How to Choose the Best Spinning Reel on the Market

Spinning reels are a helpful tool that every avid fisher should have in their arsenal. These are so popular among fishers of all skill levels because they are very lightweight, intuitive, and easy to use. However, not all spinning reels are created equal. Since this type of reel is such a crucial part of the fishing process, it’s important to find the best spinning reel on the market. Here are some tips and tricks to help you find the best one for your needs.

Material and Construction

The construction of spinning reel is very important to your fishing success. It’s important to choose a reel that is durably constructed so you’ll be able to get years of use out of it. To test the construction of the reel, look at how the parts are assembled. Everything should feel solid, with no flimsy parts, and the materials should feel heavy duty. When the reel is in motion, the action should feel smooth and comfortable.

It’s also important to consider the material your reel is made of. Generally, spinning reels are made from either graphite or aluminum. There are pros and cons to both materials. Aluminum reels are very strong, but they can also be very heavy, which can be a challenge for some fishers. However, their construction tends to be more solid. Graphite reels are lighter and easier to handle, which make them a good choice for beginner fishers. They’re also essential for anyone who fishes in saltwater, because graphite does not corrode in the same way other materials do.

Speed and Gear Ratio

The speed at which your wheel rotates will affect the level of control you have over the reel. To determine what speed you need for your reel, you’ll need to look at the gear ratio of your reel. The gear ratio indicates how many times the reel rotates with the rotation of the handle. A higher gear rotation means the gear will rotate faster. For new fishers, a slow to mid-range gear rotation is going to be the most effective for control.

Size

Since spinning reels can be very heavy, the overall size is very important to consider. The weight should also be directly correlated with the weight of the line you intend to use. For bigger fish, you will need to use a heavier line. If you are using a heavier line, it’s important that your reel can handle the extra weight. However, it’s also important to consider how the reel handles overall. If you don’t have much upper body strength, it’s best to start with a light reel and work your way up to heavier fishing.

Spool Quality

Another factor that is very important to consider is the overall quality of the spool on the spinning reel. The way the spool is constructed will affect the smoothness and overall handling while you’re casting. There are two types of spools – internal and skirted. Skirted spools are generally the preferred style of spool in modern fishing because they help prevent tangling of the line. For those who prefer a longer casting distance, it may also be helpful to look for a long cast spool that will reach much further. The cast and feel of the spool is something that’s important to test before making a purchase.

Pricing

Fishing materials can be very expensive, so it’s important to find a reel that will give you the best value for money. You may have to spend more to get the quality you need, but it’s important to make sure the price directly corresponds to the value of the reel. A good reel is an investment piece, so don’t hesitate to take your time shopping around to find the best spinning reel on the market.

There are many factors to consider when shopping for a spinning reel. The overall construction and handling of the product is essential to the way the reel handles. When in doubt, try to go to a local fishing shop and test the reels in person with the help of an expert. This will help you find the reel that is the best fit for you.

Fishing Is Much Crueler Than Hunting

It is now spring and time to go fishing. I always wonder where all the protesters are. Every year in the fall we have people protesting the cruelty of hunting. Some will write letters to the editor of their local paper while others will actually harass, and even physically accost, a person holding a gun. These protesters are lucky that most hunters show a great level of restraint. But why do people protest hunting and not fishing? Fishing is much crueler than hunting.

Consider the typical deer hunter. What if they used bait instead of a gun – just like a fisherman. They would take a hook with a rope attached and put it inside an apple. The hunter would then place the apple on the ground and wait for some unsuspecting deer to come along. As soon as the deer chomps onto the apple the hunter would jerk hard on the rope and set the hook. The deer would then be dragged, kicking and fighting, back to the hunter. Now the hunter has the same three scenarios available to every fisherman:

Scenario #1 – Catch and Release.

This is the choice of most “conservationists”. The hunter removes the hook as carefully as possible. They then take a ‘selfie’ with the deer to show everybody what a successful hunter they are. Then the deer is released so that it can be caught, dragged and then released again.

Scenario #2 – The Stringer.

The deer has a large metal apparatus threaded through its mouth. It is then tied to a tree so that it can be kept alive, kicking and fighting, while other deer might be caught. Once the hunting is done then this deer will be placed alive into a cooler for the ride home so that it can slowly suffocate.

Scenario #3 – Death.

The hunter hits the deer on the head and kills it immediately. The deer is then dressed and prepared for processing. The deer feels no pain and does not fear for its’ life.

