How I got my wife to join in on the fun of a fishing trip

 

 

If you had told me several months ago that I would end up fishing on a regular basis, I wouldn’t have believed you. I guess both fishing and hunting are sports that you get into so much that you can’t quit. Of course, my wife was a bit bothered by the fact that I used to leave on angling expeditions with my buddies.

One of the things that I pointed out to my honey was that she could always cook the fish that I caught. My wife is an excellent cook, that I can tell you. She’s always enjoyed making specialties from scratch, but also out of unique ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, but I’m not one of those guys that spend a lot of time in the kitchen. However, once she found out about my fishing success, I had to take her with me so that she could share the fun.

Obviously, my fishing friends weren’t particularly keen on the idea. Word has it that if you bring a woman on a boat fishing trip, she’ll bring you bad luck. I can’t be that superstitious, and since my wife is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, I was looking forward to making her love fishing, as well. The fact is that girls seriously have different hobbies from men, but that’s okay, in my book.

I started searching for tips on how you could get your special someone into a hobby that you have and I ended up on a Fishing Fury web page that I found particularly helpful. Even though my lady has a wonderful sense of humor, the first golden rule is to avoid making fun of your partner. Nobody’s born with one kind of knowledge or the next, and even the angling and hunting skills are something that you develop over time. If the person you’re taking with you on a trip is a bit more sensitive than a guy, you might want to avoid making jokes about their lack of experience.

Another detail that I feel that I have to point out is that you shouldn’t force people into doing what you want to do. If your wife or girlfriend has zero interest in your hobbies, perhaps you can come up with some sort of schedule that allows you to bond so that none of your personal pastimes are affected.

Of course, you should try to encourage them as much as possible. Tell them and show them how fishing techniques are performed and how they’re supposed to handle the gears and equipment you might own. Put your arms around your girlfriend and hold the rod together. She’ll appreciate the close contact and how gentle you’re trying to be.

Finally, make it all about you and her. Try to understand that you’re working on building a common interest because it’s important and it will positively impact your relationship.

The kind of clothing I use for fishing

 

 

As a documentary filmmaker, I enjoy working on wildlife projects. Small wonder that I also immensely enjoy any activity that brings me outdoors, like fishing. In fact, I have a constantly growing collection of fishing apparel thanks to the various projects on fishing I have been commissioned to do.

 

I have four ice fishing jackets, and I plan to add more this year since I have been contacted to do two different projects in the winter on ice fishing. What I look for in an ice fishing jacket are seams that are taped or sealed on the inside. This construction ensures dependable waterproofing. The one I already have are made for arctic temperatures, which is the warmest that any winter angling warrior can get. The two jackets stay snug because of premium insulation, so even when it’s frigid outside, I stay warm and toasty in the jackets.

 

I have several fishing shirts in my closet, but my favorite is a Performance Long Sleeve Shirt from a popular sporting goods brand. The anti-microbial fabric was what totally got me sold on the shirt, but that’s not all. Just as the ideal fishing shirt should, this particular one offers the perfect blend of comfort and functionality while adding a certain level of style. It’s got superior breathability due to the mesh underarm gussets so I don’t sweat or feel uncomfortable while wearing the shirt. The SPF 30 protection lets me stay out long waiting for the fish to bite. Of course, I still lather on some suntan lotion to add a stronger layer of protection. All my long-sleeve fishing shirts have crewnecks for easy on and off. Moisture wicking technology in shirts is what I always look for in mine. Oh, and when I find stain release technology on a shirt, I grab it too. All the slime and fish oils can make quite a mess that can be very difficult to remove even in the washer. Give me a shirt with mechanical stretch and I am sold, as this ensures freedom of movement.
I’ve also got short sleeve shirts that have hidden vents at the shoulders to add breathability as well. I want a relaxed fit in my fishing shirts, as well as ultra-light ripstop fabric. I even have this executive-style long sleeve shirt that has a rod holder on it. Pretty cool, huh?

