I Helped My Boss with His New Bathroom

Of course there is not any way that he could have done this on his own and I am not so sure that it was a great idea for him to trust me with the task. The boss has been talking about this for a long time and this week his wife had gone to West Virginia to see her favorite aunt. At any rate he and I got to work almost as soon as she was gone. He bought a black towel radiator and a new vanity along with some new shower fittings. Continue reading I Helped My Boss with His New Bathroom

There Was Hope for the Problems That I Have Having

It took me awhile to figure out why my hair and skin were in such poor condition. I haven’t changed my daily hygiene routine in years, so it was puzzling to have such dry hair and skin. I went through a variety of different things to try to remedy the issues, and it took me awhile to realize that I could really benefit from installing a chlorine shower filter in my shower. I had no idea that these were even a thing, but now that I have one of my own, I never want to go without one. It has really made an extensive difference.

I felt so bright all of the time. So I started out by drinking more water. This is because I’ve never really been good at it. I know that you’re supposed to drink a certain amount every day, but I always ignored that. Instead, I opted for a lot of soft drink, coffee, teas and other things that are not really good for you. This is because they made me happy mentally. I did see a marked difference when I increased my water intake, and I even felt better, too. But it didn’t solve my problems completely. I had to do more research.

After talking to a lot of people and reading a lot of different things, I tried changing up the products that I had been using for years. This really didn’t do all that much for me other than drain my wallet. Finally, someone told me about chlorine filters and pointed out that it changed their life when they installed one. Based on that info alone, I bought one. It took only one shower to notice the difference in the way my skin & hair feels. They are both so much softer, and after a month, I have seen the full benefits and I’m happy again.

Overseas Clients Still Have to Pay

I did business with a couple of clients who live in a different country. All was well until they decided not to pay me and cut off all contact. I made calls, sent letters, and even tried emails, but there was no response from the clients. Since the clients were located overseas, I bet they thought they wouldn’t have to pay what they owed because they were in another country. They were wrong about that one, because I started looking into international collection services, and discovered that it was possible to get them money from them.

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume that they’re having some kind of trouble making payments most of the time. Continue reading Overseas Clients Still Have to Pay

Sometimes You Learn the Hard Way That Setting Ground Rules is Important

I remember talking to my best friend many years ago about how I fully believe it is important to pay attention to what children are doing online. She, in return, said that she felt the opposite way and she felt strongly about that. Well, she has now changed her mine. She asked me recently if there’s a Snapchat hack that would allow her to see what her teen son was up to on that program. When I told her that I was curious as to why, she said it was because she felt her son was in over his head with something, but she wasn’t sure exactly what that would be.

My friend discussed having a mother’s intuition that day with me. I knew exactly what she was talking about because I had that same intuition with my own two daughters. Many other parents discuss one another often about how they figure out something is off with their child. Continue reading Sometimes You Learn the Hard Way That Setting Ground Rules is Important

My Boys Are Smarter Than Me when It Comes to Technological Things

My kids are really good at playing video games. Of course, they are good at so many other things, too. But I have long been amazed at how quickly my boys picked up working with computers and how fast they understand all the ins and outs of the different games. Since I am their dad, I like to play with them at times as well. But I am not as good at these things they are, so they told me about Forge of Empires cheats that I can use that help me to keep up with them during the game. I don’t fall behind so much now.

I don’t think that my two boys are absolute geniuses. Continue reading My Boys Are Smarter Than Me when It Comes to Technological Things

Leaks in the Metal Roof

My daughter thought I was being cheap by putting pans down to catch the rain under our metal roof, but I was only doing that because I couldn’t afford to have the roof repaired. When she learned how little we had for repairs, she changed her stance and started working and saving money so that we could get the repairs. She was already taking classes in college, and I didn’t want a job to interfere with her grades, but she was confident she could do it and make enough for us to get metal roof repairs for Brisbane.