Most hunters prefer scenario #3. Good hunters try to kill their target with one clean shot. Hunters do not look for animals that will “put up a good fight” like fishermen do. But for most fishermen “catch and release” is considered to be the sign of a “true conservationist”.

And, fishermen do not use apples. They often use live bait. Imagine a hunter taking a live animal, like a rabbit, and putting a hook through its back and then tossing it out as bait. Most people would be appalled. But this is exactly what fisherman do on a daily basis.

And then there is snagging. The hunter puts a large grappling hook on a rope and then tosses it into the woods. He then pulls the rope in hoping that the hook will jab into the side of some unsuspecting animal. Sounds pretty cruel but fisherman do it all the time.

So why do people protest hunting but not fishing? Is it because we believe a mammal to be more important than a fish? Maybe we believe this because we ourselves are mammals. I think that if fish were granted the same rights as mammals there would be protesters at boat landings rather than in the woods.

Finding Your Snowboarding Stance

How to properly find your stance

Opening day, cold temps, and a parking lot. You’re setting up your new board in the parking lot and realize that if you keep doing this you won’t feel your hands after awhile…

Don’t be that guy. Be ready when opening day comes. Set up your in a heated shelter. All you need is a screwdriver and a little bit of knowledge. A tape measure can also help too.

TIP 1: Angles

This is the direction your toes will point when strapped into the board. First, lay your board on an even surface, then stand on top of it. See what feels comfortable, having your angles the opposite or the same. The basic stance angles are between -18 to 18 degrees. If you’re planning on riding switch, make sure you have a little “Duck” to your stance. This means that your back foot is the opposite angle of your front foot. So say your front foot is a 15, your back foot would then be a negative 15. If your goal is to do some harsh carves, put both bindings at a positive angle. Try a variety of stances to see what you’re most comfortable with.

TIP 2: Width

The width of the stance is the distance between the center of each binding. To measure what your stance width would be, measure from heel to knee cap. This is what the normal distance is for most people. Make sure of one thing, that it is not uncomfortably wide or narrow. The typical stance width is a tad wider than your shoulders. The most important thing is to not feel awkward while strapped into your board.

TIP 3: Throwing it all together

For this step you are going to need a #3 Phillips head screwdriver. First, place the bindings on the board where you found what was most comfortable. Now you are going to want to place the center plates or as we like to call them cookies in the bindings. Make sure that the holes in the cookies match up with the screw holes on the board. Place the bolts in the correct spot, use the #3 Philips head screwdriver to tighten the bolts. An easy way to test the stance is to make the bolts loose and stand in the bindings. This way it will be easier to re-adjust them if it doesn’t feel right.

Once you have the bindings on and tightened, it’s time to strap in. When you strap in, make sure the binding strap is centered around the boot. If it is not centered you might have uneven pressure points, which suck by the way. If the straps aren’t centered, there should be something on the strap that lets you tighten and or loosen it.

TIP 4: Finishing touches

Before hitting the slopes you are going to want to dull or sharpen your edges. If you hit rails you are going to want to dull the edges just enough so it reduces the chances of you catching an edge. To dull or sharpen them you are going to need a file. Watch this short video on how to dull your edges. After you finished the technical part, it’s time to make your board look good. As everyone calls it, a “sticker job”, is an inexpensive way to make your board look slick. Die cut stickers or regular stickers can turn any board into a masterpiece. You just have to find stickers that you like!

Ways to Tell You Are Serving Correctly in Volleyball

Consistent, accurate serving is the objective of every volleyball player – from youth to Olympic team member. To reach that point, however, it’s important to know if you are serving correctly. Here are some ways to do that.

The first way to tell whether you are serving correctly is whether the ball is going where you want it to go. I know that sounds very simplistic, but the reality of things is that proper mechanics tends to result in high levels of accuracy. If you are consistently hitting your target then chances are pretty good you’ve got things right. That said, chances are you’re reading this article because you aren’t as accurate or powerful a server as you’d like, so let me provide you with some checkpoints you can use to get yourself on track.

Are you finishing your serve balanced? If not, there’s something wrong. Usually, it comes down to your toss. If you toss the ball too far to the left or right you’ll end up leaning in that direction to try to make proper ball contact. Either that or you’ll be serving the ball in that direction when you didn’t intend to do so. If you find your weight well onto your front toes, then you’ve tossed the ball too far forward, while having to arch your back and lean backwards means a toss behind your ideal contact point. All of this can be fixed by improving your toss.

Is the ball spinning when you want it to float, or floating when you want it to spin? That is a function of your ball contact. You need to make sure you’re stricking the right part of the ball in the correct way to get the desired effect.

