Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to choose the best car insurance

If you have any kinds of vehicles, especially for private use, it is clear that you can neglect the safety of your vehicles as well. This consideration might be a help in future time when bad things happen to you or your beloved ones. For example, when any one of you are in a car accident, car insurance might be a great help to face such bad experience. This insurance for your vehicle might give financial help to you and your family due to the injuries or the properties damage caused by that unexpected accident. By having this kind of insurance, you will get peace of mind.

However, when it comes to choose the best insurance quotes, it might be overwhelming process to do, especially if you do not have much time to collect all the necessary information of insurance for vehicles. It is because in choosing any kinds of insurance, either for vehicle or for you life, you should be familiar to the services offered before you decide to buy it. Moreover, it is also important to compare some providers to be able to get the best insurance facilities with the lowest rate possible. By this, you will be able to get full coverage with affordable price.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Need Valid Life Insurance Quotes? Visit Now!

            The fact that the number of life insurance is a lot these days might put you in a great confusion, because you might be confused which life insurance that you should choose. Therefore, you need some kind of life insurance quotes to help you to find the best life insurance easily from the valid information given in the quotes. To be able to get life insurance quote, you can ask quote directly from the company that offers you life insurance services. But of course, the information that you get will not be objective. That is why you should get life insurance quotes with objective sense.
            One of the best places recommended to you to get valid information and quotes is This site knows very well that it is not easy for you to find the best life insurance. And of course, there will be a lot of considerations and qualifications that you will have before you decide to use particular life insurance. That is why all informationa nd reviews provided here will be valid and based on the reality. Therefore, this site is the best place for you to find quotes for your life insurance in the future. So, what are you waiting for?

Procedures in Obtaining Online Payday Loans

            Getting online payday loans is very simple and easy. Here are some procedures you need to do if you want to get payday loans by online. First, select some websites that offer payday loans. Then, visit each of those sites and make some notes concerning services it offers. After you finish visiting all sites you select, make a comparison based on your notes concerning services offered by each payday loan. Next, you find an online payday loan, right? Now, it is time to go deeper to that site to see what requirements they present and other details such as how to install the loan, etc.
            Generally speaking, online payday loans require their borrowers to apply for loans first. They should fulfill the application form provided in the site and submit it to the company. The application form contains your personal data such as your name, address, email address, contact number, bank account, occupation and whether you are a legal citizen or not. After fulfilling the application, click submit button below the application form and wait for the approval from the payday loan company you are applying. It needs around 3 to 5 business day for payday Loan Company to decide whether you are eligible candidate to receive payday loans. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Summertime: Time for Small Shrimp and Big Time Fishin'

Well, it's here again, June came outa nowhere and jumped right up in our laps! Don't ya just hate when that sorta thing happens, but as the sayin' goes, when ya get lemons, ya might as well make Iced Tea, or somethin' like that.
Every time Summer comes along, it seems those big, huge lookin' shrimp take off, so those of us bridge, pier and jetty fishermen, might as well cool our heels til the weather breaks back cooler again and Fall rolls around.
As for the boaters out there, and you know who you are, get ready for the good stuff. The big King are coming inland for their food now. Where ever the pogies are, you know those Kingfish aren't far behind and according to my recollectin', the Pogie schools are coming in closer to the shoreline and the King shadow their every move.
If you can troll or treble hook a live pogie and tie him onto your cleat and throw him, line and all back into the school, it might turn out to be your best chance for catchin' that prize Kingfish, that will in turn be a delectible broiled filet for your evening table and take the other filet to the smoker and turn it in to pure "heaven" on a fork!
Along with the "Big Shrimp" also go the Dolphin, during the doldrums of Summer, Summer is not a favorite time of the year for Dolphin to school. There seemes to be a bad news/good news scnerio going on here, though, that being the bad news, 'cause, the good news is, if you can find the solidary bulls and cows, normally around the reef lines and "blue water lines", they are normally larger and will put up a hell of a fight. Be sure to bring plenty of water along, though, because, they'll bleed like a son of a gun, all over your fighting deck.
Another "good news/bad news" story: the bad news is "hurricane season" brings on some terrible weather to fish in, good news is that after the storms, like Tropical Storm Beryl and such, it churns up the water AND THE BAITFISH pretty good and brings up some wonderful fishing conditions for just about ALL the "Sportfish"!
In the mornings, or early evenings, out on the deeper layers of the flats, or on the edge of the deep channel, redfish are a tasty treat. They usually can be had with using a DOA Shrimp with a Woodie's Rattle Capsule inserted. Using ultra-light tackle on these puppies can give you a thrill of a lifetime, even fighting a smaller redfish, you can feel like your draggin' in a whale.
All in all, there's no such thing as a bad fishin' day, nor a bad fishin' night (speaking of King fishin' at night). What is bad, though, is to not take the time to go out and grab ya' sum' ovem'!
Even with the loss of the larger shrimp, I get excited when we're approaching that lighthouse, fixin' to head east out of Hillsboro Light around 5:30 - 6 a.m., or layin' out in the boat about 11 p.m.-midnight, off the jetties down by the smokestacks of Fort Lauderdale, waiting for my lines to sing that "song of the sea" to me, telling me that a stupendous meal, such as lunch, supper or breakfast won't be far away and with a full stomach I can again lay back and plot my next adventure of our salty prey!
Go get 'um.......

