4 useful resources that every beginning angler should know about

 

As you have probably figured it out by now, I’m all about fishing. I own a series of rods and reels depending on the season and the area where I’m going on my fishing trips with my friends. I like catching anything from crappie to bass, so I’m not particularly limited in this sense. I enjoy the fight more than the catch per se as I’ve noticed that while I do like eating fish once in a while, I’m not keen on the idea of catching fish that might be on the verge of extinction. Of course, this doesn’t apply in the case of bass because it’s one of the few species that are capable of affecting the environment so much that it might actually endanger other species.

I used to be a beginner just like you and while I did have the assistance of many of my buddies, I also used the internet to do a bit of research about the gear and equipment I needed, as well as the many techniques that you can use to get the most out of the whole experience.

That being said, I thought that it would be useful for other beginning fishermen and women alike if I wrote a short article about four resources that you can use to up the game. A crucial piece of advice I have to give you is to check your local legislation or that the states where you intend to fish, because otherwise you might get a fine or worse, some jail time.

 

Fishing Noob

This has got to be one of the coolest websites I ever came across. It’s kind of a guide destined for complete rookies, with a series of articles that go into great detail about every piece of equipment you need to take up fishing as well as the skills and techniques that you’ll have to develop. In my opinion, this resource is one of the most comprehensive ones out there, and the best thing about it is that it’s free.

Fisherpants

I’ve been eyeing this website for a while now and all I can say is that it’s packed with heaps of recommendations and suggestions if you’re looking for the right equipment. I bought a combo from Amazon once I read an extensive review on it on this website. Fisherpants also has a series of posts with suggestions that can help you get the most of your trip.

Bass Resource

This one is a personal favorite of mine because as as I was saying in the beginning, I’m all about the bass. It has helped me a lot with learning about the species that can be found in the United States and some parts of Canada, as well. I enjoy battling with a largemouth bass, but I’ve also had the chance to go to Florida and catch some butterfly peacock bass.

Take Me Fishing

Whether you’re into saltwater or freshwater fishing, you’ll surely like this website, as well. It’s packed with every piece of info you might need to boost your experience and expertise. I’ve even found a category that deals with everything you have to find out about if you want to take up angling, in general.

Why you should wear sunglasses when fishing both in the summer and in the winter

 

 

A pair of sunglasses is an accessory that no fishermen should ever do without, whether fishing in the summer or winter. The reasons go beyond mere eye protection alone. By sunglasses here, I mean polarized ones, of course.

 

 

Why wear sunglasses when fishing in the summer?

 

If you head out to do any sports activity such as fishing, or even hunting and hiking, you can feel the heat bearing down on you, right? With hot sunny days come elevated temperatures, and this drives home the truth that all the campaigns on global warming and of Greenpeace and many others have been trying their darnedest to make us see: the ozone layer just isn’t what it used to be anymore. With summer temperatures continuing to soar every year, all you really want to do is jump in the water somewhere and stay there. You can’t even stare directly at the sun unless with a good solar telescope or something.

With a pair of polarized sunglasses on, you can look at everything under the sun without getting your eyes hurt. You also get to enjoy clear images with your peepers. Polarized sunglasses protect the eyes from the uncomfortable glare of the sun. Moreover, they also protect the eyes from dust on your boat or from the salty water. And don’t let me get started on the headaches you could get from being out in the sun too long. Truly, sunglasses have evolved from being fashion pieces to being part of your protective gear collection.

Sunglasses protect the eyes from sand and those minuscule objects that could be floating around in the air. They also help ensure that the most delicate parts of the eyes namely, the pupil, the cornea and the corners around the eyes, do not get sunburned. They help prevent eye diseases such as skin cancer (hey, the eyes are surrounded by skin, okay?), cataracts due to UV exposure, macular degeneration, pterygium and worst forms of glaucoma.

Sunglasses help anglers see clearly because they see more. They also promote healing, aside from shielding the eyes from the reflection caused by artificial lights in electronic gadgets such as a GPS device.

 

Why wear sunglasses in the winter?

 

The sun’s rays can seriously damage the eyes whether in summer or winter. Sitting lower in the sky, the winter sun also assumes a different angle compared to warmer seasons and this gives greater exposure for those who stay out in the snow for an extended period of time such as when doing sports like fishing. Snow reflects up to 85 percent of the sun’s UV rays and this is compounded by the reflective snowflakes. The upward reflection can make it difficult to see the water, which is why you need sunglasses. The UV rays can cause sunburned eyes, resulting in snow blindness, which is also a problem for those who ski and drive snowmobiles. Snow blindness can cause corneal damage, which can be quite painful.
Oh, and one important thing. Sunglasses do not make you catch more fish. Ultimately, it will be your angling abilities that will ensure more catch. That and your collection of fishing gear.

Cheap rod and reel combos are the best choice for kids

 

When introducing your kid to fishing, you want a cheap and functional rod-and-reel combo that they can use. Remember that your primary focus for getting your child into the sport is to have them enjoy it. Your child doesn’t have to fish every minute just to enjoy it. The objective is not even to catch fish every time. Let your child get enjoyment from using the equipment, as well as the excitement involved in the preparation and the hunt. You might even be surprised at how quickly children learn to think like fish. Pushbutton lightweight reels are good choices for this purpose.

