Harry and my first fishing session for this year

 

This one comes from a gentleman named Harry…Beginner’s Luck:

The Bass from Lake MoultrieBack  in the 70’s, I took a Chief Radioman off my Submarine bass fishing
for the first time in his life. I picked him up from his house in Charleston S.C. before daylight and got an inkling of what was to come when he got into my truck with a beer instead of coffee!Well, I took him to Lake Moultrie in Monks Corner, to an area called the Hatchery. I was going to have him get out of the boat and wade with
me, but he would have no part of that.

So I pointed out some small trees sticking up out of the water and told him to cast to those.He had an old fiber glass rod and a Zebco 33 for a reel, and the line was so old it had turned yellow. He made an initial cast with a plastic worm I had tied on for him, and the line only went about 10 feet and fell by a tree near the boat.

While he was cussing the rod and reel, being a long-time bass fisherman I was watching his line sink when I saw it twitch. I told him to reel up his slack and strike, but it took forever to convince him that he had a bite. When he set the hook there was a washtub sized swirl at the tree and the fish immediately wrapped around the tree.I told him to keep the line tight and I jumped into the water to see if I could get the fish.

When I got up to the tree and saw the monster bass that was wrapped around it, I tried to get my net on him, but
he unwrapped himself, went about 5 feet and wrapped around another one! When I got to that tree, just as I got my net in the water he broke the line and swam straight into the net! The  fish weighed an even 10 pounds, and it was all I could do to keep  him from eating it! He had it mounted, and the taxidermist was always  entering it in contests and won many prizes with it.It  was the most beautiful mount I ever saw.

How to take care of your feet

 

Our body is what we are. The way we take care of ourselves says a lot about us and about the style of life we are living. No doubt, every part of our body is very important for both our physical aspect and health.

Today we would like to talk about taking care of our feet, since they are the parts of our body that help us move and get to the places we want and need to be. It is important to maintain the health of our legs and feet in order to have a healthy spine, as well. Neglecting them may lead to serious illnesses and we do not want this at all.

Here are some tips on how to take care of your feet.

Regular checks

Even if your legs or feet do not hurt, you still have to check if there aren’t any problems. There are issues that do not cause pain. What you have to look for is if there are any red spots, for example, or infected toenails. If you see something that does not look as usual, leave it to heal by itself. You should check a doctor if your feet do not return to normal within several days.

 

No barefoot

We suppose that the majority of you have walked barefoot back in your childhood. You may do this even now from time to time. It may be comfortable to walk barefoot outside the house if you do not live in an apartment. However, it can cause damage to your feet. You can step on something and hurt yourself, or you can inadvertently expose your feet to germs.

Moreover, never try on shoes in the shop without wearing socks, since you do not know who has tried the shoes beforehand. Then, after buying the shoes, wash them.

 

Foot pampering

A foot spa may be a good choice. You will be surprised what it can do for your feet. There are models that oxygenate them properly and help them recover after a long day of work. You may also find models that include foot massage functions, which will help you get a better sleep. Of course, you can look for a model that has many other options and functions, as these are only some of them. But your feet will certainly thank you in the long run.

 

Pregnancy or diabetes

Pregnancy and diabetes affect your feet. If you are pregnant, you have to choose the shoes that you wear with care, since you are not allowed to wear tight shoes, since your legs may get “larger” during pregnancy. After that, you can come back to normal shoes if your feet have regained the usual shape.

Diabetes is a condition that affects the blood flow and may cause various problems to your legs if they are not properly taken care of. Ask your doctor what you should better do in this situation – maybe you will need to see a physician in order to maintain your feet healthy.

The rainy day fishing trip

Bob and I went fishing one fine Saturday. Knowing that we live in one of the wettest parts of the country in terms of summer rainfall, I brought along my best fishing jacket, wader and boots. Alabama, after all, gets 4.62 inches of precipitation on average per month during the summer.

Bob called just as I was going out the door, to confirm he was also out the door in a few minutes. I told him that I was just on my way to the door when he rang. Bob lives three blocks from my house and I was picking him up on the way to the Barbour County Public Fishing Lake so we could catch some large-mouth bass or perhaps some channel catfish that we were planning to barbecue for dinner that evening.cedar2

After putting the phone down, I went outside to my pickup truck to start piling my gear into the cargo area. It was sunny out, and bringing my waders, fishing jacket and boots seemed pointless, but the missus reminded me that the day could turn nasty anytime and besides, there was still of room to take Bob’s gear.

