I don’t know what your weather has been, but in much of the northeast part of the country the soon-to-be-departed summer was exceptionally wet and relatively cool.  Which is good news for trout anglers.  These conditions are easy on wild trout and also provide extra sport for stocked trout. Cool, wet summer weather in the northeast has given trout anglers great opportunities to catch wild and stocked trout this fall. Concerning the later, it was with this in mind when I visited the special regulations section of a stream a few minutes from my west-central Pennsylvania home.  The creek is…
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RedHead Pro Hunting Team captain Jerry Martin shares his personal experience and tests the RedHead 1856 Collection Fire-Resistant Gun Safe The heat from the fire was unbearable.  The sound—a deafening roar.  Hot tongues of flame licked along the edges of the roof, crawled along the sides, and finally engulfed the entire house. Within minutes the structure seemed to fold into itself.  Everyone inside the house, including the family pets, had escaped without injury.  But, everything inside the house was gone forever. If you’ve ever had to experience a fire, or know someone who has, you understand this kind of devastation. …
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After catching a smattering of six- to eight-inch wild brown trout, the sixteen incher looked like a salmon when it came out from behind a submerged tree trunk and inhaled the nymph.  A second later the seven-foot fiberglass fly rod was bent in a deep bend, one that could be felt the whole way into the handle. Fberglass fly rods load slower, requiring the angler to slow down his or her casting stroke, i.e. you feel them "work." Fiberglass fly rods – like Redington’s Butter Stick – are experiencing a significant resurgence during the last few years.  I suppose part…
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    When you need a super-bright, far-reaching light, a spotlight works best. Navigating a boat at night, viewing wildlife after dark, varmint hunting, frog hunting and emergency signaling are all tasks for which a spotlight is well suited. Before buying a spotlight, however, study these facts that will help you choose a product best suiting your needs. Power Options Power options are important considerations when selecting a spotlight. Some spotlights, like the Brinkmann Q-Beam Blue Max Spotlight and Bass Pro Shops' 3.5 Million Candlepower 12V Corded Spotlight, work only off 12-volt systems, with a plug adaptor for hookup in…
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When it comes to trout fishing, particularly on smaller streams, one need not let a lack of fly casting skill keep him or her from enjoying the benefits of showing the fish flies. In many instances ultralight spinning gear will also get the job done. My longtime friend and outdoor partner Dave isn't a fly caster. But many days he outfishes me on western Pennsylvania's wild trout streams, most of which average 10 to 25 feet in width. Armed with a 6-foot spinning rod and a handful of flies he's quite effective. Here are a few tips and thoughts regarding…
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It’s been a really good year so far on Kentucky Lake! August is right around the corner, and the bass fishing is still fair. The fish have spread out on the ledges with a few tight schools still hanging together. I see a lot of fish in the 20 to 30 foot depths, but they are stubborn to eat anything. I have had some really good days with a drop shot in these depths, and of course, the morning is the best bite. The Fishing Gear I'm Using I am using a 7 ft 2 in. Cashion Drop shot rod…
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Here is everything you need to make your own Jika Rig! Use a soft plastic like Bass Pro Shops River Bug. Use a hook like the Bass Pro Shops XPS Wide SuperLock fishing hooks. Use a bass-casting weight like the Bass Pro Shops Premium Bass Casting Sinkers by Bass Pro Stacey King Combining the best aspects of Texas rigging and drop-shotting, the Jika (pronounced zee-ka) rig is a bass angler's dream come true, and it has proven its effectiveness on all three species of bass in Table Rock Lake. The original Japanese rig is a finesse-type set-up with light line…
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 Most of the latest saltwater fishing reels, rods and lures are made of high-quality, non-corrosive materials – but that doesn’t mean that anglers can skip on maintenance. Below are steps recommended for anglers to follow during and after each saltwater fishing trip to keep reels, rods and lures in tip-top shape: Reels:  Every so often while fishing, spray reels with fresh water or dunk in a bucket of fresh water, and gently wipe dry to remove excess salt buildup. After fishing, cut away the section of fishing line used that day. Then remove the reel from the rod, carefully rinse…
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LIVETARGET Frog a Gear Review

Friday, February 14 2014 3:00 pm - for Fishing Tackle
I am pretty fanatical about tossing hollow-bodied frogs. Whether over slop, through pads, or across weed pockets, frogs ring the dinner bell for largemouth bass. Over the years I have tried them all. This brand is a personal favourite. Body Design The LIVETARGET frog has the most life-like attention to detail I have seen. Creative colors coupled with anatomically correct body detailing mimic the real thing to a T. The hollow body is supple enough to collapse perfectly on a fish strike but can also take the abuse that largemouth bass dish out; resisting tears for dozens of fish. I…
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Here is the scenario. It's 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The boat is hitched to the truck, the fishing hooks have all been sharpened and the cooler is brimming with snacks and beverages to get you through the long day ahead. As you wander past the mirror on the way out, your reflection tells a sad tale — ripped jeans, a heavy sweatshirt and not much else. Covering your head, neck and ears with a hat while fishing will make you more comfortable and help prevent skin cancer. Fishing certainly doesn't have to be a fashion show, but the clothes…
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