1. Don't be a purist. Use live bait. Try to match it with what
the fish normally feed on.
2. Use lighter fishing lines. The small size line can't be seen
3. In order to use those light lines, it's a must to have a good
working drag on your reel.
4. Smaller, sharper hooks work just as well as the big ones -
5. Try to fish for the type of fish that maybe spawning or hitting.
6. The way to find this out is to spend some time on the phone
calling bait shops. You could spend some time hanging out at a
good one, listening and talking several days prior to when you
are planning a trip, and plan accordingly.
7. Start on the bottom and work your way to the top in stages. Once
you catch a fish, try to keep your bait at that depth and just
move around until you find where they are hiding. If you aren't
catching, move until you do. Keep repeating the procedure.
Bluegill, crappie, white bass, black bass, sauger, etc!! are all
schooling fish. This means more than one around. Once I find
them, we usually catch a bunch.
8. A tip on crappie - they are not like other fish. They don't
like to go down after a minnow or bait unless they are in a real
feeding fit!!, so fish above them.
9. You can catch more fish by leaving 8 inches to a foot between
your hook and sinker.
10. Whenever possible, fish dead line (no bobber) over the side of
your boat or off the bank. This will sometimes allow them to set
the hook on themselves and you have better control of what you