Monday, April 16, 2012

Healthy Outdoor Sport

There was a time when I did not know how to relax and just let go of my tensions. My mind was wired and tightly knotted with anxiety and stress. I had to find a way to get this negative, twisted ball of energy out of me, or face the threat of passing on from this life as my avenue of escape. Luckily, I found a hobby which turned out to be a blessing as it was a healthy outdoor activity and sport which changed my life for good. It's ironic that I hadn't done this until living in Japan. I'm originally from the State of Hawaii, but I never did experience fishing, although all the islands are surrounded by the big blue Pacific Ocean. I have an uncle and two cousins who have their own boats for tuna fishing. They even passed by my house when they headed out to the ocean, but I never had the urge to join them.
One fine day my wife suggested that we try fishing. As a little girl she went along with her father on river fishing excursions. He was an avid fisherman who taught her well and even made fishing poles that were just the right size and weight for her. The prospect of spending hours trying to catch some fish did not immediately excite me, But spending time together seemed like a good idea, so I decided to give it a try..
We lived quite a distance away from the ocean in Tokyo, so we did not start with salt water fishing. A couple of days after talking about fishing, my wife surprised me with fishing gear, complete with rod, reel, line, and accessories to include a fishing cap, which I did not use at the onset. I had no real idea what they were, but she told me that we were going to catch some Black Bass using rubber worms, jigs, and lures. The good thing about this was that there was a popular bass fishing area which was only a 30 minute drive from our home.
As it turned out, the bass were not so difficult to catch. There were even days when too many bass ended up on our hooks. I quickly noticed that I forgot all about my worries and frustrations while fishing. The only things on my mind were getting a bite and hooking up after a hit. I also realized that I was enjoying my work a lot more because of my new interest, as I used fishing as a reward for being diligent on the job.
We eventually moved out of Tokyo to an area called Shizuoka Prefecture. This brought us very near the ocean. Although that meant no more Black Bass fishing, this was not a problem at all. Our true fishing adventures were really about to begin!
I have immensely enjoyed this activity from the beginning. I truly believe that with fishing, I have found a healthy, outdoor sport which I can enjoy for a lifetime.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Best Walleye Fishing Lures

Pursued for both sport and food and occupying the top spot on the food chain, walleye are aggressive feeders and have a delicate table fare. Because of their popularity in some areas, walleye are heavily stocked in many waters and walleye fishing tournaments are very popular in areas where the fish are found in abundance.
Native to freshwater lakes and larger rivers throughout of much of the Northern United States and most of Canada, walleye are named for the ability of their eyes to reflect light, much like a cat's. This ability allows the fish to live and forage in the deeper waters of lakes as well as hunt effectively at night. Because the fish hunt mostly by sight, walleye are highly susceptible to flashing lures.
Fishing Techniques for Lures 
Growing to lengths of 30 inches with wide, gaping mouths, walleye tend to inhale their food. Because of their aggressive feeding behavior, walleye can be taken with most fishing techniques, but the most productive are those that get the bait down to where the fish are holding.

Like most species of fish, walleye love underwater structures, such as ledges and weed beds, where they can lay in wait to ambush their prey. Trolling with spoons and lures are highly productive, as is casting up against underwater shelves and into weed beds.
As walleyes are predominantly sight feeders, during the spring and summer months the best walleye lures are the ones that produce rapid flashing and vibrations as the lure travels through the water. As the lure vibrates in the water it attracts the fish's attention, and the fish will then hone in on the lure using its keen eyesight.
During warmer weather many types of lures, imitating small baitfish, are highly effective for walleye, with the best walleye lures being in the 1/4- to 1/2-ounce weight range. During the warmer months of late-May through August walleye prefer more naturally-colored lures, such as blacks, browns, whites and silvers, and when using jigs the rubber bait should also be one of these colors. Trolling near rocky points with deep-diving lures, such as the Rapala Thunderstick, also works well during the summer months.
During extremely hot weather, when walleyes can become somewhat finicky, a 1/8-ounce jig tipped with a white streamer or worm is often the best choice; dragged slowly across the bottom in an erratic manner a small jig will often provoke lethargic fish into striking. Jigs should be moved slowly at midday and worked with longer motions in the morning and afternoon.
Later in the year, fall walleye fishing is often one of the most productive times as the predator becomes much less selective as forage becomes less available. However, fall walleye fishing requires slightly different techniques than those used during the spring and summer months when many of the weed beds begin to die off.
As the cooling waters signals an end to the bounty of summer the best walleye lures are those that can be easily tossed into the areas around banks the mouths or rivers, where the fish tend to congregate in search of more plentiful food supplies. During this time of year walleye respond best to smaller lures, such as spinners and small floating topwater plugs in the 1/8- to 1/4-ounce range.
In open water barometric pressure usually determines at which depths the walleye will be holding, and as the pressure goes up the deeper the fish will be. Consequently, during periods of low pressure shallower diving lures will return the best results whereas during times of high pressure deep water lures will be most productive.
Lure Selection when Planning a Trip 
As not all geographic areas, or all waters within an area, hold walleye, anglers may have to travel long distances to pursue the fish. As such, when planning walleye fishing trips out of their home area anglers should begin their inquires with the state or provincial fish and game departments to determine which waters hold populations of walleyes. The best approach to lure section when planning a trip to unfamiliar waters is to inquire locally, at tackle shops and with local anglers and guides, to see what is currently working on local waters.

