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The Greatest Rack Ever Made

You have come to the blog of a well-meaning Scot with a penchant for fishing. I could provide volumes on the Northern Pike, for example, but Field and Stream has done a pretty good job of it. There are lots of guides online to fishing in Canada or my home country for these voracious eaters. It is fitting that people like me love to eat them in turn. So I am not going to give you an angler’s guide or a “how to” manual on grilling fish over a campfire. My friends tell me to stick to my own stories to make my posts more fun and human. If I happen to recount a fishing adventure, so be it. Otherwise, I could cover almost any topic.

I am tempted to tell you about my gaudy-colored lures that pike love. I keep them in a handmade wooden box that I made just for storage. I have a few other cases for my larger tackle, necessary for the very visual-oriented fish. Bigger bait means a bigger haul for the day. I could also relate a few tales about my days as a guide and the excitement of pulling in a 30-pound pike. The lochs in Scotland are rich resources making fishing here the best in Europe. Local fishing involves spinning or using dead bait, from either the shore or a boat, as you prefer. As an aside, live bait is outlawed in the country. Of course, fly-fishing is a distinct option.

I have digressed from my focus on my woodwork, in case you didn’t catch my drift. Not only have I made heirloom-quality boxes, but I have also fashioned a rod, net, and gear rack from Scottish pine. My nephew says that it is the greatest rack ever made, but then he is only ten years old. I think there is a budding woodworker in my midst. I will need to plan some lessons to find out. In case he doesn’t know it, the Scottish pine is the most popular Christmas tree in the U.S. In my house, it has a bigger distinction. In these parts, it is known for its thick bark and dark lower trunk. It is a majestic species that lives for 150 to 300 years. Branches are crooked and gnarly, with needles on the ends. I use it repeatedly for wood projects because my circular saw (from here: https://www.woodworknation.com/best-circular-saw-reviews/) can cut through it like a hot knife through butter, and I intend to design some more projects for my favorite little boy.

In future blogs, you will hear all about it. You will also get fishing tips slipping in here and there, and lots of information on the pike. I have gone a long way from trees to fish, but that is the fun of this post. I promised you something different!


The Host

I am family oriented and am lucky that many relatives live nearby. These are the people with whom I like to fish. If you are new to my blog, angling for pike is my middle name (and the title of my blog!). I love to share stories, whether about time on the water with a rod, or not. Today I am writing about a big annual family event that I agreed to host this year. I have the space, time, and inclination. The problem is that I will have to take time from fishing to clean the house.

Housecleaning is not my forte and I am not about to offer tip and tricks for homeowners. I do want to relate my fiasco buying a new vacuum to get the job done. I grabbed the first one I saw online at https://www.thevacuumchallenge.com/ and was disappointed with its lack of power. I sent it back and borrowed a friend’s nearly-new model. The darn thing died in the middle of the living room floor. I just sent him a check. Already in the hole, I tried again with a dual cyclone marvel that brought the science of suction to new heights. My mother screamed with rage, “Why didn’t you get the more updated Dyson ball?” Not wanting to argue or say I cared, I dutifully exchanged machines.

I was ready to go, but stopped in my track with the vacuum choked on the cat’s knitted toy. It wanted to consume it whole like a snake gorging a gopher. After an expensive repair, I hired a cleaning surface. Switching focus, I decided to cook dinner instead and prepare some fresh-caught pike. This part of the process was much easier and went without a hitch. The meal was delicious as you can’t go wrong with fish. Everyone who knows me—colleagues, family, or friends—understands what is likely to be on the menu at my house. I have my own special way of grilling it with a wonderful marinade that brings out its extraordinary flavor. Frankly, I could eat it plain; but people enjoy my culinary efforts.

Having done these dinners numerous times, I have been sent dozens of recipes. I have ways of poaching the pike in parchment paper or aluminum foil. I broil it in the oven and pan sauté it with butter or oil. The number of sauces is legion with everything from lemon and capers and tomato basil to tartar sauce or spicy vegetables. Pike is certainly on a par with Dover sole or wild salmon. Give it a try. You will never crave sea bass again.


The best season to fish for pike

For many people who fish for pike, there has been always an unending debate of when to fish. There are some who have been fishing for pike summer some something which has made others contradict them. Most say it is much favourable to fish for pike in colder winter something which I also support. Looking back at the previous years you realize that most people who fish in the winter are the ones who gain most.

