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Monday, December 14, 2015

Decembers Magazine issue

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Wader Maintenance How to care for your waders

 Your waders are very important piece of equipment to every float tuber, and if not cared for correctly you might have a bad day on the water wishing for that good day at work.  I plan to discuss the simple was to care and store you most valuable piece of equipment, next to your float tube, your waders.  There are many different types of waders for example neoprene and breathable type wades.  We will be discussing cleaning and storage of your waders in general please always refer to you owner’s manual for exact clean and storage information on the type you own.
First off cleaning your waders, this is simple make sure you clean them after every use.

         If you are fishing in freshwater make sure you clean them with freshwater, and if you are fishing in saltwater make sure you clean them with freshwater.  At the lake side in is not recommended that you use the lake water, as this is not always the cleanest, but if you are simple trying to remove large debris or mud build up this will work.  Of course for thorough cleaning lake water is not the best idea most guys will bring a squirt bottle filled with freshwater to start cleaning there gear and waders off “not a bad idea”.

          When fishing saltwater the same method is suggested or maybe use the public showers to clean of you waders and gear, just try not to be in the way as the showers are not intended for this use.  Some other ideas that have been discussed are to use a pressure pump container with spray handle to really get some pressure behind that initial first rinsing.  Of course this should be seen as just an initial clean up once you are home it is time to really clean things up the right way.

          Once at home you should use the garden hose, some mild soap and water, and scrub brush
(vegetable, soft bristle scrub brush) to clean your waders thoroughly.  It is important to take just a little time to make sure all harmful debris or salt residue is removed from your waders.  This can simply be done by wetting you waders down with freshwater and gently scrubbing the waders from top to bottom.  After a thorough scrubbing with a mild soap and water and scrub brush you can then be rinsed off again with the garden hose.  This is all that is required to make sure that everything has been removed from your waders that might cause damage over time.  Still another method for washing you waders at home is to use the bathtub.  Simple fill the tube with a mild soap and water, then soak and tightly scrub your waders in the tube.  When you are done you can rinse them in the tube and then let them dry before storing them.

So the next step is storage but of course the most important part of this is storing your waders after they are completely clean and DRY!  If you try to pack away your waders when they are still wet you will be buy a new pair much sooner than later.  I know that is not what you are looking to do anytime soon, so they must be completely dry before storage.  For years I have hung my waders on a coat hanger outside to make sure they were completely dry.

          Of course I never thought of the fact that I was maybe damaging the seams around the shoulder straps because of the weight.  I no longer hang my waders by their shoulder straps I simple hang them over the tailgate of my truck or the back of a chair in the back yard to dry.  On a hot sunny day this will only take about 2 to 3 hours to complete dry, but on colder days I will give them more time outside.  I also believe that airflow is a very important part of this process.  So make sure the area you are drying you waders if indoors is well ventilated.

          So once they are dry you need to store them, for me this is either in a duffle bag with fins and life vest.  Or they could be stored in a tote, or on a shelf that is free of anything that might cause damage to them.  I have always thought maybe I should hang them in the closet or out in the garage.  Again the problem with hanging them is the prolonged stretch in the seams and straps.  So this is not suggested just simple find a safe out of the way place to store your waders preferable with your other gear so you don’t’ misplace them.  This is a fairly simple discussion on cleaning and storing your waders.  Of course the truth is it is not hard at all to care for one of the most important pieces of equipment you own, your waders.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Confidence in Texas Rigging

  I have always been shy of using the Texas Rig.  To me, it just seems to be too slow.  And I really have no confidence in its’ abilities to catch fish.  Hmmm… Having confidence.  This is one of the most important parts of fishing; having a feeling of confidence from a certain type of set up.  In other words, if you haven’t had success in the past with your set up’s, then, you will have no confidence in that certain rig for the future.  Well, I had a good friend show me the finer points of the Texas Rig as well as putting me on some fish.  After an afternoon of fishing and catching (for the first time) with the Texas rig, my confidence grow fast.  It is now a standard in my fishing plans whenever I go out.  So I would like to take a moment to help you learn the finer points of this old but very useful set for some great fishing anywhere.

        First off, the bullet weight, which is the start of the whole setup.  It leads the

worm or soft plastic through the water and structure.  There are many different sizes of weights, but it is said that the lighter the weight the better the action of the plastic will be.  Next, in line is your choice of a glass bead, which serves two purposes.  First, it is designed to protect the knot from the sliding bullet weight; it also is used to add a little sound as the weight strikes the glass bead as you move the lure through the water.  Both are great reasons to add the glass bead.   But this is still an angler’s choice.

        Next, is the hook, there are plenty to choose from but the offset worm hook, in my opinion, is the best hook to use with a Texas rig.  You will need to choose the size that best fits the plastic bait you will be using, though.  You can use just about any plastic bait you believe works for your water conditions.  But the most common bait use is a plastic worm.  The technique to fishing

this set up is simple.  Cast the lure out and let it settle to the bottom.  With your rod pointed toward the bait, reel in your slack. Then, slowly lift your rod tip up to the 11 o'clock position.  Let the lure settle back down as you point your rod tip back to the lure and again reel up the slack.  Simple repeat this method until you have reeled the lure back.

Of course, with any set up there is more than one way to fish it successfully.  And for me, I have learned to bounce, pause, twitch, bounce, pause, and twitch, which imparts a wiggle in the lure as well as erratic jumping motion from spot to spot.  I have even heard people will cast a larger worm out and simply swim it back with success.

        I have learned to be confident in the Taxes rig setup only because I practiced this technique and have had, with time, gained success.  Please know, of course, you cannot have success without trying. So, speaking as a man who once had little to no confidence, if you have not tried this method yet, maybe it is time?

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