Posted on November 8, 2013
If fishing is one of your favorite past times you probably already know that, aside from the early bird catching the worm, the early fisherman most often catches the fish. Yes, they’ll be biting again around dusk, but most serious fishermen and women like to get an early start and take a break during the day whether they go back out or not. But, if you’re the one guy in the cabin that suffers from snoring or sleep apnea you might not be able to play with the big boys in the morning, because you barely slept. As a matter of fact, depending on how loudly you snore, even the people in the cabin that don't suffer from sleep apnea may not be very happy with you if they lost sleep as well.
Stop Sleep Apnea Before It’s Too LateSleep apnea can actually be fatal – and who wants to wake up dead after all. If you don’t die from lack of oxygen, there is every chance that your fishing buddies will kill you and dump you in the lake because now they’re tired, too. Snoring and sleep apnea are nothing to ignore. Just because you snore however does not mean that you have sleep apnea so don’t be a big baby and not get it checked out. If you do have sleep apnea there are numerous treatments, thanks to science and technology, that can assist you without you having to lie around looking and sounding like Darth Vader every night. Your fishing trip isn’t the only thing that could suffer from your snoring – your family could be at risk as well. Many people with snoring problems end up sleeping separately from their spouses – after sleeping separately what else are you going to be doing separately?
Why Go Fishing?Well let’s see, going fishing might get you away from your snoring spouse for a few days, so there is one reason. In all seriousness however, fishing is one of the major pastimes in America and other regions. People do it for the sport, they do it to relax, they do it to get back to nature, and they even do it for the food. There’s nothing like chartering a fishing trip off the coast of Florida and coming back with enough fish for a neighborhood fish boil and then some. Traveling to Alaska when the salmon are jumping is not only an amazing, learning experience but fun as all get out.
Don’t let sleep apnea or snoring ruin your fishing trip, your hunting trip, or for goodness sakes – your relationship with your significant other. Just get it checked out and move on!
Posted on October 15, 2013
No matter the situation, if you're going to be doing some fishing, you've got to be prepared. It's a complicated form of hunting and gathering, and not having what you need can mean the difference between going home with dinner, and going home with an empty stomach. Even in fishing, you should always be prepared for an emergency. So, let's take a look at vital items when you're out there fishing.
Have What You Need On YouYou should also have an assortment of hooks. When sea fishing, you never know what type of fish you are going to encounter. Without using the proper hooks, you could waste valuable time trying to catch fish that are either too large or too small for the hooks you are using.
Extra fishing line almost goes without saying. Keep in mind that you never know what is going to end up pulling on your line; if an extremely large fish latches onto your hook, you may have to cut it loose to prevent your fishing pole from being pulled into the sea. Stock up before heading out to make sure you don’t end up with no way to reel your catch in.
Extra spools for your reels are also a necessity. Spools can easily break, especially when trying to reel in something that's fighting for its life. If you have extra time, fill these spools with line so that they are ready to go at a moment's notice. Regardless if you have them prepped, they should always be good to go in your tackle box.
Catch Those Fish With The Right ToolsMatches , or some other type of fire starter is important to have with you as well. Accidents happen, and if for any reason you end up soaked to the bone, or swimming to shore, you may need a way to start a fire- and quick.
Every tackle box should be equipped with an assortment of lures. The chances of losing a lure while fishing are extremely high, and as such, you need to have additional lures of all types. Remember that only certain fish will react to certain lures. If you lose the one lure that seems to be working the best for you, that could just mean the end of your fishing for the day.
Posted on September 15, 2013
Right now, it's hot and muggy where you are. Take a minute, and lean back in your chair. Close your eyes, and picture a chilling, crisp wind blowing gently all around you. Picture a sky filled with shades of orange and pink as the warm orange sun sets behind a mountain range that seemingly goes on forever. A pack of moose drinking from the same lake you're fishing at. The smell of salmon grilling over an open fire. Those are just a few of the things Alaska has to offer you.
Come On Out And Do Some FishingBut let's start by talking about the fishing. The freedom of fishing along the Kenai river is one of the greatest sensations you will ever experience. Being there, among the majesty of all that Alaska has to offer, will remind you that you're alive, and reinvigorate you when you return to the states to your normal life. The foliage, the wildlife, the surroundings- everything combines to make the experience of fishing a spiritual occurrence. You're time spent at Kenai will remind you of why you love fishing in the first place, and give you a sense of peace that few other spots on earth can.
