Archive for February, 2011

Learning to Fish

February 28, 2011 4:46 pm
posted by A-Reel-Good-Time

As a little kid, my parents would ship me off to summer camp for a few weeks every summer. Aside from meals and sleeping, every moment was spent outdoors. Fishing was one of our weekly activities. The youngest kids would use sticks with line tied off the end and use white bread as bait (they did this because a bunch of unruly elementary school kids are likely to swing their rods around and stick each other with the hooks).

Older age groups got their hands on quality equipment. Those campers who wanted to learn advanced techniques trained with spincast reels. Older campers who finished training were taken on a field trip to a nearby lake. They’d spend the weekend fishing, camping, and learning how to clean and cook their catch.

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Spincasting with Poppers or Chuggers

8:58 am
posted by Terry

If the lure can float, than it can be used as a topwater bait. There are five different types of topwater baits available on the market. Upcoming blogs will focus on the different types of baits and fishing reels that should match the bait chosen.

The most common topwater bait is the popper or chugger. This bait makes a popping or gurgling sound while angler is reeling in the line. Trout seems to respond well to poppers. Grab your favorite spincast reel and head to your trout fishing hole.

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Baitcasting Reels for Saltwater

February 25, 2011 10:22 am
posted by Terry

Many fishermen prefer baitcasting reels for saltwater fishing simply because these reels can be used with a heavy line and lure. Having a heavy line allows the fisherman to put more pressure on the line and be able to bring in a fighting fish without breaking the line. No fisherman wants to lose their trophy fish.

Another reason why these reels are chosen is because they are made from graphite or aluminum.Graphite reels are lightweight and resistant to corrosion. However, the reel made from aluminum is much stronger and could be the better choice for catching the giant Marlin or Tuna.

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Tips to Practice Baitcasting

February 23, 2011 11:18 am
posted by Terry

Learning to use a new baitcasting reel can be fun. So let’s begin with some basic tips. Only fill the spool halfway with a test line of 14 to 20 pound test. Heavy line makes it easier to cast.

To get the best cast out of your reel, you will need to learn how to place the right amount of pressure from your thumb on the spool. To practice this technique, do the following: loosen the spool control until the weight drops freely, and then use your thumb to stop it before it hits the ground. The more you practice the better your cast becomes.

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Baitcast Reel Advantages

February 21, 2011 8:14 am
posted by Terry

The baitcasting reel has several advantages for fresh and saltwater fishing. With this reel, the fisherman can use a heavier line and bait/lure which in turn allows for farther casting. To cast with this reel, one must use their thumb to control the spool.

Besides its casting ability, this reel has better leverage and provides the fisherman the ability to bringing in the fighting fish. Normally baitcasting reels are used by experienced fishermen that enjoy catch the big pike, salmon, or bass. However, with practice, the novice can learn to use this reel and have the satisfaction of landing the big fish.

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Spincast Reel Advantages

February 17, 2011 9:00 pm
posted by Terry

Another great reel for the beginner fisherman is the spincast reel.  The spincast reel is budget friendly and easy to use.  Zebco has a broad selection of these reels.

Besides being easy to use, these reels are easy to cast.  They have a pushbutton line release for casting.  When selecting bait for a casting, remember to use medium weight lures or bait.  This reel is used for catching small to medium crappie, bass, trout, and catfish.

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Spinning Reel Maintenance

February 16, 2011 11:31 am
posted by Terry

To make your spinning reel last, a fisherman must know how to maintain their spinning reel.   A spinning reel can take a lot of abuse but will not last if it is not properly maintained.  Since spring fishing season will be here in a few weeks, why not take the time to make your reel feel like it did when it came right out of the box.  Here are a few tips to make your reel cast like new again.

  1. Be sure to use reel lubricants recommended by manufacturer of reel and follow their directions for taking apart your reel.
  2. As you remove parts from the reel, have something specifically to put them in like an egg carton or paper plate with sections.  Some of these parts are very tiny and hard to see if not placed on a light colored background.
  3. Add just enough reel lubricant to the exposed gear.  If too much is added, this will cause more problems for the gear.
  4. If fishing in saltwater, it is best to clean your reel after every use.  Cleaning your reel will protect it from the corrosive effects of salt water.
  5. After reel has been cleaned, store it in a dust free environment.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be ready for action.  Happy Fishing!

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Pflueger Cetina Baitcast Reel

February 14, 2011 8:25 am
posted by Terry

The casting distance on the Pflueger Centina Baitcast Reel is truly awesome!  This feature allows the angler to cover a lot more water from the boat or bank in a shorter amount of time.   For best results, be sure to use a medium to heavy weight bait when casting.

Besides the casting feature, this reel retrieves super smooth and is very fast.  The drag on this reel is strong and sensitive.  Overall this reel is made for the experienced angler and is a great example of a dependable, performing reel at a reasonable price.

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High Performance Pflueger Reel

February 11, 2011 8:03 am
posted by Terry

This high performance reels holds up to the fighting largemouth bass while fishing in a boat.  However, if the boat is not available, bank fishing is extremely enjoyable because of the Pflueger President Spinning Reel’s casting ability.  Casting is made easy because of the titanium line guide and a one-way clutch in this reel.

This reel can also be used in saltwater or freshwater fishing holes.  So if bass is not the favorite, this reel has been known to bring in walleye, catfish, snapper, or redfish.  No matter what the catch, this reel is strong, lightweight, and dependable and its drag is extremely smooth.  This reel performs well and is a great value for the money.

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Night Fishing with Zebco

February 9, 2011 12:33 pm
posted by Terry

This is the reel for the night time catfish fisherman.   The Zebco 33 Bite Alert has a sight and sound strike indicator.  This Bite Alert technology lights up (LED flasher) and a bell goes off when the fish takes the bait.

The reel is an affordable reel for someone just getting into fishing for catfish.  This reel is sturdy and very easy to cast.  This reel also works great for catching perch and large mouth bass.

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