Getting back in the swing of things

Getting Back in the swing of things

Getting back in the swing of things: At the start of this thing, I wasn’t fishing much at all. Hunkered down, waiting to see how things would go, not really contemplating it would be months and months and months.

My Abaco trip was called off and work travel halted. Conferences were cancelled. Trips to the store were cancelled. Life as we knew it was cancelled.

But, you create a new normal when your old one goes away, and I have. I work from home now, thankful for my job. My wife works from home frequently, doing tele/video visits with sick kids and worried parents. We even have seen each other on some days.

Recently, I’ve started getting back out there with a rod as well...

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Kayak vs Canoe: Which Boat is Better for Fishing?

Kayak vs Canoe: Which Boat is Better for Fishing?

Kayak vs Canoe: Which Boat is Better for Fishing? For many years my wife and I had four canoes, two aluminum and two plastic. Today we have none. Sold them all, including the high-end 12-footer with a middle saddle that was suitable for solo paddling (if you kneeled). Now we have a small fleet of kayaks, at least three of which are set up, and used regularly, for solo sit-down fishing. So that should tell you where I stand on the Kayak vs Canoe debate for fishing.

We sold our canoes more than a decade ago, as we’d been doing all of our paddling out of kayaks, and the canoes had long been sitting idle, dragged out only as a prop in a photoshoot or television show...

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A Must-Have: Optical Devices for Ardent Fishermen

A Must-Have: Optical Devices for Ardent Fishermen

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A Must-Have: Optical Devices for Ardent Fishermen: Fishing is one of the most important outdoor activities in the USA, with nearly 40 million Americans embarking on a fishing trip every year.  Taking this into consideration it is not surprising that approximately $21.1 billion is spent on fishing gear in the country annually. While your fishing rod, hooks, line, and bait are undoubted of great importance they will all be rendered useless if your visibility is severely compromised. For this reason, it is vital to invest in fishing-related optics such as binoculars, a monocular, and even a quality pair of polarized sunglasses.

Binoculars remain a trusted favorite

Having a pair of binoculars at your disposal can be very beneficial ...

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The Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 12, 2020

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The Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 12, 2020: Spring is almost over but summer isn’t nipping at her heels.  Again, we are going to see a mixed bag of weather with rain, cloud, and a bit of sun right across the province.  This has put the lake fishing off a bit and the reports from the interior this week have been mixed.  The team was out on different lakes throughout the week so check out the lake reports below including the one from Brian Chan.

Saltwater fishing was solid this past week and though there might be clouds and some showers in the forecast, the winds don’t look bad and the tides are good.  Jason will have more info on what to expect on the saltwater front this week at the end of the report.

On another front, we know that many of you lake fishermen...

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St. Croix Mojo Glass Crankbait Rod

St. Croix Mojo Glass Crankbait Rod.St. Croix Mojo Glass Cranker 2020 Review Payne Outdoors FishUSA Review

St. Croix Mojo Glass Crankbait Rod: Good glass rods for crankbait fishing haven’t been hard to find but finding one that’s affordable for more folks yet still has higher level performance has been a unicorn hunt. In the last few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time putting the St. Croix Mojo Glass casting rod through the paces. It came as a recommendation from one of my friends over at FishUSA who thought it was pretty legit. For $159 I figured it was worth a shot. Before I deep dive into all the pros and cons, here is a little bit about the Mojo Glass Cranker series.

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The Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 24, 2020

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 The Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 24, 2020

The Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 24, 2020: We wanted to start by thanking everyone who wrote letters concerning the chinook closures and public fishery access. The support and volume of letters were amazing but if you didn’t have a chance to write a letter by the deadline they have announced that they will still be accepting letters on this topic so we ask again to make sure those letters are in. Click here for details on the issues and some points to consider when writing a letter.

On the fishing front, the Squamish fire has been reclassified as “under control”.  A checkpoint is set up to keep non-residents out of the area was also lifted...

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Fishing – Is It In Our Genes?

Fishing – Is It In Our Genes?

Seafood was an important part of our natural food resource thousands of years ago, and even now, men still fish to put food on the table.

People living in tribal lands still fish for survival, they don’t have good old McDonalds to go to or the local supermarket to buy their weekly shopping; they have a wooden rod with a spike at the end of it to catch their meals.

This is how we all lived at one time; it was in our nature to hunt and fish to survive.

Although more women are getting involved in the act of fishing, fishing was primarily a male sport. The fellas would grab their rods early in the morning, meet up with their pals and go out for a day’s fishing.

This leads me to wonder whether or not fishing is in our genes...

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The Best Florida Bass Fishing Hot Spots

The Best Florida Bass Fishing Hot Spots

The Best Florida Bass Fishing Hot Spots: Florida has gained an international acknowledgment for its exceptional saltwater fishing, but the outstanding freshwater fishing has not yet captured the widespread attention of the same amount of visitors. Residents of this state are in on the secret, however; that they have three very active freshwater clubs here in Collier County.

Tourists and out of state bass fishermen are very much welcome here with the amenities and lodgings available for them. Boats, equipment are for rent and this provides much convenience for travelers.

Since Florida has more than 7,500 lakes available, anglers sometimes face a tough decision about where to fish. It is really very important to consider the lakes...

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How to Make the Easiest Fish Chowder Recipe You’ll Ever Make

How to Make the Easiest Fish Chowder Recipe You’ll Ever Make

How to Make the Easiest Fish Chowder Recipe You’ll Ever Make: If you’ve been looking for a few more family fish recipes, you may want to try a simple fish chowder recipe. This recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients and doesn’t take long to prepare. Trying new fish recipes is one of the things to do at home with your family.

One important fish chowder tip is to leave your fish fillets whole when cooking them. This way, the whole fillets will break down into tasty chunks instead of flaking into small pieces.

Best Fish for Chowder

If you’re wondering about the best fish for chowder, any firm fish will work. Here are a few examples:

  • Cod
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Salmon

Fish Chowder Recipe

Whether you’ve been trying to find a salmon chowde...

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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 17, 2020

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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 17, 2020: A saltwater call to action and a fly box giveaway are the stars of this week’s report. The saltwater news is IMPORTANT – DFO needs to hear from you on the proposed chinook retention plan for the 2020 season.  If you didn’t see the Special Chinook Report in your inbox or on our blog and social media feeds yesterday to take some time and have a read of it here.

Whether you are a saltwater salmon angler or just an angler in general, take 5 minutes read up on the proposals and make time this weekend to share your thoughts on these proposals with DFO and your elected officials (contact information for all is in the post).  The time is now – letters are due April 20, 2020.

In terms of actual saltwater fishing, we’ve had grea...

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