Before you head out to the lake, follow these tips to catch more catfish

One of the best dishes in Southern cuisine is fried catfish, and it's even better when you make it yourself. If you're planning to head out to the lake soon to try catching a few, you're going to want to make sure you have the right marine accessories on your boat. You'll also want to follow these expert tips from Game and Fishing Magazine:

  • If you're fishing on a small river that has rapids, the area underneath ledges where the water falls is a great place to find catfish. This is because the falling water will carve out a deep section where they can hide.
  • One of the best times to catch catfish is at night. Once it's dark, you can use special bobbers that have a light on top, which will glow when the hook is bitten — an important feature when you're in a secluded area, such as a campground in the woods.
  • The best baits for large catfish are cut baits. These are pieces of sliced fish that are great for attracting large catfish even over great distances. Typically, you'll want to use an oily fish, as these give off even stronger scents through the water. If you're only looking for smaller catches, you can rely on just about any bait, including manufactured power bait and even chicken liver.

In addition to using the right techniques to find catfish, you'll also want to use the right equipment. At ePal, you'll find that we have not just the largest selection of boat accessories and electronics, but the best prices as well. Check out our store today for the latest technology that will help you catch more (and bigger) fish!

What’s the best bait for rainbow trout?

One of the best fish to catch are rainbow trout, as their mild flavor and widespread range mean that they're easy to find and terrific to eat. They're also pretty easy to catch for beginning anglers. You just need to know where they'll be swimming (typically along the West Coast in freshwater rivers) and have the right bait.

When fishing for rainbow trout, you have a couple options for bait:

  • Deli shrimp: The cocktail shrimp you normally see at the supermarket are actually terrific bait for trout, according to FishingWithRod.com. They're not a natural food sou​rce for trout, but they're easy to find and seem to be effective at attracting fish.
  • Powerbait: This is designed specifically for catching trout. It is manufactured to have specific scents that trout will find enticing, and you can typically find it in any bait and tackle shop. This type also tends to last a little bit longer in your tackle box.
  • Worms: The old standby is a favorite of trout, and obviously worms are pretty cheap. If you're just looking to have a little fun on the lake and you're not terribly serious about fishing as a hobby, worms are a great, low-cost option that lets you have fun and gives you a reasonably good chance of catching fish.

Another key to fishing for any species is to have a good fishfinder on your boat that can give you accurate depth readings and provide information about the water column. By equipping your boat with a transducer and fishfinder from ePal, you'll have more success in locating the best parts of your favorite fishing grounds. That way, you'll go home with a much bigger catch!

3 pieces of equipment that will help you catch more fish

For the vast majority of anglers, you can head out to a lake with nothing more than a fishing pole, some bait and a lot of patience. After all, many of these individuals aren't necessarily fishing in order to find their next meal. Instead, they simply want to sit by a lake and take in the view, and if they catch a fish, it's just an added bonus.

But some of us actually want to catch big fish, and we'll look for any gear that will increase the odds of this happening. Here are three pieces of equipment that you should add to your boat that will make your more successful as an angler:

  • Fishfinder: This probably seems pretty obvious, but many fishermen will head out to the water without one despite its usefulness. 
  • Trolling motor: Let's say you're in a small bay that is part of a larger lake, and you want to maneuver around without starting up your main engine. A trolling motor can help you make small, slower movements so that you don't disturb the water and scare away the fish. These motors are much quieter and help with minor adjustments in your heading.
  • Underwater lighting: Adding a light such as the OceanLED 2010FM HD LED will help attract fish, particularly at night. White and green are typically the best colors, as they are visible at greater distances.

You can find this equipment at ePal. We carry many of the best manufacturers and equipment at prices that you won't find anywhere else. In addition, you will receive free ground shipping on all orders to the lower 48 states, with special flat rates for expedited shipping. Check out our online store today!

Selecting the right type of reel for your fishing rod

Have you decided to take up fishing recently? Or has it been a few years since you've done it and you're looking for a refresher course? We have you covered! We're going to give you a rundown of some of the equipment needed to fish and help you determine which marine instruments you need to catch the biggest fish.

