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What’s in my lunchbox when I’m on a day fishing trip



Since I’m pretty passionate about my angling expeditions, I thought about putting together a short list of the snacks I take with me when I go out on a whole day fishing trip. In case you’re out and about and really have nowhere to buy something to nibble on, your hunger might end up having a negative impact on your entire experience. That being said, I strongly advise you to start by eating a protein-packed breakfast before going on the road.

If you have no means of having breakfast while you’re still at home and in the proximity of all your kitchen appliances, my next suggestion would be to take some egg salad with you. If you have some pre-grilled chicken, it will work great with the salad and a tortilla wrap, as well.

Since I’m trying to maintain a healthy living style, I usually take a trail mix with me so that I don’t get overly hungry and eat everything that I’ve packed for a whole day all at once. You can use any trail mix recipe that you’ll find online, but some treats packed with antioxidants include dried cranberries, dried bananas, any dried fruit and raw seeds. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, be sure to add some chocolate flakes and coconut chips.

I used to take some beef jerky with me, as well, but these days I’m trying to quit eating it as I’m slowly working toward becoming a vegetarian. That’s why I usually go for sandwiches, veggies, and dip. If you make or buy some hummus ( or ask my wife to prepare one), you can practically use any vegetable, whether you prefer celery, cucumber, carrots, or peppers.

The most challenging detail about going fishing for a whole day is related to the weather. Nothing beats the elements if they want to ruin your entire fun. That’s why you have to think beforehand and prepare yourself if the weather is chilly, if there’s a chance of rain, or if it’s just windy. In that case, you should keep some hot treats at hand that can warm you up whenever you might need it. Take some coffee or hot cocoa in a thermos and always have something with you that you can use as a fire source.

In fact, I have recently stumbled upon an innovative product that can take your fishing trip to a whole new level. It’s called Enki Stove, and it’s basically a gadget that you can use to make a fire with the help of biofuel found in the woods. Any wood chips, dry leaves, even animal excrement can be used as the biofuel, and the stove will do exactly what it’s been designed to.

I hope that these suggestions were helpful. If you have any more, be sure to leave them in the comments!



How to dress when going fishing



Ocean fishing is an entirely different thing from lake fishing. You have the sun and the saltwater as well as the wind to contend with. Keeping yourself hydrated is essential, since a day spent out in the water under the glaring sun can keep your internal reserves quite low. Oh, and do slather lots of sunblock, ideally with high SPF to ensure that even if you forget that you’re out in the sun long, your skin won’t get burned to a crisp. Of course, there is a host of ocean fishing apparel you’ll need to have on as well.


Fishing shirt


Long sleeve shirts are great since they have you covered from the neck down to your waist and along the length of your arms. Cotton has long been the fabric of choice in fishing shirts but cotton/poly blends are catching up fast. Fishing in warm climes can get pure cotton wet and heavy with sweat, and the extended drying time can leave you with a soggy, hugely uncomfortable shirt. On the other hand, slightly brushed cotton/poly blend fabric draws moisture away from the skin and also dries fast, ensuring comfort. This type of fabric also works nicely in cooler climes because of its wind and cold cutting ability. Although cotton/poly blend breathes less than 100% cotton, it stays cooler. Make sure the shirt accommodates layering because out in the ocean, conditions can change rapidly. Layered clothes allow you to adjust up and down as needed.


The type of fishing you will do and your body shape determine the right style and cut of the fishing shirt. You want something loose but not overly so, just enough for you to easily cast and reel in with unrestricted movements. A corporate cut may look nice and neat but it hampers movement. Adequate shirt length is what tall or large anglers want, ensuring that the shirt won’t come untucked incessantly. The shirt can be tucked in or worn out of the pants if it has a straight cut across the bottom plus V vents cut along each side. You want the sleeves to be long enough. Double roll up collars can serve as extra sun/neck protectors. Pockets should be sufficient in number and should not be overly large and bellowing to the point of sloppiness. For maximum airflow, you want the vent in the back to be large and embroiderable, for personalization. Zippers are seldom corrosion resistant aside from being heavy, so avoid them if possible. UV is limited by all fabrics, and no fabric type can totally block it.


Fishing footwear


Rain boots or deck boots can work. If you don’t have such types of footwear, just make sure to use flat, non-slip shoes. Flip flops and sandals are not suitable for fishing. You want drainage-ready, ventilated shoes. Look for shoes with a leather and mesh upper that withstands water and the elements while making the footwear look as a shoe is supposed to. Super treaded outsoles and a quick-dry midsole provide dependable traction in wet conditions.



Fishing hat

You want a hat that protects you from the sun, weather and insects. The hat should offer sun protection, or more specifically, UPF. The hat should have a wide brim and be tightly knit. It should be water repellent, which is more effective than water resistant fabrics. Water-repellent hats are of tightly woven fabric or have a coated finish that causes water to bead up and not go right through. It is important to choose a hat made of synthetic breathable material that prevents you from overheating by allowing the air to go right on top of your head. A chin strap provides wind resistance or keeps the wind from blowing the hat away. You also want fade resistance and floatability in your fishing hat. It should retain its color in the sun. The use of waterproof synthetic material allows the hat to stay afloat in the event that it gets dropped in the water. A hidden neck cape protects the sides of the head, ears and neck from the rays of the hot sun. Plenty of fishing hats have a neck cape that can easily be tucked away till needed. To combat heat and sweating, look for a hat with ventilation.





