This is a great idea for small spaces and uses less wood too! Ideal for cooking on or simply enjoying the atmosphere. So on your next trip to the outdoors give this one a try.
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If you’re a fan of fishing for pike and own a kayak, blending the two together is an excellent way to access phenomenal fishing opportunities.
Many large pike roam waters off limits to anglers with powerboats, and getting into back lakes or small- to medium-sized rivers is easy with a kayak. More often than not, these unpressured fish are willing to hit baits with unbridled predatory aggression, only heightening the fun of kayak angling!
Kayaks let you access lakes and rivers off limits to powerboats, which often equates to phenomenal angling action.
A Bit About Kayaks
Kayak fishing is booming in North America. The growing popularity exists for several reasons. Being able to access waters cut off to powerboats is one. In a kayak any public access spot on shore is a launch site. Then it’s just a matter of paddling to biting fish. Another reason kayak fishing is growing is their low-cost advantages. No motor or trailer means lower fuel costs with these small boats. The ability to customize kayaks into fully functional fishing machines is another reason more anglers are taking up kayak fishing. Lastly, kayak fishing is fun! You’re closer to the water and battling even smaller-sized fish can be a blast in these low-profile paddleboats.
Kayaks Access Prime Pike Waters
There is no wrong time to target pike using a kayak. Look for pike around creeks and bays where they’ll recover after spawning in spring. Come summer and autumn, bays and weed lines are good areas to paddle and cast baits.
As kayaks glide through extremely shallow water, use this to your advantage and work shallow, weedy, and sand bays off the beaten track. Also, don’t be afraid to explore up small rivers or lake tributaries. Sometimes these connect to lakes with undeveloped shorelines. It’s spots like this where non-stop pike action is common as fish aren’t likely to see very many lures in their lifetime.
Top Kayak Pike Gear
Fishing pike from a kayak begins by having the proper gear. Medium-heavy to heavy bait cast or spinning rods are good. Some prefer longer rods of at least 7 feet to help them control fish and keep them a safe distance from the boat until they’ve played them sufficiently and safely, and it’s time to land them. Use braid starting at 30-pound-test and either use wire or heavy-duty fluorocarbon leaders of at least 60-pound test to prevent bite-offs.
Kayak Pike Baits
As you’re fishing much closer to the water, try and use lures featuring single hooks, or pinch down barbs on trebles. This makes releasing fish easier, but also lessens the chances of an angling accident.
Good top water lures include frogs and buzz baits. Soft-jerk baits rigged on single hooks are excellent to twitch around weeds or wood for pike as well. Spinner baits are another great single-hook option and are always pike magnets. To work the bottom or along weed edges, buck tail jigs bulked up with twister tails are my favorite choice.
The Right Release Tools
It’s important to carry all the necessary release tools when fishing out of a kayak. This ensures you can quickly remove the hooks from a fish and resume fishing. The longer you take to land and release a fish at boat side the greater the chances for mishaps. Pliers are a must, and floating models are available. Keep them on a lanyard so they’re always within reach and carry a spare set. Jaw spreaders are important for pike as well to quickly open a fish’s mouth and remove a lure. A net is also a good tool to carry in the boat. Many handles easily stow in flush mount rod holders. If targeting big fish, it’s often best to angle with a partner so assistance is nearby for landing and removing hooks.
Fishing pike from kayaks is exciting. These predators often aggressively hit lures and back lake fish are sure to be more aggressive than ones found on pressured waters regularly angled and exposed to plenty of boat traffic. Whether you own one or not, if you enjoy pike fishing, try angling them with a kayak.
You might be surprised how much fun it is, not to mention the size and number of fish you’ll like catch if you get on less pressured waters.
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Nothing is more spectacular than the northern lights and these can be viewed as early as late June depending on the season’s climate. The cooler the better for the ‘lights’ to make their presence known. Enjoy a campfire, watch the bright, twinkling stars and wait for the northern lights to appear ……beautiful!
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Dogs are known for their incredible loyalty, so it’s no wonder that they make great teammates. Swedish extreme racing team, Peak Performance, learned this first-hand when they met Arthur, an incredibly strong dog who went from stray to world-wide sensation!
The athletes were competing in a 430-mile-race through Ecuador when they took a well deserved break from their grueling feat to eat lunch. Since the team was in the middle of the rain forest, they were wary of any animals who might approach. But the only one who did was a scraggly, mangy stray dog who they affectionately named Arthur.
