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3 Freshwater Fishing Locations You’ll Want to Visit

Freshwater Fishing

 

Freshwater fishing fans always love to enjoy their sport in new places, and this drives many to look for those places while on vacation. Often, the entire point of the vacation will be to check out new fishing spots and ply their waters. Since many people take these trips, lists of the best fishing spots abound. Because everyone has different opinions – and different amounts of luck and skill at fishing – no two of these lists are exactly the same. Even so, a few areas consistently make it to the top of the charts. Here are three such locations:

  1. Glenwood Spring, CO – This town puts the fisher right in the middle of some of the best fly-fishing streams in the state. From here, enjoy the merger of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, and then take a short trip to fish in the Frying Pan, Gunnison, and Eagle Rivers. A bonus is its affordability, which is made possible by its distance from Aspen.
  1. Traverse City, MI – Here, travelers and residents have access to the huge Lake Michigan, which is home to steelhead and salmon. Grand Traverse Bay also houses some of the best carp flats in the country along with several very productive pockets of smallmouth bass. There are also countless rivers and streams in this part of the Great Lake State.
  1. Apalachicola, FL – In Florida, fishing is extremely common all over the state. Travelers will likely appreciate the prettier landscape of Apalachicola, which sits in the lower part of the Panhandle. Here, light-tackle fish abound in the bays all year round, while in the summer, bay fishers can find ample tarpon. Head inland and hit the rivers and streams to catch panfish and bass. One of the best parts of this part of Florida is the lack of snowbirds and golf resorts.

When seeking an area to fish, it’s important to know what to look for. In lakes, keep an eye out for rocks, which provide cover for fish; and drift lines, which provide food. In rivers, keep an eye out for rocks, fallen trees, and eddies that slow the water and give the fish chances to feed without having to fight the current.

Also, for your next freshwater fishing trip, be sure to pick up a durable Litefighter tent! Going camping will often allow you to avoid competition from other fishers and find more-plentiful stocks.

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Tricks & Tips For Ice Fishing

tips for ice fishing

 

Ice fishing sounds easy enough, but getting continued success can be surprisingly difficult. Typically, there will be some early catches, but then, the fish will mysteriously “just stop biting.” Here are some tips for ice fishing to keep your bucket full for the duration of the trip.

  1. Vary jig types. According to Steve Ryan of Lake Link, most anglers start out with a vertical jig. This is initially successful, but eventually, all of the nearby fish willing to react to it will have been caught. That’s when it’s time to switch to a horizontal jig to draw in other species.
  2. Change the bait. Live bait is often seen as king, but some fish just won’t fall for it. Once the live bait stops working, switch to plastic. Panfish like bluegill often prefer it, perhaps because of its novelty. The best plastic bait uses a tiny head with a long finesse tail. It reacts to even the smallest movement of the rod, which gives the impression of plenty of action.
  3. Stop jiggling the line. It’s standard practice to bob the bait up and down while jiggling the line, but fish soon become accustomed to the motion and stop seeing it. Twisting the line while leaving it at the same depth will wake up bored fish and attract their attention.
  4. Chum the water. There’s no need to be fishing for sharks for this trick to work. Grind up some bait worms or minnows and throw them down the hole. This will draw more fish over and get them feeding. Then surprise them by putting some of that bait on a hook.
  5. Stay safe. Every year, some ice fishermen drown because the ice gave way. To be fully safe, the ice must be 4″ thick. Some chance going out when it’s thinner, but this increases the chance of breaking through. Also, be aware that ice on the Great Lakes can break off in big floes – with ice fishermen helplessly along for the ride. Fishing Tips Depot recommends that anyone going out fishing keep a charged cell phone handy. Fishermen should also let people know where they’re going and when to expect them to return.

With these tips, ice fishing can be safer and much more productive. Give them a try and see how many more fish end up in the bucket!

Also be sure to protect yourself from the elements with a Litefighter shelter!

 

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Best Apps For Hunting & Fishing

best apps for hunting & fishing

While it may seem strange at first to use your top-of-the-line smartphone for hunting in the great outdoors, this little pocket computer actually provides a significant number of advantages for your sporting activities. Hikers use smartphone apps. Outdoor photographers use them as well. So why not hunters and fisherman?

Best Apps for Hunting & Fishing

Amazing apps are coming out all the time, so it is worthwhile to check for the latest and greatest hunting and fishing apps on a regular basis. However, there are a few that have already proven themselves to sportsmen – apps you gotta try on your next outing.

  1. Act in Nature – Safety is of extreme importance when you are handling a firearm. Any sportsman knows this, which is why hunting safety is trained so persistently. The Act In Nature app allows you to gain full control over the safety of your hunting group. You and your party can track one another on the app, allowing you to coordinate your hunt and to know exactly where other people are before you consider taking a shot.
  2. i-Solunar Hunting & Fishing Times – Whether you are angling or hunting, the time of day dictates what actions you take. Fish and game are active during certain times – especially around sunrise and sunset – and this is something you have to account for. The i-Solunar app gives you the best hunting and fishing times for your location, no matter where you are in the world. Valuable info for any sportsman.
  3. i-Hunt Journal – The i-Hunt Journal app is designed for the hunter who wants to be thorough in his approach. Keeping track of all the different variables of your hunt is the best way to understand what is happening, and how to get the results you want. Your memory is only so useful. This app allows you to take notes, photos, record locations and keep an ongoing log of your adventures.
  4. Primos STL – This app gives you access to over 20 hunting calls. According to the manufacturer, the Primos STL app is the best selling hunting app of all time. Whether you are trying to draw in waterfowl, elk, turkey or predators, this app has the calls you need.
  5. Hunting Light and Blood Tracker – Tracking down wounded game is not fun, but it is necessary. This smartphone app helps you see blood more clearly and locate a wounded animal.

Now that you have the best apps for your hunting or fishing adventure, make sure you have the best gear as well.

Bring along a LiteFighter tent on your next adventure!

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Top 5 Fishing Tips & Tricks

 

fishing tips

Catching the big one is only half the fun; preparation and the actual time spent going after that prize fish is also an enjoyable part of this sport.

Everyone who enjoys fishing has their own special tricks, but in general there are some common tips to follow. Fishing is a sport that requires knowledge of the water area and the type of fish you are trying to catch. You need a minimum of equipment, at least a line and hook plus some accessories, bait and a tackle box. Different fish have different habits, so a little advance studying is helpful for learning where to go and what time of day is best. Finally, be prepared to spend some long, quiet hours where patience is indeed a virtue. These top 5 fishing & tricks should help in our quest for the perfect catch.

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