How to Shoot A Recurve Bow

How to Shoot A Recurve Bow

For anyone beginning archery as a whole, there are some basic rules to follow that apply all across the field of archery. However, due to the difference’s in each type of archery, there are also some minor difference in which the different bows are used and handled. Once you perfect the basics, you can then delve in to the details which could help you to further improve your use of the recurve bow. This guide intends to teach you the basics so that you may learn the craft while keeping yourself from coming in the way of harm.

  • Positioning

As you take up your spot to begin to shoot at the target, you must first make sure that you are standing on the right position. This implies that you take your place and stand at it with your legs at least shoulder width apart from one another. Additionally, ensure that the rest of your body is arching perpendicularly towards your target, in order to better aim at the target so that you don’t miss it when you shoot. With your own position decided on, position your arrow into the barrel, secure it firmly in the nock and prepare to shoot.

Shoot A Recurve Bow

  • Preparing to Shoot

Just because you are properly positioned for the right posture to shoot does not mean you are quite ready to shoot. Begin by lifting your bow to your approximate shoulder height and at the same time ensure that your bow arm is straight yet locked at the elbow. Ensure that the as you pull the string of the bow, it rests against your palm whilst pushing against it as well. When you have ensured these, then position your shoulders so that they are kept down, your elbows are not at a position where the bow’s string would graze them upon the release of the arrow, and that your body is perpendicular towards the target, as above mentioned, while your head is turned towards the target. Pull the string of the bow only halfway through until you have ensured the correct position.

  • Drawing the Bow

This may sound like an easy and simple task to do, but drawing the bow for any kind of bow required serious muscle strength. Once you have established your ideal posture for shooting the arrow, you must then secure the arrow through the barrel into the nock and start to draw the string back until it is level with the corner of your mouth. The key to being able to draw back the string of the bow successfully is to do so using your back muscles which are stronger, rather than your biceps and triceps, which are not quite as strong in comparison.

  • Take Aim & Release

The final step is perhaps the simplest because to arrive at it you have taken all the proper steps and precautions to ensure the ease of the final one. When aiming, you must focus on your dominant eye and use that to make the most accurate aim. Every one has one dominant eye also known as ocular dominance, this essentially means that your brain trusts the image provided by one eye over the other. Often this eye is the same as your writing hand, but it is not absolutely necessary.

Once you have ensured you dominant eye and taken aim to your satisfaction, you may then release the arrow by simply releasing the string from your fingers. Do your best to try and not jerk the string in any way as that will off set your aim. Instead focus on simply relaxing the muscles in your fingers and letting the string and the arrow slide through with ease. The more with ease that you do this, the better and more accurately the arrow will shoot across the expanse and have a higher chance of hitting the target.

Another means to train your body to become the best at archery is to remain motionless even after releasing the arrow. Remaining motionless will help to improve your body’s initial urge jerk when your have let the string go. Remaining still will also improve your shooting experience and its accuracy as well.

There are certain mistakes that a beginner archer does make, but the important thing is how quickly you bounce back and how much effort you put into practicing the art of archery in order to improve it. The first thing you must put the most time in practicing is you position; as mentioned earlier the final step is a breeze if you perform those preceding it correctly. If you posture is correct, then half the war is already won. Other than that make sure to keep yourself safe at all times; newbies often get grazed by the string of the bow and it is quite painful, but again as long as you nail down your posture, you are safe as well as well trained to take aim and release.

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Which Is The Best Kayak For Bass Fishing

Kayak fishing is becoming more and more popular among freshwater fishers. Perhaps because of the affordability of kayaks, as opposed to larger, powered fishing boats, many bass fishers have taken to kayaks for their bass fishing trips. So then, what makes for a good bass-fishing kayak?  To understand this is to understand what advantages, other than cost, a kayak offers for bass fishing in particular, and what some of the best kayaks do to accentuate these advantages. Understanding this will go a long way in helping one understand what makes some kayaks better than others in terms of bass fishing.

Now, one of the main advantages kayaks offer over traditional fishing boats is just the amount of versatility and maneuverability such a small boat offers in comparison to larger ships. Kayaks are small, often built to be operated and maneuvered by one person. They can get into smaller streams and bodies of water that are often inaccessible to larger bass boats. Maneuverability is a large advantage kayaks have, and so the best kayaks are often the most maneuverable.

Yet another advantage kayaks have over larger boats is just how much quieter they tend to run than motorized watercraft. Someone with a light paddle and a quiet approach can ambush fish that a motor might otherwise scare. So, to this end, the best kayaks are also often the most quiet, silently drifting through calm and choppy water.

