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How to Use Compressed Air for Fishing, and Why We DON’T Do It

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015

When you hear the phrase “using compressed air for fishing,” you might get a bit confused as to how that might work. Is it like fishing with dynamite, where the purpose is to literally blast the fish out of the water? Well, no—the idea behind using compressed air when fishing is to use fishing gear that has been outfitted with compressed air. There are a couple of ways in which using compressed air might actually make some sense, but in general, those methods don’t deliver quite as well as you might think.

One of the more popular uses for compressed air in recent years has been in bait launchers. These homemade devices allow fishermen to skip the physical activity of casting by using compressed air to literally shoot the bait, hook, and line into the water.

There are two upsides to using a bait launcher. First, once you get the compressor set up, it is easier than casting the line the old-fashioned way. Second, compressed air allows fishermen to cast a lot farther than doing it by hand.

At the same time, there are more than a couple of downsides. For one thing, the farther the end of the line travels, the less control you’ll have over it. So while it may end up a longer way from the shore or boat, you won’t really know where it’s going until it hits the water. Second, you have to consider whether or not the added expense and setup time of a compressed-air bait launcher is worth it—are the fish a little farther out really going to be that much better than the ones closer in? air compressors are not cheap, however a great portable compressor may not damage the wallet as much. Finally, if using a bait launcher saves a little bit of energy when it comes to casting, when it comes time to reel in the line, you’re going to have to work harder to get it back, especially if there’s a fish fighting at the other end.

Compressed-air spearguns have been on the market for decades, and were the popular choice among spear fishermen for a long time. These guns generate a considerable amount of power, which meant that they could make quick work of most fish. For tougher fish, it was still helpful to have the added power of compressed air.

There are a couple of problems with compressed-air spearguns, however. For one thing, they make a lot of noise, which can defeat the purpose; it doesn’t help to have a gun that can kill a fish if the fish is scared away by the sound of the gun. For another, they can be difficult to aim and control. Finally, because they rely on compressed air for power, they have a number of parts that need to be carefully checked and maintained in order to be handled safely. In other words, they’re often more trouble than they’re worth.

In recent years, more and more fishermen have switched to other speargun models, such as those that use bands and old-fashioned tension to generate their power. Band-powered spearguns are much quieter, more lightweight, and easier to maintain than air-powered models.

Traditional fishing.So, is it possible to use compressed air when fishing? Yes, but for best results, you’ll be better off doing it the traditional way.

 

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Fishing Safety Rules for Kids

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015

When it comes to our children, there are always going to be safety rules, especially when it involves any kind of water sports, like fishing. Fishing is something that a lot of kids like to do because they get a thrill out of catching the fish and being able to get up close and personal with them. But, even though fishing may be really fun for them, they need to follow the safety rules that comes along with it.

The first thing that you are going to want to do when taking a child fishing is to establish the rules such as no running, keeping their shoes on, and look around you before you cast. There have been many times where someone has gone to cast their line and did not look around them and latched on someone’s skin or clothing with their hook. Being hooked hurts, and this is why it is important to look around before casting. A buddy system should also be in check. The youngest fishers need to have an adult “buddy” and supervision at all times. The anglers should also be wearing a life vest even if they are not on a boat. The next rule you want to set in place for your little anglers is to bring a long-handles fish net. Not only is this meant for catching the fish, this is a great tool for helping someone who may have fallen into the water or retrieving valuables or trash that may have gone into the water. A first aid kit should also be handy. The first aid kit is full of useful medical supplies for cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, bug bites and more.

If you are taking your little angler out into the sun to fish and it is a very hot day, make sure to bring a few drinks to hydrate them. Also, sunscreen is a must. The UV light of the sun can do a lot of damage to eyes, skin, and lips, not to mention, the sun beaming off of the lake is going to make for some very bad sunburns. Make sure your anglers are wearing the proper clothing such as a billed cap, sunglasses and clothing that is appropriate for the climate. If you can, avoid fishing during the middle of the day. This is when the sun is at its highest and hottest. If you are going to be doing this, cover you and your anglers face, neck, ears, and the back of their hands and other exposed skin with sunscreen. You are also going to want to spray them with some bug repellant. Being by the water makes for a lot of bugs flying around looking for a tasty snack. The repellant will keep them away and keep your little angler safe from any kind of insect borne diseases and sicknesses.

