Basic Fishing Knots

Basic Fishing Knots

If you’re new to fishing, you may not know the importance of fishing knots. But the knot is one of the most important parts of fishing – it’s the link between the angler and the fish. Not all knots can be used in all scenarios though. We have created a list of some of the best knots for different fishing scenarios and have explained how to make these knots so you have an easy time learning them. Even if you’re an advanced angler, you may learn a new knot that can help you catch fish.

Basic Fishing Knots

The Six-Turn San Diego Jam knot is a mouthful to say, but it’s a great knot to use when tying on a lure or a fly. The knot uses wraps around the tag end and the standing line allowing it to cushion itself. It’s also stronger than clinch knots, a more popular and traditional choice for lure and fly knots, because they only wrap one strand.

To do the Six-Turn San Diego Jam you’ll need to:

  1. Thread the line. Make sure to do it through the hook’s eye, carefully, and then double it back around 10 inches.
  2.  Wrap the tag end over itself. After you do that, wrap it around the standing line. Do this seven times, slowly moving towards the hook.
  3. You will then need to pass the tag end through the first open loop at the hook eye (the opposite end of the hook). You may need to use a finger to make it easier for yourself. Then you’ll need to thread the tag end through the open loop.
  4. Lastly, you’ll pull the tag end tight, making sure the wraps don’t overlap.

The J knot is a great knot to use when you need to tie the leader to the line.

To use this knot you’ll need to:

  1. Lay the leader and the line over top each other for several inches.

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  2. You’ll then form a loop by tying an overhand knot. Make sure that the leader line is pulled through the loop.
  3. Run the end of the line and the leader through the backside of the loop.
  4. Repeat all of this, from the top to the bottom.
  5. Moisten the lines with water and pull.

The Rapala knot is a great knot for tying on a lure. It can be also used for fly fishing, if you need your fly to be of a freer movement. The wraps that are used in the Rapala knot relieve stress where the standing line enters, and the standing line is cushioned by the overhand knot.

To use a Rapala knot:

  1. You’ll need to tie an overhand knot above the tag end of your line.
  2. Thread the tag end through the lure and then again through the overhand knot.
  3. Make around three wraps around the standing line then pass the tag end through the loop that was formed.
  4. Moisten the line and tighten it.

The Uni knot is a great, dependable knot. It’s really useful for when you need to tie monofilament and/or fluorocarbon lines to lures.

It’s also very simple, you only need to do three things to complete it:

  1. First, you’ll need to run the line through the hook eye to form a loop.
  2. Turn that line five times around in the loop.
  3. Moisten the line and pull it tight.

The Blood knot is a great knot for fly fishing. It’s mostly used when you need to join two lines of a similar size.

To do a blood knot:

  1. You’ll need to overlap the two lines. Twist them around each other seven times.
  2. Repeat the above step, but do it the other way, the same amount of times.
  3. Finally, pull the lines in opposite directions (slowly). The knot will gather together.

Lastly, the Bimini Twist, which is also known as the Albright knot, is a great, versatile, reliable knot that is great to use when you need to tie two different types of lines together. It can also be used if the lines are of the same type but just different diameters.

You’ll need to start the knot by:

  1. Making a loop in the heavier line. Run the lighter line through it.
  2. Wrap the light line about ten times over itself and the heavier line’s loop.
  3. The tag end should be fed through the loop.
  4. Slide the wraps on the heavy line to the end of the loop and tighten the line.BloodKnot_HowTo

Every fisherman has his favorite knots, and I’m sure you can learn plenty more knots if you come out with us on the Kona Fishing Charters boat when you come out to fish with us. Who knows, we might even learn some new knots from you. At Kona Fishing Charters, you will have tons of fun fishing with us. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to learn more about Kona fishing charters!

15 Ways to Make Fishing Fun for Any Kid

15 Ways to Make Fishing Fun for Any Kid

We at Kona Fishing Charters welcome children on to our charter boat when they’re accompanied by an adult. We’re excited to share the joy of angling with the younger generation, and it’s important that they’re having as much fun as their parents, especially when game fish are involved. If you’re struggling with getting your children involved in angling, these tips should be able to help you make fishing a fun adventure for any kid!

15 Ways to Make Fishing Fun for Any Kid

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Consider the Age of the Child – If your child is younger, try not to make fishing the entire trip, they’ll likely get bored or lose patience. Allow some time to play outdoors, whether that’s swimming in the water, floating leaves, playing hide and seek – try to make it fun for your kid so they’ll want to come again.