We reached the county fishing lake and unpacked our gear. We headed straight to the fishing pier, where a number of other people were also taking their spots. Bob and I set up our gear, and just as I was inserting a rubber worm into the end of my line, the sun seemed to disappear quickly into the clouds and some really angry clouds came into view high up. I told Bob to watch my gear while I ran for my rainy fishing gear back at the pickup. I asked him if he brought along his own, and he said no, he wasn’t expecting the rain to last long anyway. I ran to the truck and just as I was snapping the Velcro on my fishing jacket in place, big and angry raindrops started to fall. Goodness, we were in for a rainy fishing day after all! The wife was right!

I walked hurriedly to where Bob and I had taken our places. It was a terrific spot, and I was glad I came prepared. Bob squinted at me through the rain. I asked him if he was going to be alright, and he said definitely, since he was just getting a nibble at the end of his line. Oh well, I shrugged. There was nothing I could do for him. I did advise him to visit the lake manager’s office to ask if they had some rain gear available, but Bob insisted the rain wouldn’t last long.

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As I was hauling in my fourth large-mouth bass, Bob, all dripping and having no further success with his line since he had to wipe his face every so often, asked me if we could leave that terrific fishing spot. He already felt cold all over and he was apparently disappointed with how he was doing that rainy fishing day. My fishing buddy could not take the rain anymore, as he was soaking wet and miserable. Despite my regret for having to leave that great fishing spot, I had to accommodate his request. It was a good thing I had already caught four fish and Bob had caught that first small catfish before the rain came in torrents. At least we still had something to enjoy for dinner with our families that evening at home. Anyway, I was glad I brought the right gear for the weather conditions and I’ll make sure to check out the other suggestions from this great site. I’m sure there’s plenty more items that I’ll need for my next fishing adventures

Thinking about taking up fly fishing

fly fishing8Having done my own share of saltwater and freshwater fishing, I have found another way to ditch work: do some fly fishing. Aside from getting myself a great pair of polarized sunglasses to help me spot fish, I have also done a decent amount of research to help me along. First, I went online and found some advice on the gear I need and don’t have: fly fishing reels.

From their website and from here I also have found out that I should fish midday, with the sun high overhead for the greatest advantage. This is especially important for learning to spot the fish so I can understand their movements better, as well as their feeding habits and preferred lies. The high midday sun will produce little glare out in the water so I can see easily into the lake or river. Thus, when I begin to fish early and late, I can go where the fish actively feed based on the information I’ve gathered on learning to spot them.

Approaching the stream has to be done meticulously, with no stomping of the feet. Keeping low, I try to walk gently, fly fishing4maybe even crawling or squatting especially if the fish get spooked too easily. I try to stay in the shade as much as possible. If I wade, I do it extremely slowly so the ripples created are really small and close to my feet. I focus on the streambed to find the shadow of the fish. I am well aware that even the most experienced fisher-and my years out in the water and on my fishing boat can certainly attest to that-can have a challenging time spotting the actual fish in its lie. Looking for the shadow of the fish is the best way to spot them since trout have this exceptional ability to blend in with their aquatic environment.

Oh yeah, I have also learned how to read a stream, very important for finding and catching fish I don’t see. This allows me to determine the kind of habitat the fish are most likely to gravitate towards at certain times of the day, whether at rest or while on active feeding. Fish usually make their dwelling in a slower current so they can conserve vital energy. Look for the junction between two currents where there’s a gentle seam, or behind and in front of rocks. Boulders offer feeding opportunities and protection for them, so check out the ones rising out of the water surface to create a pocket of slow-moving water. In addition, you can also let the fish swim into the shallows to feed. You can also try fallen and submerged trees, where the fish find good habitats because of the slack current.

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You can get started catching fish by fishing streamers, which require less finesse and delicacy in terms of presentation and when compared to nymph or dry fly fishing. Fishing streamers needs a special skill set but does reward you with fantastic trophy catches. Streamers are primarily utilized to mimic juvenile game fish, minnows and other baitfish that the larger species are attracted to. Streamers offer a great option when the weather and the water won’t let you fish other flies, offering the necessary incentive for big fish that are nearly always feeding.

