‘Carolina Rigging’ vs. ‘Texas Dragging’

The Carolina Rig

This is a 2-part blog on two slightly different techniques of catching fish. Decades ago, the ‘Carolina Rig’ was created in South Carolina.   Locally, it was a popular way of catching fish, especially bass.

In 1991, along came Jim Nolan — to the Texas BASSMASTER Tournament at Sam Rayburn Lake.  With this clever technique, he caught a record-breaking 86.6 pounds of fish!

Nolan gave all the credit to his Carolina-rigged lizard.

How to Make One

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, how much is a video worth?  This quick video from the “Average Fisherman” makes the concept easier to understand.

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This is a great way to catch bottom feeding fish.

Next time, I’ll explain the adaptation: the Texas Dragging Rig.

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Memorial Day: Why We Celebrate!**

The Meaning of ‘Memorial Day’

“Wars are created by governments but fought by ordinary citizens. These warriors go where they’re told to go and fight when they’re told to fight.

Some come home, some do not. Either way, they did their duty. Nothing more could be asked of any man or woman than they did their duty.” *

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A Tribute to Our Troops!

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Let us pause this weekend and thank those who gave everything, so that we might stay “the Land of the Free!”

Remember

Yes, We Remember! ***

* Michael Gravette

** Rearranged for clarity.

*** Displayed through the courtesy of Vantage Point Graphics.

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Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 11:03 am  Comments Off on Memorial Day: Why We Celebrate!**  
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Is the Hunting Situation in Your State Spiraling Towards a ‘Predator Pit?’

If you’ve never heard of Tom Remington, that’s a shame.  He’s an articulate writer concentrating on the hunting scene in his home state of Maine.

Black Bear Blog

Articles for the Thinking Hunter!

Tom writes, along with his son, Steve, 4 blogs and the website,  US Hunting Today.

Today’s subject is one of their weblogs — Black Bear Blog.

Specifically, I’d like to mention Mr. Remington’s April 28, 2010 article:  Maine: Spiraling Toward A Predator Pit

I’ve taken some time to think about the ramifications of this article for other parts of the US.  It is not a pretty picture.

What Mr. Remington has to say is important to each of us – regarding animal management for hunting in our own states.

What is a  ‘Predator Pit?’

If you’ve never heard this phrase before, it is just as bad as it sounds!  Here’s the official definition, taken from the article.

“A predator pit is created when deer populations … have been reduced for various reasons and existing key predators, like coyote, bear and bobcat, can drive those numbers even further into an abyss, perhaps prohibiting a regrowth of the herd.”

Is that possible?

Maine Seems to Prove the Point

Without beating up on Maine, what can we learn about how a state turns into a “Predator Pit?”

1)  Game animal numbers decrease through “weather, hunting, disease, predation, etc.”

2)  Mis-management by those responsible,

3)  Denial that there is a problem with predatory animals,

4)  Numbers of predatory animals increases, and they increase their destruction of game animals,

5)  Eventually predatory animals decimate the breeding stock of game animals, so there are insufficient numbers of game animals to recover.

6)  The state is a predatory pit — lots of predatory animals, but few game animals left.

Is Your State in Danger?

Think about your own state.  Are you reading news about the numbers of predators increasing and destroying many game animals?

What is your Fish & Game Dept. doing about it?  Increasing the number of hunting tags? Denying there is a problem?

What can you do about it?  Are other like-minded folks in a group you can join?  Remember, he who squeaks loudest — gets oiled first!

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Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 10:04 am  Comments Off on Is the Hunting Situation in Your State Spiraling Towards a ‘Predator Pit?’  
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Fishing with Crankbaits

Here’s some interesting info on using various colored crankbaits for fishing.  The speaker is known as Roger, the ex-bass guide.

In this video, he explains why he uses certain colors of crankbaits, depending on the clarity of the water and the amount of light available at the time of fishing.

Enjoy!

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Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 1:34 am  Comments (2)  
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How Do Underwater Structures Affect Fishing?

Knowing About Under-ground Structures Helps You Catch More Fish!

This article is a continuation of some interesting points in Tim Lilley’s book, Ultralight Fishing. *

The previous article is here:  Catching Fish with Ultralight Tackle

Lilley takes pains to explain the value of having a topographical map of any body of water you plan to fish.  Each body of water has unique structures that will affect fishing.

Structures That Affect Fishing

Topographical maps show “the lay of the land” — in this case — underwater.  The map will show shallow areas versus sharp drop-offs (into deep pools).

This is important because fish move into deep pools when the shallow water gets too warm and they stay in deep pools during cold weather (because it is a consistent temperature).

Smallmouth Bass are notorious for living in submerged rock piles.  If your topographical map indicates a rock formation, it’s an area that you can investigate.

Fishing Underground Structures

Most fishing books talk about finding predatory fish.  Why?  If you are going after a predatory fish, he’s larger than his supper, thus a bit higher up the food chain.

Also, since these predators are looking for a “meal deal,”  they are hungry and likely to attack an attractive bait or lure.

Your task is to figure out what he’s in the mood to eat  — and serve it up on the end of your line.

Using Your GPS While Fishing **

When you are successful in a day’s fishing, it’s a great idea to use your GPS** to mark any hotspots you find.

Lilley also makes a point that with a GPS device, you are never really lost on a large body of water (or anywhere else).

Matching Lures with Structures

Lilley’s suggestion for fishing around a deep drop-off is to use a plastic worm.  He lets it free fall to the bottom.

Because it only weighs 1/4 ounce,  it will take a long time for the worm to drop, thus having the lure in front of  fish for the greatest time, while the fish decides how to react!

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Next Time: More about Fishing Around Underground Structures

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* Ultralight Fishing, Tim Lilley, Creative Publishing, 2005.