Don’t Bring All the Kids – If you have a lot of children, or if your child has a lot of friends, it may be tempting to bring a lot of them out at once. You probably don’t want to do that. Too many children on a fishing trip makes it more likely that accidents will happen. It also lowers the children’s attention span since they’ll be easily distracted by their friends and/or siblings.

Check Your Basic Skills – Make sure you have tackle, make sure the fish is hooked properly. And while you do this, have your child pay attention to what you do. Show them your fishing tackle (and make sure not to bring out any expensive tackle while teaching your child). The simpler the tackle is, the easier it will be for your child.

Bring Along Extra Gear – Bring extra hats, clothing, sunscreen, and snacks/drinks. The snacks and drinks are very important if your child is younger than 10 (water especially). Don’t forget to bring insect repellant as well, you don’t want your child and yourself to be covered in bug bites. A first aid kit is also a good idea.

Teach your Child about the Fishing Laws and Regulation – Make sure you have the proper license and that you’re fishing legally. Take this time to tell your child about in season fishing and size/number limits for species.

Supervise Your Child – Keep an eye on your child or children at all times so they won’t get hurt.

Easy Bait – Use bait that’s easy for a child to use such as crickets or worms. Or artificial bait in case the child is squeamish.

Wear life preservers – Encourage a good habit by making sure to bring and wear life preservers if you’re fishing on a boat. And if your child is small or young, make sure that they’re wearing a life preserver if swimming or wading in the water at any time.

Small Hooks are the Way to Go – Try not to grab hooks that are larger than a size 10. Fish won’t want to grab a bigger hook. And not being able to catch a fish will disappoint your child.

The Lighter the Line the More Fun Your Child Will Have – The line should be light and easy for a child to use. Plus unless you’re going for bigger fish, a light line should work fine.

The Best Rod and Reel Combo – For kids, a light spinning rod and reel combo should work great. It’s a lot easier for kids to use.

Use A Bobber – Bobbers are entertaining for kids. The way the bobber bobs on the surface excites them and helps the child see and feel when a fish is caught on their hook.

Be Prepared to Leave Early  – These sessions should be short if your child is young. It’s better to leave a little early, in order to build anticipation for the next time then leave too late.

Don’t forget to bring a camera with you! It’ll be important to look back at these memories one day and your kid(s) will have fun posing with the camera.

We hope that these tips help you and your child have a great time fishing anywhere. But we especially hope this inspires you to take your kid(s) out on the water with us at Kona Fishing Charters for the best Kona Hawaii fishing. There are lots of fish to catch and lots of fun to be had. Even if they don’t want to fish, they’ll be able to enjoy the waters of Hawaii and spy lots of cool animals and fish in the water. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your fishing trip with us at Kona Fishing Charters on the Pacific!

Tricks to Try When Fish Won’t Bite

Tricks to Try When Fish Won’t Bite

If you’re new to fishing, we will help you out when you come fishing with us. However, you may be interested in learning some things before you come out on the water with us. In this article, we’ll be tackling what to do if there aren’t any fish biting! There are many things you can do when the fish just aren’t biting. From changing lures to moving to a better spot, we believe that this article gives a good summary of what to do when the fish won’t bite. We hope you enjoy learning more about fishing in this article and that it will encourage you to come out to the beautiful Pacific with us!

TIDAL WATER MOVEMENT

Tides can definitely affect the way the fish are biting! On an outgoing tide, you can catch a lot of fish because they’re biting regularly. But if the tides change and the current stops, then so could your fishing “luck”.

That’s because the lack of a current can turn away fish and turn off biting. This can even happen in offshore fishing because there are still currents happening even if you don’t notice them. If you are working with a slack tide and no current that probably means no fish, which isn’t good for your chances. If you can, try moving to a different spot.

WEATHER

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The weather conditions can definitely affect whether you catch a fish or not. If there’s an oncoming storm or low-pressure conditions, fish will often swarm and feed, allowing you to easily get bites if you’re in the right spot. This is because the water will be stirred and the fish will know that a storm is coming – a storm coming means it will be harder to feed. The water will be murkier than normal after the storm making it harder to find prey, so the fish will hunt for their food, allowing you to fish for them. However, if a cold front is passing through your area (check your weather channel), high pressure will also invade and the fish won’t be interested in your bait. You may have to move your boat around and change with the weather conditions of the water.

WARM TEMPERATURES

Warm temperatures attract fish and colder temperatures do not. During a cold front, surface water is severely impacted by the cold temperatures, making it less likely to find a lot of fish near the surface. The further down the water column you get, the warmer the water is, and that is where all the fish will be in the case of a cold front. However, even if there isn’t a cold front and you’re still not finding fish, you may want to try looking for a plant or factory, somewhere where warm water is pumped in. The fish will swarm the area and you should be able to catch fish there – just make sure you’re allowed to fish there before doing so.