The combined efforts of my daughter and I allowed us to gain enough money to have the repairs done. We did some research on companies that perform roof repair on metal roofing and decided on one that was well received among different customers and had reasonable prices. Sometimes it’s not easy to find a company that has both. Continue reading Leaks in the Metal Roof

Servicing Your HVAC System Before Summer

As winter comes to a close and temperatures begin to rise, it is necessary to begin getting ready for spring and the arrival of summer. The warmer weather will inevitably lead to turning on the air conditioner to keep your business or store cool for employees and customers throughout the warm months. Most businesses do not have to worry about running into major problems with their air conditioning on a yearly basis, but should make sure it works as expected to avoid issues. Finding an HVAC facilities management company is not difficult, but it is important to find a reputable company with experience servicing commercial clients. Continue reading Servicing Your HVAC System Before Summer

Gorgeous Sunny Apartment Living Near Dad

My husband and I both work from home so we jumped at the chance to look at apartments in St Petersburg FL after Dad visited and said he’d feel better if we moved down to St. Pete to be closer to him. His health is starting to slip and it’s difficult for him to do the daily living things like shop for food. After Mom passed away a year ago, it got a lot harder. Dad has money so he offered to pay for a what he called a nice apartment in the city that is near his home.

When he said nice I didn’t know he meant luxury! We thought it would be some dour looking place like the apartment buildings around here in Ohio. Little did we know that St. Petersburg is known as the Sunshine City and they mean it! We went down and stayed over at Dad’s place and then drove over to the apartment building to take a look. These were what I would call high end apartments. They’re huge inside and the windows let in a lot of light. They’re also very modern. The place has a pool and is located close to the waterfront.

My husband and I kept pinching ourselves looking around the place. A parking garage? Located close to a shopping center? Yes to both and they have two rooftop lounges! We just stood inside a unit looking up at the nine foot ceilings and thought we had died and gone to heaven. Dad started talking about looking around and we both answered with a resounding NO! This is perfect. We just can’t believe we’re living in such a nice place in Florida. Our friends seemed pretty jealous when they saw the pictures and warned us about hurricanes. Know what? We don’t care!

I Am Ready to Get My Own Place

Of course I have lived on my own or with roommates since I got out of the dorms at college. That was always a real adventure for me as I had no real experience. I had been living in these apartments for Antioch with a couple of other guys, but my name was not on the lease there. In fact I have no real idea who was the responsible party there. I moved in when my buddy from Comp Sci asked me if I was looking for a new place. In fact he knew that I was having issues with the guy that I was sharing a place with. He was the one who made me realize that you should do your homework when you do something like this. He seemed like a good enough guy at first, but if I had asked around it would have been easy to find out that he was a really terrible roommate.

That is one of the reasons that I have decided to get a place on my own, although I did that once if you are getting technical. Actually I rented a loft above this sweet old lady’s garage. It was actually a great deal for me. I would do chores for her and she would cook for me. Every Sunday she would do something quite awesome, usually she would make a brisket or a prime rib. There would be leftovers for a couple of days. She had this little corgi who would sit there wagging his tail and waiting for his share of it. He would always get a good deal out of it, especially when there were rib bones for him. I would still be there if she had not sold her house, but that is all in the distant past.

Fly Fishing in May – Top Tips For Early Season Trout Fishing

Before we start, there is no such thing as “Duffer’s Fortnight”! Fly fishing for trout is difficult all year round and it can be particularly difficult in the Mayfly season if one is not careful. Whether stocked or wild, the trout are experiencing a great deal of change and this affects their feeding habits. Wild trout have just come through the winter and will be keen to fatten themselves up. Stocked fish will have just been moved from a stock pond where they had as much food as they could eat. The Mayfly season is also the most popular and you can guarantee the waters have been thrashed to death by other fishermen so the trout will be wary and easily spooked. They may not run for cover, but they will certainly stop feeding. So, what are the top tips? Here are my Top Ten Tips for Catching Early Season Trout:

1. Select a fly that matches the conditions. Mayfly have two adult stages, the dun and the spinner, so make sure you use the right type – they are very different.

2. Add floatant to the fly but make sure you do not get it on the last 12 inches of your tippet. Use Fuller’s Earth to degrease the last 12 inches of the tippet. This will ensure that the tippet does not sit visibly on the surface and frighten the fish.

3. Use the lightest tippet possible. For most trout fishing 4lb breaking strain is fine but on chalk streams you may need to go lighter.

4. Always test your knots or the first fish you hook will do it for you!

5. Never cast beyond your abilities. All this does is frighten all the fish in the immediate area. If you can only cast delicately at short distances then only cast short distances!

6. Use stealth at all times. Always try to get close to the fish without them seeing you. If fish see you they will stop feeding even if they do not bolt for cover.

