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Every season has its own specific fishing rules that you need to obey to if you want to land fish. These rules are not always related to the species you target, but also to the surroundings. So what do you need to know about summer fishing? I have chosen four things that I consider to be most important for the hot fishing season.

 

Dress in an appropriate manner

Canada, Newfoundland, Northern Peninsula, Viking Trail, Tuckamore Lodge, young lady fishing, Amanda, "Model released"

Fishing clothing is important no matter the season. For hot days, wear airy garments, a good sun protective hat and sunglasses. Don’t underestimate the importance of materials: sun protective and waterproof materials are a must for such circumstances, but your basic fishing clothes should at least be made with quality materials, that will make you feel comfortable. Don’t forget to take with you a hoodie for cold evenings and mornings and sunscreen.

 

Protect yourself from harmful insects and mosquito bites

You can do this in two ways: you either buy a set of clothes that are made with mosquito repellent fabrics or you use bug spray. If you want to make sure mosquitos and other bugs won’t touch you, you can do both.

 

Adapt your gear to the circumstances

dumm2I’m strictly referring to the fishing circumstances here. The best way to reel in some fish is to carefully study your surroundings. One thing you should keep in mind when you go fishing on a summer’s day is vegetation. You may have visited the same place in spring or autumn, but it will definitely look so much more different now, with all the herbs growing around it or in water. Vegetation can get your line and bait into trouble. The problem with water plants is that you get to see only what’s on the surface. If your line gets stuck in algae or other plant roots, good luck getting it out of there. Many fishermen have broken their lines or even rod this way. In addition, remember that fish will look for cooler spots, provided by trees shadow or water plants, so they will hide among these, if necessary. If you want to catch something that day, make sure your rod is able to handle rougher fishing conditions and that you use bait that floats or has small chances of getting tangled.

 

Check out new fishing spots

There’s no time like summer to discover new places to go fishing. The day is longer than usual, the sun shines brighter and you rarely need to endure cold or rainy days. Of course, that also depends on where you go fishing, but, normally, summer is the best time to explore unknown places and discover some fishing spots that will make your friends envious.

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I’ve written before about how hard it can be for a woman to learn the basics of fishing since the sport is mostly practiced by men. In spite of the fact that I used to be a member of fishing clubs back when I was in college, once I started working it wasn’t so easy anymore. I wanted to go out fishing by myself or with a girlfriend who also wanted to learn the works of baitcasting but I had little time. In the end, we decided that we’d try out our best at getting together every Saturday or Sunday, depending on when we both had a bit of time off from work. This blog post is going to be all about my learning experience with regard to baitcasting and about some of the fishing gear that I started utilizing in the beginning.

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dumwiam2Seeing how I’m not a well-seasoned fisherwoman, I wanted to spend my money on something worth the while, but I had no intention on getting an overly expensive rod or reel that I couldn’t use properly. I started my quest for the perfect equipment by going through some rod &reel reviews and ratings, which is what I recommend to anyone who wants to learn a bit about fishing, in general. Soon enough, I realized that baitcasting was not the easiest technique ever to have been invented, but since I’m ambitious enough, I wanted to learn the basics as best as I could. I learned that the most important part of a baitcasting setup was the reel. From what I gathered, a cheap one wouldn’t do because the parts should have been made out of high-quality materials. I decided to go for the Piscifun Black Baitcasting Reel because I was impressed with the level of critical acclaim gathered by the item and it seemed reasonably priced and well-built. This product is a medium-speed option that I could use regardless of my expertise in the field or the fishing circumstances that I would come across. Even though I wanted to get some fluorocarbon line, I decided to go against it and settle for monofilament instead, because I noticed that experts recommend this type of line for beginners. It’s supposed to be easier to cast.

dumwiam3Both the hunting and the fishing community seems to think that getting a rod and reel that hasn’t been manufactured by a big brand is the wrong way to go about things. I don’t know if this is a healthy way of thinking, but I was able to find a rather affordable alternative, the Abu Garcia Medium Veritas Casting Rod. This pole seems to be durable and well-designed, and the neat thing about it is that it comes with guides that have been constructed out of titanium alloy. Since I was resolute on using monofilament, I found that titanium alloy was the best material for guides as they would withstand the abuse and traction.

While baitcasting raises some difficulties to first-time users, I’m pretty sure that with a bit of practice, I’ll get better. I won’t be discouraged by backlashes as everyone gets them in the beginning. What I’m more interested in is learning how to cast properly, as now I know that I should practice it as much as I can. Maybe if I go fishing every weekend, I’ll learn how to cast on longer distances in due time.

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Growing up, I was the tomboy of my neighborhood. I was always playing out with boys, while my girl toys would stay forgotten in a corner gathering dust or be used for the most unexpected employments that had nothing to do with their original purpose. Though my parents expected this to be just a phase, I continued to stay unaware of girlish activities and continue my exploration into preponderantly male activities and sports. Once I’ve finished high-school, my parents gave up all hope that I would ever resemble a normal girl. However, as they weren’t judgmental people, they never imposed on me or dictate my behavior in any way.

fisherwomanI began taking great interest in fishing and hunting when I was in college. It was there where I met passionate people that introduced me to fishing clubs and took me in for hunting parties. I don’t think I was ever more enthusiastic than in those years, when I could, unhindered, enjoy my favorite activities. It was in that period of my life where I’ve met other women that loved fishing and hunting, which made me feel less out of the ordinary.

However, what I also noticed in women enjoying such sports was that, given the small number interested in fishing, an activity that has always been regarded as an only-male-allowed field, they were in difficulty when finding a group that allowed them to participate, were insecure about their hobby and they also encountered difficulties with finding the right gear. Compared to the variety of hunting and fishing gear for men, the available models for women were substantially reduced back then, and are even nowadays, though in less obvious proportions. Added to their many problems, women are also confronted with physical difficulties when carrying heavy equipment or using heavy-duty gear.

fisherwoman2This blog will be all about how you can take up fishing and hunting yourself, if you’re a woman. I will try keeping women posted on the latest specialized equipment for hunting or fishing (or even try other “manly” activities), I will share tips and advice for how to cope with the difficulties you may encounter during hunting parties as a woman and I will do so sharing my personal experience.

Since I’m a veteran in this area, I can definitely share some of my experience to help others. I’m quite sure some of my stories will even make you laugh, though at the moment the whole situation didn’t look funny to me. Though we consider ourselves to be better organized than men, even we can forget essential items or things to do before going in a fishing trip, as I did more often than I would like to admit.

I will also try documenting my future experiences using photographic captures and videos that illustrate both positive and negative events. Who knows, maybe this way, a greater number of women will become interested in these activities or regard them as a way of surpassing one’s individual limitations. Hopefully, many of you will find this blog useful and will this way be able to avoid accidents and gain useful knowledge.