Texas fishing

Saltwater fishing in Texas

When fishing on the Texas coast, you ought to focus on several basic requirements which mostly revolve around getting the best equipment. Keep in mind that saltwater gear and equipment is considerably more durable when compared to its freshwater counterpart, so you have to invest in something worth the while. A rod and reel that can take up the abuse of saltwater will enable you to utilize them for a decent amount of time, therefore saving you money that you’d spend on getting replacements.

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Whether you intend to save some pennies and invest them in a high-end rod and reel combo or you plan to stick to the cheaper version, even more so if you do your angling on occasion, the fact of the matter is that your equipment needs to be correlated with your preferred technique. Baitcast reels are mostly used on the upper coast, and they seem to be the top choices of users who target bass. Usually, these anglers eventually transition to saltwater fishing, so the fact of the matter is that you’ll be able to master your expertise in the field with a little more practice than usual. Backlash is one of the common problems you’ll encounter if you’re inexperienced. However, mastering a baitcasting reel and rod combo is one of the most effective practices you can perform.

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Spinning equipment is also rather versatile as it can be used for casting different lure weights. The neat thing about this gear and technique is that there’s a low chance of any backlash occurring and affecting your performance. If you want your learning curve to be as smooth and short as possible, it might be a good idea to focus on getting a good quality spinning setup as it proves its worth in many situations.

While fly fishing might be more difficult to master, it’s one of the most rewarding techniques used along the Texas coast. Besides, it only requires a minimum amount of equipment and gear, so you won’t have to ruin your budget to get the several pieces you might need. In this area, fly fishermen and women usually catch redfish, and the neat thing about the region is that it has an abundance. Saltwater flies are commonly used with this technique, and what makes the experience a whole lot more pleasurable is that they are easy to pick up. They usually make the fish put up a good fight, therefore increasing the enjoyment on your part.

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Medium-action rods are to be preferred along the Texas Gulf Coast as they can be used for targeting anything from trout to redfish. The lure weight rating for such a pole has to be ¼ to ¾ oz. The price can vary depending on a broad array of factors, from the manufacturing brand to the capabilities and quality of construction of the rod. In most cases, if you plan to use the pole for as long as possible, you will have to spend at least one hundred dollars.

Texas fishing

Why bowfishing is getting more and more popular every day

 

There is a lot to love about Texas. Beautiful scenery, great food, friendly people and bowfishing. In the last ten years bowfishing has become a popular sport, with visitors from around the country coming to Texas lakes and rivers to try their luck with a bow and arrow. It might sound slightly insane, and to some people it is, but there is nothing quite like the thrill of catching a fish with an arrow. If you are still trying to figure out why we Texans love bowfishing here are some of the reasons  it is getting more and more popular every day.

 

No off season

Bow hunters used to have to spend the off season shooting at paper targets, and this doesn’t provide the same thrill. When whitetail and wild hogs aren’t in season bowfishing can be a great way to keep skills honed, while still providing avid hunters with the excitement they are looking for. Adding to the thrill is the fact that they are on the water, instead of shooting from solid ground. There is no better way for a bowhunter to improve his technique than aiming and firing from a gently rocking boat.

 

Plenty of variety

Even experienced anglers are dropping their rods and reels and picking up a bow and some arrows. Not only is this a new form of fishing that many anglers can’t resist mastering, it also provides them with a unique advantage. Casting with a rod and reel often limits anglers to the size or type of fish, but this doesn’t apply with a bow and arrow. Since you are not trying to entice the fish to take a bite you don’t have to worry about using the right lure and bait. This means that you can shoot anything that the state has declared legal.

 

Prizes and trophies

While game fish are illegal to hunt with a bow and arrow, the same is not true regarding alligator gar. Like their name implies these fish resemble an alligator and can grow up to an impressive 250 pounds, measuring 7 to 8 feet long. The chance to bag a trophy this large is simply to tempting for many hunters and anglers to ignore. Adding to the appeal of bowhunting is the simple fact that you can win prizes and money.

 

There are other reasons why bowfishing is becoming so popular in the Lone Star, but for you to fully understand you’ll have to give this new sport a try.

 

 

Texas Hunting

5 essential items to bring with you on a hunting trip

 

 

You might know the woods like the back of your hand simply because you’ve hunted there all your life, but there are just some things you need to carry in your backpack to ensure you won’t be sorry for keeping out some very essential items.

 

Illumination, nutrition and hydration

Whether you need them or not, light sources such as a flashlight, matches or a lighter should be in your backpack. It’s not a question of whether you need them or not, but when you’ll need them. If you would rather not use credit cards as emergency fire starters, you have to start making sure you always bring a lighter or matches.

Staying out long up in a treestand ( here are some amazing tips) or in a hunting blind, or running about in search of your target can get you dehydrated. Every time you take a piss, you lose water. When you sweat, you lose water. Even your eyes need to stay hydrated because staring long into a rifle or bow scope can get them tired or dry and irritated. Rehydrate yourself with a swig of water every now and then. Some hunters bring a pee bottle as well. Energy bars help keep your stamina up during the hunt.

 

 

Safety first

You’ll also need to bring a hunter safety system harness. Comprising a safety belt and harness, this system goes on before you commence your climb up in the tree and stays on till you are safely back on the ground after hunting. Some hunters use a chest-only belt instead of a full body harness. However, you would also have to bring along a sharp folding knife to ensure that when you fall using just a chest-only belt, you can cut your way out of an upside down position and make your way down the tree. The safety belt or harness can also double as a deer drag. Some rope will enable you to haul your weapons up into your tree stand to ensure safe climbing as well as safe descent. An arm and wrist guard protects your arms from injury, but you can improvise by trimming the foot off from one leg dark ladies’ tights.

In the summer, camo cotton gloves can be sprayed with scent killer. They should be on your hands from the time you leave your vehicle till you are fully set up in your tree stand. When hunting in cold season, go for polypro liner gloves that have also been similarly de-scented and then worn under wool gloves with the first two fingers and thumb cut off. This enables you to handle zippers, focus your rangefinder or binoculars and do tasks that require manual dexterity. A first aid kit with bandages and emergency medication including diarrhea and pain tablets, alcohol swabs and antibiotic cream will come in handy for emergencies.

 

Hunting accessories

Mechanical broadheads and arrows can be carried in a detachable quiver. A pump spray of scent killer enables you to easily spray the formulation on everything, from your tree stand, boots, bow, hat and body before you set out. You can carry a small bottle to the field for touch ups, such as before and after you’ve climbed up the tree, since you may sweat off the scent killer on your way up. A tree belt with hooks and clips to hold calls, optics, quiver, excess clothing, even pots and pans, will be handy.

A grunt call or call device that produces the sound of rattling antlers is a sensible item to have in your hunting backpack. There are models that can generate everything from a fawn bleat to a snort wheeze. Lure deer attractant covers your own odor while attracting the deer. This can induce the deer with an all-season curiosity scent or buck urine smell. Binoculars help you get closeups of your target.

 

 

Identification and orientation tools

Your hunter education certificate and other identification documents should be within easy reach when challenged. A laser rangefinder and GPS device will ensure you don’t lose your bearings easily especially when chasing your prey. A sighting compass will do fine for backup.

 

Survival kit

A folding saw lets you handle twigs or branches that get in the way of setting up your stand. A mylar heating blanket keeps you warm in the stand. Bring along water purifying tablets in case you need to draw water from natural sources. Extra batteries should also be available for your electronic hunting devices.