Poor Arthur watched with eager, hungry eyes as the athletes unwrapped their food. The team needed all the calories they could eat, and (obviously) food was pretty hard to come by in the middle of the jungle, but team captain Mikael Lindlord offered Arthur a meatball.
What happened next is sure to warm your heart. Scroll down and see how a stray named Arthur went from being a scruffy loner to an INSPIRATIONAL team member who was so brave and so smart, he managed to find his fur-ever home.
Mikael Lindnord says on the team website, “It all started with me giving Arthur a meatball when we we’re eating right before the long trekking. When we set off we did it with some other teams, and I didn’t understand that Arthur was following us until we were alone and he was still there. At one stage, we had to take a break and the dog was totally wrecked. We opened two cans of food and let him eat, because he could find no food at all in the jungle.”
By Giovanna Boldrini
The boys, Carter, 9, and Charlie, who’s just 5, were casting for perch, while Kristye and I put out jug lines for catfish on Oklahoma’s Broken Bow Lake. We had made the trip up from Texas for a Fourth of July getaway. We’d been fishing for maybe 30 minutes when the sky rumbled. I looked around and saw a huge thunderhead, followed by a lightning flash. It had been a scorcher of an afternoon with a few scattered clouds, and the marina parking lot was packed less than an hour earlier when we launched my 15-foot bass boat, a restored 1980 Caddo, toward a series of small islands. But with the lightning, I thought it best to get off the water.
As we motored toward the edge of the cove, the storm cloud had grown and the sky darkened. The wind picked up, but we’d had more shelter than I realized before our boat cleared the last island, where we were spit out into some of the roughest open water I’ve ever seen. The wind howled and waves slammed into the side of the boat, spilling inside. Without notice, a 7-foot swell crashed over our heads. I struggled to turn us into the oncoming wind and waves, soaked but holding on. Fortunately, we were already wearing our life vests.
Wave after wave crashed over the bow, but I didn’t even notice the water rushing past my feet because I was so focused on keeping the boat straight and running. I heard Kristye yell from the rear, where she was sitting with Charlie. I looked back to see him sitting on the floor with water up to his armpits. He didn’t seem to understand the danger, and just looked back at me expectantly. I could tell Carter was scared, but he was quiet and clung to the rail next to me.
I started to panic. It had been less than 10 minutes, but it felt like we’d been battling the waves much longer. The gas tanks were floating. The cooler had escaped over the side. The battery was under-water. That’s when the engine died.
Without the engine, we were being pushed toward a rocky bluff. If the boat had turned broadside to the waves, the next one would have capsized us. I was just about to jump in to try and pull us to shore when I heard a ski boat speeding toward us. They were able to drag our craft—the transom end completely underwater—and beach it nearby. I stayed with my boat, bailing out, while the driver of the ski boat took Kristye and the boys to the marina. As they left, Charlie was crying in Kristye’s arms, and I couldn’t help but worry that splitting up was the wrong decision. They got some bumps and bruises on the rough ride back, but we were reunited an hour later on the dock, where we all shed a few tears.
My boat’s tri-hull design was not built for those conditions, but I knew that. I would never purposely steer into waves that size. We were blindsided. Carter still doesn’t like to talk about that afternoon, and he hasn’t been on a boat since. I’m hoping that will pass. The whole thing has kept me awake a few nights. I go over the experience in my head, thinking what was at stake. It still gives me chill-bumps.
Because one cannot fault Fehler’s actions once his boat was caught in heavy water—he made sure everyone was wearing a PFD, kept the bow pointed into the waves, and navigated toward safe harbor—the only question of right and wrong here concerns the decision to cross open water. The family probably could have weathered the storm in relative safety among the islands, and Fehler’s decision to leave is one I am sure he would like to have back.
This situation reminds me of an antelope hunting trip I made with my brother on Montana’s Fort Peck Reservoir, where we found ourselves separated from the dock by a mile-wide channel. Like Fehler, we didn’t have a boat seaworthy enough to meet the conditions once the storm broke. Unlike him, we were able to see how far conditions had deteriorated, so the decision to shelter on a spit of land was a no-brainer. We ended up being trapped by weather there for three days.