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Taking you child fishing can be a wonderful experience, especially when you are properly prepared. It is not recommended that you take them out without having some rules and regulations set in place. If your child is doing more running around than fishing, this can cause for some serious accidents. You do not want to turn a fun dilled day into a trip to the hospital.

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An Essential Bass Fishing Day Supplies List

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

Bass fishing is America’s #1 freshwater sport and it has grown 70% higher than any other kind of fresh water fishing. Anyone can participate at the pro level of bass fishing if they commit themselves to learning the sport.

You do not have to be the best athlete and demonstrate astonishing skills like other professional sports athletes, if you spend time bass fishing and learning angling, the more successful you will become. You will get even better at the sport of bass fishing if you have someone to help you learn color, conditions, patterns, etc.

There is so much you can learn about bass fishing (which we aim to teach you here on bassfishing hog.com) but let’s start with an essential bass fishing day supplies list:

Rod and Reel – So, the most important thing you will need for a day of bass fishing is a rod and reel. There are many choices to choose from like spin caster, bait caster and spinning; medium or heavy action; fast or slow speed.

There are a few different websites you can visit to decide what type of fishing rod and reel you want that fits your specific needs.

Tackle Box – It’s a good idea to have an assortment of bass lures in your tackle box to give you the best possibility of catching some nice bass. If you are able to take a fully stocked tackle box with you on a boat, then that is a great option. But if you are going to be on the shore fishing, then you will not want to lug around a 10 pound tackle box.

A few of the best lures to include:

  • Crank baits- natural colours for clear water and bright ones for darker waters.
  • Spinner baits
  • Jigs
  • Worms
  • Frogs

Make sure you have a few extra hooks, weights and swivels and you should have everything that you need to catch a prize bass. You should also make sure that you have your fishing license and anything else that is required by your state.

The Ultimate & Overlooked list of items – don’t forget these!

  • Fresh filtered water (hint: use a pitcher with a filter for refills)
  • Plenty of Food
  • Cell Phone
  • Map and/or GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flash Light
  • Batteries
  • Polarised Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Chap Stick
  • WD-40
  • Pain Reliever
  • Toiletries
  • Super Glue
  • Waterproof boots
  • Rain Gear
  • Life jacket
  • Bug Spray
  • Landing Net or Lip Grippers
  • Knife
  • Camera
  • A Multi-Tool (suited for fishing)
  • Needle nose Pliers
  • Scale
  • Gloves
  • Towels or rags
  • Lure Retriever
  • Hook Remover
  • Scissors
  • Thermostats
  • Nail clippers
  • Fishing Line
  • Tape Measure
  • Bucket
  • Nylon rope
  • Cast net
  • Rod Holders
  • Matches
  • Waterproof Bags

PRO FISHERMEN TIP: You should purchase a waterproof duffle bag to carry all of your necessities in that will not fit inside your tackle box. Place your wallet, cell phone and other important items in a large Ziploc bag.

When you are planning a fishing trip it is important to know that if you will be paddling in a boat or camping then your packing supplies will be different. You should consider bringing more food, water, a tent, and camping supplies.

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Being prepared means getting out there early

The environment, climate, terrain, game of fish and water conditions will also determine the supplies that you need to bring with you on the trip.

Take only the supplies that you need for this particular fishing trip and look over your equipment before every trip because bad equipment can ruin your day.

At the end of the day, everyone is different, and everyone like to come prepared with different things. Is your essential list different to ours? leave a comment below and let us know what you cant fish without!

 

Being prepared with the above items mean you can spend more time being  safe and having fun!

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Air Mattress for Camping on Your Fishing Trip

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015

If you know anything about fishing, you probably know that the best catches are usually first thing in the morning or late at night.  If you are the type of person who likes to fish early in the morning and happen to be camping, you know that you are going to need a good nights sleep. How can you get a good nights sleep if you are sleeping on a cold, hard ground? The solution is simple, buy yourself an air mattress. They are affordable, easy to set up and comfortable. Not only are they all of those things, but they are also easy to transport. You can either transport it in the box or buy a carrying bag for it for easy storage and travel.

