In the middle of summer the smaller midwestern lakes are almost like pea soup. With water temps at their peak, the algae gets so thick that you can only see a few inches into the green water.
This prompted a discussion with my son. Is it safe to eat fish you catch out of what seems to be such dirty water?
more “Is It Safe To Eat Fish You Catch?”
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”
A couple Friday nights ago I took a couple of my kids out to the lake to do a little evening fishing. All my kids love to go fishing, but my youngest (a 9 year old) tends to get frustrated and impatient if the fish aren’t biting very well.
more “I Think I Caught the World’s Smallest Fish”
It was Independence Day this week. You likely enjoyed a day off from work, meat cooked on the grill, watermelon, and setting off fireworks in your driveway. If you were lucky you got to spend some time on the lake and catch a few fish. more “How One Restaurant Celebrated the 4th of July”
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”
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”