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The Best Fishing Lure

The Best Fishing Lure

The Best Lure Ever – In My Opinion

I have been fishing since I could walk.  At some point, I talked my Dad into buying me a fishing package advertised on a comic book…. 6 ft. rod, open-face spinning reel, plastic tackle box, stringer, bobber, a package of hooks and a plastic weight for casting.  I practiced casting in the yard for hours.  I decided I needed a lure to cast so I went to the local bait shop.  A wooden floating Rapala caught my eye.  Its still the best lure I have ever used.

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Rapala Original Floater

Rapala fishing lures have been around since the 1930’s when Lauri Rapala introduced the wooden minnow called the Original Floater.  This is the first lure I bought.  I don’t remember how much it cost, but I cut quite a few lawns to buy it.  I think my original lure was 3 ” long.  It was wooden with a medium bill and thin treble hooks.  The lure rans to 3′ down.  I still use that model in a number of ways for almost any kind of game fish.  Its the best lure I have.

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Winterizing Boats

Winterizing Boats

Your boat is your most expensive piece of fishing equipment.  At the end of every fishing season, winterizing boats is important.  Proper winterization makes spring launching easier and  saves your boat from damage while sitting.

Winterizing Boats

Storing the Boat

for Wintering Boats
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Your boat should be thoroughly cleaned, inside and out, before being stored for the winter.  This is particularly important if it sat in the water all summer.  In fresh water, algae can grow on the hull.  Floating dirt gets caught in the algae.   If not cleaned, the hull will eventually stain.  Salt water can eat away metal fixtures and damage unprotected fiberglass and wood.

The boat has is covered with beer and food.  There are mud and sand deposits everywhere.  Often water saturates floor boards or carpet.   Food and beer can stain the floor and upholstery.  Moisture can cause mildew.

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State Parks, County Parks – Family Fishing Fun

State Parks, County Parks – Family Fishing Fun

State parks can provide great fishing.  We think of county and state parks as great places to hike, camp, picnic and play.  When there is a lake, there is so much more to do.  Type “state parks” or “county parks” into your browser.  You will probably find a list of parks, in your state, that offer fishing and boating.  These parks are accessible and inexpensive.  They can be a vacation destination out of state or a great day trip.  Fishing lodges and guided trips are great, but not a possibility for everyone.  Not everybody can get to an isolated lake or stream to fish.  Accessible fishing in parks can be fun for the family or someone who wants to get away for a few hours of fishing.

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Fishing Spots – Hard Walking, Better Fishing

Fishing Spots – Hard Walking, Better Fishing

Every fisherman wants to find hidden fishing spots with untouched water.  Anglers ask, “Is there a good fishing spot near me?”  It might be a rock sheltering fish in a creek.  A drop off near the shore of a lake may attract feeding fish.   A spring fed pond off the beaten trail attracts few people.   A boat makes it easy to find an isolated spot on a lake or river. On board electronics make it even easier.   On land, with so many people fishing, hidden fishing spots can be hard to find, but offer more fish.

 

 

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Stream Fishing – Challenging, Exciting, Peaceful

Stream Fishing – Challenging, Exciting, Peaceful

I love stream fishing in the spring.  Its too late fish spoons as water levels drops.  Its too early to have a lot of success with dry flies because of debris on the water.  But, choosing the right bait is pretty easy this time of year.  Almost anything will work.  There’s water in every stream.  The fun and challenge of stream fishing is reading the water and knowing where to find the fish.
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Boat Cover – Long Term Protection, Beware

Boat Cover – Long Term Protection, Beware

How do you store your boat?  Years ago, our porch became a boat house.  You may store your boat in a garage or undercover at a storage facility.  Over the last few years, I have stored my boat, in my yard, under a good boat cover.

Why a Boat Cover?

There are good reasons to store a boat, long term, under a boat cover.

  • Boat Covers are cheap compared to Storage.
  • Covered boats are easily stored in a yard and kept safe.
  • The cover can be removed quickly and applied all season long.
  • A cover can be opened to get something out of the boat.
  • One person can put on the cover.
  • The cover can stay on when the boat is moved.

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Fast Water Fishing- Spring Runoff Action

Fast Water Fishing- Spring Runoff Action

We’ve waited all winter for the chance to get into that stream or stand along the bank of that river.  Its time, but fast water from spring runoff can make things challenging and dangerous.