You'll Be Hard Pressed To Find A Better ExperienceOnce you've had your fill of fishing along the Kenai, there's plenty more for you to see and do during your stay in Alaska. Your best bet may be to hire a guide to show you the best parts, so that you can be sure you're not missing anything. For the best results, make sure they expose you to a little bit of everything on a day to day basis. Remember that daydream I mentioned? All of those things are just waiting for you. With travel prices being more affordable than they have been in years, there's no reason not to put in the effort, do your research, and take a small trip out there.
You'll be glad you did- life has a tendency to fly by, and the last thing you want is to miss out on great opportunities like this. You deserve some time off, and you deserve to spend it in a place of pure beauty.
Posted on August 8, 2013
Granted, the fish stories your fishing buddy keeps telling about the ones that got away are pretty entertaining in and of themselves, but after a few days of fishing and telling stories around the campfire you may feel like a drive back into civilization for a meal that isn’t cooked over an open flame in an old pan and maybe a little adult entertainment. So... dinner and drinks and then what?
What’s Going On In Town Tonight?Hit the walkabout pubs and then catch a comedian’s act at one of the comedy clubs in Australia. The performers at these clubs are the same ones that perform as corporate entertainment for some of the largest and most prestigious companies in Australia.
Have a little dinner first - maybe some meat pie or kangaroo steak along with a chilled stubby and then head over to any one of the hotel clubs, comedy clubs or even festivals that feature comedy as their main source of entertainment. Careful if you head out to catch the comedian at the hotel clubs however, or you might start comparing that luxury to your fishing camp and that tent you have set up in the woods.
Down Under FishingIt can come as little surprise that Aussies love their fishing. With all the bays, harbors, rivers, lakes and coastal waters this land is listed as containing some of the world’s top fishing destinations. Go for a couple of days or get away from it all for a week or more. Use a camper or camp out in a tent in true roughing it style. If you love the fishing, but want to keep your accommodations indoors Australia has numerous homes, motels, resorts and hotels that are close to some of the best fishing spots around.
Looking for sharks, swordfish, marlin, mackerel, tuna, snapper, trout, herring, whiting and more? You can’t do better than Western Australia. Make several stops to take full advantage at places like Abrolhos Islands, Rottnest Island, Fitzroy River, Exmouth, Kalbarri or the Montebello islands. It’s hard not to find a hot spot for the best fishing anywhere! But if you don’t want to chance it on your own, you may want to consider taking a few friends on a fishing charter. And, if you’d rather watch the fish rather than catch them, try spotting the humpback whales during a whale watching excursion.
Posted on April 7, 2013
If you thought that fishing in the Great Lakes was fun wait until you get a load of deep-sea fishing off the coasts of Costa Rica. If the entire family isn’t big on fishing, perhaps they would like a more serene and peaceful location, such as that found in the rainforest. Of course they are all but peaceful with the birds, chattering monkeys and common assorted rain forest sounds, from other abundant natural creatures that reside there. The colors in and of themselves are worth the visit to the rain forest, so if you can take time out from your fishing expeditions, this is something you’re really going to want to make sure you catch, while you’re on your vacation.
Fishing and Other Water Sports
Whether you fish off of the shore or book a charter for deep-sea fishing, there is very little chance you’ll end up empty-handed. And, if fishing isn’t exactly what you came here for, but you love water sports, you’re still in the right place. There is kayaking, white water rafting, scuba diving and snorkeling, jet skiing and water skiing, sailing, yachting, and rides on horseback along the beach. Make sure that your sunscreen is waterproof, because you’re going to need it. This is the land of sun and fun, with a rainy season that only extends from December through May. Even if you go during the dry season, it is advisable that you bring a light rain jacket, for your visits to the rain forest. It only makes sense. That whole rain thing?
Fishing for Fun in Other Areas
You don’t need to go on a fishing expedition to find fun in Costa Rica, however. If adventure is your style and you want to take a thrill ride, try the zip line, which sends you flying across the top of the rainforest. And, if looking out your window at those smoking volcanoes isn’t enough, you can always take a walking tour in and amongst them. You probably have absolutely nothing to worry about as far as eruptions go. I’m told that almost never happens. Or so they say. I wouldn’t worry.
