Everything you need to know about the Scout-A-Bout

Directions

With your new fish scout, you have added a powerful new tool to use to find fish. Just like people, fish prefer certain temperatures and even more so since they are cold blooded. Different fish prefer different temperatures. When their optimum temperature cannot be found fish seek out the water with the temperature closest to their optimum. With your fish scout you can first scout out fishing area before wasting hours trying to catch fish where there are few feeding fish or none.

To use follow these simple steps

  1. Put Fish scout into the water using a line.
  2. Allow a few minutes for it to lock onto the water temperature.
  3. Retrieve quickly and read directly off the scout which fish are most likely to be present in the water at the depth tested. Hold it in a shadow after pulling it from the water to avoid warming it with sunlight.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 as needed at new depths and locations until a fishing spot is found which has water of the temperature needed for the type of fish you are seeking. Fish this spot in accordance with the habits of the fish you are after. If you are not certain that the temperature reading has stabilized just repeated the measurement in the same spot until two readings in a row are the same.

Your Fish Scout can produce spectacular results when used properly. Please consider using catch and release techniques when possible so that sportfishing will always remain an exciting experience.

General Information/ Hints

The following is a list of pointers that we have run across as fisherman ourselves in using Fish Scout which you might also find useful. Some excellent references which discuss the behavior of fish with temperature are listed at the end of this section. We would appreciate any comments you might have in using your Fish Scout so that we can add them to this list of use them to improve your product.

General Comments

We call these devices Scouts, and we suggest scouting out your fish spots first with a fish scout. Doing this saves the time spent fishing in waters with low fish production and helps locate fishing spots. All our devices feature the information built right into the device that you need to identify the fish most likely to be found in the water you have tested with it.

      We have found that Fish Scout removes a lot of the frustration out of fishing by telling you when bodies of water or depth are just not likely to contain feeding fish and so you save hours of time trying to fish where there are few feeding fish. For these conditions Fish Scouts allows you to locate that small amount of water, say a cool spring vent into a very warm lake in the summer or a thermocline, which is closest to the optimum temperature around, the fish can be highly concentrated resulting in spectacular fishing at feeding time and a tremendous amount of fun.

Fish Finding Techniques

How often have you wondered or have been asked,” How deep do I set the hook?” Well now you can answer this question by using your Fish Scout to determine how deep your bait must go to reach water nearest to optimum temperature for the fish you are looking for. To reproduce the depth at which you measured the temperature just keep track of the number of reels cranks you use off the bottom or counts of drop time from the surface.

Use your Scout to determine when fish will start biting in the spring, or when the thermocline is in the heat of the summer. Fish will gather at the thermocline during the summer to have the coolest water with enough oxygen.

Use your Scout to determine which type of fish is most active at the time you are fishing and then use baits and lures suited for these fish. This will help you to catch more fish per outing.

Remember to retrieve lures more slowly the further away the water temperature is from the optimum for the fish you are after.

We suggest always having a cold-water Scout such as a Trout or a Northern Scout, along as well for those occasions when the water is very cold, such as in the spring or when ice fishing. This way you will always be able to get a temperature reading.

Use your Scout to locate spring holes and cool water from creeks entering lakes during the warm summer days. Fish will try to congregate at these locations during feeding periods if the cool water is shallow, and between peak feeding periods if the cool water is deep.

Temperature plays an important role in determining when fish start to feed in the spring, start spawning, feed during the day, early in the morning or late at night. The references given below do an excellent job in describing this type of fish behavior. In general, remember that fish feed midday when the water is cold and early or late in the day when it is warm. The hotter the weather the earlier or later the feeding times, it may even be after dark or before dawn.

Applications

Improve your odds in fishing tournaments by avoiding areas where fish simply are not likely to be due to temperature. Use your Fish Scout to find the highest producing spots.

Change your retrieves speeds to account for temperature, slower the further the temperature is from the optimum for the fish you are fishing for.

Use Fish Scouts to place your limb lines, trot lines and nets. Fish Scout’s are rugged. Just leave one or more attached to your trot lines at the best producing depth. For example, it should be possible to keep a trot line at the thermocline in the summer instead just a part of it as is usually the case.

Use Fish Scout to have you fishing while the fish are biting and have you with family and/or friends when the fish are not biting. Use Fish Scouts to let you relax and enjoy the scenery while you go through the motions of fishing in water in which bites are not very probable, but the scenery and weather are fantastic.

Handling Your Fish Scout

A useful trick is to leave the Fish Scout in the minnow bucket, on a stringer or in a can of water dipped from the lake or stream. This keeps the temperature reading close to that of the body of water you are fishing in and therefore quickens the response time of the device. This is especially useful on very hot and very cold days.

Fish Scout needs a few minutes to thermally adapt to the depth at which a reading is being taken. An easy way to do this is to toss it in the water you want to test using spare rod or a line, then fish for a while with your other pole while Fish Scout records the temperature. Take readings three minutes apart until the same reading is obtained twice in a row. Then read which fish will be more active for that water directly off of the Scout by reading the name of the fish directly next to the green spot. Use the tan or blue spots if either of these appear instead.

Other Considerations

Since high fishing pressure might have devastating effects on fish populations please consider catch and release policies when possible to help keep our sport as enjoyable as possible.

Something which can easily be verified using your Scout is the difficulty in guessing the temperature of water by feel. the human body is very sensitive to differences in temperature and is easily fooled when guessing absolute temperatures. For example, if the air is 80 F and then 70 F water feels cool, but when air is 60 F then 70 F water feels warm. Of course, the fish in the water only feel the 70 F of the water in both situations. Your Fish Scout measures absolute temperatures, the temperatures that fish feel. Water temperatures should never be guessed at by feel.

Surface temperatures tell you nothing about water temperature down deep where the fish are. Subsurface water temperatures vary from surface water for many reasons.  Cold water sinks until it drops to 39 F then it starts to rise again as it gets even colder. Therefore, the cooler water is on the bottom in the summer and near the surface in the winter and variable in between. Thermocline exists and can be at any depth. Surface water temperature is strongly influenced by sunlight and wind. The direct effect of sunlight on subsurface water temperature is affected by water clarity. All these effects make surface water temperature measurements worthless as a measurement of what the fish are actually feeling.

Also, remember that more than just temperature controls the behavior of fish. Food, Cover, oxygen and sunlight intensity are also critical. Take these into consideration along with temperature in checking out a fishing spot.

Related Products

These other products are available from Tite Line Co. An order blank is included for your convenience.

Scout-A-Bout is designed for general use and include the following fish; large mouth bass, striped bass, crappie, small mouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, flat head catfish, channel catfish, white bass, bluegill, and muske.

Bass Scout includes a range of information to help locate several types of bass. Maximum temperatures and the temperatures at which they start to feed and spawn in the spring are included. Optimum temperatures are included as well. Large mouth, small mouth, and white bass are included in the single device.

Northern Scout includes information on finding cold water game fish. Included on this single device are northern pike, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, walleye, yellow perch, muske, lake trout, Chinook salmon, and Coho salmon.

Trout Scout includes information on finding five species of trout. Included on this single device are rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, brook trout, and lake trout. Temperature limits as well as optimum temperatures are included.