7. Try to use the minimum number of false casts. Every cast risks frightening the fish and increases the chances of you getting caught in a tree. Remember that casting is just a means of delivering the fly to the right place at the right time. Perfect casting technique and 60 foot casts do not catch fish!

8. When you hook a fish remain hidden and stealthy. The trout does not know what has happened and will play more easily if it remains confused. If you stand up and show yourself the trout will run from you as hard as possible as it will associate you with the danger it is in.

9. Keep control of the trout at all times so it does not frighten other fish or bolt into weed.

10. Once you have safely landed your first fish of the day, take some of the fish slime and rub it into the last 12 inches of the tippet. Fish slime is a natural whetting agent and will help mask the unnatural smell of your fishing tackle.

There are more tips and advice at the links within the resource box below.


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10 Trout Fishing Tips For Fishing At Strawberry Reservoir Utah

Ask any angler and they will tell you that Strawberry Reservoir is Utah’s most important trout fishery. More people cast their hooks into it’s cool water than in any other lake in Utah. Their are a number of important factors which contribute to Strawberry Reservoir’s trout producing muscle power such as:

1. optimum feed production

2. perfect climate for Trout habitat

3. premium spawning habitat for trout.

Strawberry Reservoir is home to three species of sport fish: Bear Lake Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon. These fish are abundant and big in Strawberry Reservoir.

To make the most out of your next Trout fishing trip at Strawberry Reservoir, use these 10 trout fishing tips when you fish Strawberry Reservoir and you’ll always catch more fish than you’ll ever be able to take home!

1. Fish early morning or early evening. This is when the trout are most actively feeding at Strawberry Reservoir.

2. Monitor the lake water temperature. Keep in mind that when the water temperature at Strawberry Reservoir rises above 70 degrees, trout seek cooler water. That means, you’ll only find them in shaded or deeper areas.

3. When the temperatures get too warm, fish the shaded pockets of water at Strawberry Reservoir.

4. Use a boat on Strawberry Reservoir. In the summer, fishing from a boat at Strawberry allows you to reach the deeper water where the fish hideout while seeking cooler conditions. If you don’t have a boat, you can rent one at Strawberry Bay Marina.

5. Using a fish finder will tell you where the trout are and also it will tell you and how deep they are at Strawberry Reservoir.

6. It’s a fact that trout have a keen sense of smell, and they won’t bite your hook if your lure or bait carries an unnatural odor. To remedy this, simply rub dirt or grass on your hands to eliminate unnatural odors. You could even clean a fish you catch, to get that scent on your hands.

7. Trout spook at shadows. Trout notice things that move, including your shadow. So when casting your line, cast it in the opposite direction, away from your shadow.

8. Trout have a very keen sense of vision and they can see through the water remarkably well. So when you venture out to fish, be sure to wear clothing which is less apt to cause you to stand out against your background. Wear only drab colored clothing.

9. Monitor the weather and the moon phases and brightness. Only fish when trout are most active. When the moon is bright, fish are active, which tends to reduce their daytime feeding activity.

10. Using gang hooks allows you to present the live bait in a more natural manner.

These tips are guaranteed to bring you tremendous fishing success at Strawberry Reservoir.


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The Enjoyment of Fishing

Fishing is a sport everyone can enjoy. To the avid fisherman it does not matter if they are ice, deep sea or fly fishing just being able to fish bringing them the relaxation they desire. Whether you are fishing, on a lake or a stream the peace and quite will be enough to relax anyone. The tranquility will not only relax you, but it will also help to reduce stress and anxiety. Most fishing locations are out of the way; away from ringing telephones, fast functioning computers and people asking a million and one questions. You will enjoy your fishing trip because the silence will enable you to become one with nature. My friend loves to prepare that he is up against nature and must catch enough fish to feed his family. Especially, since this activity dates back for approximately 10,000 years. While the traditions' and techniques may have changed the essence of the event has not. That is why by the end of my friends trip he feet; refreshed, relaxed, and has grained a new positive attitude.

The sport of fishing, is quickly regaining its spot as one of my most popular sports. It is one of those sports that every family member can experience the enjoyment of fishing. The parents will enjoy the time they get to spend with the entire family. They will also benefit from being away from the hustle and bustle of their busy office. The kids will enjoy being outdoors. They will also become excited every time they catch a fish. The pride in their achievement will be priceless. You will be able to see the excitation in their faces the minute they feel a tug on their line. That excitation will not be replaced be sheer determination. That will change to pure pride once they have managed to pull their fish out of the water.

