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smithben1983
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:54 PM 09/01/08 (CST)
Hello and thank you for reading. i have just bought my first boat and started fishing for the first time in about 15. I am 24 and don't even remember what to do. i am starting with just a jig and bobber, with a worm. I live in New Hope, MN and have tried fishing lake minnetonka and eagle lake both places all i catch are little babies nothing bigger than my hand i don't really have anyone to teach me to fish at all. any one have an web sites or videos even DvDs i should go out and get. i am very lost at what to do and where to fish. also i am thinking about getting a fish finder, whats the best cheapest finder i could get for a beginner.

Thinks again,
Ben
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:32 AM 09/02/08 (CST)
Smithben, Check the Hennipen cty Library in Edina. They have several tapes on fishing. I can rent, watch and write down the things you would like to try. If you would like more give me a Call. We could set something up.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:43 AM 09/02/08 (CST)
I moved here from south Texas two years ago. I had been fishing salt water from the shore and piers for a long time and was clueless about how to handle things around here. For fishing information, you've already come to one great resource...this site. Take some time and comb through the postings and articles. Also, ask questions…there’s a great group of people here that are more than happy to give advice and tips.

Another place I got some good basics is reading. Check out a Gander Mountain or Cabelas store. There is a series of books titled by fish species that are easy to read and digest that cover the fish's habits throughout the year, where to look in a lake or river, bait and presentation.

As far as your boat, I'd recommend a sonar system of some sort. I have a basic, bread and butter unit that is invaluable for finding the underwater features and structure where fish are more likely to be found. If you don’t have one already, a trolling motor is also a must for boat control.

To get started, choose one or two lakes, get some good maps and focus your efforts getting to know them and how to fish the different areas of the lake. That’s a good way to develop your skills without throwing in too many variables at first. Worked for my son and me.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:29 AM 09/02/08 (CST)
Hey smithben1983,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:09 PM 09/02/08 (CST)
Welcome to the site, smithben1983!




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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:19 AM 09/03/08 (CST)
Welcome to the forum, smithben1983!


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:29 AM 09/03/08 (CST)
Welcome, smithben1983.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:51 PM 09/07/08 (CST)
You're probably fishing too shallow and using the wrong bait. If you want bigger fish, I'd fish deep weedlines with small or medium-size sucker minnows. If your boat doesn't have an aerator, the pocket aerators (about $15 with batteries) work great. In the summer, I keep my minnow bucket inside a cooler so I don't have to listen to the aerator hum.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:55 PM 09/07/08 (CST)
And the cheapest finder I've found is the portable Hummingbird, about $100.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:36 AM 09/17/08 (CST)
What are you fishing for? Don't expect the "fish finder" to help you out a lot in the beginning either. Even though they show fish on your screen, it’s not how most folks use them. Especially not the lower end models. It takes some time to learn how to read those things. It's not like they’re going to say: "There's a fish at 9:00, cast a floating Rapala 30 yards out" or anything like that.

My advice is to get down to basics and focus on learning one or two baits for the specific fish you are aiming to catch. As you’re experiencing, fishing can be frustrating when you’re only hauling in water. Getting comfortable, and then confident, with one technique is the best way to catch more fish. Like for bass, learn how to fish a weedless Senko worm and maybe learn how to Texas-rig a ribbon tail worm. Some folks might suggest a worm and a spinnerbait. But I’m partial to the worm. It’s the oldest, but probably still the best, way to catch a bass. You’ll have to ask someone else about other species though. I’m strictly a bass guy. But I would say this approach should work well for anything you’d like to catch.

Once you start catching fish, then you can look at expanding your repertoire and buying expensive sonar units and fancy reels with different gearing and technique specific rods for every bait you throw and crankbaits in every color of the rainbow and packs & packs of worthless plastics that were supposedly going to be “sure thing” this year and hiding them from your wife because she’d kill you if she knew how much money you spent on gear, but it was on sale! …Sorry about that. Good luck.





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