I also own several fishing hoodies, all made of lightweight fleece fabric that’s superbly water resistant. The fabric keeps the snow, slush and raindrops off for remarkable water-resistant protection. The hoodies keep the chill in the air at bay, along with protection and comfort during an entire day of fishing. They wear really well and stay dry and stain resistant, so my hoodies still look good as new.

I also have breakwater pants, rain pants and cargo pants, all waterproof and breathable to ensure I remain comfortable and dry regardless of the fishing situation. I prefer articulated legs over stiff ones, as they provide ease of mobility. I also love that the pants I own come with an adjustable hem, elastic waistband and hook and loop hand pockets.

I have bought three or four fishing vests from different manufacturers. A primary criteria for me in a good fishing vest is versatile functionality. By this I mean I want the vest to be something I can wear and something that can do more than just stay on my shoulders while fishing. I look for a mesh back for ventilation, and a large variety of pockets, D-rings, zip closures and more where I can store my gear safely. Rod holder and zippered reel pockets are nice.

I also have quite a collection of trucker hats and bucket hats for my noggin. I want multi-panel construction in fishing hats, with a reinforced crown for durability. A mesh back is superb for fishing during hot days. A curved brim makes it easy to see ahead.

 

Related good article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2011/07/09/new-antibacterial-clothing-secret-ingredient-revealed/#36537e964bf0

 

Teaching kids how to fish and the gear requirements for such an endeavour

 

 

Teaching your children how to fish can easily become an awesome adventure. It is best to teach them while they’re young, as people say, and with fishing as a sport, there’s no better time than the present to have your child hooked on your favorite pastime. To be successful in this endeavor, you will have to do your homework as a parent. This includes scouting for locations that promise a good catch. Children easily get bored and they really can’t stay put too long without getting a bite on their line, which would make the trip really unexciting. Ask for information from the local tackle shop, making sure to bring your children along so you can teach them by example what to ask, such as where to go and how to get there, about fishing licenses and regulations, among other matters.

Take the lead when organizing fishing gear in advance, to reduce stress. Make sure your child knows what items to pack including drinks and snack, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, a first-aid kit. Oh, and don’t forget to bring along good quality sunglasses for you and your child, fishing hats, rain jackets, quality fishing rods and reels or rod-and-reel combos, fishing line, baits and lures, a tackle bag or case, fishing pliers and scissors. Make sure your kid and you use premium quality fishing equipment from the onset.

Cheap gear is not worth the money you spend on it. If you want your child to really get into fishing, make sure to familiarize them with the right kind and quality of equipment that will last for many fishing seasons.

Teach your child the proper way of handling or gripping the rod. Show your young pupil how a float works and moves when they get a bite. Emphasize that it really takes time to learn, whether it’s setting the hook or holding the rod correctly. Teach your child to keep the rod in front of them in the proper position (9 to 11 o’clock), and how to turn the reel handle and react to a bite.

For safety, teach your child to use a sidearm cast and not an overhead one. Show them it’s important that there be no one in the way when they perform casting. Plenty of encouragement is the key to getting your child to learn the proper form and execution of moves.

Get a quality spincast or spinning combo, preferably from 3 feet 6 inches to five feet. Use a 6-pound monofilament line to spool the reel. Use a 1/32- to ⅛-ounce jig to rig the baits on, but you can also use tinsel crappie or marabou jigs. Go for minnow or worm soft-baits, which do not spoil. An effective way of engaging kids is to teach them a hopping jig or slow reeling retrieve.

Teach your young student that it takes patience to learn how to fish. Kids should learn how to steadily and slowly play the fish, and to stop when the fish gets to the surface. Although it pays to teach kids to quickly land a fish on their own, tell them that it’s fine to ask for help. Let your child also learn how to release the fish properly, as well as selective harvesting if the fish is to be eaten. Most importantly, remember that fishing with your child should be fun and stress-free. There is no pressure to catch a specific number of fish simply to ensure that the trip is a success every time.

