Welcome to our new website - OutdoorFishingFun.com
Free Family Wisdom from Old Grandpa Jack – Gone Fishing
site is directed especially toward parents, whether one or both, even
single moms, and it's great for kids too. My foremost goal is to
help you strengthen your family and have fun doing it. While not
directed specifically toward home schoolers, it should be of special
interest to them.
This site is not for expert fishermen, or even
to help novices to become expert, but to help families have fun
outdoors with fishing as a vehicle.
I plan to write daily blogs,
each with a tip of the day, and a free weekly newsletter for
subscribers. We'll be talking mostly about family values with
tips for binding the family together. We welcome your questions
and comments as feedback, and I'll try to address as many of them as I
can in my daily blogs. I love fishing, but for me, it's a means
to an end. More than anything, it's a good reason or an excuse to
get outdoors and have fun. If you may find that a little
confusing, it may be because I hope to peak your interests, even if you
don't like fishing, or if you don't know if you'll like fishing, or
even if you think you may not like the outdoors. That's a very
wide range to cover, but I'll do my best. I'll be talking quite a
bit about fishing, but primarily as a means to having outdoor family
Here are some of the topics we'll be covering:
How to get started fishing
How about fishing tackle
Where & when to fish
Who needs a license
How about getting a little more advanced
How to cook fish
What to eat with fish
Some really great recipes
That's a lot about fishing when fishing isn't the
end all and be all, but there's really lots more
The beauty of the outdoors
Let's get some great pictures – sunrise, sunset,
scenery, mountains, waterfalls, wild life,
birds, game, trees, wild flowers
How about hiking
What the outdoors can do for your health
What else is outdoors
How about your pets
Posted 1/28/2011 @ 8:59:05 am by outdoorfishingfun.com
Cactus and fishing have one thing in common: Arizona. The State Flower
of Arizona is saguaro cactus blossom, and it can be admired while
If you’re like most people, you think of Arizona as dry weather,
deserts, and, of course, the Grand Canyon. The surprise to many folks
is that there is also fishing in Arizona. An excellent spot for fly
fishing is Lake Pleasant, which is 30 minutes from Phoenix.
This is the reason why I bought a house and had it remodeled by Kerrisdale Roofing so that I could have a place to settle in that's near the lake.
The fish in the lakes in Arizona are spread out. This occurs
because of the different dry levels in the lakes. Plus, being spread
out makes it easier to catch the fish. The majority of the fish in the
lakes are trout and bass.
Lake Pleasant is a 7,500 acre reservoir at the edge of the
Hieroglyphic Mountains. The name rightly describes the ambiance. The
bright orange blooms of the Echinocereus cactus add an unexpected
splash of color to the surroundings. The Pleasant Harbor Marina has
accommodations for your boat. You can relax while fishing, as well as
explore the peaceful bays and caves. The water is pristine, and comes
into Arizona from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Canal.
Arizona is an experience of natural beauty and a natural rhythm of
life on the water. The cacti line the shore. The colors of the blooms
are specific to desert cacti. As you fish, you see countless number of
birds and big horn sheep. Best of all are the beautiful sunsets, which
close the curtain to a day well spent.
Posted 1/27/2011 @ 8:59:05 am by outdoorfishingfun.com
Fortunately, the relaxing time spent fishing will often provide some
wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. For the most part, fishermen
are not too noisy. This allows Mother Nature’s critters to go about
their daily lives without realizing that people are around. Keeping
their eyes and ears open can definitely provide fisherman with some
unanticipated glimpses of nature at its best.
The coastal islands off of Maine provide vital stopover points for
migrating birds. Literally thousands of different types of birds can be
spotted in the area of the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge.
Whether the birds are heading south for the winter or back north in the
spring, flocks of birds of prey and songbirds can be seen.
Fishing in the area of Grand Valley, Ohio will not only provide
bountiful catches of fresh fish for dinner but will also offer
sightings of whitetail deer, bald eagles, geese, squirrels, and
raccoons for your viewing pleasure.
While enjoying some of the best bass fishing in the country,
fishermen that travel to Toledo Bend on the Texas-Louisiana border will
also be privy to a variety of wildlife types. Whitetail deer and feral
hogs can sometimes be spotted along the shore as they watch the bass
boats float by. More delights that fishermen need to be watchful of are
the agile swimming alligators in this area. Although these would most
generally be seen in the back bayou areas of Toledo Bend, they can also
ease out for a closer look. They have been known to occasionally enjoy
a bass lure treat, much to the surprise of the angler.
