Fishing for food

Aeonir
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October 22nd, 2017, 6:59 pm #1

The dutch government is raising taxes on food, i have trouble eating healthy as is, a hunting license is near impossible to get here, a fishing licence is easy though: any tips on hooking fish large enough to eat. My experience​ with fishing is with a 7buck rod as a kid, never really fished since, but i suppose i'll have to soon. I'll mostly be going for bass which is common and supposed to be tasty.

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October 22nd, 2017, 7:15 pm #2

It does not take an expensive pole and tackle to catch fish to eat. I would  suggest to start simple; a basic rod and reel, with night crawlers or whatever  worms are natural to your area. Show us pictures of your fish!
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October 22nd, 2017, 7:17 pm #3

I'll post pictures, seems like i'll be raiding my parents attic for dad's fishing gear. (I'll ask first though, i'm a nice raider.)

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October 22nd, 2017, 9:05 pm #4

1.  Read a copy of your fishing regulations to see what you can and can't do.
2.  Everything which is illegal works the best.
3.  Realize that 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water.  Not all water is good fish habitat.
4.  For most of our predatory fresh water fish, really big lures and baits catch the biggest fish.
5.  In some philosophies, every day spent fishing is a day which is not counted in your life span.
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October 23rd, 2017, 5:16 am #5

Unfortunately we have a lot of inspectors here and i don't feel like paying fines, i will see if i can find a good spinner for catching bass.

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October 23rd, 2017, 6:07 am #6

I have had the priviledge to fish for just about everything except bass!
Your bass, what do they like?  Top-water surface attractants like poppers and frogs?
Or are they submarine ambush assassins?
Good luck with this.  Don't forget to pack a lemon.
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October 23rd, 2017, 7:14 am #7

Read the rules about bringing fish home: no more than 10 fishes and they need to have reached a size depending on the fish. 15cm for bass i think, any smaller and there won't be enough meat on them anyway

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October 23rd, 2017, 5:27 pm #8

10 per day could be a reasonable limit.  Minimum 15 cm seems really small.  As you say, not much to them at that size.
Can you fish with baits or must you uses artificial lures?
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October 23rd, 2017, 5:38 pm #9

Only invertebrates as bait, so worms and insect larvae are pretty good choices

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October 23rd, 2017, 6:08 pm #10

Great news!  I've always enjoyed a slow day, fishing with worms or even grasshoppers.
I think they were banned some 40+ years ago here.
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December 2nd, 2017, 10:12 pm #11

Nets are the most efficient method. 

Long lines aka trot lines, bank lines, jug fishing, etc are next. 

Because of their efficient effectiveness their use is often restricted if not forbidden. 

Concur that knowing the local regulations is of paramount importance. Fines can quickly set you farther back than shopping in a grocery store. 
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December 3rd, 2017, 8:23 am #12

Nets are indeed illegal, aside from landing nets. The nearest lake is so full of bass that on some places you can't look at the water without seeing one.

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December 3rd, 2017, 4:17 pm #13

Although it sounds counter-intuitive, the best way to improve sport fishing is to net the Hello
out of the water body.  Cut the population down.  Short of explosives! 

We have a Family Day here for fishing.  All catch limits apply.  No license needed.
Any baits other than fish, any method (eg spearing) other than nets.  Go to it!

Here's a hypothesis to test:  Big baits catch big fish.  Yes or no?
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December 11th, 2017, 9:03 pm #14

Big baits only catch big fish, small baits catch both small and big. That's my guess at least.

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December 14th, 2017, 4:36 am #15

Very astute Aeonir. Congratulations. 
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December 17th, 2017, 12:22 am #16

I am sure there is reason but taxing food is extreme.

I have only had bass once but it is very tasty. It is easy to cook as it is oily.
Have you mentioned learning to preserve fish?
Mepps makes good spinners for bass.
If you wanted to you can make fishing spoons from kitchen spoons.
In fact I think that is how they were invented.
Is there ice fishing in your country?

I salute your endeavor as a worthy one.

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December 17th, 2017, 7:21 am #17

There has always been a 6% tax on food but they are upping it to 9%, which to me is a problem as food is already one of my larger expenses.

Icefishing isn't normally possible here usually the ice doesn't get thick enough.

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December 17th, 2017, 7:27 am #18

And while my parents were moving i got one of my dad's fishing rods and i'll geta bit of other gear when my dad has sorted through it.

I'll have to sign up for his fishing club in exchange which costs 25,- a year and includes a permit to almost all nearby bodies of water, so not a bad deal. (Fishing clubs often reserve the better spots for their club only.)

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December 18th, 2017, 3:03 am #19

I am excited for you.
Have you asked your dad what he uses for bass?
Below are a selection that are good for many types of bass.
Be ready for a good fight.😀

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December 18th, 2017, 6:31 am #20

He doesn't fish for bass, but i remember my mom catching then with any spinner. (We went to a camping with a fishing pond a lot.)

Minimum size for bass to bring home is 22 cm, so i guess a somewhat larger spinner would be good.

Those in your pictures shouldn't be too hard to replicate.

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