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Fast Water Means Safety First

We should think about safety when we think of the fun of fishing in spring runoff.  Ultimately, we want to be around to fish the rest of the year.

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Power Ice Augers – Effective, Heavy, Expensive

Power Ice Augers – Effective, Heavy, Expensive

If you are ice fishing, you need  a hole in the ice.  Most people use power ice augers.  What are the advantages to a power auger?  Are there any disadvantages?

Power Ice Augers – Effective?

Of course, power augers are effective.  They cut through the ice in seconds.  But there are things to keep in mind.

  • They are heavy. A snow machine, hand sled or several trips with equipment is needed.

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  • They are noisy.  But, only while running.
  • They are finicky.  Test start your auger before you leave home.
  • They can pollute.  Make sure the gas cap is tight.  Use the right oil mixture.
  • They are dangerous.  Wrists can snap.  Clothing can get caught. Feet can get augered.
  • They are expensive.

The speed and ease of a power ice auger more than makes up for these issues.

There are a number of models of power augers ranging in price from $250  to over $1200.

Price is determined by cubic inch of the engine.  This determines the ease of drilling.  The size of the auger is also a factor in price.  Blades run from 6″ in diameter to 10″.  The larger the blade the bigger the hole.  Larger blades are more difficult to control.  An extension can be purchased for power ice augers.

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Ice Fishing Tip Ups – Ice Fishing Rods

Ice Fishing Tip Ups – Ice Fishing Rods

If you haven’t tried ice fishing, you don’t know what you are missing.  You can sit in a shack.  You can run between fishing holes.  Watching ice fishing tip ups or jigging with a rod, its just fun.

Inside or Outside

In a Shack

Ice fishing tip ups and rods are used in a fishing shack.  If a tip up is used, its generally set as a second line while a rod is used a few few feet away.

Rods makes more sense in a shack.  You don’t have to go very far to tend a line.

Know you ice fishing regulations.  Ontario, Canada allows two ice fishing lines per person. But, they must be 60 feet apart. This makes multiple lines in a fishing shack impossible.

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Catch, Release Policy- Maintaining Fish Stocks

Catch, Release Policy- Maintaining Fish Stocks

Fisheries have a catch and release policy to maintain fish stocks.

Keep Fish Jumping!!

 

Catch and Release

Policy Rationale

Catch and release helps the natural fish population continue to breed.  Healthy fish populations are important for lots of reasons.  They provide fun for  fisherman.  They are part of the local eco system.  They are a food for other animals.   Fisherman release fish to maintain the local population.

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Best Beginner Child’s Rod – Styles Available

Best Beginner Child’s Rod – Styles Available

 Kids can fish as soon as they can hold a rod.  Size is most important when choosing the best beginner rod for a child.

Best Beginner Rod Size

Holding the rod is the first step to fishing.  Watching me, my kids wanted to hold a rod although they didn’t really know why.   They were holding a rod long before they could cast.  I would cast and give them the rod.

A rod between 2 and 3 feet long seems the best size.  Its the right length to  handle easily.  Its long enough to play a fish.

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Lure Assortments- Fishing Fun

Lure Assortments- Fishing Fun

Fishermen love fishing tackle for a Christmas.  Single lures are great, but lure assortments are exciting.

Lure Assortment Value

The larger lure assortment the lower quality the lures.

Quality affects:

  • Action – the way the lure moves in the water.
  • Delivery – ease of casting
  • Durability – how long the lure lasts with normal use
  • Strike Success – how easily fish can take the lure

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Telescoping Rod – Under Appreciated – Under Used

Telescoping Rod – Under Appreciated – Under Used

 

Some fishing purists laugh at the idea of a telescoping rod.  I think they are practical, easy to carry and durable.  You can choose the rod flex as with any rod.

Telescoping Rod – Have One?

For the Beginner

My daughter gave me a telescoping rod many years ago.  They’re for beginners.  Right?  That’s not me.  Do you have one?

Carry-on luggage changed my mind.  I just won’t pay $25 for an airline to ship my rod.   The reel fits in the carry-on and, now, so does my rod at no charge.

Telescoping rods are for the beginner and for the practical.

           Rods for all Occasions

Retailer selling fishing equipment carry telescoping rods for all types of fishing.  Of course, extended length will dictate collapsed length.

