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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)



By Jason Herbert

The bright, African sun beat down across sun-dried plains as a tribal elder quietly coached his grandson in their native tongue. Delivered in soft, short whispers, “…wait until the animal relaxes…. pick a target, aim at the target… now when your ready- shoot.” With a familiar “WACK!”- history had repeated itself once again. Heeding the advice of his grandfather, the young archer had successfully anchored a giant Kudu bull, and we were watching it fall as the celebration erupted.

“Yeah Wyatt! You got him… Congratulations! I’m so proud of you… You did great…” Smiles, laughter, and giant bear hugs (and not just directed at Wyatt) filled the mud colored hut. I had just been part of one family’s history- and was able to witness something truly special.

When I first met sixteen year old Wyatt Peary, I was truly impressed. Being a middle school teacher I have the chance to interact with many teenage kids. Wyatt is special, and immediately made a good impression on me. With a strong, firm handshake and direct eye contact, I thought he was a confident kid who had been brought up well. As I got to know him further, I learned that my first impression was spot on. Wyatt is the kind of kid that makes adults like myself excited for the future. Wyatt shoots with a mature grace not seen in many young archers and conducts himself socially in the same manner. He is easy to have a conversation with- yet wide eyed and young enough to know that he’s still learning from every experience. With a bold faith and strong character, Wyatt’s smile and healthy sense of humor put others at ease and show his great leadership potential.

President and CEO of Robinson Outdoor Products, Scott Shultz is busy accomplishing lots in his second career. He also accomplished much on his first career, and in his younger days Shultz was quite the competitive archer. Now in his new life, his demanding corporate lifestyle and dedication to family and friends leave little time for him to shoot for fun. Don’t get me wrong, Scott still shoots amazingly well, and as often as possible- just not competitively. Scott’s also a world traveled hunter, with trophy mounts and even bigger memories from all corners of the world. Being driven by his love for his family, strong faith, and a keen sense for right and wrong, Scott is a bull in the board room, and is proud of all of the families his company supports. But – like many of us, Scott’s an onion with many layers. Layers that sometimes can only surface on a wild African bow hunting adventure.

DSC_0017“Jason.” We were palling around in the airport on our way to Johannesburg, with a huge, earnest smile on his face and a slap on my back, “I like to say big plane ride equals big adventure.” Scott was explaining to me his philosophy on proximity to home in relation to vacations. For years I’d heard stories about Scott and his bow hunting endeavors. Now I’m proud to call him a friend, and often reflect on his impact on my life. Schultz has influenced me spiritually, and reassured me often that the way I’m bringing up my own children with a strong work ethic is the right way to do things. I often call Scott “a modern day Fred Bear” and he simply laughs. Not denying his passion for adventure, but always humble and never completely agreeing with me either.

On this particular trip, I got to witness his legacy in action. I got to see how Scott’s family values shined true through his grandson Wyatt. World traveled, corporate big wig, who serves on a number of committees and boards- Scott Schultz is really, behind the scenes, a loving and doting grandfather. The same man, who has traveled the globe taking all sorts of dangerous game with archery equipment is wrapped around his grandchildren’s little fingers. I remember the first time stepping in Schultz’s office. I was in awe of the exotic trophies from across the world, and listened intently as he shared their stories with me. Near the end of our conversation, he said, “Here are my real trophies,” and with a huge smile, pointed to several pictures of his family on his desk.

There were sixteen of us total, traipsing across South Africa with Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris on the “ScentBlocker Safari.” People from all walks of life sharing one thing in common- an affinity for bow hunting adventure. I had the unique privilege of getting to know everyone well, as I hunted with my camera, with different parties each day. Scott organized the whole thing and the invite list showed a healthy cross cut of his life. There were old hunting/shooting buddies from back home in Pennsylvania, invited along to share in yet another adventure. Representatives from the Archery Trade Association were brought along to see the huge potential African bowhunting has to offer. Crews and hosts from outdoor television shows ScentBlocker’s The Chase and ScentBlocker’s Most Wanted were on-hand to share their hunts and continue to grow the sport. I was there to document the entire thing in picture and print. And of course, rounding out the guest list was Scott’s grandson, Wyatt. Wyatt was there to hunt with his grandfather. Or, more like… Wyatt was there to hunt with his grandfather at his side. If memory serves me right, Scott picked up his bow to hunt one time the entire two weeks, taking a beautiful Sable ram. As usual, Scott’s hunt was rather eventful, but I’ll save that vivid tale for another time. According to my calculations, Wyatt was “high hook” or in this case, ”high arrow” with a total of seven animals taken on the trip! I was along on a few of Wyatt’s hunts, heard the stories from the rest, and cannot honestly say who had more fun, Wyatt or Scott!

One lucky day, where God just kept blessing us with encounters and great shots, Wyatt had already taken a beautiful Springbok and his giant Kudu- he insisted that I take a turn to hunt. We went to a new blind and eventually had a mature Springbok ram make it in front of my sights. I was treated like family, with Scott whispering encouragement in my ear right before I released my arrow, and Wyatt slapping me on the back as the animal fell. We all recovered the animal together, I got properly initiated to Africa by Scott himself as Wyatt took pictures. I realized the family’s love of the sport wasn’t a selfish one. Both Scott and Wyatt were truly happy for me and rejoiced in my celebration as well. I felt privileged to be welcomed into such a primal brotherhood and welcoming family.

