Month: July 2018

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.