Years ago when I was still a teenager, I saved up some money to buy my own “grown up” fishing pole. I was ready to move on from a spincast rod and reel, and wanted a spinning reel (like my dad’s, of course). Once I had the cash, we went to a local department store and I purchased a 6′ Zebco medium-action rod and a Shimano reel.
Why this rod and reel? Well, honestly, they were fairly cheap. Not the cheapest, but the next step up. I only had about $30 to spend on my new “grown up” rod and reel, and these fit the bill. more “Why I Think the Shimano Spirex RG is the Best Spinning Reel”
National Fishing and Boating Week is June 3 – 11, 2017. This week is dedicated to “highlighting the importance of recreational boating and fishing.”
In conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week, many states (see the list below) offer free fishing days. During these designated times you can fish without the cost of a license. It’s a great time for an ordinary outdoorsman to try out fishing for the first time or get back into it after a long time away. In many cases, there are also free fishing events where the pole and bait are supplied. more “Free Fishing Days in June 2017”
A recent trip to the “city” allowed my son and I to stop by the local Cabela’s store and browse around. Stopping there is something we try to do every time we are nearby. I don’t know many outdoorsmen who wouldn’t do the same. I needed a few jig heads and a rod tip repair kit (don’t ask).
It was just this past Tuesday – the week leading up to Memorial Day. more “Memorial Day and Cabela’s “Missing Man” Table”
You know the lake, the kind of structure you want to fish, what species you want to target, what has worked there before, but you can’t seem to catch a thing. You know there’s a fish down there…somewhere…if you can just get them to bite.
On some days you can’t help but to catch fish, but others are a real challenge. more “How to Catch More Fish when the Bite Is Slow”
As I was getting ready for spring fishing, I proceeded to do what I normally do…replace the line on my fishing reel. I usually do this once a year, or sometimes before a big trip. Fishing line can certainly be used longer than a year, but as an ordinary outdoorsman who uses standard, inexpensive monofilament line, I have found that changing it at least once a year makes fishing better. Monofilament develops a “memory” and over time, especially with exposure to sun, it can become brittle. Besides, fresh line casts better. more “How to Strip Your Fishing Reel with Your Drill”
Dear old friend,
For almost 25 years you were at my right hand.
You helped me cast away my anxieties.
Sure, there were times you were hard to handle, a bit of a crank, and it seems I was constantly bailing you out. more “An Open Letter to My Old Fishing Reel”
When was the last time you went fishing?
Did you know that it is likely that your state (USA) has a free fishing day or days? During these designated times you can fish without the cost of a license. It’s a great time for an ordinary outdoorsman to try out fishing for the first time or get back into it after a long time away. In many cases, there are also free fishing events where the pole and bait are supplied. more “Free Fishing Days in April/May 2017”
I hate to admit it…I wasn’t ready. What was I thinking?
I was doing some chores around the house last Sunday evening after spending my whole Saturday helping a friend put a new roof on his house. I was tired. I was sore. I was looking forward to some down time once I knocked out a few more chores. Then my doorbell rang.
more “Five Steps to Prepare for the Fishing Season”
It’s a quiet summer morning on the lake. On the far side there is a cove with submerged timber, weedy shoreline, fallen trees, and a variety of other prime fish habitat. There’s a small aluminum jon boat tied up to a stump that sticks out of the water about 40 feet from shore but in prime casting range of most of the cove’s features. There’s a man and his young son fishing out of this very small 12 footer featuring nothing more than a thirty pound thrust transom-mount trolling motor. The boy is casting his usual bobber and worm on a spincast combo they picked up for $15 a few years before and manages to catch a bluegill every few minutes. The man is casting his spinning rod all around, trying one lure at a time, not satisfied with just catching gills. When he lands a good sized largemouth bass, he decides to stick with the Texas rig plastic worm he is throwing.
Shortly after the man catches the first bass, the quiet morning is disrupted by the roar of 150 horse motor slowing down to enter the cove and fish as well. It’s a much bigger and nearly new bass boat with one man on board. He sees the small boat, but the cove has plenty of room for both. He quickly cuts his gas motor and pushes a button to auto-deploy his bow-mount trolling motor. At the same time he looks over the eight baitcasting rigs he has ready to go and selects what he thinks will catch fish.
more “An Ordinary Outdoorsman”