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We have a great big ocean that’s so close but I have only ever fished mackerel, which was a huge blast. But when I want some great salt water fishing I wait until I am in Florida. It’s great to have friends in warm places.

For anglers fortunate enough to live close to the coast, getting out on the saltwater and hooking a massive one—whether going after  bonefish, redfish, snapper, or sea bass—is one of the best thrills possible. However, as many women have pointed out, fishing can be the male equivalent of scrapbooking: you can spend as much cash and time wanting for “just the proper” lures,  hooks, rod, reel, or you-name-it as you can spend time actually putting the line in the water! Admittedly, the explore for the elusive  “perfect setup” may be a very real part of the pleasure of fishing, however why spend oodles of effort and time trolling the aisles at your  local retailers for saltwater fishing gear when you could be trolling the estuaries and lagoons, or surf-casting for jack or  roosterfish?

What Do I Need?

If you are a true saltwater novice, you need to grasp that saltwater fishing gear is usually heavier than freshwater equipment and  is also created of materials that resist the corrosion so prevalent in environments that combine moist air and high saline content.  Even saltwater fly fishing gear is heavier than the tackle favored by the fellows angling for rainbows in those high mountain  streams. Also, rods vary depending on the kind of saltwater fishing: surfcasting rods are different than a boat rod you’d use to  bottom fish from a pontoon or pier; Deepwater trolling rods are vastly different than saltwater flyfishing rods. And, like any  alternative sort of fishing, you need to decide on your line based on what you are going after: for ladyfish and other smaller inshore  species, you don’t need twenty-pound test line! In fact, if you know what you are doing, you’ll be able to catch a lot of fish on smaller line.

Take Care of Your Stuff

As implied by its need for corrosion resistance, your saltwater fishing gear should be frequently cleaned and maintained for  maximum life and smallest amount of down time. Each time you utilize your saltwater fishing gear, you ought to straight away clean everything with  soapy water and a soft brush—nothing else can take away dried salt. Clean all the eyes on the rod, and suspend everything vertically to  dry. Use sparing amounts of a good quality reel lubricant to keep the reel in top operating condition and to prolong its life. But  be careful not to use an excessive amount of lubricant-fish hate the scent of oil!

Spend Your Cash Wisely

Usually, spending the most money on a rod doesn’t invariably ensure obtaining the top deal. With reels, on the other hand, the  higher investment can pay real dividends, since more expensive reels usually are made with real bearings instead of  plastic shims. Bearings will last longer and provide smoother operation throughout the lifetime of the equipment, whereas the less  expensively made reels can begin to wear and drag sooner.

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Fly Fishing For Smallmouth Bass in New Brunswick

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After years of fly fishing Atlantic salmon and Brook trout in New Brunswick, every chance I got, I was introduced to smallmouth bass fishing and decided to give my fly rod a try on some smallies. That’s a day I will not soon forget as it was an experience that was completely different from any other fly fishing experience I had to that point.

Fly fishing for salmon and trout has a specific feel when the strike comes but nothing even close to a smallmouth strike on a fly. It was a powerful strike and the fight was spectacular with so many jumps and spins I was dizzy. Oh yeah, plus that fact that they spin your float tube around and around if you can’t lock your feet to the bottom some how. Great fun.

I can thank my friend Kerry for that experience although he never tried the fly rod so he doesn’t know what he missed. It was completely different that fishing smallies with a spinning rod, as much fun as that is.

Even the water I fished was different than the brooks, ponds and rivers I fished for salmon and trout. Now I was fly fishing lakes looking for lily pads and weeds more than open water.

Smallmouth bass on the fly is heart stopping action and I can’t get enough of it. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do all the fishing I want to do, bummer. Maybe we need to move to a more southern climate, eh? Not really though, I love New Brunswick.

I guess, for now, I will just have keep dreaming about fly fishing for smallmouth bass in New Brunswick, well at least until spring arrives once again.