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If you aren’t sure as to where to obtain one of these comfortable air mattresses, just take a peek at http://www.thesleepjudge.com/best-air-mattress-for-camping/. This site will provide you with the best air mattress for camping. If you aren’t looking for anything fancy, try out the Lightspeep Outdoors Deluxe TPU Air Bed. It is not raised off the ground and is easy to inflate. If you would prefer something that is a little more fancy or elevated, try the AeroBed Queen Comfort Anywhere with Headboard. This is an air mattress that has a headboard attached to it so you can feel like you are in the comfort of your home when really, you are in the wilderness, sleeping on air.

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Some air mattresses are not cheap, so when hunting, keep your budget in mind. You aren’t going to want to spend a fortune on an air mattress that you are going to use only once on a trip. If you plan to use it more than once, there is no harm in purchasing one that costs a little bit more. Not only are they good for fishing trips, camping and hunting, but they are also great for those who have a spare bedroom but no bed. They are quick to blow up and some even blow themselves up without a pump, those are the most convenient ones for those trips that do not have a power source. If you already have an air mattress but find yourself without a pump, you can do it the old fashion way and blow it up manually. It isn’t the quickest way to do it, but it works and will get the job done. You may feel a little winded, but just remember, you will have a great nights sleep and feel refreshed in the morning instead of sore and stiff.

Purchasing your new air mattress is just the first step in your fun-filled fishing adventure. If this is your first fishing expedition and you aren’t sure as to what to buy to catch that big fish, check out http://www.berkley-fishing.com/. Here, you will find everything you need such as scented & flavored bait, rods, reels, tackle boxes and more. With a little more searching, you can find hints and tips for the best fishing experience you could possibly have.

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The Important Of Choosing Comfortable Boots For Fishing

Posted by on May 8, 2015

Safety boots are not a one size fits all, just like other types of personal protective equipment, many environments require specific types of safety boots, so that you are properly protected.

Fishing isn’t ALWAYS dangerous but you should always be ready to be safe and comfortable outdoors. You could possibly get caught up in unexpected weather, come in contact with insects or wild animals or catch yourself on a fishing hook. Wearing the proper safety boots can help protect you from injury and keep you warm in cold weather.

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Safety boots come in a range of different materials, sizes and styles; it is easy to find a boot that is made for the type of fishing, climate and waters that you will be spending the most time in.

One of the most important pieces of fly fishing is wading boots, if you do not have good wading boots you will most likely end up falling in the water instead of catching a fish. Wading boots are important for several reasons and number one is safety.

Wading boots provide traction which lets an anglers walk around on the wet rocks and other wet areas with ease. Not everyone loves wading boots though, and sometimes finding a good pair can be hard to come by. We’ve noticed an increasing trend of fishermen around the globe to use construction safety boots in place of wading boots (particularly work boots which are highly waterproof)

What type of safety work boots should you consider?

The most important aspect after the obvious (traction) is: comfort.

As an avid angler will probably wear their wading boots all day long; if your boots are heavy you will probably be uncomfortable wearing them throughout the day.

You are not likely to be a very happy fisherman if you have sore feet and tired legs from uncomfortable boots.

Features that are important for fishermen

  • Lightweight Boots- Boots for fishing should be lightweight because you will probably hike to your fishing spot or if you are an angler you may walk a few miles during the day. If you are wearing heavy boots you’re legs will get tired quickly and you will not enjoy your fishing trip. When you are looking for a boot find one that is lighter than four pounds, the lighter the better your experience will be.
  • Rubber Soles- A wading boot should have a rubber sole instead of a felt sole.
  • Good Drainage- Wading boots should drain well, if a boot has poor drainage it will weigh a lot and will not be easy to walk around in.
  • Uppers should be Lightweight- Wading boots should have uppers that are made out of a microfiber so that it is lightweight, heavy duty and will dry quickly.
  • Laces- Boots should be quick and easy to lace up and have durable laces that do not fall apart.
  • Ankle Support- Boots should have a lot of ankle support and should be impossible for you to roll over your ankle.
    A fisherman that has a good pair of wading boots is more likely to have a good day fishing, they have less of a chance of falling into the water, have a better balance when walking on slippery surfaces and could save you money on doctor bills.

Where Do I look?

There isn’t a clear market for safety boots for fly-fishermen (yet), so finding a suitable pair can be a tough venture. We recommend that you take the above points into consideration while searching, and look through a few department stores that stock work boots. For a great resource on learning more about the most comfortable work boots, this comparison website is a great starting point.