During the summer, the water temperatures are warm. In this time of the year, the pikes are very active. This because of the warmth. They happen to gobble with the bait making it very difficult to catch them. They are very violent at this time and they fight harder to resist the bait.

However, when the temperatures keep rising, the oxygen-carrying capacity of the water keeps decreasing and with this there comes a lot of challenges. When this continues happening the pike will be distracted and thus it will keep fighting till it gets exhausting. It will get exhausted relatively quicker because of the low oxygen-carrying capacity of the water. After they are captured, it can take a lot of time for them to recover. At times they are unable to recover ending up dying. Mortality rates for pikes should be low, this calls for all fishermen who go fishing for pike to be extra-careful to avoid causing their death. A pike mainly dies if it has been played for a long time till it gets over-exhausted or it has been kept out of water for a long time.

In the winter, the water temperatures are generally cooler, at this time the pikes are lethargic hence there are no problems. At this time some recommend that you should not fish until when the pike gets frosty, some also advise that it is ok to fish for pike all the year round. In my option, I think that this will be more dependent on the water you are fishing in at that time of the year. In a water dam or reservoir, it is most notable that the temperatures are low than that of a shallow river in a lowland. It is very better and convenient to fish at such a time. Personally, I fish for pike in the summer, I mainly do this on glacial lakes, northern rocks, and big water reservoirs. I always do my best to avoid hot weather days in such seasons.

Meanwhile, you need to have your specified tactics on how to handle your fishing activities. In the summer you can catch pike on dead and live baits but there is always a tendency of pikes to gobble the baits at such a time in the year. This usually forces us to apply deep hooking which is usually very dangerous for the pikes thus being discouraged.

You need to be sure of what you are doing. When using a lure or a fly you will be in direct contact with the fish at the first strike, avoid the risk involved and have all the tools you may need at hand.

In conclusion, when you go for pike fishing know what to anticipate for particularly relating to the season at that time. This will get you ready for your adventure in pike fishing.


What a Long Night

Anyone who goes fly-fishing, or any other kind, loves the outdoors and fresh air. This is part of the great appeal of catching fish, not to forget how great it tastes grilled fresh on the campfire. You don’t know how bad the alternative is to clean air until you find yourself in a house full of cigar or cigarette smoke. If you aren’t use to it, you find that you can hardly breathe. This is the inevitable consequence of a night of poker with your fishing buddies. It happened to be my house that came to reek of an unmistakable, distinctive odor after last week’s game. Well, it was hardly tolerable, and I set about finding the quickest, most effective way to eliminate any telltale sign of my friends’ nasty habit.

Yes, angling is a sport, buy my pals don’t all treat themselves like athletes. Many smoke while floating idly on the water waiting to hook their prey. They say it is relaxing, but I find that the act of casting a rod is enough. At least no one complains about their house, except maybe for Mother Nature. They are polluting the wonderful Scottish loch environment, but I am in no position to put a halt to an age-old tradition. This blog is my only recourse at the moment.

After a brief hunt, I found many remedies for cigarette smoke with varying degrees of success, which was when I discovered the tips at https://www.nomoresmokesmell.net/. You can light matches or candles if you like the vibe. Many resort to spray air fresheners that come in all kinds of scents. Opening the doors and windows is obvious, but this just lets out the camouflaging smell. A friend brought over some essential oil mixture, but it was pretty strong. She offered another “flavor” like eucalyptus, but I declined. Let her keep it to use in her wash. It wasn’t an easy process to air out the room, and some smell remained after trying all the tips and tricks in the world. I have had it with hosting a card game at my house. While I don’t mind the long night, I hate the long, frustrating cleanup the next day.

I am going to think of a way to campaign for a healthy environment—probably a concept completely at odds with card playing. A sympathetic soul at work says to offer sweet treats for a snack instead of salty items. Cigarettes and cigars don’t go at all with sugar in any form. I am skeptical, but I will give it a try. If it works, I will spread the word fast for all those of you out there facing the same problem.


Tips on Pike Fishing

In Europe and the coastal parts of USA, Pike fishing is becoming increasingly popular among the people. This has made the people involved to develop ways for catching the fish which is normally known to be hard fighting. The methods used to catch Pike include jerk building, lure fishing, and dead baiting among others. These methods are considered to be very effective because the fish being caught is always determined to fight and rarely gives up.

