Shimano Spinning Reels

Shimano Spinning Reels

Shimano Spinning Reels:
Larry Dahlberg sets out trolling for bait and ends up catching a sailfish on Shimano’s new tangle free Sustain spinning reel.

Catching Monster Muskie in Fall

Catching Monster Muskie in Fall

Fishing with Plastics

Fishing with Plastics

 

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Bass Fishing: Flipping a Jig and Pig – part 2

Bass Fishing: Flipping a Jig and Pig – part 2

 

 

Jig Colors & Actions for Catching Walleye

Jig Colors & Actions for Catching Walleye

Left overs that never got posted

Strange title for a this post  but who ever said I was normal. Winters here and now that fishing season has come to a halt here because its to cold for regular fishing and not cold enough for ice fishing so I thought maybe I just serve up some earlier trips that never made the page. One of my favorite places to fish is the Gulf probably because I almost always found it a great place to fish both in being productive and in the variety of species that you can find and yes of coarse because I have family that lives there.  The Matlacha  area is great   and Trout, Snook and Tarpon are main stays in that area and when not staying with family we like Tween Water Inn in Captiva.. Trout fishing with my Uncle Fred has always been a great thrill a minute outing we are always on the move ( trying to stay just out in from of the bait fish) casting until the school  goes by and then moving out in front of them again the fishing goes quiet anticipation to fast and furious to a lull and then we are on the move . My uncle is one of the best I ever fished with for following that bait  ball and anticipating its movement . And today was no exception the trout   fishing was great we used the standard rig 20-lb mono with a spinning reel and a medium rod . MirrOlure is the first lure I ever used and its still one of my favorites today its a top dog color silver 4inch 1/2 oz lure with a medium retrieve and a twitching motion . Sorry about the lack of picture but you’ll see that change this year, its not been my strong point but due to technology digital s are light weight so I can carry one with me.  Average weight was 5-7 lb range  no real monsters that day but a lot of fun to catch. We hook  about forty decided to call it a day .  Trying to find my back again to do a little more fishing and visit with my sister and her family in the Sarasota area. Still trying to get some time to get to see my son in San Diego and and spend some time with him so we can do a little fishing together on the west coast. Never been fishing there so that would be a first.

Jeff

Question of Balance Part 2

 Is ti me or does it seem like every time like there is no end to the number of invasive species that are showing up in our waters and land. It seems that the Atlantic side of the  the USA  is now being over taken by  Lion fish that are effecting the reefs and fish  population on the reefs. Yes those fish you find in many salt water aquariums, how nice. Lets pause a minute and see if we can think of how they got there; you get two guesses and the last one doesn’t count.   You got it some well meaning person or persons decided the did not want there fish and decided to put them back where they came from,  the Ocean great idea except for one problem wrong Ocean and so they are in a place where there are no other predators to keep them in check and so they reproduce with out any thing to thin them out. Spear fisherman have decided to take out as many as they can. Thanks guys keep up the good work. I don’t know about you but for a country where we constantly hear about taking care of our natural resources to the tune of fees and licenses being imposed on both Sport and Commercial fishing and expected to preserve the the future of fishing don’t you think that the Government ought to practice what they preach and weigh in on this issue instead of dismissing it. Sorry just me but I would like to leave something behind for the next guy. And please for all you exotic pet owners before you release them think twice and beware if they’re not from here possibilities are that they don’t belong here unless they are in a contained environment ask any Zoo keeper or one of the major aquariums. Its time to take the Asian Carp and turn it into a food source plenty of people who could use it in the world we export wheat why not carp. People would eat and others would have work from the jobs produced by the canning and fishing industry how about that  for a boost to the economy . There are definitely a lot of possibilities and forgive me from saying so but there probably going to come from the private sector. Don’t give up the fight on the Government side bug your Government representatives about the ecological and the job side of the issue and look to private industry to create the jobs that way it won’t cost us anything.

 

Looking to the Future.

Jeff

A Question of Balance

Its getting hard to get away from the realization that we have a problem with invasive species destroying the balance of nature in our country that if not dealt with will eventually over run and destroy the wild life that is native to us in the US and send things spinning out of balance . We have Asian Carp which have all but taken over the Illinois river and are pushing towards Lake Michigan, Snake Heads in the Potomac River, the Nutria Rat in Louisiana, and of coarse one of my favorites the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades. They grow up to  30 feet in length and have been found to swallow alligators. They found one split open because the gator it swallowed was to big, hows that for your eyes being bigger than belly. Now they are starting to migrate out of the swamps and into the residential areas so watch out for your children and pets, and be prepared like carrying a large knife and a side arm. Talk about living in a jungle. Thank goodness Florida had the sense to pass a right to carry law not like some brain dead Legislators for , let me think now . Oh yes Illinois my home state but that’s a story for another time.