Is the ball coming landing short or going too far? Distance in serving is all about the speed of your hand at contact. Swing your arm faster to hit the ball farther (notice I didn’t say swing harder). Swing your arm slower to hit the ball shorter. Make sure to keep your ball contact firm, though. No floppy wrist or mushy hand!

Does your shoulder hurt when you serve? If so, it probably means your arm swing is off in some fashion – assuming you don’t simply have an injury from something else, of course. This again could be related to ball toss, but it could also be a function of your mechanics. This might be hard to judge by yourself, though. You’ll likely want the help of a coach in evaluating your arm swing – or at least the use of video.

Which brings up perhaps the best way to gauge whether you are serving properly. Video yourself serving and compare it to video of someone who serves properly. There are many tools out there these days that allow for side-by-side analysis. This will let you see how your technique stacks up against the good server in the areas of body posture, arm preparation, toss, footwork, and follow-through.

Hopefully you have a coach who is keeping an eye on your serving technique and helping you correct things as needed. If not, though, the tips here should help you identify problems and put you on a path toward more effective serving.

How to Measure and Release Fish Correctly

Many people approach measuring fish with a relaxed approach and risk hefty fines, particularly if the fish is borderline size. There is no grey area when it comes to legal size of catch. Even the difference of 1cm can have you in trouble, and is just not worth the risk of a fine.

Sustainability needs to be taken very seriously, hence Fisheries have very clear guidelines. Sustainable fishing means that fish are harvested at a sustainable rate, so the fish population does not decline over time due to poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that is over-harvested and the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect the planet.

Size limits are typically based on biological research into the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and contribute to the population before they are taken.

The biggest mistake when measuring the length of your catch is where people don’t use a flat surface to measure the fish on. Ensure that if you use a mat, that it is not crumpled causing you to potentially overestimate the size of the fish. Adhesive or stick-on devices, when exposed to the weather, can shrink and become unreliable. Using a solid measuring implement is the best way.

As fish tend to contract if placed on ice, err on the side of caution and allow an extra inch at the initial measure.

Close the jaw of the fish to ensure an accurate reading. The overall measurement of a fish, whether it is fork tailed or round tailed, is taken from the outside of the snout on the upper jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.

Your State Fisheries website will likely have an outline on how to measure an array of sea life e.g. crabs and squid as well as fish, so it might be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.

To assist in survival of your catch, avoid holding the belly area as you will almost certainly damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.

Never touch the fish’s gills as they are easily damaged.

Use a pair of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to quickly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish has hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook in the fish as it will probably do more damage trying to remove a deep hook than to leave it where it is.

Top 5 Panama Saltwater Game Fish Sought After by Experienced Anglers

Blue Marlin

For nearly a century, blue marlin have served as an emblem that represents the skill and finesse of an angler. Due to their size, strength and speed, successfully catching a blue marlin is an amazing feat that does not go unnoticed in the fishing community. We release all Blue Marlin, but in many other countries they are fished for their culinary value, as their meat is used to prepare sashimi.

Sailfish

Sailfish are notorious for being one of the fastest fish, making them extremely difficult to catch. These fish can swim up to 68 mph, allowing them to jump incredibly high. This makes reeling one in a challenge, and the angler must be wary of the fish’s actions so it does not escape from the line. Of all the Panama saltwater gamefish, sailfish can be infuriating to deal with and may discourage less-experienced anglers.

Yellowfin Tuna

Like sailfish, yellowfin tuna area also notoriously difficult to catch; in addition to swimming at a high rate of speed, yellowfin are among the strongest fish. Hooking one is like hooking a torpedo with how explosive and powerful they are. Yellowfin are also sought after by commercial fisherman due to their culinary value, frequently being used to create delicious meals packed with protein.

Roosterfish

Panama saltwater fishing is a great way to encounter roosterfish. Their name originated from the seven long, curved spines on the top of its head, which resemble a rooster’s comb. Interestingly, roosterfish have zero use in cooking or eating and are fished solely for sport. As a result, these fish are rarely ever kept, commonly being released back into the wild after the angler has reeled them in. Their incredible size makes catching one a huge accomplishment, as they can grow to be over 110 pounds.

Dorado

Dorado is the fish that is marketed as the popular “mahi-mahi.” Mahi-mahi means “very strong” in Hawaiian, which is a testament to how difficult this fish can be to catch. They put up a significant fight when hooked, often jumping out of the water to extreme heights. Dorado are revered for their taste, and their savory meat is brimming with flavor. As a result, mahi-mahi is extremely popular commercially and frequently served at high-class establishments.