** GPS = Global Positioning System.  A device to mark your good fishing spots.  These systems use the space satellites  to mark the coordinates of a spot (longitude and latitude).  It’s a snap to find them again later.

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Catching Fish With Ultra-Light Tackle!

Using Ultralight Tackle Means You Probably Need a Heavy-Duty Net!

I picked up a book on ultralight fishing yesterday by Tim Lilley. His opening line is, “You don’t need heavy tackle to catch heavy fish.”  O-k-a-y.

Frankly, it will be a hard sell to get me to go to light-duty line.  When I go fishing, I want all the help I can get!

Unless Mr. Lilley changes my mind, I think turning in my tackle for the puny line he suggests, will be along the nature of “… prying my cold, dead fingers from ….”

What is Ultralight Fishing?

Tim Lilley is specific:  no more than 6 lb. test line and using lures weighing no more than 1/4 of an ounce!  He uses rods of various lengths, depending on the situation.

How Does it Work?

The thing I note throughout the book is that Tim Lilley “reads the water.” People who do this well, are great anglers — no matter what they use for tackle.

He is all for returning to the scene of earlier fishing trips.  He says that you learn by seeing the same stream/pond/river at differing states of water depth.

Learning to Read the Water

Predator fish have scoped out their habitat and found great places to lie in wait for their dinner to stroll by.  Lilley asserts:  If you catch one fish in a great place, another will take its place.  Therefore, cast your line there again.

There are variables that we can’t control; but over time, those same spots where you have been successful, will be successful again.

Like humans, fish find a great spot to get a meal and they return there time and again.

Lakes and Ponds

Mr. Lilley makes an excellent point that fish like particular kinds of cover in lakes and ponds: “brush piles, weedlines, flats, bluffs, rocky banks, flooded trees.”

Once you can consistently find these hiding places in the lakes or ponds you regularly fish, you can generalize this knowledge to unknown bodies of water.  Why was a fish in that spot?

When you figure out why fish are where they are – in your regular fishing places – you can transfer this knowledge to unknown bodies of water and become a more consistently successful angler.

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From: Ultralight Fishing, Tim Lilley, Creative Publishing, 2005.

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Published in: on May 22, 2010 at 9:07 am  Comments Off on Catching Fish With Ultra-Light Tackle!  
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A Few Fishing Bloopers for Your Enjoyment!

It’s Friday and I’m ready for the weekend.  Some weeks are just like that!

We’ve all been involved in some less-that-clever moves while fishing.  Well, Bill Dance has a great sense of humor and he’s gathered together some of his more memorable “gaffes” to your viewing pleasure!  Enjoy!

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Published in: on May 21, 2010 at 8:12 am  Comments Off on A Few Fishing Bloopers for Your Enjoyment!  
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Free Images

The images used for this blog are often more popular than the words written (sad, but true)!  I’m often amazed by the number of downloads.

Because I’m still busy moving my website, I thought this might be a nice change of pace.   Today, I’ve decided to offer some photos and art that are royalty-free for your use!

Have fun!

Remembering Bambi!

Standing in Yellowstone Meadow

Our Pecan Trees are in Trouble Now!

What'cha Doin' Up There?

When Pigs Fly!

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Published in: on May 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm  Comments Off on Free Images  
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Today’s Joke: Dueling Churches!

I’m in the midst of moving my website to a new hosting company and needed a good joke (because my abilities in moving a site are tragic)!

A friend sent this over the weekend. Enjoy!

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Dueling Churches

The burning question:  Do dogs go to heaven?

FYI: These two churches face each other across a busy street.

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Published in: on May 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm  Comments Off on Today’s Joke: Dueling Churches!  
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What to Do When Bitten by a Snake (Some Surprising Answers)!

This is the last of the three articles about snakes:

After Being Bitten

Just Because You Don't Expect to See a Coral Snake in Water Doesn't Mean he Can't be There!

If you are bitten, there are some things you can do to lessen the effects.

  • Stay calm!  Remember that frantic activity will hasten the spreading of the venom throughout your body.
  • Stop extra activity; reduce your movement of the bitten limb.  Over 98% of all snake bites are to the hands and feet!
  • Try to keep the area of the bite lower than your heart!
  • Before the swelling starts, remove your jewelry (rings, watches, etc.) and any tight-fitting clothing.
  • Do not try to capture or kill the snake.  That’s how folks get multiple bites!
  • Don’t add heat of cold to the bite.
  • Do not try to remove the venom yourself!
  • Do not apply home remedies to the bite.
  • Do not use a tourniquet  or constricting band around the bite.
  • Do not use aspirin or related meds because they can increase the bleeding!
  • Get to a medical facility as quickly as possible.
  • Call 911 or the Poison Control Center (1-800-764-7661) to find out which medical centers carry antivenom.
  • Be able to describe the snake to emergency medical staff.
  • Don’t be fooled by a lack of symptoms!
  • You might be in an area where there is no hospital; look for a doctor’s office.
  • Walk – and don’t run; drive carefully – don’t race down the road;  keep calm – don’t use frantic movements.

The Movies vs. These Directions

If you are an adventure fan of movies, some of these directions fly in the face of old movies.  Do you remember when a hero applied a tourniquet to the hapless victim’s bitten limb?

Or better yet, remember how your face shriveled up looking at the hero cutting the victim’s limb and sucking out the venom?

Well, there was a problem with those solutions.

People spent so much time finding a tourniquet, getting a knife clean, etc., that they delayed getting the bitten person to a hospital.  Folks died from the help they got!

These directions urge you to get help from those best able to handle the crisis effectively!

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Well, I’m tired of snakes; on to other subjects!

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Snake photo – courtesy of Wikipedia!

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