My Best Kayak for Fishing Bass

So, with this in mind, what kayaks out there are the best for bass fishing? Well, this isn’t exactly a comprehensive list, but the following kayaks are some of the most ideal for serious freshwater fishermen looking to bag a few bass.

The Heron 9 Angler from Old Town is one of the best angling kayaks out there for those looking to fish on a budget. The boat has a light frame and a relatively small profile, which makes it pretty much perfect for stealthy approaches into narrow streams or other small bodies of water. The boat also has a no-nonsense interior design, which doesn’t allow a lot of space for extra-prepared fishermen to carry their gear, but it holds enough to get most through their days. It’s not a choice for professionals, but for casual bass fishers, it’s a great deal.

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Another good angling kayak within the $1k range is the Pelican Premium Intrepid 100X Angler. And don’t be fooled by the name, as this boat often goes for around $500 MSRP! It’s another small, lightweight kayak, with a functional interior design and a lithe frame. This one is made more for those who want to move through waters quickly, though, as the Intrepid 100X’s “Multi Chine” hull cuts through waters with surprising ease given its weight and size.

Those willing to spend a little more on their bass fishing rig may want to consider Ocean’s Trident 13 Angler, a sit-on-top that’s ideal for nearly any kind of fishing situation, with features often seen in professional kayaks, but still within the $1k limit. This kayak is thin and maneuverable, but it has a lot of room for storage and mounting fish finders and other sorts of add-ons. This particular kayak also makes no sacrifices to stability in its pursuit for maneuverability, as the design of the kayak keeps it firmly in water, even when in a struggle with a spunky smallmouth or two.

Conclusion

These are but three of some of the best bass fishing kayaks out there, three that are inexpensive but well-suited for the job and well-worth investigating. You may decide to spend a little more on something more specialized for your needs, but these three may be good for any beginner anglers who’re looking to get their feet wet with bass fishing.

Summer Fishing Tips and tricks

Great Summer Fishing Tips You Should Know

Summer is Comming

As Spring slowly makes way for Summer, the waters gradually become more warm and filled with lethargic fish. Summer usually comes after the great spawning periods of many fish, which would make it seem like this one of the most profitable seasons to start fishing in. But if you’re not familiar with fishing, or aren’t a regular fisher during the summer months, there are a few things to consider before going out into the rivers and lakes during those hot July afternoons. With fish not being as active as they are during the other times of the year, they’re going to be more picky with what they’ll bite at, and where they’ll be found. With the changing temperatures, and the fish adjusting their lifestyles to accommodate these temperatures, you’re going to want to consider this and a few other things, no matter what type of fish you’re going after.

My Tips and Tricks

Summer Fishing Tips

  • First of all, and perhaps most importantly, you’re going to want to know what type of fish you’re going after! This seems pretty obvious at first, and indeed any fisher will need to keep in mind what kind of fish he or she are going for whenever they go out to fish. Even so, it won’t hurt to look into the venue you’re considering to fish at and take note of what sorts of fish are commonly seen there during the summer months. Each fish adjusts to summer slightly differently, and it would do you well to look into how these fish behave during this time. For example, despite being the most popular fish during the summer season, largemouth bass aren’t as prevalent in the summer as they are in the spring, and are often found at deeper depths than they would be earlier in the year. On the other hand, redfish can often be found in murky and shallow tidewater in the evenings and during rainy days. It would be wise to research what kinds of fish are at your chosen fishing site, and how those fish act in the summer.
  • Secondly, consider the time of day you’re wanting to fish. In summer, though it might seem like the afternoon would be a good time to fish to a novice fisherman, the reality is this is probably the worst time of day to be casting lines, unless you intend on setting those lures really deep. Warmer water makes fish less active, and this inactivity makes them less likely to snap up bait. Fish will be more active deeper in the water, where it’s cooler, but even then they won’t be as active as they are during the early morning or in the evening. Evening and sundown are perhaps the most opportune time to do your summertime fishing, as fish are much more active once the waters have cooled. Evening is typically when fish come out from the deeper parts to feed, making it much more likely for a fish to bite during this time.
  • You should also consider the types of lure that work the best with the fish that are out during this time of year. Because of their lazy nature during the summer, bass will often go for slow-moving bait that resembles dying baitfish, or for bugs tied with synthetic fur for fly fishing. Trout will often go for injured or damaged bugs, grasshoppers especially, when looking for something to snap at. Striped bass prefer fresh-caught baitfish, though like most other bass fish, they like their fish slow and easy to snap at. The important thing to consider is just looking into what your preferred fish is eating, and how to best imitate their prey with your bait.

