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Jet Ski Fishing For Bass With The Right Rod

bsYour jet ski fishing rack should include standard lightweight rods, sensitive, lightweight rods, and graphite rods that are sensitive.

1. Graphite Rods: you can say that graphite rods are really lightweight – some say even lighter than any rod that you will ever hold in your hands. Other than that, they are also extremely sensitive. Their lengths range from 6.5 up to 7.5 feet. Obviously, they are made of graphite, which makes them tough and durable too. You get a medium light tip and medium action when using them.

They are perfect for fishing in the really deep water. Since they are very sensitive, you can almost immediately get the feel when a fish bites. Since it is lightweight, you won’t easily fatigue from holding it upright.

Use a 6.5-foot rod when fishing in water that has a depth of about 20 feet. If the water is shallower than that, then use the 7.5-foot rod. Some people have argued that fiberglass is better than graphite.

However, experience tells that graphite rods are more sensitive than fiberglass.

2. Lightweight Rods: lightweight rods that have pretty good sensitivity work great if you are using top water lures and crank baits. A good example of this is a fiberglass rod that has a medium action tip. Of course, you can always employ one that has a light action tip if you prefer that sort of action -it all depends on the weight of your lure.

Fiberglass rods will make the bass inhale the hook, which will help prevent it from getting dislodged. If you are using heavier types of bait, then get a 7-foot rod, which is better in case you intend to cast at a distance and in wide open spaces. However, if there are obstacles along the way or if you prefer to cast with a certain degree of accuracy then get a 6-foot rod.

Note that if your lure is 314 ounces, then you should use a medium tip. If your bait weighs 1/8th of an ounce, then you’re better off with a lightweight rod with a light tip.

3. 6.5 to 7-foot lightweight rod: This is the type of rod that you should use in case you are supposed to use for spinner baits and buzz baits – for fishing jet ski. You should get one that has a medium soft tip and medium action. Get the longer variant to cover more distance when you cast and get the shorter one for better accuracy and covering shorter distances.

Ultra-Light Rods, Spinning Rods, and Bait Casting Rods

Bait casting rods are the ones that have guides on their tops. They are designed in such a way that the rod blank holds the reel. Spinning rods, on the other hand, have the rod blank holding the reel below. That means that you can find the guides on the underside.

Both spinning rod and bait casting rod blanks can be made out of graphite and fiberglass. Some manufacturers make ultra-light rods that use a combination of both. Note that an ultra-light rod will be 4 to 5 feet in length – the best for jetski fishing. The usual baitcasting and spinning rods have an average length of 7 feet.

Use ultra-lights for lighter lures and lighter lines. It’s interesting that these can be used to make more accurate casts over long distances. If you want some added challenges to catching smaller breeds of bass, then these are the rods you should be getting.

I hope that these tips will help you with a making a decision next time you will pack your jet ski fishing rack.

Hone Your Knife Sharpening Skills to Make a Good Day of Fishing Great

sdvThere’s a common saying among anglers that “even a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work,” and it would be tough to find an angler that disagrees with the sentiment. After all, it’s hard to be too upset after spending a whole day out on the lake or ocean, or sitting on the shore, fishing and taking in the scenery. But reeling in an abundance of fish is what really makes for a great day of fishing, although with it comes one unpleasant task: cleaning the fish. Thankfully, even that task can be made less unpleasant when anglers have the right set of tools. That doesn’t mean anglers should run out to buy a new set of knives; all it takes is a periodic knife sharpening to make the job easier.

Using a blunt knife is the quickest way for fishermen to fail at filleting fish, and it is perhaps the reason why so many dislike the chore. It makes the process difficult and adds an element of danger to the job, as cutting through the bones and flesh of the fish with a dull knife can lead to a blade through the hand. In fact, many anglers who have had difficulty with the filleting process in the past probably didn’t have the proper blade for the job. But there’s more to knife sharpening than just buying a tool from the store, as even sharpeners that come with a guarantee often don’t get the knife sharp enough to slice through the skin, scales, and bones. This is because many anglers lack the know-how to properly use these tools. While the process seems like it would be straightforward, there are a few tricks to knife sharpening that could make the difference between a clean cut and, well, a cut to the hand.

A proper knife sharpening session actually consists of two elements: sharpening and honing. The sharpening step involves grinding the blade, removing metal, and creating a feathered edge, while the honing step involves straightening out that already-sharp blade. Think of it this way: regular use of the instrument wears that straight edge down over time, knocking it slightly out of alignment and contributing to its dullness. The honing process re-aligns the edge, recreating that clean, sharp cut the knife originally had. The honing process is also quite quick and easy, although it does require the use of honing steel or a good, tough stone. Many anglers are able to do it themselves following one of many simple online video tutorials, but there are also tons of professionals that can perform the job quickly and safely for those that don’t want to take any chances.