 

A good setup for kids would be a spincast reel combined with a medium-power short rod. This is a good setup to start with. This type is great for fishing generally smaller fish such as small trout, perch, crappie and bluegill, so you can use a 6-pound monofilament. For bigger fish such as walleye, bass, carp and catfish, go for a high quality 8-pound mono.

 

A spinning reel with a medium-power short rod, the reel sometimes being called an ‘open face’ combo, is excellent at casting baits with light to moderate weight of 1/16 to ½ ounce. A spinning reel provides a good second-level choice once your child steps up on their fishing technique with a good release point for getting a long cast with their spincast reel. A spinning reel costs more but you can also enjoy smoother casts and retrieves as well as tougher gears, which all contribute to greater precision and improved feel. For most situations, 6- to 8-pound mono works fine. You can always upgrade to a 2-pound braided line if you think your young angler is ready for big fish.

A baitcasting reel combined with a medium power short rod enables your child to get to the big leagues. This type of combo may prove to be the toughest but it also pays the largest rewards. The thumb has to be constantly pressed on the spool to prevent excessively fast spinning and the generation of a frustrating tangle of line called a ‘backlash’. Skilled anglers maintain precise and constant control of the line with the use of their thumb, stopping the lure at the exact moment, and presenting the bait meticulously into the water with hardly any noise or splash, mere inches from the fish. A baitcasting reel also gives the angler fantastic cranking power so larger lures can be employed and big fish on big line can be hauled in.

 

 

Why I prefer rod and reel combos

I’m passionate about fishing and love trying out new gear. Over the years this has included a variety of rods and reels, some separate and others as combos. I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t trying out new stuff, and I’ve realized there are some things I like better than others. One of these is rod and reel combos which I truly prefer over buying each piece separately.

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There are actually several reasons why I prefer rod and reel combos and one of the main advantages is the price. I’ve noticed that even a top rated fishing combo can still cost less than purchasing each piece one at a time, even if they are the same make and model. I’m really not sure why this is, I’m sure it has something to do with packaging and marketing but the fact remains that a fishing combo is less expensive. I don’t know about you but for me this is always a bonus.

 

15Rod and reel combos are also perfectly matched, and by this I mean that they are designed to work flawlessly together. This is important when you are fishing. The last thing you want is for your reel to be too light or heavy for your rod, or vice versa. That is one of the best ways to ensure that you never have a successful fishing trip. Since the rod and reel are already matched there is absolutely no guesswork on your part.

 

I also love how easy a rod and reel combo is to use. In most cases everything is assembled so the gear is ready to go right out of the box. All you have to do is wind the line and attach the hook and lure and you are ready to start fishing. You can even find rod and reel combos with the line already spooled. You really can’t get any easier than that, unless the fish just started jumping into your lap.

 

You can also find all types of rod and reel combos for almost any type of fishing. I think it is this wide selection that continues to make them a popular choice for anglers of all skill levels. Even seasoned professionals have been know to use a fishing combo from time to time, and if it is good enough for them it is certainly fine for me.

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These are just some of the reasons why I prefer rod and reel combos, this post would be way too long if I kept listing all of their advantages. All I can say is that chances are you will be able to find a rod and reel combo that is perfect for you, and who knows maybe you’ll decide that you prefer this setup to buying your gear separately.

The rocking fisherman

noise2My name is Dwayne, and I’m a passionate fisherman who has been eager to create his own blog for quite a while. I kept postponing it until I got to the conclusion that I needed a space where I could share my love for fishing with other people just like me. Since I’m also a huge fan of music, particularly rock, I’ll also be discussing some of the concerts I go to or the albums that have been close to my heart over the years. I’ve started this blog to talk about these two passions and hopefully, I can connect with other anglers who feel the same way about rock music and are as passionate as I am about finding out new things about tackle, gear, and various types of fishing equipment.

 

noise4When I think about angling, I usually remember my father as we used to hang out during the weekends and go to a nearby stream where I had my first chance to try out some fly fishing. Naturally, my dad was keen on the idea of explaining all the basics of fishing to me, but since I didn’t have any experience, he thought that fly fishing was the easiest way to get me hooked on the sport. He was right. Here I am, twenty years later, an angler myself, trying to teach fishing to my son and daughter whenever I get some time off from work. Since over the years I have collected a myriad of sources that I’ve used to perfect my skills, I will be sharing them with you in the hopes that they will assist you in your progress.

 

Over time, I’ve also experimented with using different tools, whether we’re talking about filleting knives or any other extras that can be used to prepare any fish for cooking. My wife isn’t as passionate about fishing as I am, but she will cook a very nice meal for me whenever she can. Now that I have the assistance of the kids from time to time, I can teach them a thing or two about what it means to survive in the wild and how you can catch your food and eat it, too.

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My other passion is rock music. I’ve been a fan of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, and many other groups that were popular in the 70s. Even though I’m hardly old enough to have been able to go to Woodstock, I would have loved to do so. I’ll share some of the best concerts I’ve found online, and I will also speak about what this music meant to me when I was growing up.

 

In the end, I can only hope that you enjoy the time you will spend reading my posts and that they will be helpful enough to allow you to learn something.