How To Pick A Fishing Reel

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For casual as well as serious anglers the spinning reels are required and they need to be picked up as per the flexibility and ease of use. You might be wondering about the features that are important for considering when one is picking up the fishing rod and reel for the first time. The basic points to consider when picking up a fishing reel are the following:

  • Water in which fishing is to be done
  • Fish species to be angled
  • The bearings used

Definition Of The Spinning Reel

The fishing reels are designed with an open faced spool and are fixed in line with the rod. The spool is a stationary item and there is a line and rotor guide that spins or revolves around the fixed spool. The reel is mounted below the rod and held by the right hand. The crank of the reel is turned by the left hand while reversing the handle is available in most models these days. The spinning reels are available in different makes and designs and that can make the choice difficult for those making the purchase for the first time. The technical aspects of a reel as well as the targeted species or the environment in which one is about to fish need to be considered at the time of purchase of the fishing reel. Continue reading

Saltwater Fishing Tips

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Those who are planning to fish in salt water need to be set with the requisite knowledge and equipments in order to be successful in their angling activity. Before embarking upon the fishing expedition one needs to visit the local tackle shop. Here one can find out information as to where the fishes are biting and the spots that would be perfect for angling. Once you are armed with the knowledge of the best fishing spots or tackle you need to set out with the right boat and equipments. There are certain fishing spots that have regulations for conservation. The anglers who fish in these spots need to follow the local regulations. The minimum size and the bag limits are set in these spots.

Anchoring The Boat

When one set off for the fishing, they need to locate their boat on a swift current or a reef. This is a difficult maneuver in fishing though the right equipments will help one greatly in this process. One needs to have a stout anchor rope that is five times as long as the depth of the water. A section of the rope needs to be tied to the anchor. The boat needs to be positioned in such a way that one can pull the boat out directly or take it out of gear and move away. Predicting the wind and deploying the anchor is another step that needs to be mastered with time. Continue reading

Freshwater Fishing Tips

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When we talk about freshwater cooling, it is usually with reference to water bodies that have less than 0.5 percent of salinity. This kind of water is found in rivers, streams, ponds and lakes that could be naturally occurring or man made. The fishing in these water bodies is different from other types of fishing like saltwater fishing. That is mainly because the kind of fishes that thrive in fresh water are different from the fishes that are found in salt waters. There are some fishes that transition from salt water to fresh water as well. Salmon is one such type of fish which are born in fresh water, which migrate to the sea waters and then return to the fresh waters to spawn.

How To Prepare For Fresh Water Fishing

Fishing in fresh waters can be done when the body of water is large enough. One should be able to take a small inflatable boat or kayak and fish out in the open. The use of a boat is useful as one can reach spaces and depths that cannot be reached from the shore. Most people who live in inland areas usually have access only to fresh water bodies.

Steps To Start Off Freshwater Fishing

Those who are planning to fish in fresh waters need to follow the steps given below to increase their chances of being successful and catching some fishes:

  • Check out the map of the freshwater body that you plan to explore. You need to know the different depths of the body of water as well as man-made fish cribs that might exist.
  • Slip bobbers are used when one is setting up to fish in fresh waters. The slip bobber is a bobber with a hollow hole. One can tie a knot and a stopper. The knot is created to decide where to stop the bobber on the line. You can set any depth you want without having to sacrifice the casting quality.
  • Live baits can be used which increase chances of catching fishes. One can use minnows, worms, soft shell species like crayfish. The baits differ as per the kind of fish you plan to catch. There are types of baits used like frogs and leeches.

Other Points To Consider

Once you are set up with the line and bait, you can commence. You need to wash your hands so that there is no foreign odor or smell that can put off the fishes. Fishes have a good sense of smell and they can be put off by foreign scents. When you are fishing in waters with little salinity this is a necessity. The temperature of the water will also determine the availability of fishes of different species. Some fishes exist at different water depths and at different times of the day or year. The fisherman needs to follow certain precautions like crushing the barbs on the hooks in order to remove the hook from the skin, fishing license might also be required in certain areas.

How To Mount A Fish Tail

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There are many people who love the sport or the recreation of angling. They pride in the fishes they catch and the size of the catch matters as well. It is said that the size of a fish can be gauged by the tail. For these reasons, one can easily decide to preserve the tail of their catch. If one does not want to spend on a replica tail of the fish they have caught neither do they want to waste the meat, they can opt to save the tail and design their own trophy. The steps that need to be followed are:

  • The pocket of the tail needs to be hollowed out
  • Squeezing the tail to prepare for mounting
  • Fill the pocket of the tail
  • Add on finishing touches

Hollowing Out The Pocket

When one wishes to create a trophy of the fish’s tail they have to start by removing the meat. There is meat that exists inside the tail. Those who wish to use the meat can use a grapefruit spoon or a sharp knife to remove the meat. The spine needs to be clipped back, which can be done with wire cutters. This can be done by not damaging the skin or loosen the scales. When this is managed the hollow pocket will remain. Continue reading

How To Taxidermy A Fish

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Taxidermists work on a range of animals and birds and the smaller the animals, the tougher it gets. The fishes are usually tough animals for the taxidermists to work on. As the fish dries out, the skin starts to lose color. For that reason, the whole skin of the fish needs to be recreated with paint to perfection in order to preserve the original look. There are different ways in which a fish is mounted. The methods chosen depend on the kind of fish. Most warm water fishes are skin mounted and they are skinned with a fillet knife or a taxidermy scalpel.


Beginning The Process


The steps that are followed are described below:

  • The eyes are removed first and only the skin, tail and head are kept
  • The meat or skin that are adjoining the head and the tail area need to be preserved by formaldehyde and salts like alum or Borax
  • The Borax salt is spared inside the skin while it is wet which prevents shrinkage and allows the fish to dry out slowly and naturally
  • The skin is stuffed with filler material like sawdust or stretched over a mold in order to preserve the look and shape

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