yes it’s important and a good starting point to match the colour and size of your lures with what the fish are eating. However, it is alright to think outside the box and throw something of a different colour and size. Switching it up can trigger more bites! Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find that winning combination.

2) “Fresh Obsessed,” is an important concept in fishing. Having new line and sharp hooks are essential tools for fisherman that bring the fish into the boat. Weak and old line can snap when you have a fish of a lifetime on! Not a good idea to be fishing with 10 year old line. Upgrade that line with sharp hooks. Rust and dull points affect your hooking percentage. Every bite counts, so make sure your hooks are sharp to drill that hook into the fish’s mouth!

3) “Moisture Free.” This tip links up with quick tip 2 and keeping rust off your hooks. After a day on the water, air out your tackle boxes, bags, and trays, so they have a chance to air dry. Letting your tackle dry will keep rust of your hooks and your investments lasting longer!

4) If you’re on a tight budget and you want a versatile lure, nothing can beat a spinnerbait. This lure is deadly and affective in multiple conditions. Clear, dirty, shallow, and deep, this lure can go almost anywhere. The bonus about this lure it can catch a number of species that swim. It catches smallmouth, largemouth, pike, and even muskie! Spinnerbaits work! Go test one out and see the results!

5) “It’s a Waiting Game,” That somewhat applies to fishing. If what your doing doesn’t work switch it up! Don’t waste your day catching no fish. Breaking down the way your fishing will help you determine what’s not working. Sometimes all it takes is a red flake in your lure. Pay attention to your surroundings and you will catch more fish.

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!

-Peter Natev

It’s That Time of Year!

 

It’s that time of year again! The weather starts to cool, the sweaters come out, the leaves change colours, and the water temperature drops. But don’t get upset because the salmon run is here! The salmon have started making their ways up the rivers to spawn in Ontario. The past few rain falls have really helped with raising the water levels. The salmon are able to get up the rivers a lot easier. There are many reports and pictures of anglers landing monster salmon!

If you have never experienced a salmon run I suggest you get out and see what you’re missing. Even if you’re not into catching fish (which I can’t believe your not), go down to a river like the Credit and the Humber and witness nature at its best. See how powerful and determined these beasts of nature are, as they make their way up to where they were born and lay their eggs for future generations. It is really something to see, especially if you can see them jump over obstacles like dams.

This fall don’t just sit home trying to stay warm and complain that summer has ended. Get out and see what all the fuss is about. The salmon run is here, don’t wait too long as it only lasts for so long! By mid to end of November the major run will be over. Don’t wait, get some bait and go fishing!

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!

-Peter Natev

Frogs and More Frogs!

Ask just about any fisherman and they will tell you that the most exciting type of fishing is top water fishing. It is a thrill to see a big ol’ fish just bust through the waters surface. What is even more exhilarating is seeing a hawg of a bass explode through a matt of vegetation. What’s the best type of lure to use in this type of situation? Yup, you guessed it, FROGS! Plastic frogs can be thrown into the thickest of vegetation. Frogs are best thrown using a 7-7’9 foot heavy bait caster with 40-65lbs. of braided line. The weedless nature of the frog makes it a hassle free lure for any skill level.

The two most popular types of frogs are floating frogs and soft plastic frogs. Floating frogs are plastic frogs that do not sink. The Spro Bronzeye frog is an example of a floating frog. Their unsinkable nature makes them ideal for thick vegetation. They are easy to cast and simple to use. They can be retrieved in a number of ways, such as: stop and go, walk the dog, steady retrieve, or popping.

Soft plastic frogs are different then floating frogs because they sink. The Zoom Horney Toad for example has a kinking motion that when retrieved is activated causes commotion in the water and sinks when it is not reeled in. The best ways to retrieve a soft plastic frog is to: burn it, steady retrieve on the surface, steady retrieves on the surface and occasionally pausing (this pause will allow the bait to sink and fall right in front of the fish under the cover). Soft plastic frogs are best used in open water, lily pads, and sparse vegetation.

There are many different colours of frogs on the market. To simplify color selection, use natural colours like green, brown, white, or black. These four colours can be used in any water clarity and anywhere in the country. When the bite gets tough don’t be afraid to change things up! Try a colour you had no intention of ever using. Sometimes its decisions like this that can turn your day around and get you a limit.

If you have never used a frog lure in your life, then you are definitely missing out. The next time your at your local tackle store don’t shy away from the frog isle and pick yourself up some frogs. I promise that you will not be disappointed when that monster fish crashes the surface and inhales your lure.

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!

-Peter Natev

Ice Fishing

It has been a while since I have last written. Even longer has been the last time I went out fishing or what it at least feels like. However, yesterday I got a chance to go out for the first time this year to do some ice fishing. We drilled holes at about the 100 foot depth range. Although the weather was good with no wind and a bright sun, the bite was slow. I caught a few herring which were quickly released since they were not in season. I also raised a giant whitefish to the hole. However, the whitefish straightened my hook and shook off. A couple of my buddies landed lake trout that were good eater size. A few of my other buddies also got some herring and a whitefish. We were all pretty much fishing the same way that has worked in previous outings. Basically, two techniques were used: the first was drop shotting live minnows and the second was ripping spoons. Drop shotting worked much better then the spoons did. Although we did not catch as many fish as we all would have liked, I know for sure we can’t wait to get back out there for some redemption.

‘Till next time: May your hook sets be Massive and your fish be Monsters!-Peter Natev