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Shark attacks are a pretty rare occurrence. Contrary to how they are typically portrayed in the media, sharks generally don’t attack humans. When attacks do occur, though, it’s big news; it’s even bigger when they happen during a big national holiday off a popular Southern California beach.

Over the July 4 weekend, that’s exactly what happened to swimmer Steven Robles. Robles was swimming in the ocean between Hermosa and Manhattan Beach when he was attacked by a juvenile great white shark that was hooked on the line of a pier fisherman. Find out all the gory details in this account from LAist.com.

sharkattack_roblesA video of the shark attack that left a swimmer injured yesterday shows the panic that it caused among those at Manhattan Beach enjoying the holiday weekend. Steven Robles, the swimmer bitten by the shark, is expected to recover.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by LoudLabs, was shot by visitors on the Manhattan Beach pier watching a group of swimmers go by. The voices heard on the video seem to be aware that the swimmers would cross paths with the shark, and end up laughing when the shark has its close encounter with Robles.

“He f***in’ jumped right on top of him. Right on top of him!” says a male voice, as if he was watching a quarterback get taken out by a linebacker. In the video the attack can be seen, but only as splashes from a distance.

Photos: Associated Press (top); NBC4 (above)

 

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How to repair a tent pole with quick and easy fixes.

Perhaps you’ve been there: you get to your perfect camping spot and you go to set up your tent but one of the poles is broken. You think, “wow, I thought this time I’d be able to sleep in a tent and not outside on a rock pillow. I was wrong.” Well, instead of letting that broken pole beat you, conquer it and sleep comfortably with these tips.

Aluminum Repair Sleeve

These can be found at most outdoor and camping stores. It’s a simple sleeve that can be wedged or taped into place over the broken section of a tent pole. It’s a handy little tool to always have for camping in case you need it. It’s a much easier and less expensive, however temporary, fix to a broken tent pole.

Tent Stakes

Stakes are a great tool to splint a broken pole. And think about it, somehow there are always leftover stakes even though you feel like you’ve staked down every piece of tent that touches the ground.

If something like a stake could save your pole, so could a screwdriver, allen wrench, or really anything sturdy. The factor here is having tape or strong string to splint the pole with whatever you wish to use.

If it really comes down to it and you need a quick fix, try using a branch.

Shock Cord

These are just a few ideas for repairing a broken pole on a tight budget or if you are out camping and can’t get to an outdoor retail store. But what if the actual cord is broken?

If the shock cord inside the pole is broken or torn, here is an easy fix:

Find the two ends of the cord and feed them through the pieces of the pole and the ferrules (the smaller metal piece connecting the bigger pole sections) until they meet with equal tension on each side. If you have a couple of washers, place them through each end of the cord and tie a knot in the cord. This prevents the knot from slipping through the ferrules or pole pieces, as the washer holes are smaller and can provide tension to keep the knot strong. If you do not have washers, try to tie the knot as big as possible so it can sit between two pieces of the tent pole.

So there you have it, a few ideas for cheap, easy and quick tent pole repairs. Next time this happens to you, hopefully you can remember some of these tips and end up sleeping inside your tent and not on top if it.

Do you have any other ideas for quick camping fixes, perhaps from experience? Leave them in the comments.

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A New York City apartment is up for sale, and the museum-worthy taxidermy collection is negotiable.

If you’ve got an extra $3.3 million lying around, and are a big fan of taxidermy, this apartment is exactly what you need.

Thanks to the New York Times piece written about Gregory Speck and his “Animal House,” outdoorsmen with an affinity for trophy game can get a glimpse at this incredible collection, even if they’d never have the money to buy it.

The most interesting thing about the listing is the pictures that show the rooms filled with game animal mounts right next to the same pictures with the animals edited out. You know, so someone could imagine what it would look like without a menagerie of taxidermy.

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Quiet movement in the woods is critical for hunting success.

Anytime you are moving through the hunting woods, you have to be vigilant about noise control and careless movement.

Every sound you make, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is a warning to all animals within hearing distance.
Of course, it just isn’t possible to move through a wooded area without making any noise at all. But, you can minimize noise and sound by following a few simple ground rules for movement while hunting.

Whether you’re headed to a treestand in the early morning hours, or practicing spot and stalk hunting from the ground, these tips can help keep you quiet and undetected.

Every Step You Take

Always remember that the noise you make while in a quiet setting is projected like it was being sent from an amplifier. If you snap a twig or stomp your way through a thicket, there is guaranteed to be a set of ears somewhere listening to your every move.