CHANGING LURES

If none of the above works, or if you’re unable to do any of the above suggestions, then you may want to try changing your lure.  Try using very natural looking lures that mimic live bait or perhaps even try to use live bait in order to convince the fish to bite. There is more information about lures in previous blog posts if you’re interested in learning more about lures.

More information about Lures

First, is your lure moving fast? If it is then you might want to adjust. Slow moving fish don’t want to deal with quick lures like the spinnerbait, they want something easy to catch. If you give them something easy to catch then you’ll probably catch them!

Slower fish also prefer larger prey rather than smaller prey. Chasing after larger prey costs them less energy than a school of little fish that may easily escape their attack.

You should also try to use live bait when you can. Or at least natural lures that look like live bait.

In negative conditions such as a cold front, those loud colors and rackets in lures won’t work as well when compared to natural lures. The fish have more time to examine the bait before they bite in negative fishing conditions. Natural looking bait is more likely to convince them to go for the bait.

What Else Can You Do When the Fish Won’t Bite?

If all of this fails, is there anything else you can try? There are actually a few other things you can do in order to catch a fish in negative fishing conditions. You can fish tight to cover. This is useful to do when many fish are burying themselves in the thickest cover they can find. They won’t move for very much and if you want to catch them you practically have to land your bait on their head. Cast into the thickest cover you can as the closer you get your bait to the fish the more likely you are to catch something.
We hope this guide helps you when the fish won’t bite! Now you’ll at least understand why this can happen to the best of anglers – sometimes the weather or temperature just doesn’t suit the fish. If you’d like to try out your luck and fish with us on the Kona Fishing Charters, call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your Kona fishing trip! We can guarantee you’ll have a blast no matter what!

Fishing Lures for Beginners: Part Two

Fishing Lures for Beginners: Part Two

Last week we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of lures, as well as several different types of fishing lures you can use when you go out on the water. This week we will cover more of the types of fishing lures including spinnerbaits, plugs, and flies, as well as helping you determine which fishing lures would work best for you when sports fishing on the water.

As a refresher, fishing lures are an artificial bait that is meant to lure the fish over to a fishing line or hook. Lures use movement, vibration, flash and color to bait fish.

Types of Fishing Lures (Part Two)

Spinnerbaits and buzzpaits aren’t attractive looking lures – they consist of a safety-pin like wire that’s attached to a lead body. The lead body is dressed with a rubber skirt and the arm has one or two metallic blades that are often seen on spinners. All of this fools a fish’s sense of sound and movement. The best way to fish with a spinnerbait is to cast it out and work it so propels along the surface at a moderate speed.

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Plugs are fishing lures that splash across the surface of the water attracting attention from any fish you’re trying to catch. These fishing lures in particular draw a reaction bite from predators (and are typically caught once they do that). Fishing plug lures are constructed from hollow wood or plastic and are made to resemble baitfish or other attractive (to your fish) prey that can be found in the water (such as insects).

Fishing plug lures typically have two or three treble hooks attached. These fishing lures can be used at almost ANY depth – some are made to float or dive or both, it all depends on the design. A plug can wobble, rattle, or gurgle. They come in all sizes and there are different kinds of plugs including: crankbaits, jerkbaits, surface plugs, floating/diving plugs, and poppers. Poppers are fishing lures (often used in the saltwater) that splash across the surface of the water that draw a reaction bite from predators.

Flies are another type of fishing lure used, although they are traditionally used with fly fishing equipment more so than spinning gear. However, spinning gear can cast flies too, as long as you add a clear bubble float. Flies are light fishing lures that can imitate insects as well as baitfish, and even leeches. Flies are constructed from fur or feathers but can also be made up of foam or rubber. Fly fishing lures can be wet or dry. Dry flies float on the surface of the water (and will typically be attached to something that floats to help them float). Wet flies are designed to be fished below the surface of the water.

Fishing Lures – Which One is Best for You?

Now that you understand basic fishing lures and how they are used, we should discuss why and how some of these work in saltwater sportsfishing. All of these can be used in saltwater and although most sports fishing game should be attracted by live saltwater bait or cut bait, sometimes these fishing lures can attract bigger fish.

The first thing you need to do is consider how fish feed. Fish typically sense a meal by scent, sound, and/or movement. Sound travels faster through water than through air and so fish can hear fishing lures that are a long way off. Fish also have another sense, called a lateral line that runs down each side of a fish, it’s full of tiny hairs that can detect movement in the water. The fish can sense a moving object (like a fishing lure) and then go after it. Even in clean, clear water, fish can only see colors and shapes, so you should be able to fool a fish with a lure. However, fish are fairly sensitive in regards to taste. This means that not all types of fishing lures can work with all fish. You must fool all of a fish’s senses if you want to catch “the big one”.

