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rooster


I'm new - is spincasting a form of angling or the same or what exactly? Why is everything a mystery? Can't go anywhere and get straight simple answers. Also, whats a bottom rig I keep seeing on this forum? Any suggestions for what to use now in February at local lower mainland lakes - pretty much anywhere between burnaby and harrison? ie line, hook, bait? I'm fishing from shore. And oh yea, has anybody seen a red rubber "ball" floater. Its just like a kids ball and it ties onto the line - give a lot of whip. Got one last summer in the kootenays but don't see them here anywhere.
JoHn87

Rooster, Angling is just fishing. Plain and simple. All types of methods to catch fish are concidered " Angling ". Hence " Angler ". Spin casting is a great way to catch fish in rivers and lakes. If your refering to the rivers for salmon and steelhead and that sort, i know drift fishing is a very popular method. I know you can use spinners, and spoons but that method isnt really popular. Im not really good at river fishing, simply because i just got into it. Lake fishing, and coarse fishing, i am more familiar and better at. when your at a lake, you got to know the status of the lake first. know if its good, bad, recently stocked and all that sort. it is necessary. If a lake is known as a great spot for a period of time, it wont change like the river. it stays good for a while, or bad for a while. If your fishing for rainbows, and on the docks, just use split shots , like a foot long leader, (depending on the depth) and put a nice fat dew worm on it. This is a good method when the lake is shallow, and you know it. if the lake drops off on the dock, put a split shot or one of those flat weights equal to the weight of 2 split shots, and 4 inches away from it, a small small spinner if your going for rainbows and that sort. get a panther martin , rooster tails, their great they will work . Cast out, and when it hits the water, wait for about like 10 seconds. then start reeling at a steady pace. i know what your curious about. How slow should you reel? in about 2 seconds, ( count missisipies ) you should have completed a whole round on cranking the reel. This varies, if that doesnt work try going a second faster or a second slower. all in all, this is the pace it should be around. i know when your first starting lake fishing, or fishing period, theres lots of questions in mind. I personally find spin casting a better method then using bait, simply becuase i do better with it, and i dont use bait much. you have to get out there and fish the lakes for yourself. Just keep in mind everything i have told you when your out there. as for bottom rig, i dont know exactly what they mean, but in the fraser, ( coarse fishing is for like bullheads, white fish, pacific tom cods, flounders, dogfish and all that sort.) Carp is a coarse fish but it is fished differently then the coarse fish i have just listed. if you have questions about carp fishing, just ask me. as for bottom rigs, this is the most popular method to catch these coarse fishes. its primary , up top in waters with heavy current, or deep waters. if your going somewere calm, you can float fish.. a bar rig, is a rig with two metal bars with seperators and seperate line and hooks on these rigs. with a weight at the bottom of the rig. you can buy these at any tackle store. just ask for a bar rig setup its like 1 dollar. also at lakes, if it is shallow, you can use a foam float or balsa floats, and just put a leader under it , and put a couple split shots apart form each other and a hook at the end as your terminal. and depending on your float, you need to find a way to stop it at the top from sliding down. if the line goes straight down into the float, put a toothpick at the top, and break it, so it doesnt stick out. if its another type, there are 4 holes for the line to go into. youl know what im talking aobut. for these floats, you just wrap it around between the second and third holes. put about a foot to 2 foot leader till the float to the hooks, depending on the depth. when your out fishing, just try each method depending on the lake. oh yea, ive never seen those rubber balls you mentioned here. as for lakes, try these methods at.. lets say buntzen and sasamat if you want to stay close to vancouver, if you want to go far , try like davis lake , rolley lake and so forth in that area ( Maple Ridge ) I think everything i just told you answers all your "Mystery Questions" - John
rooster

Thanks very much John87.
1. I am still wondering about this time of year - are the fish hiding somewhere? Have been fishing several times recently but not even a bite - used worms, powerbait and lures - NADA! Is there a special approach to take when its still cold like now?
2. Also, still wondering about the little red ball I described - does anyone know where to get one without going back to the kootenays?
JoHn87

Well i recently learned some more about your first question (Thanks to Alex), that at this time of year, lakes that are shallow, and have low elevation are good right now. I heard latimer is good right now, just use some roe and ONE split shot and tighten your line.The fish arent "hiding" anywere, just innactive. Sasamat is supposedly very hard in the summer, and quite good right now. I learned cooked shrimp ( try the tails ) works good under a float. ( that setup i explained to you ). and for that rubber ball, i have no idea
rooster

thanks - good to know about latimer and sasamat...had a rubber ball - got in kaslo fishing store, apparently made by some retired fellow there and apparently balls are more common back east - excellent for distance because the ball gives it a lot of whip. i'm not into fly fishing (yet) and grew up with a good old fashioned fishing rod with bait and caughts lots of bass in ontario
Alex

Hey, Rooster, can you post of photo of the ball you are talking about.
rooster

no can't post a picture - but its a simple red rubber ball - just like the red/white/blue ones kids used to play with - it appears to have a wire through it with a loop at each "axis" so it can tie onto the line, easily fits into the palm of your hand

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