Tips For Fishing From An Air Mattress

Air Mattress Fishing

 

An air mattress makes the perfect flotation device and so it follows that fisherman have received it as a gift from the fishing gods and have been using it as a fishing platform for as long as the air mattress has been around.

The concept does however seem a little simpler than the actual practice and there are some hints and tips from the experts that will you master the art of air mattress fishing.

 

1. Mind The Hooks

Hooks are a huge challenge on an air mattress. Although the material is actually pretty tough, fishing hooks seem to be designed specifically to put holes in it. And when you pull the hook out, well you simply get a larger hole. So be careful with those hooks and keep count of them in a container that can close and seal and won’t spill the contents no matter the fishing conditions. Keep an air mattress patch kit handy to quickly seal up any holes that get poked in the mattress. Many an air mattress fisherman has had his trip cut short because of a quickly deflating mattress.

 

2. The Position

It’s a mattress so the ideal position is lying down. Sitting up is going to unbalance the mattress and standing will probably tip it over. Make sure that you take along a sturdy pillow which you can use to prop yourself up. You may need to practice quite a bit to master the techniques of fishing while lying down. It may be best to forego the rod and reel and fish with some line only to begin with.

 

3. Double Vs. Single

A double air mattress is preferable for most fishing expeditions as provides a greater surface area and is therefore more stable. However, a single will do just as well in calm waters. But you will need to be extra careful not to tip it over while reeling in your catch or simply moving about on a single.

 

4. Launching The Air Mattress

Launching an air mattress without getting wet is an art and it will take practice. Start by placing all your fishing gear in the middle of the mattress and then placing it so that it is mostly on the water and just a small portion on land. Crawl onto the mattress and then push the mattress away from the shore. This is the part when you are most likely to fall in the water. You need to use just the right amount of force to get it right.

 

5. Up A Creek Without A Paddle

Don’t forget your paddle or you’ll be stranded in the middle of your chosen body of water. Don’t expect your air mattress to respond well to paddling or go where you want it to go. The first time you try paddling, you’ll probably end up turning in circles but you will find your rhythm with a little trial and error. And of course, you may end up in the drink a few times before getting the steering and drive absolutely right.

 

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How To Target Tarpon for Fun & Survival

tarpon fish

Fishing is a great pastime for those who enjoy the great outdoors. The attraction of fishing is that it can take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the world. This is especially true when one enjoys the challenges of fishing for salt waters species – and for many people, the sheer exhilaration of Tarpon fishing delivers not only a challenge – but also that stress-reducing experience that is part and parcel of immersion in the natural beauty of the places that Tarpon call home (such as numerous destinations in Florida, the Caribbean and Central America).

However, these bruisers take some subduing and can present fisherman with a challenge that will leave them exhausted. There are a few hints and tips to make that Tarpon fishing excursion worth the almost inevitable aches and pains that will follow a day of going head to head with these big-eyed silver monsters.

The right bait is essential when targeting Tarpon. Bait fisherman tend to go to mullet as the default choice for tarpon. However at the end of the season, many will switch to small crabs which the Tarpon take eagerly. Size is important – a bigger crab will not mean bigger fish or more hookups. There is also the option of using a lure to attract and hook Tarpon. A white jig with a long tail bounced along the bottom can bring spectacular results. Fly fisherman also enjoy the Tarpon challenge and a fast sinking line and worm (and carb) imitations are advisable.

The number of baits in the water will (for fairly obvious reasons) result in greater success. The ideal setup is one bait placed around 30 foot from the back of the fishing platform and another 30 foot further from the first bait.

As far as your setup is concerned you will be best served by a fluorocarbon line with a float attached. A leader of 80-pounds is recommended – these are hard fighting fish and their power makes it essential that you have a line and leader that can absorb some punishment.

Tarpon Fishing Tips

One glance of a Tarpon will immediately reveal why the hours just preceding dawn and when the sun is setting are ideal for hunting these fish. they have excellent vision courtesy of those enormous eyes. Slightly discolored water will also assist the fisherman in targeting Tarpon.

Tarpon fishing provides that natural setting and the excitement that every fisherman craves. If you have access to quality Tarpon water make sure that you set aside time to target this magnificent ocean dweller.

Your Prepping Guide to Fires and Floods

When we begin prepping it is a common tendency to overemphasize preparations for the truly apocalyptic scenarios while underestimating the equally if not greater risks posed by the more mundane catastrophes like floods and fires.

Floods and fires are statistically the most impending threat to Americans, yet if one thing can be learned it is that most of the serious damage can avoided with a little prevention and preparation — which can save on a lot of remedy.

Floods

When during the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a total of 50 levees collapsed and sent the flood waters sweeping over the city and causing extensive damage across the city of New Orleans. In addition to the over $200 billion of economic and property damage, 1800 people lost their lives.

