Nature Notes

By: Datasport Release
By: Datasport Release

April 1, 2011

Rig a soft swimbait with a jighead so that the hook points upward, in the opposite direction of the swimming tail. Fish it in two ways. Slowly reel it, making the tail wiggle side to side or drag it over the bottom in short hops. Anglers can also Texas-rig it with a hook inserted into the plastic and no weight. Use this technique when fishing heavy grass. Toss it into the grass and steadily retrieve it, letting it fall for a foot or so every so often.

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April 2, 2011 -

Paddlefish were once common in many waters of the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio river basins and throughout in the South and Midwest. However, declining sturgeon populations caused more people to catch paddlefish for their roe, a good substitute for sturgeon caviar. Now, paddlefish are fully protected in many states.

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April 3, 2011 -

According to legend, wacky worms were named because a man and his wife hired a guide. Fishing the “proper” way, the husband and guide found a few fish and completely forgot about the woman. Becoming bored and not wanting to bother the men, she picked up a worm, ran a hook through its side and flipped it into the water. When she started catching fish, the men took notice. The guide remarked, “That’s the wackiest worm I’ve ever seen.”

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April 4, 2011 -

Osceola turkeys only live in the Florida peninsula up to the southern edge of the Panhandle. Osceolas look very similar to easterns, only slightly smaller and darker with less white barring on the wing feathers. Osceolas share similar habitat with eastern turkeys, which also live in parts of Florida, and overlap in range, but prefer more swampy terrain.

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April 5, 2011 -

For tempting spring walleyes, try bucktail or marabou feather jigs in white, yellow, chartreuse or pink. Use jigs ranging in size from 1/8- to 1/2-ounce, sometimes tipped with a pork trailer. A night crawler or a live minnow on the jig also make good temptations. Toss these upstream and work the baits downstream along the bottom. Occasionally, give the rod a twitch or let it hop along the bottom.

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April 6, 2011 -

Sometimes, crappie turn finicky and only taste jigs. The angler may never even know that a strike occurred. When that happens, add a little incentive. Add a crappie nibble, a tiny bit of pellet bait, to the jig hook. These look like miniature marshmallows and come in various colors. They dissolve slowly in the water, giving off scent and flavor.


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