Reviewing the Eagle Cuda 300 Fishfinder

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There are some things that you should automatically expect from all fish finders on the market these days. The first is that the fish finder alerts you to the depth of the water and the second is the terrain of the ground beneath your fishing area. The third is the temperature of the water. These things can all help you land the fish you are after but really you should expect more. The Eagle Cuda 300 Fishfinder does give you the basics and it gives you a bit more.

To be quite honest, the Eagle Cuda 300 Fishfinder is not the best fish finder on the market. It does have a limited depth and range for its sonar. But considering its price you do get the basics plus a little bit more. It is those extras that are fueling sales of this fish finder over comparative models.

One of the added features you get with the Eagle Cuda 300 is the power to see the distance downward of the fish. That’s valuable because, when casting out your line and using weights, you want to hit the proper deepness for the particular fish you’re looking for. The topography the Eagle Cuda 300 displays is pretty comprehensive considering it is a less costly product. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see that pile of seaweed at the bottom of the lake that you can potentially get caught on, but it does give you a view of a generalized terrain.

The Eagle Cuda 300 also consists of another rather handy aspect. It allows you to view the screen even in bright natural light. Many LCD screens are tough to read when daylight is shining on them so this is a feature you should keep in mind.

The Eagle Cuda 300 Fishfinder is very reasonably priced. You can find it online at various websites for around 0, which puts it into the economical category. Though it is not going to give you the intricate details of the size of the fish or the type, it still does the job quite well. As a beginning fisherman, this is a good purchase because it gives you the basics plus a little bit extra. If you are a competitive sportsman or woman, you may want to go with a more advanced model.

If you want to increase your odds of catching fish, you should consider investing in a fish finder. But how do you know if the Lowrance X96 fishfinder is superior to the Garmin 140, for example? You need to read some fish finder reviews to help you decide on the perfect model for your needs.

Memories of My Rapala CountDown Minnow

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Buy this ProductRapala CountDown Minnow $ 6.99

The CountDown method of fishing first introduced by this lure has become a standard presentation of knowledgeable anglers. The slow-sinking, control-depth method enables you to put this lure exactly in the feeding zone of suspended fish or just above weed tops or bottom structure for deeper feeders. Of course, the balanced action can be trolled or casted and retrieved in the usual manner. The CountDown has proven itself especially effective for large trout, walleye and bass.

  • CD01: 1″, 1/16 oz., One No. 12 Treble Hook
  • CD03: 1.5″, 1/8 oz., Two No. 12 Treble Hooks
  • CD05: 2″, 3/16 oz., Two No. 10 Treble Hooks
  • CD07: 2.75″, 1/4 oz., Two No. 7 Treble Hooks
  • CD09: 3.5″, 7/16 oz., Two No. 5 Treble Hooks
  • CD11: 4 3/8″, 9/16 oz., Two No. 3 Treble Hooks

Buy this ProductRapala CountDown Minnow $ 6.99

Checkout This Rapalanation Forum

Visit RapalaNation

Casey is a big fan of RapalaNation and invited me to join some time ago. I don’t get there very often but I keep myself pretty busy when I’m online and should get over there more often.

They have contest for naming new Rapalas and you can win or earn yourself some now Rapalas for next season so take a look and make some new friends. Nothing like making new fishing buddies, exspecially if they live in your area.

My username is FlyFisherMann, stop by and say hello.

I have to get back over there and see what I can do to earn myself a new Rapala countdown like the one I lost this year, on my very last cast of the season too.

Heck I didn’t even have a fish on and there was no weeds, it just decided to find a new home I guess.

Note: Not that RapalaNation is worth being at all year long but I noticed this morning that they are raffling of 50 new lures and fishing gear, so get over there.

Camping Equipment – The Basics

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I have done a lot of camping over the past 40 or so years and it’s mostly for fishing, a few family camping trips.

If there is one activity where it’s hugely important to think about how much you pack and exactly what you pack, it’s camping. Taking too much stuff is a common error campers make, as it means more to carry, sometimes long distances to a camp site or on hiking trip. The main thing to remember when planning a camping trip is making sure that your equipment is lightweight; it will be easier to transport and if you plan it well you can readily bring all the gear you need.

