Showing posts with label fishing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fishing. Show all posts

Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's the Lull, At Least Catch a Deal Shopping

   Awwww man, it is that time of the year again.  Still cold, windy, and seemingly overcast everyday.  Hunting seasons are out, fishing is tough right now.  All in all a pretty yucky time of the year for most sportsmen and women There is an upside to all this however! With bowfishing, rising water temps, and spring turkey season just around the corner, there must be something you need. It is time to go shopping!  "Shopping?!? I hate Shopping!" I get it, I don't like doing it either, but now is the time to go shopping.
   In a previous post I explained that the off season is the time to prepare for the upcoming seasons.  With spring just around the corner, most of the outdoor stores have fall and winter apparel, footwear, and hunting accessories on sale or clearance.  Don't be like me.  I know I need a new grunt call and a new pair of knee boots. I needed them last year and still haven't bought them.  Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming seasons, and buying the things you need now on clearance is a great way to prepare. If you are just getting into hunting or fishing, now can be the time to get the essentials to get started. Make a list of the things you need and get shopping.  If you don't know what you need, contact me for help or keep checking out my blog for tips. D

Thursday, January 7, 2016

You Buy Your Hunting and Fishing License

    Like the title says, you buy your hunting and fishing license, hunt and fish like you want to.  I have been seeing so many people on social media sites being frustrated with other people about their hunting and fishing practices. Some don't like high fence hunting, while others crack on you for shooting a young deer.  There have been some on social meda who complain about giant bucks being shot on large manicured ranches.  People tend use those sites as a medium to promote their opinion or worse demote others opinion. I am one of those frustrated people I guess, or I wouldn't be writing this, however I feel like there are others like me out there that could benefit from reading this.
   I had become frustrated more with hunting than fishing.  I should be more specific, I had become frustrated more with deer hunting.  I have never heard a rabbit hunter complain that he knows another rabbit hunter who shoots yearling rabbits.  I, like many of my peers had become caught up in trying to emulate all of the hunting shows on TV.  Surely you all know what I mean, putting out trail cams, minerals, hunting certain stands according to the wind, scent clothing, scent spray, scent shampoo, scent soap, scent toothpaste, cover scent for my lack of scent, scent creole, scent kabobs. I guess that's about it. Ok, that was a terrible play on words from a movie scene, but ya'll get it.  I spent lots of time analysing pictures of deer. Is that deer three or four years old?  If that deer comes out, should I shoot him? Don't get me wrong, all of these things are good if you are into them and have the time, energy and money to do so. For me however, it began to wreck my passion for hunting. Some of my fondest memories of hunting were as a kid.  My whole family hunted, even my mom.  As I got older, I began hunting with my friends.  The MOST fun I ever had hunting was during those times!  What's crazy, there were times I didn't even have a stand, I sat on a tree limb! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN THEN!  That is a sign of changing times, sitting on a limb with a rifle or bow probably wasn't the safest thing we ever did, but it was fun.  Those were the times that deeply embeded in me a passion to hunt and I didn't have a stand at times, cameras, minerals, great clothing(froze to death at times), or outdoor shows to show me how to be successful. So why wasn't I having as much fun with all the technology and gagets that I had to improve my hunting success? I think I had been trying too hard to be what those TV personalities were trying to be.  Honestly, I don't even want to be the next Jim Shockey or Michael Waddell, but I sure tried to act like them.  I became something much different.  I was that guy that would talk about you if I walked by your truck and saw a buck I thought you should have let walk, or disagreed with you on the best broad head on the market. Yep, that's who I had become.  Quite frankly, I set myself up for failure.   Because while trying to improve as a hunter, I had become so critical about everything, I lost track of why I went to the field in the first place which was to have fun. I think, to be a top hunting show personality, your world has to revolve, to some extent, around hunting, and mine does not.  That doesn't mean I don't love to hunt as much as others, I just have other things that take priority over my hobbies.  I have a family with young children, I work two jobs, and try to spend time with extended family/ friends. I am not willing to sacrifice those things for the sake of a hobbie. There are those who are willing though.  The people on those hunting shows have dedicated a ton of their personal time to their craft to make it possible to have a show. That is great for them. It is just not that important to me, but love it just the same.  This year, I tried something different while hunting.
  This years deer season, I didn't get all caught up in the analysis and gagetry of todays hunting.  I just hunted for fun. Guess what happened! I had a Friggin blast.  I didn't feel any pressure to kill a certian age/ size deer and shot one that I am proud of! It is the first buck I have killed in like eight seasons and I am going to get him mounted.  The stupid thing is, I have let a bunch of bucks like him or bigger walk on by in the last several years. For some hunters this buck would be a giant, while some hunters may think that I should have give him another year. But you see, that is my point.  I got back to what makes hunting fun for me and I am satisfied with this deer.  I enjoyed it so much, it inspired me to start this blog www.averagedudeoutdoors.com so I can interact with others like me. People who have to work hunting and fishing in where they can, and make the best of what they have. I began to apply this thinking to other outdoor activities I love.  I love to fish.  I don't tournement fish, in fact, I sold my boat because I am so limited in time to fish.  Luckily for me, my brother has a boat he lets me borrow if I get a day to get out on the water.  I don't even have a specific species I target now.  I go fish for what I can, when I can. I keep some fish to eat at times, other times its catch and release only. Here is the best part, I don't care who agrees or disagrees with what I am doing.
  Going back to social media, I get why people are so critical of what others are doing. Like I said earlier, I had a bigger opinion about what you were doing, than you did. I now see that I was approaching things wrong.  Not all wrong, but wrong. I understand that if everybody passed up those dumb two and three year old bucks and shot doe for meat, the woods would be full of bigguns. If people kept the smaller fish to eat and released the bigger fish to reproduce, the lake would be full of giants for those who catch and release.  Here is the problem I had. I didn't buy all of those other people's licenses.  I don't pay for their hunting lease. I didn't pick up their payment on their boat or pay their insurance for it. As long as what they did while hunting and fishing was within the laws and game regulations, it was none of my business and rightfully so.  I am that person now.  I am going to hunt and fish the way I want to.  You may complain about it, and thats fine, it is your right. Just don't forget the rights of others, or they might tell you what I will.  You buy your hunting and fishing license and I will buy mine.   D
    

