How to Hook a Minnow – Top 3 Ways

                If you’ve seen our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Fishing Bait, then it’s likely that you want to learn how to hook a minnow. Before we begin, it’s important to break down what minnows can be used to catch. Minnow are good for shoreline or ice fishing. More specifically, they can be used to catch bluegills, bass, trout, stripers, and pike. Hooking by the Lips                 The first way to hook a minnow is through both lips. This method is useful because it allows the fish to swim both when you cast and when you are reeling in. To properly hook the minnow, begin at the bottom of the lower lip and go through the top. This gives the fish more freedom to move and makes it a more tempting bait. Hooking by the Back                 Hooking a minnow by its back is particularly useful when ice fishing. Although this hook placement may seem intuitive, it is often done incorrectly. When deciding where to place the hook, aim for right below the top fin. You need to be careful … Read More

The Ultimate Beginner’s Fishing Bait Guide

                If you’re just starting out with fishing, knowing what type of bait to use for certain fish can seem overwhelming. You may believe that you can use a worm for every scenario, or even worse you may be lead to believe you need thousands of different baits. This guide will help you decide the perfect bait for every situation. Artificial vs Live Bait                 You probably already know that there are both artificial and live bait types. Artificial fish bait is also called lures. Lures are more expensive than live bait, however, they can be reused and are cleaner. Live bait must be kept alive, but has an attractive scent and is safer for beginner anglers. Here is a breakdown of the major bait types of both categories and how they work. Artifical Lures Spoons – Spoons are metal lures shaped like the bowl of a spoon that attract fish by reflecting light. They also move in random patterns making them seem like injured prey. Flies – As the name implies, this bait is used to imitate natural food sources. They are especially useful in … Read More

How to Tape Shoes for Walking

                Have you ever let the fear of blisters ruin your a fun walk or hike? Have you stopped wearing your most stylish shoes because of how your feet feel the day after? Follow this step-by-step guide to say goodbye to blisters on your feet for good. What are Blisters?                 Before we learn how to prevent blisters, it is important that we know what blisters are and what causes them to form. Blisters are small bubbles on the skin most commonly from friction or heat damage. The bubble of the blister protects your skin from infection and further damage. This is why it is very important to not pop a blister unless it is extremely painful or bothersome. If you do pop a blister, it is crucial that you clean the wound and cover it with a bandage. Taping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters                 Applying zinc oxide tape to your feet helps prevent blisters because it reduces the amount of friction that your skin is exposed to, leading to fewer blisters. As a rule of thumb, do … Read More

Should You Go Hiking in Crocs?

                It seems like we all know someone who swears that hiking in crocs is WAY better than using hiking boots. He promises you that if you try it even once, you’ll never go back. Well, today let’s explore the pros and cons of crocs and if they’re worth hiking in.  Pros: Cons: Comfortable – Crocs are lightweight and have great air circulation. You could walk for hours without having to worry about blisters or foot pain. Great for Wide Footers – Crocs have a wide toe box and are flexible enough to remain comfortable for anyone with swollen or wide feet. Easy to Clean – Crocs are quite possible the easiest shoe to clean. A quick wash under some water and your shoes are as good as new. Protection – Crocs offer almost no toe protection. All it takes to stub your toe is one wrong step. If you’re wearing crocs this wrong step could next the end of your hike. Loose fit – Even with a strap, heel support is terrible and you can expect constant slippage. On land this isn’t awful, but if you try to traverse water you be … Read More

How to Remove Leeches

                If you’ve ever been a freshwater pond or river, there’s a chance you’ve been swimming with leeches. In fact, since you’ve clicked on this article it’s likely that you have a leech on your body right now! Let’s get straight to the point and get that sucker off of you. There are just a few steps you need to follow to safely remove a leech. Firstly, understand that leeches are generally harmless and do not pass on any diseases. The only way that a leech can transmit disease is if you panic and remove it incorrectly. If you can handle the wait, a leech will naturally disconnect from your skin after 20-30 minutes.  Properly Removing Leeches                 There are typically three main incorrect methods that are used to remove leeches. All three of these methods cause the leeches to regurgitate their insides and can lead to infection. Most commonly, people reactively try to yank the leech off their body. This can leave leech teeth stuck under of your skin. Swimmers will also often put a lighter next to a leech or cover it with table … Read More

How to Identify a Copperhead Snake

What is a Copperhead Snake?                 If you have lived or camped in southeastern America, there is a chance that you’ve encountered a copperhead. Copperheads are venomous snakes that can be found throughout central and eastern United States. Corn snakes and northern water snakes are notorious for being mistaken for copperheads. These two reptiles are neither venomous nor pose a threat to humans. Even the copperhead, although venomous, will not attack humans unless it feels threatened. If a human invades a copperhead’s space or frightens it, a copperhead will instinctively release a small amount of venom to protect itself. This bite is typically not enough to kill or severely harm a human, however, it is still advised that you seek medical help for any animal bites to check for allergic reactions and infections from the bite. Like all animals, copperheads play an important part in the ecosystem and you should not approach or try to intimidate copperheads.  How to know if a Snake is a Copperhead                 The easiest way to tell if a snake is a copperhead is by looking at the snake’s scale pattern. … Read More

How to Catch Worms for Fishing Bait

                Ran out of bait or just looking to save a bit of money? Any Joe Shmoe can look around and find himself a couple of worms, but if you’re looking enough bait to last you a day you’ll need some strategy. Here are a few ways you can get bucket-fulls of al natural au naturel fish bait without having to spend a dime. Using Soapy Water                 For the first method, you’ll need some dish soap, water, and some sort of bottle or watering can. First, pour water into the container until it is 60-70 percent full. Then fill the container with dish soap until it’s about 75 percent full, leaving you with enough space to shake. Finally, shake well until the two components have mixed. Apply the solution to cool, damp areas and watch dozens of worms swarm to the surface in seconds. If you don’t have dish soap, any broken walnuts you find on the ground will work just as well. Using a Shovel                 For this next method, all you’ll be using is a shovel … Read More