DSC_0019Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the trip, the laughter and hugs, Scott and I had a chance to talk privately. Scott cares about me as a person, so I shared a few things for a bit and then the conversation shifted to him. I was explaining how impressed I was with Wyatt and ended with this, “Think about your legacy, what you’re going to leave behind after you’re gone. Imagine the stories he’ll have about his “crazy bow hunting” grandpa who invited him across the world to share in the hunt. What an impact you’re having on his life.”

Scott’s response was nothing more than a simple, peaceful smile, and a nod of his head.

Later in the week, when we all had to say our goodbyes at the Atlanta airport, I watched Scott and Wyatt one last time. Realizing what special events I had been able to witness, I paid particular attention to their body language. Exhausted and homesick like the rest of us, but working as a team, the two bowhunters grabbed their luggage and vanished in the mass of people, laughing and carrying on about the newest chapter that they shared in their lives. With all of the attacks on family values that we see in America these days, it was nice to spend time with a family who loves each other. Missing my family terribly, I couldn’t wait to get home and hug my own wife and kids. I was left with reassurance by Scott to keep plugging away with my own family, and doing my best to raise my kids the right way. I am happy to say that Scott’s influence on family values stretches beyond his own, and my family is better for it.


The vast majority of the ocean is still left unexplored. There are a handful of deepwater research projects going on throughout our oceans, but it takes a lot of resources to explore the deep ocean. Often, much of what we find out about the deep ocean is revealed via the accidental catch in a fisherman’s net or at the end of a hook.

Such was the case recently when a fisherman caught one of this rare species off the Philippines. Only 59 sightings have been recorded since the this shark was first discovered off Hawaii in 1976. Learn more about this rare species.

megamouthOne of the world’s rarest sharks was caught by fishermen in the nearby shore of Barangay Cugman in Cagayan de Oro City Monday morning.

It is believed to be the 59th species of the megamouth shark seen by humans. The megamouth is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark according to Wikipedia.

Animal bone enthusiast and expert Darrell Blatchley, American curator and owner of D’ Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in northern Mindanao (BFAR-10) office Tuesday that the megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) is one of the rarest fishes in the world.

“In my 20 years as a collector, I have seen various species of dolphins and whales. This is my first time seeing this kind of shark. It was strange. So lucky to have seen a megamouth shark in [the] flesh,” he said.

Photos: Sun.Star (top); Classora (above)

WV Deer 2013 040Rabies is a terrible disease to all mammals that contract it.

Although rarely found in whitetail deer, the young doe in the following video was obviously sick and nearly attacked a woman. Fortunately, her quick thinking saved the day, and two customers of a nearby fast-food restaurant raced over and helped control the animal.

This is an amazing story that every outdoors person should see.

Capturing hunting video is great fun and usually requires specialized, expensive gear, as well as a second person to operate the camera. Not anymore!

GoPro has introduced a Sportsman Mount that allows you to video your hunt. It’s specially designed to reduce the impact of recoil on the image. You can even mount two cameras at once, so you can capture video of your game and of yourself taking the shot. OutdoorHub’s Daniel Xu brings you the details. Don’t miss the video that will open your imagination to a world of video possibilities.

60050006Over the past decade GoPro cameras have quickly grown to dominate outdoor filmmaking. Characterized by their lightweight frames and rugged durability, GoPro’s products are the first choice of many action sport enthusiasts. These wearable cameras have also proven to be invaluable to the outdoor film industry, providing both filmmakers and individual sportsmen the ability to record point-of-view video while in the field. Now for the first time GoPro has announced a new mount dedicated especially to the stewards of the great outdoors: sportsmen.

Similar mounting equipment has been designed for the GoPro before by third-party companies. A gun-mounted GoPro is not only useful for filmmakers trying to capture a unique angle, but also for everyday hunters and shooters.

The $69.99 GoPro Sportsman mount can be attached to most shotguns, rifles, revolvers, and even airsoft or pellet guns. Whether on the range or in the woods, shooters will be able to record video straight from their firearms.  more

14-05-23 1918-4Motion-activated and time-lapse trail cameras have revolutionized deer hunting, but if you only use these cool devices a few months of the year, you’re missing an exciting hobby and could lose out on a wealth of great outdoor information.

Many hunters use cameras near a food source to evaluate the quality and number of deer in an area. That’s great, but don’t overlook interesting outdoor happenings at other times of the year. If you find a stump where a bear has been rubbing, a dead animal in the woods, turkey dusting bowls, and the like, set up a camera. Today’s motion activated cameras frequently offer infrared photography, which won’t scare wildlife or humans with a visible flash. For the best results, keep these three things in mind.

1. Spray your camera with scent-elimination spray and use rubber gloves when handling and installing the device. Your scent may spook game, and the salt from hand perspiration is a magnet to bears. Otherwise, you may get one great image of bruin tonsils, but that’s all.

2. Test the camera once in place. Even better, practice at home on a bird feeder or bird bath to make sure you know where the camera shoots and how it operates. You may want stills or video and you must know how to adjust for each. Such projects are great for keeping youngsters entertained in summer months.

3. Finally, invest in quality batteries. I love the dollar stores as much as the next guy, but you want batteries that will last  a long time. The gas from one trip will easily pay for the difference photo 1in battery cost.

Need more convincing? Enjoy these recent trail camera shots taken with Stealth Cam cameras and see what kind of visual goodies might be awaiting you.