As I discussed previously in my other articles, pike fishing is usually very effective during the spring and a bit during the winter when the big pike moves to the shallow areas which are normally weedy. They remain there as they feed on the other fish species that may be found on those other weedy areas. They also stay there to spawn. The young ones of the pikes often remain in the shallow areas to protect themselves and also to be able to get the small fish for their food. During the summer, as discussed in a previous article the pikes are very inactive they retire to deeper places so as to get protection cover. With this idea, all anglers should be able to know how to position themselves for angling during summer and winter. The following are some of the tips that you have to keep in mind whenever you go out to fish for pike.

Use float tubes. This has become a very popular way of fishing for pikes on small to medium sized still waters. The float tubes are very efficient, more than any other method that involves water access when fishing.

Do not catch the pikes with your bare hands when fishing for catch and release. Dry hands can easily damage the mucus on the bodies of the pikes. When the mucus has been damaged, the fish can easily die due to possible infections.

Always unhook the pikes with great care. This is because they have a number of teeth which are very sharp. This calls for you to use barbless trebles which are very simple to use when angling for pikes.

When sport-fishing for pikes you should keep them out of water for the shortest time possible. Out of water it should be handled with a lot of care and be given extra time for recovery even when weighing and photographing it.

It is not acceptable to use live fish for bait when pike fishing. This has been banned in many countries because it has been endangering the lives of other species of fish. Though there are some types of fish such as sardines which are allowed to be used as baits in some water bodies.

When fishing most fishermen tend to use small lures especially when applying luring method. This is not effective most of the times because pike has a greater preference for larger prey. For this reason, fishermen should also use small and lighter lures when fishing for smaller pikes in shallow waters.


Fisheries management

For every organization or individual planning to go into large-scale fishing for a long-term, there should be perfect arrangements. This is by putting up strategies and possible manpower input. This is to ensure that the implementation of the strategies goes on as planned.

The first important strategy to put in place is an effective gathering of information. This will give you the view of how the anglers in the lake are impacting the fishery at the specific time of the day. The most important thing about this is that the manager will get firsthand information of how the management system works and how it impacts the fishery. This is where the manager of the fishery feels it is very important for him to get to talk to anglers and know more about their desires and what they need from our company.

At my company, my main job is to collect data to make recommendations for stocking and fishing regulations. Through this blog, I make all the information about it public. I also put across information to the public concerning fishing, access to fishing zones and fish population. I also supervise to ensure that I improve the habitat improvement projects and fish attractor projects, this is to try to improve the fish catching rates.

Many anglers have a lot of unanswered questions. Some seek for answers on why the regulations do not allow one to keep the first 25 fish that they catch. It is also with a lot of concern that a lot of small fish that have been hooked die just after they are thrown back into the water. This makes me as a manager, to seize the opportunity and explain a little bit about the situation. While I become much sympathetic with to the position the that the angler undergoes.

In most of the states in the US, we don’t have a catch and keep Policy. Every fish that is caught at anytime should be returned back to the water. If kept away from the water for a long time it will die hence leading to depletion of some species of fish. This policy has been very instrumental in controlling the size of a population of fish and its young ones.

All top managers require complex skills. This is because the job as you are well aware involves collecting and analyzing data. You have to find the meaning of the numbers that you have. The data must make sense in its application areas. The data will be most important when used to make recommendations for habitat improvement, regulation changes, and stocking.

Though, the largest part of the job still involves hands-on work with fish. Managers in fishery farms like me need to know what a water body is made up of before he/she comes up with recommendations for managing it effectively. Trap-fishing is one of the ways used to catch fish and from this data can be collected by the manager. Through this, you know your business environment in and out with relation to the work you do on the field and the office.

To conclude, for a fishery management to work out well it needs to have an effective leadership and control from the top to the bottom. The management will put in place standards for its workers which will guide them through the activities they get involved in like fishing and data collection. The data when well interpreted will benefit the company to prosper to greater heights


The Fisherman’s Code of Conduct

Whenever you set out for fishing, there are a set of standards that you always have to keep in mind. These standards are put in place in consideration of everyone involved in the practice. It ensures for the wellbeing of the fisherman and the environment and most of all the fish that the fisherman go in search of.

People have mixed feelings about whether the codes of conducts should be put in place or not. They feel that the codes of conduct will kill the fun that many people enjoy especially when they go out to sportfish. It’s by consensus that everyone agrees that we really need these ethics to have good and orderly fishing in our waterbodies.