When a knife is properly sharpened and honed, it’s much easier and safer to fillet the fish without unnecessary pushing and pulling or accidental slip-ups. There’s no better way to end a great day on the water than with dinner from those freshly filleted fish.

Four Reasons You Should Head to a Fishing Pier Instead of a Night Club

sdvBored? Broke? Just tired of the same humdrum night out? Variety is the spice of life, and your life might just need a dash. Here are four reasons you should skip the nightclub and head to the local fishing pier this Saturday night.

Affordable Option

Visiting the pier is cheap! In most harbor towns it costs little to no money to visit the local fishing pier. Many just ask for a simple donation. When you weigh the price against the cost of a night out, factoring in cover charges, drink minimums, and the rising cost of craft beer, it seems like a no-brainer. Parlay that saved money into some fancy cheese or a delectable bottle of wine.

Romantic Date

A date on the fishing pier is undeniably romantic. The resonance of the tide, the salty sea air, the cry of the seagulls in the distance-hopefully the far, far distance-is a recipe for love. Pack that wine and fancy cheese into a stylish cooler or bag and make it a night your loved one won’t forget anytime soon. Keep that cheese away from those seagulls, though! That could be a recipe for disaster.

Unique Nightlife

When it comes to nightlife options, visiting the pier is a unique one. How many times have you waited in line to get into that Downton Abbey themed nightclub only to get in and find that all the guys are dressed as Matthew Crawley? Time to break out of your rut. Bring the tunes out to the fishing pier and make your own dance club. Or avoid the club vibe altogether and fish! Fishing may not be everyone’s forte but how impressed would your friends or your date be if you caught your dinner for the evening?

Environmentally Friendly

Visiting the pier promotes a good cause. If there is a small admission fee, that money goes toward the ongoing maintenance and beautification of the pier and surrounding area. Even if there is no fee, just visiting the pier brings awareness to a part of town that would have perhaps gone otherwise unnoticed. Everyone is bound to notice your flair for social activism, and who doesn’t love a good cause?

So, whether you’re looking to save some money, plan an inventive date, experience a unique night on the town, or help the environment, a night on the pier is the perfect option. Seriously, though, watch out for those seagulls.

 

Tips for Successful Recreational Fishing

dsvVenturing outdoors to a lake or stream for recreational fishing promises an enjoyable time filled with good memories. People of all ages can enjoy this sport. Ensure everyone’s safety by observing the following guidelines, as equipment and tackle used can be dangerous when not used correctly.

Tackle

Recreational fishing involves the use of equipment known as “tackle.” Tackle includes a rod and reel, bobbers, hooks, bait, and tools. Some implements such as the hooks are very sharp because they are designed to penetrate the fish to catch them on the line. Therefore, take extreme caution while handling tackle to prevent injury. Although there are many types of bobbers available, the plain red ones work well for novice fishers. These brightly colored bobbers will rest on the surface of the water until a fish comes along to jerk on the line. The rod and reel used by each angler should fit his or her individual size. Children should use rods that are small enough for them to hold and manipulate in their hands independently. It’s also best to use short rods that are less than five feet in length for small kids to ensure that they can cast and reel without adult help.

Bait

Strong debates wage regarding the use of live or artificial bait. Those who prefer artificial bait may have a tackle box filled with many different options to enable them to catch whatever is swimming in the waters. While there are many advantages to this approach, beginning anglers might prefer something simpler. Earthworms dug up from one’s own backyard can be extremely effective, not to mention very affordable, for an afternoon of angling. Even kids should be able to successfully put a worm on a hook before casting the line into a lake.

Other Equipment

Pack sunscreen to protect skin from harsh midday rays. It’s also helpful to bring along food and water to keep everyone happy and healthy. For people who plan to take their catch home with them, a cooler and ice will be a necessity. Bring a first-aid kit to enable swift treatment of minor injuries such as cuts or scrapes.

Catch and Keep or Release

Anglers must decide whether their recreational fishing pursuits involve catch and keep or catch and release. When the goal is to keep a catch, it’s necessary to follow local guidelines about the size of the fish pulled from the water. Any specimens that are smaller must be released. Do not keep more fish than can reasonably be used. For catch and release, anglers must handle the fish carefully to avoid injuring them. Return them to the water as soon as possible to minimize their stress. Remove the hook from the mouth gently to prevent damaging it.

By following safety guidelines, it’s likely that an excursion will be enjoyable for the entire group. Even though lines may tangle and baits will need to be replaced, the memories will stay with everyone for a lifetime. Someone might even land “the big one” that goes down in the record books!