Panama saltwater fishing is a unique and challenging experience, and each of the top five Panama saltwater gamefish are sure to give anglers a run for their money. Fishing enthusiasts from across the world come to Panama to take advantage of its extraordinary opportunities. With such a great locations for fishing readily available, it should be capitalized upon in order to reap the benefits of its fantastic sport fishing.

Serving Up Volleyball Drills

Sometimes, as a coach, the hardest volleyball drills to come up with are for serving. Serving takes strength, as well as precision, as well as being prepared for what may happen on the return. A good serve, however, can make all the difference in the world when your team is in a game. The serve often sets the pace of the whole volley and can cause your opponents to tremble in fear. Who wants to be on the receiving end of a well-placed serve that is designed to cause the hitter to completely mess up the return? These volleyball drills will help your team learn control, reaction, and precision when it comes to the serve.

When serving, it is important to have good precision. Good volleyball drills will help hone this precision so that it becomes an almost automatic thing. In this first drill, each player should be behind the serving line with two balls. They will serve so the ball lands within the court. The players can serve as quickly as they like, so long as they cause the ball to land in the proper area. For each ball that lands out of the court, the team earns a penalty of 10 points. If the team reaches a set score, they begin accumulating conditioning penalties. These conditioning penalties are up to you, and you can set the levels, but you want to make it unpleasant to miss. For example, if the team accumulates 20 to 40 points, they could do leg lifts, while if they get over 40 points, they start wracking up suicides. After a player serves their two balls, they should jog after their balls and then jog them back. This combines several volleyball drills into a single drill.

There are more precision volleyball drills that you can implement also. A really good precision drill involves a pair of people. The coach picks a spot on the receiving court. A player sits on that point. The server must then serve the ball directly to that player. This drill works on a point system also. For each ball that is served directly to the sitting player, the server gains 1 point. If the serve lands inside of the court, the server gains 1 point. Any serve that lands outside of the court earns the server a penalty of 4 points. Keep a running total of the score. Once a player has either 10 negative or positive points, their turn is over. If the server has earned a total of 10 negative points, they are subject to conditioning penalties. A score of positive 10 earns a reprieve. Incorporating conditioning penalties into your volleyball drills is a great way to motivate your team to do as well as they can.

All forms of hitting in the game of volleyball require at least a degree of ball control. No other types of hitting need as much precision as serving. Working on volleyball drills that stress the importance of aiming the ball when serving will help your players understand the dynamics of pinpoint accuracy. They help your players become familiar with the body motions required to achieve that accuracy. And in the end, that is the main thrust of volleyball drills in the first place: to make difficult moves and situations a set of automatic movements.

How to Find the Sweet Spot to Fish In

How to Find large Fish!

Everyone wonders when on the lake, where should I look for that monster fish? Why am I not finding the fish worth catching? These are just the basic questions a person might have about fishing that have and will always have a common answer. Going beyond the common answer to “How to Find Large Fish”.

How to Find large fish based on location!

Location plays a major role from what lake to fish to area of that lake to scour looking for the record setter. Looking for the largest fish in a lake is or may seem complex it really is quite simple mostly common sense. look at the lake the surrounds of this lake, has the habitat been well nourished by nature or has nature written it off? Theses questions will help to identify if the fish have been well taken care of or neglected by nature. A fertile lake will yield better fishing results than that of a sickly lake.

Identifying Areas to fish on the lake!

When you launch your boat or pick a place from shore to fish look for the wind direction if any, and structure piles such as fallen trees and rock piles fallen piers and boat docks. These are great areas to fish alone and most of the time will have great results.Observe the water do you see bait-fish? or any other fish in the area this can tell you if the fish are staying in one area or are on the move and if you will have to anchor or drift to learn how to find large fish.

Bait!

A lot of time people will try to fish with these little baits to try and catch monster fish, when learning how to find large fish you have to understand that large fish are hungry for large food, also it take a lot of energy for a giant fish to move and any movement will need to be worth it to them at the same time that is why they are so difficult to catch. So to sum it up be sure to use worth while bait for that monster.

Electronics!

In today’s world there are a lot of gadgets out there to show you how to find large fish some of these work some do not careful what you buy they have a product to sell and the claims made may not be 100% accurate. Stick close to name brand items these will have the best results and help you to land more fish.

