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Still fishing

Still fishing is a versatile way to go. You can do it from a pier, a bridge, an anchored boat or from shore.

You can still fish on the bottom or off the bottom in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams for a variety of species. And you can still fish during most seasons and during any part of the day.

Your equipment and the size of the hooks and bait you use depends on what kind of fish you¹re after.

But your best equipment for still fishing is patience. You have to wait for the fish to bite.

Drift Fishing

Drift fishing allows you to fish over a variety of habitats as your boat drifts with the currents or wind movement.

You can drift fish on the bottom or change the depth with a bobber or float. Natural baits work best. But jigs, lures and artificial flies will produce good results, too.

You can drift fish on ponds, lakes, rivers and streams any time of the day and year.

Live Lining

Your line is “live” when your boat is anchored in a flowing body of water like a river or stream.

Use live or prepared baits and keep them on or just off the bottom.

Live lining off the bottom allows your line to drift with the current through holes and rocks where the fish may be holding.

Your equipment and the size of your hooks and lures depend on what type of fish you’re after.

Chumming

To attract fish or get them biting again, you can throw “chum” into the water where you’re fishing.

You can use ground-up bait fish, canned sweet corn, dead minnows in a coffee can (for ice fishing), pet food, even breakfast cereal.

Or stir up some natural chum by scraping the bottom with a boat oar. Be sure not to over-chum.

You want to get them interested in feeding; you do not want to stuff them before they get a chance to go after your hook.

Chumming is not legal in all states. Check local fishing regulations to make sure you are not illegally stimulating the hunger of your future catch.

Bottom Bouncing

Bottom Bouncing is done from a drifting or trolling boat, and it’s a great way to attract or locate fish during most seasons and times of day.

Use a buck tail jig or natural bait and drag it along the bottom.

The dragging motion causes the lure to bounce along stirring up small clouds of sand or mud.

After a few strikes with bottom bouncing, you can drop anchor and apply other methods to hook the particular kind of species you’ve attracted.

Trolling

Most trolling is done using a small electric motor that moves the boat quietly through the water so fish aren’t spooked.

But you can also troll by towing a lure while walking along the edge of a shoreline, bridge or pier.

The speed of the boat determines the depth of your bait. And the depth of the bait is determined by the species of fish you’re trying to catch.

Use a spinning reel or a bait caster for trolling.

Some states don’t allow motorized trolling, so check out your local fishing regulations to avoid tangling with the fish enforcers.

Jigging

Jig fishing is popular and challenging. Why?

Because the person fishing is creating the action that attracts, or doesn’t attract, the particular type of fish he or she is trying to catch.

Here’s how it works. Cast out and let your jig hook sink to the bottom.

Then use your rod tip to raise the bait about a foot off the bottom. Then let it drop back to the bottom.

You can jig up and down, side to side or up and down and sideways.

Jig rigs come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and can be used with or without live bait.

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