What? You wanted adventure!
Posted on February 20, 2013
Before we even get started here, let’s clarify something. A houseboat is not a floating home or a house barge. They may seem like the same species, but they are completely different animals. If you’re seriously considering living on a houseboat, you can usually do it with or without a motor, but many lakes will limit the number. And, if you’re taking a loan out for one, the bank may well insist that you own your own dock. in which to ‘park’ your house... boat. You may have more trouble than just that with a loan however, if your credit is less than desirable.
Don’t despair completely, until you’ve checked out easy loans for bad credit because, you never know. Please keep in mind that different parts of the world have different rules and regulations governing various bodies of water. Some, all, or none of the following may apply to your situation.
Houseboat Living Will Help Keep Your Finances Afloat?Houseboats complete with motors can be registered with the Coast Guard, in which case these apply:
- Cost comparisons to examine - if you rent you’ll need to consider your monthly rent and if you own you’ll need to consider your mortgage payment and put it up against the flat fee, for the rental of a slip and the additional costs per foot for your vessel.
- Much like automobile licensing fees, you will be expected to pay fees for your boating license but at least you won’t have to worry about property taxes anymore.
- If you’re happy to get rid of your renters or homeowners insurance get this: depending on how big your boat is you could pay up to $300 a month in boat insurance.
- Be sure to check out the sales tax on boat buying/sales in your area. Some can be as high as 9.5%.
Financially Keep Your Head Above Water
Here are some extra considerations that you might not have thought about (some will cost money whereas others are a matter of inconvenience or lifestyle changes):
- Chances are good that you’re going to have to pay for a P.O. box; there is extremely limited availability, when comes to mailboxes.
- You are either going to have to pay to store all the stuff that you used to have in your house or apartment or get rid of everything and downsize in big way. Just a word of warning here, you’re not going to like the prices of storage units.
- And, if you love your family pets and can’t imagine life without them, you’re going to have to make sure that in order to keep them, you are not registered as a ‘livaboard’.
Posted on January 14, 2013
For many years, people have been taking guided hunting and fishing tours/vacations, to Canada. Frequently, these guided tours have cabins or some other accommodations, making it unnecessary to shop around and book ahead of time for Banff hotel deals. But, if you decide to at least do the hunting or fishing on your own, and/or put this whole trip together on your own, be sure to plan far enough ahead, so that you can book affordable accommodations. This way you will have more money to spend, on fun. And there is plenty of fun to be had in Banff, Canada be it in the wilderness, the museums, or other local attractions.
Not Exactly A Fisherman?
If fishing simply sounds like fun or a good idea, but you’re not one of those people that does it on a regular basis, you actually might want to consider, either a guided fishing trip or inquiring about the Banff fleet, of charter fishing boats. Locating the fish won’t be a problem should you charter one of these boats, because they will have all the sonar and electronics, you’ll need to find out just exactly where those fish are hiding. Neither will you have to worry about tackle, reels, rods and other fishing equipment. Everything you need is going to be right there for you, all you have to do is drop your line and catch that fish. Come on, you didn’t think that they were going to do everything for you, did you? Check out the fishing excursion prices and available hours and days online, before booking your trip.
What About The Experienced Fisherman?
Already own everything you need to go fishing? Then you’re really in luck. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary, Canmore and Banff National Park offer exquisite fishing opportunities that are seemingly unrivaled. Whether you’re an expert at fly fishing or simply want to drop your line and wait, Banff has some of the best fishing locations you’ll ever find.
And don’t forget that man or woman, does not live by fish alone, so consider bringing your tent and hiking boots to make that fishing trip even more of a physically demanding experience. You won’t have to worry about working out at the gym, when you’re hiking and fishing in Banff.
Posted on October 20, 2012
Fishing is a favorite pastime of many. And packing food for your fishing trip can be a lot of fun, but needs to be done smartly. Since fishing requires most of your attention, having a bulky lunch is definitely out of the question. From not creating a big mess to being easy to eat, here are some of the best foods to bring when packing a picnic lunch for a fishing trip.