Deer and other game animals survive by knowing when a predator is close. If you move through the woods like you typically would, you won’t get close enough to see a deer much less get a shot at one.

Tread Lightly

When walking through the woods, you have to be aware of step placement every time you put down your foot. Place each step gently and with care.

The best way to do it is to lower either your heel or toe first and ease the rest of your foot down very slowly. By doing so, you can ideally feel a twig before it snaps or a rock before you kick it, and that will give you time to adjust your step.

Leaf Shaking

If you hunt early season deer or spring turkeys, you have to deal with a leafy environment when hunting a wooded area.

In these situations, small leafy trees can be your worst enemy. Carelessly shoving aside a leafy sapling is like shaking a pair of maracas. The rattling sound can be heard for hundreds of yards and lets all animals in the area know you’re coming.

When you’re walking through a thick, leafy area, it’s best to do so slowly and with an awareness of noise under your feet and at eye level as well.

Quiet Gear is a Must

It doesn’t do you any good to walk softly and quietly through the woods if your gear is clinking and clanging with every step. The metallic ring of a keychain or slide of a zipper is totally out of place in the wild.

Noises that are out place are like neon signs announcing the presence of humans in the area and there is nothing animals fear more than humans. Keep your gear quiet and you can eliminate half the battle of noise control while moving through the woods.

Turn Off Your Cell

It is a good idea to carry your cell phone while hunting in case of emergencies. However, the last thing you want is for your phone to chime in with the theme song from Star Trek while you’re trying to ease into your hunting area.

Turn off your phone or put it on silent until your hunt is over.

Watch the Coughing

Most hunting seasons happen during the height of cold and flu season. For that reason, hunters are often forced to hunt with a sniffle, cough, or both.

The problem is that a cough is one of the worst sounds you can make while hunting. There is absolutely nothing that screams danger to a deer more than the sound of a human cough. If you have a coughing problem when hunting season arrives, do all you can to suppress it while in the woods.

Take cough drops with you and carry plenty of fluids. If you end up in the middle of a coughing fit despite your best efforts, put your head down and do your best to bury the sound in your jacket or coveralls.

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If you want to take your time, make your own stock out of a roasted wild turkey carcass and leg/thigh meat.

6-8 servings

Ingredients

If you want to take your time, make your own stock out of a roasted wild turkey carcass and leg/thigh meat.

6 – 8 servings

1/2 cup butter
1 cup carrot, peeled and diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup flour
5 cups chicken broth
2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 cups whole milk
1 cup cooked wild rice
2 cups cooked wild turkey breast, diced or shredded
salt and pepper

Instructions

Melt half of the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add next 4 ingredients and cook until onions are translucent. Add remaining butter. When butter is melted, sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir often for 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chicken stock and continue stirring until smooth. Add remaining chicken stock, a little at a time, while stirring. Add mushrooms and milk, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in rice and turkey to warm. Season with salt and pepper.

Photo: The Sporting Chef

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Anchovies and sardines have an inverse relationship. When the population of one is up, the other is down. In this way, nature is able to regulate itself. Southern California fishing has been in a sardine dominant cycle for decades now. It’s been so long that many anglers (myself included) have never fished with anchovies as the predominant bait.

To fish an anchovy and have a chance to successfully land an offshore gamefish requires special gear and techniques. Erik Landesfeind details how the latest tackle stacks up and even some cheats to get you fishing anchovies faster.

chovy_ytIt’s been a long time since any of us has had to fish with anchovies as bait. In fact, it’s been so long that a lot of the younger guys have never had to do it. Well, a lot has changed since the late 80′s when my go to finesse combo for tuna was a Penn Squidder 145 with a plastic spool full of 20-pound mono matched with a Sabre 800. While the return of the anchovy still requires the same finesse, today’s tackle is going to make it a whole lot easier to not just fish the bait, but land the fish you hook on it.

In hopes of getting some insight into anchovy fishing in the new millennium, I asked a couple of industry experts to share some tips on choosing and using the right tackle. My first call was to Robby Gant of Shimano who was more than happy to share. “When fishing the chovy there are a couple things that need to be looked at when putting together the proper rod and reel combo.”

Gant continued, “This past decade we’ve been spoiled with fishing the Sardine as it’s a heavy and for the most part lively bait. So, when fishing the Sardine you can use a heavier action rod and also use lever drag reels. The spools on these reels are much heavier than those on star drag reels so your start up inertia is much slower; but sardines are heavy enough that you don’t lose any performance in casting.”

Photos: SoCal Salty (top); BD Outdoors (above)