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Still cold out, but is fishing right around the corner

It is still cold outside and possibly it is my age telling on me or maybe I am just too busy to think about it much, but some anglers are starting to get antsy and get on the water. I have heard two reports over the weekend of fishing activity. Both told me of perch activity off the King George shoreline of the Rappahannock River. Both sources stated that some decent white perch were caught and one mentioned a nice ring perch as well. Once that was embedded in my brain I started thinking about fried panfish (perch) filets out of cold water. Now I am hungry! 


Another angler told me of some decent sized catfish that were caught near Hopyard on the mud flats recently. The young angler is reliable and his information is always right on the money. I guess I am behind the curve in this season of fishing. The problem is that I have a garden to begin, firewood to cut and still have plenty of other chores. Maybe I need to get my priorities in order here. What do you think?

Shad and herring (remember, no take on herring this year!) are coming up the river but no reports of them in Fredericksburg yet. They have to be in the river by now and likely not far below Port Royal. Some fresh shad roe (Hickory of course) fried up in the morning with some toast and sausage is a regular thought on my mind now…

Southwick Associates’ runs several surveys related to the outdoors and then they share their data with subscribers to include outdoor writers. I received their list of top fishing equipment brands voted on by survey respondents. This data is based on the brands and products that anglers reported purchasing the most last year. Some 15,819 surveys were used to compile this list. Here is a recap directly published from their press release:
Top rod brand: Shakespeare (10.0% of all purchases)
Top reel brand: Shimano (21.1% of all purchases)
Top combo brand: Shakespeare (18.3%of all purchases)
Top fishing line brand: Berkley Trilene, PowerPro (each 11.2% of all purchases)
Top hard bait brand: Rapala (23.5% of all purchases)
Top soft bait brand: Berkley Gulp, Zoom (12.8%, 12.6% of all purchases)
Top spinner bait brand: Strike King (18.5% of all purchases)
Top jig brand: Strike King (7.6% of all purchases)
Top hook brand: Gamakatsu (24.7% of all purchases)
Top sinker brand:  Eagle Claw (11.0% of all purchases)
Top swivel brand:  Eagle Claw (24.6% of all purchases)
Top rigs brand: Eagle Claw (11.8% of all purchases)
Top bobber brand: Thill (19.4% of all purchases)
Top leader brand: Seaguar (19.0% of all purchases)
Top fly rod brand: Sage (23.1% of all purchases)
Top fly reels brand: Cabelas (19.2% of all purchases)
Top fly combo brand: Cabelas (18.5% of all purchases)
Top fly line brand: Scientific Angler (3M) (15.4% of all purchases)
Top fly leader brand: Rio (38.7% of all purchases)
Top fish finder brand: Lowrance, Humminbird (43.0%,42.9% of all purchases)
Top tackle box brand: Plano (44.0% of all purchases)
Top landing net brand: Frabill (34.9% of all purchases)
Top fishing knife brand: Rapala (28.2% of all purchases) 

Interestingly, largemouth bass were the number one freshwater species sought after. Second on the list was panfish and then smallmouth bass. I thought maybe catfish were in the top three. On the saltwater side of the house, red drum took first, then flounder and finally striped bass. This is country wide not just in our area so that was not as surprising to me.  

Their surveys are easy to use, a bit fun to do and the data you get back from them is quite good. It makes for an interesting read. Survey respondents have a chance to win $100 gift cards too.

About AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com: Launched in 2006, AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. Conducted by Southwick Associates, survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/huntersurvey and facebook.com/anglersurvey or on Twitter at twitter.com/#!/AnglerSurvey and twitter.com/#!/HunterSurvey.

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