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Fishing Lake Amistad

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Lake Amistad is located on the Rio Grande just North of Del Rio, Texas.  In 2010 it was recognized as the best bass fishing lake in the United States.  Standing on the end of a dock you can see 10 feet straight down through the clear blue water.  The amount of water fluctuates depending upon the rainfall and the amount that is released for downstream irrigation.  Since it is formed by the Amistad Dam blocking the Rio Grande River which is the border between the United States and Mexico there is an international border that runs right through the middle of the lake.  As a result, if you are fishing the Mexico side, everyone in the boat must have a Mexico fishing license whether they are fishing or not.

There are several fish species found in the lake, but those that are most important to fishing include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, white and striped bass.   As of this month, August 2018, fishing for black bass is good using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics.  Strippers are fair on shad and watermelon topwater.  Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

So far there are no Zebra Mussels in Lake Amistad and they want to keep it that way.  The law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public freshwater.

The clear water at Lake Amistad is due to the rocky structure.  There are multiple rock ledges, steep rocky drop offs, points and shorelines.  Additional structure has been provided by local organizations such as placing Christmas-tree attractors near Governor’s landing.  Governor’s landing is a camping site, well developed and near the water.  There are several other camping sites that are available around the lake.

So how are you going to be most successful?  Largemouth bass seem to be best during the fall, winter, and spring using topwater baits, buzzbaits and spinner baits.  The largemouth bass is the most abundant sportfish in the lake.  White bass are best during the spring spawning runs.  Their population is maintained only because of frequent stockings by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department due to their inability to successfully reproduce in the reservoir.  Smallmouth bass are best in the Devils River arm of the lake and catfish are found throughout the lake.  Stinkbait and cut bait work well for channel and blue catfish.  For all of your fishing and camping needs don’t forget to visit the businesses on this page for a great selection of quality fishing and camping gear.

Tips When You Are Hunting

Are you planning to take up hunting as a sport? If so there are some things that you have to know to be a successful hunter. This is a good sport that a lot of people are now taking up. Before you decide though to make sure the area that you are hunting for is open and you can legally hunt there. It is also important to prepare your things that you are using for your hunting trip. You need to do all of this to be prepared and at the same time, you can be safe when you are out hunting. Hunting can be dangerous if you are not careful and don’t have the right tools to use. Here are some few things that you need to keep in mind when you are out hunting.

The very first thing that you have to choose when you are going hunting is to find the right weapon. Choosing the right weapon is important because you need it to shoot the animal that you are hunting. You can use either a rifle or a bow and arrow when hunting. Depending on which weapon you are comfortable using. It is important that you know the right way to handle these weapons and at the same time, you need to know how to use the safety of these weapons.

Wearing the right clothes when hunting is a very important thing that you need to think about. That’s because when you are hunting you are bracing the weather outdoors and you need to have the right protection to protect yourself from the weather. It is important that you wear the right clothes and footwear when you are hunting. Another thing, aside from giving you protection is that wearing the right clothes can give you the camouflage that you need.

You can wear ghillie suits when you are hunting. A ghillie suit is a type of camouflage that can look like heavy foliage. It can be a new or different kind of garment mostly covered with loose strips of cloth or some twines or twigs that can look exactly its surrounding area. You can choose a sniper ghillie suits to hide when you are hunting. Animals can sense you when you are around so it is important that you hide when you are hunting.
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Five Reasons You Should Use Hiking Poles

I am sharing five reasons you should utilize hiking poles, despite the fact that there are some more. On the off chance that you have seen individuals strolling or hiking utilizing these poles, you may have accepted it was only another trend. Be that as it may, these trekking poles have been mainstream in Europe for quite a while and have quite recently as of late discovered their way to the United States.

Here are my five reasons:

Equalization when strolling

Superior to a stick for your back

Exercise for your arms

Greater delight in hiking

Taking worry from your knees
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Sleeping Bag Choice



Now that you have decided on they type of pad you want under your sleeping bag, you are going to want to choose a bag that will be suitable for the type of camping you are going to do.  According to Explora Reviews, “A sleeping bag is a pretty simple piece of gear, but there are several factors you should keep in mind when selecting one. After all, a bag that might be perfectly adequate for a summertime backyard slumber party could be completely inadequate for camping in sub-freezing temperatures. By the same token, spending a summer night in a cold-weather bag can make you feel like a burrito fresh from the microwave.