 

Its time we started taking the matter with the gravity it should be taken with. Consider this that no matter how hard we try the possibility of us completely ingratiating these vermin are slim at least and if we can what would be the cost to the Eco system .  Its time we considered finding a sensible way to reduce their population and allow the our local wild life to flourish.  Some times introduction of one of the invaders natural predators can help i.e. Lake Michigan the Salmon which has totally controlled the Ale wive population and made for some of the best fishing and eating ( Fresh caught Salmon filet smoked on the the grill with a Basil creme sauce) Yum.

But it needs to carefully thought out because sometimes it goes a miss. i.e. Jamaica they brought in the Mongoose to control the snake population and low and behold no more snakes great right until they started attacking chickens. If you can’t eat snake why not chicken they say they taste the same. Apparently the mongoose thinks so.

Wolves are helping with the deer population in Minnesota and Yellowstone bringing balance back because of over population of red tail deer do to no natural predators,   but because their population is growing to large they are thinking about reintroducing their only predator , guess who. That’s right they are thinking about issuing  a limited number of hunting tags in order to keep the population under control and to keep the balance in the Wolf population so as not to have them preying on live stock again maintaining a balance What ever path we take we must consider maintaining balance in nature will leave will leave a healthy outdoor for our posterity and our safety without realizing the importance of that balance we are destine to come up short in the years to come .  I would like to leave something behind as a good Stewart so that I can leave here and say with integrity Jeff was here.

Jeff

Fishing for Walleyes in lake Erie is one of the trips I enjoy and trolling with spoons has become one of the given meathods for producing some good fish and though I’m not opposed to it I still prefer drift fishing where I’m actually casting and retrieving a lure myself the thrill of feeling the strike while working the lure gets your heart  pumping and your adrenaline moving plus when the bite is light finesing  the lure by stopping or slowing  the retrieve and allowing it to sink like an injured bait fish and starting again and producing those second and third strikes before getting a good hook set is exhilarating and can,t be beat. Be honest which one do you prefer. One of the pro’s to trolling to me is the ability to cover more water and to keep the spoon, lure or bait running at a fairly consistent depth and speed. When  you are using a cast and retrieve method you want to let the lure sink down to the depth where the fish are at and retrieve it back through the where they are suspended looking for a strike on the way down as well as the way up. Be sure to check the depth on the your fish finder and count down the drop so you what depth your at and pay attention if your line it goes slack and you know its not at the bottom it could be a fish picked up your lure on the way down. Believe when I say I’m not against trolling we go out on lake Michigan for Salmon and the Gulf as a matter of fact that what we were doing when we caught the Kings Mackerel on the site we were trolling using live bait, mullet finger lings and did great but it still a thrill to do be in the drivers seat all the way. Casting working the bait and actually feeling the strike and setting the hook nothing beats it. Well I guess you know were I stand how about you.

Jeff

Rod and reel in hand.

 

Spinning reels

Spinning reels

I have to say that I tend to lean to spinning reels a lot. The first reels I ever used were Spinning reels, Zebco to be exact which for a young child was as simple as it gets and bait casting just because my Dad had a couple of old southbends with rads with the trigger grip and which were metal with a simulated pearl look on the handle. If I remember anything about them it was that I always managed to create the best bird nests with the line in the spools that you ever have seen and spent more time trying to untangle my reel then I did fishing. The first spinning reels we ever had were Mitchel 300 at the suggestion of my one great uncle Fred who lived in Florida. He said that Spinning reels were harder to tangle and that they were easier to untangle when the situation arouse and he was right.

So my number one suggestion for reels is always a spinning reels. They are easy to use and come in a wide price range to fit the pocket book and are able to handle fish that are hard running. I know I used that Mitchel 300 spooled up with 20lb test to fish for Trout and Snook in the Gulf and even try my hand at smaller Tarpon and never burned it up. So here are some pro’s they are easy to cast and with the right rod you can get some awesome distance. Spinning reels are great for placing your casts where you want them and with today’s gear ratios you can retrieve a lot of line with one turn of the handle. The Spinning reels spool is easily changed which is great if you want to change the type, test or capacity, I know I have done many time while I was out fishing.

One draw back is that Spinning reels produce more coiling in line especially mono filament which tends to have more memory. And by the way I taught my children to use Spinning reels and they still use Spinning reels today and were good at casting them. when they are very young spin casting is the easiest as long as they remember to hold on to the rod. They have come a long way from my Mitchel they are light, have better drag systems, are more corrosive resistant, are smoother and quitter and can retrieve a whole lot of line fast.

So find Spinning reels that fit what your fishing for and fit your finances you will be amazed just how versatile Spinning reels are.

Jeff

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