So you want to catch more fish? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In the article below I will outline a simple fishing technique that will help virtually anyone catch more fish. The specific technique is extremely effective, but the basic principles that the technique employs are even more effective, as they can be employed with other fishing techniques as well. In any case the simple technique that I will outline is known as drift fishing and is employed in the flowing waters of a river or stream.
So, as you can no doubt imagine, to employ this technique you need to locate a small to medium sized river, that is known to hold fish such as walleye, large or smallmouth bass, trout, or even whitefish and suckers (if you are so inclined). The kind of river that can we waded and fished effectively. No matter where you reside, this type of river is almost always present and if you can’t find one, I would suggest visiting the fishing department of your local sporting goods store and someone should there should certainly be able to point you in the right direction.
Once you have located and are at the river that you intend to fish it is now necessary to locate a good area that will hold fish. Deep runs withing the river (3-6 feet deep), pools, or generally deeper water where the current is moving slower that the main river (especially if large underwater boulders can be seen) are all great areas for drift fishing. Small lures or live worms are usually the bait of choice when drift fishing with my personal favorite bait being the live worm, which is the bait choice that I will outline in this example.
I prefer to rig live worms on what’s called a “set” of gang hooks, which for anyone who isn’t familiar is simply a pair of fishing hooks that have been tied back to back, which enables a live worm to be presented as bait in a completely natural and realistic manner. Once the worm is rigged up, it is cast parallel to where you are standing into the current so that the bait can flow with the current of the river through the stretch of river that you want to fish. Once the bait hits the water the bail of your reel is closed and you now do your best to keep your line as taught as possible as the bait drifts downstream. The bait should drift with the current and will end up downstream from where you are standing and at this point you lift your rod and slowly reel in your bait. This process is repeated as you work your way downstream until the area is fished thoroughly.
The amount of weight that will be needed on your line will vary with current flow and river depth which is why I prefer to use split shot sinkers. This way weight can be added or removed easily when I am standing in the flowing water. The goal is to have your bait “tick” along the bottom of the riverbed as it drifts. Once you get the hang of it, you will easily be able to distinguish the difference between the bottom and bites from hungry fish. Normally a bite will fell markedly different from your bait touching the bottom of the river, but it does take a bit of practice to get the hand of.
This simple fishing technique has been my “go to” technique for almost 30 years and I know it will help anyone catch more fish. I use the technique to catch all of the fish species mentioned earlier and as I said is effective when small lures such as spinners and spoons are the bait as well as live bait such as a live worm. With practice it wouldn’t surprise me if this simple technique becomes your “go to” fishing technique as well.