Both avid and amateur fisherman with a hook in one hand and a fork in the other will have plenty of choices in Georgia to satisfy his sport and his palate.
There are over 325 species of fish that abound in the waters of this state.
You probably already know that you should be eating fish twice a week. Starting with a lean, healthy source of protein and adding a plate full nutrients is hard to find elsewhere.
NUTRIENTS FOUND IN FISH
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – This will decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and cholesterol.
- Low Fat Levels
- High in Protein
Salmon and sardines are ranked in the top 10 nutrition dense foods on the planet. But one of the most coveted to end up on the end of your pole is bass.
The three best types of bass are:
- Largemouth bass
- Kentucky spotted bass
- Striped bass
Fly fishermen will only need an eight weight rod to catch any of these. Light tackle anglers will do well with a medium action spin or a bait casting outfit spooled with a twelve-pound test.
At only 90 calories and a superb 15g of protein and 3g of fat, this fish makes a great dinner choice.
If the bass is not on your menu you’ll want to set your sites on:
- The bluegill – best bet here is small artificial baits with small in-line spinners, 2-in plastic worms or tiny jigs. Smaller the better.
- Trout-If you just can’t “fly fish” then use live bait or a spawn bag with 3 eggs in it.
- Crappie-You’ll want to adjust your bait depending on which of the four crappie seasons you are fishing in. These four surround spawning season. Use a light line as opposed to a bulky one.
- Black Sea bass-You will do well with diamond jigs or small bucktails tipped squid strips. Even scented soft artificial baits are OK. On your bait rig use a 3ft, 30lb fluorocarbon leader attached to the main line.
- Cobia-Use heavy tackle as these guys can make strong runs. Try live bait based on the natural feeding habits of the fish. Crabs, pinfish, shrimp or cuts of mullet.
- Red Snapper-Bait with Cigar minnows, Pilchards or squid.
- Bluefish-Always use cut bait and strong line.
Whatever you choose to fish be assured that every lake, stream, and reefs that you attempt have very special ways to fish. If you are a novice hire a guide or pro. If you have been at this a while do some research.
BEST PLACES IN GEORGIA TO DO YOUR “NUTRITION FISHING”
1. Lake Allatoona
2. Clark Hills Lake
3. Bobby Brown State Outdoor Recreation Area
4. Elijah Clark State Park
5. Mistletoe State Park
6. Lake Walter F. George
7. West Point Lake
8. Vogel State Park
9. Victoria Bryant State Park
10. Reed Bingham State Park
11. Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources three dozen artificial reefs.
12. Streams in the mountains of Northeast Georgia
13. Georgia’s 10 Public Fishing Areas
Fishing is a new challenge every time you hit the water. Adding the element of making your focus nutrition fishing will not only help you be a better sportsman but will ensure you are a healthier and conscientious cook and diner.