When planning walleye fishing trips, anglers should try to time their expedition to the season when walleye feed most actively, during the spring thaw, just after ice out, and the fall months. During these times the fish feed most aggressively, to replenish themselves after a long winter and to fatten up before the water freezes over again.
Lakes in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, including the great lakes, all hold native populations of walleye, as well as stocked fish, and are all great choices when planning an extended fishing trip.
Lures for Walleye Fishing Tournaments 
Walleye tournaments have become so popular in the north that numerous contests are held throughout Canada and the U.S. every year. In areas such as the great lakes, the larger walleye fishing tournaments rival the bass fishing tournaments of the southern U.S., attracting hundreds of anglers from thousands of miles away competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money.

Two of the larger and more popular tournaments, the Aim Pro Series and the Master Walleye Tournament Series holds walleye tournaments from late May through mid-August and from March through September, respectively. Tournament states include Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Colorado. In addition to the tournament's own rules, all state fishing regulations must be obeyed. Most tournaments prohibit the use of live bait, leaving artificial lures as the only choice for tournament anglers.
Northland lures like the Roach Rig and the Rapala Shad Rap are some of the most time-tested lures used by successful pro anglers. However, pro anglers are quick to point out the best lures are the ones the angler has the most faith in, because those are the lures that give an angler the mental toughness to keep fishing through the slow periods.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baitbox Fishing Reels at a Glance

Fishing reels as we know today -the cylindrical device that is attached to a fishing rod and used in winding the line, came into picture around 1650 AD in England and by the 1760s, it gained popularity. Today fishing reels come according to specific types of fishing- spinning reels, bait casting, fly fishing, surf casting, and bait feeder reels. Anglers choose a reel that most complements their fishing technique and brings out the best results.
However, unlike other tackle manufacturers, Bait box does not believe in 'entry level' or beginner range. All the reels, no matter what size come packed with quality deserving of fishermen of every 'level'. Most of these so called 'entry level' reels have 1 - 3 bearings and are constructed at minimal cost but are sold in relatively higher price when the quality and performance of the reel is taken into account. Along with the quality, we also make sure the Bait box fishing reels are good looking reels.
But before you are out there shopping for the reels, isn't it better to know what types of reels go together with what particular style of fishing! If you are a pro and just browsing through, you are well aware of it but the ones who are starting off might require some assistance in this regard and hence we would elaborate a little.
Spinning fishing reels are ideal for long distance casting, works well for light lures, a wide range of range of baits and do not backlash. These are open faced reels with fixed spools that do not revolve while you are casting or retrieve. In order to retrieve the line, you have to turn the reel handle. The bail will revolve round the spool and the line is placed evenly onto the spool. For small pan fish with the lightest pound test lines to heavy duty lines for surf casting and trolling- these reels are most recommended.
Fly fishing reels are simple mechanical construction operated by stripping line off the reel with one hand and casting the rod with the other hand. Nowadays fly reels have more sophisticated disc type drag systems. Saltwater fly reels are also specially designed for use in the marine environment. These are however larger in diameter to provide a large line and more backing.
Bait casting are multiplying reels, with the spool mounted above the rod. Stainless steel, aluminum, graphite and synthetic composite are often used as raw materials of these reels. The graphite made reels are lighter but the aluminum reels are most preferred as they are more stable and rigid. Good quality bait casting always come with high quality bearings made from shielded, double shielded or sealed bearings.
Surf cast reels are the ones that run freely on its axle thereby allowing distance casting. It is used for coarse fishing and is most commonly used in Australia for all forms of freshwater and saltwater fishing.
No matter what your style of fishing is, you need a quality fishing tackle and from branded manufactures. The last thing you want is for the reel to give away just when you are about to reel that nice chunky fish! You would not want to be the one to tell the story of the fish that got away.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Why Deep Sea Fishing Is Fun

Deep sea fishing lets you appreciate more the fresh sea foods. You can go to great fishing charters where you can catch mackerel, tuna, shark, and others. This is a great adventure that you can do together with your family and friends.
Catching Mackerel
Most deep sea fishing charters are for catching mackerel. You can book for great fishing ports where you and your group can go and enjoy hooking those fishes. You can spend your time together telling stories while having some fun. After spending a lot of time and you got lots of mackerel, you can then go back to your cottage and cook the fresh ones you caught. Just set up the fire and toast those mackerels. The enjoyment of catching fresh fishes and then cooking and eating them afterwards is really awesome!
Tuna and Shark Fishing
If you want a more challenging fishing, go for bigger ones. You can travel to the fishing charters where tuna and sharks are found.
For your safety, don't go to the cooler waters. This is because there are dangerous sharks that can attack you in those areas. Stay close to the shore where there is warm water and you will be safe.
Sharks and tuna usually go to coastal waters during late summer until fall. Therefore, visit the charters for big fishes during those times and you can have a rich catch. This adventure is more challenging than catching mackerel so be prepared!
When you caught a tuna, it will pull you hardly and you must fight. Don't worry though because the captain will help you to pull the large fish by running the boat against the pulling. The catch can take longer hours and can travel to farther places so the adventure is even better!
Unlike smaller fishes, it is harder to find tuna since they are good in hiding. They often stay in the deep waters and even run opposite your direction. You really have to fight in order to defeat them. There are sport fishers who are great in tuna angling. This is the technique they do in order to trick those intelligent tuna. You can learn the skill too and enjoy catching those big fishes.
You are not allowed to bring home the big fish though, if you caught one. The captain of the boat is the only licensed one, so your catch belongs to him. But if you were able to catch a big fish, you can have a prize like enjoying the charter for the whole day or joining a sport fishing game.
As you can see, deep sea fishing is really a great adventure that you can do. You can talk to your family members, friends, colleagues, or any group you have, and plan for a visit to fishing charters, and enjoy catching fishes. You will surely love the riches of the deep sea and enjoy the fun of catching fishes. The experience is really wonderful and you can brag about it to other people you know. Plan your fishing adventure now!
Australia is a fantastic holiday destination. It offers a range of diverse landscapes and activities to satisfy people of all ages and interests. Australia also has many beautiful locations where you can experience a luxury holiday, stay in five star accommodation and enjoy a memorable day at sea which is underpinned by the 21 years of Fishing Experience in Noosa. Mikey offers interesting information on his web site about Fishing Charters Noosa.

