While the name ‘dead pool’ may seem like some kind of cruel joke, it really is a useful way to look at water storage in relation to fishing. When a fisherman reels in his catch, the first thing he will do afterwards is take a quick look at the water level in his boat’s live well. If the water is low, it may mean there is no fish left in the water for him to catch, or at least no fish large enough that he can accommodate in his boat.
The answer is simple – store extra water in the boat in the form of a water reservoir. A live well is essentially a water tank that sits inside the boat and holds the minimum amount of water needed for the fish to survive. This way, the fisherman doesn’t run the risk of running out of water while out on the water. If the water level drops too low, he can simply draw more from the river or lake that he is fishing in.
The Need For Extra Water Storage
The amount of water your fish need to stay alive will vary depending on a number of factors, but there are some general rules of thumb to follow. The first thing you will need to consider is the size of the fish that you are targeting and how much you want to eat of it. For instance, small fish generally require less water than large ones. Further, the water temperature will determine how much water you need. Colder water will make your fish crave for more oxygen, which in turn, makes them consume more food – thus requiring more hydration!
It’s also a good idea to take into account the amount of water your fish are accustomed to living in. Some fish are more susceptible to dehydration than others, so make sure to adjust the amount of water accordingly. The last thing you want to do is put your fish in jeopardy by giving them too much or too little water.
Besides the water level, another thing your fish will be judging you on is the amount of visible signs of life that you are able to throw. Fish are hungry creatures and a nice healthy bite sized piece of meat or a crustacean can look pretty good to them and increase your chances of snaring one. Live bait is a great way to go, but even dried out meat will work in a pinch.
One important factor to consider when stocking your well is the location of where you intend on keeping it. Your first priority should be to secure a spot that is high and dry so that if there is any leakage or damage, you won’t risk destroying your fish’s habitat. Make sure to check for underwater vegetation that could choke off the oxygen supply and ruin your whole day. Lakes are great for fishing because they tend to be larger in size and have more oxygen in the water. However, rivers tend to have smoother water and thus less oxygen for your fish to survive in.
Secure Hook Up
A good quality hook up is crucial for any angler’s success. Nothing is more frustrating than to be out on the water, trying your hardest to catch some fish, only to have the whole thing ruined because of a poor hook up. A safe, stable and reliable connection is a must, especially if you are fishing over a long period of time. This is why it is important to invest in a good quality live well – the connection to the boat will be much more reliable and there will be less stress on your part as the captain of the vessel.
Fishing rods are also important in ensuring that your fish feel comfortable enough to bite at your baits. Stiffer, longer and wider fishing rods are more aggressive than shorter and narrower ones and help evoke the predatory instincts of fish. For some fishermen, the use of graphite fishing rods is a matter of preference – some believe that they are more resistant to breakage than traditional wood fishing rods and thus can be reused more times. This is certainly a case in particularly rough environments such as the ocean, where strong waves can make short work of any light material.
Finally, you will need a bag to keep all of your important fishing gear organized and easy to access. When choosing your bag make sure to look for the one that is comfortable to hold for long periods of time and has the proper straps to keep it in place while you are fishing. Some anglers choose to use kayaks as their main means of transportation while others use canoes, exploring the water currents and exploring new fishing grounds. Having a bag that is flexible and wide enough to accommodate these various fishing accessories is a key consideration.
When Is The Right Time To Fish?
The best time of day to fish will depend on where you are located and what type of fish you are targeting. Sunlight is important for keeping fish warm, which in turn, makes them more active and thus makes them more likely to bite at your hooks. Midday hours seem to be the most popular time for fishing, which makes sense because that is when most people are most likely to be fishing too. The morning and evening are great times to fish because the light is fresh and there are fewer people around, which minimizes the chances of you being bothered by other anglers.
How Do I Start A Live Well?
If you want to start a live well, all you need to do is visit your local pet store or fishing shop and pick out an empty jug or bottle. Your next stop should be a hardware store, where you will find the necessary supplies to make it a live well. While at the store, ask the salesperson for help and instruction on how to properly set up the water tank.
Once you have your bottle or jug, it’s time to start gathering the gear. You will need a container (plastic or metal) to hold the water in, a lid to keep the sun out, and some sort of bait (preferably live). When you are ready to go fishing, take a quick trip to the grocery store to get some food and drinks for the journey.
Keep in mind that your fish will need time to adapt to their new environment and may need some patience in order to ensure their survival. Don’t expect to catch fish right away; it may take some time for them to trust you enough to bite at your hooks. However, once they do, you will be able to enjoy your sport for years to come.