Practical Fishing Tips, 2000, North American Outdoor Group


B
Back, reducing soreness when fishing, 92
Bait
    better scent dispenser, 110
    slow-release dip bait, 110
    soft landing for soft bait, 107
Bait, live. See also Baitfish; Worms, live
    activating lethargic leeches, 67
    catalpa worms, 102
    pop-off float for big baits, 94
Bait containers
    handy crawler tote, 32
    minnow bucket, 39
Baitfish
    adding wobble to shad, 111
    bullheads and sunfish for catfish, 113
    keeping baitfish on hook, 95
    storing minnows for ice fishing, 137
    trimming tail of, for catfish, 111
Bass tips
    add thump to spinnerbaits, 47
    curling blades of buzzbaits, 48
    double Carolina rig, 52
    double trailer, 47
    file barbs for prefishing tournaments, 57
    fishing docks with crankbait, 54
    fizzing bait, 51
    indicator plants for, 44
    noisy tubebaits, 50
    offset jig hook, 53
    pop-off balloon, 56
    propbait ploys, 49
    recognizing revers weedline, 45
    recording prefishing details, 57
    skirt care for, 46
    slipping plugs, 54
    speed up with jigs for white bass, 66
    spicing up jigging spoons, 51
    spicing up plastic worms, 52
    spreader rig for stripers, 56
    tailweighting topwaters, 48
    wacky worm, 53
    watch shadows for, 45
    weighting minnowbait, 55
    in wild rice, 44
    willow-leaf spinnerbait for, 46
    yo-yo lure, 55
    zig-zag your Zara, 49
Batteries, storage tips, 25
Believer, 87
Birds as indicators of baitfish, 74
Bluegills, popper and subsurface fly, 64
Boat motor
    maximizing outboard power, 21
    storage tips, 24-25
    trimming up motor for slow trolling, 23
Boats
    big-water hull tip, 20
    carpet care, 19
    controlling your drift for trout/salmon, 116
    flow-thru live well, 18
    lighting up side planers, 79
    precision jigging for trout/salmon, 123
    removing sticky seats, 19
    storage tips, 24-25
    tethering tools to, 88
    tunnel jon for shallow water, 20
    underseat lure tubes, 89
Boat trailer
    crossing safety chains, 22
    fine-tuning tongue weight, 22
    level loading, 21
Bobbers, slip-bobber casting, 35
Bucktails
    doctoring for pike/muskies, 96
    teaser to, 86
Bulrushes, bass in, 44
Buzzbaits, curling baits of, 48

C
Carolina rig, double, 52
Casting
    breaking backlash habit, 16-17
    with slip-bobber, 35
Catalpa worms, 102
Catfish
    add flex to limblines, 108
    add wobble to shad, 111
    better scent dispenser, 110
    bullheads and sunfish for, 113
    catalpa worms for, 102
    circle hook for, 100
    compact jug-fishing rig, 103
    conveyor rig for dense-cover cats, 105
    cormorants draw cats, 106
    easy pencil-lead rig, 104
    easy trotline storage, 108
    emergency slip-sinker, 112
    hand-landing flatheads, 102
    lighting for night fishing, 100
    night-light for juglines, 109
    oxbow fishing, 107
    preventing deep hooking, 106
    slow-release dip bait, 110
    snag-proof "slinky," 104
    soft landing for soft bait, 107
    stop jugline tangles, 109
    3-way slip-rig, 112
    trimming tail of baitfish for, 111
    twist-gaff for giant cats, 101
    unhooking, 113
Cattails, bass in, 44
Circle hooks, 100
Cormorants, 106
Crankbait
    fishing bass under docks, 54
    two-way steelhead rig, 118
Crappies. See also Panfish tips
    deep-basin crappies, 65
    leveling jig, 60
    pinpointing suspended, 60

D
Dip bait, slow-release, 110
Double uni-knot, 27
Dropper rigs, adjustable dropper rigs for walleye, 78

F
Fish-cleaning tips, 148-155
    Canadian filleting method, 149
    cleaning mudline, 154
    field-dressing trout, 152
    minimizing contaminants, 153
    no-smell offal, 154
    removing E-bones, 154
    removing Y-bones, 150-151
    using all of your walleye, 155
Fishing line, 26-31
    breaking backlash habit, 16-17
    coiling leaders, 39
    connecting mono to superline, 27
    curing kinky mono, 28-29
    cushion for superline, 122
    double uni-knot, 27
    effective line-straightening methods, 29
    fixing line wraps, 12
    frayed mono, 9
    line-selection chart, 26
    line-spooling tips, 30
    miscellaneous tips, 31
    no-slip split shot, 32
    roller guide for wire line, 13
    slip-proof crimps, 33
    spectra knot, 27
    stopping superline slippage, 28