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Jul 20 2010

Fishing Line and Your Teeth

Fishing Line Teeth Fix Using your Teeth to cut fishing line in Fly Fishing Clothing Company Lateral Line Fishing Journal BlogRemember when your Mom used to say, “Don’t use your teeth to do that”. Well, she was right and especially right when it comes to using your teeth to cut fishing line. Over the years I unfortunately did not follow Mom’s advice and sure enough I paid the price. Luckily I have a great dentist, Dr. Don,  who just happens to be a fisherman himself and could sympathize with my situation.With a little filling and some expertise in filling, matching color and shaping was able to make me look as good as new.

Lesson is, if you do not want to spend a bunch of loot and risk chipping your teeth, do not use your teeth to cut fishing line :-)

(click on the image for a larger version of the pic)

P.S. Also use sunscreen, note that sun spot on my face which is only going to go away by spending more loot to get it removed with a laser. Before and after pictures of that to come…

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Apr 03 2010

Maryland Trophy Striped Bass Season Trolling Set Ups

Chesapeake Trolling Set up for Trophy Season Striped Bass Fishing in Maryland for all those who are fishing in Maryland this SpringThe Maryland trophy striped bass season is just a few weeks away and with the advent of great weather throughout the Chesapeake anglers are uncovering their boats and have fishing on the mind. While light tackle and fly fishing can be great fun, the preferred method by many anglers is trolling. You can cover a lot of water and with the stripers moving like they are this time of year it is usually a very effective method. Some light tackle and fly anglers employ trolling until they find a school of fish, then shut down the boat and the light tackle fishing anglers start jigging and fly anglers start dredging sinking lines or casting to breaking fish. Here is a great article by one a well known captains, Capt. Mark Galasso, on the Chesapeake where he explains several trolling set ups to get you started this spring on your hunt for that monster striped bass. (Note the link will take you to another site, TidalFish.com, for the full article with illustrations.  Click here for the trolling set ups article)

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May 27 2009

A Few Tips to Secure your Boat for a Hurricane

hurricane_boat_picHurricane season is not too far away, so in preparation here are a few tips for the season to secure your boat when that monster storm heads your way.

Pull your boat out of the water if you can. It’s a pain in the neck, but your boat is a lot less likley to get damaged on land. Just do not park under a tree.

If you are going to leave your boat in the water, reverse your dock lines and place the loops on the pilings and the end tag on your boat cleat. This way if the tides surge, and the lines become tight from a rising tide, you can loosen your lines and adjust for a rising tide.

Add extra bumpers and place a few at different heights.

If your boat is in the water, check your bilge pump and make sure it works.

If you have electric on your pier, shut it off before the storm hits.

Stay out of the water after a hurricane…it will be loaded with sewage from septic systems malfunctioning. Be careful taking your boat out after a hurricane…tons of crap that can ruin an outdrive or prop floating in the water. Also, if you put your boat under a boat house, be careful. We saw 3-4 boats that were raised up through the roof of their boat houses

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Nov 08 2008

The Ethical Angler

Striped Bass Catch and ReleaseBoatU.S. Chairman and Founder,  Richard Schwartz, and U.S. Fish  and Wildlife Service Director H.  Dale Hall signed an agreement  in September to use “The Ethical  Angler” creed to remind the public  of the great tradition of fishing and  its role in conservation. The creed’s  responsible fishing practices are  based on the word “ANGLERS”:

  • Avoid spilling and never dump  gasoline, oil or other pollutants – on  land or in the water.
  • Never leave trash behind, including  worn line, old hooks and bait, and  practice recycling.
  • Gain knowledge about aquatic  nuisance species and how to help  prevent their spread.
  • Learn and abide by all fishing  regulations and boating laws.
  • Educate fellow anglers and especially  new participants about fishing ethics.
  • Respect private property and the  rights of other anglers and outdoor  recreationists.
  • Save fish for tomorrow by practicing conservation and learning proper catch-and-release techniques.