To begin with, check that everything you need is in good condition. Before you start to pack, you need to lay out all your camping gear so you can see all items you are taking with you on your trip. Make sure everything is functional. next, determine that everything you have selected is absolutely necessary. Check every piece of equipment in your expedition pack. If you’re not sure you will use it, leave it behind.

Camping trips often involve prolonged hikes and this will be tough if you are weighed down with unnecessary items.  With some expeditions lasting for several weeks, you must be equipped for most things but also pack light enough to be calm and relaxed, which can be a challenge. The idea is not to just take light items, but also to pack the things you will most likely use in your camping gear.

Before replacing everything in your pack with lightweight items, go through your camping gear thoroughly another time and take out any other things you won’t use. If it’s your first camping trip, that can be difficult but if you have been camping and hiking before, you know the likelihood of needing a particular piece of equipment. If you didn’t use it last time, you do not need it adding to the weight of your load this time. For example, we all know that it’s necessary to take fresh water, but try packing only collapsible empty water containers and some water decontamination tablets so that you can find water along the way and be sure that it’s okay to drink. The weight of your load can be the difference between a tiresome experience and a pleasurable one, so only pack items essential for your comfort and survival.

Checklist

A carefully compiled checklist is a very important element of every camping trip to ensure that critical items are not forgotten and nonessential items are left behind. Apart from the obvious items like a tent, inflatable beds or sleeping mat and sleeping bags, list items that will be needed each day, such as eating utensils, wet weather gear and warm clothing (depending on the expected climate), cooking equipment, matches, flashlights, spare batteries, insect repellent, sunscreen, protective clothing, first aid kit, compass and personal hygiene items. A supply of non-perishable food is also wise to satisfy your needs if you are able to stock up.

Camping is a time honored family tradition that many families begin from the start of life with their children. Having the right baby camping stuff can make the trip more enjoyable and memorable for everyone.

And make sure to pack some items for amusement and entertainment for when the weather keeps your family inside. Careful planning leads to maximum enjoyment.

If you want to learn more about camping gear, check out Josh’s site.

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Why Use a Fish Finder?

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If you’re thinking about using a fish finder in the most effective ways, you have to look at it like a tool. Exactly like any tool, it requires understanding. Simply because this device is based on technology doesn’t mean that you cannot develop skills with it. While your favorite fishing hole may have been your best kept secret, you cannot deny that being able to glimpse below the water’s surface and catch a look at what’s going on isn’t useful.

A gut feeling is one way to find great fishing grounds. However it is nice to be able to validate your hunch with technology. If you ultimately learn how to use the device with the same precision as you use your rod and reel then you may very well never have a disappointing fishing trip again.

The sonar technology that these fish finders use is based on nature’s ability to detect objects in the water. It’s simply the electronic version of the echolocation utilized by whales and dolphins. Sound waves are scattered and the measured time frame in which it takes for those sound waves to bounce back creates the visuals right there for you to see.

When you find a good location for your fish finder you’ll want to make sure that you are mounting it in compliance with the instructions. Misaligning the equipment can result in incorrect readouts. Finding the ultimate sensitivity setting for the finder is an interesting trick. Most manuals come with recommendations, but in general you want the sensitivity settings to reflect the locale which you fish. If you are out on open deep waters you may find a higher sensitivity does the trick.

It might very well take you a little time to learn how to read your fish finder just right. It’s not unusual for logs or debris to be confused with one really big fish right below you. Once you get the hang of it you’ll find that those mistakes are minimal.

The incredible technology that has been added to fish finders is actually quite impressive. Weather alerts, GPS coordinates, and even the ability to distinguish fish species have made these little devices much more than a system to find fish.

You don’t have to follow old techniques in order to take pleasure in fishing. It might be useful to unite both the old traditions and new technologies. Utilizing a fish finder might even help you confirm that grandpa’s old fishing hole has loads of fish on every second Tuesday of the month.

If you want to increase your odds of catching fish, you should consider investing in a fish finder. But how do you know if the Humminbird SmartCast RF 15 portable fishfinder is better than the Humminbird 997c, for example? You need to read some fish finder reviews to help you decide on the right model for your needs.