For streamers or big flies that sink quickly and give natural swimming patterns, along with other fly fishing equipment that will help you land that trophy catch, here’s an exceptional website that lists nearly everything you need. Also you could check out this cool YouTube series if you’d like to tie your own flies.

The Tackle: One that Almost Got Away

Meet the Catfish Hunter

 

For  about a year, my friends and I had a lot of fun catching huge gar,
using minnows as bait. One year, we decided that a change in scenery
was in order, and it was at our new location on the James River
that we ran into a guy we nicknamed “Catfish Hunter.”

 

Catfish was a good fisherman. While we were trying our best to catch gar
using floats (and not not having any luck at all), he was pulling
in some monster flathead catfish. And though some fishermen like
to keep their secrets, Catfish was happy to share his with us.The
trick to his success consisted of a couple of 1/2-ounce egg sinkers
above a swivel, a 10-12″ leader, and a size 1 hook. It was
a deadly combination, and it kept him busy fighting fish all day.
He even let one of my buddies land a 10-lb. cat on one of his poles
while he was busy landing another one.

 

Something like this I’ve told him :))

Well, over the next three weeks, all of my fishing buddies had hooked and landed a real nice flathead using this method — except me. Every time I would hook one, the line would break. The cat would find the drop-off, or the notorious sunken log about 30 yards out, and that would be the end of that battle.In  spite of my bad luck, I was determined to land one.Finally, in the fourth week of fishing, I hooked a big flathead. Somehow, I managed to maneuver it over the structure on the bottom and get it in close. But, the big cat still had a lot of energy and different ideas on what was going to happen. When my buddy Dave waded out and tried to get his hand on it, the fish made one more run for freedom. Because the cat was in so close and my drag was set so hard (you guessed it), THE LINE BROKE!As the fish swam away right between us, Dave tried to grab its tail.

But, even though he had a good grip on it, cats are hard to hold onto, and it slipped away. I WANTED MY PICTURE TAKEN WITH A NICE CAT, just like all my friends had, and I WAS’NT GOIN’ TO LET THIS ONE GO! Dave grabbed the tail again, but it got loose again. Then, the chase was on. We quickly discarded our fishing rods, and struggled up the river. I made two attempts at grabbing the fish by its mouth, and ended up in water up to my neck. Then, just before the fish reached the deeper water, Dave slowed it down by grabbing at its tail. Seeing my chance, I plunged my bare hand into its mouth — completely submerging myself in the process.

With Dave holding the tail, and me holding the mouth, we wrestled the big cat to the shore. After taking my much-deserved pictures and removing the hook, we released the cat.It wasn’t the easiest way to catch a flathead catfish, but it’s one I’ll sure remember for a long time!

 

 

About My New Pair of Fishing Waders

Since I am quite into fly fishing lately, I decided that I had to buy a pair of fishing waders. I do not want to get soaked wet when I am doing what I love best, so it is quite important for me to keep dry and healthy. For this reason, I thought a good pair of waders will just do the trick. Here is what I bought and my impression after taking these on a few fishing trips with me.

 

After I searched a bit for a pair of fishing waders to fit, I stopped at the Frogg Toggs Amphib Boot Foot Wader. I heard they are quite good for trout fishing, since trout is the kind of fish that will surely get you wet, whether you like it or not. I have yet to hear an angler, be them as experienced as they may like to think, managing to get trout out of the water, without getting splashed from head to toes. I can handle a bit of water, but there is no way I want to spend my fishing trips sneezing and coughing. So I bought the pair of waders I mentioned a bit earlier.

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First of all, I was more than glad to find a perfect fit. One of things I noticed many anglers saying is that you cannot easily get a pair of waders to fit to your body frame, so I was very happy these ones came just right. Secondly, I must say that I am more than satisfied with their very sturdy construction. They are made of a thick layer of neoprene, which is a type of material that repels water and does not let cold get through that easily. When I go fishing in colder areas, I usually pack some more warm clothes, but still I must have something more to protect me in cold water.

 

These waders are chest high and they also go a bit higher in the back, so I feel like I am properly protected from all sides. They come with suspenders so you do not have to constantly pull your pants up instead of seeing about your fishing. In my book, this is a great plus, which is why I am mentioning this here. Last, but not least, the waders come with their own insulated boots, so I feel like I am really well equipped when I am wearing them. My feet are always dry and I feel just great each time I go fishing now.