Monday, March 19, 2012

What To Find In Fishing Charters

Looking to go on a unique trip is a great thing to do. However, for some people this unique trip involves hiring one of many fishing charters. The issue then becomes not knowing which of the deep sea fishing boats they should hire to give them the adventure of a life time. A main point to find in these boats is how experienced the captain and crew is. The second thing you should figure out is where exactly you will be going to determine if the area is suited for what you are looking for. Finally you should determine what kind of adventure you can have when you are on the fishing charters. Once you have all this information, it will be easy to find the best one for your needs.
Experience is rather valuable when you plan on going out on a trip like this. If the captain and crew is not that experienced, then chances are good you can miss out on some nice fish. However, the more experience they have, the better chance of getting to a good area of the ocean or gulf to catch the big fish your friends will be jealous of.
The next factor to consider is the area the fishing charters plan on taking you to. Normally this will not make a direct impact on your plans, but you need to realize if you easily get sea sick then a choppy cool ocean may not be for you, but the calmer warm waters may work. So you should carefully consider the area you are going to take your trip on.
Adventure is the main reason why people go on these trips. So you should figure out how much adventure you can have when you take these trips. Then you can determine if the trip will actually suit your needs or not. Without this type of information, it is easy to think the trip will be great only to arrive at the spot and realize you cannot do anything you thought you could. For example many people like to drink or something similar while fishing, but this may not be allowed on some of the charters.
Getting to enjoy a unique adventure filled trip is always a good thing. The issue for many people is not being able to locate the trip they want to take because of all the options. Then they may not know about what to find in the deep sea fishing charters which are available for them to take. The first point to find the best charter is to figure out how experienced the crew and captain is. The second thing many people need to realize is the weather at sea is not always the nicest so they need to determine what kind of area they will be going out to. Finally people should think about the type of adventure which is available for them. Once all of this information has been figured out, it is easy for them to select the best trip ever.
Australia is a fantastic holiday destination. It offers a range of diverse landscapes and activities to satisfy people of all ages and interests. Australia also has many beautiful locations where you can experience a luxury holiday, stay in five star accommodation and enjoy a memorable day at sea which is underpinned by the 21 years of Fishing Experience in Noosa. Mikey offers interesting information on his web site about Fishing Charters Noosa.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fishing Charters Supply the Best Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing is the fun way of catching a meal and fishing charters help in the process. Of course, deep sea fishing can be done either as a sport or a means of catching a substantial amount of fish for marketing daily. This particular type of fishing facilitates not only a large quantity of fish but also very large sized fish. This is why people consider deep sea fishing a sport as they compete against each other attempting to catch the biggest, heaviest fish which will bring home a shining trophy.
Some of the regular types of fish found out in the deep seas are Halibut, Tuna, Blue Marlin, Mahi- Mahi, Emperor, Grouper, Barracuda and many many more. Their mammoth sizes, ranging from a few pounds to several hundred pounds, are not easy to handle while braving the weather conditions and the rough seas. Fishermen and sportsmen have to be well equipped to withstand nature and obtain a decent catch for all the time spent trying.
Regular fishermen usually have their own fishing gear. The best way to go deep sea fishing for fun or for sporting, if people do not own the appropriate equipment or a boat, is through fishing charters. If the location has an ocean nearby, it will definitely have thriving fishing charter businesses. Renowned charters have well maintained boats and their fishing rods and other equipment is also in excellent condition. To top this off, they usually hire experienced sea captains and often, the success of these businesses rely on the expertise of their sea captains. The captains know how to maneuver the boat through the waters regardless of whether they are calm or rough. They manage to locate the best fishing spot in the open, deep seas and even guide newcomers, showing them how to get a good catch.
Depending on where people are, fishing charters can be found online quite easily. Their services may vary greatly in price and which package to pick is left entirely up to the customers preference. Some fishing charters offer a good gaming experience along with a chance to take a boat ride round the sea and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Safety is also top priority and most captains ensure that precautionary measures have been dealt with before setting off. When vacationing near the ocean, try this sport out as it will add value to the holiday.
Deep sea fishing has a charm of its own. From the minute the line is cast to the end when the fish comes reeling in, the thrill and enthusiasm never die down. The joyous feeling when one realizes that they have grabbed the biggest catch is priceless. To enhance the deep sea fishing experience, choose the best fishing charters that the pocket will allow. If anyone on board suffers from sea sickness, carrying a counter pill would probably be a good idea. Just remember to make the most when out on the open seas. Relax and let the cool breeze soothe the senses. Surely the trip will invigorate the body and calm the mind and the amazing catch will add to the perfect moment.
Australia is a fantastic holiday destination. It offers a range of diverse landscapes and activities to satisfy people of all ages and interests. Australia also has many beautiful locations where you can experience a luxury holiday, stay in five star accommodation and enjoy a memorable day at sea which is underpinned by the 21 years of Fishing Experience in Noosa. Mikey offers interesting information on his web site about Fishing Charters Noosa.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Most Important Aspect of Trout Fishing in High Water