This is one great website that helps anglers discover which lure would be best for them depending on the fish they want to catch, we hope this helps you when trying to decide what kind of lures to get

That concludes our series about fishing lures. Think about which fishing lures might work best for you and if you’d like to use a lure at all when fishing with us in Hawaii. Next week, we’ll cover spinnerbaits, plugs, flies, and, of course, which ones work best on the open sea.
If you’d like to try out fishing lures and go fishing with us (using bait or lures depending), call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your Kona fishing charter.

Fishing Lures for Beginners: Part One

If you’re new to fishing, we will help you out when you come fishing with us. However, you may be interested in learning some things before you come out on the water with us. In this article, we’ll be tackling the subject of fishing lures. What kinds work best with what fish, the advantages and disadvantages. This two part blog series should help everyone – novices and experts alike might be interested in taking a look. We hope you enjoy learning more about fishing lures and we also hope to see you out on the Kona water with us.

What are Fishing Lures?

As the name might indicate, fishing lures are an artificial bait meant to lure the fish over to a fishing line or hook. Lures use movement, vibration, flash and color to bait fish.

Advantages of Fishing Lures

  • Much less messier than live bait
  • Lures don’t gut hook very often.
  • You can target the species you are after more efficiently with lures since certain lures work better with certain species (more on that below).
  • Lures are easy to replace.

Disadvantages of Fishing Lures

  • Lures are fairly expensive, especially when compared to bait.
  • Sometimes lures can be snagged, usually by unseen underwater obstacles. And since they’re expensive it hurts to lose them.
  • Might be harder to catch certain types of game fish without using live bait.

Types of Fishing Lures

There are 7 main types of lures that include jigs, spoons, spinners, soft plastic baits, spinnerbaits, plugs,and flies. Today we will be covering jigs, spoons, spinners and soft plastic baits.

Jigs are some of the most versatile fishing lures available. They are fairly inexpensive and are able to catch most game fish. Because of this, they are one of the most popular fishing lures available. They are made up of a book with a lead head and a trailer, jigs can imitate everything from live saltwater bait to invertebrates (and everything in between). If you need to catch a fish that’s deep in the water, a streamlined jig head will sink faster while a wider head will flutter down. The size of the jig SHOULD match the size of the trailer – make sure the trailer on the jig is threaded so that the hook comes out the trailer ahead of the bend. Pass the hook once you’re through the wide end of the trailer. When you use a jig lure, just know that jig fishing can take a lot of concentration. This is because how the lure moves in the water depends on you. If you do nothing, the jig will just sink.

Spoons are metal lures that are curved. Actually the first spoon lures were in fact just spoons with handles broken off! Now spoon lures are available in any color or size and can be used for almost any fishing situation.

The shape of this lure gives it a distinctive type of movement – one that almost looks like the way an injured baitfish moves in the water. Game fish, of course, love injured bait fish. If you’re a beginner, you will most likely being using the most common type of spoon – the casting spoon. Casting spoons are heavier than trolling spoons so they can be thrown a long distance.  You will just cast and retrieve this spoon – just varying the speed as long as it’s wobbling. If it starts to spin, slow down your retrieval. Casting spoons are great when you need to imitate a small bait. Some spoons are made to be cast, others to be trolled, and some even to be jigged.

Spinners are another great beginner lure! They’re simple and easy to use. They’re a metal shaft with a spinning blade with a bare or dressed hook – depending on your preference! If you drag the spinner through the water, the blade will spin (which is obviously how it got its name) The spinning creates sound and vibration and attracts any fish that can hear it through their lateral line. You just need to cast and retrieve!

Soft plastic baits can be made up with lots of different lures – the classic, of course, being the plastic worm. They can look similar to most other little fish and creatures like worms, crawfish and lizards. The soft bodies of these lures encourage the fish to hold onto them a little bit longer before they are spat out giving the angler (you!) time. These baits come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes – bright colors work best on sunny days while darker days require a darker color bait. Soft plastics can be cast and retrieved.

We will continue this discussion of lures next week right here on the blog. For now, think upon what kind of lure seems to suit you best, and which lures might work best for you when you go fishing with us in Hawaii. Next week, we’ll cover spinnerbaits, plugs, flies, and, of course, which ones work best on the open sea.

If you’d like to try out lures and fishing with us, call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your Big Island fishing charter!