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”
I generally hate lanterns. They can be so fussy. You have to have the right fuel, extra mantles, and you often get the fuel on your hands in the process of getting one going. Propane lanterns are easier to use, but sill a pain as they get hot and can make a lot of noise, and all traditional lanterns bring with them the dangers associated with carrying around a small, brightly burning flame.
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”
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”
When it comes to EDC tools, the sky is the limit! There are so many out there and the prices can be outlandishly expensive.
EDC tools are one of my weaknesses…especially pocket knives. Fortunately my innate cheapness counters my desire to spend all my spare cash on these gadgets.
The reality is that the average outdoorsman can’t afford to buy all the newest, top-of-the-line gear. There’s just too much! Between fishing and camping and hiking and hunting, etc., you can easily go broke (or worse, make your spouse REALLY mad). more “10 EDC Tools for Around $10 or Less”
There is perhaps nothing worse than not being able to carry a pocket knife. In addition to a keychain screwdriver set, a pocket knife is an every day carry (EDC) must for me.
I feel a bit naked without a pocket knife on my person. I can handle taking off my belt, shoes, and emptying my pockets when I travel by air, but it frustrates me that I can’t even bring my pocket knife. I know, you can put it in your checked luggage, but when I travel by air I rarely check luggage and am left sans pocket knife. But there’s not much we can do about air travel restrictions and I certainly understand the reasoning.
However, there are other situations when I cannot carry the larger clip folding knife that I prefer.
It always happens when you can’t do anything about it. You notice that loose screw that causes the rattling in your car, or the loose doorknob in the basement, or that light switch cover in the garage that moves because the screw isn’t tight. You think, “I’ll come back and take care of that.” But next time you walk by, the same thing happens. Why? Because you can’t take care of it when you notice it. more “The Value of an EDC Keychain Screwdriver”
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.