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Aug 27 2008

How to Sharpen your Fishing Hooks to Help You Hook and Land More Fish

Published by under Fishing Tips

When it comes to fishing tackle rigging a lot of time gets invested in talking about knots, different types of rigs and such, but little time gets spent actually talking about the very first point of contact between you and the fish, your hook. If you have a nice sharp hook you increase your chances of a good hook-set; if you have dull hook it could mean the difference between a fish of a lifetime and losing a fish of a lifetime.

I have spent a lot of time at fishing seminars, reading articles and as importantly a lot of time on the water exterminating through trial and error when it comes to hook selection and hook sharpening. In this piece I will share with you have I have learned about hook sharpening.

One of the first things you should understand is the different parts of the hook. If you are an expert at this, skim over the below diagram and move on. If you are not so familiar with the parts of a hook spend some time looking at the below diagram so you are familiar with the terms as we continue.

Fishing Hook Parts - How to sharpen your fishing hook

Easy Method to Check your Hook Sharpness
The first thing to check is to see if your hook is sharp. Most hook manufacturers provide you with a very sharp hook right out of the package, but its worth checking just to make sure. An easy way to check and see if your hook is sharp is to gently draw the point of the hook across your fingernail. If the point digs in and leaves a mark it is sharp and you can tie the hook on and get that line in the water. If the hook does not dig in to your nail then you need to spend a few seconds sharpening it or you risk not getting a good solid deep hook-set, making the difference between “hooking” and actually “landing” your fish.

Tools to Sharpen your Hook
The first thing you are going to need is a good file. I used to use a simple knife sharpening stone that you can pick up in any hardware store. I also had a small retractable stone/file that they sell in many tackle shops, it is about the size of a sharpie pen, give or take an inch or two in length. The stone worked better for me then the retractable file/stone because it is easier to hold and has more surface area.

Recently my friend Wild Bill showed me a very nice file that he has been using which does the trick better then any of the sharpening devices I have used so far. It is made by DMT and is called a Diafold Diamond Flat File. They make folding ones, which I currently have in a coarse single sided version, as well as regular handled ones. What coarseness you get is up to you, but anything less then fine (they make a superfine) will probably not perform all that well. The next one that I am going to get is the DMT Double Sided Diafold Diamond Whetstone Course/Extra Fine. I want the extra fine just to make a stroke or two as a finishing stroke. Regardless of the brand file you get, just make sure it is course enough as well as durable enough to withstand the harsh conditions of living in a tackle box.

How to Sharpen your Hook

One of the myths about sharpening hooks is the length of the “sharp” area on the hook. Only the very tip of the hook point needs to be sharpened. Only the very tip of the hook is what penetrates the fish’s jaw, the sharper the better.

The reason you do not want to sharpen your hook very far beyond the very point is that as you file higher up on the hook you decrease the diameter of the medal making up the hook point which reduces the strength of the point. If you have a really sharp hook that has a weak point you can actually bend the point when setting the hook possibly resulting in missing the fish all together. I have seen and experienced this myself. Remember, in general, the jaw of a fish where the hook generally sets is very hard, sometimes you get lucky and the hook-set in a soft area where you get a good set, but a lot of the time you are setting the hook into a very hard area, so think short very sharp points when you are sharpening.

Fishing Hook - Sharpening your Fishing Hooks

Here’s how to sharpen your hook:

1) Firmly hold your hook

2) Draw your file across the barb toward the point. Repeat this stroke several times while making sure you hold the file at the same angle each time.

3) Repeat the same strokes on the other side.

4) Make a few final strokes on the bottom of the point. This will form a triangular point.

5) Test the hook for sharpness by running it across your finger nail as described earlier.

Sharpen your Fishing Hooks to Land more fish

Remember, sharp hooks can make the difference between “hooking” and “landing” fish.

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