TAKE ME FISHING 101: Texas Freshwater Fishing [Official]


Uploaded by TexasParksWildlife on 05.06.2009

Transcript:
>> WHETHER YOU LIKE EXPLORING
SHADY RIVER BANKS OR CRUISING
WIDE OPEN LAKES, FRESHWATER
FISHING OFFERS SOMETHING
FOR EVERYONE.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF
OUR POPULAR FRESHWATER FISH,
HOW TO CATCH THEM
AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY...
WHAT TO DO WITH THEM
ONCE YOU'VE GOT THEM!
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>> ONE OF THE EASIEST
FRESHWATER FISH TO CATCH
IS THE SUNFISH, MAKING IT
A GOOD STARTER FISH FOR KIDS.
>> ALRIGHT!
WOO-HOO!
>> FOR SUNFISH BAIT,
USE SMALL LIVE WORMS,
HOT DOG BITS
OR WHOLE KERNEL CORN.
>> I CAUGHT A FISH!
I CAUGHT A FISH!
>> ONCE YOU CATCH A FISH,
MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE
WET BEFORE YOU HANDLE IT.
WET HANDS ARE LESS LIKELY
TO DAMAGE THE FISH'S
PROTECTIVE COATING.
HOLD THE SUNFISH CAREFULLY
UNDER THE BELLY AND REMOVE
THE HOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
TO RELEASE A FISH,
GENTLY LOWER IT IN THE WATER
AND SLOWLY SWISH IT A COUPLE
OF TIMES TO GET IT GOING.
ANOTHER POPULAR FRESHWATER
FISH FOR ANGLERS OF ALL
AGES IS THE CATFISH.
>> WHOA!
THAT'S A CATFISH, A BIG ONE!
HEY BUDDY.
>> CATFISH ARE ATTRACTED
TO STRONG SMELLS LIKE
CHICKEN LIVER.
HERE WE'RE USING A
TREBLE HOOK TO KEEP IT
FROM SLIPPING OFF.
YOU CAN ALSO BUY PREPARED
STINK BAIT AT MOST
TACKLE SHOPS.
CATFISH HAVE SHARP SPINES ON
THEIR FINS SO IT'S IMPORTANT
TO HANDLE THEM SAFELY.
HOLD A CATFISH UNDER ITS
BODY WITH YOUR THUMB BEHIND
ONE PECTORAL FIN AND YOUR
FOREFINGER AND MIDDLE FINGER
ON EITHER SIDE OF
THE OTHER FIN.
BASS ARE ONE OF THE MOST
POPULAR SPORT FISH IN
TEXAS DUE TO THEIR SIZE
AND FIGHTING ABILITY.
>> ALRIGHT!
>> BASS ARE OFTEN FOUND AROUND
UNDERWATER STRUCTURES SUCH AS
TREE STUMPS AND VEGETATION
WHERE THEY CAN HIDE
AND POUNCE ON THEIR PREY.
LIVE WORMS MAKE GOOD BASS BAIT.
THERE ARE ALSO LOTS OF GOOD
ARTIFICIAL LURE OPTIONS.
YOUR TACKLE DEALER CAN HELP
YOU PICK OUT A FEW FOR
YOUR NEXT FISHING TRIP.
WHEN HANDLING A BASS LESS THAN
TWO POUNDS, HOLD ON TO ITS
LOWER LIP WITH YOUR THUMB
AND INDEX FINGER.
>> WAY TO GO, BUD!
>> FOR LARGER BASS,
PUT YOUR HAND UNDER THE BELLY
TO SUPPORT ITS BODY WEIGHT.
>> THERE HE GOES!
>> THERE ARE LIMITS TO THE
SIZE AND AMOUNT OF FISH
YOU CAN KEEP IN ONE DAY.
THESE CAN BE FOUND ON THE
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE WEBSITE
AND THE OUTDOOR ANNUAL
GUIDE AVAILABLE WHERE
LICENSES ARE SOLD.
A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN MORE
ABOUT FRESHWATER FISH IS THE
TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHERIES
CENTER IN ATHENS WHICH
FEATURES AQUARIUMS,
A FISH HATCHERY AND HAND'S-ON
FISHING OPPORTUNITIES.
>> I'M ALMOST GETTING A BITE!
>> THE RIVERS AND LAKES OF TEXAS
ARE SWIMMING WITH FISH!
SO GRAB YOUR FISHING GEAR
AND HIT THE WATER!
(music)
>> THERE'S NOTHING I'D
RATHER BE DOING THAN FISHING.
IT'S A GOOD THING I MARRIED
SOMEBODY WHO LIKES TO FISH
AS MUCH AS I DO.
ALRIGHT!
THIS IS WHAT IT'S
ALL ABOUT BABY!
WOO-HOO!
YOU KNOW YOU GOT A GOOD DAY
WHEN YOU GOT A BASS THUMB.