If you are a trout fisherman or woman you know that the spring of the year is a great time to head out and do some fishing for these beautiful fish. After a long winter of little or no fishing most of us can't wait to get out and "wet a line" as soon as the weather begins to improve. Rivers and streams are both great places to target trout, but many times (especially during the springtime) there is one factor that has to be dealt with that isn't an issue during the heart of what many people consider to be "fishing season", and that factor is high water.
Trout fishing in high water conditions presents many challenges to the trout fisherman such as; dangerous wading conditions, an inability to keep get your bait or lure anywhere near the bottom, muddy or stained water, and debris that is floating in the water. While these are all challenges that have to be dealt with when trout fishing in high water conditions, in my experience the most important aspect of fishing in conditions such as this is the ability to feel whatever bait or lure you are using.
If you have any experience at all fishing for trout under any water condition you are well aware of the fact that being able to feel what is going on at the end of your line is of the utmost importance. So how do we help ourselves to feel what is happening at the end of our line when we are trout fishing in high water conditions when being able to "feel" anything becomes much more difficult? The answer might just surprise you because of its simplicity.
The easiest way to gain more feel when it comes to the end of your line during high water conditions is to employ a longer fishing rod. I told you that it was a simple fix. It's amazing the difference that it makes when you are trout fishing in high water conditions to simply use a fishing rod that is a bit longer than you normally would.
Here is exactly what I do when I know that I'm going to be trout fishing in high water conditions. Under normal conditions my 'go to' trout fishing rod in a five foot ultralight action rod that has a Pfleuger ultralight spinning reel attached to it. I also have a six foot six inch ultralight rod that I have for use when I am fishing in high water situations. When the water that I'm going to be fishing is high, I simple remove my reel from the five foot rod and attach it to my six foot six inch rod, and the problem is solved.
So, in conclusion the most important aspect of trout fishing in high water conditions is being able to feel what is going on at the end of your line and the way to solve this problem is simply to employ a fishing rod that is from one to up to three feet longer than you normally would. While the fishing itself will still be more challenging than it is during "normal" water conditions, this simple change provides you with the feel that you need and definitely tips the odds into your favor.
Trevor Kugler is president of, a website dedicated to ultra light fishing, with an emphasis on ultra light river fishing for trout. Check out our new blog focused on trout fishing tips and techniques to help you be more successful on the water.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Offshore Kite Fishing

Kite fishing is a process originating from China and throughout the Asian Continent. It began by onshore fisherman desiring a way to fish where only boats were able to reach before, also, it allowed them to reach fish on the oceanside of the reef. It worked well for accomplishing these two desires of the surf fishers.
Later, the boat fishermen caught on to this process and used it for their own purposes. First they could fish away from their boats, more specifically in shallow reef waters where their boats couldn't go, but the fish on reefs, generally are plentiful because of the excess of baitfish that live off the reef's natural food stuffs.
This has gone on for centuries, with each century came more refinement to the process and also, the process gained notoriety and popularity with more people, worldwide.
In today's world, Offshore Kite Fishing is mainly practiced where saltwater anglers are prone to fishing for billfish, such as Marlin and Sailfish.
These two species, love to hang out at reeflines and the edges of Sawgrass patches or lines and will readily bite on live bait, much sooner than trolling dead bait, such as ballyhoo and mackerel.
These sportfishermen that prefer this sport, normally use live goggleye, hooked through the back with a circle hook and then harnessed (with generally a rubber band or something similar) through the mouth, with the leader that keep them alive the longest. This method of hooking the goggleye, is very quick to do, as well as will allow the bait, the most amount of movement to more easily attrack the billfish.
Once the bait is hooked on, fisherman snap the leader onto anywhere between 30 - 80 lbs. test line (depending on whether it's Marlin or Sailfish they're going after). This fishing line generally is attached to a wide spool, or large volume spool baitcasting reel, which is seated on a chopped off, or custom made short thick rod with no more than one or two eyes.
The mate (or person letting out the line) will start by letting the goggleye go into the water and test how "live" the fish seems to swim. Once assured of the bait's active movement, they will attach the baitline (after putting anywhere between 1-4 twists in the baitline to give more rigidity to the line and not have it pull away from the kite too easily) to the clip or "clothespin" attached to the kite that has been unfolded. Making sure there is sufficient wind to "fly" the kite, the mate tests the kite ability to fly by letting the kite's line and the bait's line out at the same speed.
As long as the two lines go out smoothly and most importantly, the kite is gaining air as it goes out, it will be allright. Finally the mate will holster the short rod's butt, in the gunnel's rod holder.
Once out all the way, the mate and/or captain will keep an eye or an ear tuned to the baitfish and it's surrounding ativity. When they are satisfied all is well, the mate will start doing the same thing to the other side of the boat and end up with "flying" two kites.
As long as you have "active" bait, you will have a good amount of success in landing a billfish, they are heavily attracted to floundering baitfish and if they are around, they will strike! You will soon enjoy the "singing of the baitline" as it "pops" from it's clip's embrace.
This is a fun and invigorating sport, especially if you like to try to land a billfish. There are only a few requirements to set yourself up, get near or on the edge of a reef line, or a Sawgrass patch, set your boat so that the fighting deck is in the path of the wind, bait up your line with a live bait, then let that kite go fly with your bait! With all these conditions met, it shouldn't be long, before you'll need that "Big" gaffe, to board your fish.
Good luck and go get 'em!