Conclusion

In the end, a novice fisher would do well to look into these things before going out to fish in the summer. While fish are often quite lazy during this time of year, especially during the later parts of summer, knowing what to look for, how to catch it, and when to catch it, is imperative and will help you make those summer fishing trips worthwhile.

Fly Fishing Rod

Picking The Best Fly Fishing Rod

A common concern among those who fly fish is the quality of the rod they use. Because of the highly technique-based nature of fly fishing, having a good rod to cast with is often considered just as important as having a good casting technique. Some may even go on to say that it is the focal point of a fly fisher’s gear, the “bread and butter,” so to speak. As would be expected with such a highly-regarded piece of equipment, recent advances in technology has made these tools much more complex and feature-laden than they have ever been before. And while these features do often make the task of fly fishing much easier, the variation also makes it harder to pick out one that best fits your needs.

Looking For A Great Rod is Not Easy

But looking for a rod shouldn’t be difficult. And it doesn’t have to be difficult! Here’s a few things to keep in mind when looking for a fly fishing rod that will make you more likely to catch your fish.

Picking Fly Fishing Rod

One of the most immediately recognizable features about a rod is it’s length. Length is a characteristic easily understood by any layperson, but less easily understood is why the variation in length. Simply put, the different size rods are made for different types of fishing spots, with the length determining how far your casts will go. Smaller rods, within the 6 to 8 feet range, are good for smaller water bodies, like creeks and tanks. Accordingly, larger rods, anything over 8 feet, are suitable for larger bodies of water, like lakes and bays. With larger bodies of water, you are typically going to want to cast your line out further for more coverage. This, of course, isn’t the case in times of fishing in smaller spaces with less space to cast. Consider carefully the places where you intend to fish, as that will determine how long you’re going to want your line.

Another thing to look out for is the material by which your rod is made of. Rods nowadays are made from a variety of compounds and synthetic materials, each with varying durability and weight. Graphite rods are lightweight and durable, making them ideal for beginners. Boron-based rods are even lighter, though these are more appropriate for those who want an emphasis on sensitivity over power. Those looking for stronger, sturdier rods will find a lot to like in Nano-silica rods, with their reinforced graphite builds. Fiberglass rods and bamboo rods are heavier, slower-casting rods for more practiced hands, but they work well with smaller bodies of water and shorter casts, and are said to have a better general feel to them than others. Make sure you go with a rod you feel comfortable with, as it’ll affect the quality of your cast.

Perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a rod is, oddly enough, the line you intend to use. As good of a rod as you might choose, it’s virtually worthless without an equally-good line of an appropriate weight. The importance placed on line weight is due in part to the relatively lightweight nature of fly fishing lures, which are built to resemble lightweight prey, such as bugs. So, most of the weight pulling your casts will come from your line, and fly fishing rods are built around this fact. Rods are assigned a “rod weight.” Despite the name, this weight indicates the appropriate line weight to use with that particular rod. So, for example, a 6-weight rod is meant to be fished with a 6-weight line. Heavier line is good for heavier fish, so once again it’s best to consider the type of fish you’re looking to catch when considering what rod, and what weight line, to get.

Bottom Line

Keeping these things in mind, finding a good fly fishing rod should be no trouble at all. Just remember to consider what length rod is ideal for your needs, what material rod feels best for you, and what weight line you want to use. Having a good setup can be just as important as having a good casting technique, so be sure not to take choosing a rod too lightly!

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How to Choose Best Fish Finders for Your Boat

Fish finders can be an immensely useful tool for locating and catching fish, particularly when it comes to fishing out in deeper or murkier waters, or during times of little sunlight and low visibility. Yet, without a good knowledge of what to look for in a fish finder, you may spend the better half of a grand on a piece of junk. Finding a good fish finder may, at times, seem just as difficult as actually finding fish, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a couple of tips to guide you to a well-informed purchase depending on your fishing needs.

how to choose best fish finders for your boat

How To Choose

First of all, any fish finder worth their salt is going to have a nice, large display with color graphics. While fish finders in the past have made do with very small, black and white screens, technology has advanced considerably since then, and there’s no point in purchasing a fish finder with a worse screen than a 2 or 3 year old smartphone. While larger displays will often command higher prices, a 5-inch screen should do fine for most people. If at all possible, try to see if you can find the unit in question demoed, either in-store or online, to see for yourself if the picture quality is good for your needs. Depending on your eyesight, you may need a larger screen with a higher contrast. If your budget is limited, don’t settle for an inexpensive fish finder with a poor screen. One of the most important things one should consider when purchasing a fish finder is just how well one can see and read the screen, and if you can’t read your own fish finder, then what was the point in buying it in the first place?