Flooding occurs in every region of the US and is considered the single greatest disaster Americans face. My name is Justin Taylor and I am guest writing this article about the dangers of water flooding and fire. I have several decades of experience in fire and flood damage cleanup in Atlanta, Ga.

Preparing for a Flood:

Keep a close eye on the Weather — If the weather feels testy, take extra precautions to keep informed of weather conditions as they develop. If you live in an area that is prone to frequent flooding, make necessary preparations and come up with contingency plans for evacuation.

Careful When Driving!— Take extra precautions when driving, the average vehicle can be swept away in as little as 12 inches of water so if you are driving in a flood zone be extra careful. If your car stalls in the water and won’t move on, get out and get to high ground, the car is not a water transport and can quickly become a death trap in deep water.

Danger Zones — Those living in danger zones must be aware of the extra precautions they must take.

Emergency Rafts —I bet it never even occurred to the poor displaced citizens stranded on their New Orleans rooftops that a emergency raft would be a worthy investment. Amazon.com has some pretty fine options for about $200— not a bad investment if you live in a flood zone.

Reliable Water Filters – An article about this will follow.

Crowbars and Tools— many of the people who ended up on their roofs had to cut their way through their roofing materials, would you have some tools on hand that could provide you such a speedy escape when in a jam? You should
The Threat of Fire

According to statistics by the CDC, most of the fatal home injuries that occur each year are from fire and smoke. Out of the 377,000 home fires that took place in 2009, 13,050 people were seriously or mildly injured and over 2,565 people were killed not including fire fighters.

Fire Prevention and Safety:

Install Smoke Detectors—Smoke is a silent killer and 4 out of five deaths by house fire occur in homes without smoke alarms. This is a very minor investment that can have long reaching benefits.

Don’t be a Statistic — Most of the fires and the injuries and deaths that ensue could have been avoided by simple precaution. Statistics show that 15,000 fires each year are caused by smoking and over 40% are alcohol related.

Fire Extinguisher — Starting fires can be a useful skill in some situations; more often than not the ability to put out a fire is what can save a life. Find out which type of extinguisher you need to best protect the kitchen, garage and car.

Keep it Clean — House Fires can be caused by blocked chimneys and poorly maintained dryers. Be sure that all the fire hazards in your home are checked regularly and exhaust cleared out and ventilation shafts clear of debris.

Must Know Tips for Living Off the Grid

If you are interested in learning how to live independently then learning these tips for living off the grid is a great starting point. In modern society people are far too dependent upon the infrastructure that has become a part of our lives. We pay utility companies for water and electricity, we go to the grocery store for food, the doctor for medical care, and depend upon the police for protection. But what happens if that all falls apart? The scary truth is that most people wouldn’t make it. But you don’t have to be like most people, by following these tips for living off the grid you can learn to be self-sufficient.

off the grid house

1. Make sure that your home is a secure location. This means making sure that you have solid exterior doors and windows. Ideally you will have a basement or other type of shelter that you can retreat to in the event that a disaster strikes.

2. Install solar panels or wind turbines, and get a generator. One of the first things that you will lose in an emergency is electricity. By taking steps now you can help to make sure you keep the lights on when the power grid can no longer be relied on.

3. Make sure you have plenty of water. Having a couple of 500 gallon water jugs is a great starting point, but that water will go far more quickly than you may realize. So make sure that you have other ways to obtain water. A well would be ideal, but that’s not reasonable for most people. Instead make sure that you have a water filtration system, a rain catch, water purification tablets, and containers you can boil water in.

4. Have enough nonperishable food to last you for at least a month. Non perishable foods include dried and canned foods, as well as dry staples such as sugar and flour. Having an easily accessible garden is also a great idea because this will allow you to replenish your food supplies in the event that you end up in a long term survival situation.

5. Make sure you have enough medications and fuel for at least 30 days, and also make sure that you have changes of clothing.

6. Have flashlights, extra batteries, and a cell phone ready for use.

7. Make sure that you have the means to defend yourself in case you are forced to. Having a pistol on hand is a great start, but you should have more than one. You should also have plenty of extra ammunition. Having a hunting rifle is another way you can replenish your food supplies, and you can also use the scope on it for keeping an eye on your surroundings. Finally there are few better options for home defense than a shotgun. A simple pump action, 12 gauge shotgun is a gun that you can easily use effectively even with minimal training.

8. Prepare a bug out plan and supplies. Having a great shelter to hunker down is a great way to prepare for a disaster. But if that disaster turns into a long term problem then you are going to need a way to seek out better circumstances. This means having a reliable vehicle that is fueled up, and also having supplies of food, water, blankets, weapons, fire making supplies, and a first aid kit you can take with you.