Griffin's Guide to Hunting and Fishing Your source for daily hunting, fishing and outdoors content Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Billfish Go Crazy in Costa Rica Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:00:04 +0000 Fishing for billfish is the ultimate big game fishing. If you’ve had the opportunity to chase these apex ocean predators, you know that hooking into one is no guarantee that you’ll actually land the fish. These fish are strong fighters. You’re doing well if you hook half the fish that you raise into your trolling spread, then leader half the ones you hook (once the captain or mate has his hands on the leader, it’s officially considered a catch).

Then there are rare occasions, though, where everything seems to work. Captain Josh Temple and his crew on the Carol Libby recently visited Costa Rica and got to experience firsthand an insane marlin bite.

costa_marlinWell just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…

We’ve just returned from perhaps the most incredible 5 day trip that we will ever experience in our lives. We managed to release 122 marlin in 5 days of fishing! WOW!

On June 30 we arrived at our destination, lines went in the water at 9:00 a.m. and by 6 p.m. we had tallied a STAGGERING 34 blue marlin releases out of 46 bites. I literally lost count of how many fish we saw, they were attacking in numbers that were quite literally uncountable. Several times throughout the day hooked fish would be followed by several other free swimming marlin. Too many double headers to count, and more triples than I can honestly remember. At one point it took us 8 minutes to catch a triple header of 250–375 pounders on baits! INSANE! We managed to TBF tag 23 blues that day.

Photos: Capt. Josh Temple

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8 Factors to Better Casting Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:00:09 +0000 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), (above)

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Why Overstocking is Bad for Fishing Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:29 +0000 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.


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Win Big in Mossy Oak’s Trail Camera Deer Picture Contest Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:28:21 +0000 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.

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Now’s the Best Time to See Daylight Bucks [VIDEO] Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:06:40 +0000 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 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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Duck Numbers Soar in North Dakota Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:59:22 +0000 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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Archer Shoots a Bow from a Zipline [VIDEO] Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:10 +0000 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.

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Battle Lines Drawn Over Summer Fluke Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:06 +0000 It’s a matter of some heated debate as to whether climate change is affecting water temperatures, or if it’s a cyclical kind of thing. One thing is for sure, though — fish are reacting to it.

I’ve written how a predicted El Niño event is affecting fishing in my home waters off Southern California. Apparently, something similar is happening on the East Coast. Summer flounder, aka fluke, have moved further north. Instead of the bulk of the population being concentrated off the North Carolina coast, they are now up in the New York/New Jersey area.

The migration has created a major battle between North Carolina-based commercial fishermen and New York-based sports anglers. Find out what’s at stake in this interesting read from Climate Central.

fluke_passionfortheseaThe summer flounder – one of the most sought-after catches on the U.S. East Coast – is stirring up a climate change battle as it glides through the sand and grasses at the bottom of a warming North Atlantic.

Also known as “fluke,” the flat, toothy fish is remarkable for its ability to change color to adapt to its surroundings, rendering it almost invisible to predators and prey.

Some scientists say in recent years the species has begun adapting in another way. As the Atlantic Ocean has warmed, they say, the fish have headed north.

The center of summer flounder population, recorded as far south as Virginia around 1970, is now off the New Jersey coast. Its migration has set the stage for battle between northern and southern East Coast states on how to share the business of harvesting this tasty, lean fish – valued at $30 million per year commercially and untold millions more for the recreational fishing industry.

Battle lines have been drawn over a fish that has staged a remarkable comeback from a population crash linked to overfishing in the late 1980s. But fluke has returned to a dramatically changed environment in the sea and on land.

On one side are southern states, most importantly, North Carolina, with a commercial fishing fleet pummeled in recent years by competition from cheap foreign seafood imports. North Carolina today gets the biggest slice of the East Coast fluke fishery, based on its 1980s history as the leader in summer flounder landings. It is eager to hold onto its summer flounder quota, even if that now means the commercial fleet motors to New Jersey and back to find fish.

Photos: Ginny Sanderson (top); Passion for the Sea (above)

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Product Preview: ScentBlocker’s 1.5 Performance Shirt Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:06:16 +0000 Robinson Outdoor Products LLC, the maker of ScentBlocker, introduces the ScentBlocker 1.5 Performance Shirt. Because when it comes to lightweight performance, next to nothing means everything.

At its core, the ScentBlocker 1.5 Performance Shirt is made from ultralightweight, breathable, technical fabric with 4 Direction Stretch and Microwick to keep the wearer cool and dry. It also incorporates an advanced S3 antimicrobial treatment to reduce odor-causing bacteria. This keeps garments smelling fresher, longer. But the foundation of this innovative product is ScentBlocker’s revolutionary new synthetic Trinity Technology that adsorbs human odor like nothing else.

Composed of a patented polymeric resin that took more than 10 years to perfect, Trinity has properties that provide qualities unattainable in other scent-adsorption technologies; it’s lighter by volume, exhibits stronger attraction for human/organic odors, and lasts longer over the life of a garment. Testing shows that Trinity even leapfrogged the efficacy benchmark of their own industry leading Cold Fusion carbon odor-adsorption capacity. And by leveraging ScentBlocker’s proprietary application process, Trinity Technology is fused into the fabric of the garment — in this case, the ScentBlocker 1.5 Performance Shirt.

“The significance of what this means to a hunter is obvious,” says Mike Swan, Director of Marketing.  “When you start with a material that adsorbs more odor, you can achieve impressive scent control performance in lighter garments with less loading. This is where Robinson Outdoor Products innovation shines through with our new Trinity technology. Application of this synthetic polymer on new technical fabrics results in absolutely lighter, more comfortable and more user-friendly scent control hunting clothing than ever before.”

As a component of ScentBlocker’s System Layers, the 1.5 Performance Shirt is classified as Layer 1, meaning it can be worn next to the skin by itself, or as a base layer under other garments.

Hunting with scent control has never been like this, and no one else has it. ScentBlocker’s 1.5 Performance Shirt — the hunting garment that no one dared dream of. Until now.

1.5 Performance Long-sleeve Shirt

NEW ScentBlocker Trinity Technology — Patent Pending

First of its kind! Full ScentBlocker technology in a shirt! Provides an extremely lightweight and breathable product.

Great for layering with ScentBlocker System Layer 2 and 3 garments

S3 antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control

4 Direction Stretch comfort

Microwick technology moves moisture away from the body

Crewneck style shirt

Thumbholes for easy layering

System Layer 1

Colors: RealTree Xtra, Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity

Sizes: M–2XL

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GoPro Waterfowl Hunting At Its Best [VIDEO] Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:38:05 +0000 Have you seen this GoPro waterfowl hunting video?

Though it’s a couple years old by now, this GoPro waterfowl hunting film is pretty fantastic.

Uploaded by Ben Potter, it uses some great angles and high-speed capture to depict hunting at its best.

This was uploaded before the recent sportsmen’s mount released by GoPro, making it that much cooler thanks to the ingenuity.

It’s videos like this one that likely inspired GoPro to go ahead with their new mount.

Do you plan to shoot hunting videos this fall with a GoPro or similar camera?

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