         

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Fishing Equipment – Practical – Expensive?

Fishing Equipment – Practical – Expensive?

So you want to buy fishing equipment?

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Fishing Equipment

 Expensive or Practical

Should you buy an expensive lure or a package of lures for the same price? Should you by a high end rod or a rod and reel combo for the same price?

Familiar or Novel

Should you buy something that is familiar …. a replacement reel, for example or something novel?

Will the novel item be used?  Will a familiar item be boring?

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Canoe Fishing —– Different Canoes – Different Applications

Canoe Fishing —– Different Canoes – Different Applications

Canoe fishing is peaceful and exciting at the same time.

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Canoe Fishing Despite Selling My Fiberglass Canoe

I love canoe fishing.  Since I was a kid, I have always had access to some kind of a canoe for a fishing trip either inland fishing or salt water fishing. Sometimes, it would be a borrowed canoe.  I say “borrowed” because I always brought it back.  Sometimes, I would rent a canoe.  Most of the time, I had a canoe of my own.  Now I find myself selling my canoe because its too heavy for me to handle.  I will keep canoe fishing but maybe from a fiberglass kayak.

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Special Needs Kids Get a Fishing Gift From a Stranger

Special Needs Kids Get a Fishing Gift From a Stranger

No one will ever know who this stranger was who bought a great gift for special needs kids.

 

A Guy Buys Fishing Rods

     I was just talking with a guy today who is not really into fishing.  As a matter of fact, his thing is race cars. He builds them and races them.  But, he went into a hardware store recently and saw a bunch of last year model rods and reels on sale.  He bought the lot thinking that he could find a way to donate them to needy kids or special needs kids.

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Child’s First Fishing Rod Makes Memories

Child’s First Fishing Rod Makes Memories

A child’s first fishing rod can build memories that will last a life time.

Fishing Gear Rod and Reel Combo

Your child’s first fishing rod could be a

Telescoping Rod                                                                                                                                                                                                     Closed Face Spinning Reel                                                                                                                  This could be a child's first fishing rod.                                                             with Stringer, Bobbers, Hooks                                                                  

Price: $24.95 


Your Child’s First Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

     Since I suggested that a family fishing trip is important, I thought I would offer some information on an important part of making that trip happen.  A child’s first fishing rod should fit the child and be easy to use.  A rod and reel combination is a great way to teach a child to fish.

Easy to Use, Easy to Carry

     This particular combo has a closed faced spinning reel which makes for easy, tangle free casting.  More importantly, there is a button to release the cast rather than the complex function of opening a bale, holding the line and then releasing at the right time.  The closed bale system can be used by toddlers even while they can’t master the motion of casting.

     The telescoping rod is great for transporting particularly as a child swings through the world bumping into everything in sight.

Extra Gear Gives Good Value

     The Fishing Gear model comes with monofiliment line and a bit of tackle.  The spoon will help with learning to cast, but the jigs are more appropriate for the type of fishing a child will be doing.  There is also a small assortment of hooks for bait.  This combination is a bit more expensive than some child’s combos because the reel separates from the rod and the telescoping rod can play a real fish.  This combo is a good value that can be enjoyed for many years.

South Bend Worm Gear Tackle Box

Plastic, Single Drawer Tackle Box                                                                                                                                                                         with assorted bobbers, stringer, hook extractor                                                                                                                                                     and assorted hooks.                                                                                                                            A tackle box to go with a child's first fishing rod.

Price:  $8.96


A Tackle Box is Important

A tackle box is another piece of equipment to haul around, but this one drawer box is durable and light weight.

It would hold the assorted tackle that comes with the rod and reel combination plus the items sold with the tackle box.

This plastic tackle box will float long enough to be fished out of the drink.  The box has a large clasp latch that will be easy for most children to manipulate.

Safety First

These hooks should be used only by an older fishing partner until little hands can safely work with line and hook.  The tackle box with assorted tackle is a great value.

The combo and tackle box can be purchased together at a slight discount.  The rod and reel would make a great surprise to begin a family fishing trip.  Someone will carry the tackle box.  It will  add to the surprise and make the trip more exciting.

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 Share you thoughts in the comment section below.  What kind of fishing rod did you have as a kid?  Do your children have fishing rods?