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Whether your fishery is a lake, beach, offshore, or anywhere in between, longer casts are one of the biggest things you can do to improve your fishing results. Maybe the fish are really spooky and a long cast is the stealthy choice. Perhaps you spot breaking fish or diving birds, and they’re far away. Or maybe it’s just that a longer cast gives you more productive time presenting your bait, since longer casting equals better fishing.

There are eight important factors that contribute to longer casting. This Wired2Fish article by Jason Sealock breaks them down and shows how they work together.

casting1Whether you’re learning how to cast for the first time or just trying to improve your distance or accuracy with a fishing rod and reel combo and your favorite lure, there are several factors that dictate how far and well you can cast a lure.

The following are the factors you need to consider when casting a fishing lure:

  • Rod action
  • Rod length
  • Line size
  • Line material
  • Lure weight
  • Lure shape or size
  • Wind
  • Lure to rod tip distance

Every one of these factors affects your ability to cast the lure where you want to, and here is how each one should be considered to make you the best caster on the lake.

Action determines load

When you pull the rubber back on a sling shot, the harder you pull it back or “load” it, the farther it will shoot your pellet. The same holds true for a fishing rod. The more you can cause the rod blank to load the more you can launch a bait with the recoil on the rod.

If a rod has a real heavy power and action, it won’t bend as much and it won’t load as much. Whereas a rod that has a moderate action or medium power will load a lot more. There is, however, a law of diminishing returns. If the rod has too light an action and not enough power, the lure will become overpowering and can even break a rod blank with enough force. So you want a rod with a moderate action and medium power to maximize your cast.

Photos: Wired2Fish (top), Fishing.com (above)

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I’m a strong believer that if you wait for that mythical perfect time to fish, you’ll never go out fishing.

It’s a daily part of my day to check the counts, but a down count doesn’t mean that I’m not going to go out. A bad count could mean any number of things. Maybe the conditions weren’t right, maybe the bait was bad, or maybe the captain took a chance that didn’t payoff.

I recently came across an article by Kirk Deeter in Field & Stream. Deeter seems to have a similar point of view as mine. He has about as much regard for the anglers at stocked lakes as I do about count chasers. In his article, Kirk shines a light on the fake fishing of overstocked lakes.

faketrout2_sarlAfter sitting in traffic on a freeway in Los Angeles the other day, I decided that LA freeways are similar to over-stocked trout rivers. Put too many fish in a river and everything gets plugged up, and everyone starts acting weird.

Yet I am amazed by the number of anglers who think that stocking trout is the key to “good fishing.”

I get it all the time. “Hey, have you ever heard of XYZ place near Denver, the fishing is just tremendous there.” Yeah, I’ve heard of it. And no, the fishing is not tremendous.

The fishing is really all about mutant triploid fish, planted in such great concentration that by simply dragging flies through a run, you are bound to eventually snag one in the face. There are a lot of places like that these days. Places where people go to pretend to be good anglers. And people will pay through the nose to do so. But those places have nothing to do with actually being a good angler.

Photos: FishingLakes.com

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13698735-standard[1]Trail cameras allow you to “hunt” year round, keeping you in the know about what the deer in your hunting area are doing.

Prices have dropped as more and more companies offer products, and the motion activated devices are simple to set up and easy to operate.  So what are you waiting for?

Now, aside from learning the whereabouts of elusive local bucks, your trail cam serves another purpose. You can enter your pictures for weekly prizes and a grand prize that includes an all-expenses-paid hunting trip with the Drury Brothers. All of the prizes relate to deer hunting, and uploading your entries is easy. Actually, you can win prizes by just entering without a trail camera image. But bagging that special picture would give you extra bragging rights…

Check out all the details.

IMG_0760Soybeans, alfalfa, and other lush crops are a magnet to mid-summer deer; they lure those elusive bucks out into the fields during daylight hours, providing a rare opportunity to evaluate growing antlers and make plans for fall hunting stands.

This window won’t stay open long, so take advantage of buck visibility with a spotting scope or sharp pair of binoculars.

This video from GrowingDeer.tv also looks at a doe found dead and an evaluation of the electrified low-fence strategy to keep deer from newly growing food plots. Check it out:

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Howard 4 093If you’re a waterfowl or upland bird hunter, you may want to make immediate plans for a great fall trip to North Dakota.

If you’ve never taken a Dakota safari, you’re in for a great hunting experience and a chance to see a part of the country that gets little tourist attention.

The ducks and pheasants aren’t there for the oil money, so you can count South Dakota as a best bet as well. Dakota bird hunts are known for warm, friendly hosts and huge flock numbers. An Eastern pheasant hunter will probably see a lifetime’s worth of roosters flush in a single day, and waterfowl flocks are tremendous.

Daniel Xu covers this story for OutdoorHub, and it’s all good news.

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Practicing in challenging situations for that shot on an elusive big buck is always a great idea, although I doubt that many hunters will attach a zipline to their tree stand so they can swoop down like an eagle for a closer shot. Nonetheless, this video is very entertaining and will certainly expand your imagination for future practice sessions.

A slightly less dramatic practice method is to hang a plastic coffee can lid in front of a target backstop and let the wind direct the angles and movement. Sometimes the lid swings back and forth, but it mostly rotates so that you must wait for exactly the right moment to release. All you need is a piece of string and a plastic lid, and this low-tech tactic will teach you patience at the moment of truth.

Now, check out this fun and clever use of a zipline.