In this article we'll go through the three basic types of reels that you'll want to consider when constructing a new fishing pole:

  • Baitcasting: One of the most common reels for more experienced anglers, a baitcasting reel gives you the best accuracy when casting, but it's a bit difficult to use. You need to be careful when casting, as it's hard to control how much line is thrown, which could result in tangling and other problems. This is the best reel to use when you have heavier fishing line.
  • Spincast: This type of reel is particularly suited for children, as it's easy to use and gets the job done. Basically, you push a button when you want to cast your line, and once you let go of the button it stops casting. Then you reel in your catch when you think a fish has taken your bait. Spincast reels don't offer the same kind of accuracy as other reels, but in terms of simplicity, they're hard to beat.
  • Spinning: This reel provides a nice middle ground between a baitcaster and spincaster, as it's easier to use than the former but more accurate than the latter.

In addition to having the right fishing equipment, you'll also want to make sure your boat is outfitted with the best marine electronics. Having a GPS system on board can be a lifesaver when you're fishing in unfamiliar waters. To see the latest in marine communication and navigation technology, check out the ePal online store today!

3 tips that will help you catch more largemouth bass

Are you hoping to have a successful largemouth bass season? Of course you are! As you probably know if you've already tried it, catching bass isn't always easy, but with a little know-how you should notice an uptick in the number of fish you catch the next time you head out to the lake!

Here are a few tips from Fishing Tips Depot to help improve your chances of catching some largemouth bass:

  • Consult with others who frequent the same lake: The best approach to fishing for bass can vary depending on the lake and region where you're located. Ask others who are familiar with your particular lake where and when they have had the best luck.
  • Fish in the early morning or late evening: Bass typically feed at dawn and dusk, so the best time to head out is usually an hour or so before the sun rises, or an hour before it sets. 
  • If you catch a bass, see what's in it's stomach: This may sound a bit gross, but it's a good tactic if you want to know what bass are eating at your lake. These fish will typically throw up whatever is in their stomach after they're caught, so take a look and see what their favorite foods are. This will be your best guide when choosing the right bait.

If you have a boat and you're looking for the best boat accessories that will help you navigate unfamiliar waters and fishing grounds, you should definitely consider purchasing a fishfinder from ePal. We carry the best brands, including Garmin and Raymarine, and you'll find that our prices are the most competitive on the market, with free shipping for all orders to the lower 48 states. For more information, check out our online store today!

The best saltwater fish to eat

Saltwater fishing season is underway in many parts of the country, and both novice and advanced anglers are heading out on their boats and looking for their first big catches of the year. If you're a beginner and you're not entirely sure what you should be catching, we've got you covered. In today's article we'll talk about the best types of fish to catch if you plan on eating them.

Bleacher Report has a terrific guide that can provide some insight into the best fish to catch. Obviously, much of this depends on the region where you'll be fishing, but generally if you know that these species are in your area you can bet you'll be catching something tasty:

  • Flounder: These versatile fish are more easily caught near piers, pylons and similar structures. As such, you should be careful when looking for them that you don't hit anything. Having a marine transducer on board will be especially helpful in avoiding obstacles.
  • Red Snapper: You've probably had a red snapper filet or two at your favorite restaurant. Why not catch your own? Make sure to use a live sardine or cigar minnow to catch these guys.
  • Yellowfin Tuna: It's best to try catching the other two fish before you go for a yellowfin, as these are extremely large fish and you'll need a sturdy pole. But catching your first will be one of your proudest moments as an angler. And, most importantly, they make good steaks.

Remember that you'll have a much easier time catching saltwater fish if you have the right marine instruments, including a fishfinder. You can obtain this gear at the best prices by shopping at ePal, the leading online retailer of boat accessories!

This may be the season to try saltwater fishing!

Are you typically a fresh water fisher? For the vast majority of Americans, it's the most accessible kind of angling there is. Virtually every community has a fresh water pond that is accessible to the public. But if you want to access more diverse fisheries with a higher potential for big catches, it may be time to try out saltwater fishing.

If you've never done this before, Field & Stream Magazine has a few tips to keep in mind to make the experience more productive:

  • Keep a good set of marine charts and maps available on your trip. Having a chartplotter onboard that can let you know about the surrounding waterways is also helpful. Typically you'll get the best catches near channels and inlets, and charts are good for identifying and locating these areas.
  • Make sure your lures are bright, shiny and new, as these are the kind that fish like the best. If you use old, rusty looking lures, you'll have a much harder time getting the fishes' attention. Always rinse off and dry your lures before you put them back in your tackle box so that they don't develop any corrosion or stains.
  • Wash off your reel once you're done. Saltwater has the tendency to corrode and make fishing equipment harder to use, particularly if you're going to take it back to a freshwater lake sometime soon.

