Pro Fishing Challenge FAQ

Q: What's the difference between bass fishing and other types of fishing?
A: Bass fishing requires the use of lures whereas other types of fishing use live bait. Bass fishing also relies more on knowledge and ability, rather than luck.
Q: What exactly is a tackle?
A: A tackle consists of a rod, reel, line, and lure set. Rods and reels are categorized as bait-casting or spinning. Lures are categorized as soft or hard bait.
Q: I'm lost, how do I make a good tackle set?
A: First, you want to start by selecting a spinning or bait-casting rod. Spinning rods are better suited for lighter lures and bait-casting rods are better suited for heavier lures. Once youíve selected a rod type, you should select the same reel type. Next, you want to select a lure that fits the same rod/reel type. Finally, you want to select from two types of fishing lines. Thinner lines are not easily affected by wind, but they also break easily. Thicker lines are stronger, but they are also more easily detected by fish.
Q: Should I choose spinning or bait-casting?
A: A spinning rod is an ideal rod for beginners because of its flexibility and its compatibility with lighter lures. A bait- casting rod, on the other hand, is more powerful and intended for heavier lures. It may take some time to get accustomed to a bait-casting rod. Choose the rod that best suits you.
Q: Can I put a heavy lure on a spinning tackle or a lighter lure on a bait-casting tackle?
A: You can, but itís not recommended. Putting a heavy lure on a spinning tackle or a lighter lure on a bait-casting tackle can give poor balance and can lower castability. As a result, no bites are felt and the lure will not move properly.
Q: What type of lure should I use?
A: There is no one lure that works well under all circumstances, but if bass activity level is high youíll want to use a lure with high appeal. If the bass activity is low, youíll want to use soft baits. Itís important to learn the different situations and accommodate accordingly.
Q: What type of line should I use?
A: There are three types of lines: nylon, fluorocarbon, and polyethylene. Nylon lines currently are the most popular since their high elasticity and low sensitivity make them ideal for crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fluorocarbon lines are a lot tougher than nylon, but lack flexibility, making them best suited for jigs and soft baits. Polyethylene (PE) lines are low in elasticity and high in sensitivity, meaning topwater lures are better suited for them.
Q: Where should I fish?
A: The general rule is to go fishing near obstacles. Bass especially prefer variation in topography and tend to hide in the shadows. Knowing the type of obstacles that bass prefer at certain times of the year is one of the keys to becoming a top angler.
Q: What types of casts should I be performing?
A: Overhead casting should be your primary cast, while side-hand casting and pitching should only be used in certain situations. When strong winds occur, performing side-hand casts will prevent the lure from driftng. When near structures, pitching should be the cast of choice.
Q: What kind of lure action techniques should I be using to effectively attract fish?
A: It all depends on the type of lure you are using. The steady retrieve method, where the reel is wound at a constant speed, is the easiest and most common, but not always the most effective. In most cases, hard bait relies on sound and/or vibration techniques while soft bait relies on built-in movements. Understanding why your lure is shaped the way it is, and what techniques your specific lure requires is very important. Always make sure to read up on your lure(s) before heading out to the lake.
Q: Help! I canít get any fish to bite. What should I do?
A: Try moving to a different area with obstacles such as reeds, weeds, standing timber, piers, or uneven floors. If youíre still unable to catch anything, try changing your lure or technique. Remember that color, sound, and movement are all factors that attract fish to a lure.
Q: How do weather, season, and temperature affect bites?
A: For bass, a water temperature of 64 - 73 is ideal. Bass activity depends mostly on water temperature, but weather and season do play a part as well. Cloudy and rainy weather, mornings and evenings are all times with increased bass activity due to atmospheric pressure.
Q: Whatís a good season for fishing?
A: Since bass prefer a temperature of around 64 Ė 73, the best seasons are late spring to early summer and autumn.
Q: How does wind affect fishing?
A: Wind can affect water temperature, water quality, and casting. Strong winds can cause the surface water temperature to drop, and sometimes turn certain areas into mud. Lures can also drift away when cast in the wind.
Q: How do I use the depth finder?
A: A depth finder is a sonar device that reads water depth, water temperature, and bottom structure. The small dots that appear onscreen indicate fish or trash drifting in water. The lower part of the screen displays the differences in size and shape of the bottom structure. When the bottom structure is displayed in a dark shade, the soil is hard. When itís displayed in a lighter shade, the soil is soft. Different types of fish tend to stay near specific types of soil, so you should try and remember the different circumstances.

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Title:   Pro Fishing Challenge
Genre:   Sports
Console:   XBox
Players:   1-8

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