Beside building a great upper body, and improving your overall upper body strength, the places you see may just surprise you. There are fishing traveling destinations designed to provide the best fishing experience. You will be surrounded by natures beauty. You will be able to fish along some of the most picturesque waterfall, vista and lakes in the world. the enjoyment of fishing


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Fly Fishing Basics – Wet Fly vs Dry Fly

One of the first things you’ll need to learn when you’re getting into fly fishing is the difference between a wet fly and a dry fly. This can be hard to learn early on just because it seems so basic a fact among so many long time anglers. But we all start out as complete newbies, so this is a great place to start.

The type of fly you use, and therefore the type of fishing you’ll be practicing, depends a lot on what style of angling you plan on using. Fly fishing comes in two forms: wet fly fishing or dry fly fishing, hence the difference between wet flies and dry flies.

Dry fly fishing is the type most often portrayed in magazine articles, books, and movies. Some anglers is considered the “purer” of the two forms, though there really isn’t a major reason for that. This type of fly fishing is done with a fly that will float on the surface of the water, whether it’s a creek, stream, lake, or river. The fish have to hit the lure on the surface for you to hook it and reel in, and your hope is that your fly looks like a bug jumping on the surface to entice the fish to hit.

As might be expected, wet fly fishing involves a different type of lure. A wet fly is one that goes underwater. Some of these types of lures can even sink all the way to the bottom if they are designed for that style. These flies are made to be mobile below the water’s surface so they can move around in the current, and often times a wet fly fishing angler will use multiple flies at once to up the chances of success.

If you’re looking to go the traditional route with dry fly fishing, then summer is the best time for you to spend time in the water. The summer has the most insects and mosquitoes that fish feast on, which is exactly what you are trying to make your fly simulate. There are also decent times in the fall for the same style, it just depends on weather, location, and what the bugs are doing.

Wet fly fishing isn’t as restrictive since the lures go underwater, allowing them to seem realistic for longer periods of the year. Regardless of which style of fly you choose to use, learning more about each style of angling will help give you a leg up on enjoying this great new recreation.

So those are the two types of fly fishing. Knowing which style interests you most will help to ensure that you will purchase the right gear that you need for your new hobby!


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Tips for Walleye Fishing in Missouri

Missouri has some great walleye fishing options. Walleye may not be the species you envision when you think of fishing in Missouri, but Missouri actually has some of the best walleye fishing opportunities in the country. Both lakes and rivers in Missouri offer excellent walleye fishing. In this article, we’ll tell you about some of the best walleye fishing waters in the state of Missouri.

Stockton Lake may be the best walleye lake in the state of Missouri. Stockton Lake is a relatively small Corp. of Engineers Reservoir, but it is very deep, cool and clear. This makes the lake ideal for walleye fishing. The best walleye fishing occurs around the dam during the summer, and up in the Sac River during the spring, when the walleye spawn. The lake is stocked regularly with walleye, but also sees healthy amounts of natural reproduction. Minnows, worms, and deep diving crankbaits work well.

Bull Shoals is another great walleye lake. Only the northern portion of the lake lies in Missouri, but this area offers some of the best walleye fishing in the lake. The Missouri portion of Bull Shoals Lake is very riverine, and in fact more resembles a large, slow moving river than a reservoir. The area just below Powersite Dam is especially popular, and even offers excellent bank fishing opportunities for walleye, as well as trout and bass. Boat fisherman do very well further down the lake. Jigs, minnows, and worms work very well in Bull Shoals Lake.

The Black River is probably the best walleye stream in the state of Missouri. The Black River below Clearwater Dam is a deep, slow, and clear river in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. This river is an excellent spawning ground for walleyes, and some very large fish have been caught here over the years. Locals report that the best fishing generally occurs in the cooler months, during fall, winter, and spring. During the summer, the walleye become more lethargic, but can still be caught on live baits, especially at night. Jigs, crankbaits, and worms are the most popular methods for targeting Black River walleye. The river can be waded in some areas, but a canoe or a jon-boat will put a walleye fisherman within range of more walleye.

The Current River is another good walleye stream. This river flows right through the heart of the Ozark Mountains, and is heavily spring-fed. The best walleye fishing is found in the lower reaches of the river, from the town of Van Buren to the Arkansas state line. Fishing methods on the Current River are very similar to the Black.