Anytime you're about to go on a new fishing expedition, it's a good idea to stock up on all the marine instruments you'll need to make your trip more enjoyable. At ePal, we have an enormous selection of fishing equipment and navigation technology that will help you find the best fisheries and get more out of your adventure, so stop on by our online store for the latest deals!

Kentucky provides good crappie fishing this season

Looking for a great place to go fishing this spring or summer now that winter weather has thawed and more lakes are opening up for anglers? While it might be tempting to head down to Florida or up to the New England coast for your next big catch, you may want to consider another destination that isn't quite as popular, but still delivers good returns: Kentucky.

A recent article on the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFW) provides some detail on the terrific conditions that are cropping up for those who want to catch crappie, a fish that can sometimes grow as large as 6 pounds and comes in both black and white varieties.

Interestingly, these fish are showing up in large numbers not just at big bodies of water, but at smaller ponds and lakes as well. And unlike many fisheries throughout the country, the KDFW is hoping that people will come to the area and keep the crappie population in check.

"There is a really good population of 7- to 9-inch crappie in Boltz along with bigger ones," Jeff Crosby, central fisheries district biologist for the KDFW, told the source. "Bullock Pen [Lake]'s crappie population is about the same as in Boltz [Lake]. Kincaid [Lake] has a lot of mid-range crappie as well with some bigger ones mixed in. It has a pretty decent crappie population."

If you're looking to make some big catches this season, whether it's in Kentucky or elsewhere, it's a good idea to have a fishfinder on board your vessel that can help you identify the best populations and have more productive outings. You can find this and other marine equipment at ePal, which offers free shipping to the lower 48 states!

4 tips for troubleshooting your marine transducer

There are few boat accessories that can be more useful than a marine transducer, particularly when you're piloting your boat through an area where surface depth can fluctuate quickly. However, like any piece of marine electronics, they can give their owners problems if they're old or they weren't installed properly.

If you have a transducer and fishfinder but you find that they don't seem to be working for you, here are a few troubleshooting suggestions:

  • Be careful about interpreting depth readings when you're near another vessel. If their transducer is transmitting at the same frequency, it could be interfering with yours and producing inaccurate results.
  • If you have an outboard motor, make sure your transducer is installed closer to your starboard side. Your propeller can make it difficult for the transducer to take accurate readings of the bottom, so it is critical to make sure they're situated as far away from each other as possible.
  • Should your transducer cease to give you any reading at all, it may need to be cleaned. Make sure that any barnacles, seaweed or other material is removed so that it isn't obstructed when taking readings.
  • When you're piloting through shallow water and you have a high-powered transducer, make sure that you turn off automatic sensitivity and instead adjust it manually.

If you think it's time to replace your transducer and install a more powerful unit, make sure to purchase your new one from ePal. We have a wide selection of marine equipment from the best manufacturers, including Lowrance, Garmin and Raymarine. In addition, we provide the best shipping deal in the industry, with free ground shipping to the lower 48 states!

Product Spotlight: Uniden 4.3 Digital Wireless Video Surveillance System

Recently we discussed some steps that you can take to make sure your boat is secure when it is parked at the dock or in a slip, which include making sure it is locked up and chaining it to the dock when you're not using it. But you don't need to stop there if you're concerned about boat theft and vandalism.

If you're looking for an even more secure solution, we recommend checking out the Uniden 4.3 Digital Wireless Video Surveillance System, a security setup that provides you with two cameras and is expandable to four. This easy to setup system can be installed at your slip or dock and captures footage on MicroSD cards.

One of the best features of the Uniden is that its cameras are weatherproof, which will come in handy if it is installed near an ocean. Rain and wind won't affect its functionality and with a motion detector the system is always ready to capture footage of burglars and thieves that approach your vessel.

Another great aspect of these cameras is their full color, 4.3 inch monitor, which allows you to see much more clearly than competing systems. In addition, you can view your footage live over Skype! As long as your cameras are near an internet connection, you'll be able to monitor your boat remotely.

For more information on ePal's wide selection of boat security devices, as well as other boat accessories, make sure to browse our site today! You can also give us a call at (877) 245-8649 if you have any questions. Our customer service representatives can provide expert advice and know-how for any product you're considering purchasing!