Predator Fishing Tips

Predator Fishing Tips 

Trying to catch predator fish can be different to catching other types of species. If you are finding you aren't getting the success you want when looking for those big catches then we have some tips for you. At Taskers Angling we thought we would put together this guide to help you make the most of your time by the water.  


1. Take into account the weather and water conditions 


This is important as you want to make sure that you are picking the right times and conditions to go out Angling in. In the cloudy and misty weather predatory fish are not easily seen by fish bait. This makes it a great time for anglers to get out as in these conditions it will be easier to entice predatory fish to bite your lure. Dawn and dusk are also good times to try and get out by the water. You are likely to witness predatory fish attacking smaller fish as this is when they are most active and are looking for food. 


The times when it is not best to go looking for predator fish are on sunny days and when the waters are clear as their feeding habits decrease. The sunlight is easily reflected in their scales which means that they are more visible to bait fish. predatory fish will not waste their energy attacking at this time so will wait until when it is darker. Avoid fishing in heavy thunderstorms as well. 

2. Choose the right location  


In the spring and in the fall the bait and predator fish stay in shallow water close to the shore. This is also the same during the summer but in the early morning hours, at dawn, and in the late afternoon. When it comes to mid-October the bait and predator fish migrate to deeper warm waters. They feed close to the bottom and stay there during the winter period. 


3. Look at peak fishing times 


The type of fish you are chasing can dictate what time you go out angling. Certain predatory fish like chub and asp fish can be looked for throughout the whole day. A general guideline though to follow when fishing for predator fish is to go when it is darker as mentioned earlier, this could be just before sunrise or in the later afternoon when the sun is setting.  


4. Select the right lures  


Getting the right lure is important. There are a lot of options out there you can use but we believe that the lure you use should be based on the suns brightness on the day and also the colours on the water bed. As we also mentioned earlier bait fish can reflect the colours of the environment so pay attention to the of the bed (sand, roots, reeds) and the edges of the water to see what lure would be best.

An example would be if the waters were dark and it was bright then bait fish will be a dark colour to hide from predators. Because of this you should tailor your lure to be dark so that it blends in. We have a selection of lures available online for you to look at. 


5. Don't let your catch get away


You do not want to put all of this hard work to then fall at the last hurdle. To lessen the risk of losing a fish when you have a bite, when it is already hooked use a leader wire. This way fish with teeth will not be able to bite through your line. This will help prevent the fish from escaping and also stop you from losing your lure. 


Now it is your turn to get out by the water and to try and catch some predator fish! If you have any questions about which products will be best suited to you then please visit our Liverpool store or give us a call on 01512606015.