Bowling Games To Play With Children

Some of the most enjoyable games that you can play with children are skittle or bowling games. These games work for youth ministry groups, scouting group, holiday clubs, at school, at birthday parties, for your kids and their friends or even with adults. These games are mainly designed to work indoors, but you may be able to adapt them for outdoor play. I will tell you the rules for playing in teams, but it can be played as individuals if you have a smaller group. Equipment needed: bowling pins, lightweight balls or bean bags, tape or string to mark the playing area, pen and paper for scoring and a set of playing cards to divide the children in to two even teams. Note that plastic drinking bottles can be used as a substitute for bowling pins. Try to match up the players according to their ability and don’t be afraid to make changes if necessary. The games can be more fun if prizes are at stake, but try to give some sort of consolation prize to the losing team if you decide to do this. Above all, have fun!

SKITTLE ATTACK

Place between 10 and 20 skittles at both ends of the room and mark the playing area at the halfway point using tape, string etc. The number of skittles you use depends on the size of the room and how many player you have. You need to decide how many players you can call out in to the middle for each round; I would use two or three, but one or four is also possible. Place 1 ball for each player in their defending half and then call out the participating players numbers or names. The kids will try to knock down as many bowling pins in the opposite half as they are able to while defending their own pins. Play for 1 to 2 minutes each round and then score one point for each pin knocked over.

DOWN WITH THE PIN

For this game I like to use three teams, but it can be played with two teams. Place 1 pin for each team at the end of one side of the room – the three teams will sit around the remaining sides. Mark a throwing line around 10 to 14 paces from each skittle and place 1 ball per team on this line. One player will stand or crouch behind their team’s skittle and give back the ball back to the thrower when they miss the target. Call out a number and the children should race to their ball and quickly aim at the pin. The first player to knock down the skittle wins a point for their team. Change the person returning the balls after all the other player have had one turn.

QUICK ON THE DRAW

As per skittle attack, we need two even team sitting on each side of the room and a line marked halfway across the playing area. You need to place 2 pins at each end of the room, this should stand an equal distance from the line you have just marked out. Don’t use 1 skittle as a player could stand in front of it and therefore making it impossible to knock down the target. This is a one-on-one game and the aim is to be the first person to knock over the skittle. But the players have only 1 ball each and if you miss your opponent will have more time to make the strike. Obviously, the players are only allowed in their own half of the playing area, but you can defend your own pin. This is a fast and furious game and you should be able to get in a lot of turns in a short space of time.

Tips and Hints to Improve Your Skills on the Volleyball Court

If you enjoy playing volleyball, either on the beach or indoors, you will know that in addition to having fun, it’s great to improve your skills and pick up tips whenever you can.

This article contains some tips which will help you improve your skills and team-work on the court. One of the best things about volleyball is how many different numbers of players can form teams and enjoy playing this exciting sport.

One tip that all professionals share is to give clear communication on the court. The best players always show strength in their plays. They communicate well, and then they follow this up with strong action. Hesitation on the court can confuse your team members, and open up opportunities for the opposing team. Keeping your game play tight, forceful, and determined, will score points every time.

Court etiquette is also very important. Volleyball is a fun sport, requiring very little equipment, and it can be enjoyed by anyone, but that does not mean the rules should be ignored. By being respectful of your team members and opponents, and by playing properly and following the rules, everyone will be able to enjoy the game. If you are a courteous player, your popularity as a player will increase, you’ll be invited to play more, and therefore your skills will improve. No-one likes to play with a sore loser, or with someone who ignores the rules. If you are new to volleyball, take some time to find out about the rules. Make friends with a player who has some experience and learn from them.
Volleyball is a fast sport, and the faster it gets, the more exciting it is to play and watch. Practise your moves as often as you can. Again, strength and focus come in to play. You need lightning speed reactions to win at volleyball. Practise as often as you can so you develop the ability to make a decision, call out your play, and play with accuracy – all within seconds!

Millions of people all over the world enjoy playing volleyball. People play it for fun on beaches, indoors, as part of clubs, and in team tournaments. It is a sport that is even enjoyed by families when they are outdoors simply having fun. Whatever level you are playing at, you will benefit from perfecting your skills. It will improve your game play and it will increase the enjoyment for you, your team, and your opponents.

If you want to learn more about volleyball, the best way is to join a local club. Searching online will reveal where there are clubs in your local area. Most clubs cater for all age ranges so you’ll be able to play with people of your own age and ability. While it is regarded as a young sport, players of all ages enjoy it all around the world.

Volleyball is a great way to make friends, improve your health and fitness levels, and perfect your game playing skills. Playing takes skills and tactics, quick thinking, stamina and fitness. So, you’re not just playing around with a ball on the beach, when you play volleyball you are actually improving your body and your mind!