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Keep An Open Mind If You Want To Fish

Despite having torrential rains, I still wanted to get some fishing in.  Most of the spots I frequent were either flooded out or the water looked like chocolate milk, so I started calling around to others I fish with.  A good friend of mine let me know he had been catching fish, and more so, fish out of the ordinary for me.  He began to explain that he and his father-in-law had been catching limits of trout! He reminded me that the local parks in the colder months stock their ponds with rainbows, and that they had been capitalizing on that. I made a quick trip over to meet them and we caught nearly three limits of trout and a nice crappie in less than ideal conditions. I know this isn't as exciting as the blast off of a FLW tournament, but I sure had a great time.  So here is a look at the first trout I have ever caught in Kentucky!






Thursday, December 10, 2015

Low Tech Fishing

Some of the tackle I used. --I bought some Plano tackle boxes from Wal-Mart that fit into a backpack that was lying around the house. If you are fishing from the shore, it makes it so much easier to transport your tackle and free up your hands --Berkley 6'6" light medium action rod --Gander Mountian brand spinning reel --Sufix 4lb fishing line (you need light line to cast those light weight jigs) --various Bobby Garland baits --Gulp Waxies (I feel like the added scent triggers more strikes by sluggish fish) I try different jig weights depending on how much current or wind. What I mean is, I want a slow fall with the jig through the water and maintain constant feel of the jig. Many strikes happen on that slow fall, and if your line has a huge bow in it from the wind you probably will miss the strike. Keep in mind, it is very important to watch your line as it falls. A keen eye will pick up on the tell-tale tick of a light strike. Just as important as keeping contact with a slow fall (especially in colder water), don't tie on a jig so heavy that it falls unnaturally fast. I have found it matters less in the summer months when the fish are much more aggressive though. Now for color combinations with the jig bodies. I am no expert in this field, but this is what I do. Clear water and sunny days, I use colors that closely resemble minnows or shad and even opaque jigs. I like a metallic flak on sunny days. Stained water, I like brighter colors, and in low light, I use dark colors. It sounds crazy to use dark colors when its darker, but they stand out against the lighter surface. When I fish at night, for example, I use purples and dark organge. It doesn't cost much to change jigs if the action isn't hot. Even if you are catching fish, some subtle changes in color can really improve your success. Just stay open minded and try to adapt to what they want. To be honest, I never really figured them out this day. I was catching some fish, but I feel like if I had more time, I could have really got on a pattern. I would like to thank everyone for checking out my blog. D

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fishing Without Line Twists

I hope you guys watch this. I had trouble with line twists until I learned this great tip!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Friendly Competition.....


    Here is something cool my wife and I do.  We don't get to Hunt and Fish together much. Well she is not that much of a hunter. She is more of a spectator, but loves to fish.  When she and I get an oppurtunity to fish, we create a little wager.  I consider myself a far superior angler, so naturally nearly everytime we fish together she smokes me.  A few months ago she and I had a chance to fish on Lake Barkley during the spring spawn.  We borrowed my brother's boat and began looking for shallow water crappie. Our ongoing bet for the last two years was, whoever catches a two pound or better crappie while fishing together could get it mounted. More than just mounted, it would have a small plaque explaining the feat. Well here is the winner.....2.13lb congrats I guess.

No boat and minimum tackle!

   There are those days, when limited on time, you can have really productive fishing trips.  I posted a couple of pics in the fishing page of two such days. Both days were short notice and really didn't have any expectations of success. Sometimes those days are the best. The two pictures are from Kentucky Dam. This fishery is a wonderful resource. I live only 30-45 minutes from there, and it makes for an quick fix for my fishing itch. The best part is, I have fished there for so long I can usually catch fish with little effort. Even better, it does not require a fisherperson to have a boat or much tackle.  I love being on the water, but I enjoy fishing like this as well. It is stress free and inexpensive! Find some water close to you and figure out how to fish it when you do not have much time and do not want to haul tons of equipment with you. You may find a new favorite way to fish!