Thursday, February 25News From The Great Outdoors

Author: Mavi81

Be Aware of Square Waves While Fishing From a Boat

Be Aware of Square Waves While Fishing From a Boat

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
Fishing is considered to be among the most popular hobbies that exist. It is usually a great experience to go fishing. It is calming, quiet, peaceful yet exciting and thrilling. But along with all the fun, there are certain things to take care of before going fishing since there is the wild and unpredictable sea involved in it. People usually prefer fishing from a boat and  not very far out into the sea as it increases the risk. But people who do go deep into the sea must be aware of the square waves that might hit them as they are highly risky. The square waves in the ocean or sea are experienced at the cross point where the waves generated by the wind form non-parallel wave systems and collide against each other. When the two opposing waves are thrashed towards each other it cr
Pitchin For Large Mouth Bass

Pitchin For Large Mouth Bass

Fishing, Freshwater Fishing
Well, we have talked about flippin and now we'll mention pitchin. Both techniques are used to fish cover and to do it quietly. Use pitchin when the distance is too long for flippin, to fish under boat docks, brush piles, logs and shallow water. You can use pitchin to fish with most baits but some of the favorites are of course, jigs, spinner baits, worms and lizards. Lots of people prefer a wide gap hook. A good stout rod 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 foot long with a flexible tip and lots of backbone is the best to use when fishing cover, you want the rod to be able to pull the fish out of the cover you're fishing. A high speed reel with a ratio of 6.1-6.2 for a quick hook set is good. The technique: Hold the rod in your right hand (if right handed)with the tip pointed upward and disengage...
Quail Hunting: A Hunt to Remember

Quail Hunting: A Hunt to Remember

Hunting, Small Game Hunting
I remember well the days of old when there was heavy frost in November and still enough Bobwhite Quail to stumble upon a covey while walking the woods in search of deer or squirrels. I remember, many times as a youngster, nearly jumping out of my boots as a large covey exploded around me. Those were the days. I was thirteen when my cousin Tommy and his wife Wilma invited me to live with them in Lynchburg Tennessee. It was there that I developed a passion for the outdoors that lives and grows stronger everyday. Tommy was well known in the area for training bird dogs. He really enjoyed training the culls that seemed un-trainable. Needless to say I followed many dogs many miles along bean fields and creek bottoms. Some dogs did all right some not so well but the great part ...
Beginner Tips for Turkey Hunting

Beginner Tips for Turkey Hunting

Hunting, Small Game Hunting
First tip, scouting your hunting area 2 to 3 weeks before your hunting season. If you can try to make it out before the sun raises, you can see the turkeys getting out of the trees and see where they are heading and also try to make it out when the birds are getting ready to roost. Watching the turkeys for these couple of weeks gives you the perfect spot to place your blind or where you want to sit on the ground. If you do end up walking out to where you might want to sit make sure to clear away all the leaves and branches, so when you do go out you won't have all that noise. Second tip, making sure you are wearing the right clothing. Some people think sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothing they want but that is not the case. You want to make sure you ar...
Traits of a Rainy Day Tent

Traits of a Rainy Day Tent

Outdoors
Rainflys & Tub Style Floors A tent with a rainfly is like a tent within a tent. The rainfly acts as an outer waterproof/ water resistant barrier to help keep the rain away from the actual tent. Ideally it should be kept out of direct contact with the tent material, as contact will promote the transfer of water to your belongings on the interior. Anyone ever been startled awake by a 4 year old scream crying because they just woke up in a soggy wet sleeping bag? I shudder just thinking about it. A good rainfly is worth its weight in gold, and beats trying to hastily rig up tarps or retreating to the car for the next 14 hours straight. A tub, or bathtub, style floor will also go the extra mile to keep the water off of your belongings. This floor style carries the waterproof flo...
Spear Fishing & Sharks

Spear Fishing & Sharks

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
It seems logical that sharks and spear fishing don't mix very well together. Something about the fact that a dead fish at the end of a spear or hanging from your belt that just may attract a shark that is looking for a meal. Considering the shark's senses are highly attuned to thrashing fish and dead fish for that matter makes the spear fisher a possible unintended target. Years ago when I used to spear fish a lot in Long Island Sound, NY we didn't have the danger of a possible shark attack because back forty years ago there were only sand sharks to deal with. Now with global warming I really don't know what type of sharks migrate into Long Island Sound during the summer months. What we had to deal with were currents, fishing line and boats all of which could cause injury or ...
What Is the Best Speed for Offshore Trolling?

What Is the Best Speed for Offshore Trolling?

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
This is a question often posed by anglers new to trolling and even some veterans as well. You may have found yourself in the offshore section of your local tackle shop confused at all the different trolling lures available and wondering how the makers expect you to pull them. The truth is, there is no "best speed" to troll, it all depends on the situation and the baits you pull. I have broken down the different categories of speeds and what they are best for. The first is 0-4 knots called bump trolling. This is not really as much of trolling as much as it is giving a live bait direction to swim. Live bait is a necessity for this style and this style of trolling is specifically for it. This can be used for with cigar minnows or menhaden for kings, live hard tails for yellowfin, o...
Sniping Rabbits – Children And Hunting

Sniping Rabbits – Children And Hunting

Hunting, Small Game Hunting
There are not many greater joys than passing on your own knowledge to your children, especially if it is related to a mutual passion. I am blessed to have three sons who share my enthusiasm for being in the outdoors and hunting. Recently, we took a trip to our favourite rabbit-infested property and while there was certainly plenty of entertainment, I was pleased to be able to teach them some important lessons too. It was a Saturday after my boys, Matthew, Timothy and Andrew, had finished their sporting commitments for the day. We all agreed that the weather was too good to stay at home and an afternoon sniping rabbits was on the agenda. After a short text to the owner of the property to confirm that it was fine for us to come out hunting, we quickly packed the car with all of th...
Essential Survival Gear For Elk Hunting

Essential Survival Gear For Elk Hunting

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
Anyone who has ever hunted for elk knows how challenging, frustrating, physically-demanding and even painful it can be. None the less, elk hunting can be very addictive. One can easily become obsessed to the point he or she is so focused on the hunt they may not realize how far they have gone, what time it is, and not exactly sure where they are. Here we are going to discuss how these and other factors may come together to be detrimental to your survival, and the gear you should have on you at all times to ensure you survive your hunt. Imagine this scenario; You and your buddy are hunting elk in the Rocky Mountains. You get back to the truck early evening after hiking all day carrying your 30# daypack. Wow! what a relief to finally get that weight off the shoulders! You are...
Boat Cleaning Chores For Your Kids To Help With

Boat Cleaning Chores For Your Kids To Help With

Outdoors
Owning a boat should be a family affair. After all, you'll most likely spend lots of family time out on your favorite body of water, so it's important that you get your children involved in every aspect of your family's boating experience. This is why you should have your kids help out with your boat cleaning chores. This way they learn how to properly care for the boat and appreciate it more. Having them help out with various cleaning duties will also instill in them a sense of responsibility, as well as provide extra family bonding time. Getting your kids involved with the boat will also help them learn about the ins and outs of what it takes to have a well-maintained vessel. This can also translate to more time on the lake or sea. Having them help out with the boat's maintena...