Choose a good pair of polarized sunglasses. You can go for different pairs with varying lens patterns to match the day’s conditions. With double gradient lenses, you have a single lens with two polarized tints. This type assumes a darker tint when the user looks straight ahead, then increases the contrasts and brightens your view into the water when you look down.

How to choose tuna fishing gear

Tuna are a fast and powerful saltwater fish that are also considered some of the strongest in the ocean. This makes them an instant lure for deep water anglers that simply love a challenge. If you want to be able to hook and reel in one of these powerful fish you are going to need the right gear. Here are some tips that will make it a little easier for you to choose the best gear for tuna fishing.



The rod


15The most important piece of gear is the rod. If your rod isn’t strong enough to handle the weight of the fish, there is no point dropping your line in the water. There really isn’t anything worse than watching your rod break when there is a massive tuna on the line. To give you an example of how powerful these fish can be tuna caught off the coast of Prince Edward Island weigh an average of 700 pounds, but this can vary from 300 pounds up to 1200 or more. Bluefin tuna which is generally found in the waters around New Jersey and Canada are smaller at 80 to 120 pounds, but these are still immensely powerful fish.



The reel


16You also need a strong reel, and I recommend a 130 pound one. This can handle most smaller Bluefin without any problems. You also want to use sturdy line that won’t easily snap under pressure. I generally use 200 pound dacron with my reel, and it is even good for trolling. You also want to make sure that the reel is resistant to rust since it will be exposed to salt water for long periods of time.





It is not uncommon for anglers to forget about the leader, but it is an important piece of tuna fishing gear. The leader is what attaches the lure to the line, so you want it to be durable. The leader should also match the weight of the line.





Attaching a lure to a spreader can entice a tuna to take your bait, but this often isn’t necessary. You do want the lures you use to be able to dive down, since tuna are typically found swimming in depths of 60 to 100 feet.





Finally we’ve come to choose the hook and there are two basic types to consider. The best one for you will depend on the type of fishing you are planning on doing. If you are chunking you want the hook to be the same size as your bait. This way the tuna will only see the bait and won’t be wary of the exposed hook. If you’re trawling for tuna the hook can be larger, especially if you are using it with a spreader bar. The spreader bar is the bait since it is designed to look like a school of small feeder fish. Regardless of the type of hook that you choose, just remember that it must be strong enough to withstand a fight with a powerful tuna.


How to prepare for deep sea fishing in California

Getting ready for your first deep sea fishing trip? If that’s the case, maybe you ought to have a look at these tips and tricks to make sure that you don’t miss out on all the fun. I’ve put together a list of the things you have to give some thought to before going out at sea. Check it out below.



Be physically ready

One of the first questions you simply have to ask yourself is if you can deal with the movements of a rocking boat for hours on end. If sea sickness isn’t a problem for you, you can look at various other items, which may range from sunscreen to wearing the right kind of clothes. In actuality, most fishermen including myself recommend wearing layers upon layers of clothes as long as they don’t make you feel uncomfortable. Wear a waterproof jacket particularly if you intend to go deep sea fishing during the summer time, as you really can’t know when you’ll be caught in a storm. Other items you might need include a camera, a hand towel, a hat, a lot of water and snacks. Avoid bringing any weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol with you.



Get the right tackle

Whether or not you prefer using a spinning or a conventional rod along with a reel spooled with 30lb monofilament line, you also have to look at your bait and extra pieces of equipment. Get some bait hooks, circle hooks, and torpedo sinkers. It goes without saying that your gear has to be correlated with the species of fish you plan to target.



What kind of fish can you catch?

In many respects, deep sea fishing is different from normal fishing and one of the crucial things that make the difference between the two is the species you will be able to get your hands on. You’ll be able to catch anything but shallow water fish and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to bring home tuna, marlin, swordfish, and even sharks, if the occasion arises. In Bodega Bay, California, you can even get lucky enough to catch some king salmon. Sand bass and barracuda can be found in Huntington Flats, while yellowtail and white sea bass can be caught in Santa Monica Bay. Catalina Island is by far the best location for catching giant black sea bass, marlin, and tuna. Naturally, most of the species we’ve mentioned earlier on do not prefer shallow waters mostly because of their size. It would be impossible for tuna to swim near the shore. Swimmers and surfers are the two types of beach aficionados who are more than glad that these species don’t come near the shore, as this way they’re able to practice their favorite sports without ever feeling like they’re in danger.

For more info on the fish species you can catch, read this article.



Trust experts

Many deep sea fishing guides can help you by making your entire trip both safe and fun. If you, your friends, or your family are not well-versed in the art of deep sea fishing, perhaps you might benefit from the services offered by a professional. Novice groups should not travel alone because this sport is far more dangerous than the fly fishing you might do once in a while in a creek near your home.