What lures do you throw to bass in the summer months? Why? What about fishing for bass in the Fall, Winter and Spring? This handy infographic shows all different feeding habits and matching lures to use when fishing for bass year-round.
Source: Fix.com Blog
I have seen some terrible fishing lures in my years of fishing. These absurd fishing lures have designs and features cooked up by marketing departments and sometimes just fun-loving fisherman looking to share a laugh. Let’s take a look at some of these ridiculous lures:
by sewerlure.com, this absurd fishing lure looks like a floating turd.
Budweiser Can Crankbait
by Heddon, because beer!?
President Obama Daredevil
by Eppinger, thanks obama!
Floating Duckling Lure
by persuaderamerican.com, absurd because the fish never sees the duck’s head only what’s at and below the water surface.
by Gatta-X, The Japanese make some bizarre fishing lures…this one looks looks like Mothra.
Prawn in cup
by tsubo rig? Another absurd looking Japanese fishing lure. This one mimics a prawn or shrimp hiding in a cup.
by RomanMade, absurd because it costs $435… it’s a soft plastic swimbait made for catching giant largemouth bass.
Summer is upon us here in NJ and that means, hot & humid days ahead. A little preventative maintenance will help combat the negative effects of Ethanol in your Outboard Motor and fuel system.
What is Ethanol?
Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other plant materials. Ethanol is a renewable, domestically produced transportation fuel.
What is Ethanol blended fuel?
E10 fuel is a low-level blend composed of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline. It is classified as “substantially similar” to gasoline by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is legal for use in any gasoline-powered vehicle. Fun Fact! The use of E10 was spurred by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (and subsequent laws), which mandated the sale of oxygenated fuels in areas with unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide. This kicked off the modern U.S. ethanol industry growth. Today, E10 is sold in every state. Nearly 97% of U.S. gasoline contains up to 10% ethanol to boost octane, meet air quality requirements, or satisfy the Renewable Fuel Standard. E10 doesn’t qualify as an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct).
Negative Effects of Ethanol
Basically, if you have a full 3 gallon fuel tank on your boat, 2.7 gallons is actually gasoline and 0.3 gallons is Ethanol. This is isn’t an issue by itself, however Ethanol has a nasty characteristic of attracting and bonding to water. Most small-boat fuel systems are vented directly into the atmosphere and because of this, ethanol can easily pull in moisture from the atmosphere and bond to it in your fuel tank, fuel lines, and carburetor. As we all know, water doesn’t burn so good and it tends to make engines like a 9.9 hp outboard run rough, hard to start and even stall at idle.
Combating Negative Effects of Ethanol
Consider the following preventative maintenance tips to keep you outboard engine running smooth year-round at every outing:
- Add a fuel stabilizer like Sea Foam Motor Treatment or Sta-Bil Marine Formula to your fuel tank at each fill up.
- When buying gas, only get what you think you’ll need for the day’s trip. You can also ask the attendant if they have any gas without ethanol blended in…I think I found a Sunoco once that offered non blended gasoline.
- If you have old gas (over a month old) in your boat’s fuel tank, consider running that in your lawnmower instead and buying fresh gas for your day’s trip.
That’s it. Happy Fishing and Tight Lines!
We started this Memorial Day afternoon fishing Spruce Run Reservoir for hybrid striped bass. We were trolling live herring and fished from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and ended the day with a really nice 24 inch, 7.20-lb Brown Trout.
The Hybrid fishing was pretty tough and really slow yesterday with only one Hybrid Bass in the boat for us that my buddy Jason landed; his first of the year!
After the one hybrid and after a while of zero action, we began thinking about packing it in for the evening. But just then we had a rod go off and it seemed like a really nice fish so my good friend and usual partner-in-crime Rob S. got the camera rolling.
We weren’t able to really tell what I had on for almost the entire fight, which lasted about 7-minutes, until the fish came up behind the boat at the very end. Although we didn’t know exactly what we had hooked before we saw it, every one of us knew we had something very special on the end of our line as the fight progressed more and more. Several times I got it to within 6 or 7-feet of the boat only to have it bulldog its way straight back down to the bottom.
Getting the fish into the boat was going to be an issue too since we forgot all our nets in the truck…talk about murphy’s law… My buddy Jason however, landed the fish by hand and he made it look easy!
We decided to keep this big beautiful brown trout and it will be mounted. Yes, we could have released it, but any good Trout fisherman will tell you that Trout stress out very easily; and when you add in a long hard fight like this one gave us in addition to almost 83 degree surface temperatures, release isn’t always the best option when it comes to Trout.
This fish is actually the 3rd Brown we’ve gotten out of Spruce Run over the past three weeks, and the other two (an 18-incher, and another that was 5+ pounds) were released safely since the water temps were still down in the low 60’s at that point and we didn’t have them on the line for anywhere near as long as this one was.
For more info and frequent reports about Spruce Run Reservoir, visit our Spruce Run Fishing Facebook Page.
Visit the Pequest Trout Hatchery this Memorial Day weekend for some exciting FREE programs!
Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. Start the morning with a Warbler Walk exploring the Pequest property while identifying birds in the area.
Saturday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. Pequest Trout Hatchery will be hosting a presentation on Sturgeon, known as living fossils…they are some of the oldest bony fishes.
Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. This program is all about amphibians where you will discover where amphibians came from, how they grow up, and their importance in the ecosystem. Bring nets if you have them and boots that can get wet.
For program details and registration information, please visit NJ Fish and Wildlife Website .