The first time I heard that people used other lures other than crankbaits when fishing for northern pike, I was actually confused. Why would anyone use anything other than crankbaits when they caught so many dang pike? There's no question that crankbaits are consistently some of the best lures around for pike fishing. Veteran anglers, guides, and professionals all have … [Read more...] about Are Crankbaits Good for Pike Fishing?
The term panfish is one you're going to hear a lot if you spend time fishing or any amount of time around anglers. While this is a very commonly used term that can be heard in many parts of the country, or even across the world, it doesn't refer to one species of fish. There is no "panfish" species. Even as a kid this made me wonder, just what is a panfish? What makes … [Read more...] about Complete Panfish Guide: What Is a Panfish?
At first I thought this was an odd question for so many anglers to be asking, but the more I thought about it the more I realized just how many memories I had directly tired to the clarity or muddiness of water. Sometimes the water was so clear you could see exactly where the large fish were hovering whether in the trout stream or bass sunning themselves in the shallows of the … [Read more...] about How Does Water Clarity Affect Fish?
Solar showers are a neat invention. The concept behind them is so simple. You fill up a specially designed bag with water, you leave it in the sun, the sun warms up the water, and you can use that water to rinse yourself off! We are often asked what are the best solar camp showers? The answer to that question is the Advanced Elements Summer Shower - and that is why we wanted … [Read more...] about Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower Review
When you are newer to fishing, or if you are just looking for a nice new rod and reel combination - sometimes it is nice to grab a prepared combination from a manufacturer. After all, they are the ones creating this equipment and should know what reel and rod combinations will work the best together! And when it comes to finding a great prepared combination spinning rod and … [Read more...] about The Best Abu Garcia Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
Fishing has been a passion of mine since I was a young child. The first rod and reel that I can remember saving all my money for so I could purchase on my own was a Quantum rod that I paired with an Abu Garcia reel. That reel was my favorite spinning reel of all-time, and ever since that moment I've almost always paired my fishing rods with an Abu Garcia Spinning Reel. So, … [Read more...] about The Best Abu Garcia Spinning Reels
Watching my nephews (5 yrs old & 3 yrs old) discover new things is one of the really awesome joys of being an uncle. Remembering what it was like to have that unabashed sense of wonder and just find certain things so unbelievably interesting - even now as an adult that type of energy is infectious. One thing my nephews absolutely went nuts over: discovering multi-colored … [Read more...] about What Is a Blue Light Flashlight Used for?
I was in high school when our parents decided we were old enough to make the yearly one or two week fishing trips to an isolated Canadian lake, Lac De Millie Lacs. While there are plenty of memories and fishing stories of big aggressive pike and feeding walleye, and once even caught a 4 lb smallmouth bass, we also heard there were giant lake trout, as well, but we never saw … [Read more...] about Do Lake Trout Feed at Night?
There are many options out there when it comes to finding an outstanding fillet knife, but is more modern always better? Electric fillet knives definitely offer more speed and the ability to really dive through a large number of fish and make the actual cutting easier. However, is that worth giving up the control and precision from a regular fillet knife? I guess for me … [Read more...] about Best Electric Fillet Knives
One of the things that I have learned in my years of fishing, is that having a bad fishing reel – or the wrong type of fishing reel – can really make fishing difficult. You want a reel that compliments your fishing rod, provides smooth lure retrieval, holds enough fishing line for trolling, is durable to take hits from large fish – basically you need a fishing reel that is … [Read more...] about The Best KastKing Spinning Reels
There are few things in life better than hitting the hiking trails on a cool autumn day. Whether you're the type who loves trail running with nature all around you or thirsts for the hamstring burning challenge of some seriously steep trails to unforgettable scenic views, there's a lot to love about what a good fall hike has to offer. A good pair of women's hiking boots are … [Read more...] about Best Hiking Boots for Women Reviewed
After reading up on hunting wild hogs, raccoons, and coyotes the advice came up repeatedly about hunting at night. However, there are many obvious potential disadvantages to hunting at night. Since no one in my family did night hunting, just traditional early morning starts during deer season, I really had to go digging into figuring out what the answer was. Is it legal to … [Read more...] about Is it Legal to Hunt with Night Vision?