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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you’re having trouble with your golf game, look into getting a Callaway forged copper wedge. How will it help your game? Let’s say you are like me and have trouble navigating the various hazards most golf courses have these days. Hazards are only a problem if you are not using the proper club to get past them. That is where this wedge comes in. Now you can use your old wedge that is likely heavy and interferes with your swing, or you can do what I did and get this type of wedge. The benefits are amazing.
The best thing about a copper wedge is that it is much lighter than your typical wedge. Continue reading Up Your Game with a Copper Wedge
My All-American neighbor who is very political about keeping jobs in the US drives around in a 2016 Accord Coupe. However, he does point out that the Accord is assembled in Ohio. There is that global market thing where parts are sourced from different countries with final assembly being in America. That is better than nothing. It is nice having car plants still operating in the United States. I pass one on the way to a friend’s house who lives in Ohio. It is only about an hour from my house. The Honda brand is Japanese, but they are put together here. This is how my friend can support American manufacturing while still driving an import that he says provides him a high value for his car-buying dollars.
I like the Honda Pilot SUV. I have not ever been a car person. I have always been into vehicles that have at least some off-road capability. At the bare minimum, I like a vehicle that can get you through the winter snows here. They are not as bad as they are a bit farther north. Continue reading Honda Accords Are Put Together in the United States
My daughter is one of those people who loves to collect a certain kind of thing when she becomes interested in it. Once she was interested in horses and wanted to collect different horse action figures and pictures of horses. She then became interested in yo-yos and collected different yo-yos from around the world. Lately she has been into gemstones, and the gemstone she wanted most recently was a kunzite gemstone. I had never heard of kunzite gemstones before, but I knew my daughter wouldn’t stop asking for them if I didn’t help her get one, so I started looking.
Looking at the usual stores didn’t help me find the gemstone I wanted, so I turned to some online stores. Continue reading I’ve Fallen in Love with a Gemstone
When it comes to ultra light fishing, one of the most important pieces of tackle is the fishing line. It can make the difference in catching your limit or going home empty handed. I think that Fluorocarbon Fishing Line has many great benefits but you need to consider the Pros and the Cons. Below I compare fluorocarbon line to the more popular nylon monofilament line.
The PROS of fluorocarbon fishing line:
1) Invisibility – The refractive index of fluorocarbon is close to that of water, making it just about invisible in the water. This, of course, is very important, especially in clear water. Nylon monofilament, on the other hand, is more visible underwater.
2) Abrasion resistance – Fluorocarbon line has superior abrasion resistance when compared to nylon mono. Abrasion resistance is the capacity of the line to withstand wear due to friction, rubbing, or scraping.
3) It sinks – Fluorocarbon is denser than water, making it sink (unlike nylon). This is great when fishing deep. It reduces (or eliminates) the bow/arch of the line which is caused by it floating.
4) Doesn’t absorb water – Fluorocarbon has a closed cell structure that does not absorb water. Nylon monofilament absorbs water which weakens it.
5) Low Stretch – Fluorocarbon is stiffer than nylon making it have lower stretch and higher sensitivity to fish bites. With low stretch line you can feel every little thing that is going on at the end of your line.
The CONS of fluorocarbon fishing line:
1) Manageability – Fluorocarbon line is a little harder to manage that nylon line due to the stiffness and higher memory. This makes it tougher to use on spinning reels. Since fluorocarbon manufacturers are constantly improving their lines, I don’t think this will be an issue for too long. There are already fluorocarbon lines that are softer and have lower memory.
2) Knot strength – Fluorocarbon is *supposedly* not as good with knot strength as nylon monofilaments. You have to take the extra care to tie your knots well (as with nylon). Some of the higher end fluorocarbons actually have a better knot strength than nylon monofilaments, so those lines do not belong in the “cons” section.
I personally think that the benefits of fluorocarbon fishing line outweighs the negatives. The higher quality premium fluorocarbon lines almost completely fixed the negative problems associated with it. I know that I will definitely consider fluorocarbon lines for ultralight fishing.
I was looking for a really nice wig to finish off my costume last Halloween. I had decided to go as a fairy, but I could not find the perfect wig since my own hair was too hopeless to ever be convincing in that role. I decided to just go online and find the right one, so I did a search for blue and pink wig. This is the only kind of wig that would work out for me, and I am really glad of that because it led me to a website that has since been bookmarked as one of my favorite sites to shop at. Continue reading I Needed a Fairy Wig