Monday, February 20, 2012

How To Use A Spinner To Catch Rainbow Trout

There are many baits and lures that can be used to catch a rainbow trout, but one choice has more versatility that most of the others, the spinner. In line spinners have been known to be effective fishing lures to use for rainbow trout for what seems like forever and in this article I will outline how to use a spinner to catch rainbow trout so that you can experience success the next time that you head out onto the water.
The first thing that we need to discuss is the rod, reel, and fishing line that you use to "fish" your spinner. You want to be able to cast your spinner straightly and accurately and some times need to cast long distances so an ultra light fishing rod that is at least six and a half feet long is in order. This rod should be matched with an ultra light reel that holds at least 100 yards of four pound test fishing line, which is the weight of line that should be used whenever you use a spinner attempt to catch a rainbow trout.
Next we have the spinner itself. I prefer Panther Martin or Rooster Tail spinners when it comes to fishing for "rainbows", and Mepps and Blue Fox make quality trout spinners as well. A key to success is having a variety of sizes and color/blade choices available to you when you are on the water so that you can experiment to find the best choice to use on a particular day of fishing. Some effective color choices to use when fishing for rainbow trout are blacks, browns, silver, or gold with blades that are silver, gold, or even black. As you experiment you will find that each spinner will perform differently under the water.
If you want to know how to use a spinner to catch rainbow trout you need to know how to attach said spinner to the end of your line. Inexperienced trout fishermen will make the mistake of tying a snap swivel to the end of their line and "snapping" their spinner to the snap swivel. This is a big mistake that should be avoided at all costs. You see attaching an inline spinner directly to a snap swivel will ruin the action of the in-line spinner and cost you bites from hungry rainbows. In order to not interfere with the action of the spinner, you always want to tie your spinner directly to the end of your line. If you do this the spinner will perform as it was designed to perform without any impediments.
What about the best size spinner to use when fishing for rainbow trout? In almost all cases the phrase "smaller is better" is something that should be kept in the back of your mind. 1/16 to 1/4 of an ounce is normally the size range to stay in when fishing for rainbow trout. Occasionally you may way to step up to a 3/8 or even 1/2 ounce but this is only if the trout are large and feeding actively.
Finally we have the way in which you "fish" the inline spinner. Whether you are using your spinner in a lake or a river, a straight retrieve is rarely the most effective way to use an inline spinner. Varying the speed of your retrieve and even using a stop and start action when retrieving a spinner is almost always more effective when attempting to catch rainbow trout. In rivers, casting parallel to the current and slowly retrieving the spinner back through the current is the most common technique. Some experienced trout fishermen who use a reel with a fast gear ratio will even fish spinners with the current at a very fast speed (normally the same speed or a little faster than the river is flowing) to trigger feeding rainbows into biting.
Whatever type of spinner or technique that you choose to employ, the bottom line is that you now know you know hoe to use a spinner to catch a rainbow trout.
Trevor Kugler is president of, a website dedicated to ultra light fishing, with an emphasis on ultra light river fishing for trout. Check out our new blog focused on trout fishing tips and techniques to help you be more successful on the water.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dolpins/Mahi Mahi

Both Sport and Commercial fisherman seek Dolphin fish, due to their beauty, size, food quality, and healthy population. Also known around the globe as Mahi-mahi, they are popular in many restaurants, worldwide.
Commercial fisherman are after them for their appeal to restaurant eaters that ferociously feed on them due to their delectable taste. This fish is not only sought after for it's taste, but also for it's startling beauty and it's ability to fit the menus of most people trying to lose weight.
Sport fisherman go after this species, not only for it's good eating, but also because of their ability to put up a strong and arduous fight. Once you catch one (even a small one), you will know you've been in a battle and after the fishing excursion, desire a competent masseuse.
Where to seek them Out
Charter boat captains most often look for floating debris (ANY floating object, i.e., 4" X 8" sheet of paneling, palm trees and fronds, a couple of floating empty beer cans, ANYTHING!) and frigatebirds near the edge of the reef in about 120 feet of water. Weed Lines (saw/sea grass) also makes a wonderful foraging shelter for Dolphins, they tend to stay just beneath the weed line to hunt for food.
Effective Gear & Techniques
Try to use thirty- to fifty-lbs. gear when trolling for mahi-mahi, or Dolphin.
Fly-fishermen may especially look for frigatebirds to find big fish, and then use a bait-and-switch technique.
Rigged Ballyhoo, or Goggleyes, or a net full of live sardines tossed into the water can drive mahi-mahis to the point of a feeding frenzy. Hookless teaser lures can have the same effect. Once the fish are attacking the food-chum or other bait, the flyfishermen will hook one or two Dolphin and tie them off to a boat cleat. With those fish securely tied on, the other dolphin in the group will continue to feed and be easy prey for the fishermen's bare treble hooks after that.
Just keep on pulling them in 'til they are all done, at last pull in the remaining two "judas dolphins" and ready yourself for some tremendous washing of the boat fighting deck (by this time it will be ankle deep in Dolphin blood, they bleed like stuck hogs).
Their Habitat
Mahi-mahi/Dolphin are usually found in the Caribbean, North and South America's Pacific including Costa Rica, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida's Atlantic Coastline, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and many other places worldwide.
Physical Characteristics
Dolphin/Mahi-mahi have compacted bodies and long dorsal fins that extend almost the entire length of their bodies. Their caudal fins and anal fins are sharply curved inward. They are distinguished by their dazzling colors: golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back.
Adult males have sharply protruding forehead that is the dominant feature that goes well above the body proper. The females have a rounded head and are generally smaller than males, in weight and size.
Generally, Dolphin live 4 to 5 years. Average fish weigh in at 15 to 29 lbs.. They seldom go beyond 33 lb, and mahi-mahi over 40 lbs. are exceptional.
Going on a charter excursion, mostly you would think are taken in order to go in search of Marlin, Sailfish or some other exotic fish, but Dolphin/Mahi Mahi are becoming one of the most popular charters for new fishermen as well as the "new kids" just learning to catch a dream.
The telling of this tale, though, is that they also are gaining in popularity with the non-chartering public. Desiring, typically, some tough fighting and good eating fish these average boat owners, taking their holiday or weekend excursions, and opting more and more to hunt for dolphin, rather than the larger ocean denisons.
They are finding these fish to be the perfect opponent, a worthy adversary for the hungry fisherman with a palette for a tasty morsel of file', broiled, or baked in garlic butter, in their kitchens, or over an open grill!
Go Get 'um!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Casting For Your Catch

