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Sometimes you're too close to a subject to think of all the angles. This was pointed out to me the other day when someone asked me the difference between salt and fresh water.

Everyone has a good idea what salt water is. Basically, it's the ocean or deltas and tributaries not far from the sea. If you've ever swam at the beach and accidentally gulped in a mouth full of ocean water, you know what I'm talking about. The constant wearing away of rocks, coral and general contaminants, including decaying fish and other biological matter, makes the water salty. In fact, I read somewhere that the ocean's salt would create a layer about 500 feet thick--that's about the height of a 40 story building.


Fresh water, on the other hand, can trip up people. Contrary to the name, it doesn't necessarily mean a flowing stream or river. It just means that it isn't salt water! Lakes, ponds, creeks, rivers, and even ditches can all be fresh water. It used to be that if water flowed over a certain distance of stones, it was considered safe to drink. Somehow, I managed to forget the exact distance but, with all the pollution and crap out there, it's probably not a bad thing!

Despite what you may have heard or read about bull sharks being able to regulate the salinity in their bodies, generally speaking, a fish that thrives in the ocean will die in a lake and vice versa. Granted you may hook up with a "sea bass" or "freshwater drum" but, check the biology and you'll see the difference.



Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!



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How to sharpen your knife

June 7th 2013 17:08
It doesn't matter if you're cleaning fish, skinning a trophy kill, or working in the kitchen, a sharp knife is imperative!

As a knife dulls, it may not do the job at hand and require more pressure with every cut. As you increase pressure, it may be a little harder to control the blade and one slip is all it takes to discover that dulling blade is still sharp enough to cut your skin!

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Using fishing pliers

January 13th 2013 23:53
Sometimes you just can't remove the hook from a fish's mouth and you need a little help. In times like these, a pair of needle nose pliers come in real handy to give you a little added leverage.

fishing pliers
Pliers like this may be just the thing you need to remove a stubborn hook!

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So long world!!!

December 21st 2012 00:44
sunset

Sooo, here it is December 21.

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In praise of Dick's (again)

December 20th 2012 12:30
A few years back I wrote what amounts to a glowing statement of support for Dick's Sporting Goods because they were making donations to an organization near and dear to my heart--Angling Fish.

To make a long story short, they're at it again, taking action that may infuriate many potential customers.

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Cold weather fishing

December 9th 2012 13:49
fishing floats

A simple rule influences fishing no matter where you live: Find the bait, and you'll find the fish. Problems arise when it cools down because itís tougher to locate the chow. Cold days can end up being a whole lot of looking with not a whole lot of fishing unless you plan things accordingly.

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Traveling with your tackle

November 24th 2012 03:08
Pennsylvania sign
Most of the time, you have to travel at least a little bit to get to your favorite fishing hole. Like it or not, that means one thing, your tackle travels too. And if you don't do it right, it can lead to trouble.

Extreme temperatures are hard enough on people but, it reeks havoc on fishing equipment too. The chief thing to remember is to avoid direct sunlight. Imagine you have a pet in the back of your vehicle and park it in the shade whenever possible. Granted, that isnít always possible, but itís not a bad idea since both heat and sunlight make fishing line weak.

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The last of the worms

November 12th 2012 02:26
It seems I've been stuck on worms lately but, I can assure you this is the last time I'll be mentioning them for a while.

I'll be honest and admit I haven't tried this method. I'm more of a black walnut guy myself, but if you have some sort of welcome mat at the bottom of your outside steps, you may want to think about trading it for a piece of plywood.

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Another way to get fishing worms

November 9th 2012 02:07
Since we were talking about fishing worms the other day, I thought it may be a good idea to feature this AP report.


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One way to catch worms for fishing

November 7th 2012 01:29
No matter where you live, worms are always a safe bet when it comes to fishing. Everyone knows all you have to do is dig into the ground and you'll probably find some worms.

Problems arise when things are on the dry side and the worms are fairly deep.

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How to save money on wacky rigs

October 31st 2012 01:55
One big knock on using artificial lures is that they tear up. One of the worst culprits is when you try and use a wacky rig--the worm just tears up right in the middle!

Here's a quick video showing how to get extra mileage from every worm in your tackle box.

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A few words about fishing with cheese

October 15th 2012 11:21
Sometimes people look askance when I tell them to fish with cheese.

What can you catch with cheese? You'd be surprised because almost any pan-fish will bite on cheese and it seems like the smaller they are, the more likely they are to bite.

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How to fish in the cold

October 10th 2012 16:48
A simple rule influences fishing no matter where you live: Find the bait, and you'll find the fish. Problems arise when it cools down because itís tougher to locate the chow. Cold days can end up being a whole lot of looking with not a whole lot of fishing unless you plan things accordingly.

One rule in nature is ďThe big ones eat the little onesĒ and that holds true for fish. Even in the winter, to find fish you usually have to locate baitfish. In winter fish may not be as eager to feed as they are when itís warmer but, finding baitfish is a pretty safe bet. On warm days, baitfish may move up to near the waterís surface but, the rest of the time, they're hanging low.

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How to prepare those small fish

September 30th 2012 01:40
Here's a video that shows you how to fry fish.

Some people are going to say, "Fried fish--not too healthy!"

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Chum if the bite is slow

September 6th 2012 02:06
Chum or berley, depending on where you live, is any kind fish material added to the water column to attract fish/sharks to your bait.While most people associate chum with sharks, it can be used for just about all fish species with a little adaptation. For instance, something as common as a can of moist dog food often work wells for cat fish. All you have to do is poke a few holes in the can with you knife and throw it into the water

Some common chumming substances include fish bits (or guts), fish oil, sardine oil, dry cat or dog food, wadded up bread, fine bits of egg shell, and moist dog or cat food. It's not uncommon for angler sto have a "secret" chum mix that is comprised of a variety of these substances blended together. You can even purchase pre-packaged dry chum pellets from most tackle stores which is a very convenient alternative.

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How to make a worm bin

July 28th 2012 09:42
Although you can find quite a bit of information about artificial lures among the posts of this blog and elsewhere on the Web, for day in an day out fishing, it's hard to beat the common worm.

While it's true you have to have to gear the size of the worm toward your intended target, most game fish, whether you're in salt water or after sun fish, are going to chow down on worms. Considering the effectiveness, the economics of raising your own worms are overwhelming.

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The other day the head on my string trimmer exploded into a few different pieces and since some of them were lost in the weeds, a trip to the hardware store was in order.

Little did I know, Shakespeare, well known in the angling community, also puts their name on trimmer heads.

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What to do with an extra hour

March 11th 2012 01:06
time

Around these parts, Daylight Saving Time is supposed to start Sunday. Since it goes into effect at 2 a.m., most people just set their clock ahead when they go to bed and wake up the same as always. It makes things interesting for church-goers if they forget the time change!

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Safety first

January 8th 2012 01:59
fishing

For the most part, fishing is a fairly safe sport. On the other hand, if youíre new to the sport, it may be a good idea to take a moment and think about a few things.

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How to set the hook

November 7th 2011 17:12
If you don't get fish on the hook, you won't get them out of the water.

There are a couple of hooksets out there that are popular.

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