3 Keys to Better Hunting and Fishing

If you’re like a lot of people you’re struggling to sit in your treestand right now. While there’s a part of you that waits all year for a chance to hunt, there’s a whole other part that can’t tear away from the incredible fishing that’s happening right now as the fall feeding frenzy sweeps across the country. Whether you’re after bass, pike, trout, or panfish; it’s safe to say that the best fishing you’ve seen all year is underway (or about to be). But lucky for you, there are things you can do while you’re in your favorite tree that will not only make you a better hunter, but that will improve your fishing trips as well.

To begin with, you need to be sharp and remain still. Keeping your movements to a minimum will reduce noise and the chances of being seen. A great way to do that is to have a smartphone and two apps: Weather Underground and Fishidy. Weather Underground is essential for several reasons. It has doppler radar that will show you if a storm is tracking in your precise location, so you can be sure that you’re safety isn’t in question (that’s always a great place to start). WU also pulls data from millions of weather stations all over the globe, so you can be sure to get predictions for the week that are as close as possible to where you’re planning to be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me “weather I hadn’t anticipated ruined my trip”. This app will absolutely reduce that risk.

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We’re very excited to have been named in World Fishing Networks recent list of the Top 7 Mobile Fishing Apps! Thanks to all of our members and partners who continue to support us in becoming one of the best local fishing resources available. We have some exciting new changes coming very soon that will make Fishidy’s mobile app even more valuable and fun to use to help you find and catch more fish – stay tuned!

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New South Dakota Map Features Added

Expanded Coverage in South Dakota

We’re excited to announce that Fishidy has added over 200 new waterways and increased its mapping coverage in partnership with Mike’s Maps on many of the most popular fishing destinations in South Dakota! You will now find new depth contours, boat/ramp access points, and mapped underwater structures.

Some of these newly added features are only available to premium subscribers on Fishidy, but we want to help you get out and catch those lunkers now!

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Kentucky Lake Provides an Angler’s Mecca

This past week I found myself on the shores of Kentucky Lake for a convention I attended. We stayed at the Kentucky Dam Village, where I learned about the vast recreational opportunities the lake had to offer.

Not only is Kentucky Lake home of fishing resource FLW, but it is also home of one of the fastest growing sports in the fishing industry, bow fishing. One has to take a moment and drink in the diversity. Bow fishing at night, bass fishing at day could provide quite a challenge – one I accepted wholeheartedly.

I haven’t bow fished in almost 20 years, so I have to admit that being rusty would be an understatement. But Team Muzzy Bowfishing pro Mark Lund reassured me it was like riding a bike – once you shoot you never forget.

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5 Fall Fishing Lure Favorites

These go-to lures are fish catching machines in autumn!

When summer comes to an end, the best fishing of the year for bass anglers is just beginning as cooler temps heat up the action on the water. Bass begin their heaviest feeding of the year in preparation for winter. So if you can avoid running up a tree in search of a whitetail or two and know what to throw, you can find yourself with some of the most productive outings of the season!

1. Umbrella Rigs

Unethical or the biggest innovation to change the game in decades? Regardless of your moral position on this lure, it’s hard to debate how effective it can be in October. Bass are gorging themselves on shad, and what better way to catch them while their doing that than by imitating an entire school? There are virtually hundreds of choices from countless manufacturers that offer a wide array of colors, sizes, and blades to choose from. The Yellow Hammer Rig (YHR) offers the highest quality of them all. Hand made in the USA with the most durable materials to withstand the beating that catching multiple fish on one cast can deliver and the first umbrella rig I ever threw. My favorite is the Hammer Time Shad, bladed. It’s a heavy bait to throw when I have 5 five inch swimbaits on it, but my Dobyns Champion 795SBMT really takes away a lot of the work and makes it a lot more manageable to throw. The wires on the YHR are 100lb leaders that are used to hang tough against huge smallmouth or spotted bass. They’re also designed by an elite group of anglers, Kyle Mabrey included, so you get that whole “by anglers for anglers” added bonus. I finish mine off with 1/2 ounce jig heads with exposed hooks through the top of the baits, and 25lb Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon line with a low speed reel. It’s really quite deadly on cloudy/windy days.

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