Main dish ideas
Whether you're fishing on a boat or on a riverbank, you'll want to make sure your main dish isn't too heavy and is easy to carry, and the good news is there are a lot of things you can pack in your cooler when readying your fishing picnic lunch. For starters, if you opt to pack sandwiches, which are always a crowd-pleaser, you'll want to have only minimal toppings on your sandwich so they don't fall off, create a mess, and worse - fall in the water and scare the fish away. Wraps are an easy-to-hold-sandwich that is perfect for fishing trips. And if a sandwich is too much to hold, cold sausages and rolls (pre-buttered, with condiments already on them), cold savory pies and cold chicken legs are other great main dish ideas.
It's really easy to bring sides with when packing for a fishing picnic lunch, as long as you pack them in little containers so they stay throughout the day. Some sides you can pack that you can pop you mouth are cherry tomatoes, nuts, olives, dried fruit and cheese sticks. You could also pack cold salads, which can stay all day, potato salad is always good, and macaroni salad is a great way to infuse some originality into your lunch. If you pack your macaroni salad into a Tupperware container, it will stay in your cooler all day. You can also pack dips for veggies, which is great on carrots and celery stalks and are easy to eat.
Whether you have lots of luck are no luck at all out on water, you'll at least have a satisfying lunch.
Posted on August 31, 2012
Outdoor fun in the sun is a favorite pastime for many people. There are many activities you can engage in to spend time enjoying the great outdoors. One of the most rewarding activities that you might want to explore is fishing. The joy of catching your own fish and cooking it either at your campsite or enjoying it later in a home cooked meal is a popular pastime. The lure of the bragging rights associated with the size of fish caught is only surpassed by the outstanding variety of flavors, textures and cooking methods available for cooking your catch.
Health Benefits of Fish
Fish is also a healthier alternative to meat and offers many diverse choices in the varieties of fish available. Healthy advantages include, lower blood pressure, and lower triglyceride levels, higher healthy omega 3-fatty acids and prevention and lowering of the incidences of coronary disease. There are also many methods of cooking to choose from when preparing fish. Grilling, baking, poaching and boiling are a few of the choices available, along with frying which is a less healthy, however often used choice.
Cooking and Seasoning Fresh Fish
Once you have mastered the skill of catching fish and cleaning and preparing it for cooking, you will want to explore the many cooking options and choose spices that will enhance the flavor of your catch. The many different flavor profiles available for you to choose from whether, fiery, zesty, pungent or fragrant can all be achieved by using spices. If you choose to order spices online you will have more choices than perhaps buying spices at your local supermarket. Online sources for your spices will provide a fresher source of dry spices which are better used within six months to a year of purchase. If you think a spice has been stored for a long time by simply shaking the container and smelling the spice you can tell if its time to replace the spice. Old spices will loose their strength and emit a dull, barely recognizable scent. Curry, one of the favorite spices used in Indian cooking, is one of the most popular spices used in cooking fish, a complex blend of cumin, coriander, tumeric, cinnamon and ginger and pepper make this a popular choice. A fish rub is a good way to season fish cooked on the grill, experiment with your favorite spices, trying different combinations depending on the method and type of fish you are cooking. The fun of catching fish and the joy of cooking your catch is a experience worth having.
Posted on August 20, 2012
In ancient times gypsum became a substitute for wood when necessary. It is also a finish utilized in ceilings and walls. Plasterboard and drywall are its aliases. It has even found its way into the world of medicine in casts and surgical splints.
What Happened To Old Fashioned Lumber Yards?
Not to worry, the old fashioned lumber yards you remember as a kid are still in existence. The smell of freshly cut wood and sawdust floating in the air still are necessary parts of American buildings and projects. You will in fact undoubtedly need to visit one in order to build yourself that shnazy boat house you saw in that magazine. This is not to say that you won’t want or even need to visit a Washington DC Gypsum Yard in order to complete your little project, but if you want to keep the old school look and feel to your boat house there’s nothing like good old hardwood. Different woods hold up better in damp environments so be sure to either discuss your choice of wood and stain or sealant with a lumber dealer you trust or do a little research on the internet first.
You’ll Be Online Anyhow
Since you’re going to be online doing a little research on that wood you might as well do a little shopping. Get prices from several sources before deciding on just who to buy from. Good deals are easier to find with the convenience of the internet—no more running around from yard to yard—no hitting store after store, wasting gas and valuable time. You’ve got one stop shopping at your finger tips. You’ve also got the ability to find building plans online. Try checking building plans and websites for boating and other property sites for ideas.
You may be surprised at what you can find online these days. I always say: there’s nothing you can’t find through the internet.