Why I like to fish and hunt in my spare time

As a wildlife documentary filmmaker I spend a lot of time on location. I love my job but it does take away from the time I get to spend with my family and friends. I am a proud father and hate to think about all of the things I’m missing in my kids’ lives, but I also believe that the work that I’m doing is important towards furthering conservation awareness. I’m also not ashamed to say that I miss spending time with my friends, and I sometimes get jealous when I hear about the adventures they’ve been having while I’m away.

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When I have some spare time the two things that I love to do the most is go hunting and fishing. I still get to be out in nature, which I prefer regardless of the weather. I swear I can actually feel myself going stir crazy if I’m cooped indoors for any extended length of time.

 

One of the reasons I like to go fishing in my spare time is that this is an activity that I can do with my kids or my friends. When I take my kids we get to spend some quality time together without the distractions of smartphones, iPads and the myriad of other electronic devices children seem to always be staring at. I have their undivided attention, usually, and really have a chance to get to know them. This is also the perfect opportunity for me to start teaching them about the importance of conservation. I know that I am helping to create memories that will last all of us a lifetime.

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While I don’t take my kids hunting with me, due to their age and the inherent dangers, this is an activity that I enjoy sharing with my friends. It really doesn’t matter what is in season or where we go since we always seem to be able to have a lot of fun. One type of hunting that we have recently gotten into is game birds, particularly duck and pheasant. Though I’ve been told that dove hunting is a lot of fun so maybe one day we’ll take a trip to Texas when the season starts. As always I’ll make sure that we have the right permits, and we’ll also closely follow any bag laws that might be in place. Anyways it is a future trip that I am looking forward to and will share my adventures with you in this blog.

 

I also go boat fishing with my friends, but we never seem to have much luck catching anything.  Even if we decided to buy a fish finder for boats we were still not so good. This is probably because we can’t stop talking and laughing, rarely paying attention to our rods. Just being able to spend time together laughing, joking and catching up makes the trip well worth our while.

 

The movie maker

Hello! My name is Martin, and I’m an amateur movie maker. I like to try my hand at making wildlife documentaries. I have decided to start a blog about filming outdoors and about fishing and hunting as these are some of my favorite leisurely activities.

 

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With a bit of focus and passion, wildlife documentaries can be vivid and filled with detail that you wouldn’t encounter even in professional productions. All you need is a good-quality camera and a set of skills that have been developed following some time spent on research. Excellent composition, as well as interesting subjects, often make the two core factors one requires in order for a short movie to be appealing and eye-catching. Plus, the neat thing about the United States and Canada is that they are packed with areas where wildlife animals roam as they please. This gives photographers and amateur movie makers the opportunity to capture some of the most intricate habits of species that everybody seems to think virtually everything’s been found out about.

 

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Nature and wildlife filming is challenging and unpredictable because you really don’t know what to expect. If you intend on shooting potentially dangerous species, my advice is to ask for the services that a guide can offer you. If you go out into the wild all by yourself and without being equipped properly, you really can’t know when you will suffer an accident and be unable to come back home with no help from anybody else. If the local law allows you to do so, be sure to get a gun or a sharp object that you can use for self-defense purposes. In addition to all this, it might pay off to read some articles about the dangerous species whose habitat you’ll end up into.

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Aside from the wildlife documentary part of this blog, I will also be tackling my fishing and hunting adventures. Unfortunately, I can focus on these only when I have some spare time, which usually happens during the weekend. While fishing is a great pastime for me because I can take the kids along or spend some time on a lake with my buddies, hunting is far more serious, and I could never take the children with me until they reach the age of 18. I’m not necessarily against guns, but I don’t see any point in using them unless they are employed to target other species other than humans. In my opinion, hunting requires a good deal of survival skills and needs plenty of patience in order to be perfected. Besides, hunters always have to pay attention to their local laws and be positively sure that they don’t do anything wrong regarding the hunting seasons when they are allowed to target certain species. I live by these regulations because I believe they help with species conservation and therefore, give me the chance to hunt again during the next season.

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I hope that you will enjoy the time you will spend going through the posts documenting my experiences. Perhaps the info that you’ll come across will help you, one way or the other.