Since the "Dawn of Man", people have been using Casting nets to gather their "catch" from their local waters and provide their families with nutritious fish.
Literally, cavemen and women have left behind drawings of people using and throwing nets to provide for their loved ones.
The nets, themselves, haven't changed much in all these years. Mostly round (in order to make it easier to open up the net as it was cast and was about to hit the water). Stones, or weights were added to help it sink and capture it's prey.
Then came the varying lengths to the net. This obviously was so that the fisherman could gather more fish at any one time, but rest assured that you really had to be strong to haul in the long nets, if they caught any amount of fish at all.
The throwing (casting) of these nets is truly an art form. It is not something one can master easily and will take some time for each fisherman to be able to determine their own personal, effective way that will work for them.
Essentially though (and this is ONLY a basic, basic explanation, thousands of books and videos are available, online, to learn this skill), the net is held high and straight to make sure there are no kinks in the netting, itself. The caster, then lays the net over their shoulder and separates one edge of their net from the opposite side of the net.
Holding the casting rope, the upper end of the net and the opposing edge, the thrower slings the net outward in a circular motion and hopefully, done properly, the net opens as it lands on the water's top.
When it's sunk sufficiently, the caster starts by retrieving the casting line, which will draw the net back to the fisherman (and with any luck, it will be filled with fish).
Net fishing can be accomplished from a boat, from the shore or by wading in the water. Either venue, you choose, can be as fruitfull.
Net casting is normally used for catching bait fish, or for catching smaller fish that won't bite a baited hook. Sportfisherman, love to use this method during tournaments for catching their "live bait" that will help them catch those "big billfish".
The only drag on this method is that it is done in the wee hours of the morning when most tournament fishermen don't choose to get up, so an alternative for them is to spot the entrepreneurs "bait boats", on the way out the inlet and purchase their "catch" from them at really high prices. Etiher way will work!
Islanders, in the Bahamas and Micro & Polynesia and such still use this effective method of catching fresh fish quickly to provide food for their families.
It is still an artform handed down from father to son. And in this day and time even the daughters are included in this skilled learning process. In fact, in South Florida at most of the "big time billfishing tournaments", one of the highest paid "entrepreneur bait boats" is owned and operated by a teenage girl.
Go Get'em!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

An American Tale of Fishing Industry Success

All American stories don't necessarily start out that way and this one is no exception. Ninety years ago, a young man from Germany came to this country to fulfill his dream and to work hard and prosper.
He accomplished this feat and more, but, like all successful American tales, it took a long arduous time and dedication to his dream and a little good luck to succeed!
Today, we all take the quality of Penn Reels and Rods for granted. Most of us have grown up using these fine products to reel in our weekend prizes. Always good, always dependable, always ready for the biggest "fight" we could find for it, Penn always delivered. No matter what model of rod or reel, nor what age they were when we received them, they would always come through and provide for our expectations, as we expected them to.
With this as a history, we very rarely thought about what a terrific American story our builder of these excellent rods and reels had, but that story has been there for us or any other one of us that would care to explore it. The journey began in 1922 when young 25 year old, Otto Henze arrived in America and found employment.
After ten long years of struggling, working and saving as a machinist for Ocean City Reels Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (naturally), this German immigrant learned and plied his craft to perfection hoping that someday his turn would also come, a chance for his dream of a machine shop of his own to build reels of his own design and his own quality standards.
Finally, that chance took root in 1932. Otto had saved just enough to rent a small machine shop on the third floor of a building on North Third Street, in Philadelphia.
Using that as a beginning, Otto worked harder and using two of his own designs, he started. Suddenly, after creating a reel for surf fishing (the model F) and one general fishing reel (the model K), an auto supply company in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania gave him his initial order.
From that point business for Otto's fitful business took off. Even though this was the heart of the American depression, fishing for the eastern coast was a viable and cheap means of being able to put food on a families table and this also helped to support Otto's company's financial efforts.
Initially, his company only made two types of reels, the F and the K, but made two styles of the model K, one had a star drag wheel (which helped to prevent backlashes) and the other, did not! His company flourished.
Many reels were soon to follow, but none more popular and famous than the 1936 creation of the "Penn Senator", a reel created to catch just about any fish in the ocean and a favorite of most boat captains that are frequent tournament winners!
As many of our American stories go, there are many "glitches" that have led to their success and Penn Rods and Reels are no exception. In 1948, Otto died suddenly, but as good fortune and this American story would have it our story takes a turn for the better, his wife, Martha was there to take over!
Up til this point, Otto's company, while having a sterling reputation for quality and substance was only regionally known and sold, but Martha had bigger fish to fry (pardon the pun)! Through her stubborn, decisive and quality leadership Penn Reels, took on a national and world-wide market and succeeded.
In the coming few years, Penn, having been asked countless times by their customers, started designing and building rods of the same substance and quality and style as their reels. It didn't take long till their public took notice of this and Penn quickly became just as famous for their rods as their reels!
Following Martha's management/ownership tenure till the present, this successful, American company has been bought and sold several times to various companies, but still maintains a quality reputation.
Currently, it is owned by K-2 Incorporated, since 2007 and holds a startling record of over 1400 saltwater fishing records, according to the IGFA (International Game Fishing Association).
This was a truly American tale, an immigrant coming to America filled with hopes and dreams of an abundant life, full of promise. A German came and morphed into his idea of America by trying to achieve his dream, or vision of America and in that fulfillment it became an American Brand that is today's juggarnaut in a uniquely American industry and more to the point a dream that you and I and many other may share in whenever we participate in our "weekend adventures" on the water!
Go Get 'em!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Do Not Miss Saltwater Boating Opportunity