Another feature to consider is the type of sonar imaging the device uses. Currently, there are two often-used types of sonar imaging: Down Imaging and Side Imaging. Down Imaging is the traditional method of sonar used by fish finders, sending down from the boat a focused, narrow signal to detect things directly underneath. Down Imaging is the most powerful of the two, but because of its narrow focus, it is not good for detecting fish on the sides of the boat, or in shallow water where the powerful signal might be reflected, producing inaccurate results. Side Imaging sends a less-focused signal out towards the sides of the boat, providing readings for what may lie on the bottom, as well as what is around the boat. While you get a wider area of detection, there is still the matter of using a less-focused signal, so things at greater depths will not be detectable. Choosing the right type of imaging will depend on whether or not you consider yourself a fisher of shallow waters or deep depths, with Side Imaging being suitable for the former, and Down Imaging for the latter. If you like fishing in all depths of water, though, you might want to consider purchasing a fish finder with a combination of the two. Some fish finder manufacturers, such as Lowrance, develop fish finders with hybrid imaging systems or switchable imaging systems, specifically for those who want to fish in shallow and deep water. These cost a little more, of course, but putting down the extra money for your fishing needs is never a bad investment.

The quality of the display and the type of imaging the fish finder uses will be the two most important things to consider when buying a good fish finder for your boat. Now, keep in mind that this is not a total, perfect guide to finding a fish finder for any and all needs. If you have a smaller boat, such as a kayak, you may need to take other things into consideration, such as size and ease of installation. However, no matter what kind of fish finder you need, whether it be a high-tech stationary one or a convenient portable one, the display and the imaging are two things to look out for, and these two things will often be what sets apart an immensely useful tool and a piece of junk when it comes to fish finders.

Fishing Safety for Kids and Beginners

Fishing Safety for Kids and Beginners

Safety is The Most Important

Fishing is a sport enjoyable by the young and old alike, and an excellent way to bond with one’s own kids or with friends. However, it is absolutely important that a few safety precautions be taught and exercised before going out on the water, especially when beginner fishers are concerned. Bugs and bad weather can become more than annoyances to unprepared fishing parties, not only ruining fishing trips but also posing a risk of injury or worse.  Be prepared before you go out on the water, especially with a few of these tips in mind.

Fishing Safety for Kids

How We Should Do

Whenever considering fishing with small children, there are a number of extra precautions you should take, along with other normal safety practices. Safety-approved life jackets and PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) are of absolute importance; even if your children know how to swim, swimming in rivers and streams is far more difficult and dangerous than in lakes, and even these are more hazardous than your average swimming pool due to unseen debris and depth. Young children will also need to be monitored constantly and taught proper casting techniques, so as to prevent them from harming anyone. Teach them the overhead cast first, and make sure they know to check behind themselves before casting. Finally, be patient when they mess up. Always be encouraging in your speech with them. Let them know they’re doing a good job, and don’t let anger and frustration keep them from sharing your hobby. With encouragement and the proper safety precautions, this shouldn’t be a problem.

A beginner fishing party should always be prepared and bring appropriate supplies for a fishing trip, no matter how long or short the excursion is. No matter where they’re fishing from, fishers should always wear tennis shoes, or any kind of lightweight athletic shoe, whenever fishing. Whether fishing from a boat or off the coast, there’s always the risk of stepping on dangerous objects on the ground, like glass, hooks, and even wet surfaces. A slick surface and a fall into water can be just as dangerous, if not moreso, than a glass shard. Also remember to bring a large bag of general safety items. Be sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, rain ponchos, and a small first-aid kit for any injuries that may occur. Bringing along the right things for outdoor safety can be just as important as bringing the right lures and lines.

Finally, one should consider the place you intend to fish on before going fishing. Inspect the waterfronts, and keep an eye on the predicted weather in your area. While the weather can be somewhat unpredictable, it’s always best to be prepared for severe storms even when a slight chance of a drizzle exists. Additionally, tell any children fishers about the risks and dangers stormy weather and lightning poses, and keep them off the water whenever it gets too bad out. Rainy days may be ideal for catching certain types of fish, but even the largest of bass isn’t worth endangering your beginner fisher for. Make safety your first priority in all things.

Bottom Line

Using these tips as a foundation, you and your beginner fishers should be set to have a good time. Fishing isn’t often considered a dangerous sport, but bad things have happened and unprepared people have paid the consequences, sometimes with dire results. Be prepared! Don’t skimp out on safety precautions, and always bring along both preventative care and first-aid items to keep your party safe. And if you plan on bringing a child with you to a fishing trip, be sure to exercise those extra precautions to keep them safe from harm. With safety as your primary priority, you’ll be set to enjoy your time fishing!