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Top 6 Places for Bass Fishing

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015

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Need something to do away from the stressors of work? How about you try some bass fishing? Don’t worry, bass fishing is not really difficult to learn.

 

But before you start throwing your fishing line, make sure that you have a fishing license first. Most of the fishing areas across the globe require fishing licenses first before you can start rowing your boat or putting your bait in your line. Though, there are a few places where you don’t need to acquire legal documents and just have the freedom to fish whenever you like.

Bass Fishing is very common anywhere in the world as it is very abundant in some parts of the country. Some of these places are:

 

  1. Lake St. Clair in Michigan – According to Bassmaster, it is the top fishing spots all over the world as it is part of the great lakes ecosystem. During summer, fishes of different kinds, including bass are can be found everywhere. It is typically a great place to do some fishing as you don’t have to wait longer for fish to take your bait and they can just easily be caught.
  2. lanier-fall2Lake Lanier – it can be found in the northern part of Georgia. It is originally a reservoir created because of the Buford Dam way back late 19th century. It is considered to be a world-class bass lake. Tourists and locals visit this place to do some fishing as well as sightseeing and other activities.
  3. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Oklahoma – It is also a great spot for first time bass fishers. The lake is very abundant of bass as well as other fishes. It’s like the lake itself is producing bass that never stops. As abundant as it is, still the officials in the place never abuses it. They make sure that before anyone goes fishing, they must have fishing licenses first.
  4. Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho – This lake may not be as abundant as of the other, but Lake Coeur d’Alene is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. You can just even do fishing in the shallow part of the lake but when the water rises, you can even see the bass in the surface.
  5. Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia – It is a very large reservoir in the region of Roanoke. It was created out of the Smith Mountain Dam. If you want to see those largemouth bass, you are in the perfect place. Smith Mountain Lake will really give you good qualities of bass.
  6. Thousand Islands in New York – Aside from its beautiful surrounding and breathtaking scenery that attracts many tourists; this place is also known for a hatchery of a smallmouth bass.

 

Fishing is also considered as one of the best outdoor activity. You will not only enjoy catching fish but you will also learn the value of patience.

Now that you know some of the best places to do some bass fishing, how about if we try fishing for some bass right now?

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Bass Fishing – Tricks and Techniques

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015

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Bass fishing is very abundant in some countries; that’s why it is very popular in some areas, also because they are easier to catch than other fishes. But then, catching bass could be little tricky that really needs a little technique. Yes, you can just throw your bait in the water and wait for the fish to come; however, that’s not all that it takes. It is more than that and hoping some bass would come drooling over your bait.

 

If you want to catch, well a hundred of bass perhaps, you must follow these techniques that I am about to impart to you. They are as follows:

  1. The perfect season for bass fishing is during spring time when water top-water-bass-fishing-1temperature goes down to 55 degree Celsius. Most bass – both male and female swim in shallow areas to look for a place to nest and will start to feed aggressively. Most of them will even reach the shore. It would really be a good time to catch plenty of them without difficulty. No need to wait for an hour or two to get your bait to be bitten. Of course, you need to know the perfect time of the day to catch them, and that would be before the sun rise and before the sun sets in the afternoon or late in the evening. Anyway, just study the weather though, if it is not stormy or cloudy during the said time.
  2. Check your line to ensure it’s bait is still perfectly attached. Some may already slip because it is already been hit by a rocks, branches or any obstacles down below. Your line may break once a bass strike it up and you bring it up. That would be so disappointing—no, annoying would be the right word. Well, anyway just make sure that before you throw it again in the water, your line or bait is in perfect condition. Also, try using some live bait, which would lure the bass more such as worms that are still wriggling in your line which would be great as it will really catch the attention of the bass and you may even use frogs.
  3. Know and study the bass. Literally speaking, you should know the habits of the bass like when the sun is up and shining, most bass would tend to hide behind some weeds, or even in the docks. When it is cloudy and there is no sun, most of them will go out and swim in shallow waters. In that way, you will know where to fish depending on the weather of that day. Also, putting a big lure in your bait doesn’t mean you get big bass, sometimes even how big your lure is, only a small bass would get it and putting a small lure does not mean that only small bass will take it. The size really doesn’t matter.

 

 

Now, be sure to remember all of these. Bass fishing is like a sport or a game that you need to study its technique to win it.

