Tips

Match the Hatch

Gimmie Fishing Technique:

If there is one truth to the world of fishing, it is this: Big fish eat smaller fish.

And, depending on where you’re at and what time of year it is, the type of smaller fish that are running for their lives from said big fish (kind of like Godzilla) changes.

What does that mean for you?

Well, if you’re fishing with a lure that looks like a little crawfish when the big fish only have a craving for little shad, we’re afraid you’ll be mighty out of luck.

The good news: You can create your own luck.

The bad news: You have to learn stuff.

Basically, “match the hatch” means that you’ve got to match your lure to whatever “hatch,” or baby, smaller fish, that Big Daddy’s snacking on right then.

And to do that, you’ve actually got to figure out what the hatch is. Which requires you to study. (We know, we know. We just died a little on the inside, too.)

Thankfully, the kind of studying you have to do is a lot more fun than what you did in school.

Study Time

Now, there’s about 4 ways you can go about this:

  • A lot of fishing (or experience, for you more educated folks).
    • Trust us, once you’ve fished in a certain spot long enough, you know what’s going on in that water, and that includes what the big fish are eating on.
  • Asking other people who fish a lot (or at least know stuff).
    • This usually means either asking a local (an owner of a tackle shop is a safe bet) or a fisherman who could pass as a local (meaning, he’s fished there a WHOLE lot).
  • Actually seeing the hatch.
    • Meaning, that water’s either got to be clear as Dasani water, or you’ve got to catch one instead.
  • If all else fails, Google.
    • Let’s face it, this is what we usually do now-a-days if we don’t know something.
    • It’s there. It’s useful. It helps you catch fish. And you can eat potato chips while you’re using it.
    • Why not?

Putting It All Together

Now that you’ve done your proper studying (and ate some potato chips), now it’s time to put that brain knowledge to use.

There’s three key info bits that you’re going to need: Season, location, and color.

For season, it all depends on the time of year.

Winter? Summer? Early fall? Halfway through spring? It’s important.

Different times of the year mean different types of hatch.

The location you’re fishing at can also mean different kinds of hatch.

We’d have to guess that what’s hatching in Georgia and what’s hatching in Alaska at the same time of year are probably not going to be the same thing.

And finally, now that you know what’s hatching based on your season and location, you’ve got to determine the hatch’s color.

All this beautiful knowledge won’t do you a bit of good if you can’t match your lure to the hatch.

For example, for one part of the year a crawfish can be bright as a parrot, but for another part it can be as pale as a naked mole rat. (Nice picture we just put in your brain, huh?)

So, if you’re fishing with something that looks like a tricked out peacock with red and yellow when what the fish are really looking for is something that’s pale, blue, and wimpy; chances are you’re probably not going to catch very much.

And that’s basically what “matching the hatch” is.

If you have any questions or would like to add something, feel free to leave a comment.

Or, if you’d like to get a general idea of winter hatch, check out our blog post “Fishing in Winter.”

Happy Fishing!

-The Gimmie Family

Fishing Life Lesson #1: The Benefit of Hard Work

If you’ve been fishing long enough, you probably already know you can learn some serious life lessons while spending time with those slimy little creatures (no, I’m not talking about your fishing buddies).

And one of the first lessons that fishing probably can ever teach you is: If you want something, you have to work for it.

You can’t just stand on the side of the lake and expect fish to jump into your open arms. (I know fish don’t seem that smart, but even they have some standards.)

If you really want to catch some fish, you’ve got to at least get out your fishing pole and stick it in the water.

Putting a Gimmie lure on said pole could also help you catch even more fish. (Just saying.)

Anyways, I think you get my drift.

The more effort, time, and work you put into fishing, the more fish you’ll get.

Why do you think professional fishermen are so good at fishing?

It’s because they spent years perfecting their technique, studying all kinds of fish, and practicing over and over again until the fish just seemed to swim up to them whenever they willed it.

The same goes for everything else in life.

If you want the world to hand over something to you (for example, fish), then you’ve got to give something in return (fishing).

So, put on those big boy and girl pants, and fish on!

Because whether or not you can see it now, one day you will reap what you sow.

 

Happy fishing!

From: The Gimmie Family

Winter Fishing

As fall comes to a close and winter rolls around, the Gimmie family knows the real question that should be on everyone’s mind: CAN I STILL FISH?

And the answer is yes. Yes you can.

But, you’re going to have to change your fishing strategy.  Because, let’s face it – there’s a reason so many people think you can’t go fishing in winter.

So, without further ado – if you’d rather keep on your fishing hat instead of trading it for an orange vest this year – here’s the basic tips and tricks for fishing in winter (specifically in freshwater).

First of all, fish are cold-blooded. Plain and simple. (Don’t worry, this is the Gimmie family. We won’t be getting all “sciencey” on you.)

That pretty much means that if the water’s colder, the fish won’t be wanting to move off of their nice, comfy fish sofas any time soon.

So, if you’re trying to fish your lure like a bat straight out of the Underworld like you did in summer, chances are the fish aren’t going to want to chase it down.

In the case of winter fishing, patience is most definitely a virtue.

It can also help to use a bigger, heavier lure to help slow it down even more. A live-looking lure can also add some luck on your side since it looks like something warm to eat. (If you were cold, would you really want to eat an equally cold turkey leg?)

Shad, herring, and yearling sunfish and perch are what fish tend to eat in winter since everybody else in the lake is hibernating, so try to find a lure that looks like one of those fish as well.

And since the fish are cold-blooded, that also means that they are going to be doing everything in their tiny fish power to stay warm, which includes huddling together in the warmer parts of the water.

Find a good spot where all the bass, muskie, crappie, or even catfish are all gathered, and prepare to camp out (not literally, but you get what I’m saying).

But the most important rule of fishing in winter is to STAY SAFE.

Bundle up like a caterpillar in a cocoon and check that weather forecast! (Because rain + cold – fish = no fun.)

 

From the Gimmie Family:
Enjoy your winter, and fish on!

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