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Knots, Baits & Rigging

This area contains information on the Live Baits, Rigging, Knots, Hooks & Lures that are perfect for fishing in Central Florida.

Fishing Knots

Fishing knots differ as greatly as the fish we are trying to catch, but most knots can be used no matter of the specific situation and are good to use in different fishing environments. In this area you will find some common fishing knots for tying fishing line to terminal tackle, line to line and other fishing knots that anglers will find useful.

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Specialty Gear


Outriggers are a stable when going for that offshore trip, Made usually from long aluminum or composite rods, for simplicity sake, they are built like a flag pole with pulley at either end for hoisting your line up, attached to a line clip that releases on the strike. Outriggers are used to fish multiple lines a varying depth, on top or just under the surface, By mounting the outriggers to a boat, it increases the lines out and spreads them out to prevent tangling.
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Downriggers are used when trying to present a biat at a measured depth. Using the same clip that both kites and outriggers use, the line is clipped in, and dropped into the water with a large weight attached at the clip, the desired amount of depth is obtained by controling the depth of the weight used by using the built in dpeth guides on the turn wheel of the downrigger.
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Side Planners

Side Planers, or planing boards, are used in the same manner of outriggers on smaller boats. The pressure created across the face of the board carries it and your line away from the back of your baot and out from the sides. There are multiple variations depending on manufacturer and as goes, multiple different instructions for each and their use, Consult you models instructions for more dsetailed information on clips and how to use your specific device.
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Kite Fishing

Kite fishing is employed when you wish to present a natural or artificial bait well away from a stationary position, be it from the shore or from an anchored boat, depending on a suitable wind of course. Trolling with kites is also popular and both methods use a system close to an outrigger, with the obvious difference of using a kite rather than the extended outrigger poles.
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Drift Socks

Drift socks are commonly also refered to as sea anchors. The drift sock is thron into the water and resembles a porous parachute, whick "grabs" the water and dramaticly slow the rate of drift caused by currents, tides or wind. They are available in many sizes, ranging from use with a small boat upto large boats, even boats over 30 ft in length. A drift sock is a great tool to keep you over a bottom fishing spot and to help you stay where the fish are.
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Diving Planners

Diving Planers are used to accomplish the same job as a downrigger, but much less expensive and used by smaller boats, Its essentially a planing weight attached via a clip to your line that allows you to control to a point the depth at which you present your bait. The planer angles forward under forward pressure and "dives" with your line attached.
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Live Baits

Live baits are exactly that, live natural baits, hooked and presented as a natural food of targeted species. The size, season and rigg is not the only factor when considering what to use but also what your fishing for and the habitat are also important factors.

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Plastics & Artificials

From worms to crickets and frogs to lizards, artificial plastics baits are as popular as ever. The newer artificials incorporate scented infused oils, and an ever more realisticand or tempting look and feel, to optimze their effienceny.

Goto the Plastics & Artifical Baits Page


There are several types of fishing lures. They are the jig, wobbler, spinner, spoon lures and fly lures.

Lures can also be separated into Swim Baits, Crank Baits, Top Water, Jerk Baits and finally Trap varieties.

One important consideration to think about when selecting a lure is how deep the fish you are after is likely to feed at. You will want to select a lure that runs at that depth.

Goto Lures Page


The right rigging for the right fish and conditions. Thats the only way to think about what and how is attached to your pole.

Everyone's got favorites, but here are a few different types of riggings you should consider

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The factors that you should consider when choosing a hook are numerous. The type of fish your after and its habitat is a good place to start.

From that you can begin to consider whether or not to use an artifical bait, such as a plastic worm, or live bait like minows, worms, or crickets.

Finally the size of hook should be determined based on the size of the fish you want to catch. A smaller hook will mostly likely catch smaller fish, while larger hooks will always catch larger fish.

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Weights & Sinkers

Most fishing weights are standard lead, ranging from small quarter ounce sinkers to large bulky 20 lb lead balls for the commercial fisherman. All weights are used to keep either your hook, or rigging in the water. By using weights an angler can present his tackle in the best possible manner to catch some fish.

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