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Fishing 101

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Arizona Boating & Watersports / Western Outdoor Times News Magazine


On the campaign trail, presidential hopefuls rarely talk about recreational fishing or the use of public lands for recreational activities. KeepAmericaFishing™, the American Sportfishing Association's angler advocacy campaign, posed questions to presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney regarding management of our nation’s fisheries and access to recreational fishing.

Anglers can now read a side-by-side comparison of how the presidential candidates plan to address fisheries conservation and angler access to public waters at

KeepAmericaFishing encourages anglers to review the responses and on Election Day vote for the candidate they believe will best advance the nation and the model of conservation that perpetuates healthy fishery resources and access to those public resources.

You can help KeepAmericaFishing by promoting to inform and empower your customers to be active advocates for the sportfishing community.

The 60 million anglers in the U.S. represent a huge voting block that can significantly impact the 2012 presidential election. It is vital to the future of sportfishing that anglers use their vote as a voice.

Thank you for supporting KeepAmericaFishing.
Gordon Robertson
Vice President
American Sportfishing Association

Marc_Townsend.jpgMarc Townsend will be sending updates regularly for those of us who are not professional anglers but are looking for a way to catch a fish.

The Bobber

So many fishing articles are written by pro anglers for experienced anglers. I really don’t have the brain power to write a technical article, after all it is early morning and my frosted flakes are getting soggy and Jim and Carol told me 500 words or less, so this is going to be a K.I.S.S. article…(keep it simple stupid). I am pretty sure most readers of Arizona Boating and Watersports are not your tournament pro but rather the person on a pontoon boat or houseboat that want to catch a fish, ANY fish while out enjoying their weekend of fun.

One of the BEST ways for the novice angler to catch fish is fishing with a bobber. I was asked by a friend to “bring bobbers back” and lets face it, Bobber fishing is just plain sexy. I mean really you can fish, eat, drink, dance or fix the boat all at the same time with a bobber. Dead Battery? Bobber time, Kids going nutz? Break out the bobber. In-laws stressing you out? A rod, bobber and can on corn will fix that. All you need is a fishing rod of any type, with a reel of any kind, some semi fresh line spooled on the reel. A trip to any convenience store in or around a like will provide you with small hooks and any type of bait that one might want to use. (Worms, stink bait, anchovies, power bait, hotdogs or bread.

Set up is easy. Simply tie a hook to the end of your line. Place a small weight about 6 inches above the hook. Now place the bobber anywhere from one to 4 feet above the hook. Place the bait in the hook and really try to hide the point of the hook itself. Now cast it out, grab a chair, a beverage and wait for the bobber to go down. IF the bobber is floating on its side it is because your bait is on the bottom and you need to move it closer to the hook

These lakes are FULL of fish. Anywhere you choose to park your boat will have fish around it. Fish LOVE shade and boats provide that. Try to focus on shady areas with a fairly steep bank preferably in a cove for success. Marinas are AWESOME for bobber fishing as well. Fish are as easy to catch in Arizona as a sunburn….Bring the bobber back folks, it is sexy.

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