As you can see, there are numerous walleye fishing opportunities in the state of Missouri. These are just a few of the best options, but there are many other good walleye waters throughout the state of Missouri.


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I Fought My Diabetes from the Start

Diabetes is not a fun disease to have. The really bad part of it is that if you don’t take care of it, the complications will come much sooner rather than later. Complications don’t always occur, especially if you are taking the best possible care of yourself, so that is what I decided to focus on when I was first diagnosed with it. I went online to look at the best resources, and I ended up reading a Diabetes Destroyed review that really changed how I decided to approach this disease.

My uncle was diagnosed with diabetes when he was a little younger than me, but he never took care of it. His sugars were constantly high, and it ended up being the death of him. I wanted to make sure I was doing everything the right way, and this book ended up having all of the things I needed to read in order to fight this condition as hard as I can. Continue reading I Fought My Diabetes from the Start

I Am Going to Quit Smoking

I have started a serious effort at quitting cigarettes, although I have decided not to try to give up nicotine all at once or cold turkey. It is not the first time that I have attempted to quit smoking, and I have failed in a number of ways. None of them will be pleasant, but I have decided that I shall try to slowly wean myself from the stuff. At the moment I have decided to try vaporizing the stuff, I went to a site called Taft vapes after I did some research and I tried to find the best way to start using one of those devices. The theory goes something like this, it is based on something that a guy I used to work with told me he had done, that is that you need to find some alternate activity. Or as the saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s workshop. Continue reading I Am Going to Quit Smoking

I Never Even Though About Using Pears As a Dog Treat Until Someone Asked Me if Dogs Can Eat Pears

Dogs like some fruits and vegetables. However, don’t just feed you pet everything you eat. There are plenty of things you can eat that can kill your dog. Also, some dogs are much more highly susceptible to substances. For example, I have personally seen some dogs eat a small amount of grapes and never get sick. Other ones can eat one grape or raisin and have their kidneys fail and die. Someone asked me can dogs eats pears. I was not sure about that one as I do not care for pears myself and never had them around the house with our dogs.

We are finding out about new things that can cause death or serious harm to dogs that we never considered. Continue reading I Never Even Though About Using Pears As a Dog Treat Until Someone Asked Me if Dogs Can Eat Pears

Struisbaai Harbour Wall – Fishing For Everyone

Struisbaai harbour wall has always been a special place for anglers of all ages coming to this lovely seaside village from all over South Africa. During summer weekends and holiday season the wall is generally packed with anglers of all ages enjoying a wide variety of fishing techniques. The harbour wall is a safe and secure place (most of the times) where a lot of angling wisdom is shared, experience gained and the love for the sport of fishing passed down from one angler to another.

Struisbaai harbour wall is an interesting angling spot as it offers such a wide variety of fish species to target. It is a place where toddlers get their first feel for a rod and reel, and get to touch a puffer fish for the first time. It is also a place where the big boys with the big tackle come to hunt massive stingrays and huge raggies. In between all that you can expect to find elf, garrick, cob, musselcracker, smaller sharks, grunters and kolsterte.

Family Fun

Many a mom, dad or grandparent have taken the young angler to this safe angling spot and introduced them to the sport of rock and surf angling. I wonder how many chilfren have caught their first fish from the harbour wall? Taking a light rod and reel or a handline and using sardine or chokka for bait these youngsters hone their angling skills on puffer fish, strepies, kolsterte, tjor-tjor and maasbankers.

Elf on the Wall!!

Many a summer evening, on the outgoing tide, the wall resembles a porcupine with quills standing erect as the anglers, young and old, gather for the elf run, and also hoping to get a fast swimming garrick. The favourite bait is a whole sardine slowly trawled on the inside of the harbour. With the elf around it normally does not take long for any angler to get their bag limit.

Garrick / Leervis

From January to March you will see quite a few anglers throwing spinners and top water poppers from the rocks in fronth of the harbour wall hoping for a massive strike and a hard fight . Garrick from 5-20kg are normally around early in the morning or late afternoon, feasting on the elf in the sheltered harbour water. Some anglers prefer running a live elf out on the right hand side into the bay, hoping for garrick or a cob.