Posted 1/26/2011 @ 9:12:23 am by outdoorfishingfun.com
What could be more relaxing than a day spent peacefully fishing in
beautiful surroundings? If that sounds like your idea of heaven, check
out these areas that might fit the bill for your next fishing vacation.
For sheer spectacle, try one of many lakes in Montana on either
side of the Continental Divide. On the eastern side, most of the best
lakes for fishing are in the reservoirs created by dams. The western
side has numerous natural lakes perfect for both cold-water species
like trout and warm-water species like bass. These scenic lakes are
surrounded by thick forests and towering mountains. For the best
fishing, choose smaller, remote lakes like Holland or Ashley Lakes,
where tourists enjoying water sports are less likely to go.
The eleven Finger Lakes of central and western New York offer both
cold and warm-water fishing. Formed by glaciers, these beautiful and
unique lakes vary widely in size and depth. Species of cold-water fish
available in almost all of the Finger Lakes include brown, rainbow, and
lake trout. There are Atlantic salmon in Skaneateles, Cayuga, Seneca,
Keuka, and Hemlock Lakes. Warm-water fish include smallmouth and
largemouth black bass, walleye, yellow perch, northern pike and chain
pickerel, available in various lakes. Panfish can be found in all the
Sunny southern California has many lakes where the fishing is good,
and most have boat rentals available. Mount Baldy Trout Pools is a
private fishery in Inland Valley where no license is required for the
rainbow trout stocked there. Gregory Lake in the San Bernardino
Mountains is a peaceful and quiet spot to fish for trout and crappie.
Jess Ranch Lakes in the high desert of Apple Valley is a pristine
private area with two lakes. No license is required.
Posted 1/25/2011 @ 9:37:13 am by outdoorfishingfun.com
Birdwatching is a national pastime and a hobby for many. Most birds
found on lakes and all types of water are attracted to fishermen, as
they find food where the fish is located. Very rare birds also will
flock to lakes, rivers, and streams for food. Birdwatchers will seek
out these places to record seeing the very rare birds.
Perpetua Bank in the Pacific Northwest is a place where some of
these rare birds can be found. The great-winged petrel, Bulwer's
petrel, and Craveri's murrelet are some of the very rare birds. Some
species of puffins are also very rare. Fishing is one of the top
professions in this area, and birds can be seen following a group of
boats doing all types of fishing. A surprising sighting of a very rare
bird should be recorded and reported to the Audubon Society or the
American Birding Association. This can be done by a fisherman, as well.
States such as California, Alaska, Florida, Oregon, Maine, Texas, and
Michigan are places in which these very rare birds are sought. Many
times, the birding expeditions are done in water behind fishing boats.
In the Balearic Islands overseas, a fisherman spotted a blue-cheeked
bee eater, a very rare bird. Africa and South America also are places
in which very rare birds fly around fishermen.
There is a book entitled "The Atlas of Rare Birds" by Dominic
Couzens that is an excellent resource for finding information. In the
United Kingdom, there is a website called AnglersNet that sometimes
lists rare birds seen by fishermen. On the Internet, movies can be seen
about rare birds. Some unfortunate instances involve very rare birds,
such as the white breasted kingfisher, found in fishermen's nets.
Posted 1/24/2011 @ 9:42:44 am by outdoorfishingfun.com
The type of bait used when fishing for trout will depend on whether you
are fly fishing or fishing off a creek bank. When shore fishing insects
or worms are the favorite baits used by fishermen. Flies and lures are
successful alternatives that many fishermen use also.
Brook Trout will bite on just about any type of bait you throw at
them. Of all the trout species, the brook trout is the easiest to
catch. Brown Trout are a lot more difficult to catch. These fish only
bite on specific types of bait like mayflies, or caddis. A large brown
trout likes to feed on crayfish and other smaller fish. Most brown
trout feed only at night and stay in one area rather than chase after
food like other trout species.
Spinners that imitate minnows are good trout bait, but must be tied
directly to the fishing line. Some baits that are popular with trout
are salmon eggs and powerbait. Putting these baits on pre-tied gang
hooks can be very effective trout fishing methods.
When using gang hooks, live worms are the best bait and should
catch you your limit of fish in no time at all. This is one of the best
methods for catching trout. When using live worms as bait make sure the
worms are threaded on the hook at least twice and that they cover the
entire hook. Trout like to pick at worms, crush them, and bite at them