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Outdoors: What is your favorite way to fish? I like 'em all

Have you ever tried to figure which type of fishing is your favorite? Even though I can't think of a type of fishing I don't enjoy, I still have favorite methods of taking fish. Of course my all-time favorite is fly fishing. To have a fish slam a lure made of feathers and fur that I have tied is hard to beat.

To add to the enjoyment is for the fish to hit a surface lure. These can be dry flies or popping bugs, either one will give you that thrill of watching the strike. Most of the popping lures I use are tied with deer hair and float well. I tie them in many colors and patterns.

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My second favorite method is fishing surface lures with spinning tackle. This is great in freshwater or salt water. Locally, my saltwater favorites are striped bass and big bluefish. This requires a rod of medium weight and a line of at least 12-pound test. Even more important is a good reel with a smooth drag system. These fish make long, strong runs and you need the heavier line to hold them.

Next would be bass fishing with surface lures or popping plugs. These seem to work best at late evening or in early morning. I have had success on cloudy days with little or no wind.

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One of the top angling experiences for me is using small poppers to catch bluegills. These can be used with a fly rod or ultra-light spinning tackle. These little pan fish strike hard and fight like a fish twice their size.

An extra is added when a hungry bass is swimming near and inhales the popper. This can give your light tackle a good test and also test your skill in handling a big fish on a light rig.

It all boils down to the excitement of the swirl on the surface as the fish inhales the lure. Try surface fishing, I am sure you'll like it.

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