All the fishermen should have the following codes of ethics in mind every time he/ she sets out for fishing:

Angling ethics begin with understanding and obeying laws and regulations associated with the fishery. Fly anglers understand that their conduct relative to laws and regulations reflects on all anglers. Angling ethics begin with and transcend laws and regulations governing angling and the resources that sustain the sport.

The opportunity to participate in the sport of fly fishing is a privilege and a responsibility to all. Fly anglers respect private property and always ask permission before entering or fishing private property. They seek to understand and follow the local customs and practices associated with the fishery. They share the waters equally with others whether they are fishing or engaging in other outdoor activities.

Fishers minimize their impact on the environment and fishery by adopting practices that do not degrade the quality of the banks, waters, and the overall watersheds upon which fisheries depend. These practices include avoiding the introduction of species not native to an ecosystem, and cleaning and drying fishing gear to prevent the inadvertent transport of invasive exotics that may threaten the integrity of an aquatic ecosystem. In simplest terms, fly anglers always leave the fishery better than when they found it.

Angling authorities endeavor to conserve fisheries by understanding the importance of limiting their catch. “Catch and release” is an important component of sustaining premium fisheries that are being over-harvested. Whenever you fish you should release fish properly and with minimal harm. They promote the use of barbless hooks and angling practices that are more challenging but which help to sustain healthy fish populations.

Anglers treat fellow anglers as they would expect to be treated. They do not impose themselves on or otherwise interfere with other anglers. They wait a polite time, and then, if necessary, request permission to fish through. They may invite other anglers to fish through their positions. Fly fishers when entering an occupied run or area always move in behind other anglers, not in front of them whether in a boat or wading.

Anglers when sharing the water allow fellow anglers enough room so as not to disturb anyone’s fishing experience. They always fish in a manner that causes as little disturbance as practical to the water and fish. They take precautions to keep their shadow from falling across the water.

Fishermen always compliment other anglers and promote this Code of Fishing Ethics to them whether they fish with a fly or not.


My Favorite Rod and Reel

For every angler having the best rod and reel is ideal. Before I set out for fishing, I always make sure I am well prepared for the adventure. This is by having my rod and reel ready for what is ahead. There are certain qualities that I always make sure that my rod and reel have. This makes sure that it is dependable at all times.

Nowadays, when going out to look for the best rod and reel combo you will find it a little bit difficult. There are a lot of good quality products in the market. You will find that almost all of them will be meeting the qualities that you require for your ideal rod and reel combo. This will leave you in a dilemma. For me, because I have been through such a situation a number of times; I always go for Plussino Spinning rod and reel combo. This combo is my favourite because it has the features that get me through with what I want even when I feel unsure of what I want.

Materials

One of the most important considerations that I made before deciding on my choice was the material it was made using. Through the years, the manufacturers have been perfecting the materials they use to manufacture it. This is making it even better. It is manufactured using fiberglass combined with carbon fibre. This has made it stronger and more durable. As it is with many products from the same manufacturer, small parts of it are made of high-quality plastic.

The guide inserts that are on the rod are put in place using aluminium oxide. The seats on the reels are constructed using stainless steel. This prevents them from rusting in both sea and salty water. They always appear shiny even under the threat of rust.

The rod

I prefer Plussino most because of its rod which is made out of a combination of fibre and fiberglass. This makes it very durable and strong. The material is very important for it. It does not rust or corrode no matter the environment it is in. it is ideal in both salt and fresh water. Nobody can remain less than impressed with this. The end of the pole is also fitted with a grip which really enhances its handling when fishing. It is also light in weight though stronger making it more comfortable for everyone.

The reel

The reel I use is model HA3000. It is one of the latest reels in the market hence has the most advanced features. It has a gear ratio of 5:2:1 like most of the others in the market. The anti-reverse handle that it has makes it very comfortable with users who struggle with the sinking of solid hooks. The strength of a solid hook makes it very efficient especially when the fish strikes. The most important quality in it is that it has a computer-balanced rotor which makes the user have an easy time. The stress of looking for the numbers of bearings in a reel is now over. It is not as stressful as it used to be. The reel is never jerky. It’s very precise. This makes it one of a kind for me.

To sum up, this fishing combo is all I ever wanted. It has made fishing to be a very exciting experience for me. I am looking forward to many years of adventure with this.