The survival lesson here is not so much to be prepared to brave the devil water, but to be prepared to stay, which makes a safe decision much easier. Always check the weather forecast ahead of time, and carry a radio, cellphone, distress flags, and signal flares, as well as a survival bag. Do not forget extra dry clothing, and make sure the book in your dry bag is a long one.
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It’s that time of year where nature is pleasing to the eye of the beholder and many folks will make trips out to our area to capture these magnificent colors of fall. As nature displays her beauty we get ready to shut things down for another great season of fishing & hunting and we invite you to enjoy the following video.
Garlic isn’t just for keeping away Dracula. In fact, the notion that garlic warded off vampires is centuries old and is connected to the fact that garlic is a natural remedy for cuts, mosquito bites, and coughs. Garlic can also be used for making glue, fishing, fighting infections and treating cuts and more.
So, while garlic might come in handy on Halloween for fighting the undead, it’s also important to know what you can use the plant for during the rest of the year. Here are a few little known facts of what you can do with garlic:
If you want to ward off all those blood-sucking vampires from knocking on your door this Halloween, garlic is the way to go! In fact, the notion that garlic wards off vampires might have come from the fact that garlic is a natural mosquito repellent.
It’s not clear exactly why mosquitoes don’t like garlic but it probably has something to do with the plant’s compounds being harmful. You can repel mosquitoes by either hanging garlic cloves around your deck or campsite or by applying garlic extract to your skin.
A lot of commercial pesticides can be harmful to the environment and dangerous to keep around your family. Garlic is a natural pesticide and is just as effective as many commercial options. Mince three garlic cloves and add them to a tablespoon of mineral oil and let them sit for 24 hours. Strain out the garlic and add the oil – along with a teaspoon of dish soap – to a pint of water and apply through a spray bottle to your plants.
If your town is running through a worm shortage, don’t fear! Just place a bunch of small marshmallows in a bowl of garlic powder or crushed garlic. Cover the bowl and allow to sit. When you go fishing, just apply the marshmallows to your hook and toss them in the water. The garlic will attract bass, trout and other kinds of fish.
Garlic can even be used as an adhesive. Crush garlic cloves. Apply the garlic juices to paper and hairline cracks in glass and it will act as an adhesive. Apply the sticky crushed garlic and it’s juices to the cracks and paper and wipe away the excess. Chinese people have been using this method for centuries.
Garlic is so potent that it can help you suppress that cough and get rid of your sore throat. Boil a quarter pound of garlic cloves in a cup of water. Add honey and sugar for taste. You can also create a garlic tea by soaking a clove of garlic in a cup of water.
Vampire folklore has been connected to rabies. Centuries ago, people would be bitten (sometimes by bats) and start to exhibit symptoms such as hypersensitivity to light and garlic. This would cause them to become nocturnal and eventually to have bloody froth at the mouth and at times, bite others. Little understanding of the disease began the folktales of vampires.
In 2008, Ankeny, Iowa, must have smelled pretty potent when they used garlic salt to remove ice off the roads. The garlic salt, which was unfit for human consumption, was donated by a local spice producer.
Garlic is also a natural antifungal! You can use it to combat athlete’s foot infections and cut back on the itching. Add a few cloves of garlic to a warm foot bath and soak your feet for 30 minutes.
Cuts and abrasions
You can use garlic to help treat cuts or abrasions. Gently wash the area of the wound with soapy, warm water and pat it dry with a clean cloth. Peel a garlic clove and bruise one side of it by slamming it on the table or an edge. Then gently apply the bruised area against your cut or abrasion for 5-10 minutes. Garlic contains allicin, which inhibits the growth of several kinds of bacteria and protects against infection. If the garlic stings, remove the garlic instantly.
For centuries, people have used garlic’s anti-bacterial qualities to fight infections – including ear infections. Now, don’t chop up a bunch of garlic cloves and jam them down your ear. Instead, crush garlic cloves with a press and place it in a teaspoon of hot olive oil for five minutes. Strain the garlic and allow the oil to cool. Carefully place a few drops of the remedy at a time down your ear canal. You can also purchase garlic oil made for this purpose.
Splinters are painful to remove and many times you need a quick, easy solution to get the splinter out. Instead of waiting for the piece to remove itself, place a thin slice of garlic over the splinter and hold it in place with a bandage. The garlic will help the skin work the splinter out within a few hours.
How are you using garlic?
What do you use garlic for? Have a great recipe or use for garlic? Comment below and let everyone know!
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