Other Edibles

Cob, kolsterte and spotted grunters are the other main targeted species during the months of Nov to March, but the odd white musselcracker, galjoen and belman are also landed. The spotted grunters are normally caught in the shallower waters at the 2nd and 3rd lamppole on very light tackle using prawn or sardine tail as the bait.

The average size of the cob are between 2 and 5kg, but quite a few biggies over 20kg are landed on a regular basis. The best time for kob is at night using chokka and / or sardine or running some live mullet or maasbanker. Once a cob is hooked it is best to work the fish towards the sandy beach between the harbour wall and Die Las as the rocks in front of the harbour has ended many a fight with a line parting.

Sharks and Rays

We all know that Struisbaai harbour is home to a few massive black stingrays weighing well over 120 kg’s, but it is the area just in front of the harbour wall and to the right where huge black rays as well as smaller blue rays and duckbill rays are regularly caught. Many an angler has overestimated his own prowess and tackle capabilities only to have a knot come unraveled, a line break, rod snap or reel bust trying to take on these sea bulldozers.

Stingrays are caught during the day and night, and chokka or fish heads seams to work the best for these bottom feeders. Rhe smaller rayus atre awesome fun on light tackle, but for the big black stingrays you would need a rod with a strong backbone, at least .45 line, a decent reel and lots of energy as most of the fights lasts up to 4 hours.

The best time to fish for sharks are at night time. Some anglers target smaller shark species like smooth hounds and spotted gully sharks, or even South Africa’s very own pajama cat shark, while other angler slide out big baits for spotted ragged tooth sharks over 150kg that frequent this area, or hoping for a big bronzie or tope shark to land.

The preferred bait for the smaller sharks are a live mullet or maasbanker, or fish fillets and chokka, but with the latter the small fry normally have a feast and you have to replace bait on a regular basis. For the bigger sharks most of the anglers slide yellowtail or cape salmon heads or half a skipjack, You can also slide a big maasbanker or smaller elf with success.

A Few Rules

1) Remember, you are not allowed to use a throw net inside the harbour at any time. Rather use small baited hooks to catch mullet or maasbankers.

2) Please keep the harbour wall clean. There is a big drum provided for all your rubbish.

3) Watch out for children and other anglers when throwing your bait. No one enjoys a hook in the ear or worse.

4) Be considerate towards other angler. Don’t push in or throw over their lines.

5) Keep to the size and bag limits. If you are not going to eat it or use it for bait, throw it back.

6) The rocks are slippery and dangerous when going to gaff a fish. I don’t think you want to be in the water with a 200kg raggie!

7) Be careful of the water!! Watch the waves.

8) You are not allowed to drive onto the harbour wall with your car, bakkie or scooter.

Struisbaai harbour wall will provide you with endless hours of pure angling joy, even those times when the fish don’t want to bite. The idea for Overberg Angling was born on that wall one night while waiting for some action, and the harbour wall holds many other great memories for me, my family and friends. Hopefully you too will soon enjoy this very special angling spot at the southern tip of Africa.


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Trout Fishing Rigs – 2 Effective Rigs For Trout Fishing

There is little doubt that one of the most important aspects of trout fishing are the trout fishing rigs that are used when fishing for trout. You may not be familiar with the term “trout fishing rigs” but a trout fishing rig is simply a way to rig bait for trout fishing. Sure some people simply tie a hook onto their line or attach a snap swivel to their line, clip on a snelled hook onto the swivel and call it good. While both of these manners of presenting trout bait might technically be trout fishing rigs they are by no means the most effective rigs that can be employed while fishing for trout.

In this article I will outline two very effective trout fishing rigs, one for use in rivers and streams and one for use in lakes, so that you can begin to catch more trout while fishing for trout. I have been fishing for trout for more than two decades and have learned and tweaked these rigs during that time to make them quite effective. The biggest factor to the success of any trout fishing technique or rig is the amount of time that you spend on the water putting said technique or rig into action. The bottom line is that the more time you spend putting these trout fishing rigs into action on the water the better they will perform for you.