Sleeping bags usually come in two shapes.  You can choose the rectangular type which is a bit bigger, but they are also bulkier and heavier.  The mummy style is more form fitting and may be warmer because there is less air space to heated by your body.  Some of them also come with hoods which is really great when the air is very cold.  So, if you are not backpacking and camping in mild weather the rectangle shape may be fine.  If you are backpacking and planning on being in colder weather you may be better off choosing the mummy-style bedroll.

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Backpacking Backpack

On the off chance that you happen to love voyaging, however, you don’t have enough cash to movement sumptuously, it is a smart thought to have a go at voyaging backpacker style. By voyaging along these lines, you really can discover extraordinary spots that most likely just nearby individuals know. It is extraordinary for individuals who need to escape the ordinary tourism scene and experience taking the street less voyaged.

The term ‘backpacking backpack ‘ really originates from the way that explorers convey backpacks. Conveying backpacks can be more advantageous and more portable than conveying a bag or a duffel sack. The one thing you need to remember is that you should just bring the things that you require, or else you will just put a great deal of weight on your back. Here are some best tips on the most proficient method to do ultralight backpacking:
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Reels and Rods

Reels and Rods are the most imperative types of gear for sports angling. This is the motivation behind why broad examination and advancement were made on these two sections. These two gear can without much of a stretch impact the manner in which fly fishers cooperate with the water which likewise adds to their capacity to expand their catch.

Shockingly, numerous learners are lost in understanding the essentials in light of the fact that there are an excessive number of studies and determinations on each fly rod and fly reel. In this article, we’ll investigate the nuts and bolts of these parts to guarantee that the correct gear is bought.

Choosing the Right Reels and Rods

There are just two things each tenderfoot fly fisher ought to recollect while picking a fly rod: the earth and the objective. You need to know the water conditions and also the regular fish targets. A fly rod could be exceptionally adaptable if less throwing is required. Adaptability is additionally fundamental if the objectives are “battling” fishes or gets that pulls back after the nibble. Different rods are quick acting rods and they just twist toward the end. This is prescribed for consistent throwing and they are frequently lighter since they are more often than not in movement.

Want to Buy a Boat

When that “I need a boat” thought crosses your mind, you need to do one thing first and that decides what kind of boating you want to do.  Where are you going to use the boat and do you have a place to store and maintain the boat?

Here are some things to consider.  Is this a boat that you want to haul on a trailer or are you going to store it in a marina?  Do you want one big enough to entertain guests for a day or over night? Maybe you are looking for something to get you where the fish are, or pull the kids on skis or a wakeboard.

Bowrider boats are a good choice and can provide all of the amenities that you are looking for, depending upon what you want to spend.  Most will be interested in the 18 foot to 26 foot range which is far less expensive than the bigger versions.  They are available in stem drive and outboard.   Check out Outboard Engines on Bowriders: A Match Made in Heaven?

Another consideration is whether you want to buy new or used.  Used can save you some serious money, but you will want to consider all of the hidden problems that can pop up just like buying a used car.

When you have decided to get serious you can start your search online. listings will give you a lot of boats of all different types for you to investigate.  Some you can even tour online.  Once you have made a few choices that you might consider buying,  you will need to check them out in person.  Start with a walkaround and see you can find any reason why this deal might be too good to be true.  If all looks good take it for a sea trial.  Don’t just go for a joy ride, but use the boat the way you are planning to after you buy it.  Lastly consider hiring a surveyor especially if your boat is over 30 feet.  You will need to get the boat out of the water because a lot of damage can be out of view when sitting in the water.
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Choosing The Best Sleeping Pad

Sleeping in the woods is an amazing experience — you build a cozy campfire, kick back under the stars, and connect with Mother Nature. That said, if you don’t have a good sleeping pad, you won’t get any rest at all. It’s hard to enjoy the serene sounds of nature when a sharp stone is sticking into your back. If you’re going to get a good night’s sleep outside, you need to invest in one of the best sleeping pads that you can find.

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a sleeping pad.  The type of camping that you are going to be doing is the major determinant in what you are going to be looking for.  Of course, how much you want to spend also has some bearing on the pad that you will choose.

Today we will focus on the type of camping that you are going to be doing and associate that with the types of pads best suited for that type of camping.

If you are driving to the camp site and will be sleeping in your vehicle, then a self-inflating pad with lots of padding may be the best choice.  The pad is a bit heavier and has more bulk than other choices but it is a good choice for car camping.

Ultralight pads are great for backpacking but it will cost you more.  If you prefer good sleep comfort when backpacking or touring by bike a self-inflating air pad may be useful.  There is a variety of thicknesses, insulation value and weight available.  Some insulated full-length air pads now weigh less than a pound.  Just be sure the packed size fits the option for which you are looking.
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