Have you ever been taken to a candystore as a child? You know that enthusiasm that rises up in your every cell, that excitement that can't be contained, that is the exact same feeling I get as I drive down to Miami, in the middle of February and know I am in transit to the finest, best and most audacious power-boatshow on the planet!
There you are driving down that ribbon of highway, known as I-95 south and the palpitations start at about the Hollywood exit, cruising at a nominal rate of speed, you are nearing your playground, only a few more miles to your destination.
A few miles, to be sure, but it will seem like another hundred hours before your knotted stomach can again calm down and your thirst satisfied by the viewing of the most variety of powerboats, one can hope to lay eyes on. Even Disneyworld doesn't hold this much anxiety for me (but it is a close second)!
Overall, there are three venues, in which to enjoy your preview of Florida's largest boatshow, they are: Miami Convention Center, Miamarina at Bayside and Sea Isle Marina, while The Convention Center and Sea Island are particularly for Power-boats, they have positioned Bayside as it's pre-emminent sail-boat showcase.
Featuring over three thousand boats and having more than two thousand vendors, exhibiting, it makes Miami one of the largest boatshows in the world and certainly the largest in Florida.
In the recent past, Miami's Boatshow was reserved for saltwater crafts of all stripes, however this year will introduce diving and diving/boating travel excursion vendors as a new category, they even will have a heated pool for people to try out their diving gear for sale.
The goods for participation, or viewing are always fun and varied, not only do they have all the varieties of watercraft, but also seminars and classes to learn about watercraft/diving and various saltwater tackle available there at the shows.
It's like Barnum and Bailey, Baskin Robbins and DisneyLand all rolled up in one. Everyone in the entire family will enjoy it and if not, I'd start worrying about my family! The circus is coming to town and that circus of fun-filled saltwater, watercraft extravaganza is gonna be in Miami this coming February 14th-18th, 2013 and most every February after that.
It's second only, in boat stuff, in Florida, to the Christmas "boat parade" each December, in Fort Lauderdale for extravagance and excitement.
Go Get 'um!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lake Trout Fishing in Montana's Flathead Lake, The Largest Natural Freshwater Lake in the West!

Flathead Lake Lake Trout fishing in May is not for the faint of heart! On the largest, natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, weather changes occur rapidly, and along with making it hard to stay warm enough, or cool enough, it makes the fish turn on and off like light switches.
I have been hearing from many anglers that say they are struggling to even catch a lake trout, and truth be told, I have had a couple of those days myself! When 8 boats turn in 14 fish on a Mack Days Saturday...that's a major indicator that we all need to re think what we are doing. There are a few things you can do to help increase your chances of success.
Remember, unlike other lakes in the west that have Lake Trout, Flathead Lake does NOT have Kokanee Salmon, a major food source for Lakers. You must fish this lake different from all the rest, especially when trolling, as lakers feed on the bottom, not on the surface here.
Also, Flathead Lakes lake trout hate a crashing barometer. Small changes they tolerate OK, but big swings turn them off, right now. Stay on the fish, downsize and slow down your offerings. When and if the pressure starts to swing back up, like when the sky clears, then you are there ready for them.
Undoubtedly, when fish are neutral or negative...small offerings, like flies, small spoons, small tubes or hoochies will be your friend. A small dodger or flasher, even using a large spoon with the hook removed as a flasher is the right way to go. Watch your scent; don't give an already disinterested fish any more opportunity to ignore you.
Make your set back from the attractor to the lure a little longer, adding 6-10" can make that lure slow down enough to allow the fish to react without much effort. If you are using Yakima Bait Company Flatfish lures, consider downsizing to a T4 or U20 size. And slow it down. 1 mph is about right. If using hoochies or flies with Gold Star/Silver Horde dodgers and flashers go 0/0 or even 000.
Put it in their face. Know how far below the downrigger ball your baits swim, and adjust your depth accordingly. They aren't going to chase it when in these moods. A 50 KHz transducer gives you the wide angle you need to see your baits and downrigger balls on your sonar, and when tuned right you can track the ball as it drops, then watch that bait settle into its path. Know where that bait is.
Montanas Flathead Lake is muddy in May. The wind is coming from a different direction almost daily, spreading that mud line East-West some day's and North-South others. The schools of bait fish, Northern Pike Minnow (squaw fish) and Whitefish are on the move daily, and the Lake Trout (Mackinaw) are too. Find the clearer water, slow things down, use more muted colors and up your odds considerably.