With that being said let’s begin with the fishing rig that should be used in lakes. This rig is a basic bottom fishing rig that consists of a small treble hook (size #12 or #18), a small barrel swivel (size #12 or #14), a ¼ to ½ ounce egg sinker, and a 12 to 24 inch leader. The first thing that you want to do is cut a 12 to 24 inch length of line from the end of your line for a leader and set this ‘leader’ aside. Now slip the egg sinker onto the end of your line and tie on a barrel swivel (the swivel will act as a stopper for the sinker). If the weather is windy you will need to use a larger sinker, but a ¼ ounce egg sinker is the perfect size for this rig. Now the leader is tied to the opposite end of the barrel swivel and a treble hook to the end of the leader. The treble hook is now covered with Powerbait or similar dough style trout bait. The key is that the trout dough bait that you use floats. This rig is now cast into a lake containing trout, and the bail of the reel is left open until the rig sinks to the bottom, at which point the bail of your reel is closed. Your line is now retrieved slowly until it is completely taught and the rig is “still fished” until a trout begins to bite. The trout bait will be floating off of the bottom, while the sinker sits on the bottom. When a trout bites it feels no resistance from the sinker, thus making the hook set much more effective.

The second of the trout fishing rigs that I’m going to outline is for trout fishing in river fishing scenarios. This trout fishing rig is called a drift fishing rig and involves the use of a set of gang hooks (size 8 or 10), a small barrel swivel (size #12 or #14), and some split shot sinkers to add weight to the rig. A swivel is tied to the end of your line and a set of gang hooks is tied to the opposite end of the barrel swivel. Split shot sinkers are added to the line above the barrel swivel for weight. The size and number of split shot will vary depending an river depth and current flow, but the goal is to have your bait bounce or “roll” along the bottom of the river as it flows naturally with the current. The hooks on the set of gang hooks are now baited with the live bait of your choice and the rig is “drift” fished in the current of the river. Live worms are an excellent trout bait choice for this trout fishing rig.

The bottom line is that these two fishing rigs are extremely effective and should be added to any serious trout fisherman’s repertoire sooner rather than later.


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Guidelines For the Best Time to Go Surf Fishing

The best time to go surf fishing has to be answered in a number of different ways. To address this topic we must consider what is meant by, “the best time”. Are we referring to the time of year, the time of day, the tidal movements, the phases of the moon or the weather situation? There’s a lot of room for interpretation. I will address them all in this article.

What is the Best Time of Year?

Since I am not considering any particular location, as a general rule of thumb I would have to say spring and fall. Now that doesn’t mean if you are fishing in the winter or summer that the surf fishing will be poor. It most likely just won’t be outstanding. That being said, it doesn’t mean the fishing will be outstanding in the spring and fall. What it does mean is that given the same set of circumstances, the fishing will probably be better in the spring and fall. Surf fishing depending on your location can be good year round. If you know what you’re doing it isn’t difficult to catch fish in the surf year round.

What is the Best Time of Day?

This question is easier to answer. In the early morning just before dawn until 9 or 10 AM and in the evening an hour or two before dusk. This follows the nocturnal feeding habits of the fish. During the summer when a lot of the beaches are occupied by sunbathers, dusk might be your best bet after they have left the beach. In some areas the rule is no fishing in swimming areas from the time lifeguards go on duty until the time they go off.

What is the Best Tide Time?

It’s no secret that the tides affect surf fishing. Moving water at the surf line is good for fishing. High tide is best because it’s easier to cast out and reach the deeper water. The window of opportunity is two hours before high tide and two hours after. Slack tide which is right between high tide and low tide is not productive for surf fishing. Low tide in most areas is usually only good for scouting the beach for ideal fishing spots.

What are the Best Moon Phases?

The moon not only plays a part in the tidal movements, it also affects the fishing. Let me explain. The moon produces the most extreme tide changes, referred to as spring tides, during the new moon and the full moon. The water moves faster during the change in tides from high to low tide and the total change in depth is the greatest.  This is the best time to fish the surf. Also, common belief is that during a full moon the fish feed most of the night.

What are the Best Weather Conditions?

Weather conditions are a little more difficult to address because of all the different kinds of weather factors. An onshore breeze if it isn’t too strong is a plus. Cold fronts are negative factors. High wind and surf is also bad. High winds make it difficult to fish and the water clarity is very poor. Low pressure is better than high pressure during a spring tide. When the weather conditions have been poor for the last 24 hours the fishing won’t improve until the fish have had a chance to acclimate. Sometimes it may take a day or two depending on how severe the weather has been.

Now after considering all the best times for surf fishing, it’s easy to understand how these situations can work together when they occur at the same time. When planning to go surf fishing try to take advantage of the time when several of these conditions overlap each other. 


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