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Bass Fishing – Different Types of Fishing Baits for Beginners

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015

 

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Fishing can be a tricky sport; you really need to have creativity and patience. Fishing is just like playing a game – you either win or lose. It is literally a game of luck. Some people say fishing needs great skills that you may catch fish, while others say that fishing needs luck to get a chance to catch fish. Whatever it may be, all I can say is that fishing, as it is a sport, needs a good attitude. You must be patient; irate fisherman, even those who easily get discouraged and annoyed should not be fishing. After all, it really takes time and creativity before you will catch a fish.

For beginners, you could use these different simple types of baits that you may be able to catch bass:

  1. SP_luresCrankbait – also known as “reaction bait” and one of the simplest types of bait to use in fishing. There are different types of crankbaits that can be used in either shallow or in deep rivers. When catching a bass, you need to use something that will blend to what those bass are eating. By using this kind of bait, you have to reel quickly, then stop to allow the crankbait to rise, so that you will caught the attention of the bass. Familiarize the feel of your crankbait that you may be able to use it confidently.
  2. Spinner bait – it is a bit trickier than crankbaits because it is a little difficult to hook a fish given by its design to lure. Using spinner bait is very easy and good for first timers as it is simple to use. You just throw it in the rivers or in the shoreline and surely bass will strike it immediately, or you can allow this type of bait to just fall in the bottom, and as it hit the bottom, you have to reel up the slack and fall it to the bottom again. Remember to reel in different places or positions. Also, reel slowly so that the bait will go deeper.
  3. Soft plastic bait – this type of bait comes in different shapes, color and sizes. It can be easily found in any fishing stores since soft plastic baits are easy to use. There are variety of forms for soft plastic baits – worm style, bear style, hog style, and more. Just throw it in the water, allow it to sink before reeling it up. But remember to use baits that are of natural color – bass will not be easily attracted to colorful ones.
  4. Jigs – one of the simplest bait that has a simple head that is attached to a hook. Try to pair it up with soft plastic bait and simply cast it in the weeds, allow them to drop before slowly taking them back. This is also best for first timers as it is very versatile to use.

 

There is really no wrong way in fishing. I mean, you just need to have the perfect timing to throw your bait, and for bass to strike it down.

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3 Basic Tips for Bass Fishing First Timers

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015

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There is always a first time in everything – like bass fishing perhaps. Generally, most people think that fishing is just an easy thing to do. I mean, all you have to do is get fishing bait and put it in the water and wait for the fish to come and get it. Yeah sure, it is easy but you need to prepare everything – from the equipments, the perfect time and the perfect place for fishing. (No one would be stupid enough to go fishing in a free-fish zone area, especially also in a stormy days when fishes will go and hide under the sea, right?)

It is natural for beginners to be excited in bass fishing? I mean who wouldn’t be. But you need to learn every basic things in bass fishing before you start throwing your bait in the water.
Here are 5 tips that will surely help and guide you in bass fishing:

 

  1. IMG_2118Find a perfect spot for fishing, such as lakes or rivers where there are fishes lurking around. For first timers, never be too proud to go fishing immediately in those deep, big lakes or rivers. Start your way in those small ponds/rivers or small lakes, just so to try your skills if you are really ready or good enough for bass fishing in big rivers and lakes. As first timers, your goal must be to start small before getting into bigger.
  2. Preparing all your equipments, such as baits, basin, in where you will put the fish and other things. For beginners, you don’t really need to buy everything just those that are necessary such as the crankbaits, look for one that resembles bait fish. Then, you have to find something to lure the bass. Remember, that bass are sometimes tricky, they are not easily fooled. You can put a worm at the tip of bait – but you have to be patient, bass not attack it immediately. But when the worm moves wilder, the more the chance that bass will strike it. Once they get it, do not strike right away, and wait for the bass to swim away with it before striking.
  3. After finding for the perfect place, the right equipments, the next tip would be on how to find those fishes. Bass fishes love to play hide and seek, so you really have look for them thoroughly in places where they obviously hide like any structures or any obstacles. You have to remember that catching fish is a part of your luck. So, never be disappointed when you really get nothing for the first time, who knows you might get a basin full of bass the next day.

 

That are just the basic tips that I gave you. Fishing is a sport that must be learnt. Fisherman studies fishing before they become real fisherman. So, for you to become a great bass fisher, you need to study and learn about fishing step by step.

Start small before getting into bigger.

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