Tackletime Ep. 19 – Luke Ovgard – Micro Fishing

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Micro fishing is a different area of fishing that you
probably never explored and never heard of. The world of Species Hunting goes by many names. You can call it Species Hunting, Species Fishing, or Lifelist Fishing. Today’s guest is Luke Ovgard and we are talking about Micro Fishing.
 
 
Luke is a practiced Micro fisher. He’s also a teacher and writer. He shares stories about fishing in newspapers, magazines, and his blog. Luke writes for people who don’t fish, who don’t fish that often, or engaging people back into the sport.

Micro-Species Hunter

So what is Micro Fishing?
 
Micro fishing is the newest development in fishing that started in Japan more than 30 years ago. To really drive it home, a full-grown bluegill is too large for micro fishing. Think about half that size.
 
Luke grew up fishing for trout for 20 years until he got tired of doing the same exact type of fishing. He wanted to try something different. His love for Pokémon’s “Gotta catch ’em all” message turned him on to the idea of a Species Hunter.
 
The idea of Species Hunting is that every fish out there is waiting for you to go out and catch it. Luke learned the whole concept through reading and learning about the growing sport. He tries to catch any and every species of fish he can, from tiny little shiners to sharks and sturgeon.
 
Luke is a teacher by profession. Luckily, whenever his work demands him to go to different countries, he also catches fish. He blazed trails from 13 different countries all across the globe. Luke’s travel perks helped him in his Species Quest.

How To Start Species Hunting

 
Species Hunting may be unfamiliar for most people but it isn’t complicated at all. Before getting into the sport you need the following:
 
1. Fishing license
 
2. Fishing gear(we’ll get to it in a second)
 
3. Talk to a local biologist and ask what fish live in a watershed (optional)
 
You can start with your local waters and see what you can catch. There’s no limit to how much variety you can have when you’re fishing for everything that swims.
 
 

Gear To Use In Micro Fishing

 
The most basic micro fishing setup is whatever rod you’re using or even a simple stick. You also need a line, roughly about 3 feet.
 
Then, create a fly loop at the end of the tippet. Next is to tie a pre-snelled Tenkara hook. Luke prefers these pre-snelled since they are so tiny and hard to do yourself. You can check out the Gamakatsu micro hooks as well.
 
Finally, put a small split shot in front of the hook and a tiny piece of bait. A headlamp is also helpful, especially during the night.
Now you just need to get it in from of some fish. Turn your eyes away from the big largemouth and into shallow water.
 
Tidepools, eddies, shallow banks, these are all great spots to test your luck. If you can get the bait right in front of the fish, chances are you can hook them.
With no pressure on these fish like your bass and trout, these tiny fish make for easy and exciting catches.
 
 
You can find more of Luke here and learn more:
 
Blog: https://caughtovgard.com/
 
Subscribe to his Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/caughtovgard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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To better fishing for us all,
 
Nate
 
 

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