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Outdoors: The art of catching fish and a few ways to best do it

The sound of bait of some type hitting the water is always a thrill. In most cases we have no idea what type of fish will inhale our offering. The hope is something will see it as a meal.

The trick is to present the bait in areas where there are fish. Not every bit of water holds our finny subjects. The art of fishing is to find the location of cover and feeding areas. How do we locate the spots?

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The color of water will let you know if it is deep or shallow. Even in fast runs there are small channels that fish prefer. Areas behind cover such as rocks, dams, downed trees or bridge pilings are good places to find fish.

In lakes or big waters a depth finder helps to find dropoffs and deeper waters and locate fish. It helps you find structures such as downed trees, rocky points, old stream channels and many other fish holding areas.

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If you do not have the electronic equipment, a good idea is to drift or slowly troll until you find fish. A floating marker should be placed at the site. Keep working this area until the fish stop biting. Then it is time to locate another hot spot.

Fishing is a great sport and you can make it as challenging as you wish. I started with a hook, float and a worm and had fun. Then I drifted to casting and lures but the fishing method I have enjoyed the most is fly fishing.

Once thought to be a freshwater sport, only now have many saltwater anglers begun using the fly. Of course the rods are bigger and the lines heavier. The flies come in many sizes according to the type of fish you are trying to catch.

There are no limits to ways to catch fish. Those who work the hardest to learn how, catch the most fish. I must say, however, watching a float over a bed of bluegills is still fun.

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